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$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...


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...


Corrosion Detection Built for Space

What do soil pollution and the European Space Agency (ESA) have to do with pipe corrosion? A joint venture between it and a Dutch company established an earth-based method for pipeline owner...


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...


Biocide Deters Barnacles from Ships

A Swedish company has introduced a pharmacological product to help combat barnacle settlement on a ship’s hull.


Drones Seeing Use in Infrastructure

Those who see what might appear to be a UFO buzzing around a bridge probably can skip calling the Federal Aviation Administration.


EnTech Expands Collector Line

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN--EnTech Industries has added to its dust collector line-up with the introduction of the Cyclone 9 DC.


Italy Confronts Europe's Largest Dump

NAPLES, ITALY--Acres and acres of solvents, plastics, construction materials and other toxic waste are now being unearthed in Italy as that nation confronts what appears to be the largest il...


Quadpod is Made to Maneuver

KEMP, TX--Larson Electronics has introduced a compact work-site fixture designed to provide high-power illumination with minimal set-up.


Water Toxins to Cost Cement Plant $7.5M

SAN FRANCISCO—A California cement maker will spend more than $7.5 million to settle allegations that it routinely dumped toxic substances into a tributary of the San Francisco Bay.


U.S. Proposes More Nano Reporting

WASHINGTON, DC—As nanotechnology takes over everything from coatings to construction materials, federal regulators want to know more about the risks posed to human health and the environment...


MO Highway Work Draws $750K Fine

LENEXA, KS—Missouri transportation officials will mount a statewide compliance program and pay a $750,000 fine to settle alleged violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act at two road constructi...


Van Air Bosses Around Moisture

A new point-of-use compressed-air dryer is designed to provide simple, effective, affordable service for paint booths, blast cabinets and other light industrial applications.


New Caps Shield Steel Bolts from Fire

AkzoNobel has introduced a new product in North America for fire protection on the bolted connections of steel structures.


$612K Hazardous Waste Fine Upheld

Leaking drums, mishandled aerosol paint and hazmat tanks without containment all add up to an unpermitted hazardous-waste storage facility that will cost two Virginia chemical companies more...


Unit Boasts Non-Spark Dust Collection

Nilfisk CFM has introduced a pneumatic industrial vacuum cleaner designed for collecting dry combustible dust and debris in manufacturing settings.


EPA Floats Aerospace Coating Rule

U.S. environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair.


Shrink Wrap Offers Protection Option

A new heavy-duty shrink film with flame-retardant additives and UV inhibitors may replace conventional rust preventatives while extending equipment life, according to manufacturer Cortec Cor...


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

A Mississippi shipyard will pay $144,545 to resolve a host of state environmental violations related to abrasive blasting and painting at its Pascagoula facility.


New System Blamed in Ink Dust Blast

A squeal, sizzle, whoosh and loud thump—not an alarm from a brand-new dust collection system—heralded a blast and flash fire that burned seven employees, three severely, at a New Jersey ink ...


ODOT Cannons Keep Birds off Bridge

Oregon bridge crews are using propane-powered cannons to shoo birds from an interstate lift span—a non-lethal way to discourage starlings from roosting on the bridge.


Contractor Fined for River Sewage

A marine construction contractor and an Oregon county have both agreed to pay fines to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act that occurred during sewage treatment plant work, the U.S. En...


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.


Tool Records Corrosion for Well Work

A newly redesigned tool provides recorded corrosion and temperature data for downhole operation in production wells.


Marco Doubles Dust Collector Line

A smaller electric model and a mid-range option have joined Marco's line of Dustmaster dust collection equipment.


Coal Ash Rule Goes to the Wire

Four and a half years after it was proposed and one year after a federal judge demanded a decision, a rule to determine the disposal fate of coal waste has—theoretically—reached its last sto...


Paint 'Geyser' Raises River Fear

A broken sewer line spewed yellow paint into West Virginia's Elk River, touching off fears of a chemical leak in the area.


Drones Pass Pollution through Paint

Robots coated in carbon-sucking paint could collect pollution and turn it back into fuel, a group of researchers says.


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.


Fabricator Settles Paint Waste Case

A structural steel fabricator has agreed to pay $57,100 for improperly managing containers of paint and other hazardous waste.


Shipyard Fined for Paint-Laden Runoff

A New England shipyard will pay a $20,000 fine and spend $30,000 to raise awareness of clean water laws after allegedly discharging stormwater contaminated with toxic paint chips into a cove...


