Environmental Protection

Industry Trends

Who is doing what

Who's Doing What

New positions, recognition and calls to service top this week's summary of movement within the environmental industry.

Growers Sign Petition for Atrazine Use

Long-standing pesticide faces government review, an activist campaign, and two lawsuits.

Infrared Drying Could Save Energy for Pulp and Paper Industry

Students from Saint Martin's University found that less heat is lost using flat ceramic infrared electric emitters in research supported by Puget Sound Energy.

Parts of Texas' Air Permitting Program Not Up to Code, EPA Says

In one example, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality did not allow adequate review of impacts on total air pollution levels should changes in the Pollution Control Project Standard Permit be approved, the federal agency reported.

Lawmakers Call for Probe into Claims Handling by Enbridge

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said it has evidence that residents affected by the recent spill in Michigan are being asked to waive legal rights or sign over medical records.

New Jersey Gives Fuel Oil Industry 6 Years to Meet Sulfur Standard

By 2016, the state will require refiners to produce oil with a maximum sulfur content standard of 15 parts per million; the current standard is 2,000 to 3,000 parts per million.

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.

Neighborhood design

A 'Prefurbia' Development Solution

In a multi-part series of articles, Rick Harrison, president of Rick Harrison Site Design Studio, will explain some of the problems in land development today and how innovative methods collectively known as "Prefurbia" can help to overcome them.

Emory River Opens for Recreation as Coal Ash Cleanup Continues

Federal and Tennessee agencies have determined that any coal ash remaining in the river presents minimal health risks to recreational users.

American Vanguard Files Suit for Relief from EPA Stop Sale Order

The company makes pentachloronitrobenzene, a fungicide used on turf, and was ordered to stop selling the product because it did not identify trace impurities in its confidential statement of formula.

Siemens to Provide IPS Composting Solution for Lafl├Ęche Environmental

Plant and system modifications will enable the 52,000-square-foot plant to achieve its 50,000-metric-ton design capacity.

SOCMA: Inconsistencies in Boiler MACT Proposal Create Uncertainties

Some members of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates say the EPA's proposed emission limits are unachievable.

Fish and Wildlife Targets Spread of Invasive Mussels in the West

Invasive mussels can clog water intake and delivery pipes and dam intake gates, among other thiings.

Biden Highlights Energy, Smart Grid in ARRA Analysis

More than $100 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been offered to innovative and transformative program investments, including some in the transportation, renewable energy and smart grid sectors.

Arch Coal Selects Enviance to Manage Environmental Data, Performance

CH2M Hill to implement the technology for the second largest U.S. coal producer.

Chemtura OKs $26M Bankruptcy Settlement for CERCLA Liabilities

The specialty chemicals producer last year filed for bankruptcy and, at that time, was potentially responsible for cleanups at Superfund sites in 14 states.

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.

AMEC and Dakota Technologies Work on Groundwater Contaminant Detection

A laser-induced fluorescence tool may help map denser than water contaminants such as trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene.

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