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Blue Bridge Paint Oversprays Into FL River

As workers sprayed a bridge over the Orange River in Buckingham, Florida, the wind reportedly carried the blue paint into the water below, raising concerns about the environmental impact.


US Reaches OH Train Derailment Settlement

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice agreed on a $310 million settlement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company to address and pay for damage...


IL Bridge Painting Kicks Off After Weather Delays

A $1.103 million painting project to refurbish seven bridges in Jacksonville, Illinois, on Interstate 72 is officially underway after wet weather pushed the work back.


Coal Plant Wastewater Standards Finalized

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a set of final rules to reduce pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants while still delivering reliable electri...


Nanoclusters Remove Dyes from Wastewater

A study from Flinders University in Australia has reportedly discovered a way to degrade and potentially remove toxic organic chemicals, such as azo dyes, from wastewater.


$41M Grants Assist Stormwater, Sewer Upgrades

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made nearly $41 million available in funding from the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal grant to help address stormwater and s...


Shipping Company Utilizes Graphene Hull Coating

Shipping operator Finnlines recently adopted the use of sustainable coatings company GIT Coatings’ graphene-based hard foul release hull coating to accelerate its decarbonization efforts acr...


Key Bridge Forum Prompts Reconstruction Plans

Earlier this week, consultants, contractors and subcontractors met with Maryland Transportation Authority officials in an online forum to discuss construction plans for the new Francis Scott...


New Coating Protects Biopolymer Production Tanks

International protective coatings and composites manufacturer Belzona recently provided anti-corrosive coatings to protect the internal lining of biotechnology company CuanTec's tanks at a p...


Final Rule Alters Oil, Gas Emissions Reporting

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to expand and update methane emissions reporting requirements for petroleum and natural gas systems under the ...


Air Tank Corrosion Sparks Fire Retardant Concerns

A recent inspection conducted by the United States Forest Service reportedly found signs of corrosion inside air tankers using mineral production company Compass Minerals’ magnesium chloride...


MVP Project Approaches Completion Date

After years of controversy and cost increases, officials expect the Mountain Valley Pipeline to begin operations by the end of this month as construction wraps up and operators finish post-c...


$3B Unveiled for Lead Service Line Replacement

Yesterday (May 2), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted $3 billion to help every state and territory find and replace lead service lines, protecting drinking water from future ex...


India Initiative Applying 'Sunscreen' Coating to Trees

Volunteers in Bengaluru, India, are applying a cooling coating to trees to help protect them from unusually high temperatures and termite infestations.


Tech Company Rebrands for Sustainability Goals

Material transformation technologies company Schenk Process has announced a rebrand and new name to further establish its commitment to achieving climate-neutral transformation processes.


JPCL Releases 2023 Readers’ Choice Winners

Winners of the 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards, which honor the authors of the top articles chosen by JPCL readership over the past year, were unveiled in the latest bimonthly issue of the Jo...


New Product Announcement: Graphene Suspensions

Nan Chang Xinsu Nano Materials, an original equipment manufacturer for industrial technology company OCSiAl, recently unveiled a new line of coating suspensions for OCSiAI’s Tuball graphene ...


Nippon Paint Marine Joins Biosafety Alliance

Earlier this year, global marine coatings company Nippon Paint Marine joined the Global Industry Alliance for Marine Biosafety (GIA) to help protect marine biodiversity and decarbonize shipp...


Organizations Celebrating Corrosion Awareness Day

This year, universities and coatings companies across the globe are coming together today to celebrate World Corrosion Awareness Day with a series of events, webinars and more.


EPA Finalizes New PFAS Superfund Rule

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, meant to address current contaminations through investigations and cleanup e...


Researchers Study Green Wastewater Treatment

A team of scientists at Colorado State University have reportedly been exploring the potential benefits of transitioning to green wastewater treatment approaches across the United States.


WA Preparing Wastewater Resilience Projects

Last month, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Bruno Pigott announced a $194 million loan to King County, Washington, from the Water Infrastructure...


DOL Finalizes Silica Dust Reduction Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration recently issued a final rule to protect miners from exposure to respirable crystalline silica, also known as silica dust ...


Study: Rising Sea Levels Raise Corrosion Concerns

Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa recently unveiled a new study showing that cities with complex networks of buried and partially buried infrastructure may have an increased r...


$830M Awarded for Transportation Resilience

The Biden-Harris Administration recently unveiled almost $830 million in new grant awards to help strengthen surface-transportation systems against extreme weather events.


AMPP Releases Pipeline Corrosion Guidelines

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance recently published a guideline for pipeline safety that aligns with new regulations from by the U.S Department of Transportation’s Pi...


EPA Finalizes Chemical Plant Clean Air Standards

On Tuesday (April 9), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule that aims to reduce toxic air pollution from chemical plants used to make organic synthetic organic chemica...


Turbine Blades Painted to Prevent Bird Collisions

Electric power company PacifiCorp is studying bird safety in Glenrock, Wyoming, by painting wind turbines blades black to observe any potential reduction in collisions.


PHMSA Funds Gas Pipeline Rehab Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, along with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, recently unveiled $392 million in gra...


Companies Partner for Sustainable Marine Coatings

Brazilian technology development company WEG has reportedly signed an agreement with sustainable coatings company GIT Coatings to help strengthen one another’s marine coating product offerin...


New Additive Found for Perovskite Coating

Researchers from the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory at the University of Science and Technology of China have recently made new discoveries in perovskite solar cell research, mark...


Caltrans Planning Lead Cleanup Project

The California Department of Transportation has unveiled plans to clean up soil contaminated with lead shavings left from painting work done on the Salmon Creek Bridge in Albion, California,...


Company Leads Record Graphene Coatings Project

Global shipping company Pacific Basin recently announced that it would be applying a sustainable, graphene-based propeller coating across its entire fleet.


$6B Granted for Record US Decarbonization Effort

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $6 billion in funding for 33 projects across the United States to decarbonize energy-intensive industries, reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissi...


NASA Satellite Gets Solar Reflection Coating

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Indian Space Research Organization's joint ASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite is nearly complete and will...


Agencies Address Water Infrastructure Attacks

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and National Security Agency Advisor Jake Sullivan recently sent out a letter urging state governments to do more to protect ...


EPA Finalizes Ban on Ongoing Asbestos Uses

In what is the first rule to be finalized under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has prohibited the use of the only known form of asbestos currently...


Flint Held in Contempt Over Pipe Violations

Federal officials in Michigan have reportedly decided to hold the City of Flint in contempt for violating a court order from last year, which required the city to reach specified milestones ...


New Product Announcement: Copper-Free Antifoulant

Global coatings company PPG recently announced the launch of its copper-free antifouling coating, meant to help reduce fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions on ships.


Belzona Releases Feed Tank Case Study

International manufacturer of industrial protective coatings and composites Belzona recently announced that Rezitech, an authorized Belzona distributor, provided a wrapping to help fight cor...


Researchers Build New PFAS Sensor

Chemists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a sensor to detect tiny quantities of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in drinking water an...


Researchers Build Multi-Component Coating

A team of scientists from the University of Maine recently developed a new multi-component coating with the potential for use in industries like healthcare and environmental conservation.


Perstorp Buys Polyol Manufacturing Plant

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Perstorp recently announced that it has bought out its minority partner in the joint venture Shandong Perstorp Chemical Co., Ltd., former owner and operator ...


Study Highlights IIJA Spending, Climate Issues

Transportation policy organization Transportation for America recently released a study detailing how most of the funding from the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) has gone...


Norfolk Southern Trains Derail in PA

Pennsylvania officials recently announced that three trains were reportedly involved in a collision and derailment in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Saturday (March 2) morning along the Lehigh ...


EPA Begins Clean Ports Program Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it would be starting a $3 billion Clean Ports Program, meant to fund zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure to help ...


EPA Unveils Superfund Project Investments

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its final wave of investments for Superfund cleanup from the bipartisan infrastructure law, with over $1 billion for pro...


Scientists Test Hull Cleaning Robot

Researchers at the Endures laboratory in the Netherlands were recently hired by Norwegian technology developer Shipshave to perform tests on the company’s semi-autonomous hull cleaning syste...


Applications Open for $5.1B Infrastructure Funds

The U.S. Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for around $5.1 billion in funding for significant national infrastructure projects through the Multimodal Project Discret...


Scientists Develop Lightweight Structural Coating

Researchers at Kobe University have reportedly developed a new nanoparticle paint with the ability to cover a surface with any bright color while using only 10% of the weight of traditional ...


ACA Responds to WA Antifoulant Report

The American Coatings Association recently announced that it submitted comments on the Washington State Department of Ecology’s third draft report to the state legislature on antifouling pai...


Red Paint Spills into SC Drain System

Officials are working to clean up drains in Gaffney, South Carolina, after non-toxic paint from a neighboring business spilled into a drain.


New Fenestration Product Category Rule Published

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance, alongside the National Glass Association and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, recently released a new Product Category Rule for ...


EPA Releases New Water Infrastructure Funding

Earlier this week, Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan announced over $5.8 billion in funding for states, Tribes and territor...


