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EPA Releases NC Drinking Water Lead Funding

On Tuesday (June 18), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a grant totaling more than $1 million to the North Carolina Department Health and Human Services to test for lead in s...


FAA Investigating Counterfeit Titanium Corrosion

After discovering small holes caused by corrosion, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is looking into falsified documents that were reportedly used to verify the authenticity of titani...


EPA Proposes N-Methylpyrrolidone Solvent Ban

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act to protect workers and consumers from n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) exposure.


Engineers Analyzing US Bridge Collision Risk

In what is described as an “urgent” assessment, engineers from Johns Hopkins University will study the ship collision risk of major United States bridges, particularly near major ports of en...


OSHA Finalizes Label, Safety Data Sheet Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor recently finalized a rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to update the current Hazard Communication Standard to better protect workers.


Canada Coating Company Fined for Worker Death

An industrial painting and coating company in Alberta, Canada, has plead guilty in court and agreed to pay a $350,000 fine after a worker died at a job site in 2021.


Thin Coating Detects, Monitors Toxic Gases

A new material produced by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be used as a thin coating to analyze air quality in industrial or home settings.


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.


Tesla Sued for CA Factory Paint Shop Emissions

An environmental nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Tesla, alleging that the electric car company is violating the Clean Air Act at its Fremont, California, plant.


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...


Antimicrobial Coating Offers Transparent Protection

A new coating has been formulated to remain non-conductive and transparent for glass surfaces while still maintaining antimicrobial properties.


DOL Moves Heat Safety Rule Draft Forward

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor took an important step towards addressing workplace heat safety, publishing a draft rule’s initial regulatory framework at the Advisory Committee on ...


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...


UK Schools Targeted by ‘Leftover Paint’ Scam

A school in North Yorkshire, England, was recently targeted by a scammer who was reportedly pretending to be a worker offering to paint parking lines and zebra crossings.


OQ Chemicals Resumes German Plant Operations

After a “substantial” operation disruption earlier this year, global chemical company OQ Chemicals reports it has successfully restarted production at its Oberhausen and Marl, Germany, plant...


Report: NYC Construction Deaths Lowest in Decade

The annual New York City Construction Report recently highlighted the lowest building construction-related fatalities in almost a decade, with the city’s Department of Buildings noting that ...


Digester Tank Project Causes Lead Contamination

Port of Bellingham officials in Washington have confirmed that, earlier this week, lead paint from a recent refurbishing project on the port’s “rocket ship” digester tanks has contaminated l...


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 ...


Utility Pole Coating Reduces Electrical Sparking

Engineers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology recently produced a new insulative coating for utility poles that is resistant to fire and electrical sparking to prevent pole-top fi...


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...


Black Paint Developed for Light Detection Systems

A team of researchers in South Korea recently produced a highly reflective black paint that could help self-driving cars better identify darker objects on the road.


HUD Opportunity Opens for Lead Paint Hazards

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released $90 million in funding to reduce lead-based paint and other residential health hazards for low-income families.


$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...


Missouri S&T Wins Sixth ASCE Bridge Competition

Last month, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Steel Bridge Design Team reportedly took first place at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Mid-America Student Symposi...


MDTA Plans Key Bridge Replacement Meeting

Officials from the Maryland Transportation Authority are reportedly planning to host a Virtual Industry Forum on May 7 to discuss the rebuilding of the recently collapsed Francis Scott Key B...


EPA Finalizes Paint Stripper Chemical Ban

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a ban on most uses of methylene chloride to protect workers and communities from fatal exposure.


Methylene Chloride Ban Takes Step Forward

Earlier this month, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget completed its review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ban on most uses of methylene chloride under...


CT Painting Company Cited for Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reached a settlement with a Bethel, Connecticut, painting company for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.


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.


OSHA Releases 2023 Injury, Illness Data

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published its 2023 injury and illness data.


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...


Corrosion Found in Fukushima Plant Tanks

The operator at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant recently announced that corrosion has been found on the inside of tanks used to store treated radioactive water.


DOL Honoring 2024 Workers Memorial Day

Starting Monday (April 22), the U.S. Department of Labor will commemorate Workers Memorial Day by hosting a week-long series of events to educate employers on the importance of safe and heal...


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...


Security ‘PaintCam’ Launches Paint Balls at Intruders

A Slovenian startup has created what it’s calling the first security system with integrated real-time facial recognition and “game-changing” paintball marking for home safety.


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 ...


Baltimore Bridge Cleanup Limits Federal Funding

Data obtained by The Washington Post highlights concerns that federal funding needed to rebuild the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore could wipe out emergency federal hi...


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.


Paint Stored in Home Garages Linked to ALS Risk

A study from the University of Michigan has reportedly found that storing chemicals, including paint, in a home garage may be associated with an increased risk of amyotrophic lateral scleros...


Researchers Testing Collisions for Bridge Maintenance

Researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology are reportedly conducting a study analyzing the impacts of tractor-trailers crashing into bridges to find ways to mitigate da...


ON Employer Fined for Worker Injury

A coatings manufacturing company and a temporary help agency in Ontario were both recently fined after a worker at the coating company’s facility was injured by an in-floor auger system.


First PFAS Drinking Water Standard Finalized

President Joe Biden’s Administration recently issued the first-ever national, legally enforceable drinking water standard to protect communities from exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl sub...


Electrochemical Surface Coating Detects Bacteria

A novel sensor developed by researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt and Kiel University in Germany can reportedly detect dangerous bacteria in food production, as well as diagnose disease...


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...


Harbor Bridge on Track for 2025 Completion

Officials in Corpus Christi, Texas, recently informed the public that construction for the new Harbor Bridge is set to wrap up by Spring 2025, remaining on track for its estimated completion...


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.


Study: Water-Based Paints Can Still Contain VOCs

A new analysis of water-based paints from around the world has reportedly revealed that, despite being labelled as containing zero- or low-volatile organic compounds, some of these paints co...


Sika Acquires US Concrete Polymer Company

Specialty chemicals company Sika recently acquired Kwik Bond Polymers, LLC, a manufacturer of polymer systems for the refurbishment of concrete infrastructure.


Trans Mountain Pipeline Approaches Completion

The final expansion of the Canadian Trans Mountain oil pipeline is expected to be completed this month, according to a construction schedule filed by the corporation on Monday.


DOL Issues Inspection Worker Rights Final Rule

At the end of March, the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule clarifying the rights of employees to authorize a representative to accompany an Occupational Safety and Health Admin...


Tenaris Awarded Oil Pipeline Coatings Contract

Global pipe manufacturer Tenaris recently announced that it has received a contract to provide coating services for the Mero 4 oil project in the Campos Basin Pre-Salt in Brazil, one of the ...


Pipeline Decommissioning Needs Improvement

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released a new report that suggests proper pipeline decommissioning on federal lands is hindered by insufficient bonding, data limitations ...


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,...


OH Painting Firm Fined for Child Labor Violations

A recent investigation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Wage and Hour Division found that an Ohio painting company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s child labor...


Crews Removing Collapsed Baltimore Bridge

Engineers are reportedly working to remove the first pieces of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore as an investigation continues into what factors caused the fatal incident.


ND Detention Center Faces Paint Peeling Lawsuit

A six-member committee in charge of overseeing the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, has reportedly sued the facility's builder over persistent problems with peelin...


PPG Appoints New EHS Vice President

Global coatings company PPG has announced that Lyndee Brassieur has been chosen as the new Vice President of environment, health and safety (EHS), effective today (April 1).


$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...


Ship Causes Baltimore Key Bridge Collapse

Early yesterday morning (March 26), a container ship crashed into a support of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, causing the structure to collapse into the river below.


Cape Cod Bridges to Be Owned by MassDOT

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey announced a new Memorandum of Understanding for two replacement bridges in Cape Cod, spanning over the Cape Cod Canal, to be fully owned by the...


Lawsuit Claims 650 Falls in NY Were Fraud

A New York-based insurance company has recently filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that construction workers statewide are staging construction site falls to commit fraud.


$175K Settlement Reached in NY Lead Paint Case

A Syracuse, New York, landlord has been ordered to pay $175,000 after at least 11 children were poisoned due to lead-based paint hazards at his rental properties.


Next-Gen Analyses Used for Metal Corrosion

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, recently developed two new techniques to get a high-resolution look at how and why corrosion occurs.


Nano ‘Paint’ Being Analyzed for Heart Treatments

University of Virginia Health Medical Center researchers have recently received $2.8 million to further a “paint” technique that could save heart and dialysis patients from needing multiple ...


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 ...


India Unveils World’s Longest Bi-Lane Tunnel

Earlier this month, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world’s longest bi-lane tunnel, meant to help travelers avoid harsh weather conditions.


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 ...


Airlines Address Boeing Paint Peeling Issue

Global airline Uzbekistan Airways recently released a report on the issue of paint peeling on composite parts of Boeing's B787 airplanes.


Cape Cod Bridges Acquire Replacement Funds

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were recently awarded a $372 million grant to replace the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges over the Cape Cod Ca...


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...


PA Coil Coating Company Cited for Worker Death

Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration have reportedly determined that a Butler County, Pennsylvania, company could have prevented a ...


Engineers Exploring Pathogen Prevention Coating

A management contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science recently awarded $1.2 million to Stony Brook University researchers for testing on surface pathogen prevention.


Workers Raised Alarm Before ID Hangar Collapse

Several workers at the site of the collapsed Idaho steel hangar had conveyed concerns over the structure’s integrity prior to the accident, according to Boise Police Department investigative...


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.


Asbestos Inspections Lag on Federal Buildings

A U.S. Government Accountability Office report has found that almost two-thirds of federal buildings were out of compliance with the General Services Administration asbestos inspection polic...


JPCL Remembers Lou G. Lyras

On Jan. 31, painting contractor, Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings contributor and coatings industry influencer Louis G. Lyras unexpectedly passed away at the age of 73.


Insecticide Paints Effectively Curb Disease Outbreaks

Researchers in Cabo Verde, Africa, and Spain have tested the efficacy of three insecticide paint formulations to minimize the occurrence of tropical disease outbreaks, such as dengue and zik...


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 ...


NY Construction Firm Issued Fraud Safety Cards

A recent investigation found that a New York construction safety firm provided fraudulent safety certificates and cards to about 20,000 students.


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...


Painting Company Faces $60K in Lead Paint Fines

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Rhode Island painting company over $60,000 after an investigation found that it failed to protect workers from lead paint e...


India’s Largest Cable Bridge Opens to Traffic

India’s Signature Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in the country, was recently inaugurated and opened to traffic by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


ASSP Publishes First Construction Heat Standard

Earlier this week, the American Society of Safety Professionals issued the first national voluntary consensus standard to address heat stress for construction and demolition workers.


Army Corps Addresses Ike Dike Concerns

The United States Army Corps of Engineers’ stormwater mitigation project to prevent flooding in cities connected to the Galveston Bay in Texas is reportedly facing inflation and material cos...


Scientists Produce Antiviral Aircraft Coating

Researchers from the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) have reportedly created an antiviral surface coating to protect passengers a...


OSHA Issues Repeat Violator Fall Risk Citations

A Framingham, Massachusetts, roofing contractor has been cited once again by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after exposing employees to potentially fatal flaws.


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.


Officials Settle Fern Hollow Collapse Details

On Wednesday (Feb. 21), the National Transportation Safety Board held a meeting to announce its findings in the investigation of the 2022 Fern Hollow Bridge collapse in Pittsburgh.


Report: NYC Construction Worker Deaths Increase

The annual construction fatality report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health found that worker death rates increased in New York City for the third year in a row.


Institute Develops Alternative to PFAS-Based Coatings

The Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP) in Greifswald, Germany, has reportedly created a new method for the production of ultra-hydrophobic organosilicon polymer coatin...


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...


New Delhi Paint Factory Fire Kills 11 People

A massive fire at a paint factory in New Delhi, India, has reportedly killed at least 11 people and left four others injured late Thursday (Feb. 15).


EPA Selects Experts to Review TCEP Evaluation

On Wednesday (Feb. 14), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the list of scientific experts who were selected to review the 2023 Draft Risk Evaluation for Tris(2-chloroethyl) P...


Broken RI Bridge Investigation Continues

State transportation officials in Providence, Rhode Island, recently highlighted the importance of broken tie-down rods after specks of bright blue paint were detected on the Washington Brid...


MIT Team Develops Benchtop Impact Testing

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently announced that they are looking into a new way to quickly test arrays of metamaterial architectures and their resilience to su...


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 ...


NY Landlord Settles Lead Paint Hazards Lawsuit

Last week, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a settlement-in-principle agreement with a Syracuse landlord who failed to address lead-based paint hazards at his rental propert...


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...


NJ Water Tower Undergoes Painting Project

Officials in New Jersey recently announced that the town of Seaside Park has begun a project to repaint and improve a water tank in the northern portion of the town.


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...


FL Drywall Contractor Cited After Fatal Injury

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleges in a recent investigation that a Florida drywall contractor could have prevented the death of a 22-year-old worker if it had followe...


EPA Proposing New PFAS, Hazardous Waste Rules

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed new efforts to protect communities and the environment from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.


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...


CPSC Seeking Slip Resistant Standard Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently published a petition requesting a new rulemaking to mandate testing and labeling regarding slip resistance of flooring, floor coatings an...


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...


Cracking GA Water Tower Repairs Announced

Officials in Griffin, Georgia, have stated that rehabilitation work will begin on the city’s Griffin Water Tower after workers determine the cause of a recent crack in the tank.


Investigation Ongoing for ID Hangar Collapse

The workers killed in last week’s airport hangar collapse in Boise, Idaho, have been identified by officials as the investigation continues into what caused the structure to give way.


AkzoNobel Releases Ship Coatings Data

Global paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently released new performance data on its Intersleek1100SR coating, a biocide-free fouling control coating with slime release technology...


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 ...


Scientists Develop Infrastructure Inspection Robot

Researchers at Drexel University are currently studying ways to use robotic assistants in identifying and inspecting problem areas in infrastructure such as buildings, roads and bridges.


ID Hangar Collapse Kills 3, Injures 9 Workers

A privately owned hangar being constructed at an airport in Boise, Idaho, collapsed Wednesday (Jan. 31) evening, killing three people and injuring nine others.


Canadian Bridge Project Receives Funding

Officials in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have announced $75 million in funding for cleaning and recoating work on the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge to extend the structure’s lifespan by an expected 75...


University Develops Lead Paint Identification Method

Last week, a team from Mercer University reported that it has created a faster, less expensive method to identify and quantify lead in new paint.


White House Funds WI Bridge Replacement

Last week, President Joe Biden announced $1 billion in funding to replace the Blatnik Bridge, which connects Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, in an effort to increase its capacity...


OSHA Renews Alliance to Protect Demo Workers

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Demolition Association agreed to renew their alliance to improve the health ...


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...


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...


TV Show Contractor Settles Lead Paint Violations

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement agreement with a Bella Vista, Arkansas, contractor following lead-based paint violations on an HGTV renovatio...


Pittsburgh Bridges Receive Repair Funds

State and county officials recently announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded $132 million in funds for maintenance work on three major bridges in Pittsburgh t...


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...


Grant Aims to Digitize Bridges Using Tech

An assistant professor at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering has received a three-year grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to address issues related to h...


NYC Obtains $150K in Lead Paint Civil Penalties

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development said last week that it has obtained civil penalties totaling $150,000, regarding lead-based paint enforcement across ten ...


FAA Investigates Boeing Door Plug Blowout

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced last week that an investigation has been launched into the Boeing737 MAX 9 aircraft after a cabin panel fell off an Alaska Airlines flight ...


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...


Trans Mountain Pipeline Receives Expansion Loan

The Canadian Federal Government has reportedly issued a taxpayer-backed loan guarantee for up to $2 billion for the completion of the currently over-budget Trans Mountain pipeline.


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...


Las Vegas Offering Free Lead Paint Remediation

The City of Las Vegas has recently revealed that it will be offering free lead-hazard assessments and remediation for eligible residents and property owners, in an effort to improve health a...


NTSB Releases Fern Hollow Investigation Findings

New information has been released from the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse in Pittsburgh, reportedly revealing failures by the city ...


WA Blue Bridge Painting Project Delayed

The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced that work on the U.S. 395 Pioneer Memorial Bridge, also known as the Blue Bridge in the Tri-Cities region in eastern Washingto...


Study Analyzes Rising Heat Effects on Workers

International construction services company Turner Construction is working to better understand the effects of heat on the health of construction workers and the overall effect on the indust...


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...


New Product Announcement: Cable Climbing System

Last month, independent fall protection and prevention company Guardian launched its new fall arresting sleeve, alongside its cable climbing system.


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...


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...


MN Court Orders Rental Lead Paint Remediation

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has recently won a motion in court, requiring a defendant in an ongoing lawsuit against one of Minnesota’s largest landlords to stop exposing its ten...


