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EPA Sued to Act on Stormwater

Seeking again to force Uncle Sam's hand, environmental groups are demanding a court-ordered deadline for federal rules to control runoff from construction projects and developments.


Prison Terms Set in Marine Coating Case

The brother-owners of a Florida-based marine coatings company will serve time in prison for producing and selling a TBT-containing antifouling for years after the toxic product was banned.


$120k Fine Set in Cellphone Tank Blast

A Texas oil company has been fined $120,000 in a storage-tank explosion sparked by a worker's cellphone, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced.


U.S. Approves New Northeast Pipeline

Federal regulators have given the go-ahead to a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline project that would tap natural-gas production in Pennsylvania to serve customers in New York and New England.


Painting JV Cleared; Suspension Lifted

The bird calmly stayed put—while the workers were there, and even after they left. And the one worker's lone fake card could have fooled anyone, especially in his stack of real ones.


Bay Bridge Birds Draining Nest Egg

The new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is up and running, but on the project to demolish its predecessor, another issue has taken flight.


Australia: Rising Sea Will Cost $226B

With most of its resources close to the coast, Australia faces havoc with its infrastructure and, possibly, its economy in the decades to come, scientists warn.


Unpermitted Work Shutters Bridge Site

A staging area for New York City’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project has been shut down after an environmental group reported construction underway without proper permitting.


Public Works of the Year Honored

Twenty-five public-works projects throughout North America are being hailed for their efficient planning and cooperative achievements.


OSHA: No Fine in Fatal PA Blast

Unable to pinpoint the cause of a fatal natural-gas explosion in southwestern Pennsylvania, federal regulators say they will not issue citations in the case.


Research Reveals a Paint-Dusted Sea

Even when the ocean looks clean, the top layer is chock full of paint dust and particles, researchers have found.


Cigarettes Butt in on Coatings

Smoking may be a dirty and deadly habit, but the butts it leaves may hold the surprising key to a coating that can store large amounts of electrical energy.


Catfish Stall Bridge Replacement Work

Work on a $5.8 million bridge project in Oklahoma has come to a standstill after a change in the bridge's design raised concern with federal officials.


Feds Suspend Painting JV for Fraud

An industrial painting joint venture has been suspended from government contract work following charges of destroying protected nesting sites and hiding employment of undocumented workers on...


CSB: Corroded Tanks Were Not Inspected

Severe corrosion damage unchecked by adequate inspections likely caused a January chemical spill that left nearly 300,000 West Virginians without drinking water for almost a week, according ...


Canada Puts Price on Pipeline Liability

Pipeline companies in Canada will be held responsible for at least $1 billion in damages if their network leaks—no matter who is ultimately to blame.


EPA Offers Eco-Atlas for Projects

Hoping to avert yet another project standoff over fragile critters and surprise health hazards, the U.S. government has unfolded a new nationwide, interactive, environmental roadmap.


Mussels Stall Michigan Pipeline

A $274 million pipeline project in Michigan is facing a massive hurdle of tiny proportions—a two-inch mussel.


DOT Budget Bill Aims to ‘Grow America’

“Transformative transportation projects” that will save bridges, strengthen roads, extend rail, stabilize funding, improve safety, and employ millions of Americans are the promise of a $302 ...


Jet Coatings Honored for Sustainability

A novel lightweight, longer-lasting aircraft coating system has drawn top honors from the Department of Defense, which plans to use it on a new generation of stealth jets.


Keystone XL Now Delayed Indefinitely

Two months after getting a green light from the U.S. State Department, the off-again, on-again Keystone XL project has hit a new red one. Or, at least, a long yellow.


PA Orders Vast Impoundment Closed

The largest coal ash impoundment in the United States is officially on borrowed time.


CA Targeting Stripper, Foam Chemicals

“Is it necessary to use this toxic chemical?” That’s the question that makers of paint strippers and spray polyurethane foam may soon have to answer in California.