EPA Issues Offshore Wind Farm Air Permit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved a Clean Air Act permit for Empire Offshore Wind LLC, helping to advance the company’s offshore wind farm project along the coast of...


EPA, DOE Announce Methane Reduction Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy recently announced a Notice of Intent aimed at making funds available for the measurement and reduction of methane ...


New Method Used for FL Bridge Replacement

Officials in Florida recently announced that construction of the replacement John T. Brooks Bridge between Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island has begun, marking a first in the United Stat...


EPA Finalizes Changes to Improve Chemical Reviews

In order to strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act implementation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized amendments to law that are intended to improve sustainabil...


World’s Largest Cruise Ship Sparks Fuel Concerns

The world's largest cruise ship, Icon of the Seas, recently set sail for a new voyage after undergoing a painting project from coatings company Nor-Maali Oy. The voyage reportedly began amid...


San Diego Reports Low Infrastructure Funds

Officials in San Diego recently released a report detailing how the city will only have $1.5 billion over the next five years to address $6.29 billion in needed infrastructure projects, leav...


Group Researches Anti-Reflection Solar Coating

An international team of scientists recently announced that research was being conducted using combinations of silicon dioxide and zirconium dioxide for anti-reflection coatings for solar pa...


New Product Announcement: Sustainable Plasticizer

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Perstorp recently announced the release of its new sustainable PVC plasticizing technology, Pevalen Pro 100, meant to increase the plasticity and flexibility...


Organization Files Lawsuit Over CO Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reportedly facing a lawsuit aimed at preventing the construction of a new reservoir north of Fort Collins, Colorado, to help preserve the Cache la Poudre ...


Final Dam Breached for Klamath Removal Project

Construction crews have reportedly blown a hole in the Copco 1 dam, the last of four dams expected to be removed this year from the hydroelectric reach of the Klamath River along the Oregon-...


Researchers Develop ‘Armor’ Coatings for Steel

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are reportedly studying how hexagonal boron nitride coatings on metal alloys can improve durability, decrease friction and protect against har...


Orion Completes Air Emissions Upgrades

Global supplier of specialty and high-performance carbon black, Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. recently announced that it has completed upgrading its air emissions control technology at all f...


Largest US Solar Storage Officially Opens

The largest solar-plus storage project in the U.S., the Edwards and Sanborn Solar + Energy Storage project, is now open and operating, according to renewable energy provider Terra-Gen and co...


ASTM Proposes New Zinc-Nickel Standard

ASTM International’s metallic and inorganic coatings committee is reportedly working on a proposed standard to establish performance requirements for electrodeposited nanostructured zinc-nic...


Researchers Develop Hybrid Superamphiphobic Coating

Researchers at the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently developed an organic-inorganic hybrid superamphiphobic coating with liquid repellency, self-cleaning, a...


Researchers Study AI Data Quality Improvements

A recent report from advanced robotics and enterprise software company Gecko Robotics and climate technology company Rho Impact has detailed how robots and artificial intelligence can improv...


Russian Team Studies Nuclear Reactor Coatings

Researchers at the GI Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences have reportedly begun testing a new coating for the walls of the Internati...


New Product Announcement: Emergency Mastic

Global coatings, linings and fireproofing manufacturer Carboline Company has announced the launch of Carbothane DTM Mastic, a one-coat solution for emergency maintenance or quick-turn coatin...


Biden Admin Finalizes Inactive PFAS Rule

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has finalized a rule to prevent companies from starting or resuming the manufacturing of 329 per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substa...


Scientists Deter Biofouling with Fish Scales

A team of researchers at Dublin City University have been studying ways to create a coating with the same texture as a specific type of fish scale, known to stop organisms from attaching the...


EPA Water Assistant Administrator to Step Down

After serving three years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Radhika Fox has announced that she will be leaving the agency at the en...


Wind Farm Produces First Energy Delivery

Sustainable energy company Group Avangrid, Inc. recently announced that one wind turbine from the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts has delivered power to the New England grid for the f...


Company Completes Nano-Coatings Funding Round

Nano coatings company Naco Technology recently announced the completion of a €1.2 million pre-Series A funding round to use nano coatings to enhance green energy systems within Europe, while...


EPA, Chemours Reach PFAS Sampling Agreement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that chemical solutions company Chemours has agreed to perform sampling for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances at its Washington...


Graphene Coating Applied to Chemical Tanker

Global chemical tanker operator Stolts-Nielson recently announced that it would be the first shipping company to apply sustainable coatings company Graphite Innovation & Technologies Coating...


Team Given Power Grid Project Funding

Researchers at the University of Arkansas are reportedly receiving $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to build solid-state po...


NY Releases New Water Infrastructure Grants

In December, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $479 million in grants for critical water infrastructure projects from the Environmental Bond Act and latest round of the Water Infrastr...


EPA, DOE Unveil Emissions Reduction Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy recently released a new conditional commitment to help measure and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.


Team Developing Recycled Turbine Resin

For the past three years, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have reportedly been developing an easily recycled resin for the central glue that holds a wind turbine blad...


EPA Releases Second Annual PFAS Report

On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its second annual report highlighting the objectives that were achieved under its PFAS Strategic Roadmap.


CA Completes Review for Water Tunnel

Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration announced that it had completed an environmental review for the Delta Conveyance Project, an underground tunnel meant to capture ...


Solvent Management Case Reaches Settlement

The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that they have reached a settlement with environmental service company Heritage-Crystal Clean LLC (HCC) to ...


DOI Approves NY Coast Wind Farm

A project to build an offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island, New York, backed by energy providers BP and Equinor, has recently received approval from the United States Department o...


Proposal Would Replace Lead Pipes in Decade

The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced a new proposal to its Lead and Copper Rule, with the goal of replacing all lead service lines within the next 10 years.


FHWA Plans to Track GHG Emissions

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration recently announced that it has issued a finalized performance measure to track greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) related t...


Team Uses AI to Study Perovskite

A team of researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have reportedly developed a new artificial intelligence system to examine coatings in a solar cell, aiding i...


Biden Admin Details Infrastructure Law Progress

Earlier this month, the White House recapped its progress in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, through investments made by President Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act...


Project Aims to Create Sustainable Plastics

A new project from European funding program Horizon Europe is reportedly looking to develop an efficient way to create bio-based polymers out of captured carbon emissions from wastewater slu...


BCF ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ of Chemical Regulations

The British Coatings Federation has expressed “cautious optimism” about a newly published policy direction from the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regard...


Lasers Used to Remove Bridge Residue

Cleaning company Adapt Laser recently completed a pilot project testing portable lasers to clean rust and lead-paint from a bridge in Southington, Connecticut, in an attempt to save time and...


Company Tests Antifouling Graphene Coating

Ship repair and conversion yard Gibdock, located in Gibraltar on Spain’s south coast, recently announced that it has undergone a 30-day project with XGIT-Fuel, an antifouling coating from Gr...


TX Chemical Plant Fire Prompts Shelter-in-Place

An explosion at a Shepherd, Texas, chemical plant earlier this week resulted in one injury and a shelter-in-place order for several hours as a large plume of black smoke could be seen for mi...


Team Studies Potential Photovoltaic Blade Coatings

Researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China are reportedly researching new options in photovoltaic coating technology to develop a clean and low-cost blade c...


Court Ends Flint Water Scandal Prosecution

The Michigan Attorney General's Office stated at the end of last month that the prosecution of former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other officials involved in the Flint water scandal ha...


Developer Leaves NJ Wind Farm Project

Danish energy developer Ørsted has announced that it is pulling out of its billion-dollar project to build wind turbines off the coast of New Jersey just a few weeks after construction began...


Scientists Study Solar Cell Thermal Stability

Scientists at the City University of Hong Kong have reportedly begun studying how perovskite solar cells can be adapted for use as an option for renewable energy.


Metal Coatings Company Fined for Violations

On Friday, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced that it is fining a metal coating and plating company for violations regarding the province’s Environmental P...


Researchers Produce Graphene Using Coal

A team of researchers at Virginia Tech have reportedly been looking into how graphene can be produced using coal to improve existing materials and technologies without adding too much extra ...


Study Asks UK for Infrastructure Investments

A study from the National Infrastructure Commission in the United Kingdom has reportedly determined that the country is in need of more funding to renew public transport, home heating, water...


Tech Company Develops Pop-Up Turbines

A team at wind technology company Aikido Technologies is reportedly developing a new type of offshore wind turbine, designed to be easier and faster to deploy.


MVP Reaches Agreement with US Regulator

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced that it has reached a consent agreement with Equitrans Midstream of the Mountain Valley Pipeline for inspections...


ME Latex Paint Spill Under Investigation

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recently announced that approximately 1,000 gallons of white latex paint spilled onto the floor of the GAC Chemical Corporation building, pro...


Arkema to Implement New Purification Technology

Specialty chemicals company Arkema has announced that it will be implementing a patented purification technology at its coating acrylics production site in Carling, France.


EPA Finalizes PFAS Data Reporting Rule

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that is anticipated to create the largest-ever data set of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the Unit...


