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  • Residents Call for Testing Fracking Wastewater for Radioactive Elements

    Last month, CBC News reported that residents of Windsor, Nova Scotia were concerned over fracking wastewater that may contain radioactive elements.  According to the article, between March of 2010 and August of 2011, seven million liters of the wastewater went through the Canadian town’s sewage treatment plant before entering Minas Basin. The ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Concerns Grow Over Radioactive Pollutants in Pennsylvania

    Last month, The New York Times published a story about Pennsylvania environmental regulators calling waste treatment and drinking water facilities to increase testing for radioactive materials.  The concerns have been prompted by a dramatic increase in natural gas drilling across the state.  Wastewater from some of these drilling sites ends up at treatment plants.   ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Laboratory study cuts fracking waste`s radioactivity

    Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations. The wastewater is created when some of the chemical-laced water used to fracture thick underground rocks flows back out of the wellbore. The water is tainted with chemicals, toxins and in some parts of the country - ...


    By Associated Press

  • `To Your Health` - Distillery sludge used to treat radioactive sites

    It's not the usual association that comes to mind - drinking your favourite brew and nuclear wastes - but a new study shows how distillery sludge can help solve one of our most pressing environmental problems. According to a new study, contaminated sites can be treated with sludge from the treatment of distillery wastewater in bioreactors. The study demonstrates an efficient method for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ASTM C1571 - 03(2012) Standard Guide for Characterization of Radioactive and/or Hazardous Wastes for Thermal Treatment

    This guide identifies methods to determine the physical and chemical characteristics of a variety of hazardous and/or radioactive wastes including heavy metal contaminated wastes. These wastes can be in the physical form of sludges (wet or dry), spent waste water filter aids, waste water filter cakes, incinerator ashes (wet or dry), incinerator ...


    By ASTM International

  • Solution to frac wastewater disposal

    Natural gas producers and public water companies in the US race to meet the 19th May deadline to stop releasing diluted hydrofracking water contaminated with bromide and radioactive material from shale gas extraction into the state’s rivers. Altela has stepped developed a technology validated by the Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the US Department of ...


  • Frack wastewater treatment

    Natural gas producers and public water companies in the US race to meet the 19th May deadline, when they will no longer be able to release contaminated hydrofracking water into the state’s rivers. Altela has developed a technology, validated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the US Department of Energy (US DOE), which meets the new regulations for clean ...


  • China concern over nuclear wastewater

    China has expressed concern over Japan's move to discharge radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) released 11,500 tonnes of low radioactive water into the sea earlier this week, amid efforts to resume control of the reactors severely damaged by the 11th March quake and tsunami. ...


  • Natural gas wastewater re-use

    When it became apparent the natural gas industry in the Marcellus Shale was going to create a need for treating large quantities of wastewater, the Larson Design Group found itself uniquely positioned to fill that niche creating a subsidiary, TerrAqua Resource Management, which treats for re-use industry wastewater adjacent to its offices at Water Tower Square on Commerce Park Drive. The ...


  • GAO Urges Review of Risks From Disposing Of Oil, Gas Wastewater Into Injection Wells

    The Environmental Protection Agency should review emerging risks related to the disposal in underground injection wells of wastewater from oil and gas activities, according to a report released July 28 by the Government Accountability Office. Overall, safeguards in place at the ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Pennsylvania DEP Announces Comprehensive Oil and Gas Development Radiation Study

     At the direction of Governor Corbett, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today it will undertake a study to look at naturally occurring levels of radioactivity in by-products associated with oil and natural gas development. In the coming weeks, DEP will seek a peer review of its study plan and begin to sample and analyze the naturally occurring radioactivity levels in ...

  • PA DEP Releases Sampling, Quality Assurance Plans for Oil and Gas Development Radiation Study

    The Department of Environmental Protection today released detailed sampling and quality assurance plans for its ongoing comprehensive radiation study of oil and gas development. The agency will sample and analyze radioactivity levels of flowback waters, treatment solids, drill cuttings and drilling equipment, along with the transportation, storage and disposal of drilling wastes. Based on current ...

  • Honeywell UOP Adsorbents Successfully Used to Remove Radiation From Water at Japan`s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

    UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that its adsorbent ion exchange products are successfully being used by Toshiba Corporation and Shaw Global Services LLC for the cleanup of radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The Simplified Active Water Retrieve and Recovery System (SARRY) is utilizing UOP ...

  • Proposal would allow shale gas waste on barges

    The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater, a drilling byproduct that can include chemicals, radioactive material and heavy metals. Some states, such as Texas, have large numbers of underground wells where the wastewater can be disposed. But Pennsylvania - where a recent boom in shale gas drilling is producing tens of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Unconventional shale gas and oil: overview of ecological impacts

    Research findings on the wildlife and habitat impacts of unconventional shale gas and oil developments in the US have been collated in a new review. Its authors stress the importance of collecting data on local ecosystems before such developments begin, to allow changes in nature be tracked and aid on-going improvements to management. Unconventional shale oil and gas are already important sources ...

  • Hydraulic fracturing consumes the largest share of water in shale gas production

    An average shale gas well in the Marcellus formation will use around 20 000 m3 of freshwater over its life cycle, new research suggests. In total, 65% of this is directly consumed at the well site and 35% is consumed further along the supply chain The extent of shale gas developments is expected to increase across the globe in the coming decades. In the US alone, the shale share of dry gas ...

  • PerkinElmer and Leading Japan Universities Announce Results of Collaboration to Detect Contamination from Nuclear Crisis

    PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, today announced the results of collaborations with ...


    By PerkinElmer, Inc.

  • Tetra Tech Awarded U.S. Department of Energy blanket purchase agreement for environmental support services

    Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) announced today that it has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement to provide National Environmental Policy Act support services to the U.S. Department of Energy. Tetra Tech is one of six contractors that will share in the blanket purchase agreements with a ceiling of $91 million over a 5-year period. Tetra Tech will provide support services for a wide ...


    By Tetra Tech

  • Oil and Gas Regulatory Roundup: Top 5 Stories of the Week

    With an array of oil-rich states, each with its own set of rules and regulations, there's no shortage of oil and gas news across the nation. Here's a roundup of the week's top five oil and gas stories:   Wyoming: If you're working within 75 feet of a drilling site in ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • EPA Proposes Cleanup Plan for Toxic Site in Newfield, New Jersey

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address soil, sediment and surface water that is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and heavy metals by past industrial operations at the Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. site in Newfield and Vineland, New Jersey. The proposed plan calls for a combination of cleanup measures at portions of the site including capping of the soil, ...

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