More Tank Dangers Seen at Hanford

In a scenario he likens to the movie Groundhog Day, a U.S. Senator is reporting new disclosures of radioactive leak risks due to flawed tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


Metal Finishing Leads to EPA Case

A California company operating a metal finishing facility violated clean water laws by improper disposal of wastewater into the Los Angeles County Sanitation District sewer system, according...


EPA Settles with Military on Tank Issues

Three military bases in Virginia have paid federal regulators a combined $62,634 in fines to settle allegations of violating underground storage tank regulations.


TBT Ban Lets Girl Snails Be Girls

Female snails burdened with penises on their heads are finally seeing some relief to their decades-long struggle with unwanted (and unusable) sex changes, thanks to—of all things—a coatings ...


WV Tank Leak Under Federal Scrutiny

Nearly 300,000 West Virginia residents were readying for a sixth straight day without water after a chemical leaked through a one-inch hole in a steel tank and escaped through a concrete sec...


$740K Fine May Close CT Contractor

A four-generation coating and abrasive blasting business says it will shut down most of its operations in the face of a $743,500 state fine for hazardous waste, training and other violations...


Prison Awaits EPA’s $900K Con Man

The bizarre flameout of John C. Beale’s once-distinguished federal career—from senior official to fake CIA spy—will end with a 32-month federal prison sentence.


Endangered Mussels Halt Dam Work

Delayed for years by lack of funding, a project to replace a failing dam in Michigan has now been halted indefinitely by the discovery of endangered mussels at the site.


PPG Announces Protective/Marine VP

PPG Industries has put its entire protective and marine coatings business in the United States, Canada and Latin America under the leadership of Diane M. Kappas.


From CA, a Turning Point on Antifouling

With the support of the coatings industry, California has approved a new law that will help shape the future of antifouling technology.


Corrosion Eyed in ND Pipeline Leak

A ruptured six-inch pipeline has spewed over 20,000 barrels of oil in North Dakota, and an initial investigation points to corrosion, state officials said.


Painting a Solution to Eagle Deaths?

Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy is undertaking a major research effort to see if strategic painting of wind turbines can help reduce one of the industry’s toughest problems: p...


EPA Fines Port, Contractors $500K

The Port of Tacoma and two of its contractors have agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act that damaged Puget Sound wetlands, the U.S. Environmental Pr...


Abu Dhabi to Certify Safer Paints

End users of certain interior and exterior paints in the United Arab Emirates will soon have a new tool to determine the safety of the products they choose.


UK Ship Company Fined for Paint Waste

A ship repair company in the United Kingdom was fined after it released toxic waste paint into a protected environmental area, the local government announced.


‘Self-Cleaning’ Paint Draws New Scrutiny

Some “self-cleaning” paints touted for their ability to break down airborne pollutants may be doing more harm than good, a group of environmental chemists now say.


Industry to EPA: Make Your Case on Lead

Federal regulators who want sweeping new lead-safe mandates on public and commercial projects must prove the need for those rules first, the construction industry insists.


$500M Set for Sandy-Hit Water Works

Water-treatment facilities across New York and New Jersey will receive more than $500 million to tackle repairs and upgrades desperately needed after Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Environmental ...


EPA Rips State Dept.’s Pipeline Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is again lambasting the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, calling the assessment inadequate and insufficiently attentiv...


Eco-Bridges Ease Wildlife Commute

Forget the carpool lane. Deer, bears, wild boar and even crabs are commuting in style, with “eco-bridges” popping up on transportation agendas around the world.


Exxon Fined $1.7M in Yellowstone Leak

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has been slapped with a $1.7 million federal fine for its 2011 crude-oil pipeline failure in the Yellowstone River, doubling its tab to date for the disaster, reg...


SSPC Seeks Input on New Lead Rules

SSPC is recruiting data and reports from its members on federal regulators' plan to expand lead-safe rules to commercial and public-works projects.


Feds Map Regulatory Plans for 2013

Outdated exposure limits, reinforced steel, nanotechnology, and confined spaces are among the critical health and safety issues slated for federal action this year.


