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News Image for Household hazardous waste will be accepted at special Westmoreland Cleanways collection
Published 2021-06-17 16:01
Household hazardous waste will be accepted at special Westmoreland Cleanways collection
By Jeff Himler
Registration is open for a June 26 household hazardous waste collection event at the Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling site, but those planning to drop off items should first check the lists of materials that can and can't be accepted. 'The things we do not take include explosives, like flares, medical waste and anything that's radioactive,' said Ellen Keefe, executive director of the organization based near the village of Pleasant Unity in Unity Township. There is a fee of 85 cents per pound for most permitted materials brought to the event, which is set for 9 a.
News Image for Niagara County receives EPA funding to turn former Military Road School site into senior assisted living complex
Published 2021-06-17 14:40
Niagara County receives EPA funding to turn former Military Road School site into senior assisted living complex
By Evan Anstey
by: Evan Anstey Posted: Jun 17, 2021 / 10:40 AM EDT / Updated: Jun 17, 2021 / 10:40 AM EDT TOWN OF NIAGARA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Niagara County is the only part of New York to receive a cut of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) latest round of supplemental funding. The Niagara County Center for Economic Development is slated to receive $500,000 of the $11.6 million that's going to 27 communities across the United States. That money is being awarded to Niagara County for continued brownfield cleanup work.
News Image for New mapping tool aims to clarify Virginia environmental justice debates
Published 2021-06-17 14:33
New mapping tool aims to clarify Virginia environmental justice debates
By Sarah Vogelsong
Amid persistent conflicts over what communities should be considered 'environmental justice' communities when state officials weigh whether to grant air, water or waste pollution permits, a new interactive map of Virginia aims to identify hotspots where residents are facing disproportionate pollution and socioeconomic burdens.'Policymakers are not good at responding to what they see as anecdotal evidence,' said Adam Buchholz, executive director of the Mapping for Environmental Justice initiative, a team of policy experts and data scientists funded through the Earth Island Institute that wants 'to increase the power of communities in ending environmental injustices.
News Image for Groundbreaking celebrates construction of Littleton water treatment plant
Published 2021-06-17 10:45
Groundbreaking celebrates construction of Littleton water treatment plant
By Margaret Smith
Groundbreaking takes place for Littleton water treatment plantGroundbreaking takes place for Littleton water treatment plantLITTLETON -- With gold-colored shovels, state and local officials marked the groundbreaking of Littleton's new water treatment plant. With symbolic digs into the rocky soil, the gathering on June 16 celebrated the start of the plant's construction at 74 Whitcomb Ave.The ceremony included water officials, Select Board members and lawmakers.Nick Lawler, general manager of the Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments, said the construction is expected to finish in winter 2022, with the facility fully online by spring 2023.
News Image for How a Retired Louisiana Teacher Bagged the 'Green Nobel Prize'
Published 2021-06-17 10:03
How a Retired Louisiana Teacher Bagged the 'Green Nobel Prize'
From left, Myrtle Felton, Sharon Lavigne, Gail LeBoeuf and Rita Cooper, members of RISE St. James.Gerald Herbert/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This story was originally published by the Guardian and reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.A retired special education teacher from Louisiana who led a successful grassroots campaign to stop construction of a toxic plastics plant in America's Cancer Alley has won the 2021 Goldman prize for environmental defenders.
News Image for Cannon AFB water treatment project to start construction in 2022
Published 2021-06-17 00:36
Cannon AFB water treatment project to start construction in 2022
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Col. Robert MasaitisALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Air Force has spent more than $31 million to address groundwater contamination at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, base officials said Wednesday.Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, leaked into the Ogallala Aquifer on and off-base from firefighting foam used in training exercises.