Grant Program Focuses on Clean Construction

A new program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide grants to support efforts in reporting and reducing climate pollution linked to the manufacturing of construction mat...


NY PaintCare Hits Paint Collection Milestone

National nonprofit organization PaintCare announced last week that its New York program has recovered over one million gallons of architectural paint products.


Coalition Writes Against Air Quality Regulations

A coalition of industry groups have reportedly written a letter asking President Joe Biden’s administration to rescind its recent proposal to tighten air-quality standards, stating that it c...


Researchers Explore Coatings Gas Detection Tech

A University of Pittsburgh research team, based at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, recently established how the use of plasmonic nanomaterials and polymer composite coatings could...


DOE Funds State Grid Resilience Program

On Tuesday (Sept. 5), the U.S. Department of Energy announced that nine states and five tribal nations will receive funding as the seventh cohort of Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula ...


EPA Releases Water Contamination Data

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it is releasing the first set of data collected under the fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5).


MVP-Owned Natural Gas Leak Causes Concern

A recent leak at a Pennsylvania natural gas storage facility, operated by the same company leading construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, was reportedly caused by corrosion of a well ...


Public Notified of VA Paint Spill

On Saturday (Sept. 2), the Alexandria Fire Department in Virginia issued a public warning about a paint spill that had contaminated waterways near Monticello Park off of Old Dominion Bouleva...


EPA Amends Waters of the US Definition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army have recently announced a final rule amending the 2023 definition of “waters of the United States” to conform wit...


CA PaintCare Celebrates Decade of Recycling

Paint-recycling group PaintCare is reportedly commemorating 10 years of paint recycling in California, with the collection of more than 34 million gallons since its launch.


HS2 Using Recycled Materials for Construction

Crews working on Britain’s new High Speed 2 railway are reportedly utilizing old car parts, radiators and shopping carts for construction on the rail line as part of the United Kingdom’s rec...


EPA Begins Maui Cleanup as Searches Continue

On Tuesday (Aug. 29), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began work to remove and dispose of hazardous materials from properties affected by the wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii.


DOE Issues Annual Wind Power Reports

The U.S. Department of Energy has released three annual reports, reporting that wind power continues to be one of the fastest growing and lowest cost sources of electricity in America.


Window Marker Installation Reduces Bird Collisions

Oklahoma State University recently installed window markers on two of its “most dangerous” buildings for bird-window collisions in an effort to protect the wildlife.


DOE Funds Clean Hydrogen Advancement Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it has awarded almost $34 million to 19 industry- and university-led projects on clean hydrogen.


Researchers Develop Sustainable PFAS Removal

A team of polymer chemists from Saarland University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have reportedly collaborated to develop a sustainable method for removing per- and poly...


OSHA Issues Citations to Norfolk Southern

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this month that it has issued railway Norfolk Southern citations for violations during clean-up...


Researchers Developing Tool for Dam Removal Costs

Scientists at Oregon State University have reportedly analyzed over 650 dam removal projects to develop a tool to better estimate the cost of future dam removals.


New Product Announcement: PFAS-Free Surfactants

Global chemicals company DIC Corporation has recently announced the development of its Megaface EFS series of environment-friendly surfactants, without the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluo...


Water Warning Issued for Sherwin TX Plant Fire

The City of Garland, Texas, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that some foam retardant has entered sewers and surrounding creeks following a fire at a Sherwin-W...


CA Governor Signs Order for Levee Repairs

The Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that the governor has signed an executive order on levee repairs and debris removal to prepare for the upcoming wet season.


NOAA Launches Air Quality Research Campaign

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and 21 universities from three countries are reportedly working together t...


MVP Construction Resumes After Delays

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court reportedly began paving the way for construction to resume on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, granting a request to lift lower court orders that had recently ...


EPA Publishes Revised 1,4-Dioxane Determination

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a revised risk determination for 1,4-dioxane through the Toxic Substances Control Act, evaluating it as a whole ch...


EPA Announces Lead Reduction Funding

Last week, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $58 million grant program to protect children from lead in drinking water at schools and childcare facilities a...


Cities Painting Streets to Cool Down

As this summer’s heat affects wide swaths of the country, cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles have continued their efforts to coat their roads with a reflective grey paint to fight the inten...


VA Pipeline Explodes Along Interstate

On Tuesday (July 25) a gas pipeline along Interstate 81 in rural western Virginia exploded, leading to precautionary road closures as officials investigated the cause of the explosion.


Concrete Poured for CA Wildlife Crossing Bridge

Earlier this month, workers in Agoura Hills, Los Angeles County reportedly poured around 850 tons of wet concrete to serve as a foundation for the new Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing.


Researchers Develop Crack-Resistant Latex Films

A team of researchers in Japan, led by Associate Professor Daisuke Suzuki from Shinshu University, has reportedly developed a new way to produce crack-resistant elastic nanoparticle-based la...


IMO Adopts Revised Emissions Strategy

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently announced that Member States at the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) meeting have adopted a new strategy on reducing g...


Report: Some Turbine Coatings Could Pose Harm

A study conducted by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), reports to have found that some coatings for offshore wind turbines can be potentially harmful...


Automaker Responds to Paint Odor Violations

Global automaker Stellantis has reportedly installed new technology meant to remove paint odors from the outside air after the company received several air quality violations for the odors c...


139B Gallons of White Paint Could Help Climate

According to a professor at the University of California, Davis, if the world’s whitest paint covered 1 to 2% of the Earth’s surface, global temperatures would stop rising due to the amount ...


MVP Construction Ordered to Stop Again

On Monday (July 10), the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ordered construction to halt again on the Mountain Valley Pipeline in the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia, as it reviews recent challeng...


EPA Issues GHG Reporting Rule Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that they have issued a proposal meant to amend the reporting requirements for petroleum and natural gas systems under the agency’...


EPA Unveils Framework for New PFAS Uses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a framework for addressing new and new uses of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to ensure that they do not harm human he...


Mountain Valley Pipeline Approved for Completion

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has reportedly approved completion plans for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which will move methane gas from Wetzel County, West Virginia,...


Study Finds PFAS in Almost Half of US Tap Water

On Wednesday (July 5), the U.S. Geological Survey reported that at least 45% of the nation’s tap water is estimated to have one of more types of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PF...


EPA Finalizes Asbestos Exposure Reporting Rule

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a final rule to require comprehensive reporting on all six fiber types of asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


EPA Fines MS Renovators for Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued penalties to nine home renovation companies in Springfield, Missouri, over alleged Toxic Substances Control Act violations.


ACA Presents Inaugural Darling Prize

On Wednesday, the American Coatings Association (ACA) presented its inaugural David F. Darling Prize to Dr. Dane R. Jones, Professor and Associate Dean, Emeritus at California Polytechnic St...


EPA Requires Reporting for Nine Additional PFAS

Last Thursday (June 22), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to update the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemical list to identify nine additional per- and polyfluo...


Bridge Collapses, Train Derails in MT

On Saturday (June 24), a bridge that crosses the Yellowstone River collapsed as a train carrying potentially hazardous materials passed over it, causing several cars filled with hot asphalt ...


3M Reaches $10.3B PFAS Settlement

Global manufacturer of industrial products and household items 3M (St. Paul, Minnesota) recently announced that it will be paying up to $10.3 billion over the next 13 years to fund public wa...


Giant Paint-Eating Snails Spotted in FL County

According to reports, parts of Broward County, Florida, were placed under quarantine this month after a snail that can harm building exteriors, including plaster, stucco and paint, was spott...


TN Announces W/WW Infrastructure Grants

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recently announced 131 new grants, part of which will reportedly go towards drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure....


EPA Settles CA Contractor Lead Paint Violations

Earlier this month, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency announced it had reached a settlement with a California renovation services company over violations of the Toxic Substances Contro...


EPA Removes Order to Fix Water System

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly released Benton Harbor, Michigan, from an order issued in November 2021 to fix problems with its drinking water safety procedures.


Researchers Identify Moisture Absorbing Hydrogel

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently identified a hydrogel material that could potentially be used for passive cooling and water harvesting in warmer climates.


Beckers Develops New Coil Coating Technology

Beckers, a global market coil coatings provider, recently released Life Cycle Assessment results showing that the use of ultraviolet/electron beam curing technology could significantly reduc...


EPA Proposes Ban on PCE Consumer Use

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed risk management ban on most uses for perchloroethylene (PCE).


Scientists Create Potential Concrete Alternative

Researchers at the University of Manchester recently created a new material that they say could potentially replace concrete.


Refinery Sues EPA Over Permit Requirement

The owner of an oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands is going up against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in court requiring the reapplication for pollution emissions permits.


Biden Admin Invests in Brownfields Cleanup

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced funding to expedite the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites in the country.


AZ Researchers Replace Rail Project Rebar

Recent work from Arizona State University has helped to cut down on time and costs on the construction of the Metro Phoenix light rail extension project by utilizing fiber-reinforced concret...


CA Passes New Rule to Ban Chrome-6

Last week, California air regulators voted to ban the use of hexavalent chromium in a variety of applications due to its high toxicity.


Supreme Court Rules Against WOTUS Authority

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled to limit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate water pollution into wetlands areas that qualify as “waters of the United States”...


