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Research Paves Way for Environmental Benefits

A comprehensive study by a national laboratory in California has dug deep into pavement, revealing that while the choice of materials can impact carbon emissions, the conventional wisdom abo...


State, Feds Respond to Nuclear Site Incident

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced that the Department of Energy will launch an investigation into what went wrong at the Hanford Nuclear Site, where a tunnel housing contaminated ...


CO Officials Call for Pipeline Inspections

Weeks after a damaged natural gas flowline caused a fatal house explosion in Colorado, officials are responding with directives to inspect pipelines near residential areas and publicize the ...


Injection-Well Rates Eyed in 2016 OK Quake

A group of seismologists says in a new report that disposal wells, particularly variable-rate wells, likely led to last September’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Pawnee, Oklahoma, the strong...


Polymer Firm, UN Team Up for Environmental Contest

German polymer company Covestro and the United Nations Environment Program announced Monday that they have teamed up to launch the “Young Champions of the Earth” sustainability competition.


New Bridge Benefits Bats

You can’t say the new bridge being built in County Galway, Ireland, is for the birds. It is, in fact, entirely for the bats.


Province Makes Long-Awaited Road Paint Revision

British Columbia believes it has found a solution to a problem one government official said was the “No. 1 issue” he has heard about from the province’s citizens: faded traffic markings.


EPA, California Team Up on USTs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it, along with the California State Water Resources Control Board, has successfully cleaned up 381 underground storage tanks ...


MI Lawmaker Targets Underwater Pipeline

A liquid pipeline under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac is again under fire, this time from a state legislator whose new bill would require a third-party evaluation of lines running under the...


AkzoNobel Unveils Energy Plan, Pursues Split

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced a plan to be completely carbon-neutral by 2050, moving to 100 percent renewable sources of energy.


On the Regs: Blasting, Containment and the Law

As supervisor of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Air Compliance Unit, Cory Boeck works to ensure that potential contaminants, including at blasting and recoating jobsites, are prope...


Transit Projects Take Time to ‘Pay Back’ Carbon

It’s common sense that, on the face of things, mass transit is more eco-friendly than a model in which individuals all drive their own cars wherever they need to go. But how much does the ac...


Congress Votes to Pull 'Blacklist' Rule

A rule that would have required increased scrutiny on the labor and environmental records of companies seeking big federal contracts is one step closer to being dead in the water, after a vo...


Eco-Friendly Concrete Comes to Light

A production process that has gone largely unchanged over the last 200 years might now be getting a green facelift courtesy of a spinoff from Rutgers University.


Pruitt Begins Tenure as EPA Head

Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken the helm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indicating in his first address to employees and the nation that he would follow President Donald J...


$2.7B Bridge Moves Forward in BC

A multibillion-dollar bridge project near Vancouver will move forward, after an environmental review requested by local officials was waived by the Canadian government.


Tiny Bird, Big Bridge

They say a butterfly flapping its wings can affect the course of a hurricane halfway across the globe, but in California, some bridge contractors have witnessed firsthand the major consequen...


Spilled Paint Leads to Road Repaving

You probably know the saying about crying over spilled milk, but it was spilled white paint—more than 3,000 gallons of it—that caused some headaches, if not tears, on one U.K. road last week...


US Tightens Oil Pipeline Safety Rules

Federal regulators have announced new rules to improve oil pipeline safety, increasing requirements related to testing and internal inspections in an effort to prevent pipeline breaches and ...


Research: Cement Sponges Up Substantial CO2

New research from an international team suggests that, while cement production is a major generator of carbon dioxide gas, concrete and other cement-based materials also absorb a considerabl...


Asbestos Goes Under EPA Microscope

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking aim at 10 chemicals, including asbestos, using new powers granted to the agency by the recently enacted Toxic Substance Control Act reforms.


CA Proposes Antifouling Paints Rule

Antifouling coatings are the focus of regulatory actions being considered for addition to data requirements under the California Code of Regulations.


