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  • Ash Detection Technology

    Senior NILU Scientist Dr. Fred Prata has been working on an ash detection technology for over 15 years and today he received the credit he deserves at a major press conference in London. The airborne solution called AVOID is a system being developed which will provide pilots with roughly 6-7 minutes warning of ash clouds. The system uses IR technology and proprietary algorythms to distinguish ash ...

  • Pennsylvania Groundwater Contaminated By Coal Ash

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, September 18, 2007 (ENS) - Disposing of coal ash in mines is contaminating water supplies throughout Pennsylvania, according to a report released today by the advocacy group Clean Air Task Force and the nonprofit, public interest law firm Earthjustice. In 10 of 15 mines examined across the state, groundwater and streams near areas where coal ash, or coal ...

  • Coal-ash dumps threaten community

    From his modest home near the Cape Fear River, Sam Malpass can glimpse the tall stacks of Duke Energy's Sutton Steam Electric Plant, a looming reminder of the environmental dangers threatening his family. Contaminated groundwater from a pair of huge Sutton coal-ash dumps is headed toward the wells that provide drinking water for Flemington, a largely working class community a half mile from the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coal-ash waste poses risk across the nation

    The billion-gallon wave of toxic coal-ash sludge that burst from a power-plant retention pond and buried 300 acres of rural Tennessee hints at a far larger problem: hundreds of similar threats nationwide. More than 1,300 coal-ash waste sites are dotted across the United States, about half of them actively used, federal data show. Some are landfills. The rest are 'surface impoundments' (storage ...


    By Axcess News

  • Violations issued against Duke for coal ash spill

    North Carolina regulators issued notice to Duke Energy on Friday that the company will be cited for violating environmental standards in connection with a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. Two formal notices issued by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources cite Duke for ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tennessee American Water monitors local water quality following coal ash spill

    Tennessee American Water continues to monitor and test the water it provides its customers in the aftermath of a coal ash spill which occurred in Kingston, Tennessee on Dec. 22. “To date, there have been no issues associated with the water supply to the City of Chattanooga and the surrounding communities served by Tennessee American Water,” said John Watson, president of Tennessee American Water. ...


    By American Water

  • Preliminary environmental data of TVA coal ash spill reviewed for health effects

    Preliminary environmental data of the fly ash release at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in Harriman, Tenn. has been reviewed for health effects. Though there is no indication of acute health effects resulting from contact with the coal fly ash material, it is recommended that direct contact with the coal fly ash be avoided, including preventing children’s play in affected areas and keeping pets ...

  • EPA reaches deal with Duke to clean river coal ash

    Federal environmental officials said Thursday that they have reached a deal with Duke Energy to clean up its mess from a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River that coated 70 miles of the waterway in North Carolina and Virginia with toxic gray sludge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it had finalized an enforceable ...


    By Associated Press

  • Report: 20 Additional Toxic Coal Ash Contamination Sites Found in 10 States

    As Congress Considers "Deregulating" Toxic Coal Ash, Citizens Plea for Federal Enforcement of Standards to Protect Their Drinking Water; EIP Report Details How Arsenic & Other Dangerous Pollutants Contaminated Groundwater and Soil at Newly Identified Sites in FL, GA, IL, IN,  IA, KY, NV, SC, TN and TX. WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2011 ...

  • Hydrogen monitoring improves Syngas efficiency

    Syngas (synthesis gas) is manufactured from feedstocks containing carbon, such as coal, heavy oil, natural gas or biomass, to produce a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The production process involves a number of phases that start with gasification of the feedstock, and efficiency is greatly improved when hydrogen levels are monitored using a new sensor technology that is able to measure ...


  • Modern Water’s toxicity monitor used for river clean-up research

    Modern Water plc (AIM:MWG), the owner of leading water technologies for the production of fresh water and monitoring of water quality, has collaborated with the University of Central Florida (UCF) to supply a Microtox® M500 toxicity monitor. The monitor will assist with research into advanced treatment techniques which could provide a solution to the removal of Total Phosphorus from the ...

  • Auburn Systems Introduces the Newest TRIBO.dsp U3000 Series of Bag Leak Detectors and Solids Flow Monitors

    Auburn’s TRIBO.dsp U3000 series of electrostatic/triboelectric (TRIBO) bag leak detectors, ...


    By Auburn Systems, LLC

  • Satellite data improve aviation safety

    Thousands of planes are grounded across Europe due to the spread of volcanic ash following the recent eruption under Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull glacier. Volcanic eruptions eject large amounts of ash and trace gases such as sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere, often reaching the altitudes of scheduled flights. When flying through a volcanic ash cloud, ash particles enter the jet engines which can ...


    By European Space Agency (ESA)

  • North Carolina and Virginia Sign Deal with Duke for Dan River Cleanup

    Environmental and wildlife officials in North Carolina and Virginia signed an agreement with Duke Energy Monday for the cleanup of toxic coal ash from the Dan River, which flows through the two states. The agreement requires Duke to pay any "reasonable" cost associated with the Feb. 2 spill at its power plant near Eden, which coated 70 miles ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA sets limit for toxic pollutants released into waterways

    The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that are discharged into the nation's rivers and streams from steam electric power plants. If exposed at high levels, the pollutants can cause neurological damage in children, lead to cancer and damage the circulatory system, kidneys and livers. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said ...


    By Associated Press

  • Erionite testing recommended to prevent human exposure

    Erionite is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Erionite exhibits similar properties to asbestos and according to some reports may be associated with lung diseases and deadly lung cancers, such as Mesothelioma. It is usually found in volcanic ash that has been altered by water and weather and its color varies from clear to white and its fibers appear glass-like.The U.S. Environmental ...


  • Emission rules tighten for medical waste incinerators

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new limits on air emissions will affect most existing hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWI). This final action will reduce about 390,000 pounds of several pollutants each year including acid gases, nitrogen oxides, and metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury. The agency also is finalizing additional testing, monitoring, and ...


    By Custom Stack Analysis, LLC.

  • Improved sorting strategies needed in recycled wood waste, say EU researchers

    Waste management has in the past decade become a profitable business opportunity, but existing waste regulations do not provide strong enough incentives for better pollution control. According to new research, regulations designed to encourage high rates of recycling may also lead to increased pollution levels because material is not sorted correctly.  The supply chain in the recycled wood waste ...

  • Hawaii volcano erupts causing concern for public health & safety

    Explosive eruptions and noxious gas emissions at Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii this week have got scientists working around the clock to understand what will happen next and how to keep the public out of harm's way. Scientists are monitoring gas emissions and seismic activity at Kilauea, which on March 19 experienced its first explosive eruption since 1924. The volcano is emitting ...

  • Key role for Landsat in water-use maps

    Using Landsat imagery supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey in combination with ground-based water data, the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the University of Idaho developed a novel method to create water-use maps that are accurate to the scale of individual fields. The Ash Institute at Harvard University recently cited Idaho's original design for these maps as an outstanding innovation ...

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