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  • South Africa - improving chemicals and waste legislation

    Much in South Africa is governed by the country’s immense mining industry, even the proliferation of new waste legislation. The chemicals legislation is also fragmented. But there are signs of light.South African environmental legislation is, to put it mildly, fragmented. But now the country's legislators seem to have woken up. Increasingly, international treaties on environment are takin into ...


  • Toxic waste defiles defunct chemical plant in Hungary

    Greenpeace says leaking, rusted barrels full of toxic materials stored in the open at a defunct chemical company in Hungary could cause an environmental catastrophe. The government says it will take months before the chemicals are removed and the area can be cleaned up. Gergely Simon, a Greenpeace chemicals expert, called the situation at the Budapest Chemical Works "near catastrophic." He said ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Fines Wharton Chemical for Hazardous Waste Violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently conducted a compliance evaluation of Wharton Chemical in Hungerford, Texas. The evaluation revealed violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) related to the storage and handling of hazardous waste at the facility. The company will pay a $230,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated RCRA, and taking steps to ...

  • Helping rid farms of chemical waste in New Zealand

    Greater Wellington is currently compiling a list of rural properties throughout the region for a collection of agrichemicals planned for mid 2008. The collection is part of a joint Greater Wellington and Ministry for the Environment programme aiming to rid the region of banned and unwanted agrichemicals. In 2006 the programme facilitated the removal of 1,250kg of chemicals from 15 properties in ...


    By New Zealand Government

  • Commercial Disposal Urged for Chemical Weapons` Secondary Waste

    WASHINGTON, DC, July 26, 2007 (ENS) - In an effort to speed up the ongoing destruction of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile it would be a good idea for the U.S. Army to use commercially run hazardous waste management facilities to dispose of secondary waste that results from destroying the chemical agents, says a new report from the National Research Council. The United States is destroying ...

  • EPA recognizes partners for major waste and chemical reductions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing 71 universities, government agencies, and private companies for their environmental commitments to reduce waste under the agency’s WasteWise and National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) partnership programs.  The partners are being honored for environmental achievements to prevent and recycle waste, and for specific ...

  • Faster screening of plastic waste for harmful chemicals

    A more efficient method for sorting plastic electronics waste containing harmful chemicals is proposed by a new study. The method combines two analytical techniques that together can quickly and accurately detect levels of flame retardants in plastics used by the electronics industry. The European Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive (2011/65/EU)1, adopted in 2003 and revised in ...

  • LanzaTech Produces Key Chemical Building Block from Waste Gases

    Scientific Milestone for Manufacture of Polymers, Plastics, Gasoline, Diesel and Jet Fuel AUCKLAND, New Zealand - LanzaTech has successfully produced 2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD), a key building block used to make polymers, plastics and hydrocarbon fuels, using the company’s gas fermentation technology. LanzaTech CEO Dr Jennifer Holmgren says the New Zealand clean tech company is the first to ...


    By LanzaTech

  • United Nations launches global campaign to strengthen synergies in chemicals and waste management

    On 22 February 2010, more than one hundred forty governments will meet in Bali to strengthen ties between the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the world's three leading treaties promoting the sound management of hazardous chemicals and wastes. In an effort to further synergies between the three treaties and better target resources for chemicals and waste management on regional and ...

  • UN launches global campaign to strengthen synergies in chemicals and waste management

    Simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions aim to enhance cooperation and coordination among the three conventions More than one hundred forty governments will meet in Bali to strengthen ties between the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the world's three leading treaties promoting the sound management of ...

  • Countries Move Forward on Important Issues for Sustainable Management of Chemicals and Waste

    Significant steps were agreed upon early this morning by parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, as the 2015 Triple COPs drew to a close. Staged under the theme "From Science to Action: Working for a Safer Tomorrow" from 4 to 15 May 2015, almost 1,200 participants from 171 countries converged on Geneva to push forward the chemicals and waste agenda at this biennial event. A ...

  • Penalty Upheld for Hazardous Waste Violations at Roanoke, Va., Chemical Distributor

    The U.S. EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has upheld the results of an EPA enforcement action involving hazardous waste storage that was initiated in 2011 against Chem-Solv, Inc. and Austin Holdings-VA, L.L.C., the operator and owner of a chemical blending and distribution facility in Roanoke, Va. In a January 26, 2015 Final Decision and Order, the EAB upheld in its entirety the 2014 ...

  • Crime Fighters Recognized for Tackling Illegal Trade in Wildlife, Chemicals and Waste

    Five enforcement officers and eight organizations tackling fast-growing illegal trade in wildlife, chemicals and waste in Asia Pacific are the first recipients of the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award (AEEA) announced here today. The winners, hailing from Cambodia, China, India, Philippines, Thailand, Tonga, and Viet Nam, were awarded for their efforts in ...

  • Idaho hazardous waste disposal site failed to disclose chemical releases

    “Companies that handle toxic chemicals have a responsibility to be transparent about what they use and release into the environment,” said Kelly Huynh, manager of the Inspection and Enforcement Management Unit at EPA in Seattle. “Accurate, timely numbers from companies are critical for communities to have up-to-date information on chemical releases in their states.” US ...

  • Roanoke Chemical Distributor Ordered to Pay $612,339 for Hazardous Waste Storage Violations

    An administrative law judge has ordered the owner and operator of a chemical distribution facility in Roanoke, Va. to pay a $612,339 penalty for multiple violations of federal and state hazardous waste storage regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. After presiding over a five-day hearing, Administrative Law Judge Susan Biro issued a 125-page opinion on June 5, ...

  • Toxic chemical releases declining

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its annual national analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), providing all Americans vital information about their communities. The TRI program publishes information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Chemical Release Data Available

    EPA Sets New Early Record for Releasing Data to Communities Nationally Washington, D.C. - EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is available this year earlier than ever before for local communities and national analysis. Facility-specific data was released last September and the full national data released today. 'EPA is getting quality data out to the public faster through ...

  • Chemical-free COD Analyzer

    The on-line COD analyzer QuickCODultra by LAR Process Analysers AG determines the chemical oxygen demand (COD) in water. Using a robotic, horizontally and vertically moving injection needle, the sample is transported to the furnace. Due to the robust needle samples with a high ...


    By LAR Process Analysers AG

  • ReportsnReports - Advances in Renewable Chemicals

    This report Advances in Renewable Chemicals describes the rationale for the development of a viable renewable chemicals industry and the potential applications of renewable chemicals, both current and projected. The dynamics of the renewable chemicals market are discussed, including market ...


  • Future feedstocks for the chemical and energy industries

    Waste is increasingly considered a resource for both material and energy uses. Some technologies have a long track record (e.g. biogas) while some are just emerging (e.g. base chemicals from municipal solid waste). Many companies are considering a switch to waste-based materials or energy carriers in an effort to decrease the environmental burden of their products (waste is typically considered ...


    By thinkstep

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