Disaster Affected Bridges, Roads See Funding

Last week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced $749 million in funding for the construction and repair of roads and bridges damaged by catastrophic events and extreme weather.


West African Dish Inspires New Corrosion Study

A study examining the presence of metals in fufu, a common meal


EPA Releases Annual Air Trends Report

On Tuesday (May 23), the Environmental Protection Agency released its annual interactive report, revealing decreases in air pollution and other long-term trends.


Researchers Test for Hull Coating Replacement

A recent study has reportedly tested a silicone-based


EPA Proposes TSCA Regulation Amendments

Last week, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency released proposed amendments to the review of new chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


DOE Unveils Carbon Infrastructure Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $251 million in funding for 12 projects to expand carbon dioxide transportation and storage infrastructure


Study: Lead Rule Generates $9B in Health Benefits

A new study from researchers at Harvard T.H. School of


New Sponge Removes Lead from Water

Engineers at Northwestern University have reportedly developed a sponge with the ability to remove metals such as lead from water.


EPA Proposes Power Plant Pollution Standards

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a list of new standards for coal and natural gas-fired plants to address carbon pollution.


USACE Activates MS Dam Emergency Repairs

On Tuesday (May 9), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Emergency Operations Center identified a potential breach at the Arkabutla Dam on the Coldwater River in Mississippi...


‘Sponge Cities’ Could Help with Water Efficiency

According to reports, the Agriculture and Forest Ministry in Turkey has begun planning a new “sponge city” concept to help produce better water efficiency.


EPA Planning Port Infrastructure Programs

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to invest $4 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act to port infrastructure and air pollution reduction programs...


‘PFAS Annihilator’ Deployed to Treatment Facility

In its first full-scale, commercial deployment, the PFAS Annihilator is set to remove and destroy per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in landfill leachate at a wastewater treatment facility ...


Study: Wastewater Disposal Triggered Earthquake

New research from Stanford University suggests that one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Alberta, Canada, was caused by wastewater injected underground by oil and gas operat...


$6.5B Water Infrastructure Funding Released

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $6.5 billion for drinking water infrastructure upgrades through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).


EPA Reaches Air Toxics Settlement with Evonik

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with specialty chemicals company Evonik regarding alleged violations at a facility in Reserve, St. John the...


‘Exploded’ Paint Chips Plague ME Bridge

According to reports, the Maine Department of Transportation is examining the Westport Island-Wiscasset Bridge after a “catastrophic failure” of the paint on the bridge earlier this year.


PHMSA Unveils $196M for Gas Pipeline Projects

Earlier this month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced $196 million in funding from a new grant program to ...


IL Initiative Would Create Paint Recycling Program

A new bill sponsored by Illinois State Senator Linda Holmes would establish a program to safely dispose of household paint in the state.


Report: 2022 Global Methane Emissions Rose

A recent report from the International Energy Agency found that the global energy sector produced nearly 135 million tons of methane emissions in 2022, an increase from the year prior.


EPA Unveils $775M for Clean Water Infrastructure

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced over $775 million from the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act to upgrade essential wastewater and stormwater sy...


Paint Spill Suspected in Sidney Estuary

A creek and estuary in Sidney, British Columbia, has reportedly turned “milky white” after a suspected paint spill nearby.


Injunction Filed Against Elastomer Manufacturer

On Monday (March 20), the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion for preliminary injunction requiring LaPlace, Louisiana-based Denka Performance Elastomer, LLC to significantly reduce chl...


Coating Manufacturing Emissions Rule Published

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently published the final rule amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for coating manufacturing facilities.


Hempel Joins Biofouling Prevention Partnership

Global coatings company Hempel recently joined a public-private partnership to help prevent biofouling on ships’ hulls and support shipping emissions reduction.


EPA Challenges TX Case Against WOTUS Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently filed a response to a Texas lawsuit, saying that the state has no standing to sue against the agency’s updated “waters of the United States”...


Report: Power Plant Emissions Lowered in 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its annual data on power plant emissions, reportedly reflecting a long-standing trend of decreasing annual emissions due to changes...


EPA Orders OH Train Derailment Cleanup Action

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Norfolk Southern to conduct all actions in the environmental cleanup phase associated with the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment.


EPA Approves Refinery Chemical Removal Plan

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it has conditionally approved plans to safely remove dangerous chemicals from a refinery on St. Croix in the U.S. ...


EPA Proposes Several Changes to NECIs

In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was seeking public comment on a new proposal that addresses environmental justice, climate change and PFAS contaminatio...


International Paint Fined for Chemical Release

Last month, the United Kingdom Environment Agency announced that International Paint, owned by global coatings company AkzoNobel, was found guilty on two charges relating to the discharge of...


Study: Steel Corrosion Causes Environmental Issues

A recent study from The Ohio State University is reportedly the first to quantify the environmental impact associated with steel corrosion.


EPA Seeks Input on Inflation, Emissions Programs

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would accept public input on developing new programs focused on lowering carbon and other greenhouse gases in constructi...


Elastomer Manufacturer Enters EPA Agreement

At the end of December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had entered a consent agreement with LaPlace, Louisiana-based Denka Performance Elastomer, LLC for failing ...


KS Keystone Pipeline Ruptures, Spills Bitumen

A segment of the Keystone Pipeline operated by TC Energy ruptured last week, spilling approximately 14,000 barrels of tar sands oil in what has been called the largest onshore crude pipeline...


EPA Publishes New Chemical Notices, Risks

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it improved public access to certain reports submitted by chemical companies in its web application for public access to no...


JFK $4.2B Terminal 6 Gets Environmental OK

In a new update regarding ongoing construction and renovations at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration has recently granted final enviro...


EPA Seeks Input on Inflation Reduction Act

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would be seeking public input on a subset of new and existing programs funded by President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Ac...


Scientists Study Antifouling Coatings, Coral Growth

A marine biologist from the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Germany recently studied how antifouling coatings can curb algal growth while still protecting tropical coral...


EPA Awards $1M for Wastewater Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a $1 million research grant to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to improve wastewater monitoring for the spread of infect...


Enbridge Fined $11M for Line 3 Pipeline

Minnesota state agencies, in partnership with Fond du Lac Band, recently announced enforcement penalties resulting in $11 million against Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline construction proje...


MI Proposes VOC Rule Amendments

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy issued a proposed rule package at the end of September regarding volatile organic compound emissions.


EPA Finalizes NJ Superfund Site Cleanup Plan

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized an amendment to its original cleanup plan for the Cosden Chemical Coatings Corporation Superfund site in Beverly,...


EPA Finds PV29 Poses Unreasonable Risks

On Tuesday (Sept. 6), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had finalized a revision to the risk determination for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29).


First Recyclable Wind Blades Installed Offshore

At the beginning of the month, renewable energy company Siemens Gamesa celebrated the first ever commercial installation of fully recyclable wind turbine blades at an offshore wind power pro...


EPA Updates NJ Superfund Site Cleanup Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed an update to its original cleanup plan for the Cosden Chemical Coatings Corporation Superfund site in Beverly, New Jersey.


Canada Publishes New VOC Agenda

Last month, the Canadian government published a renewed version of its Federal Agenda regarding volatile organic compound controls on industry products, signaling the country’s intent to tak...


Study: Biodegradable Silk Offers Microplastic Alternative

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reportedly developed a biodegradable system based on silk to replace microplastics found in agricultural products, paints and ...


EPA Adds 5 PFAS to Toxic Release Inventory

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to update the Toxics Release Inventory chemical list last week, identifying five additional per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances s...


University Launches New Biofilm Research Center

Flinders University in Australia recently unveiled a new training center to research biofilms and develop solutions to prevent biofouling on ship hulls.


EPA Releases Draft Revision for TCE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a draft revision regarding the unreasonable risk determination for trichloroethylene pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act s...


PaintCare Giving Away Paint in CA

Paint-recycling group PaintCare has recently announced that it will be giving away around 2,000 gallons of paint in Merced, California.


NJ to Propose Coatings Rule Amendments

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has recently informed stakeholders that it’s planning to propose amendments to its architectural coatings and consumer products rules.


Supreme Court Limits EPA Emissions Authority

On Thursday (June 30), the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.


WA Taking 'No Action' for PCBs in Paint

The Washington State Department of Ecology recently published its final report to the state legislature for regulatory determinations under the Safer Products for Washington Program, conclud...


EPA Declares $6.5B in Water Infrastructure Funds

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $6.5 billion in funding available for the agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program and the State Infrast...


Biden Issues Domestic Solar Energy Orders

Last week, President Joe Biden issued three executive orders to prioritize domestic clean energy manufacturing to aid in the goal of eliminating carbon from the country’s power supply by 203...


EPA Issues First PFAS Test Order

On Monday (June 6), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Toxic Substances Control Act test order under the National Testing Strategy for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substan...


ACI Expands Partnership for Carbon Neutrality in Concrete

Earlier this month, the American Concrete Institute and the Federacion Interamericana Del Cemento completed an addendum to their International Partner Agreement which calls for a joint effor...