Vintage Ornaments Can Contain Lead Paint

Earlier this month, lead prevention advocates warned about the dangers of potential lead paint in vintage glass Christmas ornaments.


EPA Prioritizing 5 Chemicals for Risk Evaluation

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began the process to prioritize five additional toxic chemicals for risk evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


FHWA Opens Bridge Investment Applications

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced on Wednesday that it is taking applications for $9.7 billion in multi-year funding for the competitive Bridge...


WA Bridge to Receive New Paint Job

The Washington State Department of Transportation has unveiled that a bridge in the Tri-Cities region in eastern Washington state will be receiving a $33.5 million paint job at the beginning...


NJ Borough Approves Paint Factory Site Plans

The Borough Council in Hawthorne, New Jersey, adopted a redevelopment plan for an abandoned paint manufacturer site earlier this week.


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.


Safety Considerations for Abrasive Blasting Operations

In this Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings article from the archives, the authors review some of the general requirements of regulations on abrasive blasting and explain how t...


Laser Photonics Offering AI Laser Cleaning Tech

Earlier this year, laser system manufacturer Laser Photonics Corporation began taking orders for its new programmable and artificial intelligence-capable robotic cell enclosure.


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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.


NTSB Identifies Corrosion in Ship Crane Failure

The National Transportation Safety Board recently found that undetected corrosion and wear on a cargo ship in Greensport Terminal on the Houston Ship Channel was the cause of an equipment fa...


RI Bridge Closed After Structural Failure

Officials in Providence, Rhode Island, have announced that one of the city’s busiest bridges will have its westbound lanes closed after workers discovered a critical structural failure.


Risk Eval Draft Released for Paint Chemical

Yesterday (Dec. 14), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its draft risk evaluation for Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


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 ...


Collapsed NY Building Had Numerous Violations

On Monday (Dec. 11), a seven-story Bronx, New York, apartment building partially collapsed, destroying six apartments and partially burying a convenience store.


OSHA Switches Hard Hats to Safety Helmets

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that the agency is replacing traditional hard hats with modern safety helmets to bett...


FRA Grants $8.2 Billion for Rail Projects

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration announced that it awarded $8.2 billion for 10 passenger rail projects—including two high-speed rail corrido...


Engineers Analyze Graphene Oxide in Concrete

A team from RMIT University and the University of Melbourne is reportedly the first to investigate the effects of graphene oxide in 3D printed concrete, with the goal of creating potential “...


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 ...


Worker Killed in Melbourne Paint Factory Fire

Over 120 firefighters in Melbourne, Australia, worked to control a large fire at a paint factory located in Dandenong South last week.


MassDOT Requests Bridge Replacement Funding

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that it has filed a joint application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a $1.06 billion grant to replace the Sagamore Bridge ...


JPCL Recaps 2023 Connect Event

Last month, Technology Publishing Company successfully conducted its sixth annual TPC Connect: Industrial Coatings event, held at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa in Henderson, Nevad...


Italy Preps for Potential Garisenda Tower Collapse

The Garisenda Tower in Bologna, Italy, has been placed on a “yellow” status, as recent monitoring shows that the structure is now on “high alert” to collapse.


Research Team Assesses TX Bridge Performance

The Texas Department of Transportation recently awarded a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington a $997,275 grant to review the performance of deteriorating and aging highway brid...


Final OH Paint Plant Explosion Report Issued

At the end of last month, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released its final report on the 2021 explosion and fire at the Yenkin-Majestic plant in Columbus, Ohio.


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.


Fall Protection Tops OSHA Top 10 Violation List

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently unveiled its annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2023.


Belzona Provides Insulation for Storage Tank

International industrial protective coatings and composites manufacturer Belzona recently announced that it was chosen to provide thermal insulation coatings to one metal tank at a lubricant...


Workers Rescued from India Tunnel Collapse

On Tuesday (Nov. 28), rescue teams reportedly freed the 41 workers trapped in the Chardham tunnel in Uttarakhand, India, after 17 days of digging through the collapsed structure.


Risk Model Offers Flood Damage Forecasting

A Johns Hopkins University expert has reportedly developed a new natural disaster risk modeling method to more accurately estimate damage expected from riverbank flooding.


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...


Detroit Bridge Owner Requests HAZMAT Transport

Detroit International Bridge Company, owner of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, has reportedly asked state transportation regulators to allow for the transport of paint and other potentiall...


Toxic Chemical Exposure Rule Updates Proposed

On Monday (Nov. 20), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal to strengthen rules that protect people from exposure to two toxic chemicals.


Antimicrobial Coating Test Launched into Space

Global aerospace company Boeing recently launched a project to the International Space Station to test the effectiveness and durability of an antimicrobial coating in space.


Tunnel Collapse Rescue Team Changes Efforts

Rescue teams are reportedly looking at alternative methods for rescuing workers currently trapped in the Chardham tunnel in Uttarakhand, India, after concerns of more debris falling from the...


Louisville Receives Asphalt Initiative Grant

Philanthropic organization Bloomberg Philanthropies has reportedly granted $25,000 to the Louisville Metro Government to paint artwork on curb bump outs and extensions, in addition to a mura...


NY Lead Paint Landlord Sentenced to Probation

A Buffalo, New York, landlord who has pled guilty on charges regarding lead paint has avoided jail time after a sentencing hearing at the beginning of the week.


EPA Proposes Safer Choice Standard Update

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published proposed updates to the Safer Choice Standard, which identifies the requirements that products and ingredients must meet...


Waterjet Deconstructs Retired Ship Hulls

German-based ship recycling company Leviathan is reportedly utilizing a large robotic arm, armed with a waterjet powerful enough to slice through steel, to chop up the hulls of large ships t...


Rescue Workers Digging Through Tunnel Collapse

On Sunday, a rescue team began to dig through parts of a collapsed road tunnel in an effort to save 40 workers who had been trapped by a landslide at a construction project site in northern ...


OR Bridge Repaired Early, Under Budget

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently announced that a multiple-year-long project to repair and coat an iconic bridge on the Oregon coast has been completed early and under budget...


NY Lead Paint Landlord Pleading Case in Court

A Buffalo, New York, landlord who has pled guilty on charges regarding lead paint was expected to plead his case at his sentencing hearing yesterday (Nov. 13), including a request to hear fr...


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...


JPCL Releases Latest Issue Highlights

The latest issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is available in print and online at paintsquare.com. This issue contains feature articles on avoiding hazards while wo...


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...


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...


Maui Commercial Property Cleanup Begins

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started work to remove hazardous materials in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, on commercial properties.


ME Companies Settle EPA Lead Paint Fines

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with two Maine-based companies that had reportedly violated lead-based paint disclosure requirements.


EPA Proposes Trichloroethylene Ban

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a proposal to ban all uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) to protect against serious health risks for workers.


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...


Microalgae Transformed into Bioactive Coatings

Researchers from Flinders University have reportedly transformed a blue-green microalgae into ultrathin bioactive coatings using plasma jet technology.


OSHA Announces Maritime Safety Meeting

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that it is holding a meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (MACOS...


Suit Filed for Qatar World Cup Labor Exploits

More than three dozen construction workers have reportedly sued a United States construction firm over allegations of inhumane conditions and violating human trafficking laws during the cons...


Group Demands UK Reduce PFAS in Water

The Royal Society of Chemistry is reportedly asking the U.K. government to reassess current drinking water standards as it aims reduce the levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in Br...


NY Housing Authorities Issued Lead Paint Citation

A recent federal audit of the two New York housing authorities has allegedly found that tenants were not notified about lead paint hazards in their apartments.


Researchers Testing New Coatings Sensors

A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan are reportedly developing sensors to monitor and help prevent damage to coatings on planes, bridges, pipelines, turbines ...


Shipowner Partners with TX Robotics Company

Ship ownership and management company Lomar has announced a collaboration with Texas robotics company Alicia Bots Inc. to install its robotic autonomous hull-cleaning technology on 15 of its...


Firm Cited for Fatal NYC Trench Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reportedly cited a Bronx, New York, firm in the deaths of two employees after a trench collapse at the John F. Kennedy International Air...


German Institute Developing PFAS-Free Coating

Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM have reportedly designed a coatings technology that could replace per- and polyfluorinated c...


Army Corps Opening Dam Safety Loan Program

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently launched a new $7.5 billion credit assistance program for dam safety projects.


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...


Professor Gets Funding for Corrosion Research

A researcher at Marquette University in Milwaukee is reportedly set to receive almost $740,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for method on protecting critical...


MassDOT Plans Bridge Replacement Process

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has released a Request for Proposals to obtain a transportation planning and engineering consultant team for the replacement of the Tobin Bridg...


MO Contractor Charged for Workplace Fatality

As a result of a worker fatality in 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced that the construction contractor responsible will now enter into a deferred prosecution agreement.


LA Works to Stop Saltwater Wedge

Residents in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, are expecting construction to begin this week on a system of drinking water pipelines intended to help mitigate a pressing saltwater intrusion issue...


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...


Green Seal Prohibits PFAS in Paint, Coatings

Last week, global nonprofit organization Green Seal announced its plans to exclude “forever chemicals” from any of its certified paints and coatings, as well as various other materials.


NETL Introduces New Pipeline Corrosion Sensors

The National Energy Technology Laboratory has announced a new development in advanced sensors for the detection and prediction of corrosion in natural gas pipelines.


OSHA Targeting Stone Worker Silica Exposure

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a new initiative to protect workers from silica exposure in the stone fabrication and installation i...


FRA Awards Largest Ever Rail Safety Grants

The Federal Railroad Administration announced on Monday (Sept. 25) that it has invested over $1.4 billion from President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law into 70 rail improvement pr...


Bangladesh Assesses Infrastructure Coatings Usage

Bangladesh’s government infrastructure megaprojects have reportedly contributed “significantly” to a recent surge in paint demand in the country, emphasizing the importance of paint producti...


Guardian Opens Houston Distribution Center

Independent fall protection and prevention company Guardian recently expanded to Houston with a new 71,000-square-foot distribution facility.


OSHA Awards Safety Training, Education Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this week that it has awarded almost $12.7 million to 100 non-profit organizations for health a...


PHMSA Investing $15M for Pipeline Safety

On Tuesday (Sept. 19), the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced the award of $14.8 million in grants to fund projects that imp...


MassDOT Begins Bridge Lead Mitigation Efforts

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has reportedly begun mitigation efforts for toxic lead paint chips that have been falling from the Tobin Bridge in Boston.


Study Analyzes Dangers of Painted Bike Lanes

A new analysis from researchers at Emory University in Atlanta found that painted bike lanes demonstrated "estimated harmful effects,” meaning drivers may be crashing into riders more than t...


Plant Wastes Converted into Antimicrobial Agents

A recent study has investigated how a natural polymer that is an element of plant cell walls could be used to make new antimicrobial treatments or coatings.


Study Looks at Atomic Microscopy for Roads

An associate professor at Kansas State University is reportedly working with the Kansas Department of Transportation to propose the application of atomic force microscopy to state roads in a...


FL Heat Protection Ordinance Moves Forward

Last week, the Miami-Dade County Health Committee in Florida passed a heat standard for outdoor workers, moving the bill one step forward to potentially becoming law.


Updates Proposed for Gas Pipeline Regulations

At the end of last month, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed a new rulemaking to strengthen safety requirements for millions of miles of gas distribution pip...


MO Roofing Contractor Fined for Worker Death

A U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation reportedly found that a Missouri roofing and coatings contractor offered employees the option to use ...


Study Looks at Tires for Building Construction

A team from Idaho State University has recently tested how recycled tires used as columns could reinforce buildings, protecting them from natural disasters.


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...


Update Provides New Surfside Collapse Insight

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently shared new details of the investigation into the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida.


US Nuclear Infrastructure Over Budget, Delayed

According to the United States Government Accountability Office, as of March 2023, major projects anticipated to improve aging nuclear infrastructure that pose safety and operation risks are...


Report Details NY Rail Bridge Safety Concerns

The mayor of Binghamton, New York, recently released a city-funded report on the condition of railroad bridges, finding that a majority of the structures were in poor to severe condition.


Second Largest Civil Lead Rule Penalty Issued

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, alongside the Environmental Protection Agency, recently filed a civil lawsuit against a general contractor for violations of...


Silicon-Based Coating Slows Spread of Fire

A team of researchers from North Carolina State University recently found an application for a silene material that can be applied to surfaces like wood, creating a barrier between combustib...


TX Judge Bars Construction Ordinance Ban

At the end of last month, a Texas judge ruled that a state bill that would do away with water break mandates and mandatory paid sick leave for construction workers was unconstitutional.


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).


Study: Segregation Contributes to Lead Risks

A recently published study has concluded that young black children living in racially segregated U.S. neighborhoods face a heightened risk of potentially brain-damaging lead exposure.


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...


Coating Spray Technique Offers Medical Possibilities

Scientists from Rutgers University have reportedly devised a method for creating coatings of biologically active materials using the industrial spray-coating process electrospray deposition.


DOL Awards $1.3 Million for Gender Equity

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the award of a $1.3 million grant to accelerate gender equality and inclusion in the infrastructure workforce.


Buttigieg Discusses Bridge Repair Efforts

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently stated in an interview with Scripps News that a massive backlog of broken bridges may mean that aging structures in need of repairs won’...


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.


ON Coatings Supervisor Fined After Fatality

The Ontario Court of Justice has reportedly convicted a former coatings contractor supervisor after a worker died in 2020 when the relining of a water chamber led to an explosion.


DOL Suing IL Roofing Contractor for Penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed a suit in federal court to force an Illinois roofing contractor to pay penalties for repeatedly exposing employees to falls from elevations.


Lampshade Coating Acts as Indoor Air Purifier

New catalyst-coated lampshades have reportedly been designed to transform indoor air pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds, into harmless composites.


Bridge Collapses in India During Construction

On Wednesday (Aug. 23), a railway bridge being built in the town of Sairang in the northeastern state of Mizoram, India, collapsed, killing at least 26 workers and injuring two.


DOT Providing Maui Emergency Relief Funds

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced $3 million in funding through quick release Emergency Relief funds for Lahaina, Hawaii, in re...


OSHA Upholds 2018 NY Trench Collapse Citations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it would be upholding citations against a former New York contractor after a fatal ...


Residents Call for NY Subway Lead Testing

A New York councilwoman, state senator and residents are calling for lab testing on lead paint chips that have been falling off the elevated subway station at Brighton Beach Avenue in Brookl...


EPA Issues Next PFAS Chemical Test Order

Last Tuesday (Aug. 15), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its third Toxic Substances Control Act test order, requiring testing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances under the ...


NETL Develops Cold-Spray Coating

Researchers from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have developed a new self-healing cold spray coating for internal pipeline corrosion protection.


ARTBA Releases Bridge Inventory Analysis

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association has announced that, according to a recent analysis, over 222,000 bridges in the United States are in need of major repair work or ne...


Investigation Identifies Bridges in Poor Condition

A recent investigation from Scripps News using newly released federal data reportedly shows the unexpected difficulties in repairing bridges in the nation that are corroded, cracked and at a...


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...


PA House Explosion Kills 5, Investigation Ongoing

On Saturday (Aug. 12), an explosion in Plum, Pennsylvania, leveled three homes and damaged dozens of others, leaving five dead and several injured.


Researchers Develop Carbon Capture Membranes

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have reportedly begun to devise new ways of capturing carbon dioxide emissions with the use of membrane-based carbon capture devices.


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...


Injuries Prompt Paint Removal at EU Water Park

According to reports, a fresh coat of paint has been stripped off of a water park floor in Malta, Europe, after a reported increase of children getting injured.


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.


Flint Marks Lead Standard Compliance Milestone

On Tuesday (Aug. 8), the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy announced that the City of Flint has met requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act for seven years stra...


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...


Fire, Explosions Engulf Sherwin TX Paint Plant

Early Monday morning, a fire reportedly broke out at a Sherwin-Williams paint and manufacturing plant in Garland, Texas, injuring one factory worker.


U-M Receives Nuclear Reactor Corrosion Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy has reportedly awarded $7.5 million to engineering researchers at the University of Michigan for research into how reactors can withstand the effects of radiati...


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 ...


Lead Violations Corrected in 5K NY Apartments

At the beginning of the month, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that hundreds of lead paint violations in more than 5,000 apartments, among other concerns, have been successfully enf...


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...


Crane Catches Fire, Collapses at NYC Site

Last Wednesday (July 26), a 45-story crane collapsed at a luxury high-rise after a fire broke out in the cab, raining debris onto Manhattan and injuring 12 people.


Report: NYCHA Contests Lead Paint Violations

A recent investigation by CBS New York has found the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) was found to have contested more lead paint violations from the city’s health department than all...


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...


