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  • Batteries in Germany exceed new EU toxic metal limits

    Levels of toxic metals in batteries were not immediately reduced in line with new limits imposed by EU regulations, according to a survey from Germany. The study focuses on concentrations of toxic metals contained in batteries sold in Germany in 2010 and 2011, but its authors say the results are relevant to other EU countries. The EU Batteries Directive1 sets limits for the content of hazardous ...

  • EPA sets limit for toxic pollutants released into waterways

    The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that are discharged into the nation's rivers and streams from steam electric power plants. If exposed at high levels, the pollutants can cause neurological damage in children, lead to cancer and damage the circulatory system, kidneys and livers. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said ...


    By Associated Press

  • Storage tank manufacturer exposes welders to toxic metal hazards

    Workers welding stainless steel and other alloy steels containing chromium metal at a Wisconsin bulk storage tank manufacturer were exposed to hazardous levels of hexavalent chromium. At high levels, hexavalent chromium can cause lung cancer and respiratory, eye and skin damage. After a complaint, U.S. ...

  • Low toxic heavy metal risk for the average Spanish consumer of seafood

    Low toxic heavy metal risk for the average Spanish consumer of seafood A new study assessing the levels, and potential health risk, of toxic heavy metals in market-bought fish and shellfish in Spain has found that they are generally below European Commission regulatory limits, and that these products are therefore safe to eat for the average consumer in Spain. However, for high level consumers of ...

  • Welders and grinders face toxic metal, noise hazards at Springfield, Missouri, plant

    A storage tank manufacturer exposed workers to hazardous levels of hexavalent chromium and potentially deafening noise as they welded and grinded stainless steel and other alloy steels. At high levels, ...

  • Mangroves can trap toxic heavy metals, says study

    Researchers in New Caledonia have discovered that mangrove forests act as useful filters for toxic heavy metals, preventing these pollutants from contaminating the islands' waterways. The researchers — from France's Institute of Development Research (IRD), working in collaboration with regional research partners — say that ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EPA Announces National Limits to Reduce Toxic Pollutants Discharged into Waterways by Steam Electric Power Plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized a rule that will reduce the discharge of toxic pollutants into America’s waterways from steam electric power plants by 1.4 billion pounds annually, as well as reduce water withdrawal by 57 billion gallons per year, resulting in an estimated benefit of $463 million per year to Americans across the country. Toxic pollutants ...

  • Degreasers to Cut Air Toxics Emissions

    Approximately 50 of the largest degreasing facilities will reduce air toxics emissions under tighter EPA standards that will prevent an additional 1,700 tons of solvent emissions and save the industry more than $1 million per year. Degreasers, also known as the halogenated solvent cleaning industry, use solvents to remove soils such as grease, oils, waxes, carbon deposits and tars from metal, ...

  • GE Technology to Help Remove Toxic Metals from Wastewater at Canadian Coal Mine

    Anglo American Selects GE’s ABMet* Technology for Peace River Coal Trend Mine in British Columbia First Canadian Installation of ABMet New Turnkey Facility Process Meets or Exceeds Stringent Standards for Selenium Discharge Anglo American, one of the world's largest mining ...


    By General Electric

  • Specac Limited: Testing chocolate for contaminants

    If you haven't bitten into a chunk of plastic when you last ate a Mars Bar or Snickers, you may think there's no chance of eating any contaminants with your elevensee's. But not all foreign objects in food can be seen with human eyes. Straight-forward chocolate generally consists of coca butter, egg white, organic acids, cellulose, polyphenols, water, minerals, salts, theobromine, ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Earthworms for heavy metal

    Earthworms could be used to extract toxic heavy metals, including cadmium and lead, from solid waste from domestic refuse collection and waste from vegetable and flower markets, according to researchers writing in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management. Swati Pattnaik and M. Vikram Reddy of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, at Pondicherry University, in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Bacterial genes involved in making toxic methylmercury are identified

    Research into mercury has identified two genes in bacteria that appear to be required for turning the metal into its most toxic form, methylmercury. The study adds to a growing body of research that helps us to understand the transformations that mercury undergoes in the environment and the microbes involved in these transformations. Mercury is harmful to animals and humans and its more toxic ...

  • EPA Announces 2014 Toxics Release Inventory Report

    In 2014, 84% of the 25 billion pounds of toxic chemical waste managed at the nation's industrial facilities was not released into the environment due to the use of preferred waste management practices like recycling, energy recovery and treatment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The remaining 16% was released to the air, ...

  • It`s official - BPA is `Toxic` in Canada as of today

    The federal government today added bisphenol A (BPA) to Canada's Toxic Substances List, effective immediately. BPA is a substance shown to mimic the hormone estrogen and cause reproductive damage that may lead to prostate and breast cancer in adulthood. It has also been linked to immune system dysfunction, early puberty in females, heart disease, diabetes, and higher rates of miscarriage. "Three ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • NDA chief sees toxic hazard disappear

    The new man in charge of Britain’s nuclear clean-up has seen one of the country’s biggest hazards being destroyed at Dounreay. Tony Fountain, the newly-appointed chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, donned hard hat and protective clothing to step inside the world’s biggest liquid metal destruction project. Almost 1700 tonnes of toxic liquid metal flowed through the circuits ...

  • Household waste bonfires are significant source of toxic dioxins

    Open bonfires and home boilers burning waste are a significant source of dioxins, a report commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs reveals. Dioxins are toxic, persistent in the environment and tend to accumulate. According to the report, there is “considerable” international concern over the potential effects of dioxins released into the environment and their impact ...

  • Toxic makeup - cosmetics women wear prove dangerous to health

    Cosmetic products that Canadians put on their faces every day have been found to contain toxic heavy metals, such as lead, arsenic, and cadmium, according to a report released today by Environmental Defence. In a lab test of the products in six Canadian women's makeup bags, each of the 49 products was found to be contaminated with heavy metals and some products contained levels of arsenic and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA releases 2013 Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis

    Similar to previous years, in 2013, most of the toxic chemical waste managed at industrial facilities in the U.S. was not released into the environment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The report, published today, shows that approximately 22 billion pounds— or 84 percent - of the 26 billion pounds of toxic chemical ...

  • EPA releases 2010 toxics release inventory national analysis

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its annual national analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), providing all Americans with vital information about their communities. The TRI program publishes information on toxic chemical disposals and other releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in ...

  • EPA test results show mine spill unleashed highly toxic stew

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that surface-water testing revealed very high levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium and other heavy metals as a sickly-yellow plume of mine waste flowed through Colorado. These metals far exceeded government exposure limits for aquatic life and humans in the hours after the August 5 spill, which sent 3 million gallons of wastewater through ...


    By Associated Press

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