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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 ...


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.


Biologist Works to Merge Science, Architecture

University of California, Los Angeles biologist and researcher Noa Pinter-Wollman has started inquiring into the impact spaces—both built and natural—has on behavior, launching a new field o...


Equipment Firm Introduces Air Dryers

Marine Equipment Supply announced last week that it is now manufacturing its own line of air dryers for the paint and coatings industry.


Cornell Tech Unveils Plans to Reach Net Zero

Cornell University recently unveiled its three-phase plan for a net-zero, sustainable campus.


Protective Coating Could Prevent Pipeline Clogging

Hoping to head off another disaster on the scale of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have unveiled a solution that could prevent b...


Air Force Reveals Coating Booth of Tomorrow

While defense spending may be set to increase in the coming years per President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposal, one place where the U.S. military will be cutting costs is in the paint boo...


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.


Dryco Joins Temporary Power Provider

In a move to expand its drying and dehumidification services in North America, a Scottish power generation and HVAC specialty rental business has acquired industrial climate control company ...


MA Coatings Company Faces Pollution Fine

A Massachusetts-based manufacturer of polystyrene resins and specialty chemical products has been fined for violating air pollution standards.


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.


Oil Presence May Speed Corrosion

The presence of oil in water is believed to increase the rate of corrosion on ships with steel hulls, according to a research project led by representatives from George Mason University and ...


Wailing Building Irks Brit Neighbors

It howls, it hums, it screams, and it’s been said to be “annoying the heck” out of the people who live near it.


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.


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...


Abrasive Blast Recovering Unit Debuts

Airblast AFC has designed a portable abrasive recovery unit that the company says is capable of removing grit from the size of dust particles to debris as large as 2 inches.


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.


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.


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...


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.


Designer Turns Smog into Jewelry

Instead of breathing smog-filled air, a Dutch artist is suggesting people slip smog particles on their fingers or pin them to their shirts.


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...


EnTech Expands Collector Line

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


EPA Tightens Rules for Storage Tanks

WASHINGTON--Stepped-up containment, training and inspection will soon be required under newly revised federal regulations meant to prevent hazardous releases from the nation's 571,000 underg...


EPA's Asbestos Plan: Leave It

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The federal government has proposed leaving behind toxic asbestos found in walls of houses and underground in Libby, MT, in a final plan issued for the Superfund site.


Van Air Bosses Around Moisture

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


Bridge Coating Firm Fined for Lead

A Florida-based industrial coatings contractor is facing $58,800 in federal fines after receiving 13 serious citations alleging excessive lead exposures during abrasive blasting.


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

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


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...


Report: $50M Diverted from NJ Lead Fund

For the past decade, New Jersey officials have “virtually robbed” some $50 million intended for lead hazard controls in order to pay routine bills and salaries, according to a new investigat...


Marco Doubles Dust Collector Line

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


Prison for Asbestos Tycoon Overturned

Igniting a public furor, Italy's Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction and prison sentence of a Swiss billionaire whose factories had been linked to the deaths of about 3,000 people.


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.


Shipyard Fined for Paint-Laden Runoff

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


Team Finds Cement’s ‘Magical’ Mix

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


Hawaii DOT Fined $1.2M for Runoff

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


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...


EPA Warns of Chemical Stripper Danger

U.S. regulators are taking a closer look at regulating methylene chloride paint removers in the wake of a risk assessment that deems the products hazardous to workers, consumers and even bys...


EPA Sees Wide Risks in Paint Strippers

Methylene chloride, widely used in paint stripping products, poses a health threat to hundreds of thousands of workers, consumers and project bystanders, U.S. authorities have determined.


Builders Slam U.S. Silica Proposal

A federal plan to slash silica exposure in the workplace will cost about $3.9 billion—nearly eight times the government’s estimate, the construction industry contends.


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

Unworkable, unaffordable and unnecessary is the construction industry’s final judgment on a federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Contractor Must Rehire Whistleblower

The contractor that is removing 177 underground storage tanks from the U.S.'s largest nuclear site has been ordered to reinstate an employee who had voiced safety and environmental concerns.


Don’t It Paint My Brown Lawn Green?

The grass is always greener when there is plenty of water. And when there isn’t, there is paint.


Brown Lawns Paint a Pick-Me-Up

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


Heat Turns Yellowstone Road to ‘Soup’

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


Storage Tank Bill Tabbed at $114M

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


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.


New How-To Offers Lead Guidance

Detecting lead and other toxic metals in existing coatings—a crucial prerequisite to developing a coating maintenance strategy—is the topic of a new instructional video on PaintSquare.


