Environmental Protection

Waste Handling


Petition Pushes EPA to Move on Cement Kiln Dust Management

New York-based Riverkeeper filed a petition to force the creation of federal standards for the disposal of cement kiln dust, which can be harmful to water quality.

EPA to Excavate Soil, Monitor Groundwater at Ellenville Scrap Iron Site

The 24-acre New York site was used for scrap metal operations for 40 years, and the soil contains semi-volatile organic compounds and various metals.

E-waste dumping in Ghana

Reps. Green and Thompson Introduce E-Waste Export Bill

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the law would add a new category of "restricted electronic waste" that cannot be exported from the United States to developing nations, such as Ghana.

Congress Approves Prescription Drug Disposal Law

New disposal regulations may prevent pharmaceuticals from reaching drinking water sources.

Organic waste for compost

Good Compost Neighbor Uses Robust Odor Control

One company minimizes odors from the start by quickly processing organic materials into the composting cell and employing covered aerated static pile technology.

Company Must Remove PCB-contaminated Materials from GM Superfund Site

Before the Motors Liquidation Company can demolish several buildings at the Massena, N.Y., site, it must decontaminate the buildings and their contents and sample and remove contaminated soil.

Air Products to Pay $1.5M for Transferring Spent Acid to Agrifos

EPA's enforcement of mining and minerals processing "leaked" over to chemical manufacturing because the company shipped spent acid to a facility not authorized to accept it.



Fewer Worker Deaths in Solid Waste Industry, DOL Says

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reports that 19 solid waste collection workers died on the job in 2009, down from 31 fatalities in 2008.

'Free' Fertilizer May be Adding Arsenic to Field Runoff

Agricultural Research Service scientists have linked arsenic levels in stormwater runoff on Delmarva Peninsula to chicken litter storage and use.

Maxima Technologies & Systems Settles Alleged EPCRA Violations

EPA alleges that during 2007 and 2008, the facility processed lead in quantities that exceeded the reporting thresholds for lead and failed to file the required Toxic Release Inventory reports.

GE dredges Hudson River for PCB in 2009

Panel Says Hudson Dredging Performance Standards Cannot be Met

After the independent panel issues its final report, GE and EPA will be discussing possible modification of Phase 2 dredging of PCBs in the river.

Republic Services, RecycleBank to Deploy Reward Program

The agreement has set a 1-million home goal for increasing curbside recycling levels.

APWA, SWANA Co-locate Annual Conferences in Boston

American Public Works Association and Solid Waste Association of North America cooperate by holding conferences in same city.

EPA Solicits Ideas for Enbridge Oil Spill

The agency has a website to answer questions about what technical solutions would be most useful to reviewing officials.

Allied Waste to pick up and recycle trash from Boy Scout Jamboree

Allied Prepares to Collect Estimated 900 Tons of Boy Scouts' Trash

Boy Scouts are gathered in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., for their annual Jamboree, where Allied Waste has placed 450 trash and recycling bins to manage the cleanup.

Idaho Lab Cleanup Contract Gives Stimulus to Small Businesses

North Wind Services and TerranearPMC received recovery funding in the amounts of $14 million and $2 million, respectively, to manage construction and cleanup at Idaho National Laboratory.

Offshore Vessels Pleads Guilty to Dumping Oil on High Seas

The company will pay $2.1 million in penalties for discharging oily wastewater from the bilge tank of the R/V Laurence M. Gould in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

Safer Siting Could Have Lessened Damage at Veolia Facility

The Chemical Safety Board completed its report on the 2009 explosion at Veolia ES Technical Solutions' plant in Ohio and recommended the Center for Chemical Process Safety revise control room siting guidelines.

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