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Report: Feds to exceed costs for cleaning up nuke waste

by Associated Press  (Mar. 23, 2015)

The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Mondayby a government watchdog. The National Nuclear Security Administration spent about $931 million as of the end of the last fiscal ...

Biodegradable plastics – Not there yet. Additives to breakdown plastics don’t work

by GLOBE Foundation  (Mar. 23, 2015)

A new study from Michigan State University shows that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene (i.e., plastic bags) and polyethylene terephthalate (i.e., soda bottles) simply don’t work in common disposal situations such as landfills or composting. “Making improper or unsubstantiated claims can produce consumer ...

Sick Building Syndrome Cases in Puerto Rico Solved by Zimmetry Environmental

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

As far back as 1984, a World Health Organization Committee report suggested that up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subject of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality (IAQ). Often this condition is temporary, but some buildings have long-term problems.   Frequently, problems result when a ...

EPA Responds to Incident that Leaves Four People Ill on St. John; EPA Working with U.S. Virgin Islands Government on Ongoing Investigation

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 23, 2015)

The EPA is working closely with the U.S. Virgin Island government to investigate an incident reported to the U.S. Virgin Islands government and EPA on March 20, 2015. On March 20, 2015, paramedics responded to a call that four people in a family staying at the Sirenusa Condominium Resort in Cruz Bay, St. John became very ill. Family members were ...

Texas Building Science Experts Resolve Sick Building Syndrome Cases across the Gulf Coast

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

As far back as 1984, a World Health Organization Committee report suggested that up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subject of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality (IAQ).  In some of these buildings, the term sick building syndrome (SBS) has been used to describe situations in which building ...

The environmental side benefits to climate change mitigation

by GLOBE Foundation  (Mar. 20, 2015)

Effective greenhouse gas mitigation measures to stabilize global temperature change would also have important environmental benefits such as reduced air pollutant emissions, a recent research predicts. The research study investigated the potential for air pollutants to be reduced as a result of taking action to keep the global temperature ...

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Joins Senator Booker, Mayor Baraka and ICC to Visit Newark’s Community Air Pollution Project Which Utilizes EPA Science

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 13, 2015)

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy joined Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Isella Ramirez of Ironbound Community Corporation at the Ironbound Community Corporation Family Success Center to visit the site of a first-of-its-kind community air monitor, which measures air quality in greater Newark where ...

CH2M HILL Collects Three 2014 Business Achievment Awards for Environmental Excellence

by CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.  (Mar. 9, 2015)

CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, is pleased to announce that the company’s environmental projects and acquisition were recognized by the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) and Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ), as part of the publications’ annual  ...

EPA`s FY 2016 Budget Proposal Increases Support for Communities to Deliver Core Environmental and Health Protections

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Feb. 2, 2015)

The Obama Administration Fiscal Year 2016 budget announced today for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lays out a strategy to ensure that all Americans benefit from the economic recovery we are seeing today. The proposed EPA FY 2016 budget of $8.6 billion provides resources vital to that overarching vision and the request is $452 ...

Texas Building Science Experts Share Important Formaldehyde Exposure Information

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

Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used by industry in the manufacture of building materials and numerous household products.  Its primary use is in the production of resins and as a chemical intermediate. Formaldehyde is also a by-product of combustion and can be found in cigarette smoke.   As far back as 1987, the Environmental ...

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