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  • New plans announced to govern oil sands tailings ponds and water use

    The Government of Alberta has introduced new steps to reduce tailings ponds and to regulate the use of water from the Athabasca River for oil sands development activities. Emissions reducing investments generate employment and economic growth ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Reclaiming the Sydney tar ponds

    Canada’s most famous contaminated site may finally be receiving the treatment that it has sorely needed for two decades. Earth Tech Canada has been retained by the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency (STPA) to design, construct and oversee the remediation of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Site in Nova Scotia. How the largest remediation project in the country unfolds is likely to change the way ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Little action apparent on toxic tailings six months after Hungary red mud disaster

    Six months after being deluged by a tide of toxic red sludge, towns downstream of the failed alumina tailings dam near Ajka, Hungary remain ruined and largely deserted, with residents and former residents still waiting for authorities to deliver on much of the promised assistance. Elsewhere in Eastern Europe, residents of other towns threatened by tailings dams are noting that little has been ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Little action apparent on toxic tailings six months after Hungary red mud disaster

    Six months after being deluged by a tide of toxic red sludge, towns downstream of the failed alumina tailings dam near Ajka, Hungary remain ruined and largely deserted, with residents and former residents still waiting for authorities to deliver on much of the promised assistance. Elsewhere in Eastern Europe, residents of other towns threatened by tailings dams are noting that little has been ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Report warns oil sands investors of toxic wastewater`s financial risk

    A new report from RiskMetrics Group, a financial research firm, warns investors that some leading oil sands companies may be particularly exposed to financial risk from toxic waste water liabilities. The report attempts to quantify the true cost of cleaning up billions of barrels of contaminated water resulting from the mining and refining operations of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Radar protects birds at oil sands facility

    The same advanced radar technology that helps keep birds and planes apart at airports is now protecting birds from contact with tailings ponds at Alberta Oil Sands production facilities. The Accipiter® Bird Protection Radar System recently installed at Syncrude Canada Ltd. facilities north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, is the largest and most sophisticated radar-based bird protection system ever ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ARCO Ordered to Investigate Radioactivity at Anaconda Mine

    SAN FRANCISCO, California (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered to the Atlantic Richfield Company, ARCO, to begin an investigation to determine the nature and extent of contamination at the Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington, Nevada. The order requires ARCO to conduct a remedial investigation and feasibility study for most of the 3,468 acre mine site. ...

  • Numerical modeling of geomembranes

    SoilVision Systems Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of internal boundary conditions which can be used to represent geomembrane materials. The new feature was implemented in response to requests from customers and represents a significant improvement for the numerical modeling of a number of different scenarios involving geomembranes. More specifically, the geomembrane internal boundary ...


    By SoilVision Systems Ltd.

  • DOE Moab Site Cost-Effectively Eliminates 200 Million Gallons of Contaminated Ground Water

    The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it has extracted 200 million gallons of contaminated ground water from the Moab site in Utah as part of the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project. Actively remediating the contaminated ground water is part of the project’s scope, which also includes relocating a 16-million-ton uranium mill tailings pile away from the Colorado ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Dumping mine waste into lakes - Is this the best environmental option?

    Sixteen Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly 'reclassified' as toxic dump sites for mines. Under the Fisheries Act, it’s illegal to put harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. But, under a little-known subsection known as Schedule Two of the mining effluent regulations, federal bureaucrats can redefine lakes as 'tailings impoundment areas.'  Public opposition has been ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Dumping mine waste into Lakes - Is this the best environmental option?

    Sixteen Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly "reclassified" as toxic dump sites for mines. Under the Fisheries Act, it’s illegal to put harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. But, under a little-known subsection known as Schedule Two of the mining effluent regulations, federal bureaucrats can redefine lakes as "tailings impoundment areas." Public opposition has been ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA, Department of Justice, and Hecla Limited settle Clean Water Act violations, reduce pollution bound for South Fork Coeur d’Alene River

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, and Hecla Limited, owner of the Lucky Friday Mine and Mill, have reached a settlement concerning water pollution violations near the headwaters of the South Fork Coeur d’Alene River. The South Fork Coeur d’Alene River runs through the heart of North Idaho’s “Silver Valley,” ambitiously recovering ...

  • Public meeting for ely mine superfund site in Vershire, VT - Wed. 7/27/11 at 7PM

    A neighborhood meeting will be held this Wednesday to help Vershire residents learn about a proposed cleanup plan for the Ely Copper Mine Superfund Site.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Vershire Town Center Building, 27 Vershire Center Rd., Vershire, VT 05079. EPA also intends to hold a formal public hearing, at which residents and other concerned parties may submit comments for ...

  • 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

  • Canada`s oil-sands – a new look and a fresh perspective

    In what may stand as a new datum point on reporting the environmental impacts of Canada's oil sands industry, a panel of top scientists has reported that claims about the health and environmental effects of oil-sands development in northern Alberta may be exaggerated. The group has also identified weakness in monitoring of developments in the oil patch and noted there is inadequate evidence to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • BioLargo Receives Patent for AOS Filter Design

    BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB: BLGO) announced it has been issued U.S. Patent No. 8,679,515 entitled, "Activated Carbon Associated with Alkaline or Alkali Iodide" by the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"). This new patent provides protection for its BioLargo® AOS Filter, "Advanced Oxidation System" and covers methods for activating carbon with advanced iodine technology to promote ...


    By Biolargo, Inc.

  • ARCO pays US$2.7m to contain waste at old copper mine

    The Atlantic Richfield Company, ARCO, has been ordered to reimburse the federal government US$2.77 million for work already performed to clean up abandoned wastes from the Anaconda copper mine that are contaminating air and water in central Nevada. The order issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency also requires ARCO to fund and develop a plan for a technical assistance program to ...

  • Financial risks of oil sands greater than BP`s gulf oil spill

    While public attention is focused on widespread environmental and financial damage from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a new Ceres report released today shows that the environmental and financial risks of producing oil in Canada"s vast oil sands region may be even greater. Alberta"s oil sands are already the world"s largest energy project-with $200 billion in funds committed from the world"s ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Energy versus the environment in Alberta’s tar sands

    A report by Environmental Defence, a Toronto-based environmental research group, says exploitation of Alberta’s Tar Sands is Canada’s most serious environmental liability. Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence, says 'Few Canadians know that Canada is home to one of the world’s largest dams and it is built to hold toxic waste from just one Tar Sands operation. There is nowhere ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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