OSHA Issues Heat Hazard Alert

On Thursday (July 27), the U.S. Department of Labor announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a heat hazard alert, in an effort to remind employers of their...


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.


DOL Proposes New Construction PPE Standard

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to clarify the personal protective equipment standard for the construction industry.


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...


Court Urged to Reverse Sherwin Lead Ruling

According to reports, insurers for The Sherwin-Williams Company have urged the Ohio Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that dictated carriers owe coverage for a $305 million lead ...


Pittsburgh Unveils Infrastructure Group Noms

According to reports, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey has nominated 12 individuals to fill seats on a committee created to identify city infrastructure projects that need immediate repairs.


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...


Carbon Tetrachloride Exposure Rule Proposed

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to protect workers from exposure to carbon tetrachloride.


DOL Expands Injury, Illness Data Requirements

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to require certain employers in designated high-hazard industries to electronically submit injury and illness informati...


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 ...


EPA, HUD Seeking Lead Paint Workshop Presenters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are looking for presenters for a virtual public workshop to receive input on the detection, ...


EPA Proposes Improving Lead Paint Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a proposal to strengthen requirements for the removal of lead-based paint hazards to protect against childhood lead exposure.


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 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...


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...


NJ Institute Testing Seismic Building Materials

A team from the New Jersey Institute of Technology is assessing the seismic response of high-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composites (HPFRCCs) to potentially better protect buil...


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.


MassDOT Gives Update on Chipping Lead Paint

On Wednesday (June 28), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation held a public meeting to hear residents’ concerns and give updates about the next steps being taken after lead paint ch...


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 ...


Leaning Millennium Tower Fixes Complete

Last week, the homeowners' association for San Francisco’s Millennium Tower announced that a $100 million project to fix the building’s leaning issues has been “substantially complete.”


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...


OSHA Seeking Worker Heat Standard Input

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging small business owners and local government representatives to discuss the potential impacts of a workpl...


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...


Collapsed Section of I-95 to Reopen in PA

On Tuesday (June 20), Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro announced that a portion of Interstate 95 that collapsed earlier this month in Philadelphia will officially reopen this weekend after...


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...


Surfside Pool Deck Potentially Led to Collapse

Investigators recently provided an update on the Surfside, Florida, tower collapse, indicating that the swimming pool deck had failed to comply with building codes and led to severe strength...


Owner Pleads Guilty to IA Collapse Infraction

The owner of an apartment building in Davenport, Iowa, has reportedly pleaded guilty to a civil infraction after the building collapsed at the end of last month, killing three residents.


Truck Crash Causes PA Highway Collapse

On Sunday (June 11), a tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline took an off-ramp and crashed into a wall and caught fire, causing damage to a portion of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia....


FRA Issues First-Ever Rail Crossing Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration has reportedly awarded more than $570 million in Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program funding to 32 states.


MD Residents Sue Over Lead Paint Chips

Property owners in Woodberry, Baltimore, have filed a class-action lawsuit against local television stations after lead paint chips began to fall from one of their broadcast towers.


AI Identifies Concrete Surface Pattern Cracking

A team of researchers at Drexel University and the State University of New York are examining how artificial intelligence, alongside mathematical methods, can determine how damaged a concret...


OSHA Cites IL Roofing Contractor for Fall Hazards

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported it has found that an Illinois contractor has continued to expose roofing workers to fall haza...


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).


Chemical Companies Paying $1B PFAS Settlement

Chemical solutions company Chemours, alongside manufacturer DuPont de Nemours and agricultural chemical company Corteva, Inc., recently reached an agreement to resolve all per- and polyfluor...


Collapse-Resistant Building Standard Released

The American Society of Civil Engineers recently released the first national building standard of its kind, providing guidance to mitigate disproportionate collapses in buildings.


Surfside Collapse Investigation Enters New Phase

At the end of last month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology reported that it had finished moving evidence from the Champlain Towers South building collapse into a second war...


NY Carousel Reopens After Lead Paint Remediation

An antique carousel in Greenport, New York, recently reopened after testing revealed that the attraction contained lead paint, possibly from its original coating work a century ago.


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.


OSHA Cites OH Resin Manufacturer Again

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it has found that resin manufacturing company Sumitomo Bakelite North American...


Proposed NY Law Covers Lead Exposure Damages

Last month, New York State Assembly lawmakers advanced legislation that would reportedly bar the exclusion of coverage for losses or damages by the exposure to lead paint from liability cove...


New Technique Could Preserve Historic Buildings

Researchers from the University of Sheffield have reportedly developed a new method to assess the safety of stone and brick constructions, which could help preserve historic stone buildings ...


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.


OSHA Announces $12M in Safety Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor recently unveiled the availability of more than $12.7 million in funding to support training initiatives designed to promote workplace health and safety.


EPA Issues AK Company Lead Paint Penalty

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency penalized an Anchorage, Alaska-based renovation company for violating the Lead Renovation


NTSB Requests Weathering Steel Bridge Action

On Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board announced new recommended actions for bridge maintenance, following the ongoing investigation


‘Invisible’ Cellulose Coating Protects Against Bacteria

A new thin film made of cellulose fiber that is “invisible to the naked eye” has been developed to mitigate the transfer of pathogens on high-traffic objects.


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.


MS Dam Failure Deemed ‘Not Imminent’

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District has reportedly declared that the failure or breach at Arkabutla Dam in Mississippi is not imminent.


Study: Lead Rule Generates $9B in Health Benefits

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


NYC Expanding Construction Fraud Task Force

Earlier this month, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced a major expansion of the state’s Construction Fraud Task Force to identify, investigate and prosecute corruption and fr...


PHMSA Issues MS Carbon Pipeline Failure Penalty

In what is being called the second largest civil penalty issued in the agency’s history, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration entered into a consent order last month ov...


UK Researchers Develop New Antimicrobial Coating

The University of Nottingham recently created a new antimicrobial coating material using a common disinfectant and antiseptic.


Drones, AI Data Could Aid Disaster Recovery

Research from the University of South Wales is utilizing artificial intelligence and drones to enhance structural health monitoring, with the hopes to help areas impacted by natural disaster...


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...


DOT Introduces Pipeline Leak Protection Proposal

Last week, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed a new rule to improve the detection and repair of leaks from gas pipelines.


Coating, Corrosion Led to AZ Pipeline Explosion

According to an investigation report from the National Transportation Safety Board, a fatal natural gas pipeline explosion in Arizona from 2021 resulted from tented tape wrap, leading to str...


Brooklyn Residents Rally for Lead Paint Action

According to reports, lead paint chips falling off of elevated subway tracks in Brooklyn, New York, have tested “substantially above” federal legal concentration limits.


Tesoro Refinery Violates 2016 EPA Court Order

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alongside the U.S. Department of Justice, announced that Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company will pay a $27.5 million penalty for violating a 2016...


OSHA Begins Workplace Fall Prevention Program

At the beginning of the week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it has begun a National Emphasis Program to prevent falls in the construction industry.


‘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 ...


New Product Announcement: Concrete Expansion Anchor

Global height safety specialist Guardian recently introduced a new concrete substrate anchor for temporary applications or work requiring quick relocation during progress.


$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).


Paint Factory Explosion Air Study Approved

The Columbus City Council recently approved a contract to collect and analyze air quality data in a neighborhood near the Yenkin-Majestic Paints plant, following a fatal explosion in 2021.


Scientists Develop Site Safety Monitoring System

Researchers from the University of Houston have reportedly created a new site monitoring system to keep construction workers safe at job sites.


Officials Investigating Harbor Bridge Crane Fire

A crane being used for work on the new Harbor Bridge in Texas reportedly caught fire last weekend, injuring two people at a nearby baseball game.


Timber Building Seismic Testing to Set Record

A full-scale, ten-story mass timber building project will investigate the resilience of these types of structures through a series of earthquake simulation testing this spring.


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...


Sensor Changes Color When Bridge Cracks Form

An Iowa State University researcher has recently created a multifunctional stretchable strain sensor that changes colors when covering a crack in a steel component.


DOL, OSHA Marks 2023 Workers Memorial Day

Later this week, the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration plan to honor workers whose jobs claimed their live...


EPA Proposes Methylene Chloride Use Ban

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a ban on most uses of methylene chloride under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


Report: $157B Needed for US Dam Repairs

According to a recent report from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, the estimated cost to rehabilitate the United States' non-federal dams is $157.5 billion.


NYC Parking Garage Collapses, Kills Worker

On Tuesday (April 18), a four-story parking garage collapsed in the lower Manhattan Financial District, killing one employee and injuring five others.


‘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.


New Water Treatment Removes PFAS ‘for Good’

Engineers at the University of British Columbia have reportedly developed a new water treatment method that removes per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances from drinking water safely.


Citations Vacated Over Fatal Painter Accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission recently vacated a citation and fines against a California contractor over the 2020 death of a painter at a casino project.


NYC Construction Injuries, Fatalities Increased

The New York City Department of Buildings recently released its annual New York City Construction Safety Report, providing an analysis of building construction safety trends in 2022.


UK AkzoNobel Firm Fined for Worker Accident

A Birmingham, United Kingdom-based facility of AkzoNobel Packaging Coatings Limited has been fined for “unsafe custom and practice on site” after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck.


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.


Court Orders CA Oil, Gas Company to Pay $65M

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California found gross negligence in a civil suit against oil and gas production company HVI Cat Canyon Inc., formerly known a...


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...


AI Aids in Building Hurricane Resistance Research

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have reportedly created a new method of digitally simulating hurricanes with the potential to develop improved guidelines fo...


OSHA Publishes 2022 Injury, Illness Data

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its 2022 injury and illness data as part of its electronic recordkeeping requirements.


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.


UTA Evaluating Cured-in-Place Pipe Method

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher recently received a $300,000 grant to evaluate a trenchless process for renewing sanitary sewer pipes in Soapstone Valley Park in Washington, D....


ME Files Lawsuits Against PFAS Manufacturers

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey announced earlier this week that two lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers DuPont and 3M, alleging that they have promoted per- and polyfluoroakyl ...


NY Landlord Sued for Lead Paint Hazards

Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against a Buffalo landlord for “repeated and flagrant” violations of lead safety laws at dozens of properties.


EPA Proposes Water Quality Report Upgrades

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would strengthen annual drinking water quality reports with important public health information.


PHMSA Issues Proposed Safety Rulemakings

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to adopt miscellan...


Judge Approves $600M Flint Water Settlement

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced last week that a judge has granted final approval in a $600 million settlement regarding the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.


Work Begins for New Orleans Pump Repairs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reportedly begun repair work on pumping stations in New Orleans after discovering corrosion on the systems earlier this year.


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...


University, Nippon Discover Zeolite Anti-Viral Activity

A research group from the University of Tokyo and Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd., has reportedly found that proton-form zeolites have an excellent inactivation effect against influenza and ...


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.


EPA Proposes First PFAS Drinking Water Standard

The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced a proposal for the first-ever national drinking water standard for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).


Army Corps Inspecting Corroded LA Flood Pumps

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reportedly discovered severe corrosion to a pump in the New Orleans flood protection system, just months away from hurricane season.


FRA, NTSB Launch Norfolk Safety Investigation

The Federal Railroad Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board announced plans last week to conduct investigations into the safety practices of Norfolk Southern Railway fol...


Largest US Building Earthquake Testing Underway

The University of Buffalo is reportedly preparing for what is being called the largest-ever United States earthquake test of a brick and mortar building, with hopes of making structures more...


OSHA Fines FL Roofing Contractor

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that a worksite inspection found that a Florida roofing contractor misclassified worker wages...


EPA Stresses Water System Security Improvement

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a memorandum emphasizing the need for states to assess potential cybersecurity risks at drinking water system...


Second Norfolk Southern Train Derails in OH

Just a month after the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, a second Norfolk Southern train derailed Saturday (March 4) evening near Springfield, Ohio.


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...


NY Construction Firm Settles Lead Paint Lawsuit

At the end of last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the United States has entered into consent decrees setting a civil lawsuit against a New York construction company for...


Report: Lead Paint Peeling Off CT Bridges

The Connecticut Department of Transportation believes extreme temperature swings have caused a “sudden, unexpected” release of lead-based paint chips on bridges across the state.


Evacuated SC Tower Reopened to Tenants

More than four months after evacuating due to structural concerns, residents are now able to return to their condos at Renaissance Tower in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


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.


COVID-Killing Nanocoating Receives Patent

A team of researchers from the University of Central Florida has been awarded a patent for their nanomaterial-based disinfectant that can kill viruses, including COVID-19.


Settlement Reached Over Lead Rule Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a settlement with a Chicago-based company and its contractors regarding alleged violations of t...


Paint Prevents Scorpions from Entering Homes

A paint developed by two Arizona dads recently secured a deal on the television series Shark Tank, with hopes to keep crawling critters like scorpions out of houses.


EPA Updates Wood Product Emission Standards

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was finalizing updates to its Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products under the Toxic Subst...


JPCL February Issue Now Online

The February issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is now live on paintsquare.com and shipping to print subscribers. This issue contains feature articles on epoxy pass...


France Appealing Titanium Dioxide Annulment

Last week, it was announced that France is appealing the annulment by the European Court of Justice regarding the classification of titanium dioxide.


Metal Industrial Plant Explosion Kills 1, Injures 13

An explosion at a manufacturing plant near Bedford, Ohio, Monday afternoon has resulted in the death of one worker and injured at least 13 others.


EU Proposing New Chemical Exposure Limits

Earlier this month, the European Commission released two proposed directives to improve the protection of workers from health risks linked to exposure to lead and diisocyanates.


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 Settles Clean Air Act Case in MO

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it reached a settlement with polyurethane manufacturer Foam Supplies Inc. regarding alleged violations of the federal Clean A...


Researchers Create Self-Cleaning, Magnetic Paint

A student from Gdansk University of Technology in Poland recently developed a new hybrid paint that is not only magnetic, but can reportedly fight bacteria, remove stains and clean the air o...


WI Water Treatment Plant Reaches Completion

After two and half years of construction, a new water treatment facility has opened in the City of Wausau, Wisconsin, making water for residents free of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (...


Qatar, Airbus Settle Paint Defect Legal Case

Preventing a lengthy, $2 billion trial later this year, Qatar Airways and Airbus have recently settled a dispute over peeling paint and other concerns on A350 jets.


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...


OH Train Derailment Chemical Release Successful

The derailment of a train carrying hazardous materials in East Palestine, Ohio, prompted evacuations as authorities worked to prevent an explosion in the tankers.


ME Painting Company Fined Over Lead Violations

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a settlement with CertaPro Painters (Westbrook, Maine) for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation, Repai...


New Product Announcement: Safety Anchors

Global height safety specialist Guardian recently introduced three new anchors to its lineup, designed to reduce complexity and enhance ease of use.


6 Tons of Paint Spilled on Australian Highway

At the end of last month, a delivery truck lost control and rolled over onto its side in Australia, spilling six tons of paint onto the highway.


Painter is Singapore's First 2023 Workplace Death

In early January, a painter coating the exterior facade at the Waterfront Isle condominium in Singapore fell four stories from one of the structure’s concrete ledges to his death.


Magnet Technique Removes PFAS from Water

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have reportedly developed a new method to clean per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from contaminated water.


CA Proposes Banning Hexavalent Chromium

According to reports, a new proposal from the California Air Resources Board would ban the use of hexavalent chromium in decorative plating by 2027 and in industrial durability materials, su...


White House Unveils New Lead Removal Initiatives

Last week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions and progress to deliver clean drinking water, replace lead pipes and remediate lead paint based on the Lead Pipe and Paint Ac...


EPA Releases Wastewater Regulation, Study Plans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its latest plan to lay out how it will work to protect the nation’s waterways to develop technology-based pollution limits and stu...


OSHA Cites Contractors After Platform Collapse

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited two contractors following a partial building collapse in Boston last year that led to a worker los...


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.


Study: Hygienic Coatings Prevent Bacteria Spread

In a recent press release, coatings manufacturer Teknos shared results from its participation in an independent study to investigate the antimicrobial efficacy and safety of silver-treated l...


Civil Penalty Amounts Adjusted, Increased

Last week, adjustments made by the U.S. Department of Labor to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s civil penalty amounts went into effect.


Report Highlights MT Infrastructure Upgrade Need

A recent report from national transportation research nonprofit TRIP showed that, despite state and federal funding increases, Montana’s transportation system is still in need of road and br...


COVID-19 Top Cause of 2020 Worker Deaths

According to an analysis of data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 claimed more construction worker lives in 2020 than any other cause of death.


EPA Adds 9 Chemicals, Removes 1 PFAS on SCIL

Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention announced in an emailed press release that the Safer Chemical Ingredients List w...


3M Planning PFAS Manufacturing Exit

Global manufacturing giant 3M recently announced plans to exit per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance manufacturing.


