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  • California Approves Expansion of Toxic Waste Site

    Residents of a small California farming community who have worried for years about the health effects of a hazardous waste landfill learned Wednesday that the state has cleared the way for it to expand. Rather than scaling back the Kettleman Hills landfill, as residents had demanded, state officials announced the approval of a plan for the operator to increase what is already the largest toxic ...


    By Associated Press

  • Cleansing toxic waste – with vinegar

    Engineers and environmental scientists at the University of Leeds are developing methods of helping contaminated water to clean itself by adding simple organic chemicals such as vinegar. The harmful chromium compounds found in the groundwater at sites receiving waste from former textiles factories, smelters, and tanneries have been linked to cancer, and excessive exposure can lead to problems ...


    By University of Leeds

  • DOE agrees to resume toxic waste cleanup at Bay Area Superfund site

    The US Department of Energy has agreed to resume cleanup of toxic waste at its Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., after the US Environmental Protection Agency notified the department in early January that it must immediately restart the shuttered treatment facilities or face escalating fines. DOE will pay a $165,000 fine for shutting down the cleanup systems and failing ...

  • Scrapping ships - is the EU dumping toxic waste?

    Hundreds of rusting old ships registered in the European Union end up being dismantled on beaches on the Indian sub-continent - with Bangladesh being a key destination. There, workers brave oil, asbestos, chemicals and heavy metals as they dismantle the ships by hand. A report to be debated by MEPs Tuesday night in Strasbourg will call for EU-registered ships to be pre-cleaned of hazardous waste ...


    By European Parliament

  • UN warns toxic waste still a threat

    Two years after an illegal toxic dumping operation in the Ivorian capital Abidjan created a widespread medical emergency and political scandal, UN contamination expert Okechukwu Ibeanu warns the clean-up effort has stalled. “The sites have still not been decontaminated and continue to pose a threat to the health of thousands of people,” Ibeanu, the UN Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of ...


    By IRIN

  • Toxic waste defiles defunct chemical plant in Hungary

    Greenpeace says leaking, rusted barrels full of toxic materials stored in the open at a defunct chemical company in Hungary could cause an environmental catastrophe. The government says it will take months before the chemicals are removed and the area can be cleaned up. Gergely Simon, a Greenpeace chemicals expert, called the situation at the Budapest Chemical Works "near catastrophic." He said ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA finalizes cleanup plan for cortese Toxic site in Sullivan County, NY

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its plan to clean up areas of contaminated liquid waste and ground water at the Cortese Landfill Superfund site in Sullivan County, NY. The ground water was contaminated by hazardous waste disposed of at the site when it was operating. “The cleanup plan for the Cortese Landfill Superfund site will address the recently discovered ...

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

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized 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 EPA is requiring a combination of cleanup measures at portions of the site including capping of the soil, ...

  • EPA Completes Building Demolition at Toxic Site in Garfield, N.J.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has demolished the E.C. Electroplating building at the Garfield Ground Water Contamination Superfund site in Garfield, New Jersey. Areas underneath the building, located at 125 Clark Street, are contaminated with hexavalent chromium that is reaching the basements of some area residences and businesses through the ground water. The ...

  • 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, ...

  • EPA to demolish contaminated building at toxic superfund site in Garfield, N.J.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined today by New Jersey Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Senator Robert Menendez and Congressmember Bill Pascrell, Jr. as she announced that the EPA will safely demolish the E.C. Electroplating building at the Garfield Superfund site in Garfield, New Jersey. The building, located at 125 Clark Street, is contaminated ...

  • ‘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 ...

  • Toxic emissions, they’re in the water

    After decades of hammering on corporations to reduce their toxic air emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now focusing on another source of nasty pollution, corporate water emissions. Although the Clean Water Act has technically been in place for well over three decades, the EPA has been lax in enforcing regulations, often due to thinly-stretched resources.Coal-fired power ...


  • EPA recovers a quarter million dollars in cleanup costs at H.M. Quackenbush site in Herkimer, N.Y., after EPA removed tons of toxic waste and sludge

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with Frederick H. Hager, the former Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and majority shareholder of H.M. Quackenbush, Inc. for EPA’s cleanup work at the H.M. Quackenbush Superfund site in the Village of Herkimer, New York. The 1.5-acre property was a manufacturing and metal plating factory between 1874 and 2005. In 2006, ...

  • New Jersey Agency Fails to Warn Families About Toxic Waste

    TRENTON, New Jersey, July 9, 2007 (ENS) - Hackettstown children played baseball and rode bicycles for years on mounds of toxic waste, but state officials who knew of the danger did nothing to warn or protect them, according to records released Friday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, a national association of workers in natural resources agencies. For more than four ...

  • California town plagued by birth defects potentially linked to toxic waste

    Environmental testing solutions for municipalities, industry and the general public are available from LA Testing. Los Alamitos, CA, March 29th, 2010 In California’s San Joaquin Valley sits the small town of Kettleman City. A news report from CNN last week reported on the unusually high level of birth defects in the small farming community. The population of approximately 1,500 has seen 10 babies ...


  • State to investigate radioactive waste site fire in Nevada

    Nevada state officials said Tuesday they don't know what sparked an apparent explosion and fire at a closed commercial radioactive waste dump in a predominantly rural county, but they vowed that the state will handle the investigation and cleanup. "We have the jurisdiction. We have the assets, and that's the course of action," James Wright, state Department of Public Safety chief, said after ...


    By Associated Press

  • U.S. EPA Reaches $2 Million Settlement with 290 Parties to Further Clean Santa Barbara County Toxic Dump Site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $2 million settlement with 290 small parties, called de minimis parties, for the Casmalia Resources Superfund Site (CRSS). It is a former hazardous waste disposal facility that accepted approximately 5.6 billion pounds of waste from nearly 10,000 generators between 1973 and 1989. This is the ninth in a series of de minimis settlements at ...

  • EPA adds south gate industrial facilities to list of nation`s worst toxic sites

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding two new sites to the Superfund National Priorities List in Los Angeles County, Calif. Southern Avenue Industrial Area site and Jervis B. Webb Co. are former industrial facilities located in South Gate. Last year, EPA proposed to add both sites to the list due to soil and groundwater contamination. Volatile organic compounds, including elevated ...

  • EPA schedules second public meeting on Edgewater, N.J. toxic site: public also given more time to provide input

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided more time for the public to provide input on the proposed plan to address contamination at the Quanta Resources Superfund Site in Edgewater, New Jersey. EPA will also hold a second public meeting on September 13. Past industrial operations at the Quanta Resources site have caused chemical and other contamination of the property, located ...

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