Radionuclides in seawater have been reported from the Fukushima plant's discharge canals, from coastal waters five to 10 kilometers south of the plant, and from 30 kilometers offshore, that are at least an order of magnitude higher than the highest levels in 1986 in the Baltic and Black Seas, the two ocean water bodies closest to Chernobyl.
Advocates of the biofuels industry sent Congress a letter urging lawmakers "to stand firm in the face of calls to waive or repeal the groundbreaking biofuels provisions included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), including the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)."
Chesapeake Energy agreed to pay the penalty for using faulty well casings that allowed natural gas to seep into the water supply and for improper handling of a wet gas that resulted in a fire.
The project is part of the Russian government’s development plan for St. Petersburg and also supports the country’s overall strategy to expand and continue to modernize its energy infrastructure.
The agreement resolves the company’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit violations and unpermitted discharges at the mines and mills that occurred from 2008 to 2010.
Ignoring EPA regulations can be costly -- and not just in terms of fines.
- By Glen Carter
- May 16, 2011
Region 7’s latest round of CAFO enforcement activity, aimed at encouraging producers’ compliance with the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program, involves seven beef feedlots, including four in Iowa, two in Kansas and one in Nebraska.
CWCO selected the devices and pumps based on its experience with them in two previous SWRO projects.
As concerns about air pollution from large dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) continue to mount, scientists are reporting a practice that could cut emissions of the abundant agricultural gas ammonia by up to 30 percent.
Central Valley Grocery gas station in Poulsbo, Wash., has agreed to pay $11,356 for failing to properly monitor three underground storage tanks (USTs) for leaks for more than a year.
BP Exploration Alaska Inc. will also implement a systemwide pipeline integrity management program for spilling more than 5,000 barrels of crude oil from the company’s pipelines on the North Slope of Alaska. The $25 million penalty is the largest per-barrel penalty to date for an oil spill.
The rotational grazing technique, which has been adapted for a variety of livestock worldwide, calls for cattle to graze in small areas for shorter periods of time before moving onto other pastures.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stronger air toxics standards for secondary lead smelters, which would improve air quality and protect people’s health in communities where the smelters are located.
NIST researchers have prototyped a framework to help organizations sort through the welter of choices and evaluate and implement sustainability standards most appropriate for their operations and interests.
Researchers will study shale and tight-sand formations at the molecular level to understand how it moves through pores a few nanometers in size.
Oregon Freeze Dry Inc. will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $3,323 for its failure to report an estimated 422 pounds of anhydrous ammonia released at its food freeze dryer facility in Albany, Ore.
The company failed to notify owners and occupants of at least eight Omaha residential properties built before 1978 of lead-based paint risks before performing renovation work at those locations.
Iowa State has developed a biorefinery simulator designed to help students in its biorenewable resources and technology program learn about biofuel production.
Do-it-yourselfers may be exposed to methylene diphenyl diisocyanate and toluene diisocyanate from spray foam insulation or sealing concrete applications.
Environmental Protection's 2010 Salary Survey results leave the impression that professionals are holding their own in a still-uncertain economy.
- By L.K. Williams, EPonline
- Apr 13, 2011