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  • Battelle Energy Alliance and Wheeler Electric to pay $61,000 EPA penalty for mishandling PCBs at Idaho National Laboratory

    Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) and its project contractor, Wheeler Electric, have agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $61,000 for mishandling waste contaminated with Polychlorinated bi-phenyls (PCBs) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), near Arco, Idaho. On July 12, 2006, a spill of PCBs occurred when employees of Wheeler removed oily cable from a conduit near a power plant ...

  • OSHA publishes notice of proposed rulemaking for new respirator fit-testing protocol

    The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (www.osha.gov) for a new fit-testing protocol -- the Abbreviated Bitrex Qualitative Fit-Testing (ABQLFT) protocol -- under Appendix A of OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard. The agency is accepting public comments until Feb. 25, 2008. 'This ...

  • EU council agrees to bring aviation into carbon trading, but throws out soil directive

    European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas welcomed the political agreement reached by today's Environment Council on including aircraft emissions in the EU emissions trading scheme. The Council however failed to reach an agreement on the day's other major issue: the new soil framework directive. Commissioner Dimas welcomed the Council's conclusions on the environment and ...

  • Bankrupt W.R. Grace Puts $32 Million Into Superfund Cleanup

    WASHINGTON, DC, December 21, 2007 (ENS) - The global supplier of specialty chemicals W.R. Grace has agreed to a $34 million bankruptcy settlement for cleanup costs at 32 Superfund sites across the country, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. The federal government determined that W.R. Grace contributed to the contamination at these 32 sites. The action settles a bankruptcy claim brought ...

  • EPA Faces Wave of Challenges to California Waiver Denial

    WASHINGTON, DC, December 21, 2007 (ENS) - A powerful Congressional committee has launched an investigation into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's denial of California's request to impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles and other tailpipe toxics. It is the first time a waiver request has been denied under the federal Clean Air Act. The Committee on Oversight and ...

  • ENSR’s William Glenn Wins National Ground Water Association Award: Award recognizes contributions to worker safety

    ORANGE, Calif (December 20, 2007) – William Glenn, ENSR’s senior associate geologist, has earned the Individual Safety Advocate Award from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). ENSR, part of AECOM, is a leading global environmental services provider. The Individual Safety Advocate Award recognizes the individual who has made the strongest contribution to promote, improve, maintain, and ...


    By AECOM

  • Delta’s IntelligentEHS® Adopts EarthSoft’s EQuIS®

    Delta’s Web-based environmental, health and safety information management system enhances capability through the addition of EQuIS St. Paul, Minnesota – May 7, 2007 – Extensive evaluation and testing that included more than 400 sites from a large oil and gas client’s portfolio has resulted in Delta’s selection of EQuIS as the technical data module used with its IntelligentEHS information ...


    By EarthSoft, Inc

  • Bruel & Kjaer introduces Virtual Vehicle Simulators

    Virtual, in-car testing which allows automotive designers to experience first-hand the noise and vibration environment within vehicles – before they’ve even been created - has arrived with the launch of Bruel & Kjaer’s NVH Vehicle Simulator systems. As a new component of the Bruel & Kjaer sound & vibration data acquisition and analysis platform - PULSE 11.2 - the NVH Vehicle Simulator consists ...

  • An Accelerometer for All Occasions

    Global sound and vibration expert, Bruel and Kjaer has launched a range of versatile DC Response Accelerometers suitable for testing dynamic acceleration effects on a number of applications, from automotive to aerospace. Designed to be incredibly robust, the new Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) DC response accelerometers can withstand high mechanical shocks of up to 10 000g and have ...

  • Low Frequency Noise

    Most Local Authorities receive complaints about low-frequency noise, but subsequent investigations are notoriously difficult and time-consuming to make. With the introduction of modern noise monitoring instruments, such as Bruel & Kjaer’s Type 2250 Hand-Held Analyser - with built-in sound recording and logging 1/3rd octave frequency spectrum - the procedure for practical assessment (developed ...

