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  • Emergency Spill Responders New Year’s Resolutions

    The New Year is a time to reflect looking at the past while also planning for the next year.  While most people think of New Year resolutions from an individual perspective, it equally applies to businesses.    Businesses that respond to emergency spills are no exception.  As with any business, one of the key resolutions is often finding new ways to grow the business and ...

  • Encouraging bacteria to clean up oil spills

    Catastrophic accidents account for 9 per cent of the oil released into marine environments. Several disasters, including the 1989 Exxon Valdez in Alaska, and the Prestige incident, off northern Spain in 2002, have seen the use of 'bioremediation' as part of the clean-up operation. Recent work has investigated combinations of natural additives to increase the speed and efficiency of ...

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  • Emergency Spill Responders Find New Sources of Revenue

    Emergency spill responders have the crucial task of protecting people and the environment from hazardous waste and chemical spills.  This important service may be called upon anytime of the day at almost any location across the nation.  It is essential for safeguarding human health and the soil, water and air.    Companies that provide these services now have a critical ...

  • Using microbes to clean up oil spills

    Original story at MIT News Catherine Drennan, a professor of chemistry and biology, likes to wax poetic about the complex chemistry of microbes. "I think they’re elegant and beautiful," she says. Of course, she also sees their practical applications. "I love the fact that these microbes can be used for bioremediation in ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 4 years after spill, questions on long-term health

    As the fourth anniversary of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster approaches, workers who cleaned up oil in the Gulf of Mexico are able to file claims for medical problems they developed after the spill. But questions about their long-term health linger. Research being done by the government's National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences may one day provide answers. The agency is ...


    By Associated Press

  • Designer `nanobatons` could help clean polluted groundwater and oil spills

    In a development that could lead to new technologies for cleaning up oil spills and polluted groundwater, scientists at Rice University have shown how stick-shaped nano-particles of metal and carbon can trap oil droplets in water by assembling themselves into bag-like sacs. The tiny particles - each one smaller than one-billionth of a meter - were found to assemble spontaneously by the tens of ...

  • Columbia Weather equipment participating in Gulf oil spill monitoring efforts

    While crews in the Gulf of Mexico are working to mitigate the damage caused by the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists aboard the R/V Pelican research vessel are taking samples from the sea floor to analyze for changes in chemicals and marine organisms. ...

  • 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.  ...

  • After spill, water ban lifted for part of West Virginia

    Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight and sound for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago. It could still be days before everyone in the Charleston metropolitan area is cleared to use the water, though ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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.

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