Hoping the Rubber Meets the Road Test

"Does this stink or doesn't it?" That is just one of the questions—and an important one it is—that Michigan researchers will be asking as they begin putting crumb rubber to the test on the s...


Coatings Maker Accepts EPA Waste Fine

An industrial-coatings manufacturer will pay a $20,240 penalty to settle claims that it violated federal hazardous-waste regulations at its Pennsylvania plant.


New Dehumidifier is Self-Powered

A new dehumidifier with a built-in generator is now being offered by Drynamic Inc. of Plymouth, MN.


Pipe Plant Settles Lead Issues with EPA

A now defunct pipe production plant will pay almost $1 million dollars and take steps to lower its lead emissions in an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


Green Pouch Offers Corrosion Protection

A new Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) pouch from Cortec Corp. is designed to protect metal parts in non-ventilating spaces.


Team Finds Cement’s ‘Magical’ Mix

Tweaking just one of the materials in cement could go a long way toward reducing the environmental wallop packed by concrete, scientists at MIT have discovered.


Hawaii DOT Fined $1.2M for Runoff

Six years of state and federal complaints about pollutants washing into Hawaii's largest harbor have ended in a $1.2 million fine for Hawaii’s Department of Transportation.


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.


Paint Paperwork Draws $100K Fine

A Vermont ferry service will pay $100,000 to resolve federal allegations of recordkeeping violations and improper paint use.


Poor Paint Storage Draws $90K Fine

A New York paint company will pay $90,000 to settle alleged hazardous-waste violations after a fire investigation revealed over 100 improperly stored, corroded paint drums, federal officials...


USACE Agrees to Reveal Dam Pollution

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start disclosing how much oil pollution its largest dams in Oregon and Washington send into waterways—information it has never been forced to give up.


Alaska Settles EPA Paint Waste Suit

Alaska’s transportation agency will pay nearly $118,000 to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of paint, federal officials announced.


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.


Brown Lawns Paint a Pick-Me-Up

As the California drought sucks the color out of once-lush lawns, property owners are seeking ways to get their green back without triggering penalties for wasting water.


Heat Turns Yellowstone Road to ‘Soup’

A tourist route in Yellowstone National Park was ordered closed this month when the road's asphalt melted during a period of warmer-than-usual temperatures.


Storage Tank Bill Tabbed at $114M

A U.S. proposal to protect surface water from chemical storage facilities would cost about $114 million over four years, likely busting the federal threshold for unfunded mandates in the pri...


Coating Emissions Cost Fabricator $60K

A Wisconsin metal fabricator will pay $60,000 for self-reported excessive emissions of toluene and xylene in its coating process.


Billboard Lets Workers Breathe Easy

Construction workers in Peru are getting some extra respiratory protection from an unlikely source—a billboard that reportedly sucks pollution from the air.


Free Video Covers Ambient Conditions

Measuring ambient conditions—one of the most important steps before final surface preparation and coating application—is the focus of a new installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Cen...


EPA Seeks Entries for Green Challenge

Safer, cleaner, more efficient industry technologies are invited to compete in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s annual green chemistry competition.


Plan for Chemical Hit List Sparks Heat

Industry manufacturers are objecting to a California plan that would target toxic chemicals used in paint stripper and spray polyurethane foam.


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.


Google Firm to Rehab U.S. Hangar One

Deadlocked over a seven-figure coating bill, two federal agencies have decided to Google a solution.


EPA Green-Lights 2 CCR Uses

Abruptly breaking years of silence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has newly affirmed as “beneficial” the two largest reuses of encapsulated coal ash: in concrete and in wallboard.


eBook Tackles Environmental Controls

Dehumidification, ventilation and other environmental controls can have high-stakes consequences for coating and blasting workers and projects alike.


Sherwin-Williams Sued over $3.7M Cleanup

Insurance giant AIG is demanding that the federal government and Sherwin-Williams pony up more than $3 million for cleanup reimbursement at a former munitions plant where bombs were painted ...


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.


EPA: $165M Base Cleanup Complete

The U.S. Navy’s 20-year, $165 million cleanup of hazardous waste at a California air base is nearly complete, clearing the way to redevelop the land with new houses and businesses.


Vacuum Bags 360° Maneuverability

Industrial vacuum supplier CDCLarue has introduced the Revolution 360 Bagger, fitted with five non-marking casters to maneuver easily around corners and through doorways.


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.