News Image for IN BRIEF: UPS, TForce settle pollution allegations in five states
Published 2021-06-16 22:25
IN BRIEF: UPS, TForce settle pollution allegations in five states
By Sebastien Malo
UPS logo on a screen at the New York Stock Exchange. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidSummaryLaw firmsRelated documentsThe company and law firm names shown above are generated automatically based on the text of the article. We are improving this feature as we continue to test and develop in beta. We welcome feedback, which you can provide using the feedback tab on the right of the page.(Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday that package- and freight-delivery companies United Parcel Service Inc and TForce Freight Inc will pay a $3.
News Image for EPA grants Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet $500,000 for cleanup
Published 2021-06-16 21:21
EPA grants Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet $500,000 for cleanup
By Hagan Wells
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $500,000 to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (KY EEC) for cleaning up contaminated brownfield sites. Across the nation, $11.6 million in funding will be given to 27 communities that have shown success in using their previously awarded Brownfields Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) grants to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. This comes from the Biden-Harris Administration's drive to address environmental issues in under-served communities.
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Published 2021-06-16 17:24
Universal Engineering Sciences Acquires McGinley & Associates, A Leading Environmental Engineering And Consulting Firm Headquartered In Nevada
By PR Newswire
ORLANDO, Fla., June 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Engineering Sciences® (UES), a national leading infrastructure company specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections and environmental consulting, has acquired McGinley & Associates, a prominent environmental engineering and consulting firm.  McGinley & Associates has approximately 40 environmental engineers, geologists, scientists, and environmental field technicians in Reno and Las Vegas who provide services throughout the Western region of the U.
News Image for City of Albany receives Brownfield Grant for environmental clean-ups
Published 2021-06-16 16:02
City of Albany receives Brownfield Grant for environmental clean-ups
The Albany Museum of Art received an Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield grant to use in mitigating environmental issues in the former Belk Department Store downtown. The city received another environmental clean-up grant on Wednesday Special Photo: Jim Hendricks/Albany Museum of Art Last year, the city of Albany was awarded an $800,000 Revolving Loan Fund Grant, and $446,000 has already been allocated for cleanup activities to support the re-use of a downtown building as a hotel. The supplemental funding will be used to support additional site cleanup, site re-use and job creation.
News Image for UArizona, Diné College to train next generation of Navajo water scientists
Published 2021-06-16 09:29
UArizona, Diné College to train next generation of Navajo water scientists
By Navajo Times
By Rosemary Brandt College of Agriculture and Life Sciences TUCSON The University of Arizona and Diné College have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collaboratively train the next generation of Navajo water scientists. The grant comes from the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture through the Tribal College Research Grant Program and will provide Navajo youth technical and hands-on experience in microbiology, molecular biology, chemical and microbial water analysis, and pressure-driven membrane processes.
News Image for Dr. Kimberly A. Hoppe Parr Earns Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) Certification
Published 2021-06-16 09:18
Dr. Kimberly A. Hoppe Parr Earns Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) Certification
By Business Wire
GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing ecological, geotechnical, environmental, water, and construction management services, congratulates Dr. Kimberly A. Hoppe Parr for earning the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) professional certification in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene. Presented by the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the CIH designation requires rigorous educational background, years of professional experience, and culminates in an examination process.
News Image for Spooner Lake Visitors Center, Amphitheater Break Ground
Published 2021-06-15 21:35
Spooner Lake Visitors Center, Amphitheater Break Ground
By Jen Eastwood
RENO, Nev. — Spooner Backcountry offers 50 miles of hiking, equestrian and mountain biking trail. Now, after more than 35 years, the visitors center will be getting a facelift to reflect the beautiful Lake Tahoe Basin scenery. The project broke ground Monday on the new visitors center and amphitheater with Reno-based Group West Construction overseeing the construction. Rendering of the new Spooner Lake Visitor Center build by Group West Construction that broke ground this week. 'We are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting project that will bring new life to Spooner Lake,' said Jeremme McGilvray, V.
News Image for Foam set to be sprayed onto burning Illinois chemical plant
Published 2021-06-15 18:15
Foam set to be sprayed onto burning Illinois chemical plant
Monday's explosion and fires prompted officials to evacuate residents within a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) radius of the plant and to urge anyone within 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) of the plant to wear masks due to the threat posed by airborne impurities, Wilson said. He said it was unclear when the evacuation order that had ousted an estimated 1,000 residents from their homes would be lifted, but asked residents "to stay vigilant." "This is a large-scale operation that's going to take some time," he said at a Tuesday news conference.
