pesticide contaminated soil News

  • BTEX contamination of soil and water

    BTEX is an acronym for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. They are all volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in petroleum hydrocarbons. Contamination of soil and groundwater from BTEX has occurred at petroleum and natural gas production areas, gas stations and areas with underground and above-ground storage tanks of petroleum products. The compounds are also produced in large scale by ...


  • Pesticides Linked to ADHD in Children

    EMSL Analytical provides pesticide testing solutions for environmental samples and food products to protect children from unnecessary exposure. Westmont, NJ, May 18th, 2010 The journal Pediatrics just published a study that reports that pesticide exposure in children seams to boost the chances that those children will be diagnosed with attention deficit ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Soil microorganisms help prevent non-target effects of pesticides

    A new study has investigated the properties of different types of soils which can cause pesticides to cling on to soil and prevent them from affecting non-target species. It demonstrates that microorganisms can play an important role in binding pesticides to soil. Microbial levels can therefore help indicate how much pesticide is freely available in soil. Pesticides applied during agricultural ...

  • Q&A about national general survey on soil contamination in China

    MEP and MLR announced the report on the national general survey on soil contamination today, and the survey results showed the general condition of the soil environment across the country not optimistic; some areas are suffering from bad soil pollution, the environmental quality of the arable land is worrying, and there are pressing soil environmental problems in industrial and mining deserted ...

  • Childhood Pesticide Poisoning Risks are Real

    In 1990, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that some 79,000 children were involved in common household pesticide poisonings or exposures. In households with children under five years old, almost one-half stored at least one pesticide product within reach of children.   According to a recent survey, 75 percent of U.S. households used at least one pesticide product ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Pesticides persist in groundwater, say SSSA

    Numerous studies over the past four decades have established that pesticides, which are typically applied at the land surface, can move downward through the unsaturated zone to reach the water table at detectable concentrations. The downward movement of pesticide degradation products, formed in situ, can also contribute to the contamination of ground water. Once in ground water, pesticides and ...

  • Pesticide pollution slow to reach groundwater

    Underground water aquifers are a significant source of drinking water. In a recent study, French researchers found that pesticides applied to crops can take many years to sink down through the ground and reach groundwater. This means that they may still be entering aquifers, even after agricultural application has stopped. Groundwater is found underground in absorbent layers of rock. ...

  • Pesticide Safety Program in California may Expand Soon

    California is the nation’s largest agricultural producer and some 700,000 workers keep the farms running.  No other states currently collect pesticide poisoning data on a scale proposed by California.   Under current state law employers are required to track the time workers spend handling pesticides containing organophosphates or carbamates.  Both chemicals are believed to ...


  • Agricultural pesticide use causes concerns at California schools

    A recent study mapping agricultural pesticide use in Monterey County has highlighted concerns that many area residents have long expressed. Pesticide use in agricultural areas near schools could be exposing students and staff to dangerous chemicals. In the Salinas area alone, 62% of the agricultural land is within a ¼ mile of a school according to the study.Currently when a school applies a ...


  • Encouraging results in evaluating groundwater contaminants

    The widespread use of pesticides across the United States has been in practice for decades, with little knowledge of the long-term effects on the nation’s groundwater. The results of a new study show that samples taken from over 300 wells across the US have not retained a high concentration of pesticide contamination. The news is a result of a decadal long study to assess the extent of the ...

  • Wilco-Winfield, LLC, Oregon pesticide re-packager, settles with EPA for pesticide violations at its Mt. Angel facility

    Wilco-Winfield, LLC, an Oregon pesticide refilling and repackaging company, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The action was taken following an inspection conducted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) in February 2013. As part of the settlement, EPA assessed a ...

  • Settlement ensures cleanup of contaminated soil at coventry R.I. great lakes container site (RI)

    Twenty-six parties have agreed to help clean up the Great Lakes Container Corp. Site in Coventry, R.I. Under the settlement with EPA, the settling parties will further investigate and remove soil contaminated with hazardous substances at a cost of about $2 million. The parties will also reimburse EPA $200,000 for its site investigation costs, and pay EPA for all of its costs to oversee the soil ...

  • EPA settles with BNSF Railway Company for improperly handling contaminated soil in North Portland

    The BNSF Railway Company has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for mishandling and transportation of contaminated soil from a construction project near the McCormick & Baxter Superfund site on the banks of the Willamette River. The BNSF Railway Company will pay a $37,500 penalty as part of the agreement. Documents associated with today’s action show that BNSF ...

  • EPA settles with BNSF Railway Company for improperly handling contaminated soil in North Portland

    The BNSF Railway Company has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for mishandling and transportation of contaminated soil from a construction project near the McCormick & Baxter Superfund site on the banks of the Willamette River. The BNSF Railway Company will pay a $37,500 penalty as part of the agreement. Documents associated with today’s action show that BNSF ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA to fund monitoring of groundwater wells at California pesticide dump

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comment on a proposed agreement with Target Corporation to allow for redevelopment of land adjacent to the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund site. Under this agreement, Target Corporation, with EPA oversight, will fund and perform movement of eight groundwater monitoring wells at privately-owned parcels lying to the north and west of the ...

  • McGregor Company’s Nezperce, ID, Facility Nets EPA Penalty for Pesticide Violations

    The McGregor Company, one of the largest independent fertilizer, agri-chemical, and equipment dealers in the Pacific Northwest, has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act at its Nezperce, Idaho, pesticide repackaging and refilling facility. The settlement included a $24,720 penalty. An ...

  • 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 ...

  • Soil treatment technology from ADT

    SOIL REMEDIATION & TREATMENT SPECIALISTS ADT is a leading provider of remediation services ranging from simple soil excavation projects to complex programs requiring a combination of technologies. ADT is experienced at remediating soil, sludges, pits, TPH impacted materials, tank farms contaminated with a wide variety of petroleum products, low-level radioactive waste, heavy metals, ...


  • Federal contaminated sites – the problem that won’t go away

    Thousands of abandoned industrial and military sites across Canada owned by the federal government, contain soils contaminated with PCBs, hydrocarbons, asbestos and heavy metals. Although remediation of these sites has been declared a key federal priority, the number of such sites in Canada remains surprisingly high and the rate of remediation of these sites remains low. Across Canada, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA Proposes Plan to Clean Up Pesticides Storage Facility in Manati, P.R.; August 18 Public Meeting Planned

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address contaminated soil in Manati, P.R. at the Pesticide Warehouse III Superfund Site. Historical pesticide operations at the site contaminated the soil and groundwater with pesticides including dioxins. The Pesticide Warehouse III site is a 2-acre former pesticides facility. Pesticides have been linked to various illnesses in ...

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