EPA Head Resigns Amid Cheers and Jeers

The Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, Lisa Jackson, will step down this month after the President's State of the Union speech, the Environmental Protection Agency has anno...


U.S. Research to Examine Nano Safety

Nanotechnology in paints and coatings is spreading like wildfire, but how safe are the popular micro-materials for humans and the environment in the long run? That is one question that U.S. ...


Pol’s Painting Backfires in Lead Snafu

From the No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Dept.: A frustrated Australian politician’s determination to paint his local bridge may have ended with lead paint contamination in the river below.


Portlanders Fume Over Paint Vapors

In a neighborhood perched above Swan Island in Portland, winds have shifted with the cooler weather, and it's making residents nauseous. Literally.


Coating Makers Study Green Crackdown

U.S. trade regulators are cracking down on green claims, with potentially significant implications for the paint and coating industry.


MO Cement Case Ends in Project, Fine

A 109-year-old Missouri cement maker has agreed to a $300,000 upgrade of its facility and a $22,000 fine to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act.


TVA Invests $1B in Scrubbers, Upgrades

The Tennessee Valley Authority will spend about $1 billion to install four large scrubbers and other pollution control equipment at the Gallatin Fossil Plant to reduce emissions by as much a...


WI Probes Illegal Paint Dumping

Wisconsin environmental authorities are seeking the public’s help in tracking down the source of illegal paint dumping in two northwestern counties.


OSHA Demands Cleanup of Navy Facility

A U.S. Navy maintenance facility may be forced to shut down after a series of health and safety inspections found workers there exposed to a variety of “extremely toxic materials.”


Carlsbad Odor Laid to Coating, Solvent

Carlsbad Caverns National Park has reopened after “extensive” air quality testing showed that chemical vapors released during elevator renovation had not spread to the visitor center or surr...


Asbestos Contractor Gets 10-Year Term

An Illinois fireproofing contractor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally removing, handling and disposing of asbestos from a Kankakee building in 2009.


EPA, Shipyard Settle Paint Waste Fine

Fairhaven Shipyard Companies, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $175,000 to resolve violations of the federal Clean Water Act at two of its facilities in Fairhaven during paint remov...


SSPC Seeks 2013 Award Entries, Papers

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is soliciting presentations for SSPC 2013 and nominations for its 2013 Structure Awards.


Exxon to Pay $1.6M in Yellowstone Spill

ExxonMobil has agreed to pay $1.6 million to the state of Montana for a pipeline break that fouled the Yellowstone River last summer—a spill that the oil company now admits was far larger th...


2 Leaks in 4 Days at PPG Plant in UK

PPG Industries is investigating two chemical spills in four days at one of its resin plants in Stowmarket, UK.


Creek Dumping to Cost Contractor $900K

A California contractor will spend about $900,000 on fines, mitigation measures and environmental contributions for illegally dumping tons of fill material into a San Francisco-area creek.


For Power Plants, Decision Time on HAPs

Dozens of older U.S. power plants will have to clean up or shut down under the first-ever national standards aimed at reducing their toxic air pollutant emissions.


PSN to Recap the Year’s Highs, Lows

From tragic accidents to silly stories, tough quizzes to controversial projects, PaintSquare News will take a look back at the coatings industry of 2011 with two special issues next w...


MO Town to Tackle Storm-Churned Toxins

Seven months into its recovery from massive tornado damage, the city of Joplin, MO, will receive $500,000 in federal aid to begin the enormous task of remediating lead exposed in up to 1,500...


GOP Battles Non-Existent Regulations

Hey, did you hear that the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to ban dusty back roads and has fined hundreds of companies $5,000 a day for spilled milk?


DuPont Fined $500K for Pigment Plant

DuPont Corp. has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for numerous state and federal environmental violations involving pollutant discharges at a pigment plant in Delaware, under a new court settle...