GM Spends $1.2B on New Paint Plants

General Motors broke ground Monday (March 3) on a $600 million environmentally friendly paint shop in Flint, MI, bringing to $1.2 billion the automaker’s paint plant investment in the last y...


Containment Safety Opens Video Series

Assuring proper ventilation inside containment, a life-or-death issue, kicks off a new PaintSquare Video Learning Center educational series.


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: $165M Base Cleanup Complete

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


Vacuum Bags 360° Maneuverability

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


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 ...


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...


Hazmat Exec Gets Prison after 2 Deaths

The former president of two Texas environmental-services firms will serve one year in prison for trying to hide his company's role in the death of one of two drivers poisoned by hydrogen sul...


New Report Aimed at Nanomaterial Safety

Federal health and safety officials have released a new guidance document aimed at controlling worker exposure in the development of nanomaterials, which are being used in a range of new pro...


Feds Recommend Nanomaterial Controls

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


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.


OSHA Adds Time for Silica Comments

Federal regulators will give the public more time to comment on a controversial proposal to limit silica exposure in the workplace, but the rest of the schedule will remain on track.


Silica Rule Comment Period Extended

Opponents of a federal proposal to limit worker exposure to silica have won additional time to comment on the plan, but the rest of the process is moving forward as scheduled, regulators say...


EPA Fines DOE over Nuke Site Asbestos

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


Employers Unite Against Silica Rule

Construction employers have rushed to mobilize against a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, ensuring a showdown with unions over the controversial measure.


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


EPA: Plants Ducked Years of Permits

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


U.S. to Crack Down on Isocyanates

A chemical used in everything from paints and varnishes to spray foam insulation and building materials is the target of new federal scrutiny aimed at protecting workers.


OSHA to Target Key Coating Chemical

Federal health and safety authorities have announced a new crackdown on worker exposure to a chemical widely used in protective and marine coatings.


TSCA Could See Overhaul in New Bill

With the support of the painting industry, a new bill is on track to revamp the nation's chief chemical safety law after nearly 40 years.


Landmark Chemical Bill May Revamp TSCA

After nearly four decades, chemical makers and environmental groups may be ready to agree on new federal legislation overhauling the nation's chief chemical safety law.


Paint, Plating Sites Join Superfund List

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


OSHA Drops Citations in 2 Deaths

Two workers asphyxiated in a manhole’s toxic atmosphere were engaged at the time in “construction,” not “general industry work”—a distinction that is likely to spare their employer federal c...


JPCL Invites Free Buying Guide Listings

Suppliers of industrial coatings equipment are invited to submit free listings now for JPCL’s upcoming 26th annual Equipment Buying Guide.


Vapors Claim Painter in Renovation

A commercial painter perished Sunday (April 21) while working on a City Hall renovation project in Tyler, TX, apparently after being overcome by vapors from the stain he was using.


Shipyard Moguls Held in Grit Dumping

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


$1.6M Brings Hoppy Ending to Frog Flap

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


Frog-Phobic Man Wins $1.6M for Runoff

A New York State contractor with a lifelong fear of frogs has been awarded $1.6 million after a developer's runoff turned his property into a 37-acre marsh that drew a 13-year infestation of...


Water Woes to Cost Concrete Maker $1M+

Pollution of wetlands and waterways from unpermitted runoff and process water discharges will cost a New Hampshire concrete producer more than $1.3 million to remedy, under state and federal...


Concrete Maker to Pay $835K Water Fine

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


New Coating Video Scores on YouTube

Industrial product commercials aren't typically a must-see, grab-the-popcorn event, but a video for a new waterproof coating is proving to be the exception.


Barrier Coating is New Viral Phenom

Without cat tricks, drunken stunts or bad dancing, a barrier coating product video has become one of YouTube’s latest—and unlikeliest—sensations.


IL EPA Seeks Order at Paint Blast Site

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


Homebuilders to Pay $186K in EPA Case

Two national homebuilders have agreed to pay a total of $186,000 in federal fines to resolve allegations of Clean Water Act violations at building sites in Maryland and Virginia.


Concrete Reuse Gets Bolt from the Blue

A flash of inspiration has led researchers to a remarkable new lightning-laced advance in recycling concrete.


EPA Reveals Corrosion, Failures
Plaguing ExxonMobil Refinery

ExxonMobil is operating the United States' second-largest refinery with hundreds of corroded pipes, a record of overdue inspections, noncompliance with its own procedures, and a series of in...


Recycling Concrete with Lightning Jolt

Scientists in Germany are summoning one of nature's most powerful forces to recycle man’s most widely used building material.


Shipyard Ordered to Cut Paint Emissions

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


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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