Canada Approves $5B Pipeline Expansion

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the expansion plan for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Tuesday, clearing the way for the company to expand the oil pipeline’s capacity...


Trump’s Election Could Revive Keystone XL

The Keystone XL Pipeline, effectively quashed by President Barack Obama last year, could be back in play under the incoming administration of President-Elect Donald J. Trump.


Strong Quake Raises Crude Concerns in OK

Another strong earthquake in central Oklahoma has renewed concerns about wastewater injection wells there, and raised questions about the safety of the country’s largest crude oil storage fa...


Pair of Pipeline Breaches Vex OK, PA

Two pipeline breaches in different areas of the United States within three days’ time have left environmental concerns and fueled debate over the safety and reliability of the pipeline syste...


Firm Finishes Historic NZ Bridge Repaint

The first full repaint of a New Zealand rail viaduct in over 50 years is nearing completion, three months ahead of schedule.


State Rep Alleges Lead Dust at Bridge Site

A Maine legislator is calling for the cancellation of contracts with a bridge-painting contractor after an independent soil study allegedly showed evidence that lead paint dust was not being...


Tesla Denies Paint Shop Bottleneck Report

Growing electric automaker Tesla is denying reports that its paint shop could be the source of a bottleneck that could slow its expanding production capacity.


Green Packaging Firm Seeks Paint Partners

A U.K.-based packaging startup is looking for paint companies to partner with it to test a new sustainable flexible packaging concept.


Australia Settles in Reef Disaster Case

The Australian government has come to a settlement with representatives of Shenzhen Energy, whose Shen Neng 1 ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef in 2010, causing considerable environ...


More Injection Wells Halted After OK Quake

A Labor Day weekend earthquake in Oklahoma that was originally reported at magnitude 5.6 was upgraded late last week to a record 5.8, prompting the closure of a total of 54 wastewater inject...


Paint Disposal, Project Procedures at Issue

The Texas Department of Transportation is facing scrutiny on two fronts this month: improper paint disposal in one of its districts and a state audit suggesting that its design-build program...


EPA, Texas at Odds Over Wells and Quakes

Federal and state officials seem to be at odds over the effect oil and gas drilling are having on seismic activity in northern Texas, as a new review from the Environmental Protection Agency...


Bridge Painter Faces Multiple Charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a Western Pennsylvania painting contractor on environmental, embezzlement, false statement and fraud charges related to a state bridge project.


Feds Dive into Offshore Bolt Failures

Corporate officials and federal regulators are scrutinizing the integrity of massive bolts connecting subsea structures in the oil and gas industry.


Waste Fines Cost Coatings Firm $80K

An industrial coatings company in Seattle is facing $80,000 in fines after state inspections turned up repeated violations related to the handling of dangerous waste at its facilities.


DDDA Producer Wins Green Award

A component used in corrosion inhibitors and other kinds of paints, coatings and sealants came up big as winner of this year's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Small Business Award.


New Cleanup Plans at Former Paint Plant

A year after first announcing a cleanup proposal at a highly contaminated New Jersey site that was once a Sherwin-Williams paint and varnish manufacturing plant, the federal government is pr...


Costs Balloon for Reef Paint Cleanup

Australian Sen. Larissa Waters is continuing her fight to have toxic paint residue removed from the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, even as the costs of su...


Refinery Faces $720K in EPA Fines

Six years after a deadly explosion at a Washington state refinery, the federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment has filed a complaint against the Tesoro Ref...


Environmental Efforts Earn Recognition

An Avon, OH-based supplier of specialty additives, resins and pigments has achieved recognition from the state agency tasked with protecting the environment and public health by ensuring com...


Coatings Company Settles with EPA

A Massachusetts polyester resin and specialty chemical products manufacturer has settled allegations it violated federal clean water laws.


Converting Carbon Emissions into Concrete

In a process they call “carbon upcycling,” a group of University of California, Los Angeles, researchers is working on a way to recapture and repurpose industrial carbon emissions into poten...