  • Investigation of Tonal Noise

    With an award-winning design and based on extensive research amongst sound and vibration technicians, engineers and consultants, Type 2270 and 2250 Hand-held Analyzers are both innovative, 4th generation analyzers from Brüel & Kjær. Type 2270, with its dual-channel measurement capability, and the single-channel Type 2250, host many of the same measurement application modules. One of these is ...

  • SENSITIVE, HIGH THROUGHPUT MASS SPECTROMETER FROM VARIAN, INC. ENHANCES PRODUCTIVITY FOR ROUTINE LABORATORIES

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Varian, Inc. (Nasdaq Global Select: VARI) today announced the release of its newest quadrupole mass spectrometer (MS) for gas chromatography (GC). The 300-MS is designed for use in high-throughput, routine laboratories and is available as a triple-quadrupole MS or a single-quadrupole MS that can later be upgraded to a triple-quadrupole.Mass spectrometry is a highly selective ...


  • Remote Concert Noise Tests Reduce Council Costs

    Earlier this month, the London Borough of Richmond became the first council to use Bruel and Kjaer's sound testing equipment with a wireless link to monitor concert noise levels and reduced the number of staff it usually needs at this type of event. This system, which has a direct cost benefit to the local authority and residents, was set up by Richmond’s Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) ...

  • MATRON CUTS THE COST OF LOUD MUSIC AND BARKING DOGS

    Neighbour complaints about loud music and barking dogs cost Local Authorities thousands of pounds, but vital savings are being made using the latest generation of digital noise monitoring systems from sound and vibration solutions manufacturer Bruel & Kjaer UK. With domestic noise complaints at their highest ever levels, the pressure on personnel and budgets is enormous but Bruel & Kjaer ...

  • Seen and definitely heard

    Bruel & Kjaer set up acoustic demonstration for school project UK – Dec, 2007 A group of students received a lesson on the art of measuring sound from the Acoustical Investigation & Research Organisation (AIRO) and Bruel & Kjaer UK, in support of a government initiative to encourage more children into science and engineering careers. The group of Year 12 students visited Bruel & ...

  • Lamor acquires Tarwell Ltd, half of Tarw-Trading Ltd, and launches new company for Subsea technologies

    In a contract signed December 5, 2007, Lamor Corporation Ab has acquired Tarwell Ltd, an oil spill recovery technology company based in Raisio, Finland. At the same time, Lamor has purchased 50% of Tarw-Trading Ltd.   Following the acquisition, Lamor owns the rights to Tarwell’s oil spill recovery equipment and patents and founds a new company, Lamor Subsea Ltd, together with ...


    By Lamor Corporation Ab

  • ‘Low Noise’ Tapping Machines

    More accurate sound insulation measurements to help constructors meet strict noise regulations are now available with sound and vibration expert, Bruel & Kjaer’s updated Standard Tapping machine – with reduced external noise. The inherent mechanical noise a typical Standard Tapping machine produces, particularly on poorly insulated floors, is picked up during use and distorts the results. ...

  • Update for Bruel & Kjaer’s sound meters

    Sound and vibration expert, Bruel and Kjaer, has added Windows Vista compatibility to its sound meter software packages and added a new application allowing users to make vibration measurements on the 2250 handheld meter. The software packages update allows users to take full advantage of Microsoft’s enhanced operating system, Windows Vista, when analysing, reporting or archiving the data ...

  • Bruel & Kjaer UK’s service goes interactive

    Leading sound and vibration manufacturer, Bruel and Kjaer UK has launched an online tool to make its service and repair booking process quicker for customers. Run via Bruel and Kjaer’s UK website, this new facility can be used by anyone with equipment for calibration or repair - and has many flexible features including: no contract requirement, single or multiple booking choices, an agreed ...

  • BRUEL & KJAER UPDATES RANGE OF MEASURING MICROPHONES

    Bruel & Kjaer (B&K) introduces new, state-of-the-art models in its range of measuring microphones and related equipment for the measurement of sound in the latest version of its Microphones & Conditioning Product Catalogue. In response to customer requests, the 2007 catalogue includes connection charts for the extended ranges of microphones (diffuse-field, pressure-field, low-noise), ...

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