EPA Defaults Renovators for Paint Violations

In a news release issued on Jan. 10, an official from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that two home renovation companies would be required to pay civil penalties for viola...


Egypt Apartment Collapse Kills At Least 6

Rescue crews are continuing to sift through the debris after the collapse of a five-story apartment building in Qulta, a neighborhood of the city of Assiut, Egypt—some 250 miles south of the...


EPA Proposing Stronger Air Quality Standards

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to strengthen key national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for fine particles, or soot, to protect communities ...


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to specific employers to submit the required injury and illness data for 2022 by M...


Temporary Hangars Installed for IN Bridge Corrosion

The Indiana Department of Transportation is reportedly installing several supplemental bridge hangers on a bridge located over State Road 46 after corrosion was found during recent inspectio...


Scientists Develop New Nickel Alloy Coating Method

The Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) announced earlier this week that researchers have developed a new technique to deposit nickel alloy coatings on high-perf...


Product Emissions Considered in Singapore

The Singapore Government is considering issuing limits on formaldehyde emissions in building products and household furnishings. Formaldehyde is commonly found in adhesives, composite wood a...


New Models Estimate Bridge Steel Rebar Corrosion

Researchers recently examined bridges in Minnesota as part of a project to develop guidance and methods to estimate rebar reinforcement section loss for bridge maintenance.


Fatal Scaffolding Collapse Investigations Continue

Authorities are continuing to investigate a deadly scaffolding failure at a residential high-rise project on a construction site in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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 ...


Drones Inspect Wind Turbine Concrete Towers

Technical service provider TÜV Nord recently announced that it is using drone support for an end-of-warranty inspection for a European wind turbine manufacturer.


$125K Grant Awarded for Material Testing Research

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently awarded a $125,000 grant for the development of a standardized method to characterize the release of nanoparticle-based coatings from v...


Judge Rules Qatar, Airbus Trial Will Be Split

A United Kingdom High Court Judge recently ordered for the $2 billion Qatar Airways and Airbus trial scheduled for June to be split into two parts.


New Fern Hollow Bridge Opens in Pittsburgh

Yesterday (Dec. 22), officials opened the new Fern Hollow Bridge, after the construction of the replacement structure was completed less than a year after the original bridge’s collapse in J...


Engineering Firm Settles Flint Water Case

Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, one of the two engineering firms accused of negligence in the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, recently agreed to an undisclosed settlement, following a mistrial in...


Details Released After Singapore Painter Death

Last week, a Singapore coroner shared that no evidence of foul play had been discovered regarding the death of a self-employed construction painter who fell from a second-story ledge back in...


EPA Finds PCE Poses Unreasonable Risks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in a press release last week that it has finalized a revision to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk determination for perchloroet...


Weiler Abrasives Expands Safety Program

Abrasive products and brushes manufacturer Weiler Abrasives (Cresco, Pennsylvania) has recently expanded its SPOT Safety Training Program.


Company Offers Sustainable Laser Cleaning Alternative

With sustainability and safety becoming major talking points in the abrasive blasting industry, laser technology from companies such as laser equipment manufacturer Laser Photonics Corporati...


Investigation Underway for Shipyard Fatality

According to reports, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the death of a worker who fell while working on a drydocked ship in Superior, Wisconsin, earlier...


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...


OSHA Releases Top Violations for FY 2022

In an e-newsletter, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revealed its annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal ye...


AR Contractor Fined for Confined Space Deaths

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined a Texarkana, Arkansas, construction contracting company for two employee deaths in July...


‘Overload’ Caused Norway Timber Bridge Collapse

A preliminary report recently released by the Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority found that “significant overload” caused the main span of a laminated timber bridge in Tretten, Norway,...


Up to 500 Deaths Result from World Cup

In a recent interview with British journalist Piers Morgan, a top Qatari official involved in the country’s World Cup organization shared that “between 400 and 500” workers died as the resul...


EPA Orders St. Croix Refinery Chemical Removal

After an inspection identified several safety concerns, including pipe corrosion, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency entered a legal agreement with Port Hamilton Refining and Transport...


Members Sought for DOL Construction, Health

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it is accepting nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safe...


NJ to Establish New Building Standards

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has recently announced plans to issue new environmental permitting rules regarding flood-control efforts.


EPA Approves Denver Lead Pipe Removal Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved a nearly $700 million plan to remove all lead water pipes in Denver based on the results of a successful pilot program.


Floor Coating Applied to Meat Processing Facility

Food and beverage industry flooring specialists Allied Finishes recently completed a floor coating project for a chicken meat processing facility.


EU Annuls Titanium Dioxide Classification

Late last month, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a press release announcing the annulment of the Commission Delegated Regulation of 2019 concerning the harmonized cl...


$10M Provided for NJ Flood Resilience Projects

Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it has obligated $10 million for flood resilience projects in New Jersey to communities impacted by Hurricane Ida.


Construction Practices Blamed in Grenfell Case

Members of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry have recently ended phase two of its public investigation, finding that “incompetence and poor practices” within the construction industry, among others...


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...


CMHA Offers Residents New Career Path

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), alongside global coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company, is taking the community by storm with brushes, rollers and buckets ...


Concrete Water Tanks Built to Withstand Earthquakes

A utility company in Eugene, Oregon, is currently constructing two of six new water tanks to improve resiliency against earthquakes.


EMSL Performs EPA Antimicrobial Coating Tests

Recently, an unnamed manufacturer turned to EMSL Analytical Inc. to determine if its antimicrobial coating has activity over an extended period.


Sansin Coating Passes ASTM Standards

In a recent press release, global leader in environmentally friendly, high-performance wood protection Sansin Corporation (Strathroy, Ontario, Canada) announced that its FireStop97 flame spr...


New Product Announcement: Antibacterial Tech

Established in the antimicrobial, odor control, sanitization and disinfection markets, and part of Barr Brands International, Microban International has recently announced the development of...


WJA Launching New Pressure Washing Code

The Water Jetting Association recently announced it is planning to release a new code of practice for pressure washing to keep operators safe during use.


Property Firm Penalized for Lead Paint

In the latest slew of penalizations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lead-based paint violations, a property management and development firm in Waterbury, Connecticut, was rec...


MI Lead Pipe Replacement Nearing Completion

This month, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the accelerated campaign to replace aging lead water service lines in the City of Benton Harbor is nearing completion, almost fi...


Smartphones Could Help Evaluate Bridge Conditions

A study conducted by a team involving researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has suggested that mobile phones could potentially collect useful integrity data while crossi...


Report: Construction Death Rate Stagnant

Despite efforts made by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to better protect the construction industry’s workforce, recent reports have indicated th...


NE University Wins Bridge Monitoring Challenge

Last month, a team of researchers from the University of Nebraska won the NATO Innovation Challenge for its work using sensors to monitor the health of rural bridges.


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...


MN Bridge Collapse Steel Installed at University

Last month, pieces of steel from the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis were taken out of storage and placed in what will be the University of St. Thomas’ new engineering building...


EPA Issues Drinking Water Contaminant List

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its Final Fifth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List, including an expansion of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances...


Deadline Extended for 2022 Prestige Awards

The deadline for submitting nominations for this year’s Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings Prestige Awards has been extended to Nov. 30.


Renovators, Contractors Fined for Paint Violations

As a result of being found in violation of lead-based paint safety regulations, 22 residential home renovators and contractors from Idaho and Washington recently settled with the U.S. Enviro...


Antimicrobial Paint Used in Case Study

In an emailed press release, global coatings manufacturer PPG recently shared that its antimicrobial paint containing Corning Guardiant technology was used to protect the largest school syst...


NY Landlord Arraigned for Lead Violations

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office recently announced the arraignment of Carrie A. Preischel of Boston, New York, for exposing a tenant to unsafe levels of lead paint.


Bridge Collapses in India, Death Toll Rising

A century-old pedestrian bridge collapsed in India on Sunday, sending hundreds of people into the water below as the search continues for survivors.


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...


New Safety Law Impacting FL Condo Owners

Since the signing of Senate Bill 4-D by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, condominium owners and associations are sharing concerns over the likelihood of meeting the new regulation requirements...


EPA Reducing Lead Exposure with RRP Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to reduce childhood lead exposure through improved compliance with the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.


Lawsuit Filed After Mandated SC Tower Evacuation

Just weeks after the evacuation of the Renaissance Tower in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, residents of the structure have filed a lawsuit against the building’s management team, including th...


Bacteria-Killing Material Developed for Surfaces

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have recently developed a copper-coated technology capable of killing bacteria.


2019 Refinery Explosion Final Report Issued

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released its final report earlier this month for the 2019 Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery explosion in Philadelphia.


EPA Announces Lead Exposure Initiative

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the official launch of a nationwide training and outreach initiative focused on reducing childhood lead exposure.


OSHA Issues Metal Coatings Company Citations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a metal coatings company for 21 violations at its New Jersey manufacturing site.


Federal Court Upends $6M Lead Case

In a recent ruling, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to clear The Sherwin-Williams Company from a case where, in 2019, a jury awarded $6 million to three men whose brain dam...


Company Fined $1.6M for Pipeline Violations

National Grid, a multinational electricity and gas utility company, has recently been fined $1.6 million by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ Pipeline Safety Division related...


Researchers Awarded Patent for Metal Coating

A research team from Eastern Michigan University was recently awarded a U.S. patent for their invention of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid (OIH) coating methods to potentially replace hazardous hea...


University Develops Seismic Building System

Engineers from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) recently launched a new building system designed to better protect houses in the event of an earthquake.


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.


FL Solar Community Weathers Hurricane Ian

A 100% solar-powered community north of Fort Myers, Florida, reportedly retained power and faced minimal damage when Category 4 Hurricane Ian made landfall in the state at the end of last mo...


Scotland Inspecting Sewers with Drone, Laser Tech

Utility company Scottish Water is adopting the use of “state-of-the-art” drones and lasers to improve Scotland’s sewers and reduce its carbon emissions.


OSHA Awards Over $11.7M in Safety Grants

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the award of more than $11.7 million in grants to educate workers and employers on workplace ...


Construction Tech Report Highlights Innovations

Late last month, the Associated Builders and Contractors released its second annual construction technology report, highlighting case studies on specific technologies and innovative practice...


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,...


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Australian Bridge Repairs Near Completion

Officials in Port Macquarie-Hastings, Australia, have announced that work on the Rawdon Island Bridge has reached its final stages, after underwater inspections found damaged piles last year...


DOL Expands Enforcement Program Criteria

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it was expanding the criteria for placement in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Severe Violator Enforcement Program (S...


OH Panel Asked to Review Lead Coverage

Following the reverse and remand of an Ohio Supreme Court decision on Sept. 7, the Eighth Appellate District in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has been asked by a group of insurers to reconsider its...


Robotic System Remotely Inspects Offshore Structures

A cleaning and inspection tool development led by Australian energy company Woodside reportedly offers safe and cost-effective remote inspection of equipment on offshore platforms.


PA County Approves Sustainability Department

During a recent Allegheny County Council meeting, members unanimously approved the creation of a Department of Sustainability. According to the approved ordinance, the new department will of...


AU Company Testing ‘Glow-in-the-Dark’ Road Lines

Australian company Tarmac Linemarking completed a trial run of its photoluminescent line markings earlier this year, with the “glow-in-the-dark” highway lines recently going viral online.


EPA, RI Company Reach Lead Settlement

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a settlement with a corporation out of Rhode Island for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation,...


Chemicals Combust at TN AkzoNobel Warehouse

On Friday (Sept. 16), the Nashville Fire Department responded to a report of chemical combustion at an AkzoNobel powder coatings manufacturing site.


China High-Rise Engulfed in Flames

The outer wall of a skyscraper owned by state-owned telecommunications company China Telecom was destroyed by a fire last Friday (Sept. 16).


Changes Proposed to Chemical Risk Program

After review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed amendments to its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations.


NTSB Releases KY Pipeline Rupture Report

Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that a manufacturing defect and ineffective cathodic protection led to the 2019 natural gas pipeline explosion in Danvil...


Experts Concerned by MVP Coating Integrity

With pipes intended for the long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline stored above ground for years, concerns have been raised by residents and experts regarding the coatings, corrosion and the ...


DOL Awards $1.9M for Workplace Safety

On Thursday (Sept. 8), the U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $1.9 million in grants to 14 nonprofits to fund workplace safety and health training programs to help workers and e...


Harbor Bridge Contractor Submits Design Fix

Weeks after being issued a notice of default by the Texas Department of Transportation, the contractor working on the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas, has outlined potential solutions...


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).


Chicago Lead Painted Viaducts Water Blasted

Viaducts along Central Park in Chicago have reportedly been water blasted by city crews just months after reports of testing found that the paint contains lead levels hundreds of times highe...


OH Court Issues Order for $101M Lead Case

On Thursday, the Eighth Appellate District in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, found that a previous order requiring The Sherwin-Williams Company to pay $101 million into a lead paint abatement fund a...


Highlights from Latest Issue of JPCL

The August issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is available in print and online at paintsquare.com. This issue contains feature articles on lining systems for biofue...


DOL Launches 'Weekend Work' Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently launched a new initiative to conduct safety investigations on weekends in select counties in Colorad...


MS City Launches Lead Paint Safety Initiative

The City of Hattiesburg in Mississippi has recently introduced a new program for lead-based paint hazard inspection and assessment safety training, as well as lead abatement.


ND Engineers Survey Climate-Resilient Homes

A team of civil and environmental engineers from the University of Notre Dame (ND) is working to make homes more resilient to climate change and worsening natural disasters.


San Francisco DBI Approves Tower Fix

Months after the San Francisco Planning Department approved a reduced scope for the stabilization of the Millennium Tower, the city’s Department of Building Inspection has formally signed of...


Timber Bridges Closed in Norway After Collapse

Last week, a Norwegian laminated timber bridge built to last a century collapsed into the river below just 10 years after it was completed.


Los Angeles Project Deploying Cool Coating Tech

A cool coating initiative in a Los Angeles community recently reached a project milestone, with the completion of 1 million square feet of roads and other pavement painted with the solar-ref...


TX High-Rise Evacuated Over Structural Concerns

Residents living in The Royalton at River Oaks Houston were recently evacuated from the luxury high-rise after a water main line ruptured, causing concrete on the first floor to buckle.


TxDOT Cites Safety Concerns for Harbor Bridge

The Texas Department of Transportation recently announced it was working with the developer of the new Harbor Bridge to address design safety concerns after suspending the project last month...


Paint Failure Further Delays WI Treatment Plant

After facing delays due to a lack of materials and coatings, the completion of a new drinking water treatment plant in Wausau, Wisconsin, has been pushed back again after facing a coating fa...


NY Seeks $5M in Lead Paint Case

In what is reported to be the largest amount ever sought from a landlord in a lead paint violation case in Western New York, the Attorney General’s Office recently requested over $5 million ...


New Drone Infrastructure Inspection Bill Introduced

Earlier this month, several U.S. Senators introduced companion legislation to the bipartisan Drone Infrastructure Inspection Act that was passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructur...


Lead Abatement Scholarships Offered in MI

To support lead-based paint removal in the City of Benton Harbor and across the state, last week the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that it was providing ...


Mistrial Declared for Flint Water Crisis Case

Last week, a judge declared a mistrial after a jury couldn’t reach a verdict as to whether two engineering firms should be held responsible for lead contamination in the water in Flint, Mich...


Harris Announces $1B for Disaster Spending

At the beginning of the month, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris announced more than $1 billion in federal spending for disasters to be made available through a series of grants.


MA Governor Signs $11.4B Infrastructure Bill

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed an almost $11.4 billion bill to approve bond authorizations for infrastructure projects in the state.


Guardian Unveils 360-Degree Height Safety Website

Independent fall protection and prevention company Guardian recently introduced a comprehensive height safety resource.


PHMSA Issues Final Gas Pipeline Safety Rule

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced a final rule to strengthen the safety and environmental protection of more...


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.


FHWA Unveils $7.3B PROTECT Formula Program

At the end of last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced a first-of-its-kind infrastructure program to help states prepare for and respond t...


Work Ongoing for Pittsburgh Bridge Replacement

Last week, two of the first beams for the Fern Hollow Bridge replacement project were delivered in Pittsburgh, with hopes that the project will be completed by the end of the year.


TX Introduces Construction Injury Prevention Act

To help address heat-related illness and death among construction workers, Texas Representative Sylvia Garcia recently filed the Construction Injury Prevention Act.


DOL, AGC Renew Industry Partnership

To reduce the dangers faced by construction workers, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Missouri’s Associated General Contractors recently renew...


Crop Spraying Drone Used to Paint Roof

A farmer from Norfolk, England, recently used a crop spraying drone to whitewash the glass roofs of greenhouses, paving the way for a potentially safer method of paint application.


‘Strain Paint’ Can Detect Damage in Structures

Researchers from Rice University recently announced that their strain-sensing smart skin system, capable of monitoring and detecting damage in large structures, is moving towards the impleme...


