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Fracking: leaking wells cause gas-contaminated groundwater

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 26, 2015)

Contamination of drinking water in areas close to several fracking sites in the Marcellus and Barnett Shales, USA, is caused by structural problems leading to wells leaking natural gas into aquifers, a new study suggests. The researchers measured trace amounts of chemicals, called noble gases, which formed signatures of the sources of gas ...

Trichloroethylene Still a Contamination Concern across Puerto Rico`s Superfund sites

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Feb. 23, 2015)

Just last June, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) released their Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE) to address potential human health risks associated with exposure to this volatile organic compound (VOC).  TCE has been used in Puerto Rico in the past and is now a concern at some of Puerto Rico’s Superfund ...

Winter Allergies & IAQ Concerns Impact Many Texas & Gulf Coast Residents

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Feb. 16, 2015)

The weather across Texas has fluctuated from balmy to extreme cold this winter season.  During this time of year, some people who suffer from allergies due to pollen get a break from their symptoms.  Unfortunately, the winter weather’s impact on pollen in the air doesn’t mean other people still aren’t suffering from ...

Chemical composition of fracking wastewater

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 19, 2015)

Wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, has been chemically analysed in the most comprehensive study of its kind to date. The researchers found that produced water from three US fracking sites contained a diverse array of chemicals including toxic metals such as mercury and the carcinogens toluene and ethylbenzene. ...

Asbestos Still a Major Health Concern for Workers across the Globe

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Feb. 3, 2015)

Recently, The Globe and Mail published an article that reported that asbestos exposure is the single largest on-the-job killer in Canada.  The publication found that more than a third of approved workplace death claims in 2013 were due to asbestos exposure, which was more than the combined number of job-related fatalities from highway ...

Four northwest companies agree to settle EPA chemical emergency planning and release reporting violations

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Feb. 18, 2015)

Four northwest companies (2 in Washington, 1 in Oregon, 1 in Idaho) have agreed to follow federal requirements when it comes to reporting the storage, handling, and accidental release of hazardous chemicals. The companies have agreed to correct the violations and pay fines. Two of the firms (Stack & Dickinson) violated the hazardous chemical ...

University in Texas Moves Classes Due to Concerns over Asbestos and Mold

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Dec. 22, 2014)

Earlier this month, The Houstonian reported that a building at Sam Houston State University was recently found to contain mold and asbestos.  According to the article, classes were moved from Academic Building III after complaints of mold resulted in an investigation that discovered it was indeed present in the building.  In order to ...

EPA to Hold a Public Meeting concerning the Stauffer Chemical Superfund Sites Operable Unit 3 Cold Creek Swamp

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Nov. 20, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a Public Meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Turnerville Volunteer Fire Department, 13145 Highway 43 North, Axis, Alabama. Representatives from EPA will be available to provide information and answer questions about the Stauffer Chemical Superfund Sites ...

Six new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) added to the Candidate List and one entry updated

by European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)  (Dec. 17, 2014)

admium fluoride and cadmium sulphate are added to the Candidate List as being ‘Carcinogenic', ‘Mutagenic', ‘Toxic for reproduction' and are also identified as being of ‘Equivalent level of concern based on probable serious effects to human health' (specifically due to the effects on kidney and bone). Two ...

EPA Fall 2014 Regulatory Agenda Includes Item Concerning TSCA Section 8(a) Rule for Nanoscale Materials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Dec. 5, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fall 2014 Regulatory Agenda, which was posted on the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) website on November 21, 2014, includes an item concerning Section 8(a) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reporting and ...

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