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Indictments in West Virginia chemical spill case

by Associated Press  (Dec. 17, 2014)

Four former chemical company executives and two lower-level employees have been charged in a January spill that contaminated a river and left 300,000 residents around West Virginia's capital without usable water for drinking and bathing for days. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charged ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and ...

Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

by Associated Press  (Dec. 15, 2014)

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, ...

Wolfe Presentation Featured on California Water Website

by LimnoTech Inc.  (Dec. 17, 2014)

A presentation at the 2014 Bay Delta Science Conference by Dr. John Wolfe, LimnoTech Vice President and Manager of our Southern California office, has been featured on Maven’s Notebook, a website dedicated to compiling and reporting news from numerous media and events about the many complex water issues facing the State of ...

Playa Grande Beach on the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge Closed to Protect Public While Potential Munition Is Investigated

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Dec. 9, 2014)

The EPA is closely monitoring activities related to potential munitions debris spotted in the water off the shore of the Playa Grande beach area of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) and urges residents and tourists to heed a local beach closing. The Playa Grande area of the Refuge has been closed since Sunday, December 7, 2014 to ...

Seven Massachusetts Graduate Students Awarded EPA Grants for Environmental Research Projects

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 28, 2014)

Seven graduate research students in Massachusetts will receive fellowship grants to assist with their research projects, under EPA’s “Science to Achieve Results” (STAR) program. The students include three from Boston University, three from Harvard University and one from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The funded projects ...

EPA Supporting Next Generation of Environmental Scientists Through 105 Fellowship Grants

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 22, 2014)

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 105 graduate students across the nation will receive $8.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grants to conduct research on topics ranging from climate change and public health to water quality and sustainability that will have cross-cutting impacts in the ...

Producing environmentally friendly biodegradable plastics from vegetable waste

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Dec. 4, 2014)

Using vegetable waste to produce bioplastics can provide sustainable alternatives to non-biodegradable plastic, new research has found. The biodegradable plastic developed for this study, produced using parsley and spinach stems, cocoa pod husks and rice hulls, have a range of mechanical properties comparable to conventional plastics which are ...

New Field Laboratories and Related Research To Help Promote Environmentally Prudent Development of Unconventional Resources

by US Department of Energy  (Nov. 6, 2014)

Today (Nov 6, 2014), the Department of Energy announced the selection of three multiyear, field laboratories and six other multiyear research projects for continued research to promote environmentally prudent development of unconventional oil and natural gas (UOG) resources. As part of a July, 2014 Executive Order and a multiagency effort ...

Webinar: Streamlining Incident and Investigation Management

by Intelex Technologies Inc.  (Sep. 17, 2014)

Managing incidents and investigations can be a time consuming, manual task. Particularly if you are relying on paper-based systems or inefficient spreadsheets that make collating and sharing information among business units cumbersome and prone to error. The bright side is that there is an easier way. Watch this webinar and learn: How to ...

DuPont chemical plant had some environmental violations

by Associated Press  (Nov. 17, 2014)

State records show dozens of minor or moderate state environmental violations since 2009 at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant where four people died from toxic fumes over the weekend. The plant, however, which covers 600 acres along the Houston Ship Channel in LaPorte and has operated since 1956, has received a satisfactory rating from the ...

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