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  • Pulp friction cleans up Brockovich chemical

    A byproduct of the manufacture of pulp using the sulfite process for making paper, sodium lignosulfonate, can be used to immobilize and soak up toxic chromium compounds from soil and water, according to research published in the International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development. Konstantin Volchek and Carl Brown of Environment Canada, and Dario Velicogna of Velicogna Consultants Inc ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Chemical supplier W.R. Grace to pay toward clean-up of hazardous waste sites

    W.R. Grace has agreed to a $34 million bankruptcy settlement for cleanup costs at 32 Superfund sites across the country, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice announced today. This action settles a bankruptcy claim brought by the federal government to recover money for site cleanup. 'Bankruptcy is not a safe haven to avoid environmental responsibilities,' said ...

  • EPA terminates negotiations with Dow Chemical on river clean-ups

    US Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has stopped its negotiations with Dow Chemical aimed at a settlement to conduct a study and interim cleanup actions for dioxin contamination in the Tittabawassee River system. 'EPA does not believe that the deal Dow is offering goes far enough,' said Ralph Dollhopf, Associate Director for the Superfund Division of EPA's Regional Office in Chicago. 'Key ...

  • Wercs digs up the dirt on clean

    You don't know what's in that household cleaner underneath the sink but one local company does. And the work it does for the nation's largest retailers tracking chemical ingredients in thousands of items could push safer products onto store shelves across America. Before any chemical product gets into Wal-Mart, Sears and Kmart, its manufacturers must come clean with what's inside to The Wercs, a ...


    By UL The WERCS

  • Three more hazardous chemicals up for review in New Zealand

    The Environmental Risk Management Authority has decided there are grounds to reassess the risks and benefits of the continued use of three more hazardous chemicals in New Zealand.  The three chemicals being reassessed are part of a strategic hazardous substances review and reassessment programme, which aims to reduce risk to people and the environment. Under this five year programme, ERMA New ...


    By New Zealand Government

  • EPA, Coast Guard to clean up millions of gallons of hazardous liquids and sludge from Samoa Pulp site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard today announced the agencies will begin removing millions of gallons of hazardous materials and toxic sludge from the former Samoa Pulp Mill site in Samoa, Calif. as part of a joint cleanup effort. EPA Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA-2), ...

  • Clean-up of dense nonaqueous-phase liquids (DNAPLs) at US hazardous waste sites

    The US EPA's Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation has constructed a website that compiles available information related to the cleanup of dense nonaqueous-phase liquids (DNAPLs) at hazardous waste sites. This initial phase addresses the most common DNAPL contaminants: chlorinated ethenes (e.g., tetrachloroethene and trichloroethene) and multi-component wastes (creosotes, ...

  • Seventh generation told to clean up its ads

    The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has recommended that Seventh Generation Inc., modify or discontinue certain advertising claims for the company's household cleaning and laundry products. NAD, the advertising industry's self-regulatory forum, reviewed health, safety and ingredient claims made in broadcast and Internet advertising and product packaging by ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • US$600m recovery act funding to clean up hazardous waste sites, create jobs

    EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has announced US$600 million in new funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the cleanup of hazardous waste (Superfund) sites across the nation. In most cases, this recovery act funding will accelerate the hazardous waste cleanup already underway at the sites and fund new clean-up projects. It will also jumpstart the local economy by ...

  • EPA advancing clean up at 15 hazardous waste sites, proposing 11 sites for action

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding 15 hazardous waste sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. EPA is also proposing 11 sites to be added to the list. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the ...

  • Cillit Bang used in clean-up at Dounreay

    The BBC has today covered the use of Cillit Bang in the clean-up of the Dounreay Site. The press release issued by Dounreay Site Restoration Limited can be found below. Nuclear sites across Britain are showing interest in the discovery by workers at Dounreay that one of the country's best-selling household cleaner removes plutonium stains more effectively than many industrial clean-up products. ...

  • Soil clean up underway at New England site

    EPA has been working closely with the Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management (RI DEM) and local officials during the removal of potentially hazardous materials at the Providence Barrel Site in Smithfield, R.I. Excavation of contaminated soils began in May, 2008. Last week, the transportation and disposal of the contaminated soil from the immediate Site began to take place. This week EPA ...

  • EPA seeks public input on plan to clean up Peninsula Boulevard Superfund Site in Hempstead, New York; chemicals used in dry cleaning to be cleaned up next to Woodmere Middle School (NY)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a plan to clean up the Peninsula Boulevard Superfund site in Hempstead, N.Y. by removing and treating contaminated ground water from the site. The ground water is contaminated with the volatile organic compounds tetrachloroethylene and tricholoroethylene, chemicals used in dry cleaning that can adversely impact people’s health. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Gerrus Maintenance Cleans Up at Edison Chamber Awards

    Gerrus Maintenance, Inc. received an "Outstanding Business of the Year" award at the 12th annual awards dinner of the Edison Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 14. Gerrus, which has been in business for nearly 40 years, is a leading provider of professional building maintenance services. The company supplies regular janitorial services for warehouses, factories, pharmaceutical labs, and ...


    By Marketwire

  • Maryland`s Spectron Superfund to Be Cleansed of Hazardous Chemicals

    PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, announced Thursday it has reached a $21.8 million settlement with 95 parties to clean up the Spectron Inc. Superfund Site in Elkton, Maryland. Under this consent decree, reached in pre-litigation negotiations, the settling defendants have agreed to perform and fund an estimated $19.5 million cleanup at the site. ...

  • First REACH hazardous chemicals list is a drop in the ocean

    The first-ever list of 15 hazardous chemicals released this week by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is a welcome start, but it is a drop in the ocean when compared to the hundreds of well-known dangerous substances present in products used every day across Europe, said a coalition of environmental, health, consumer and women’s public interest groups. The groups welcome the publication of the ...

  • Evidence of hazardous chemicals and materials found in games consoles

    The Greenpeace scientific report “Playing Dirty”, released this week, reveals that the world’s most popular game consoles, Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3 Elite (PS3) and Microsoft Xbox 360, tested positive for hazardous chemicals and materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalates, beryllium and bromine indicative of brominated flame retardants (BFRs). With some differences in the amount ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • Surveillance and Monitoring of Explosive, Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Hazards

    This report provides: An overview of the global market for the surveillance and monitoring of explosive, chemical, biological, and nuclear hazards. Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013 and 2014, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2019. Discussion of how hazards due to industrial accidents, nuclear plant accidents, ...

  • EPA Proposes Plan to Clean Up Chemical Pollution in Wall Township, Manasquan Borough and Sea Girt, New Jersey

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil and ground water at the White Swan Cleaners/Sun Cleaners Superfund site in Wall Township, Manasquan Borough and Sea Girt, New Jersey. Previous dry cleaning operations in Wall Township caused the contamination of the soil and ground water with volatile organic compounds, including perchloroethylene (PCE) and ...

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