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  • 3rd national meeting of research on contaminated sites | Synthesis

    The synthesis of the 3rd national meeting of research on contaminated sites has just been released. The French Environment agency Ademe together with the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy organized the 3rd national meeting of research on contaminated sites and lands in November ...


    By Geovariances

  • Scots turn to whisky in battle to clean contaminated sites

    Scottish scientists have developed a technology to clean contaminated land and water which relies on a by-product of the whisky-making process. The Device for the Remediation and Attenuation of Multiple Pollutants - affectionately known by its creators as the DRAM - is said to remove a variety of contaminants cheaper and faster than most current clean-up techniques. The designers claim that the ...

  • Survey detects contamination on proposed waste disposal site

    Two small areas of radioactive contamination have been detected during a survey of grazing land adjacent to the former nuclear research site at Dounreay. They were excavated and removed to the site for analysis. One was identified as a 'minor' particle of fast reactor fuel and the other as soil contaminated with radioactivity. The finds were 5-30cm below the surface and covered by vegetation, ...

  • PEN announces report on contaminated site remediation

    The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Projecton Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) announced the availability of an article entitledNanotechnology and In situ Remediation: A review of the benefits and potential risks, whichdiscusses the use of nanomaterials in the environmental cleanup process. According to thearticle, nanomaterials have the potential to reduce the costs and time of ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Better detection of mercury contamination developed by researchers

    Mercury contamination has a negative impact on both the environment and human health. Researchers have developed a simple visual technique that will make detecting mercury pollution much easier. Mercury poses an international threat, as it can be transported through the air and through the food chain, especially via fish. It is mainly used in thermometers, barometers, dental fillings and ...

  • A modern integrated approach to contaminated site management strategies seminar series

    Project managers, regulators and site owners all face similar challenges: What technologies do I need to first define the hazards associated with my site and second how can I best remediate those hazards? Adventus, ARS, and Columbia are all long-standing and well recognized service providers having, in their respective ways, dealt effectively and efficiently with these challenges on thousands of ...


  • UN sets up green technology complex in contaminated ship yard site

    Hunters Point Shipyard on California's San Francisco Bay has gone through several rebirths in its more than 100 years of existence. Established as a commercial shipyard in 1870, it was appropriated by the US Navy at the beginning of World War II and became one of the Navy's major shipyards. After the war, it was home to the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory, the US military's largest ...

  • EPA, NREL partner to develop renewable energy on potentially contaminated sites

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites. Superfund sites are the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites identified by EPA for cleanup due to the risk ...

  • `Green Clean:` Researchers determining natural ways to clean contaminated soil

    Researchers at North Carolina State University are working to demonstrate that trees can be used to degrade or capture fuels that leak into soil and ground water. Through a process called phytoremediation – literally a “green” technology – plants and trees remove pollutants from the environment or render them harmless. Through a partnership with state and federal government agencies, the military ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Geovariances offers to achieve a map of your contaminated site for free...

    Do you have available survey samples? Geovariances proposes all those involved in site decommissioning, remediation or monitoring to produce a mapping of the contamination for free using Kartotrak, the software solution dedicated to contaminated site characterization and risk analysis. A life ...


    By GEOVARIANCES

  • Rhodococcus bacteria can help clean up fuel-contaminated sites

    Fuel spillages and leaks from petroleum storage facilities can lead to serious pollution of soils and underground water. In a recent study, two strains of Rhodococcus bacteria were found to be effective at degrading a number of petroleum hydrocarbons and thus helping clean up contaminated sites. Fuels can be significant pollutants of soils and groundwater, especially around fuel storage ...

  • Goodrich Corp. To Clean Up Contamination At Rialto Superfund Site

    The United States has settled with the Goodrich Corporation requiring the company to investigate and clean up contaminated groundwater and soil at the B.F. Goodrich Superfund Site in Rialto, Calif. Today’s settlements, along with previous settlements, will result in a comprehensive cleanup of the site which may total as much as $100 million. In addition, EPA will be proposing to rename the ...

  • Canada’s most contaminated site may finally receive the treatment it needs

    At one time, Nova Scotia produced almost 50% of Canada’s steel. When production ceased in 2001, a legacy of contaminated soils, sediments and groundwater remained, bearing such contaminants as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), PCBs, and heavy metals. What remains today is one million tonnes of contaminated soil and sediment spread over, an area spanning 68 hectares, at two major sites - the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • A modern integrated approach to contaminated site management strategies seminar series

    Project managers, regulators and site owners all face similar challenges: What technologies do I need to first define the hazards associated with my site and second how can I best remediate those hazards? Adventus, ARS, and Columbia are all long-standing and well recognized service providers having, in their respective ways, dealt effectively and efficiently with these challenges on thousands of ...


  • Mapping pesticide contamination risk

    A new computerised tool helps regulators identify water sources at risk of pesticide contamination. The tool can be used to produce maps indicating water bodies at risk of contamination by taking into account: adjacent land-use, the concentration of pesticides in the environment and biological indicators of contamination. Protection of water resources is a key priority for the EU and water bodies ...

  • Shedding a light on contaminants

    Name a current environmental challenge. Global climate change? Loss of endangered species? What about soil contamination? Soil pollution rarely makes headlines, though it is a prevalent global issue. According to the European Environment Agency, 39 member states in Europe had over 2.5 million contaminated soil sites in 2011. Sharon O’Rourke, researcher at University ...

  • Agreement ensures removing contaminated buildings from nuclear metals superfund site in Concord, Mass.

    A new agreement will set the stage for more work to occur at a Concord, Mass. Superfund site, including the demolition of contaminated buildings which are unsound and need to be removed. The agreement, an Administrative Settlement Agreement between EPA, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Energy, Textron, Inc. and Whittaker Corporation, outlines responsibilities for $70 million for performance of a ...

  • Predicting amount of oil in contaminated soils

    Scientists are reporting a new technique for mapping and testing oil-contaminated soils. Traditionally, samples need to be collected from the field and returned to a lab for extensive chemical analysis, costing time and money when neither is readily available during a clean-up operation. The new method can take measurements in the field and accurately predict the total amount of petroleum ...

  • 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 ...

  • EPA Announces Selected Recipients to Receive $62.5 Million to Clean Up Contaminated Sites, Protect Health and the Environment, and Revitalize Communities Nationwide

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of 240 recipients recommended to receive $62.5 million in grants to protect people’s health and the environment in local communities. These new investments, funded by EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants, provide communities with funding necessary to assess, cleanup and ...

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