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  • Asbestos offences cost couple 80,397GBP

    Two waste operators who ran an illegal site in Benfleet have today (Fri) been ordered to hand over 80,397GBP compensation, confiscation and fines by Chelmsford Crown Court. A1 Bins and Waste Ltd’s director David John Tuffen and manager Nigel Lee Hickman were given suspended prison sentences in February after Chelmsford Crown Court heard that the company illegally stored waste at Towerfields ...

  • Practice Greenhealth Launches Greening the Supply Chain™ Initiative

    Practice Greenhealth has announced the formation of the Greening the Supply Chain™ Initiative. The Initiative extends Practice Greenhealth’s leadership role in supporting hospitals by engaging businesses in meeting the emerging demand for more environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) practices for products within health care facilities, GPOs and ...


    By Practice Greenhealth

  • Illinois governor orders state waters to be tested for pharmaceutical pollution

    Following reports last week that trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are contaminating the nation's drinking water, Governor Rod Blagojevich has directed the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to expand its water quality monitoring to determine levels of pharmaceuticals that may be in Illinois waterways.  The Illinois EPA also will promote safe ways to dispose of over-the-counter, prescription ...

  • Safety of PCB handling confirmed

    Wenck Associates, USA, has completed an extensive polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) study at WM's Kettleman Hills Facility, which found that PCBs treated, stored and disposed at the facility do not have an adverse impact on human health or the environment. The study focused on measuring twelve PCB congeners identified by the World Health Organization as having dioxin-like properties. Soil, air and ...


  • ‘Bonfire party’ was toxic

    Piles of waste were stored and then burnt at an illegal site close to the Norfolk to London railway line in Suffolk and today (Thursday 29 August) the man responsible was fined £28,000 by Norwich Magistrates’ Court. The court heard that Ian Dale Garnham (44) illegally stockpiled waste and then set fire to it at The Woodyard in Upper Rose Lane, Palgrave, Diss, between 3 and 6 November ...

  • HMHP Expands Recycling Programs

    Humility of Mary Health Partners continues to reduce its impact on the environment, recycling more than a million pounds of cardboard, paper, plastic, glass and other materials in 2012 and the organization is on track to exceed that this year. “Our goal,” says Matthew R. Waggle, HMHP regional director of environmental services, “is to foster a culture of environmental stewardship consistent with ...


  • EPA Honors Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for Food Recovery Efforts

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was honored with an EPA Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Award at this year’s CleanMed Conference in Boston, Mass. This is the first hospital in the country to join and be recognized in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge invites organizations nationwide to save money through reducing, purchasing and lowering ...

  • EPA accelerates work at aerovox, resumes eighth season of harbor dredging in new bedford

    The U.S. EPA has successfully moved ahead of the Aerovox Mill demolition schedule anticipated earlier this year. The initial phase of the demolition process, involving the removal of hazardous materials from inside the building, is expected to be completed in early July.  The careful deconstruction of the building structure is now set to begin by August. Three truck loads of waste from the ...

  • Fines issued for Radioactive Substances Act breach

    Two companies and an individual who tried to dispose of radioactive waste without authorisation have been fined by Bedford Magistrates’ Court today (Fri) for breaching the Radioactive Substances Act 1993. The radioactive material was in an X-ray Flourescence Meter which belonged to FFEI Ltd (formerly known as Fuji Film Electronic Imaging Ltd) and used at its Peterborough premises until October ...

  • Stericycle Becomes Member of Practice Greenhealth

      LAKE FOREST, Ill., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stericycle, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRCL) today announced it has become a member of Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit organization spearheading positive environmental stewardship and best practices in the healthcare community. Stericycle also announced it is one of 15 members of the Practice Greenhealth (PGH) Environmentally Preferable ...


    By Stericycle, Inc.

  • Former Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Roscoe M. Moore, Jr., DVM, PhD, MPH Joins the BioMedical Technology Solutions Scientific Advisory Board

    BioMedical Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. ("BMTS," "the Company") (OTCBB: BMTL) announced today the addition of former Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Roscoe M. Moore, Jr., DVM, PhD, MPH to its Scientific Advisory Board. "We are honored and excited that Dr. Roscoe Moore will be joining our esteemed Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Moore's experience and expertise with both national and ...


  • Report released on pharmaceutical mail-back pilot programfFunded by EPA: Agency provided US$150,000 grant to University of Maine’s Center on aging to undertake study

    Through a grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the University of Maine’s Center on Aging has completed the first statewide mail-back pilot program for managing pharmaceutical waste from consumers. Studies show that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation’s waterbodies and that certain drugs may cause ecological harm. EPA is currently evaluating the ...

  • NGOs welcome progress towards EU mercury export ban

    Environmental and health NGOs welcomed the results of the 2nd reading vote from the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament on the proposed EU regulation to ban exports of mercury and safely store the surplus. The Committee upheld the position of the Parliament’s first reading last June supporting a full export ban of metallic mercury, cinnabar ore, ...

  • Major environmental issues arising for Haiti recovery

    Two weeks after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January, a massive humanitarian operation is underway and aid is beginning to reach those who desperately need it in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas. The most urgent priorities remain water, health care, shelter and food. Thanks to a team of senior experts on the ground, UNEP continues to provide technical assistance ...

  • Mercury incident at Yakima home requires EPA emergency cleanup

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed an emergency cleanup of elemental mercury at a residential home in the South 15th Ave. and Nob Hill neighborhood of Yakima, Washington. EPA worked closely with Yakima Health District and the Washington State Department of Ecology to complete the cleanup and ensure that public health and the environment were not harmed. An EPA contractor in ...

  • NHS Supply Chain reveals sustainability benefits for NHS

    40% Reductions in carbon emissions since 2008 according to NHS Supply Chain annual sustainability report, with the NHS Procurement and Efficiency Programmes aiming to deliver £2bn in savings by the end of the financial year 2015/16. The 2014 report focuses on how NHS Supply Chain is helping the NHS to ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Practice Greenhealth Announces the New 2012 Sustainability Benchmark Report

    Practice Greenhealth is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards Sustainability Benchmark Report, a 134-page detailed analysis of activities and programs from a large number of member hospitals across the United States that are highly-engaged in their commitments to sustainable, ...


    By Practice Greenhealth

  • EPA and representatives of local governments from Puerto Rico meet in New York City to discuss environmental challenges in Puerto Rico high asthma rates, recycling and pollution prevention among issues discussed

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck met on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in New York City with representatives of local governments from Puerto Rico to discuss environmental challenges facing municipal governments in Puerto Rico, and explore solutions. The municipal and federal officials pledged to work together to reduce pollution, increase recycling and promote ...

  • CCME pollution prevention awards

    Five organizations were honoured by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) for demonstrating outstanding innovation and leadership in pollution prevention. The awards were presented by Alberta’s Minister of Environment, Rob Renner, during the 12th Canadian Pollution Prevention Roundtable held in Edmonton. The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Totally Green Installs ORCA Green Machine at Saint Francis Hospital

    Totally Green, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: TLGN), a pioneer in organic food processing systems and compostable packaging alternatives, has installed its revolutionary ORCA Green Machine™ at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. The Oklahoma-based hospital purchased the ORCA Green Machine to reduce disposal costs of organic food and enhance kitchen operational efficiency. The ORCA Green ...


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