Yellowstone Spill Spurs Pipeline Alert

While 900 people continue working to clean up the ExxonMobil crude oil spill on the Yellowstone River, the federal government has issued a warning to all owners and operators of pipelines in...


Ford to Clean Up 40-Year-Old Paint Dump

Facing a new HBO documentary on a very old controversy, Ford Motor Co. has agreed to clean up tons of toxic paint sludge that the company dumped decades ago on ground near the Ramapo River, ...


Wheels Up for New Boeing Paint Hangar

Boeing has opened a new paint hangar near its Renton, WA, facility that will help the company dramatically increase its next-generation 737 production capacity.


Yellowstone Spill Plan to Be Revised

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. has more work to do on its cleanup plan for the oil-fouled Yellowstone River, but most of the spilled crude has washed away and cannot be recovered, federal officials...


New JPCL Equipment Guide Now Available

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has just released its 24th Annual Equipment Buying Guide, listing more than 4,500 products, equipment and supplies for protective and marine co...


Sewer Execs Sentenced; 1 Gets Prison Term

One Louisiana wastewater company owner will serve time in prison and another has been put on probation after both were sentenced in unrelated cases involving illegal discharges and other vio...


GOP Senate Bill Aims to Abolish EPA

Senate Republicans have long talked the talk about abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, they’re walking the walk.


Judge OKs Controversial Bridge Project

A federal-court judge has denied a bid by environmental groups to halt replacement of a South Carolina bridge that runs through the state’s only national park.


Paint Waste to Land Shipyard on Superfund List

Open piles of paint and blasting grit, a burn pit of toxic solvents, and river contaminants more than 500 times the acceptable level have made an Oregon shipyard a candidate for the federal ...


Congress Battles Over EPA GHG Rules

The battle has been joined in Congress over the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases emitted by factories and power plants.


Spillway Painting Ends After Cleanup

Dust and debris from blasting and painting at the Bonnet Carré Spillway outside New Orleans were cleaned up and captured in the final days of the project, state officials say.


CSX to Remove Flaking Bridge Coating

Prodded by Kentucky environmental officials, CSX Corp. has agreed to strip the remaining rusty, lead-based paint that is flaking off a company bridge onto the ground and into the Barren Rive...


Shipper Fined $2.4M for Dumping, Lies

A federal judge has fined Cardiff Marine Inc. $2.4 million and placed the shipping company on three years’ probation after it pled guilty to a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollutio...


WA Takes Aim at Antifouling Paints

Washington State is proposing to phase out copper-based antifouling coatings on its thousands of recreational vessels.


KY Tells CSX to Contain Flaking Bridge Paint

The state of Kentucky has asked CSX Transportation Inc. to come up with a plan to address future flaking of rusty, lead-based paint off the Barren River Bridge in Bowling Green.


EPA Touts ‘Best Available Control’ on Emissions

States will have broad leeway in determining how to limit emissions from power plants, factories and other big polluters when new greenhouse-gas regulations take effect in January, according...


EPA Fugitive Arrested in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic authorities have arrested a Massachusetts woman who vanished after her 2008 federal-court conviction for running an asbestos-removal business built on hundreds of fraudule...


Coatings Industry Wins CA Lead Fee Appeal

A California Court of Appeals panel has again denied Shell Oil’s attempt to shift millions of dollars in fees for lead prevention to the coatings industry.


Environmental Firm, Managers Guilty of Fraud

A federal jury has found a New York environmental services company and three employees guilty of conspiring for nearly 10 years to falsify lab results and air-quality data.


Sherwin-Williams to Reduce Emissions

The Sherwin-Williams Company has pledged to reduce its total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 4 percent as a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program.


Canada Enacts Architectural Coatings VOC Rules

The Canadian government issued new regulations on VOCs in architectural coatings; the provisions mirror the OTC Model Rule, the NPCA/FSCT reported.


Valspar Fined for Air-Quality Violations

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently levied a $218,000 fine against The Valspar Corp. for air-quality violations.


 
 
   

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