PA Invests $269M in Water Infrastructure Projects

Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the investment of $269 million for 11 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and non-point source projects through the Pennsylvania Infras...


Researchers Develop COVID Shield Coating

A team of Australian researchers has recently developed a sprayable coating capable of preventing the surface spread of infection from bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19.


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...


TxDOT Suspends Work on Harbor Bridge Span

The Texas Department of Transportation recently halted construction on the new Harbor Bridge span in Corpus Christi, Texas, due to safety concerns.


Pittsburgh Approves Contract to Assess Bridges

On Tuesday (July 19), the Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved a $1.5 million, two-year contract to inspect and evaluate all 150 city-owned bridges.


Paint Issues Cause IA Pool to Close

Last week, the Splash Landing Family Aquatic Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, announced that it would no longer be open to the public for the remainder of the season.


Coatings, Materials Delay WI Treatment Plant

The completion of a new drinking water treatment plant in Wausau, Wisconsin, has recently been delayed due to a lack of materials and coatings.


NY Landlord Pays for Lead Paint Hazards

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced an agreement involving a Syracuse, New York-based landlord and their company for failing to protect children from lead paint hazard...


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...


Trial Begins 4 Years After Genoa Bridge Collapse

The trial for 59 people accused of manslaughter and other charges in the 2018 collapse of Italy’s Genoa Morandi Bridge began last week before adjourning for the summer.


Construction Safety Bill Progresses in NY

New York state legislature recently passed a new construction bill that seeks to heavily increase fines for criminal charges associated with jobsite deaths.


Fire Injures 2 at Allnex Manufacturing Plant

On Sunday (July 10), a fire broke out at an allnex manufacturing facility in East St. Louis, Illinois, injuring two employees.


Los Angeles Applies New Cool Pavement Coating

Last week, street crews and city officials applied the first-ever cool pavement coating in Los Angeles as part of a $1 million project to combat heat and address heat related illness and dea...


EPA Finalizes Scope for Asbestos Risks

At the end of June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final scope document for the Toxic Substances Control Act Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2: Supplemental Evaluati...


New Product Announcement: Hydrocarbon PFP Coating

Global coatings company Hempel recently announced the launch of its first product for the hydrocarbon passive fire protection segment.


Mosquito-Repellent Coating Combats Disease

Decorative paints company Coral, an AkzoNobel-owned brand, has recently developed a mosquito-repellent coating to fight against dengue fever in Brazil.


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...


DOL to Revise Lead Exposure Standards

On Tuesday (June 28), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise its standards for occupational...


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Flint Seeking Water Infrastructure Loan

The City of Flint in Michigan is planning to request nearly $12 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to complete the next round of upgrades on its water supply infrastructure.


Qatar, Airbus in Talks to Resolve Paint Dispute

According to recent reports, Airbus is engaged in talks with Qatar Airways to resolve a dispute of paint degradation, just days after the European Union Aviation Safety Agency defended its s...


Report Tests Seismic Performance of Materials

The United States Resiliency Council (USRC) recently prepared a report evaluating the comparative seismic performance of four commonly used construction types in typical multifamily developm...


Lead Paint Flakes Found in MD Neighborhoods

Last week, residents in Woodberry, Maryland, voiced concerns after finding red paint flakes that seemed to have come from work being performed on the nearby television tower which gives the ...


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...


HUD Announces $520M for Lead Paint Protections

On Friday (June 17), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that the Department had made $520 million in funding available to better prote...


Street Collapses Near Gordie Howe Bridge

Earlier this month, a section of a street in Detroit near the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge collapsed while crews were conducting piling in the area as part of the bri...


NIST Surfside Collapse Investigation Continues

Since the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology launched an investigation into last year’s partial collapse of the 40-year-old Champlain Towers South i...


LA Appoints First Chief Heat Officer

Just days after Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to create a chief heat officer position, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Marta Segura, Director of the Office of Climate Emergen...


Students Develop 'Glow-in-the-Dark' Concrete

The American University in Cairo recently announced that four students have developed self-luminous concrete, aiming to light up roadways and pavement without using traditional energy source...


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...


CA Bill Sets New Heat Protections for Workers

New legislation that could set new heat protections for employees working in “ultrahigh” heat and wildfire smoke outdoors is making its way to the California Senate for consideration.


Biden, FEMA Push for Stronger Building Codes

In a series of press releases issued at the beginning of the month, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Biden-Harris Administration announced a national initiative to ...


Mural Artist Rescued from FL Water Tower

Last week, first responders in Dunedin, Florida, rescued a mural artist from the water tower he was working on after the motor on his lift equipment failed.


EPA Proposes Asbestos Reporting Rule

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule to require more comprehensive reporting on asbestos as the Agency continues to protect the public from exposure.


ESA Testing Antimicrobial Coating on ISS

The European Space Agency recently announced that it is studying materials for self-cleaning antimicrobial coatings to protect both astronauts and materials on the International Space Statio...


Utilizing Laser Ablation for Nuclear Surface Prep

While there are many methods of surface preparation, high power laser ablation systems have proven to be effective at nuclear sites for industrial contamination.


Report: Collapsed PA Bridge ‘Severely' Decayed

According to reports, a newly released inspection document revealed that the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh had “major decay” prior to its collapse in January, including exposed rebar, cor...


JPCL May Issue is Now Online

The May issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is available in print and online at paintsquare.com. This issue contains feature articles on the new NSF water tank linin...


Scientists Create Coating for Mercury Sorption

Scientists from Flinders University in Australia recently modelled a polysulfide coating made from waste products that has shown to absorb mercury and other metal contaminants in water.


PPG Facilities Awarded for Sustainability

Global coatings manufacturer PPG announced in a press release last week that five of its facilities had been recognized by the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council for programs that are advanci...


University Develops Antibacterial Coating

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have recently developed a nontoxic silver-based coating for medical implants that resi...


Nearly $1B Settlement Reached for Surfside

In a recent hearing before Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman, attorney Harley S. Tropin announced a $997 million settlement involving the class-action lawsuit brought by the fam...


Corrosion Under Coating Shuts Down OH Bridge

A bridge in Brooklyn, Ohio, was shut down earlier this week when inspectors found corrosion under the beams coated with fire protection.


$101M Lead Settlement Gets Conflicting Ruling

Just weeks after a New York ruling, the California First Division Court of Appeal ruled on April 19 that Lloyd’s of London and other carriers that insured W.P. Fuller & Co. would not be liab...


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...


1,000 Gallons of Paint Spilled in OH

Late last month, several agencies in Austintown, Ohio, worked to clean up nearly 1,000 gallons of spilled paint on a section of North Meridian Road.


China Building Collapses Killing At Least 2

Crews are continuing to sift through debris after the collapse of a commercial building in Changsha, the capital of central China’s Hunan Province, just south of Beijing.


EPA Issues Water Infrastructure Funding Memo

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a memorandum for $43 billion in water infrastructure through the bipartisan infrastructure law to deliver clean water and replace lea...


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...


IL Water Supplier Project Nears Completion

A critical infrastructure project in the Village of Homewood, Illinois, which involved water line installation to transition water suppliers for the area, is reportedly nearing completion.


ASCC Publishes Two New Safety Bulletins

Late last month, the Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) published two new Safety Bulletins: Emergency Rescue Baskets and ...


Highlights from the Current Issue of JPCL

The April issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is available in print and online at paintsquare.com. This issue contains feature articles on using plural-component spr...


DOL, OSHA Pay Tribute on Workers Memorial Day

Last Thursday (April 28), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration commemorated Workers Memorial Day to honor workers who have lost their lives on the job...


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.


Study: Painting Asphalt Art Makes Roads Safer

According to a recent study conducted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, city streets are reportedly safer for pedestrians when the asphalt roadways are painted with art, reducing the rate of car ...


Paint Spills Across the US Damage Several Properties

In the latest incident in what seems to be a slew of paint spills across the Unites States, a truck owned by home improvement retail company Lowe’s accidentally dropped a container of white ...


University Develops Paint to Fight Infections

Russian researchers from Tomsk State University have recently developed a new paint designed to neutralize common pathogens and reduce nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections.


Structural Issues Outlined in Warehouse Report

According to a report by engineer Dan Bruno, “significant structural issues” may have contributed to last year’s Amazon warehouse collapse in Edwardsville, Illinois.


DOL Announces Program for Heat Hazards

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the launch of a National Emphasis Program to protect millions of workers from heat illness ...


NYC Safety Report Shows Decrease in Incidents

For the third year in a row, the New York City Department of Buildings reported that its building construction-related incidents have declined, even as construction activity has rebounded fr...


EPA Proposes to Ban Ongoing Uses of Asbestos

On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule to prohibit ongoing uses of the only known form of asbestos currently imported into the United States.


Addiction Recovery Promoted in PA Paint Program

Residential and commercial painting service Pennsylvania Painting Masters has recently been reported on its ongoing efforts to help individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.


Qatar Claims Airbus Paint Defects Risk Fuel Tanks

As the court hearing between Qatar Airways and Airbus over A350 paint defects approaches, the airline now claims that the “defective” design of the aircraft poses a potential risk of the fue...


Insurers Liable for Over $100M Lead Settlement

At the end of March, the First Judicial Department of the New York Appellate Division ruled that Lloyd’s of London and other insurers were liable to pay over $100 million into a California a...


FL Judge OKs $83M Surfside Property Settlement

Last week, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman ruled that people who owned units at the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, that collapsed in June 2021, would divide $83 millio...


OSHA Proposes Workplace Injury, Illness Rule

Just weeks after the 2021 injury and illness reports by specific employers were due, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a new proposed rul...


165,000 Gallons of Oil Leaked from IL Pipeline

A broken pipeline in Edwardsville, Illinois, has leaked an estimated 165,000 gallons of crude oil in March, with some oil flowing into a nearby creek.


ASCE Releases Post-Earthquake Fire Framework

The American Society of Civil Engineers has recently released a new evaluation framework regarding earthquake damage and potential fire ignitions.


PA Proposing PFAS Drinking Water Regulations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently proposed a new regulation to set maximum containment levels in drinking water for two forms of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl subs...


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...


WorldGBC Launches Post-Disaster Toolkit

The World Green Building Council has recently announced the launch of its Sustainable Reconstruction & Recovery Framework, which will serve communities as a “post-disaster toolkit” when buil...


US Launches Clean Air in Buildings Challenge

In following the release of the Biden-Harris Administration’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, last week the Administration announced the launch of a new program to improve indoor air qu...


FL Lawmakers Fail to Pass Condo Safety Bills

Despite increased discussions and negotiations between Florida government officials since the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, the Senate and House of Representatives have...


Cleveland Landlords Pushed to be Lead Safe

While several years have passed since Cleveland City Council passed a law mandating the obtainment of lead-safe certificates for rental properties, landlords and property owners now only hav...


EPA Issues Civil Penalty for Antimicrobial Coating

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that a settlement had been reached with Allied BioScience, Inc. over alleged violations of federal pesticide regulations with th...


Sherwin, DuPont Share Win in Paint Suits

Wisconsin U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman released an order at the beginning of the month announcing that claims associated with several different suits regarding lead paint exposure would ...


Korean Researchers Develop Antibacterial Additive

A team of researchers from the Department of Nano-Bio Convergence of the Korea Institute of Materials Science recently reported that they’ve developed a material that provides antibacterial ...


Investigation Probes into Minneapolis Condo Cracks

For several weeks, investigations led by Socotec Engineering Inc. have been taking place at the Cedar Isles Condominiums in south Minneapolis over cracks in the hallways and common areas bet...


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...


OSHA Announces $3.2M in Harwood Safety Grants

On Friday (March 4), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the availability of more than $3.2 million in funds to train and educate workers a...


EPA Effort Announced for Chemical Reviews

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced a new research program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with the goal of modernizing the process and bringing inn...


Repairs Begin on ‘Serious’ Pittsburgh Bridge

The City of Pittsburgh recently closed the Centre Avenue Bridge, which is rated in “serious” condition, to complete minor repairs.


Dozens of Claims Filed After IL Paint Spill

Since a semi-tractor tanker spilled part of its paint load leaving a Valspar paint manufacturing plant in Kankakee, Illinois, last month, nearly three dozen claims have been filed.


Coatings Giants Battle Over Patent in Court

Attorneys informed a jury on Tuesday (March 1), that a 29-year-old patent will be the key in determining whether global coatings manufacturers PPG Industries or The Sherwin-Williams Company ...


Two Firms Agree to Surfside Settlement

Months after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman recently announced plans to review tentative settlements agreed u...


Rebuilding in CO Stalled by Green Codes

After the Marshall Fire destroyed more than 500 homes in Louisville, Colorado, homeowners looking to rebuild are now facing expensive obstacles in trying to meet aggressive new green buildin...


UK Proposes Revisions to Building Safety Bill

The Secretary of State for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom recently proposed amendments to the country’s Building Safe...


IL Paint Spill Causes Road Closure

Upon leaving a Valspar paint manufacturing plant in Kankakee, Illinois, a semi-tractor tanker was reported to have spilled part of its paint load earlier this month, resulting in the closure...


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).


Congress Urged to Release Infrastructure Funds

Several organizations have recently urged President Joe Biden and Congress to release federal funding, including appropriations from the bipartisan infrastructure law, in order to prevent pr...


OSHA Releases Marine Coatings Hazards Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new fact sheet regarding the hazards related to the use of preservative coatings in hot work ...


IL Lawmakers Look at Warehouse Standards

In the weeks following the tornado that killed six people at an Amazon facility in Edwardsville, Illinois, state lawmakers have announced that they will be considering statewide standards fo...


Roof Materials Believed to Fuel Fire in OK

Last week, an unfinished apartment complex valued at more than $65 million in Oklahoma City was destroyed after its roof caught fire.


New Chrome Provides Safe Coating Alternative

With a goal of replacing harmful hexavalent chrome coatings, Trion Coatings LLC (South Bend, Indiana) has developed a new safe and environmentally friendly chrome coating.


Jarsh Safety Unveils World's First AC Helmet

Late last year, Telangana, India-based technology and safety start-up Jarsh Safety introduced what is being dubbed the world’s first AC safety helmet.


Court Dismisses Denver Contractors' Vaccine Lawsuit

At the beginning of the month, U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello ruled to dismiss claims in a lawsuit filed by several contractor groups over the city of Denver’s COVID-19 vacc...


FL Bill Calls for Mandatory Structural Inspections

Just as Hurricane Andrew in 1992 pushed Florida legislators to address dated building codes and inspection regulations, last year’s collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside has shed li...


Kenzen Climate Tech Receives Award

At the beginning of the month, manufacturer of smart personal protective equipment, Kenzen, was awarded the Best New Mobile App Award for its mobile application, designed to alert workers wh...


Texas Power Grid Weathers Winter Freeze

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported that it did not need to cut power to any part of the state during the 48-hour freeze last week, after weatherizing the power grid in respon...


Contractor Facing Incarceration Over Violations

After failing to pay the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration more than $2 million in fines, a Florida-based roofing contractor is now facing pot...


Bangladesh Factory Collapse Trial Resumes

After more than five years of being halted while several defendants attempted to have their charges vacated, recent reports have indicated that the murder trial over the Bangladesh factory c...


Recognizing Health Effects of Lead Paint

While the use of lead-based paints was banned over 40 years ago, the remnants of lead paint continue to be a major environmental and public health problem.


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...


GA Park Designed to Prevent Flooding

A park in Vine City, Georgia, was designed to hold 10 million gallons of stormwater to alleviate flooding in the area while maintaining a community space.


Over $2B Funding Allotted for Disaster Recovery

Late last month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the Allocations for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery and Implementation of the CDBG-DR Consolidated...


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...


Researchers Develop Lava-Like Fire Retardant Coating

A reportedly non-toxic, fire extinguishing coating has recently been developed by researchers from the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia.


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to specific employers to submit the required injury and illness date for 2021 by M...


University Studies Copper Coatings Effect on COVID-19

Researchers from the University of Waterloo have recently discovered that by applying a thin-film coating of copper or copper compounds on surfaces, SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19...


Renovation Firms Sued Over Lead Paint Violations

Last Thursday (Jan. 13), the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced that a civil lawsuit had been filed against CISNE NY Construction, Inc., CISNE JE...


Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to block the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers, undermining President Joe Biden’s attempts...


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.


UK Developers Forced to Fix Cladding

The Secretary of State for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom recently issued a letter to residential property developers...


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 to Strengthen Lead and Copper Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has begun developing new guidance and rules to regulatory framework on lead in drinking water.


EPA Releases Draft Scope for Asbestos Risks

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency requested public input in an emailed press release on its draft scope document for the Toxic Substances Control Act Risk Evaluation for Asbesto...


