Environmental Protection


A powerhouse of the Grand Coulee Dam is being modernized to ensure another 40 years of service.

Revitalizing and Managing the Nation's Powerhouse

May 12, 2014

This Bureau of Reclamation 2014 video shows how generators in Grand Coulee Dam's Third Power Plant are undergoing a $100 million upgrade to bring the 40-year-old power house into the 21st century and ensure another 40 years of clean, renewable, low-cost hydropower for the Pacific Northwest.

Duration: 2:41

This AWWA video concerns byproducts of water treatment disinfectants.

Water Supply Operations: Disinfection Byproducts

Apr 28, 2014

This video is part of AWWA's Water Supply Operations series on disinfection byproducts. Disinfection is essential in the battle against waterborne disease; however, disinfectants also can create unwanted byproducts. These disinfection byproducts or DBPs are a concern because they can potentially cause long-term health issues. This creates a tough balancing act for utilities: protecting the public from waterborne disease while minimizing the occurrence and impact of DBPs. This video covers the types of disinfectants used in water treatment, how disinfection byproducts form, and strategies to control DBPs, including guidelines set by EPA through the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rules.

Duration: 2:14

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Dedicated-EGR™ Demonstration Vehicle/SAE

Apr 14, 2014

The Southwest Research Institute® has developed a demonstration vehicle powered by a breakthrough engine design called Dedicated Exhaust Gas Recirculation. Developed by SwRI through the High Efficiency Dilute Gasoline Engine consortium, D-EGR technology is a cost-effective solution to meet high-efficiency, low-emissions vehicle standards.

Duration: 1:07

This GM video shows how renewable energy is being used by one of its Detroit plants.

GM Relationship with Detroit Renewable Energy Gets Steamy

Mar 31, 2014

An 8,300-foot pipe originating at Detroit Renewable Power will bring 15.8 megawatts of renewable energy to Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly. Watch this animation to see how DRE turns waste into energy.

Duration: 1:40

Oceans of Change: Using Nuclear Science to Study Ocean Acidification

Mar 17, 2014

The negative impacts of man-made CO2 emissions on the environment are already well researched and documented. But the damaging effects of the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide that are ending up in our seas and oceans are less well known. Marine scientists at the IAEA's Environment Laboratories in Monaco are using a range of nuclear and isotopic techniques to study a process known as "Ocean Acidification."

Duration: 4:59

This 2014 video from Franklin Miller shows how its TASKMASTER grinder efficiently shreds flushable wipes.

Franklin Miller Shreds Sanitary Wipes Down to Size

Mar 03, 2014

This 2014 video from Franklin Miller shows how its TASKMASTER grinder efficiently shreds flushable wipes, preventing frequent clogs faced by sewer system personnel nationwide and internationally. The debris is shredded and then easily passes through a treatment plant.

Duration: 1:36

Formic acid has many uses, including in animal feed. It is a biodegradable deicing material for airports. (BASF video)

Formic Acid: The Multi-Talented Performer

Feb 17, 2014

Formic acid produced by BASF scores high in countless applications by combining excellent efficiency with high environmental compatibility. It features high purity and excellent quality with a broad range of concentrations to meet customer needs. Read more at http://www.formic-acid.basf.us/.

Duration: 3:12

The Fluor video shows workers involved in assembling the project

Arlington Valley Solar Energy II

Feb 03, 2014

Fluor was awarded an EPC contract to design and build a new, 125-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Arizona the size of 516 football fields. This video posted by the company shows some of the construction work involved in the project.

Duration: 1:08

The Spanish company reduced emissions and maintenance costs through the upgrade.

Spanish Paper Mill Reduces Environmental Impact, Improves Performance with GE Solution

Jan 24, 2014

After 15 years of operation, S.A. Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa (SAICA) was faced with the prospect of no longer qualifying for Spain's total feed-in tariff unless it could upgrade its GE 6B gas turbine to meet Spanish environmental regulations. The paper mill upgraded its GE unit with a Flange-to-Flange solution to increase output by 8%, reduce its emissions by more than 90%, and cut the frequency of its required maintenance outages in half.

Duration: 3:47

A new, leakproof roof was installed on about 200,000 square feet of the Honeywell building

Spray Foam Roofing at Honeywell Golden Valley

Jan 13, 2014

Honeywell installs spray foam roofing at its Golden Valley, Minn. facility. The roof was experiencing multiple and significant leaks. Spray foam roofing solved these and other problems. The spray foam contractor on site maintained safe operations throughout the project.

Duration: 1:35

Combining ammonium sulfate with ammonium nitrate produces a safer fertilizer, according to Honeywell.

Sulf-N26 -- A Safer Fertilizer

Jan 06, 2014

Honeywell's Sulf-N 26 ammonium sulfate nitrate fertilizer offers the best of all worlds. It is safer to handle, transport, and store, and it is more difficult to alter, making it impractical to use as an explosive agent. Additionally, crop tests show that Sulf-N 26 yields are equal to or better than other fertilizer options available today, which makes it a powerful option for meeting food demand as the population grows.

Duration: 4:44

This USGS video shows how space weather can have important consequences on our lives.

Hazards: Geomagnetic Storms

Dec 20, 2013

This USGS video shows how space weather can have important consequences for our lives, such as interference with radio communication, GPS systems, electric power grids, the operation and orientation of satellites, oil and gas drilling, and even air travel as high altitude pilots and astronauts can be subjected to enhanced levels of radiation.

Duration: 7:33

This AmericanWaterWorks video explains how to prevent backflow contamination from occurring, with specific examples.

Backflow Prevention

Dec 13, 2013

This AmericanWaterWorks video posted in October 2013 explains the phenomenon of backflow and steps to prevent it from contaminating drinking water systems.

Duration: 4:58

This Ganesa Corp. video depicts its latest 5.0 MW wind turbine for offshore use.

Gamesa's G128-5.0 MW Offshore

Dec 03, 2013

Gamesa has made progress on its offshore strategy by developing the Gamesa 5.0 MW offshore platform. Based on the proven technology validated in recent years in Gamesa’s 4.5 MW platform and the operating know-how and experience built up, the 5.0 MW offshore platform combines high reliability and optimal cost of energy. In addition to its 5 MW offshore system, Gamesa plans to develop higher-capacity offshore turbines (7 MW-8 MW) in the medium to long term. The G128-5.0 MW Offshore prototype has been equipped with a 128-meter rotor diameter and a modular and redundant design that will ensure reliability and maximizing energy production.

Duration: 2:51

The EPA method, developed with Argonne National Laboratory, will help small gold-processing operators prevent dangerous respiratory exposures from the mercury used in the process.

U.S. EPA Mercury Capture System

Oct 30, 2013

This video describes a solution to the severe health risks caused by mercury emissions from small-scale gold processing. Small scale gold buying and refining facilities, or gold shops, located in more than 55 countries throughout the world, are an important part of the artisanal and small-scale gold production process and are a major cause of air pollution from mercury. EPA and Argonne National Laboratory worked together to design a low-cost mercury capture system that is simple to build and install, using locally available materials. The system reduces mercury emissions by at least 80 percent. For more information about the Mercury Capture System, go to www.epa.gov/international/toxics.

Duration: 5:00

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