Resins, Polymers Firm Settles with EPA

A West Coast specialty polymers company has reached a settlement regarding alleged violations of a federal law governing water pollution at a manufacturing facility in Fairfield, CA.


Senate Commits to Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bipartisan bill supporting the pipeline safety agency of the Department of Transportation and establishing safety standards for natural gas storage...


Coast Guard Considers MI ‘Twin’ Bridge

Billionaire bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun is pushing forward with plans to build a replacement span for his privately owned 86-year-old Ambassador Bridge, even as planning is well under...


East Span Bids Slow Farewell to Truss

The Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge has been the subject of much attention—winning awards, under scrutiny for leakage and corrosion, and for its artistic lighting system, and now eyes are t...


Turning Waste into Eco-friendly Concrete

Seeking to develop a cheaper, more environmentally friendly form of concrete, a team of


Caltrans Blasts Old Bay Bridge Pier

The much-anticipated implosion of the old Bay Bridge Pier E3 finally occurred Saturday morning (Nov. 14) in San Francisco, though onlookers were likely disappointed by the spectacle.


Hull Paint Threatens Reef System

When the Chinese oil tanker Shen Neng 1 ran into the Great Barrier Reef and scraped off part of its bottom coating in the process, it was just the beginning of the event’s environmental impa...


Call for Resignation Amid Water Woes

A corroded drinking water supply crisis in Flint, MI, has one group asking for the resignation of the state's environmental director and others demanding further investigation into the matte...


BP Settles Deepwater Disaster for $20B

BP will pay more than $20 billion to settle claims against it for the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010.


Damaged Refinery Finds New Owner

A California refinery that was the site of an explosion that injured four people earlier this year has been sold, while the agency in charge of investigating the explosion has said that the ...


Clinton Reveals Opposition, Has Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed her stance on the Keystone XL Pipeline this week, once again bringing to light the debate over the long-running pipeline plan.


EPA Funds Green Tech Development

Coatings and concrete are among the applications benefiting from a $2 million investment supporting the development of green technologies.


Shore Hardening Study: An Opportunity?

Researchers who have been studying shoreline degradation in the U.S. said they hope engineers, contractors and ecologists can work together to create more natural seashore solutions as coast...


Investor Lawsuit Calls Out Pipeline Co.

In the aftermath of an oil spill caused by a corroded pipeline, a Houston pipeline transportation and storage firm finds itself the target of a lawsuit filed by one of its own shareholders.


$1.9B Helps NJ Shore Up against Storms

NJ Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation making up to $1.94 billion in state financing available for projects that would improve the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in...


Green Light Given to NC Bridge

Plagued by legal woes, construction of the new Bonner Bridge in North Carolina just got the all-clear to proceed.


Caltrans Seeks OK for Blast Demo

The old Bay Bridge is coming down. As much of the concrete and steel structure are being dismantled piece by piece, Caltrans is in the process of securing permits to demolish the main suppor...


Web-based Unit Monitors Air Quality

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has designed a web-based system for dust collection diagnostics.


EPA Fines Caltrans, Contractor $80K

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement for $80,000 each with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and a general contractor for dumping fuel an...


Map Tool Flags Environmental Issues

WASHINGTON—A new environmental justice screening and mapping tool can now help developers, governments and project managers better understand the environmental demands and risks of their nex...


Bill Would Keep Pipeline Info Secret

LANSING, MI—Pipeline inspection, safety and other records would be blocked from public access under a sweeping new bill introduced in Michigan.


Drain Artistry Beautifies, Informs

Always critical but seldom beautiful, dozens of storm drains in Arkansas are getting an artistic boost designed to highlight their importance to the community.


China Slaps VOC Tax on Coatings

Coating manufacturers worldwide will help subsidize the cleanup of China's notoriously foul air through a new tax on Volatile Organic Content in paints and coatings.


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...


 
 
   

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