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  • Cleaning oil spills with high performance magnets

    MIT researchers have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water that could be used to clean up oil spills. They believe that, with their technique, the oil could be recovered for use, offsetting much of the cost of cleanup. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is reported as one of the US’s worst environmental disasters, costing $40 million.  At the ...


    By Stanford Magnets

  • B.C. launches consultations on land-based spill capabilities

    The Government of British Columbia has launched a major consultative initiative to gauge the province's capabilities to respond to large scale, land-based oil pipeline spills. Building on five previously announced conditions for the approval of heavy-oil pipelines - most notably the proposed Embridge Northern Gateway pipeline to bring heavy oil from Alberta to tidewater in Kitimat, the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Interstate Products Expands Line of Spill Containment Pallets

    Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading manufacturer of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions has expanded its line of secondary spill containment and storage products. As a manufacturer, service company and major US and international distributor, IPI now offers the most flexible and comprehensive spill protection, containment, ...


    By Interstate Products Inc

  • New Revenue Opportunities Surface for Emergency Spill Responders

    Last month, Legends Environmental Insurance Services introduced spill responders across the United States and Canada to their SpillConnect website.  SpillConnect partners Legends with Spill Center, a 24 hour resource for companies who handle hazardous materials, chemicals and fuel and who need access to spill response specialists.   This new program offers companies involved with ...

  • Energy giant slammed for oil spill in Thai sea

    Critics on Thursday slammed Thailand's state-owned oil and gas company for its allegedly inefficient response to an oil spill that polluted a popular tourist island, as cleanup operations continued for a sixth day. About 50,000 liters (13,200 gallons) of crude oil - around the amount contained in 1 1/2 tanker trucks - spilled into the Gulf of Thailand off Samet Island on Saturday morning from a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ready T-Bracket Spill Berms measure up to largest spill containment and support requirements

    Oil spills and discharges most commonly happen during the oil storage container transfer process, and during fuel and chemical deliveries. Even though the majority of spills involve less than 100 gallons, most facilities that maintain above-ground storage of more than 1320 gallons of oil are still required to have oil spill plans in place as part of EPA and other regulatory rules. It is ...


    By Interstate Products Inc

  • Chemical incidents in UK on the increase - report

    Given the wide use of chemicals in industry, farming and the home, there are frequent incidents involving chemicals in the UK and in other developed countries. The Health Protection Agency today reveals that it recorded 1,015 chemical incidents in England and Wales in 2007 – up five percent on the 2006 figures. Fires were the most common cause of chemical releases, accounting for 28 per cent of ...


    By Health Protection Agency

  • Local firm to testify on use of chemicals

    By David Wichner A Tucson-based company aims to help shape the way the federal government regulates hazardous chemicals in the workplace. On Thursday, MC Technologies LLC will present recommendations to the U.S. Senate subcommittee on employment, safety and training, part of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The panel is considering changes to federal rules governing ...

  • Midwest groundwater tainted with sewage and chemicals

    Raw sewage is flowing into rivers and streams across central and eastern Iowa as one after another wastewater facilities are inundated by the record floods that have swept the state during the past two weeks. Livestock manure is also part of the nasty mix, along with spilled fuel and chemicals, all heading to the flooding Mississippi River and down to the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Environmental ...

  • Advanced marine spill simulation software is key to coastal environmental protection

    NCEC, part of the AEA Technology group, in partnership with BMT Argoss, a global specialist provider of marine environmental information, has co-developed a unique and sophisticated marine spill simulation tool to support primarily the Emergency and Rescue Services in the event of chemical incidents at sea or in port. The application has been independently validated in controlled sea trials, ...

  • Banana fibre can fix marine oil spills, says study

    Fibre from the stem of the banana plant can efficiently absorb oil spills that pollute coasts and threaten marine life says a new study by Indian researchers. Banana fibre, when treated with certain chemicals, can absorb up to 18 times their weight of oil, according to the study published last month ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • West Virginia company ordered to remove tanks after spill

    West Virginia's governor on Saturday ordered the company at the center of a chemical spill that tainted the state capital's water supply to remove all above-ground storage tanks from the Charleston operation. A statement released by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office said Freedom Industries must start the dismantling process by  ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oil spills could be cleaned up by bacteria from underground petroleum reserves

    Bacteria taken from underground petroleum reserves could be used to effectively break down crude oil from spills at sea, new research has found. The study measured the breakdown of crude oil components in simulated seawater by four bacterial strains that had been isolated from petroleum reservoirs, as well as by four genetically modified stains. The findings raise the possibility of tailor-making ...

  • 1 month after spill, West Virginians wary of water

    More than a month after chemicals seeped into West Virginia's biggest water supply, Jeanette Maddox would rather bundle up, drive to a shopping center parking lot and fill jugs of water from the spigot of a tanker truck than trust the tap in her kitchen. This is Maddox's new routine three times a week, what she considers a necessary burden to feel safe drinking water, cooking with it and making ...


    By Associated Press

  • IPI now offers comprehensive selection of industrial spill control kits

    Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading provider of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions now offers a broad range of industrial spill control kits that allow for an immediate response to any kind of emergency spill situation.  IPI has increased its line of quality universal Spill Kits which combine the very best absorbents, ...


    By Interstate Products Inc

  • EPA Proposal Strengthens Nation’s Preparedness Level and Response to Oil Spills

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to improve the nation’s ability to plan for and respond to oil spills. This proposal addresses issues raised by the public, responders, government, and industry officials during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  ...

  • Vapor Intrusion Problems Still an Issue 40 Years after Toxic Spill

    Earlier this month, WGRZ published a story about vapor intrusion problems in Leroy, New York.  The problem began in 1970 when 25 rail cars left their tracks and spilled cyanide crystals and trichloroethylene (TCE).  An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 gallons of TCE spilled onto the ground. According to the report, the cyanide was cleaned up, but the TCE wasn’t.  It didn’t ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • BLOBEL Spill Barrier BL/ST passes the real fire test!

    The manual BLOBEL Spill Barrier BL/ST installed at a facility in Europe was put to the test by a real fire. The manual Doorway Spill Barrier implemented performed as expected and contained any contaminated fire fighting water and sprinkler water run-off within the facility. The Spill Barrier BL/ST and the seal withstood the heat generated by the fire with ease. Even though the facility was ...


    By Blobel Umwelttechnik GmbH

  • Interstate Products offers new ultra-rack sump drum spill pallet

    Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading provider of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions has added a new selection of warehouse rack containment sumps to its diverse line of oil spill equipment and containment products. The new Ultra-Rack Sump from Ultra-Tech is an industrial quality polyethylene containment sump featuring a low ...


    By Interstate Products Inc

  • BP Fined $60 Million for Alaska Oil Spill, Texas Air Toxics

    WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2007 (ENS) - In the first criminal prosecution of the requirement that refineries and chemical plants take steps to prevent accidental releases, BP Products North America, Inc. will pay a criminal fine of more than $60 million for violations of federal environmental regulations in Texas and Alaska. This is the largest criminal fine ever assessed against a corporation ...

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