Hazardous Chemicals Articles

  • FAST-ACT Chemical hazard containment and neutralization system - Technical Report

    ABSTRACT FAST-ACT is a proprietary formulation of non-toxic high-performance specialty materials effective at neutralizing a wide range of toxic chemicals with the added capability to destroy chemical warfare agents. The FAST-ACT formulation is non-flammable, non-corrosive, and significantly reduces both liquid and vapor hazards. Since the dry powder neutralizes threats upon contact, ...


    By Fast-ACT

  • 12,000 U.S. schools are within a mile of a hazardous chemical facility. What should we do about that?

    In the absence of a federal U.S. policy for schools located near potentially dangerous sites, community activists search for safer solutions. On April 17, 2013, an explosion and fire at the West Fertilizer Company plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people and injured hundreds. It also destroyed more than 150 buildings around the plant. Among these were the West Intermediate School for 4th and ...


    By Ensia

  • Case study - Perstorp Speciality Chemicals AB,Perstorp, Sweden

    Customer: Perstorp Speciality Chemicals AB,Perstorp, Sweden Project: Chemical Waste Incinerator operating WESP Perstorp AB started up their Chemical Waste Incinerator year 2007. The emission standard to meet stated < 5 mg/Nm3. With a standard as low as 5 mg the natural choice ended up in a WESP. Result The plant has operated ...


    By Envibat AB

  • Chill Out: Chemical Descaling of Condensers Maximizes Efficiency

    Chiller units — open loop or closed loop — naturally experience performance degradations over time. As noted by ...

  • 10 things you need to know about the new U.S. chemicals law

    The updated Toxic Substances Control Act brings new hope for protecting Americans’ health and environment. Here's what it does — and doesn’t — do. “This is a big deal,” said President Barack Obama as he signed into ...


    By Ensia

  • Comments on 2011 Proposed SNURs Prompt Proposal Regarding Hierarchy of Controls

    On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to the existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to align these regulations with revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HCS), as well as changes to the OSHA ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Pump it up: making single-pit emptying safer in rural Bangladesh

    Safe emptying and disposal of fecal sludge from pit latrines in rural areas has become a priority for the Government of Bangladesh. In this paper, we calculate the volume and characterize the hazards of managing sludge to identify technologies for safely emptying rural single pits. In Bhaluka subdistrict, an estimated 15,000 m3 of sludge is produced annually. Physical, chemical, and microbial ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • ARCO Chemical - Case Study

    Custom Designed Furnace Reclaims $100,000 Condenser PCPC burn-off oven removed 4,240 lbs. of styrene polymer in compliance with local environmental laws. The Problem: ARCO Chemical Company's Beaver Valley plant in Monaca, PA, a manufacturer of styrene-based plastics, was experiencing severe problems and expense with the periodic cleaning of their ...

  • The chemical aquatic fate and effects database (CAFE), a tool that supports assessments of chemical spills in aquatic environments

    The Chemical Aquatic Fate and Effects (CAFE) database is a centralized repository that allows for rapid and unrestricted access to data. Information in CAFE is integrated into a user‐friendly tool with modules containing fate and effects data for 32,377 and 4,498 chemicals, respectively, with toxicity data summarized in species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) with associated 1st and 5th ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • How can I safely manage storage of chemicals on my site?

    Most laboratories or industrial sites store chemicals of different hazard classes. On their own these each present certain hazards, but when mixed the danger can increase significantly. Storing your chemicals safely on site is crucial in preventing incompatible groups from mixing. Certain groups will react vigorously with others presenting hazards such as fire, release of gases or ...


    By Camlab Limited

  • How To Avoid Penalties For Not Containing Spills

    "Chemical spills can cost your company millions of dollars not to mention the bad publicity that results from suffering a spill. Every business wants to avoid the possibility of an uncontained hazardous material spill if at all possible. To do this you need a spill containment system designed for the type of hazardous materials that your handle. Safe Drain ...

  • Soil and Groundwater Clean-up

    CLIENT: Homeowner/Insurance Company LOCATION: Hopatcong, NJ PROJECT TYPE: Soil and Groundwater Clean-up PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Brennan Environmental, Inc. was retained jointly by a homeowner and their insurance company to complete a soil and groundwater clean-up. An aboveground heating oil tank burst in the basement of their home, spilling approximately 200 gallons of oil onto the floor of ...


    By Brennan Environmental, INC.

  • Salinity changes impact of hazardous chemicals in Enchytraeus albidus

    Supra‐littoral ecosystems are among the most challenging environments for soil organisms, particularly when facing salinity fluctuations frequently combined with the presence of contaminants as a result of intense anthropogenic activities. Knowledge of how salinity influences the effect of contaminants in supra‐littoral species is crucial for determining the safety factors required when ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • A Guide on International Chemical Conventions

    There are many international chemical conventions restricting or even banning the production, use and trade of certain hazardous chemicals for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment. We have prepared a guide on major international chemical conventions with a focus on their aims, controlled substance list, control measures and their impacts. Note: You do ...


    By ChemSafetyPRO.COM

  • Cleaning Up With Rent-a-Chemical

    Lease programs are emerging as a safer, more environmentally friendly way to manage chemicals. Imagine if instead of making a list, buying groceries and sometimes running out of milk or ending up with spoiled food in the fridge, you engaged a company that helped analyze exactly how much food your household uses each week based on the meals cooked and eaten. That company would then deliver ...


    By Ensia

  • World’s largest district cooling center improves operations and eliminates hazardous delivered chemicals with new cooling water treatment - case study

    Application: Cooling Water Disinfection A major player in Chicago’s water treatment industry piloted MIOX water treatment technology for cooling tower water treatment in 2006.  Since proving MIOX’s Mixed Oxidant Solution (MOS) chemistry as a superior alternative to delivered biocides including bromine and isothiazoline, Thermal Chicago has continued to utilize MIOX ...


    By MIOX Corporation

  • Health alert over fracking’s chemical cocktails

    Fracking is once again in trouble. Scientists have found that what gets pumped into hydrocarbon-rich rock as part of the hydraulic fracture technique to release gas and oil trapped in underground reservoirs may not be entirely healthy. Environmental engineer William Stringfellow and colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of the Pacific told ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Reducing aquatic hazards of industrial chemicals: Probabilistic assessment of sustainable molecular design guidelines

    Basic toxicological information is lacking for the majority of industrial chemicals. In addition to increasing empirical toxicity data through additional testing, prospective computational approaches that drug development aim to serve as a rational basis for the design of chemicals with reduced toxicity. Recent work by our research team has resulted in the derivation of a “rule of two,” ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The role of persistence in chemical evaluations

    The initial stage in the assessment and priority‐setting of chemicals for their potential to cause harm to humans and the environment is usually a hazard assessment employing metrics for persistence, bioaccumulation and inherent toxicity. This hazard assessment is followed, when necessary, by the more demanding task of risk assessment. Hazard assessment of data and processes influencing ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Environment Canada to publish summaries of risk assessments for new chemicals

    OTTAWA--Environment Canada this fall will begin publishing summaries of risk assessments it conducts on certain chemical substances when they are first proposed for domestic use. The initiative by the department's New Substances Program has the support of industry and nongovernmental organizations, but industry remains concerned about the potential release of confidential business information ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

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