New Unit Uncovers Building Air Leaks

Hidden air leakage in building envelopes and rigid air-barrier systems in the field is the target of DeFelsko's new PosiTest AIR Leak Tester.


Feds Recommend Nanomaterial Controls

As makers of paints, coatings and other products reap the rewards of the nanotech boom, federal health and safety experts are racing to keep up with the risks.


Sunbelt Pump Mourns Ken Gernenz

Services are scheduled Monday (Nov. 11) for Kenneth E. Gernenz, Strategic Account Manager for Industrial Climate Control at Sunbelt Pump & Power Services in Conyers, GA.


DuPont Accepts $800K EPA Fine

Coatings chemical giant DuPont has agreed to pay an $800,000 fine and add several programs to settle long-running federal allegations of air-pollution violations at its massive Washington Wo...


EPA Fines DOE over Nuke Site Asbestos

The Department of Energy is facing a $115,000 fine for its contractor's alleged mishandling of asbestos debris at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.


Blast-Proof Light for Paint Booths

Larson Electronics has introduced a two-foot-long explosion-proof light fixture for paint booths and other hazardous locations with the potential for flammable vapors.


$46.7M Paint Sludge Cleanup Planned

The next step in removing tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge, paint waste and tainted soil from an old Ford Motor Co. site in New Jersey will cost $46.7 million, under a cleanup plan ...


Dust Monitor Measures in Real Time

A new handheld dust monitor to measure dangerous concentrations of inhalable dust and aerosols is the latest offering by Casella CEL, a manufacturer of instruments for the safety, industrial...


A Scramble to Meet New Energy Codes

Sweeping federal changes are coming very soon to a commercial building energy code near you, with implications for building systems in every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbi...


EPA Adds Time to Comply with Tank Rule

Facilities that use oil and gas storage tanks are getting a reprieve on their October deadline to install emissions controls.


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.


Plant Settlement to Cost Shell $115M+

Shell Oil will spend nearly $120 million for facility upgrades and fines to settle federal litigation involving pollution at its Houston-area refinery and chemical plant.


EPA: Plants Ducked Years of Permits

Federal regulators have filed suit against Oklahoma Gas and Electric, alleging that the utility ignored permit laws for more than $60 million in power plant upgrades that date back a decade.


Kansas DOT Settles with EPA for $477K

Racking up almost a half-million dollars in fines, the Kansas Department of Transportation has agreed to settle alleged federal violations of the Clean Air Act.


Cement Maker’s Pollution Tab: $32.5M

One of the largest cement companies in the United States will spend tens of millions of dollars in fines and new technology to resolve allegations of federal pollution violations, under a ne...


EPA to Curb Power Plant Water Toxins

Under orders from the federal courts to act, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever limits on toxic metals discharged into waterways by U.S. power plants.


‘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.


Paint, Plating Sites Join Superfund List

Abandoned paint and chrome plating operations are among nine hazardous-waste sites newly named to the Superfund National Priorities List.


Agency Wants Out of Botched $120M Hub

Already $80 million over budget and more than two years behind schedule, a $120 million Maryland transit center will not be used as planned because its structural flaws are too expensive to ...


Shipyard Moguls Held in Grit Dumping

The owner of a major Italian shipyard, his son and five employees have been arrested in a blasting waste trafficking scheme that has been under investigation for two years.


$1.6M Brings Hoppy Ending to Frog Flap

A frog-phobic road contractor near Buffalo, NY, has been awarded more than $1.6 million after a local developer flooded his 37-acre spread into an amphibian homeland.


Concrete Maker to Pay $835K Water Fine

A New Hampshire concrete producer has agreed to pay a total of $835,000 in fines and complete a $500,000 environmental project to resolve numerous clean water violations at its sand, gravel ...


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...


IL EPA Seeks Order at Paint Blast Site

A Chicago-area paint factory that was the scene of two explosions and a fire earlier this month will not reopen until state authorities know what caused the accident and how the cause is bei...


Shipyard Ordered to Cut Paint Emissions

A Rhode Island shipyard will pay a $31,000 fine and act to reduce VOC emissions from paint and thinners used at the facility, under a new settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


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.


New Rules Could Shake Up Industry

SAN ANTONIO—Coating manufacturers are starting to see sweeping changes in hazard communications that could potentially impact every safety data sheet in the industry.


EPA Rule Could Put Out 15 GA Plants

More than a dozen power plants in Georgia could be out of commission soon after the approval of a new federal rule regulating mercury and toxic air goes into effect.


 
 
   

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