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  • Lead Poisoning Risks in Contaminated Soil

    A recent USA Today investigation revealed contaminated soil around hundreds of old lead factory sites. At a hearing on Thursday, a US senator questioned federal environmental health officials about what is being done to reduce lead poisoning risks. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning, and they can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources–although ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Contamination Necessitates $1.5 Million Demolition at University of Colorado

    After a health audit exposed high levels of asbestos in the College Inn building, which was used as an overflow dormitory to house students on the University of Colorado campus, the school has decided to demolish the building. The College Inn was constructed in 1964, when it was common practice to use construction materials containing asbestos. Because of its insulating and heat-resistant ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Soil contamination hazards discussed in new online Vvdeo

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate people about issues that may impact their health.  Their latest educational video discusses soil contamination issues that may impact people and their families. Today, there are many places across the country have been identified as Superfund sites.  Superfund is the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Due to Asbestos Contamination, National Park Closes 30 Acres of Coastline

    The Republic reports that authorities have closed 30 acres of land on Horn Island, located in Mississippi, until further notice while asbestos contamination is removed. The asbestos was detected on tiles at a former biological testing site utilized by the U.S. Army. Today, the park is a popular recreational destination that has been reserved for the protection of natural and historical ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Contamination in Water Poses New Problems for Cleanup in Libby, MT

    Tests of the waterways surrounding Libby, Montana show extremely high levels of asbestos, complicating a cleanup that has already cost $370 million over the past decade, reports the Great Falls Tribune. W.R. Grace & Co. mined asbestos-tainted vermiculite near Libby to make residential insulation until 1990. Now the area is one of the largest superfund sites in the nation’s history. An ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Found in Soil of South Korean Baseball Parks and High Schools

    The Korea Baseball Organization states that its pro baseball season will continue despite the high levels of asbestos found in several parks’ soil. After testing, five of the seven pro baseball stadiums showed elevated asbestos levels due to the presence of olivine, a type of mineral used to make sports fields drain more easily after a rainfall.   The KBO said that the contaminated ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Environmental Experts Provide Solutions for Identifying Contaminated Soil in Puerto Rico

    Last month, The Atlantic published a report about the high rate of illnesses and cancer on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. The article discussed the Navy’s past use of heavy metals and toxic chemicals on its former military base on the island and potential lingering soil contamination issues that could be impacting people’s health.  The Atlantic Fleet Weapons ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Idaho Transportation Department fails to perform advance asbestos inspection, report contaminated building demolition, in Priest River, ID

    The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over federal asbestos violations at a building demolition site near Priest River in northern Idaho’s Panhandle. According to the EPA, ITD failed to inspect a former commercial building located in Priest River, Idaho for possible asbestos contamination prior to its demolition and failed ...

  • Children Mistake Asbestos for Sidewalk Chalk

    Young children found pieces of what appeared to be sidewalk chalk outside a former high school in Niagara Falls, NY and began drawing with the substance outside the building. Only later did their parents discover that the children were actually playing with asbestos, the dangerous, carcinogenic mineral.   Vandals broke into the old high school to steal pipes and left the asbestos insulation ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Discovered in Cars Manufactured in China

    The Brisbrane Times reports that nearly 25,000 cars, manufactured in China and exported to Australia, are expected to be recalled after some of their parts were found to be contaminated with asbestos. The asbestos was detected in the car’s engines and exhaust gaskets. Ateco Automotive, the company that imported the affected vehicles, has reportedly known about the issue for months. They are ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EPA Region 7 Provides $2.4M to Joplin, Mo., to Sample and Remediate Contaminated Soils Disturbed by May 2011 Tornado

    EPA Region 7 will provide an additional $2.4 million to the City of Joplin, Mo., to help sample and remediate lead and cadmium-contaminated soils that were disturbed during the May 2011 tornado and subsequent recovery efforts. The new federal funding, announced today by EPA and city officials, should allow Joplin to replace soils and restore yards at an estimated 240 homes, parks, playgrounds and ...

  • Minneapolis Laboratory Earns New Asbestos Accreditation

    EMSL Analytical is proud to announce that our laboratory in Minneapolis, MN has been accredited by the Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) to test for the presence of asbestos in drinking water. According to the ELAP, accredited laboratories have demonstrated the capability to analyze environmental samples using approved ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos hazards prompt EPA to halt demolition work

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued two orders to Rock Springs Enterprises Inc. to cease demolition work at the site of a former pottery-manufacturing facility in Chester, Hancock County, W. Va. because of potential health hazards from asbestos and damage to a previously-constructed soil cap at the site. The former owners of the site, Newell Holdings Delaware, Inc., installed an ...

  • Asbestos Containment Scheduled to begin at Court Street in Nashua, NH

    (Boston, Mass. – September 24, 2007) – Federal, state and local cleanup experts are jointly moving forward to address soil contaminated with asbestos adjacent to the Nashua Public Library. The work is being coordinated between the U.S.EPA, the city of Nashua and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Asbestos was found in elevated levels in the half acre lawn area between the ...

  • The MACK Group, LLC completes large asbestos abatement project

    The MACK Group, LLC completed a large asbestos abatement removal project at the former GAF Plant located in South Bound Brook, New Jersey. The asbestos removal project consisted of asbestos abatement of 300,000 sf of asbestos transite roof & siding panels, 100,000 sf of asbestos built-up roofing, 11,000 ft of asbestos piping, 15,000 sf of asbestos tile & mastic, three 5 story high ...


    By MACK Group, LLC

  • WR Grace agrees to pay $250m for asbestos clean-up in US

    WR Grace, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, has agreed to pay $250 million, the highest sum in the history of the Superfund program, to reimburse the federal government for the costs of the investigation and cleanup of asbestos contamination in Libby, Mont., the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The action settles a bankruptcy claim brought by ...


    By US Department of Justice

  • Work Begins to Remove Contamination at Newtown, Conn. Site

    This week EPA began work to remove contaminated materials from the Batchelder site at 46a Swamp Road in Newtown, in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The cleanup is expected to be completed in approximately two months. Contamination at the Site does not present health risks to the neighboring area; however, Town officials would like to remind residents that it is important to remain off the site. ...

  • After 15 years, cleanup plan approved for contaminated town

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted final approval Monday to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos poisoning. The agency's action comes more than 15 years after it started emergency cleanup work in Libby following media reports that revealed rampant, asbestos-caused illnesses in the small town near ...


    By Associated Press

  • Mold Concerns from a Broken Pipe Turn into Asbestos Removal Efforts

    EMSL Analytical provides asbestos, mold, bacteria and chemical testing solutions to keep building occupants and workers safe. Cinnaminson, NJ, August 25th, 2010 Earlier this month a pipe broke in a junior high school in Missouri.  Classes were scheduled to begin shortly after parts of the school were flooded.  As the affected areas were being dried to prevent ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Soil Remediation to Begin at Superfund Site in Walpole, Mass.

    Work to excavate and remove contaminated soil at the Blackburn and Union Privileges Superfund Site begins this week. The soil remediation is focused on South Street on the east side properties, where the former Cosmec building sits. This week, contractors for the Responsible Parties began pre-construction activities including setting up support trailers, placing fencing and warning signs around ...

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