Industry Trends

Interior Secretary Announces New Drilling Rules

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, formerly MMS, has developed rules for offshore oil and gas operations in federal waters that require operators to develop and follow a 13-point Safety and Environmental Management System.

BP Products Paying $15 M Penalty for Texas Refinery

EPA and the Justice Department announced the penalty and posted the consent decree that has been filed in a Houston federal court. It is a record civil penalty for Clean Air Act violations at an single facility.

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15 Profiles Show How Material Reuse Can Change Construction

The “Design for Reuse Primer,” a free e-book, looks at the untapped potential of material reuse through the perspectives of the architects, contractors, and clients committed to its use.

Soy-based Glue May Make a Friendlier Wood Adhesive

A U.S. Department of Agriculture study has developed a formaldehyde-free glue for wood applications.

Murphy Oil Settles CAA Violations at Louisiana, Wisconsin Refineries

The company will pay a $1.25 million civil penalty, upgrade pollution control technologies, and install covers on two wastewater tanks as a supplemental environmental project.

Daigger to Lead International Water Association

Glen Daigger of CH2M Hill will serve as president of IWA for a two-year term.

EPRI Heads DOE's Cyber Security Collaborative

Research laboratories will be assessing national standards, reviewing power systems, and testing protocols for grid security technologies.

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Voltea's 'Simple' Technology Helps to Ease Water Stress

The Anglo-Dutch company has based its technology on oppositely charged electrodes combined with anionic and cationic selective membranes.

EPA Adds Seven Hazardous Waste Sites to NPL

These additions and recent cleanups have changed the number of National Priorities List sites from 1,627 to 1,343 final and proposed sites.

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WEF Starts Conference with New Orleans Community Service Project

This is the third year that the Students and Young Professionals Committee has managed a project in the cities that have hosted the annual conference. This year's project is called "Bioswales in the Bayou" and is designed to stem stormwater flooding in the Ninth Ward.

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Commentary: A Bright Idea that Burned Out

The Lamp Section of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association clearly wants to move forward on energy efficiency but is complaining that new legislation will make that more difficult.

EPA Sets Sights on Mercury Waste from Dental Offices

The agency says existing technology will be able to capture mercury waste from dental amalgams.

Pennsylvania's Regulatory Program for Hydraulic Fracturing Gets Good Marks

In an independent review, a team found that the Department of Environmental Protection's program for oil and gas wells is well managed and meets its objectives.

International Project Hopes to Build a Better Cookstove

EPA is contributing $6 million to the International Project for Clean Cookstoves in order to help prevent exposure to indoor smoke from cooking fires.

Heinz Awards Recognize 10 for Work on Climate Change, Human Impacts

Photographing glaciers, valuing natural ecosystems, and establishing a seed vault are a few of the innovations created by this year's Heinz Family Foundation awardees.

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The Cost of the 'Water Risk' Component of Climate Change

The Securities and Exchange Commission's guidance on disclosing water risks most likely will increase the costs of doing business.

Court Allows $4.3M Settlement for Indiana Scrap Yard

After three years of litigation, the Evansville Greenway & Remediation Trust will be able to clean up lead and PCBs. Gas and electric and coal companies will be paying the bill.

Koenigsberg Earns AEHS Lifetime Achievement Award

A remediation technology innovator, Stephen Koenigsberg is being recognized for his work in the field, his responsibilities, and volunteerism.