New Initiative Aims to Combat Biofouling

Environmental NGO Bellona Foundation, in partnership with marine and protective coatings company Jotun, has recently launched a new initiative to define and implement a new ISO standard for ...


SBTi Approves Hempel Emissions Reduction Goals

Global coatings company Hempel recently announced that its emissions reduction targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative with levels required to meet the goals of the Par...


PPG Fined Over Product Requirement Violations

The California Air Resources Board announced last week that it had reached a settlement with global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries, Inc. for selling products that violate the state’s a...


Battelle Showcases Pilot to Destroy PFAS

Independent nonprofit organization Battelle Memorial Institute, which focuses on advancing sciences and technology, recently launched a weeklong pilot demonstration for its total solution fo...


Using Soot for Sustainable Solar Energy Coatings

Researchers from the University of Houston and Mexico’s Universidad Intercultural Indígena de Michoacán have reportedly produced a coating with high solar-to-heat conversion efficiency using...


Construction Begins for CA Wildlife Bridge

Last week, California officials broke ground at the new $87 million Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which is expected to be the world’s largest wildlife crossing for native animals to sa...


Researchers Create Pollutant-Absorbing Sponge

A research team from Northwestern University recently announced that they have developed a sponge capable of cleaning up oil, microplastics and phosphate from polluted waterways.


DNR Provides Enbridge Line 3 Breach Update

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently announced that it has completed its investigation of three aquifer breaches that occurred last year during the construction of the Enbr...


OECD Report Probes PFAS in Coatings

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently released a report on the commercial availability and current uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances found in va...


EPA to Oversee Paint Cleanup at Superfund

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last month that it had reached an agreement with Honeywell International, Inc. and the City of South Bend to oversee the cleanup of po...


Study Looks at Mortar for Fungal Prevention

Researchers from the University of Minho’s School of Engineering recently conducted a sustainability analysis related to the prevention of the development of fungus in building structures us...


EPA Asked to Reconsider Pigment Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently been requested to reconsider its final risk evaluation regarding C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29).


EPA Seeking Input on PFAS Reports, Records

On Wednesday (Feb. 2), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was inviting small businesses, governments and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity R...


US Plastics Pact Releases Materials Report

Last week, the U.S. Plastics Pact released its Problematic and Unnecessary Materials Report, identifying 11 plastic packaging items that are “not currently reusable, recyclable, or compostab...


EPA Affirms Lead Paint Enforcement Plans

On Friday (Jan. 21), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to proceed with the withdrawal of previously published answers to two Frequently Asked Questions concerning prop...


LA Pipeline Corrosion Causes Oil Spill

A pipeline near New Orleans ruptured and spilled more than 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel last month after repairs needed to fix corrosion damage were delayed.


PFAS Testing Petition Granted by EPA

At the end of December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had granted a petition from six North Carolina public health and environmental justice organizations to ord...


EPA Awards Funding for Safe Pigment Research

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of over $3 million in funding, split between 30 American small businesses with the goal of developing novel technologi...


WA Issues Draft Report on Paint iPCBS

In taking the next step to finding alternatives to potential inadvertent Polychlorinated biphenyls, particularly those found in paint, the Washington State Department of Ecology recently pub...


Ultrasonic Devices Protect Bats from Bridge Repairs

Researchers have teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to deploy ultrasonic deterrence devices at bridge construction sites in the hopes of reducing bat activity during r...


UK Paint Brand Launches Recyclable Packaging

European interior decorative and environmentally friendly paint brand YesColours has recently launched a fully recyclable paint packaging solution that aims to cut consumer waste and reduce ...


EPA Reviewing PFOA, PFOS Regulations

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked its Science Advisory Board to review draft documents regarding health effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.


COP26 Develops Climate Change Action Plans

Nearly 200 countries met at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties earlier this month, to develop plans to meet emissions goals and accelerate action on climate by ...


States Plan Cuts to Boost Lake Mead Levels

As water levels continue to decline, officials have announced they are developing a voluntary water cut costing $100 million to leave more water in southern Nevada’s Lake Mead.


Grant Awarded to Study Roads and Flooding

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire have recently received a $1.8 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study how coastal flooding impacts ro...


EPA Announces PFAS Strategic Roadmap

Last month, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the creation of the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap to address contamination regarding per- and poly...


Proposal Aims to Restore NEPA Regulations

The White House Council on Environmental Quality announced this month that it plans to reinstate federal regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act regarding environmental reviews ...


Wildlife Bridge to Break Ground in 2022

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) expects to break ground in January 2022 for California’s wildlife overpass, which will connect various parts of the Santa Monica Mounta...


Prior Pipeline Damage Caused CA Oil Spill

Coast Guard officials announced at a press conference Friday that the underwater pipeline responsible for the California oil spill was likely damaged by a ship’s anchor months prior to the i...


Study: Critical Infrastructure Threatened by Floods

Nonprofit flood research and communications group, First Street Foundation, has recently reported that one in four units of critical infrastructure in the United States—such as police statio...


EPA Awards Millions for Biosolids Research

The U.S. Environmental Agency announced in September that it was granting nearly $6 million in funding to four institutions to research the potential harming risks to human health and the en...


Study: Microplastic Paint Abundant in Ocean

A study conducted by the University of Plymouth and the Marine Biological Association (MBA) observed that paint flakes could be one of the most abundant types of microplastic particles found...


EPA Launches Lead-Safe Training Program

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new training initiative, Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices through Education and Outreach, in Southern California communities.


Ontario Increases Paint Recycle Costs 400%

The Ontario Government has recently announced that due to new consumer eco fees for a wide range of products, its new Hazardous and Specialty Products (HSP) Regulation would be driving up ma...


Investigation Launched into CA Oil Spill

In a joint statement issued over the weekend, the U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that an investigation had been launched into the cause, volume...


Enbridge Fined $3M for Environmental Violations

In recent developments involving the replacement of the Line 3 crude oil pipeline, reports indicate that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has ordered Enbridge Energy to pay $3.3...


EPA Plans New Wastewater, PFAS Regulations

On Wednesday (Sept. 8), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to develop three new rulemakings in regard to identifying opportunities to better protect public health and t...


EPA Plans New Rulemaking on PBT Chemicals

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its intentions to establish a new rulemaking and anticipates proposing new rules for five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemi...


Boston Requests Funds for Seawall

The Boston Planning and Development Agency has recently announced plans for a new program to raise funds for a seawall to protect the city’s low-lying Marine Industrial Park from rising ocea...


EPA Reaches $1M Clean Water Settlement

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Noble Energy, Inc., Noble Midstream Partners LP, and Noble Midstream Services, LLC (coll...


Plans for Wildlife Quad Cities Bridge Develop

Instead of tearing down the Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge, which carries Interstate 80 over the Mississippi River and is jointly owned by Iowa and Illinois, environmentalist icon and Presid...


Norway to Bury 1.25B Tons of CO2

To meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Norway has recently launched work on what it’s calling “Project Longship”—a 1.7 billion ($2.01 billion) project that plans to bury up to 1.25 b...


Coating Developed to Capture Ions in Water

Researchers from Northwestern University have recently been reported to have developed an protection mechanism using a nano-coated sponge-like membrane that can be used to soak up phosphate ...


Wastewater Continues to Help Track COVID-19

Thanks to wastewater surveillance, residents living in parts of Davis, California, were able to identify areas where cases of COVID-19 were increasing.


Supreme Court Approves Eminent Domain Use

In a ruling last month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in a 5-4 decision that the state of New Jersey could not block construction of the PennEast natural gas pipeline on state lands.


Navy, EPA Enter Wastewater Upgrade Agreement

Announced at the end of June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that it would be entering a Federal Facility Compliance Agreement with the U.S. Navy to complete major upgrade...


PG&E Agrees to $5.9M Water Discharge Settlement

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently reached a settlement agreement, involving the payment of $5.9 million to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, which are slate...


New Product Announcement: Wet Electrostatic Precipitator

Global supplier of environmental solutions and engineered products, Dürr Megtec (De Pere, Wisconsin), announced in the beginning of the year that it was releasing a “next generation” wet ele...


Lake Mead Suffers Historic Lows, Dam Energy Affected

Last week, southern Nevada’s Lake Mead hit historic lows, with officials reporting that the United States’ largest reservoir by volume was at an all-time low of just 1,071.44 feet—or roughly...


TC Energy Terminates Keystone XL

On Wednesday (June 9), Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp. announced that was officially cancelling the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project.


FL Governor Signs Flood Prevention Law

To better prepare the state for future flooding and sea level rise, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed two bills into law, outlining a several-years-long spending plan.


Oil Chem Owner Sentenced for Flint Dumping

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that President and owner of Oil Chem Inc., Robert J. Massey, had been sentenced 12 months in prison for violating the Clean Water...


Canadian Carrier Fined for Clean Water Violation

Upon pleading guilty to dumping wastewater into Lake Ontario, dry and liquid bulk carrier company Algoma Central Corporation was fined $500,000.


Shell Falcon Pipeline Under Investigation

Following probes initiated last year by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, state and federal agencies are now investigating the safety of Shel...


