Heavy Metals News

  • Newly published ASTM F963-16 allows use of HDXRF testing of heavy metals in toys

    The ASTM F15.22 Toy Safety Committee has just published revisions to its U.S. Toy Safety Standard, F963-16, covering the safety of all toys sold in the United States. Integral among the new changes is a provision allowing for the use of High-Definition X-Ray Fluorescence, or HDXRF, to measure the presence of toxic heavy metals in toys. Compared to traditional wet chemistry testing, HDXRF is much ...


    By X-Ray Optical Systems (XOS)

  • Heavy equipment isn’t something we take lightly

    For 10 months we’re focusing on a different hazard – the Top 10 safety hazards that reflect the most common risks and hazards we face every day in our jobs at CH2M, and we’re sharing the actions we can take to stay safe. This month we’re discussing the best ways to stay safe around heavy equipment.   Working with or around heavy equipment is dangerous. One of the most ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • TSCA Reform Is Here

    On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which significantly amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and expands the authority and requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with regard to the regulation of “chemical substances,” notably including heavy metals considered to be harmful to ...


    By X-Ray Optical Systems (XOS)

  • Macrotek Wins Acid and Heavy Metal Removal Contract

    Macrotek Inc., designer and builder of custom air pollution equipment, has been awarded a contract for a packed bed scrubber system. The scrubber will remove acid and heavy metal from process exhaust. The package includes a packed column and a thermoplastic recirculating piping system, complete with reagent dosing and system controls, all mounted on a skid. The skid package is fully assembled, ...


    By Macrotek Inc.

  • Safe Drain® Prevents 45,000lbs of Sediment and 12lbs of Heavy Metals from Entering California Bay Area Waterways

    473 Safe Drains were installed at 3 Applied Materials campuses in California’s Bay Area. The objective was to provide a means of ensuring day to day operations without risk to the environment. The Safe Drains allowed total control over storm water discharges and preventing spills from entering into the storm drain system. Over the 3 year study, the Safe Drains collected a total of 45,000lbs ...

  • Researchers find heavy metals along river after mine spill

    Researchers say they found scattered accumulations of heavy metals along a 60-mile stretch of riverbank in Colorado and New Mexico a month after the Gold King Mine wastewater spill and say that any potential threat to crops and livestock should be studied further. David Weindorf of Texas Tech University and Kevin Lombard of New Mexico State University said they found patches of discolored sludge ...


    By Associated Press

  • Xylem Commends 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner for his Ground-breaking Invention to Remove Heavy Metal Contaminants from Water

    Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, congratulates Perry Alagappan of Houston, Texas, the winner of the 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), the most prestigious international student competition for water-related research. The award was presented to Mr. Alagappan during the 19th SJWP ceremony ...


    By Xylem, Inc.

  • EPA: Colorado mine waste spill larger than first reported

     The Environmental Protection Agency says the mine waste spill into Colorado waters is much larger than originally estimated. But an EPA official said Sunday that she doesn't believe wildlife will suffer significant health impacts from the wastewater from an abandoned mine in southwestern Colorado. The agency said the amount of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Larson Electronics releases a Powerful Quadpod that’s Equivalent to 1000 Watt Metal Halide

    Larson Electronics has added to its extensive range of industrial grade lighting equipment with the release of an 800 watt quadpod mounted work light. Built to provide a high power lighting solution that requires minimal setup time, the WAL-QP-2X400LTL-LED-100 provides operators with an ideal lighting solution that features a quadpod with solid wheels for portability and two 400 watt LED light ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • RCM Day: The Real Cleaning Revolution Starts in Fiorenzuola

    The real cleaning revolution starts in Fiorenzuola. On 19th December, Macroclean, a company born out of the entrepreneurial vision of RCM and Macro, opened its doors to the Italian distributors for an open day devoted to the presentation of the new 2015 road sweeper models. After the meeting, the guests visited Macrocleans production department and discovered the technical innovations of the M60 ...


    By RCM S.p.A

  • Chromium pollution publication marks 10 years of NPL`s Heavy Metals Network

    Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have detailed the changing levels of chromium pollution across the UK Heavy Metals Monitoring Network, which celebrates 10 years of NPL operation this month. Chromium, a toxic metal, is being increasingly recognised as an important environmental pollutant, and its emission from industrial facilities is controlled by European legislation. ...

  • Save Money and The Environment, One Battery at a Time

    CP Lab Safety, a lab and industrial supply company and manufacturer of the health-preserving ECO Funnel, announced today that it is introducing a new, eco-friendly product in its endeavor to make the world a healthier, safer place: the ECO Battery Bin™.  The ECO Battery Bin™ is the latest innovation in the company's ongoing effort to promote proper ...


    By CP Lab Safety

  • Voltammetry: trace level determination of Cu, Pb, and Zn in fish for human consumption

    A research paper recently published by Jafari and Sobhanardakani in Current World Environment suggests voltammetry as a viable method for the ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • Mexico warns Arizona of waste spill into river

    Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer. Mexican officials on Monday issued a binational alert that contaminated water had made its way into the San Pedro River, which runs north to Pinal ...


    By Associated Press

  • Wastewater treatment from chromium compaunds and heavy metal ions

    Wastewater containing chromium and other heavy metals, is highly toxic effluents which require high-quality and efficient purification. Such effluents formed during electroplating, other types of chemical, electrochemical surface treatment of metal products such as chromium-plating, nickel-plating, copper-plating, zinc-plating, cadmium-plating and also during some technological ...


    By GlobeCore GmbH

  • Heavy metal resource warfare; the importance of supply chain management

    High on the international agenda are terrorism and so-called cyber warfare and rightly so. However, there are more insidious threats to national security. For instance, communications, transport, food and water supply, healthcare and other aspects of infrastructure rely heavily on the fabrication of countless pieces of equipment that require rare chemical elements for their manufacture, not least ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Modern Water signs exclusive distribution agreement for China

    Modern Water plc (AIM:MWG), the owner of leading water technologies for the production of fresh water and monitoring of water quality, has recently signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Beijing Green Science and Technology (Beijing Green) which will cover mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Beijing Green has been one of Modern Water’s key distribution partners for almost ten ...

  • Monitoring heavy metal contamination in the German Wadden Sea

    Human activities, including industrial development along coastal areas, risk polluting the marine environment with heavy metals which can harm human health and aquatic life. A recent study has found elevated levels of metal pollution in the Jade area of the German Wadden Sea, but concludes that metal contamination of the sediments would not be expected to have harmful effects on the marine ...

  • Low toxic heavy metal risk for the average Spanish consumer of seafood

    Low toxic heavy metal risk for the average Spanish consumer of seafood A new study assessing the levels, and potential health risk, of toxic heavy metals in market-bought fish and shellfish in Spain has found that they are generally below European Commission regulatory limits, and that these products are therefore safe to eat for the average consumer in Spain. However, for high level consumers of ...

  • Supporting wastewater monitoring: a new certified reference material for heavy metals in wastewater

    JRC-IRMM has released ERM-CA713, a new wastewater certified reference material, developed in support of the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC). ERM-CA713 was specifically produced to include the four metals cited in the Priority Substances list (Cd, Hg, Ni and Pb) at concentration ...

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