First Tornado Safety Building Standard Released

At the beginning of the month, the American Society of Civil Engineers announced the release of its newly updated ASCE/SEI 7-22 with the goal of better protecting infrastructure from tornado...


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...


White House Announces Lead Action Plan

The White House recently released its Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan as part of the bipartisan infrastructure law, to deliver clean drinking water, replace lead pipes and remediate lead pai...


Eco-Friendly Blast Media Reduces Harmful Risks

When considering the health and safety of abrasive blasting operators and the environment, one aspect of abrasive media that comes to mind are the eco-friendly properties of media itself.


Utilizing Safety Practices in Abrasive Blasting

Safety guidelines are crucial to a worker’s health when abrasive blasting to prevent injury and long-term illness.


AGC Sues Over Vaccine Mandate

Despite the Associated General Contractors of America’s efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccination for construction workers, the association reportedly filed suit to block the Biden Administrat...


Looking at Coatings for Food and Beverage Plants

The Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency all have regulations in place for food and beverage plants, including which...


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...


Russia Cracking Down on Counterfeit Coatings

The Russian Building Ministry has developed a series of amendments to hold individuals who are producing or selling counterfeit coatings criminally accountable in the hopes of benefitting th...


Seattle to Address Seismic Retrofit Needs

Seattle City Councilmembers are planning to address its over 1,100 unreinforced masonry buildings in need of seismic retrofitting, most of which were built before 1945.


US SEC Investigating Tesla Solar Panels

Following a whistleblower complaint, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have launched an investigation into Tesla regarding the company’s...


OSHA Working to Develop Heat Standards

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it had extended the comment period on the Advance Notice of Propose...


Pilot Pile Approved for Millennium Tower

At the beginning of the month, installation of a second pilot pile was slated to proceed at the Millennium Tower in San Francisco.


MI Develops Corrosion Control Advisory Panel

Last month, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced the development of its Corrosion Control Advisory Panel to reduce lead in Michigan drinking water.


OSHA to Improve Workplace Fatality Procedures

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released new instructional guidance on how the administration plans to communicate fatality in...


Lawsuit Filed Over FL Condo Collapse

In a recent lawsuit filed on behalf of Champlain Towers South victims and family members, new allegations claim that the construction of a neighboring luxury building is what triggered the d...


EPA Announces New Lead Paint Enforcement

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to hold property management companies responsible for lead-based paint safety requirements.


Research: Forensic Tool for Fire-Damaged Concrete

Korean researchers report that they’ve recently developed the world’s first forensic tool for fire-damaged concrete structures.


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.


Remote Control Robots Developed to Prevent Falls

Researchers from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology announced last month that they have developed remote controlled robots to prevent falls at construction site...


ACA Urges Execution of TSCA Changes

In a recent letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Coatings Association wrote to express support of the continued implementation of the Lautenberg amendments to the...


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.


DOL Acts to Promote Workers' Rights

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor, alongside the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, announced a joint initiative to raise awar...


Citations Issued for OH Paint Plant Explosion

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation for an explosion at its plant in April that killed a press operator a...


Grants Awarded for Wastewater Virus Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it has awarded Tulane University (New Orleans) a grant to research human viruses found in wastewater intended for water reuse.


OSHA Issues ETS Vaccination Rule

On Monday (Nov. 5), the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published an emergency temporary standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to i...


Shoe Inspires New Building Protection Method

A professor from the Queensland University of Technology was recently inspired by a material commonly found in running shoes and memory foam pillows to better protect buildings from collisio...


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...


New PPE Helmet Available in US

Personal protective equipment manufacturer Ergodyne (St. Paul, Minnesota) has recently begun marketing its Multidirectional Impact Protection System-equipped construction helmet in the Unite...


Senate Confirms OSHA Leader

On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


FL Contractors Create Safety Task Force

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida recently announced that it has created an industry task force for building structure and safety discussions.


Walsh Launches Addiction Recovery Program

As part of an initiative to address alcohol and drug addiction within the construction industry, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and the Massachusetts Building Trades Council have launched ...


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: Thermoplastic Markings Decrease Crashes

The North Carolina Department of Transportation found in a study that lane-departure crashes were reduced by 13% after rural roads were striped with long-life lane markings.


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.


Paint Company Cited After Employee Death

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Valmont Coatings following the investigation of an employee’s death in Oklahoma.


EPA Opens Nominations for 2022 Green Chemistry Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations for the 2022 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.


Archroma Introduces Online Platform

Global specialty chemical company Archroma announced in September the launch of "The Safe Edge," an online platform for product-related regulatory and compliance certificates and information...


Construction Groups Sue Over Vaccine Mandate

Amidst the string of local and federal U.S. government officials instating COVID-19 vaccination mandates for workers, another lawsuit was recently filed alleging that the requirement is unco...


Coalition Announced to Quantify, Locate Lead Pipes

At the end of September, Google announced that it was awarding $3 million in grants to the BlueConduit Charitable Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the We Act for Environmental...


Safety Sweeps Shut Down 1,499 Sites

Last month, New York City Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca announced the results of the Department’s citywide “Zero Tolerance” construction safety enforcement campaign, revealing t...


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...


Contractors, Subs Mandated for Vaccine

In new guidance issued by President Joe Biden, federal contractors and subcontractors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8.


OSHA Awards Over $11.6M in Harwood Safety Grants

On Tuesday (Sept. 28), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the award of more than $11.6 million in grants to educate workers and employers ...


Amtrak Derailment Investigations Underway

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board have recently launched an investigation into the deadly derailment of Amtrak’s Empire Builder train in a remote section of north-centr...


AU Projects Shutdown Over Vaccine Protests

Project sites were shut down last week after construction workers engaged in violent protests regarding Australia’s Victorian Government announcement to mandate COVID-19 vaccines.


OSHA Issues Enhanced Heat Protection Measures

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced plans to better combat hazards associated with extreme heat exposure—both indoors and outdoors...


'Static Liquefaction' to Blame for MI Dam Failure

According to an interim report released by the federally commissioned independent forensic team tasked with the investigation the failure of the Edenville Dam near Midland, Michigan last spr...


Plans Proposed for Grenfell Tower Demo

Despite safety concerns, ministers from the United Kingdom are expected to formally announce their decision to demolish the Grenfell Tower later this month.


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...


OSHA to Mandate Vaccines for Large Employers

In a statement issued by the White House, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is drafting a new temporary emergency standard that would require emplo...


New Report Blames Welds in MX Metro Collapse

Recently, Norwegian risk management firm DNV issued its final report regarding the deadly subway overpass collapse in Mexico City in May, finding that poor welds on the infrastructure were 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...


HMG Donates Paint to Minutes Matter Campaign

United Kingdom-based independent paint manufacturer HMG Paints is working alongside the British Coatings Federation and its members to support the Minutes Matter campaign.


NIST Names Champlain Tower Investigators

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology announced its selection of a team of technical experts to investigate the partial collapse of the ...


PHMSA Fines Dakota Pipeline Operator

Upon completing inspections at Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Pipeline, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a $93,000 f...


OSHA Fines Contractor $1.3M for Trench Deaths

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is proposing $1.3 million in penalties following the death of two workers at a Boston dig site.


NJ Bill Passed to Replace Lead Pipes

Recently, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a new bill into law, requiring that hundreds of public water systems in the state have their inventories taken for lead pipes so that the inf...


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...


Researchers Tap Graphene Coating to Combat Biofilm

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) are reporting that they have developed a new method to prevent infections—by utilizing graphene coatings. More specifica...


Reports Look at Design, Corrosion in FL Collapse

Months after part of Champlain Towers South, in Surfside, Florida, collapsed killing 98 people, an investigation is ongoing surrounding what actually caused the collapse and how it unfolded....


OR Concrete Workers Test Exosuits

Employees of an Oregon-based concrete contractor are reportedly testing out new exosuits as part of a pilot project to look at workplace safety between the Associated General Contractors Ore...


OSHA Sends Reminder for Safety Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released an emailed reminder that the next meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Healt...


IGM Confirms Photoinitiator PCB Levels

In a recent press release, global market leader in photoinitiators, IGM Resins confirmed that its Omnirad 1173 does not contain any detectable levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).


OR Heat-Related Deaths Highlight Safety Need

A roofing worker has reportedly died of heat-related illness in Oregon, following what officials are calling a “record-setting heatwave,” according to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Heal...


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.


EPA Extends Comment Period on PFAS Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued two new updates in emailed press releases regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, both extending the public comment period for its prop...


Chemical Safety Board Reiterates Goals, Agenda

Earlier this week, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a video message from its Chairperson and CEO, Katherine Lemos.


PG&E to Spend $15B Burying Power Lines

According to a press release issued by California-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the utility plans to expand the undergrounding of electric distribution power lines in High Fire Thr...


Workers Rescued from Sewer Construction Site

Last week, three construction workers became trapped 200 feet underground while working on the Deer Creek tunnel project in Shrewsbury, Missouri.


FL Condo Collapse Sparks Inspection Worries

A rise of inspections and questions have surfaced in the wake of Miami’s Champlain Towers South condominium collapse at the end of last month—including worries about structures all over the ...


Walsh Requests Budget Boost for OSHA

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh has reportedly requested an increase in funding for Occupational Safety and Health Administration staffing. During a Senate subcommittee meeting last week, W...


Whistleblowers Speak Out About Shell Falcon Pipeline

According to two former pipeline inspectors, “bad seeds” are undermining the safety at Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Falcon pipeline project, part of the company’s massive new petrochemical plant ...


CA Hospitals Aim to Push Seismic Requirements

The California Hospital Association, along with Gov. Gavin Newsom, are proposing another extension that would mandate hospitals upgrade their structures to ensure that they can stand up to a...


EPA Announces TSCA Committee, Webinar

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently made several announcements via email regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act: namely, that new members have been appointed to the TSCA Sc...


EPA Unveils PFAS Stewardship Program, Webinar

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a stewardship program that it says aims to encourage the voluntary withdrawal of previously granted low volume exemptions (LVEs) f...


DOL Honors Worker Death with Heat Reminders

In honoring the heat-related death of a worker this time last year, the Department of Labor is urging everyone, but especially western New Yorkers, to safeguard against weather hazards.


EPA Revokes Exemption for Antimicrobial Coating

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order to Allied BioScience for its product SurfaceWise2, a residual antimicrobial surface coating.


China Halts High-Rise Work Over Safety

China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced last week that it is prohibiting the construction of some of the tallest high-rises among mounting safety concerns.


EPA Announces Changes to TSCA Evaluations

On Wednesday (June 30), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced policy changes surrounding the Toxic Substances Control Act that impact the first 10 chemicals that underwent risk ...


Inspection Sweep Shuts Down 300 Sites in NYC

New York City’s Department of Buildings has reportedly shut down 322 construction sites due to hazardous conditions.


CA Water Tank Explosion Causes Fatality

Last week, a 1.5-million-gallon water tank exploded in at the Station 7 Water Facility in Lemoore, California.


OSHA to Increase CO Site Inspections

Construction sites in Colorado will now be subject to random, weekend safety inspections from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a new...


DC Pedestrian Bridge Collapses

On Wednesday (June 23), several people were injured after a truck hit a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 295 in Washington D.C., collapsing as a result of the incident.


FL Condo Collapses Killing At Least 9

Crews are continuing to sift through debris after the collapse of a residential building last week, in the Surfside neighborhood of Florida, about six miles north of Miami beach. As of Sunda...


DOL Announces $21M in Safety Training Funding

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants for non-profits.


Prelim Findings Show Plagued MX Metro

Preliminary findings of Norwegian risk management firm DNV’s investigation into the deadly subway overpass collapse in Mexico City last month have revealed a structural fault as a leading ca...


ASCE Releases Manual for Infrastructure

Last week, the American Society of Civil Engineers released a new manual of practice, reporting that the document will give civil engineers the tools to design, plan, and build more resilien...


FL Authorizes Virtual Inspection Practices

Earlier this year, the Florida Building Codes Act was amended to authorize any government entity with the authority to enforce the building code to perform virtual inspections.


MI Sandblasting Business Cited for Violations

On several occasions this year, Kalamazoo Sandblast (Kalamazoo, Michigan) was investigated by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Air Quality Division (AQD) upon r...


WA Finds Reason to Restrict Paint iPCBs

The Washington State Department of Ecology hosted its webinar at the beginning of the month that provided an update on its efforts to find alternatives to potential inadvertent Polychlorinat...


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...


EPA Announces Multiple Actions on PFAS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced three actions with the goal of reducing risks to the public from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.


MTA Suspends Several Track Inspectors

Last week, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny announced the findings of a nearly year-long investigation into the neglect of several track inspectors.


2021 European Coatings Show Officially Canceled

Vincentz Network, organizer of the European Coatings Show, and NürnbergMesse, jointly announced on Monday that the European Coatings Show has been canceled.


Railway Safety Questioned in Pakistan Crash

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered investigations into the country’s railway safety fault lines in wake of Monday’s (June 7) train derailment and collision, which caused at leas...


NSF Awards University for Drinking Water Research

At the beginning of the month, the National Science Foundation awarded the University of Pittsburgh a $500,000 CAREER award to address the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal.


FY22 Budget Proposes $11.2B for EPA

Last week, President Joe Biden submitted his budget request of $11.2 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, with emphasis on issues such as the environment, science and support of ...


Kenzen Announces PPE Summer Rental

Manufacturer of smart personal protective equipment, Kenzen, has recently announced via emailed press release that it will be offering a new rental program for its wearable devices.


DOB to Sweep Large NYC Construction Sites

New York’s Department of Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca announced last week that the DOB will be mobilizing teams of inspectors across the city’s five boroughs to perform safety ...


Walsh Appoints 15 to Safety Advisory Board

Late last week, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh announced that he has appointed 15 individuals to serve as members on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, which aims...


Work Underway on Memphis Bridge

Last week, officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced that repairs to a fractured steel support beam on the I-40 Hernando de Soto bridge were underway.


Report: Decking Questioned at NOLA Hard Rock

Records recently obtained by WWL-TV show that a materials supplier for the NOLA Hard Rock project tried to warn those closer to the design that it needed more steel supports on the upper flo...


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.


OSHA to Change Words in Beryllium Rulings

A years-long challenge between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and several companies that produce or use blasting materials containing trace amounts of beryllium has reache...


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...


CA Proposes Over $5B for Water Infrastructure

In the wake of an ongoing and expanding state-wide drought, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a $5.1 billion investment, slated to take over four years, for immediate drought respons...


EPA Extends Notification Period for Inventory

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced in an emailed press release that it has extended the notification deadline for a list of chemicals that are expected to lose their confident...


Officials Release Plans for Memphis Bridge Fix

Following the discovery of a structural crack on the Hernando de Soto 'M' bridge, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Arkansas Department of Transportation have announced a co...


NAHB to Partner in Mental Health Action Day

That National Association of Home Builders recently announced that it is partnering with more than 800 companies and associates for the first-ever Mental Health Action Day, to be held on May...


Firm Tapped to Investigate MX Metro Collapse

In the events following the subway overpass collapse in Mexico City at the beginning of the month, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has recently announced that Norwegian risk management firm DNV has ...


Tourist Left Dangling after Glass Bridge Shatters

In a horrific incident at the Piyan Mountain resort in Longjing City, China, a tourist became temporarily stranded on the resort’s glass-bottomed suspension bridge after extreme winds shatte...


UK High-Rise Fire Turns Eyes to Cladding Work

A high-rise block with similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower caught fire in London late last week. No one was killed, but the incident highlights delays responsibility arguments regarding r...


Skanska Worker Killed on Pensacola Bridge

At the end of last month, a deadly accident was reported at the Pensacola Bay Bridge, involving a Skanska employee being struck by a subcontractor’s dump truck on the work site.


EPA Announces Chemical Reporting Updates

Late last week the Environmental Protection Agency released multiple announcements regarding toxic substances and chemicals.


FHWA Inspection Program Celebrates 50 Years

Observed during the last week of April, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration celebrated the 50th anniversary of its National Bridge Inspection Standards.


Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapse Kills 23

On Monday evening (May 3), a subway overpass in Mexico City collapsed into a busy boulevard, causing cars of the passenger train to fall into the street below.


JPCL Presents 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

In debuting the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings’ independent, inaugural issue of sorts last month, one aspect that continued to stay consistent over the last four years is th...


McCabe Confirmed as EPA Deputy Admin

The U.S. Senate voted 52-42 last week to confirm Janet McCabe as deputy chief of the Environmental Protection Agency.


DOL, OSHA Honor Workers Memorial Day

Last week, on April 28, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration commemorated Workers Memorial Day to honor workers who have lost their lives on the...


EPA Admin Proposes PFAS Special Council

Earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan issued a memorandum to senior leadership calling for the creation of a new EPA Council on PFAS. The counci...


NY Contractors Request Scaffold Law Waiver

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has recently received a letter from the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, in addition to three New York-...