EPA Issues Grant for Environmental Job Training

Environmental and conservation workforce development and job training company, Limitless Vistas Inc. has recently been awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...


EPA Declares $2.7B in Water Infrastructure Funds

In celebration of World Water Day earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of $2.7 billion in State Revolving Funds to assist state communities,...


Report Confirms Corrosion in FL Sewage Spill

In a report issued by the Berkley Research Group in November, experts have both calculated the total amount of sewage leaked and the cause of the breach in Longboat Key’s main sewer line in ...


Environmentalists Threaten Suit Over Waterway Permits

At the beginning of the month, a coalition of environmental groups alerted the Biden administration that they would file suit if the Army Corps of Engineers failed to reconsider Trump-era pe...


Resolution Reached in Multi-Company PFAS Case

Chemical solutions company Chemours announced in a press release on Friday (Jan. 22) that it, DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (DD) and Corteva, Inc. (CTVA) had entered a binding memorandum of unders...


Biden Revokes Keystone Pipeline Permit

As promised during his election campaign, President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline upon taking office on Wednesday (Jan. 20).


EPA Announces Final Lead Abatement Rule

At the end of last month, the EPA announced the final rule to lower the clearance levels for the amount of lead that can remain in dust on floors and windowsills after lead abatement.


Transportation Agencies Issue Final Environmental Rule

Last Monday (Dec. 28, 2020), the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the United States Department of Transportation issued a ...


EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment of NMP

Near the end of December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final risk evaluation for n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). This was the last step in the risk evaluation as required...


House Passes $9.9B Water Legislation

Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works mission areas for the next...


TX Researchers Address Chemical Pollution

A team of researchers from Texas A&M University have recently been awarded a three-year Healthy Ecosystems grant by The Gulf Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering...


Change in Bird Rule Could Impact Industry

An environmental analysis filed by the Trump administration last Friday (Nov. 27) could set up a rollback of some of the regulations in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, namely the range of lia...


Biden Releases Plan to Tackle Climate Crisis

Following the announcement of Joe Biden as the United States’ new President-elect, the Biden-Harris transition team has since released its plan regarding climate change, highlighting the inc...


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Pipeline Co. to Pay $800K in Fines, Fixes

In a press release issued at the beginning of the month by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Office of the Attorney General Maura Healey, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co...


Bids Close on Lighthouse Protection Project

According to Canadian transportation officials, tenders closed last week on a $250,000 project to protect the West Point Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island.


Navy Seeks Input for Pearl Harbor Dry Dock

Earlier this month, the U.S. Navy launched a virtual 32-day public outreach and comment period regarding a new proposed submarine dry dock at the Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard.


New NEPA Rules Take Effect This Week

Changes to the National Environmental Policy Act went into effect this week after a district court judge dismissed the request for a preliminary injunction on the changes.


EPA Releases Final List for TSCA Fees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final list of businesses that are subject to fees for the 20 chemicals designated as high priority for risk evaluation under the Tox...


Environmental Groups Sue Over NEPA Changes

Just weeks after the Trump administration finalized changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, two environmental groups (culminating in more than 35 organizations) are suing the White...


Trump Finalizes Environmental Review Revisions

Earlier this week, President Donald J. Trump announced that his administration has finalized changes to the National Environmental Policy Act that aim to not only reduce the number of projec...


Dakota Access Pipeline Ordered to Halt for Review

The Dakota Access Pipeline has officially been ordered to halt operations after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling surrounding the recently ordered environmental rev...


Daubert Cromwell Receives REACH Cert

Last week, corrosion and rust inhibitor packaging manufacturer Daubert Cromwell announced via press release that it had successfully completed all necessary requirements for the European Uni...


NZ Concrete Pushing Toward Emissions Target

Following an independent review conducted by independent auditor, Australian sustainability consultancy Thinkstep earlier this year, found that Concrete New Zealand is on track to meeting it...


States Issue Injunction Against EPA Ruling

At the beginning of the month, nine states issued a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the Environmen...


EO to Expedite Infrastructure, Waive Reviews

Last Thursday (June 4), President Donald J. Trump signed a second Executive Order, advising federal agencies to expedite infrastructure investments and other activities as to accelerate the ...


EPA Evaluates SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

Last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that its researchers would be engaging in research practices to help states, tribes, local, territorial governments, a...


EPA Limits Opposition of Energy Infrastructure

On Monday (June 1), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the agency had issued a final rule that will both promote the construction of energy-base...


Dogs Assigned to Help VDOT Move Birds

Recently, officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) tasked a pack of 20 border collies to redirect a colony of migratory seabirds to a newly created habitat.


Judge Requires More Review for Pipelines

Earlier this month, Montana federal Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Morris announced that he was upholding a previous April ruling, which cancels an environmental permit for the Keystone XL ...


NRDC Sues Over Water Protection Rollback

The Natural Resources Defense Council, along with its partners, announced just last week that they had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of ...


SC Considering $1.75B Seawall

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has recently announced the preliminary proposal of a $1.75 billion seawall around the lower Charleston Peninsula in South Carolina.


FL Water Management Approves Reservoir Contract

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) board recently approved a contract for the construction of the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project.


Review Ordered for Dakota Access Pipeline

Last week, a federal judge ordered the United States Army Corps of Engineers to perform a new, full environmental review on the Dakota Access pipeline.


WY Passes Wind Turbine Disposal Bill

At the end of February, Wyoming House of Representatives passed House Bill 217—which aims to ban the disposal of wind turbines in Wyoming-based landfills—in a 38-21 vote.


Scientists Suggest Dams for Rising Seas

Government-employed Dutch scientist and oceanographer Sjoerd Groeskamp has recently proposed a solution to protect an estimated 25 million Europeans living in northern Europe from rising lev...


Mountain Valley Pipeline Clears FERC Review

Earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released an environmental impact statement concluding that while an 75-mile-long extension into North Carolina—also known as the ...


Proposal Aims to Accelerate Environmental Reviews

The Donald J. Trump administration has recently proposed a rule, modernizing and accelerating how environmental reviews are conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act.


EPA Announces Waterway Protection Rollback

In the latest action since the Trump administration announced the roll back of nearly 95 environmental rules, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated it will be reducing the numb...


Opponents Sue Kinder Morgan Over Pipeline

At the beginning of this month, construction on the western phase of the Permian Highway Pipeline in Texas restarted after over a year of negotiations and legal issues.


US Steel Fined for Air Pollution Violations

After reaching a consent agreement in June 2019 with The United States Steel Corporation, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced earlier this month that the company was char...


CLEAN Future Act Framework Released

Last week, leaders from the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce released legislative framework for the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CL...


VDOT Causes 25K Birds to Lose Nesting Site

Last month, crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation completed pavement work at the nearly $4 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel project, resulting in the loss of a 40-year-old ...


NYC Proposes Bird-Friendly High-Rise Ordinance

In an effort to cut down on the number of birds who die flying into the city’s buildings each year, New York City lawmakers are suggesting legislation requiring “bird-Friendly” glass on the ...


EPA Proposes Cleanup for Sherwin-Williams Site

Last Monday (Nov. 25), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal for the next phase of cleanup at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund site in Gibbsboro, New Je...


ME Town to Pay $75K in Fines for Seawall

Since the construction of a seawall along Long Sands Beach, Maine, without a permit, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has fined the town of York $75,000.


Indonesian Paint Co. Sets CA-Based Green Code

Indonesian paint company PT Mowilex has recently published a guide that classifies its products in terms of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions, according to a press release.


EPA Proposes Plant Waste Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed plans to relax rules related to how power plants store waste from coal-fired power plants. The rules in question date ba...


Environmental Rules Waived for TX Border Wall

In the latest installation of the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, President Donald J. Trump recently allowed for construction to begin on a section of the wall in Texas without customary envir...


Exposed CA Gas Pipeline Raises Concerns

Concerns have been raised over an exposed length of natural gas pipeline located in Briones Regional Park, in Contra Costa County, California. Asset owner PG&E, also known as Pacific Gas and...


Group Sues to Preserve Historic ME Bridge

Working to preserve a historic bridge located in Mane, preservation groups recently filed a lawsuit against Elaine Chao, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Bruce Van Not...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it has settled with five Southern California-based construction firms for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting...


EPA Proposes Revisions to NSR, CWA

Last week, a few proposals emerged out of the Environmental Protection Agency—including revisions to New Source Review regulations and changes to certifications under the Clean Water Act—tha...


MIT Sustainability Hub Models Structures

A researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub is examining how to predict building damage by modeling structures into groups of atoms.


Company Aims to Prevent Home Flooding

Global weather system supplier All Weather Industries in, partnership with Philippines-based Scottsdale Corp., have recently launched the Dam Easy Flood Barrier—a innovative tool for prevent...


NCDOT Proposes Protecting Island with Steel Wall

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division is looking to build a 1,000-foot-long sheet pile wall along the north tip of Ocracoke Island in order to protect the site, an a...


EPA Sets New Lead Standard

Last Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced new standards for lead, spec...


$1.4B Pattullo Bridge Closer to Groundbreaking

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has recently granted an environmental assessment certificate to ...


