asbestos waste Articles

  • How to deal with asbestos exposure in your workplace: advice for industrial workers

    At one point, more than 75 different industries exposed workers to asbestos. Even though these industries have been made safer by regulations from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, many workers still come in contact with asbestos products that remain at their jobsites. Although most industrial employees face some form of asbestos exposure risks during their career, ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Asbestos and Other Hazardous Wastes

    Asbestos has been used in products since the first century as tablecloths, candle wicks, blankets, etc. At that time the advice to slave owners: do not buy slaves who had worked in an asbestos mine, because they died prematurely. In the early 18th century asbestos started to be used in building materials and continued in the United States until its use in building materials started to be banned ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Zero waste, circular economy, sustainability impact the bottom line

    What is zero waste? In manufacturing zero waste's goal is to reuse left over materials from the manufacturing of products, putting them back into the process to manufacture new products. Zero waste can also be carried out when a manufacturer of a product that is recyclable takes it back to its facility to reuse recycled product in the production of a new similar product. This closely resembles ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Industry-Government-Pollution-EPA-Money

    Industry and Government have been hazardous polluters for decades. Negative Externality (the theory that those who make a decision do not have to pay the negative cost and effect of that decision) is a theory that could well apply to the consequence of previous hazardous pollution in the past.  An example of this is the answer I received after a presentation I gave on a non-thermal, EPA ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Mitsubishi corporation - Spent Potliner (SPL) hazardous waste treatment - Case Study

    The Challenge Spent Potliner (SPL) is generated in the primary production of aluminium and worldwide is estimated to rise at a rate of over 500,000 tonnes per year. The SPL waste contains concentrations of cyanide and fluoride and gives off noxious and flammable gases when in contact with moisture. Unless carefully handled, these contaminants readily "leach" into the surrounding soils and ...

  • The Trouble with Asbestos Disposal

    Hailed as a miracle mineral because of its superior fire resistance and tensile strength, asbestos was installed abundantly into our built environment for over 200 years. However, once it was established that this undeniably useful resource was a dangerous carcinogen, Australia and many other countries enacted strict regulations for handling asbestos and asbestos containing material (ACM). There ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Property demolition & remediation project - Case study

    ERC was hired as the General Contractor for this project. We hired and managed several subcontractors for Demolition, Concrete Crushing, Surveying, Compaction Testing, Asbestos & Universal Waste. ERC self-performed the in-situ soil mixing, waste characterization & sampling, disposal, backfill import & placement, grading & restoration. The project had multiple constituents as waste ...

  • Shipbreaking - Shipbreaking USA

    The number of U.S. shipbreakers has plummeted in recent decades following the emergence of lower-priced competition from Asia. And a question mark now hangs over the future of the country’s six remaining ship recycling firms following a change of policy by MARAD, the US Marine Administration. Recycling International examines the plight of US ship recyclers in the context of global trends. In ...

  • Forgotten asbestos mine sickens Indian villagers

    Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages that are home to thousands in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind. In Roro Village and nearby settlements, people who never worked in the mines are dying of lung disease. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Is Waste Going to be Our Apocalypse Without a Noah’s Ark to Save Us?

    Human beings have been dumping waste in water, including the ocean, since before the Agricultural Age. The Industrial Age brought with it new materials to dump, chemical wastes and by-products. Some materials are dumped into rivers and find their way to the ocean by running downstream. Other materials are dumped directly into the ocean from boats. Plastic is a harmful pollutant that does not ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Asbestos contaminated soil case study

    An active gypsum manufacturing facility discovered they had a large area of gypsum waste containing asbestos mixed with soil at the back of their property. The waste had accumulated over the years before the dangers of asbestos were known and now required remediation due to communication wires buried in the waste. Excavators could not be used due to the presence of the communication wires that ...


    By Enviro-Vac Corp.

  • Global Site Decommissioning - Case Study

    Challenge: A global oil and gas company required final decommissioning at a former terminal and blending facility that had been idle for almost a decade. The 2.5 acre site, located in South Africa, required the removal of all above and below ground structures, underground utilities, process equipment, buildings, concrete slabs and foundations. The objective of ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Asbestos Liability: How Does a Company CEO Provide Financial Assurance?

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been sued by the environmental groups, Sierra Club, Great Basin Resource Watch, Amigos Bravos and Idaho Conservation League, to enforce Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), i.e., companies must prove financial assurance requirements for hazardous releases. In short, prove to EPA that they ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Understanding price and cost of hazardous wastes

    The first line of defense for companies is they don't have any hazardous, toxic or regulated wastes. And if they do, it is minimal, gets cleaned up and sent to a safe landfill (if there is such a thing). So they believe they are safe. You may be safe, but our environment is not and our children for sure are not and your future stockholders definitely are not. I have knowledge of asbestos ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • How can lead be so crucial, but also so toxic?

    Why is everyone talking about lead? Not long ago, like so many historic buildings in the UK, a local parish church near to where I live had the lead stolen from its roof.  Sadly, this is not so unusual and all the more distressing in this case, both because it holds special memories as the church where my wife and I were married, and also because the lead was stolen during heavy ...

  • The Asbestos Business is Booming – But from the Wrong End

    I eat dinner somewhere between 8:30pm and 9:30pm most nights. Burned out from starting my Blackberry at 6 a.m. and shutting it down at 12 a.m., as well as sitting in front of the computer all day, I do workout, important for everyone to do, and I do speak with my wife, also important, but I tend to watch brainless television while I eat, as well as keep my Blackberry turned on. I switched ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Clemen-soap: a shipbreaking saga

    After an illustrious history, the final days of the ‘Clemenceau’ aircraft carrier have become mired in controversy. The French navy wanted the vessel to go for breaking in India, but environmentalists had other ideas … When the French navy replaced its fifty-year-old aircraft carrier ‘Clemenceau’ with its nuclear successor the ‘Charles de Gaulle’ in 1997, it looked for a place to scrap the old ...

  • The ABCOV® Method of Non-Thermal Asbestos Destruction

    The ABCOV® Method destroys asbestos with a non-thermal, United States Federal Environmental Protection Agency approved, chemical-physical process that: Eradicates Asbestos from the Environment; Stops Human Exposure to Asbestos; Provides Efficient and Cost Effective Asbestos Destruction; Eliminate Landfill ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Do I need a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) and What do they cost?

    A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, often called a Phase I ESA, is generally performed on a commercial property usually as part of a sale/purchase or commercial financing by a broker or other lending institution. The objective is to protect a prospective buyer, property owner, or lending institution from some unforeseen aspect of the property that could affect the value or saleability of the ...

  • Asbestos and Man-made Mineral Fibres in Buildings: Practical Guidance

    Contents Key Points 1: Introduction 2: What are asbestos and man-made mineral fibres? ...

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