News Image for Federal agency inspected Illinois chemical plant weeks before blast
Published 2021-06-15 15:32
Federal agency inspected Illinois chemical plant weeks before blast
Federal agency inspected Illinois chemical plant weeks before blast A northern Illinois chemical plant that was rocked by an explosion and massive fires that prompted evacuations was inspected by a federal agency less than a month before the blast sent debris raining down onto nearby areas Copy Link {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! Updated: 10:34 AM CDT Jun 15, 2021 A northern Illinois chemical plant that was rocked by an explosion and massive fires that prompted evacuations was inspected by a federal agency less than a month before the blast sent debris raining down onto nearby areas.
News Image for Cancer Alley Campaigner Wins Goldman Environmental Defender
Published 2021-06-15 08:08
Cancer Alley Campaigner Wins Goldman Environmental Defender
Special Education Teacher Retired from Louisiana A successful grassroots campaign to stop the construction of a toxic plastic factory in Cancer Alley, USA, he won the 2021 Goldman Award as an environmental protector.Sharon Ravine, 68, organized a march, petitions, town hall meetings, and media campaigns after an elected official signaled the construction of another contaminated factory in the Parish of St. James.The proposed $ 1.25 billion Chinese-owned plastic plant has £ 1 million (450,000) annually, including hundreds of tons of methylenediphenyldiisocyanate, a carcinogen that affects respiratory function, and volatile carbon monoxide.
News Image for Rockton chemical plant had recent, unannounced federal inspection
Published 2021-06-15 00:22
Rockton chemical plant had recent, unannounced federal inspection
By Chuck Goudie
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Even as an investigation has yet to begin to determine a cause of Monday's fire and explosion, it was just last month that federal job safety investigators were at Chemtool's Rockton plant looking into a health and safety complaint. Not much is known about that case, but it is still listed as open.RELATED | Rockton Chemtool explosion causes major fire, smoke at chemical plant; evacuation ordered in area Just 25 days before the massive chemical fire, inspectors from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Health and Safety Administration showed up at Chemtool to investigate a complaint.
News Image for Cancer Alley campaigner wins Goldman prize for environmental defenders
Published 2021-06-15 00:00
Cancer Alley campaigner wins Goldman prize for environmental defenders
A retired special education teacher from Louisiana who led a successful grassroots campaign to stop construction of a toxic plastics plant in America's Cancer Alley has won the 2021 Goldman prize for environmental defenders. Sharon Lavigne, 68, organised marches, petitions, town hall meetings and media campaigns after elected officials gave the green light to the construction of another polluting factory in St James parish – a majority-Black community already blighted by heavy industry and exorbitant cancer rates.
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Published 2021-06-14 22:12
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By /u/Jurikk
So I have been working as an environmental consultant for 18 months as my first "real job" out of college, and at this point I'm pretty confident that I don't want to be doing this wok for very much longer. I mainly do regulatory compliance work, some storm-water sampling, and occasionally I work with remediation. I generally dislike the structure of consulting and the specific work I do is uninspiring and usually for large clients I do not personally like to support, although it does afford some personal freedom.
News Image for Monterey County supervisors eye pair of wildfire actions
Published 2021-06-14 20:44
Monterey County supervisors eye pair of wildfire actions
By Dennis L. Taylor
SALINAS — The Monterey County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon will consider giving the nod to seeking a $40 million federal grant to help homeowners in certain areas of the county pay for measures to lessen the risk of total losses from increasingly devastating wildfires like last year's River, Carmel and Dolan fires. In a separate action, the Supervisors will likely continue with the declaration of a Local Health Emergency because of toxic substances in the ash debris from the fires, substances that 'pose an exceptional risk of exposure to county residents,' said Dr.