EPA Proposes Burden Reduction in TSCA Reporting

Just last week (April 12), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed amendments to the Chemical Data Reporting rule.


FL County Spills Wastewater into Wetlands

Sarasota County is still under fire after a 48-inch diameter pipe burst at the Bee Ridge treatment facility on Dec. 20, releasing an estimated 900,000 gallons of wastewater on site, some of ...


$50M EPA Program to Look at Lead Exposure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a new $50-million grant program to expand the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget efforts to protect children in an ...


Investigation Launched Over PA Pipeline Projects

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the Delaware County district attorney’s office announced that both would be launching an investigation into a 350-mile natu...


FL Wastewater Plant Powered by Solar

The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District (Key Largo, FL) recently installed 334 solar panels on the rooftop and over the chlorine contact basins at its main plant.


PA Fines Gas Pipeline Builder

Rice Midstream Holdings LLC has agreed to their $1.5 million fine for the failure to prevent sedimentation and erosion into streams during the construction of a natural gas gathering pipelin...


Senate Confirms Wheeler as EPA Chief

The Senate has recently confirmed that former coal industry lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, is to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.


Environmental Rules Waived for TX Border Wall

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced last week that any environmental regulations regarding the construction or repair of a section of U.S.-Mexico border wall for certain areas...


TiO2 Plant Blamed for Town Evacuation

A titanium dioxide plant is being blamed for a sulfur dioxide release that has led to the evacuation of children from a town in northern Crimea last week.


TiO2 Plant Blamed for Chemical Exposure

A titanium dioxide plant is being blamed for a sulfur dioxide release that has led to the evacuation of children from a town in northern Crimea last week.


Sherwin-Williams Site Cleanup Suit Dismissed

Almost exactly a year after it was filed, a class-action suit that sought damages and medical testing for neighbors of the so-called “Sherwin-Williams sites,” EPA-designated Superfund cleanu...


Judge Dismisses Sherwin-Williams Site Cleanup Suit

Almost exactly a year after it was filed, a class-action suit that sought damages and medical testing for neighbors of the so-called “Sherwin-Williams sites,” EPA-designated Superfund cleanu...


New Mexico City Airport Fate Up in the Air

A $13.2 billion project in Mexico City that could eventually become one of the world’s largest airports is hanging in midair as the country’s president elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador—know...


Sunoco Pipeline Build Stalled Again

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission judge Elizabeth Barnes recently ordered the suspension of gas transportation through Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 pipeline, while also stopping any further ...


Greenbuild Achieves Record-Breaking Diversion Rate

Greenbuild, known as the largest expo dedicated to green building, recently released its 2017 sustainability report, with over 90 percent waste diversion and 25,000 pounds of show donations ...


EPA to Hold Leadership Summit on PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will convene a national leadership summit to address the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, use...


EPA Convenes Summit on PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will convene a national leadership summit to address the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, use...


Puget Sound Bridge Work Includes Osprey Relocation

Work on the Puget Island Bridge continues to tell the tale of eminent domain displacing residents on major infrastructure projects—namely the temporary relocation of an osprey nest.


Chemical Manufacturer Reports 2 GenX Spills

A specialty chemicals manufacturer that’s come under fire in recent months over releases of potentially carcinogenic substances into the water around its North Carolina plant reportedly admi...


Two More GenX Spills Reported at NC Site

A specialty chemicals manufacturer that’s come under fire in recent months over releases of potentially carcinogenic substances into the water around its North Carolina plant reportedly admi...


PA Halts Pipeline Construction Over Leaks

Pennsylvania officials stopped construction of Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East 2 pipeline Wednesday after a series of incidents in which drilling fluids were released into the environment ove...


NC Chemours Contamination Investigation Expands

North Carolina environmental officials could further expand their investigation into the contamination of groundwater near a specialty chemicals plant after GenX, a chemical used in the form...


Investigation Into Chemours Contamination Expands

North Carolina environmental officials may further expand their investigation into the contamination of groundwater near a specialty chemicals plant after GenX, a chemical used in the formul...


CA Concrete Firms Settle Over Clean Water Complaint

Two California concrete firms have agreed to pay $300,000 in a settlement related to alleged violations of the Clean Water Act after two environmental groups sued earlier this year.


CA Concrete Firms Settle Over Clean Water Complaint

Two California concrete firms have agreed to pay $300,000 in a settlement related to alleged violations of the Clean Water Act after two environmental groups sued earlier this year.


Officials: Enbridge Knew About Line 5 Coating Gaps

Canadian energy company Enbridge is facing further controversy related to its Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac after reports revealed the company knew in 2014 about areas of coa...


EPA's Pruitt Talks Backlog, Transparency Goals

The Environmental Protection Agency released a statement on Monday saying that it has eliminated a monthslong backlog of new chemical cases that needed safety reviews.


Mackinac Pipeline Assessment Released

A series of public meetings will allow debate over Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 liquid pipeline in the wake of a new assessment of the line’s future, released by the Michigan Pipeline Safety Adv...


MI Pipeline Integrity Questioned Again

Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, a 64-year-old liquid pipeline that runs under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, is under scrutiny again after documents revealed that underwater stretches up to 286 f...


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Architects Respond to Climate Change Pullout

The American Institute of Architects weighed in on the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and insisted it would continue its practice of maintainin...


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...


TX Skyscraper Turns Out Lights for Birds

On the night of May 4, nearly 400 birds were killed after colliding with a skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Now, owners of the American National Insurance Company’s 23-story building say they...


EPA Accepts Standards for Sustainable Products

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency said it will recognize The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, which is recommended at the highest level for seven building materials and con...


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...


Designers Propose Skyscrapers Nestled Inside Sequoias

A quartet of South Korean designers hopes to carve out a niche in the architectural realm with a proposal that combines technological know-how with nature.


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 Reveals Carbon Goals

Amsterdam's global coatings giant says it wants to be carbon-neutral in the next three decades, amid plans to split off a business unit.


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.


City Sues Over 500 Gallons of Dumped Paint

A year after 500 gallons of latex paint were dumped in Chesapeake, Virginia’s South Hill neighborhood, the city is suing those it says are responsible.


President Proposes Cuts to EPA

The federal agency responsible for environmental protection efforts, enforcing lead-based paint renovation laws, and regulating chemicals found in paints and coatings would see a 31 percent ...


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...


Bill to Expand Lead Testing Rules

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would alter the state’s Health and Safety Code and require all children ages 6 months to 6 years be tested for lead poisoning.


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...


Greenbuild 2016 Diverted 90% of Waste

Greenbuild, the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, has released its 2016 Sustainability Report with the event’s 90 percent diversion rate topping the list of successes.


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...


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Study Tallies Bird Deaths at Glass Stadium

A new informal study conducted by three conservation groups has found that the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is as deadly to birds as people feared.


Scientists Alter Concrete Method

A Rutgers University spinoff has developed a new technology aimed at revamping the 200-year-old concrete and cement production process.


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 ...


Port Sues Former Paint Chemical Maker

The Port of Portland, OR, has recently joined eight western U.S. cities and the state of Washington in filing nuisance suits, seeking to hold Monsanto liable for allegedly polluting public w...


Construction Near Nest Sparks Suit

Two office buildings under construction and a pair of eagles are at the center of a controversy in Manassas, VA.


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...


Study: Cement Absorbs Greenhouse Gas

For years, concrete—specifically the Portland cement that comprises much of the material—has gotten a bad rap in terms of carbon emissions. But new research indicates that even as the produc...


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.


Superfund Site Cleanup to Begin

Federal environmental authorities have reached agreements with several public and private entities, including PPG Architectural Finishes and the City of San Francisco, to begin cleanup of an...


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...


EPA to Assess Asbestos, Other Chemicals

Asbestos is listed among the first 10 chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating under new powers granted under the Toxic Substance Control Act reform.


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.


Sounding the Alarm on Carbon Reduction

American architects are not keeping the pace needed to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets—i.e., carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.


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...


Feds to Cleanup Former Sack Factory

Asbestos from badly deteriorating structures in a small New York town have prompted federal action.


Barriers to Britain’s Paint Recycling Effort

The U.K. generates over 55 million liters of leftover paint, and currently most of that ends up in a landfill or incinerated, according to the British Coatings Federation.


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...


Lead Levels Prompt Relocation Efforts

In what some have described as a “Flint 2.0” situation, at least 1,000 residents of a low-income housing complex built near a former industrial site in East Chicago, IN, will soon be displac...


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...


New Green Standard Tackles Insulation

Environmental certification group Green Seal has announced a new standard to help consumers determine what architectural insulation products are best for the environment.


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.


Pigeons Track Lead Dangers

A much maligned feathered city-dweller may deserve a second look, according to researchers who say pigeons could be the key to tracking lead exposure in children.


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.


Coating Chemistry Wins Green Award

A California producer of bio-based chemicals won a 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for a product that’s used in paints, coatings and sealants, among other materials.


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...


Cleanup Update at Sherwin-Williams Sites

The federal government is moving ahead with action to clean up the site of a former Sherwin-Williams paint factory in New Jersey that it says contaminated its surroundings with toxins and ca...