NIOSH Releases Well-Being Survey for Employers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a survey earlier this month that it says is meant to be a resource design to measure worker well-being.


CSB Gives Update on OH Paint Explosion

Upon early investigations into the paint explosion that occurred at the Yenkin-Majestic Paints plant in Northeast Columbus earlier this month, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has announced it...


Historic MO Bridge Collapses

Last week, the Haskins Bridge, an historic bridge located at Jolly Mill Park near Pierce City, Missouri, collapsed into Capps Creek after a tree had fallen onto the structure.


Study: More Deaths Linked to Methylene Chloride

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this week associates paint-stripping chemical methylene chloride to more deaths than what has previously been acknowledged by the Environm...


EU Research Looks at Ice, Vessel Safety

In research results recently published by CORDIS, European Union-funded project SEDNA discusses the severe challenges faced by ship navigators due to increased maritime traffic in the Arctic...


Biden Taps Assistant Secretary for OSHA

Last week, President Joe Biden announced a slew of nominations for key members of various departments including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Energy, Department of Transp...


$21M Settlement Reached with National Grid

Last month, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a $21 million settlement had been reached regarding two New York City gas distribution companies owned by National Grid, a multinatio...


Paint Plant Explosion Kills 1, Injures 8

Last week, the Yenkin-Majestic Paints plant in Northeast Columbus experienced an explosion which resulted in one fatality and eight injuries.


Walsh Puts Pause on COVID-19 ETS

After missing the March 15 deadline to develop an emergency temporary standard for COVID-19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that Labor Secretary Marty Walsh has put t...


Sessions, Roundtables Planned for LCRR

In a recent announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a schedule of upcoming public listening sessions and roundtables regarding its Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.


Bill Authorizes Cal/OSHA Inspection Notification

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is facing a bill that was introduced at the end of February that would authorize California employers to receive advance ...


NYC Piloting Virtual Inspection Program

The New York City Department of Buildings has begun piloting a new Remote Video Inspections program that will replace in-person visits for some construction inspections.


EPA Accepting Nominations for Safer Choice Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards.


NOLA Inspectors Face Charges in Wider City Problem

The owner of a New Orleans private building inspection company, along with the former top building inspector for the city government, faced arrest at the end of last week on charges that the...


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 ...


University to Gauge Infrastructure Resilience

A civil engineering assistant professor from the University of Texas at Arlington recently received two grants funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the North Central Texas Cou...


Researchers Working on AI for Exoskeletons

Robotics researchers at the University of Waterloo are reportedly developing exoskeleton legs capable of “thinking and making control decisions” using artificial intelligence technology.


Details Released After Water Plant Death

Last week, a mechanical contractor employee from Murray Co. (Rancho Dominguez, California) fell to his death while securing a lid on top of a below-grade concrete tank at the Hyperion Water ...


VA Creates Worker Protections

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring at the beginning of this month announced the creation of a worker protection unit dedicated to workers’ rights—a first for the state.


Pedestrian Fatality Report Calls for Safer Streets

According to the 2021 Dangerous by Design report recently released by Smart Growth America, the number of pedestrians struck and killed by drivers nationwide over the last decade has increas...


EPA Seeks Comments on Lead, Copper Rule

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would be extending the effective date of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule so that the agency could further seek public i...


OSHA Launches Emphasis Program for COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a national emphasis program focusing on enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number...


Women Answer Construction Roles Survey for WIC

In celebration of Women in Construction Week last week, the National Association of Women in Construction and Safe Site Check In held a workforce survey where they asked more than 700 women ...


OSHA Releases Top Violations for FY 2020

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revealed its annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2020. The list wa...


Nashville Introduces New Construction Safety Bill

Nashville councilmembers introduced a bill last week that aims to raise the standards and oversight for metro construction projects.


DOL Report: OSHA Left Workers at Increased Risk

With President Joe Biden’s deadline for an emergency temporary standard implementation (should it be deemed necessary) a week away, a report has surfaced from the Department of Labor’s Inspe...


Plans for Replacement FIU Bridge Move Forward

According to reports, plans to rebuild the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge are moving forward.


UK Committee Argues Impact of Cladding Tax

Parliament is at odds over a levy and taxes that are to be placed on the United Kingdom’s construction industry. While the money raised is earmarked for cladding remediation in high-rise bui...


EPA Announces $1.9M CWA Settlement in WY

A settlement with private energy operator Fleur de Lis Energy and Fleur de Lis Operating, LLC was reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month, in which the company agree...


OSHA Announces Dates for Safety Stand-Down

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the dates for this year’s National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.


CDC Updates Construction's Mental Health Checklists

At the end of January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its checklists for construction employers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, with special consideration...


NY Created Death Registry for Construction

A bill was recently signed into law in New York that creates a statewide death registry for the construction industry, as well as expands definitions on workers and reporting.


USGBC Releases Top 10 LEED States for 2020

Earlier this month, the U.S. Green Building Council announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED green building. Last year, Massachusetts lead the country with the most certified square feet ...


Expert Revisits Cecil Hotel Water Tank Case

Whether you’re a subscriber to the video streaming service Netflix or not, you’ve likely heard of the production company’s latest true crime documentary, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the...


ACA Looks at New EU Chemical Strategy

The American Coatings Association published an overview of a recent strategy released by the European Commission that aims to update the European Union’s chemical management requirements.


$2.75B Diversion Project Makes Headway

Earlier this month, officials announced that they had received a key permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, allowing for the construction of the $2.75 billion Red River d...


OSHA Seeing Reports Under New Whistleblower Acts

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it is now overseeing worker retaliation complaints filed under two new whistleblower statutes: the...


EPA Settles with TX Reno Show Over Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Flipnmove Production and EQ media, Inc., over alleged violations of lead paint exposure regulations affiliated with one of the compa...


Rescuers Digging for Trapped Hydroelectric Workers

Last week, a portion of a Himalayan glacier broke off in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, sending a rush of water and debris down the mountain and trapping 37 nearby power plant wor...


Tech, Construction Company Study Heat Sensor Devices

Physiological monitoring platform Kenzen has partnered with Kansas City-based firm Garney Construction to test out a new, wearable smart device to monitor health indicators of each worker.


OSHA Proposes Hazard Communication Update

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a proposed rule earlier this month to update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard to align with the ...


Inquiry: Flammable Panels Sold as 'Default'

The first—and probably only—person from Arconic testified in front of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry earlier this week and revealed that the company sold panels that it knew were flammable becau...


MI to Develop Dam Safety Regulations

Reported at the beginning of the month, the Michigan Dam Safety Task Force announced that it would be delayed in submitting new safety measures to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.


EPA Settles Pittsburgh Stormwater Violations

On Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a consent agreement with the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA)...


OSHA Updates COVID-19 Guidance Per Order

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued stronger worker safety guidance to aid employers in implementing a COVID-19 prevention program and to ...


NYC Inks Deal with Tech to Track Safety Training

The New York City Department of Buildings has recently partnered with tech company myComply to build and administer software behind a new training credential database.


UK Unveils Regulatory Body for Construction

The United Kingdom’s Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick recently unveiled a new regulatory body that’s been established to oversee the safety of construction materials. The decision was influe...


OSHA Tasked with Updating COVID-19 Guidance

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been ordered to issue new COVID-19 guidance and again consider a national emergency temporary standard, under an e...


Streets to Reopen Around NOLA Hard Rock Demo

The $8.4 million demolition at the Hard Rock Hotel site in New Orleans is reaching milestones, with estimations now set for the reopening of adjacent streets.


COVID-19 Notification Law Enacted in CA

On Jan. 1, California’s AB 685 law officially went into effect, allowing state regulators to shut down jobsites that expose workers to an imminent hazard of COVID-19 infection.


Coating in Development for Rope Safety

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are working on developing a coating that changes color when exposed to high temperatures through fri...


MI to Charge Former Gov for Flint Crisis

While specifics have yet to be announced, it was confirmed earlier this week that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, along with his health director and other ex-officials from his administrat...


MIOSHA Launches Silica Program

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as part of the state’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, announced last year that it would be launching a state-wide e...


Notre Dame Officials Look to Lasers for Cleaning

Progress is continuing at the Notre Dame Cathedral, where a fire ravaged the 850-year-old structure in April 2019.


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to specific employers to submit the required injury and illness date for 2020 by M...


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 ...


AECOM Tests Wastewater for COVID-19

Last month, infrastructure consulting firm AECOM announced that it would be partnering with Northern New Jersey-based Bergen County Utilities Authority and Columbia University (New York City...


OSHA Releases FY 2020 Safety Review

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its review of safety throughout fiscal year 2020, in which it says it used both traditional practice...


Man Rescued from Water Tank

In entering the winter season, officials from Lincoln Fire and Rescue in Nebraska weren’t expecting to receive a call regarding a water tank rescue near 84th and South streets.


BLS Releases 2019 Workplace Fatality Report

Earlier this week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report for 2019. According to the data, the construction industry ha...


Lawsuit Filed Alleging Toxic Sandblasting Impacts

A Santa Clarita, California-based law firm has recently filed a complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court against developer Five Points Development, alleging the company of failing to take...


AU Street Closed After Asbestos Mishap

Earlier this month, a variety of homes and vehicles were placed on lockdown in a suburban Sydney community after two private cleaning contractors sent asbestos particles flying from a home’s...


Antimicrobial Coatings to be Tested on Transit

Diversified natural resources company, Teck Resources Limited (Vancouver, Canada) recently announced that it would be testing its antimicrobial copper coatings on high-touch transit surfaces...


New NY Guidelines Leave 'Essential' Questions

At the beginning of the week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlines a new COVID-19 guidance plan for the state. Over the weekend the state updated the guidance for its COVID Cluster Action Ini...


USDOT Prepares for COVID-19 Vaccine Transport

At the beginning of the month, the United States Department of Transportation announced that it was ensuring that all its regulatory measures would be taken for the safe, rapid transportatio...


Data: Construction Tops Jobs in Asymptomatic COVID-19

A new study that tracked the results of more than 730,000 COVID-19 tests out of Los Angeles between August and October has found that construction workers had the highest positivity rates fo...


Venice Floods After Dike Activation Fails

Only two months after the newly inaugurated Mose flood barriers protected the city of Venice from acqua alta’s seasonal flooding, the city streets were reported to once again be underwater a...


Water Recycling Plant Explosion Kills 4

Last Thursday (Dec. 4), a large explosion was reported to have taken place at the Avonmouth, Bristol-based Wessex Water plant, a water supply and sewerage utility company serving an area of ...


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...


VT National Guard Rebuilds Field Hospital

The Vermont National Guard was recently tasked with rebuilding a 250-bed field hospital in Essex Junction, Vermont. The structure, which was initially built last April, was taken down in mid...


Observatory Collapses in Puerto Rico

Following weeks of concern over the possibility of cable failure, the Arecibo Observatory collapsed at the beginning of December, ending nearly 60 years of research at what was once the worl...


EPA Issues Final Rule on Cleanup Insurance

In a news release issued last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had finalized its rulemaking on financial assurance requirements for the Electric Pow...


Skanska Repairing FL Bridge ‘At a Loss’

Contractor and design-build team Skanska USA is continuing efforts to repair the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Florida, although reports indicate that the construction comes at a loss due to the d...


Biden Taps Former Labor Official for COVID Team

In an announcement published at the end of November, President-elect Joe Biden added a workplace health expert to his Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, a move that prompted applause from t...


CA to Review Titanium Dioxide Classification

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s Proposition 65 Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee is slated to hold a virtual, public meeting th...


Drivers Cannot Stop Hitting a MO Bridge

According to reports, an onslaught of collisions with an overpass on Independence Avenue near Wilson Avenue in northeast Kansas City have become quite the oddity.


USGBC Wraps Up Greenbuild with Initiatives

Earlier this month, the U.S. Green Building Council wrapped up its annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo. At the virtual event, the organization outlined several key updates that it says inten...


EPA Extends Comment Period on PV29 Risks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period on the revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29). The EPA said that the extension s to g...


Corning Seeks Nod for COVID-19 Coating Tech

Materials science company Corning Incorporated announced earlier this month that under test methods approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, paints and coatings with the company...


OSHA Releases COVID-19 Citation FAQ

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued guidance and an accompanying frequently-asked-questions sheet to help employers understand which ...


Clariant Commits to Global Lead Paint Elimination

Specialty chemicals company Clariant has announced that it is helping to accelerating the global phase-out of lead-based paint. The move was prompted by the eighth International Lead Poisoni...


Grenfell: Docs Hint Companies Knew of Dangers

Last week during the Grenfell Fire Inquiry, emails from the cladding companies involved in the tower’s 2015 refurbishment revealed that officials at the companies knew that their materials w...


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...


AGC Reports Job Increase in October

Construction employment increased by 84,000 jobs in October, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.


Researchers Get Funding for Antiviral Coating

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have been awarded 615,000 pounds in funding to develop a new antiviral coating for PPE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Grenfell Inquiry Expert Points to Fire Consultants

An expert witness brought in by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has called the lead architect on the tower refurbishment “imprudent” for not employing a fire consultant specialist when designing ...


Maroon Group Announces Lift Training Initiative

Specialty chemicals company Maroon Group, recently announced that it is initiating a new Tow Motor training program that the company says is a “commitment to continuous improvement and ongoi...


EPA Updates Risk Evaluation on PV29

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it has released a revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29) for public comment and peer review un...


FDOT Requests Skanska to Cover Toll Loss

Last month, the Florida Department of Transportation issued a letter of intent to Skanska USA Civil Southeast, Inc. seeking damages and lost toll-related revenue because of the current toll ...


NTSB Attributes Corrosion in Fatal Crash

After completing the investigation of a fatal crash in the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Lehigh Tunnel in February 2018, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has recently issued two safet...


European Coatings Show Postponed

On Thursday (Oct. 15), European Coatings Show Conference organizer Vincentz Network and NürnbergMesse announced that the event would be postponed from March of next year to September 2021, d...


OSHA Issues FAQ on N95 Masks

Last week, U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a set of Frequently Asked Questions on how N95 respirators effectively protect wearers from coro...


Survey: Contractors Fear Pandemic Implications

In an August reader survey published by Associated Builders and Contractors, research found that more than 85% of American contractors have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and expect to...


Projects Using LEED to Respond to Pandemic

The U.S. Green Building Council reported late last week that more than 130 LEED projects have engaged its Safety First pilot credits in support of “healthy reopening plans in response to the...


Legislators Introduce Flood Protection Bill

Announced at the end of September, Representatives David E. Price (D-North Carolina) and Lee Zeldin (R-New York) introduced legislation aimed at reducing the impacts of serve weather, such a...


Construction Industry on Most Dangerous Jobs List

A new report listing the 25 most dangerous jobs was recently released by business insurance analysis firm AdivsorSmith. Of that list, 12 of the 25 jobs are in the construction industry.


Flood Barrier Successfully Protects Venice

For the first time in decades, the city of Venice put its flood barriers into practice, successfully keeping the city dry during its first day of acqua alta or “high waters”—seasonal floodin...


Grenfell Inquiry Hears from Building Control

Moving on in the inquiry of London’s Grenfell Tower fire, officials heard last week that a restructuring at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council had created an unbalanced work...


OSHA Releases Updated COVID-19 FAQs

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated its Frequently Asked Questions forum regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations ...


ACC, OSHA Renew Alliance

The American Chemistry Council and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last month that they have renewed their ACC OSHA Alliance, “which continues to foster safer and...


CA Dam Starts Draining for Seismic Retrofit

At the beginning of the month, officials from the Santa Clara Valley Water District started taking the first steps in its $576 million Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project to remove and rep...


FDOT Starts Demo on Pensacola Bay Bridge

Last week, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that it had begun demolition efforts on the damaged areas of the Pensacola Bay Bridge after weathering Hurricane Sally.


World of Concrete 2021 Pushed to June

Officials with World of Concrete have announced new dates for the 2021 conference, moving the event several months from January to June.


Small Fire Breaks Out at NOLA Hard Rock Site

A fire broke out Monday morning (Sept. 28) at the site of the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans where workers are currently carrying out an $8.4 million demolition plan.


OSHA to Hold Whistleblower Teleconference

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it is holding another teleconference to solicit public comments on the agency’s whi...


Grenfell: Clerk of Works Wasn't Monitoring Compliance

Late last week, the Grenfell Fire Inquiry found that the person on record as the Clerk of Works for the Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment was not, in fact, acting as Clerk of Works.


FDOT Responds to Hurricane Damage

Nearly a week after Hurricane Sally rocked the Gulf Shores of Alabama­­, and surrounding areas, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced recovery efforts for the damages experi...


OSHA Awards $11.2M in Harwood Safety Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has awarded approximately $11.2 million in Susan Harwood federal safety and health tra...