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...


11 Schools on a Green Mission

From Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., 11 schools across the country are leaders in school sustainability and environmental engagement, according to green-building authorities.


Coatings Company Settles with EPA

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


Reality TV Painting Company Draws Fine

An Oregon painting contractor has once again been thrust into media spotlight, but this time, it’s not for projects featured on hit television shows.


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

When it comes to embracing the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency Energy Star program—Washington D.C. leads the pack.


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...


Climate Policy, Concrete Mix in Research

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, hope to close the loop on carbon emissions and concrete.


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.


Coatings Resin Producer Settles EPA Case

A California resin and polymer company has settled allegations it violated provisions of the federal law governing water pollution at a manufacturing facility in Fairfield.


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...


Green Seals Seeks Input on Insulation

Third-party product certifier Green Seal is seeking stakeholder input on its proposed Environmental Leadership Standard for Architectural Insulation Materials (GS-54).


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


Sweet Swap for Portland Cement?

A team of Spanish and Brazilian researchers says it has developed a more environmentally friendly version of concrete.


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...


New Standard to Focus on Insulation

Third-party product certifier Green Seal is developing a new standard aimed at helping purchasers identify and choose environmentally preferable architectural insulation materials.


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.


Mainers Ready to Recycle Paint

Painting contractors and residents in the Pine Tree State will be able to recycle leftover and unwanted paint beginning Oct. 1.


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 Study Reveals Opportunity for Growth

Contractors and manufacturers should see an opportunity to grow and be innovative following a recent study on shoreline hardening, its author says.


Awards Focus on Green Coatings, Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing nearly $2 million in a range of green technologies, including the development of greener polyurethane coatings, sustainable concrete and envir...


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...


Monitor Made for Dust Collection

A web-based dust-collection diagnostic system billed as the "first of its kind" has been introduced by Camfil Air Pollution Control.


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...


EPA Releases Environmental Mapping Tool

WASHINGTON—Developers, planners and builders can get a detailed look at the environmental risks and implications of their potential projects with a sophisticated new tool from the U.S. Envir...


Material Cools Roof Below Ambient Temp

SYDNEY--Australian scientists have reportedly developed a material capable of keeping a roof cooler than the air that surrounds it, even in intense summer conditions.


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.


ON High School Named Earth’s ‘Greenest’

WASHINGTON, DC—A high school in Ontario has been deemed the “Greenest School on Earth,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council.


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.


Artists to Paint a Pollution Lesson

Usually discreet, storm drains on the University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus will soon play the prominent role of canvases as part of a community awareness campaign.


Pants Pop for Paint Recycling

A comical case of “telephone"-style miscommunication among neighbors drives the winning entry in PaintCare’s video contest to raise awareness about paint recycling.


New Paint Tax to Help Clean China's Air

In a move sure to sting worldwide, China has decided to tackle its smoggy skies with a new tax on Volatile Organic Content in paints and coatings.


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.


‘So, 2 Painters Walk into a Recycler…’

Paint recycling is responsible and environmentally beneficial. But is it funny? The nation's leading paint recycling organization thinks that it can be—and that funny beats preachy when tryi...


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.


Stormwater Stalling Spurs Lawsuit

In a move likely to impact construction in all sectors, environmental groups are suing to enforce a 2003 court order that requires the federal government to strengthen regulations preventing...


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.


MN Becomes 6th to Start Paint Recycling

The U.S. coating industry’s product recycling program has arrived in the Midwest.


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.


Wheeling Trash From River to Dump

A trash-collecting water wheel, powered by the river’s current, has hauled in millions of tons of debris—and a lot of attention—in the short time it has been trolling Baltimore’s Inner Harbo...


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.


Coatings Get Charge from Old Cig Butts

About 5.6 trillion cigarette butts are tossed into the environment each year, but researchers say this toxic trash could be a coating treasure with the capability of storing large amounts of...


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 ...


CO Passes Paint Recycling Law

Lawmakers in Colorado have approved legislation establishing the PaintCare program for managing unused paint, making it the eighth state to enact the initiative.


Contractor Saves Home from Mudslide

A Washington state contractor saved a home from toppling over a cliff and into a river for free.


Parking Garages Get Their Green On

The concrete colossus known as the parking garage may now join its green-building brethren in a new rating system that focuses on the structure's design, technology and operation.


NY Builder to Pay $50K in EPA Action

A New York construction company will pay a $50,000 penalty and build a $70,000 drainage system to settle claims that it violated federal clean-water regulations at a development site, author...


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.


EnviroAtlas Offers Eco-Map to Planners

Air and water quality, climate and biodiversity data, natural hazard risks and other critical environmental criteria for projects are now available in a comprehensive new interactive website...


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.


Paint Recycling Hits, Clears Hurdles

Paint-recycling legislation continues to spread across the United States, despite a few recent bumps along the way.


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 Spray PU Foam Chemical

The spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry has mobilized quickly against a plan by California regulators to target a toxic chemical often used to make SPF products.


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.


W.R. Grace Pays $63M Asbestos Tab

Global building chemicals and materials supplier W.R. Grace & Co. has paid $63 million to resolve 10-year-old claims for environmental cleanups at nearly 40 sites in 21 states, according to ...


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...


Contractor: Fine Will Force Bankruptcy

Facing a $743,500 federal fine he says he cannot pay, the owner of a longtime commercial painting and powder coating business in Connecticut plans to close his doors.


$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...


After the Fall: Prison and Questions

The former senior federal official called his years of riches, built on an imaginary double life, a “rush.” Prosecutors called it “offensive.” And the judge called it “unbelievably egregious...


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.


Aerogel Maker Gets $85M Pollution Tab

Honored just recently for its insulaton technology, Cabot Corp. has now agreed to pay a $975,000 fine and spend about $84 million on new equipment to resolve alleged federal air-pollution vi...


Award Focuses on Safe Graffiti Removers

Federal environmental authorities are investing nearly $75,000 in the development of less-toxic paints and graffiti removal products.


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.


AkzoNobel Seeks New Life in Old Paint

The world's leading paint and coatings maker is making a new push to explore and improve paint recycling by closing the paint production loop.


OR Recycles 580K Gallons of Paint

Oregon paint consumers and contractors have recycled a record 580,693 gallons of paint in the third year of PaintCare, the state-legislated paint-recycling program.


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...


A Middle East Push for Greener Paints

Safer architectural paints and coatings should accompany the construction boom in the Arab world, Abu Dhabi officials have announced in unveiling a new certification program.


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.


CT Recycles Paint; More States Sign On

Connecticut will begin recycling unused and unwanted paint Monday (July 1), as legislation establishing the coatings manufacturers’ PaintCare recycling program recently received the green li...


Sand Coating, 3D Tech Make the Grade

A naturally occurring coating that would enable sand to clean water pollutants and 3D technology that creates printable building components are among seven award-winning solutions developed ...


‘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.


‘Self-Cleaning’ Coatings Raise Concerns

A group of environmental chemists say widespread use of technology used in “self-cleaning” paints on building surfaces may do more harm than good.


Paint Recycling Bill Triumphs in MN

Gallons of leftover and unused paint will be collected and recycled under a new law in Minnesota, making that state the fifth in the nation to do so.


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.


Industry Seeks EPA Data on Lead Rule

Federal regulators must show a “hazard and causal link” between renovation work and lead-based paint in public and commercial buildings before expanding any rules involving that work, the co...


Paint Recycling Hits Snag in Maine

PaintCare, the coating industry's recycling program, is rolling into Connecticut, but the spreading initiative has hit a bump on its road to Maine.


$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...


Hits, Misses Seen in Paint Recycling

Oregon's booming PaintCare program saved $1 million and reclaimed a million gallons of paint in its first two years, but the project is still causing some confusion among consumers and compl...


Where Wild Travelers Can Play it Safe

Today’s highway planners may not care why the chicken crossed the road, but they can tell you how he reached the other side in one piece.


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...


ACA Makes PaintCare Pleas in OR, CT

Coating makers don’t want the sun to set on their pilot paint recycling initiative in the West, while the program is just rising in the East.


VT, MN to Hop on Paint Recycling Train

Two more states are preparing to join a growing nationwide effort to collect and recycle leftover and unwanted paint.


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.


Coating Group Marshals Lead Data

Preparing to weigh in on a federal plan to expand lead-safe regulations to commercial and public projects, SSPC is soliciting member data on the potential impact of such rules.


MD Man Sentenced in Paint Dumping Case

A Maryland man found guilty of dumping more than 100 cans of paint has been ordered to pay a fine and perform community service, according to authorities.


Deal Signed for Low-Carbon Concrete

Two Canadian companies have partnered in an effort to transform the concrete industry, one low-carbon concrete block at a time.


Canadian Paint Makers Plan to Recycle

Taking a page from their U.S. counterparts, Canada’s paint and coatings manufacturers say they will operate a post-consumer paint recycling program in Ontario, according to the industry asso...


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.


Certa Pro Fined for Dumping Paint Waste

Colored water percolating out of a storm drain and into a Massachusetts river has landed Certa Pro Painters in hot water with that state’s Department of Environmental Protection.


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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