Reports Indicate N95 Material Still Short

The raw material needed to make N95 masks is still in short supply, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported late last week that meltblown textile—a crucial component for the masks...


Safety Stand-Down Takes Place This Week

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 7th-Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls is this week, Sept. 14-18.


Researcher Gets $1.8M Grant for Slip Study

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has awarded a $1.8 million grant to a University of Pittsburgh researcher to develop a safer ladder.


SDOT Releases Updates on Bridge Stabilization

The Seattle Department of Transportation has begun releasing weekly updated on the stabilization efforts of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge ahead of the anticipated October announcement on...


Grenfell Inquiry Hears from Cladding Subcontractor

The cladding subcontractor on London’s Grenfell Tower refurbishment wrapped up two days of inquiry testimony earlier this week after the process went on summer break for the past month.


OSHA Issues Final Construction Beryllium Standard

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its Final Beryllium Standard for Construction and Shipyards. While no major changes are reported in the rule, the DOL did include changes that it says...


Study Looks at Painting Turbine Blades Black

A recent study published in the journal Ecology and Evolution has found that bird death from collisions with turbine blades dropped by 71.9% when one of the blades was painted black, compare...


Interim Company List for TSCA Fees Released

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an interim final list of businesses that are subject to pay fees for the 20 chemicals designated as high priority for the next ri...


SDOT Hires Designer for Bridge Replacement

The Seattle Department of Transportation has selected HNTB Corporation to design the West Seattle Bridge replacement, though the timing of that replacement remains unclear as the department ...


Flint Reaches $600M Settlement with State

The state of Michigan has reached a $600 million settlement with Flint residents for the state’s role in the city’s water crisis. A summary of the deal shows that nearly 80% of the funds wil...


ICC Releases Publication for Virtual Inspections

The International Code Council recently published “Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections,” a guideline that it says governmental jurisdictions should consider for effective an...


FIGG Files Against FHWA Suspension

FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc., along with FIGG engineer William “Denney” Pate, have sued the Federal Highway Administration asking for the agency’s suspension of its eligibility to participate ...


EPA Finalizes Plans for Sherwin-Williams Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday (Aug. 10) that it has finalized its plan to address contamination at the former manufacturing plant and adjoining areas of the Sherw...


SDOT to Seek Loan for Bridge Repair Plan

The Seattle Department of Transportation is in the midst of stabilizing the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge, which endured an emergency closure in March after previously inspected concrete cra...


Baltimore Gas Explosion Kills 2, Injures Several

A gas explosion in Northwest Baltimore on Monday morning has killed two people and seriously injured at least seven others, according to officials.


1 Body Recovered from NOLA Hard Rock

The remains have been recovered from one of the workers who were trapped in the New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel, which partially collapsed more than 10 months ago.


OSHA Sets Safety Stand-Down Dates

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that the 7th Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction has been resche...


Company Unveils New Exoskeleton Device

Tool manufacturer Hilti has unveiled its first wearable exoskeleton, the EXO-O1. The company says that the “human augmentation device” aims to help contractors, tradesman and management to t...


Cleanup, Plans Begin after AZ Bridge Collapse

Officials are in the beginning stages of repair work on the Salt River Union Pacific Bridge, in Tempe, Arizona, which partially collapsed last week after a train derailed on the structure, s...


Genoa Bridge Opens 2 Years After Collapse

Italy’s Genoa San Giorgio Bridge officially opened to the public on Monday. The structure replaces the Morandi Bridge, which collapsed almost two years ago to the day, killing 43 people.


Grenfell Inquiry Looks at Contractor, Worries

Recent testimony of the Grenfell Inquiry have focused on the contractor for the Grenfell Tower’s 2015 refurbishment, Rydon, with focus on how the company handled concerns not only about the ...


Research Looks at Coating to Inactivate Virus

Chemical engineering professor at Virginia Tech, William Ducker, says that he has found a solution to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


None Injured in AZ Partial Rail Bridge Collapse

The Salt River Union Pacific Bridge, in Tempe, Arizona, partially collapsed last week after a train derailed on the structure, setting it ablaze and sending debris into the lake below.


OSHA Revises Rule on Access to Medical Records

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this week that it has revised the Rules of Agency Practice and Procedure Concerning Occupationa...


$100M CA Millennium Tower Fix Approved

The permitting process is reportedly now complete for the fixes needed for San Francisco’s Millennium Tower. The $100 million shoring project is now estimated to begin in November.


NIOSH Study Looks at High-Risk Behavior

New research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has found that behaviors that are linked to higher health risks are more prevalent in construction workers than ot...


SDOT Embarks on Cost-Benefit Analysis for Bridge

The Seattle Department of Transportation announced last week that it has begun the process of a cost-benefit analysis involved the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge.


FL Bridge Repair Assessment Complete

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, repair work for the Roosevelt Bridge could begin as early as next month as the agency reported that it had completed its initial assess...


NYC Begins COVID-19 Safety Enforcement

During the first days of enforcing COVID-19 safety regulations on construction sites, New York City’s Department of Buildings issued 88 citations, which included 41 stop work orders, accordi...


Antiviral Coating Developing for Surface Contact

New research is underway at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology within the University of Waterloo to develop a coating that officials say aims to “kill the COVID-19 virus immediately u...


Researcher Gets Grant to Study Wastewater

A civil engineering professor from the University of Arkansas has been awarded federal funding to study wastewater in regard to the spread of COVID-19.


Seattle Mayor Declares Bridge 'Civil Emergency'

In an effort to secure funding to remedy the cracks found on the West Seattle Bridge (whether that be a permanent fix or a whole replacement), Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has declared the sit...


MIT Researchers Design New Face Mask

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with Brigham and Women’s Hospital have reportedly design a new face mask that they believe could stop viral particles as effec...


Grenfell Inquiry: Officials Disagreed on Materials

In the most recent updates of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, it has come to light that there were disagreements between not only architects and building safety officers, but also between archit...


DOL Issues Final General Industry Beryllium Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its Final Beryllium Standard for General Industry. While no major changes are reported in the rule, the DOL did include changes that it says are desig...


Manufacturers Press EU on Titanium Dioxide

The Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association and its member companies, as part of a wider group of TiO2 producers, submitted an action to the General Court of the European Union seeking an...


Grenfell Inquiry Restarts, Looks at Fire Consultant

London’s Grenfell Tower Inquiry resumed earlier this week after a months-long hiatus—caused by the COVID-19 pandemic—with new testimony revealing that the principal fire engineer for the tow...


Shoring Work Begins on West Seattle Bridge

Work has officially begun on a temporary fix on the West Seattle Bridge—including a carbon fire wrap (CRFP) and post-tensioning tendons—intended to slow cracking that caused an emergency shu...


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Some Lanes Reopen on Cracked FL Bridge

About 10 days after large cracks and falling concrete were discovered on the southernmost span of the southbound Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, Florida, state officials have reopened four of th...


OSHA Releases Annual Heat Hazard Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to employers “of their duty to protect employees from the risks and dangers of hea...


OSHA Issues Uniform Silica Guidance

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a compliance directive designed to ensure uniformity in inspection and enforcement procedures w...


MI Team Completes Dam Inspection

Earlier this month, a group of Michigan engineers from consulting firm TRC Engineers Michigan Inc. presented its 46-page visual inspection report on the failure of the Edenville Dam.


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...


Last Restrictions Lifted from Boston Construction

Boston construction is now in full swing after completing the last phase of its reopening of the industry, which began late last month.


Morandi Bridge Named, Opening Announced

Twenty-two months after the tragic collapse, on Monday (June 22), officials announced the inauguration of the new Morandi bridge—known as “Ponte Morandi”—in Genoa, Italy.


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EPA Posts Risk Evaluation for Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week the first risk evaluation to be completed under the Lautenberg Act amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act: the evalua...


Data: Construction Activity Back to Pre-Pandemic Level

The Associated General Contractor of America released new data last week that indicate that construction activity has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels in 34 states.


Hurricane Season Threatens NCDOT, Others

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reports claim that the North Carolina Department of Transportation is now facing financial concerns regarding the approaching hurricane season.


Report: UK Has No Counts on Dangerous Cladding

A recent investigation by the United Kingdom’s National Audit Office has revealed that the government doesn’t know how many of its estimated 85,000 buildings 11-18 meters tall are clad with ...


ICC Releases Guides on Reoccupancy

Earlier this month, the International Code Council released a set of guidelines to advice building owners and managers on the reoccupancy of buildings that had been closed due to the COVID-1...


Trans Mountain Pipeline Spills, Restarts

Earlier this month, Trans Mountain issued a statement announcing that it had experienced a spill at its Sumas Pump Station in Abbotsford, British Columbia, near Native American reservation, ...


MI Sues Dam Owners After Failures

Since the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams last month, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that a new state lawsuit has been filed against dam owners Boyce Hydro LLC and...


OSHA Schedules Construction Advisory Meetings

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health will meet via teleconference on ...


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...


Gordie Howe Pushes Toward 2024 Completion

According to officials from the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, despite the decline in productivity due to COVID-19, the Gordie Howe International Bridge is still on track for its 2024 tar...


MA Trade Group Presses Safety Regulations

Months after Boston was one of the first cities to shut down construction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts is working to reopen the state with strict safety guidelines.


USGBC Unveils Safety-Related Pilot Credits

Earlier this week, the U.S. Green Building Council released, as promised, four new Safety First Pilot Credits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Workers Start Dismantling Scaffold at Notre Dame

Work has officially begun on dismantling the melting scaffolding surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral. The process reportedly began on Monday, with crews working to take down 200 tons of met...


NY Begins Reopening with Construction Sites

At the beginning of this week New York City began opening up nonessential construction sites as directed by the phased reopening of the state put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


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...


Free Webinar: Hospital Coatings Guidelines

PaintSquare will host a free webinar June 17 entitled, “New Architectural Coatings Technology Targets Stricter Hospital Infection Protocols.”


Morandi Bridge Replacement Reaches Completion

Recently, joint venture Pergenova, made up of construction and civil engineering business Salini Impregilo and shipbuilder Fincantieri, announced that the final span for the Morandi Bridge r...


COVID-19 Aid, Infrastructure Package Discussed

Earlier this week, the United States Senate returned from recess with the intent to begin discussions on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.


Sika Now Producing Respiratory Masks, Sanitizer

Swiss chemicals company Sika has reportedly commenced production of respiratory masks in France.


SDOT Weighs Analysis of West Seattle Bridge

Since the Seattle Department of Transportation issued an emergency closing of the West Seattle Bridge dude to cracks in the midspan, several professional engineers recently issued a seven-pa...


ABC Michigan Files Suit Against Governor

In response to two emergency COVID-19 safety orders issued by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan has filed a lawsuit again...


OSHA Releases Distancing Guides, Testimony

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an alert last week detailing steps for social distancing in the workplace.


First Section of Keystone XL Reaches Completion

Recently, Canadian natural gas company TC Energy was reported to have completed construction on the first section of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The section crosses between Montana a...


Notre Dame Work Resumes Post Pandemic Pause

Restoration work has resumed and COVID-19 protocols have been put in place at the Notre Dame Cathedral site. Although officials are still standing by the initial time frame, a decision on th...


Research Monitors COVID-19 via Wastewater

Recently, researchers from the Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have developed a new approach to monitoring regional levels of SA...


Firm Involved with Grenfell Refurb Liquidates

The architecture firm that was in charge of the Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment has reportedly entered voluntary liquidation, owing more than 140,000 pounds ($171,513) to creditors.


Demolition Begins at NOLA Hard Rock Site

The multi-phase demolition of the collapsed Hard Rock New Orleans hotel and its surrounding buildings is now underway as officials expedited approvals to get the project going ahead of hurri...


MI Dam Failure Threatens Dow Contamination

Just last week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County, Michigan, after floodwaters caused two dam failures, risking water contamination from a nearb...


OSHA Announces $11.5M in Harwood Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants.


PA Wastewater Plan Receives Federal Approval

Last week, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) announced that its over $2 billion plan to remove seven billion gallons of stormwater and sewage from rivers and streams in the c...


OSHA Releases Revised Enforcement Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently adopted “revised policies” for enforcing its requirements with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic as diffe...


Study Looks at Healthcare Construction Training

Researchers out of Washington State University and Clemson University have found that insufficient training for construction workers in hospital settings could be contributing to disease out...


Green Building Council Reveals Economic Plan

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced a new strategy to support industry recovery efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


High Winds Shake Up China’s Humen Bridge

Earlier this month, a variety of online videos revealed that the Humen Bridge located in the Chinese province of Guangdong, was shaking and swaying severely while vehicles were traveling acr...


Replacement Announced for Collapsed FIU Bridge

Last week, officials from Florida’s Department of Transportation announced that they would launching a bid process for the design and construction of a new “signature” bridge over Southwest ...


Boston Talks Timeline for Essential Construction

Last week, the city of Boston released a timeline of an incremental reopening of the construction industry, noting that all sites that are currently open are in compliance with the COVID-19 ...


CORROSION 2020 Officially Canceled

Yesterday (May 11), NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced via press release that its CORROSION 2020 Conference and Expo was officially cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus ...


OSHA Translates Risk Exposure Tips

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its “10 Steps All Workplace Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster in 11 additi...


Axalta Reports COVID-19 PPE Donations

Last month, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding its personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer donations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


OSHA Releases Further Guidance on N95s

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued further interim enforcement guidance on the reusing of disposable N95 filtering face piece respir...


Model Software Used in Earthquake Study

A researcher from Concordia University was recently reported to be exploring options for resilient and sustainable reinforced masonry structural systems in relation to earthquake safety.


Miami COVID-19 Hospital Conversion Completed

Last week, a temporary hospital built inside the Miami Beach Convention Center reportedly reached completion early—commencing work on April 20—just days before its target opening.


DC Awards Contract for Temp Patient Space

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week that the administration has issued a design-build contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. to convert the Walter E. Washington Con...


USDOT to Meet CARES Act Responsibilities

In a memorandum issued last Monday (April 20), Acting Inspector General Mitchell L. Behm wrote to the Secretary on supporting efforts made by the United States Department of Transportation t...


Report: Safe Practices Critical During COVID-19

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin projected the epidemiological impacts of allowing some or all construction workers in the Austin, Tex...


WA Expects to Reopen Residential Construction

According to reports, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to reopen residential construction, among other types of construction projects, in the upcoming weeks while the state begins to r...


PA Votes to Reopen Economy

In following Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement regarding a three-phase gradual reopening of the state’s economy, House Republicans have taken matters into their own hands, passing al...


OSHA to Hold Whistleblower Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this week that it will hold a teleconference meeting to “solicit public comments and suggestion...


Axalta Announces PPE, Sanitizer Donations

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced last week that it will be providing protective equipment and hand sanitizer to communities around the world in an effort to help combat t...


Notre Dame Target Remains Despite Delays

One year after a fire ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral, officials are saying that, while it’s still possible to get the repairs done by 2024, it has been a struggle to keep construction on t...


WA's Sound Transit Halts Most Construction

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is associated health risks, Sound Transit Construction announced that it would be suspending most of its construction on transit expansion projects...


Boston Rolls Out Construction Safety Guidelines

The first city in the United States to halt construction in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is now releasing guidelines for when the industry reopens.


OSHA Releases COVID-19 Recordkeeping Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidance for enforcing its recordkeeping requirements in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


SSPC Launches ‘SSPC Cares’

Recently, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the launch of “SSPC Cares,” an initiative and recognition of kindness to inspire others to give back to communities during the C...


DOL Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement

On Monday (April 13), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic.


BASF Donates Masks, Sanitizer

Chemical company BASF has announced that, as part of its “Helping Hands” campaign, it is donating more than 100 million protective masks to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


Another Bridge Collapses in Italy

Last week, Italian officials reported that a bridge serving the A10 motorway on a portion that connects parts of Liguria and Tuscany in Aulla, Italy, collapsed while two drivers were crossin...


DOL Releases Whistleblower Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor released a bulletin late last week reminding employers that they cannot retaliate against workers reporting unsafe conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


FL Coatings Company Begins Manufacturing Sanitizer

In Tampa, Florida, paint and coatings company Sun Coatings has announced via emailed press release that it has repurposed part of its 90,000-square-foot plant in order to manufacture hand sa...


Covestro Provides COVID-19 Aid

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro (Pittsburgh) recently announced that is has been providing aid during the COVID-19 pandemic through in-kind and money donations.


NAHB Suggests Safety Stand Down

The National Association of Home Builders announced late last week that it is urging members and all residential construction companies to hold a Safety Stand Down and halt work for at least...


OSHA Releases Guidance on N95 Shortages

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released interim enforcement guidance to help combat the shortage of N95 filtering face piece respirator...


ASTM International Cancels May Meetings

Late last month, ASTM International announced that all previously scheduled in-person May standards development meetings have been canceled.


Fire Research Looks at High-Rise Materials

Engineers and technicians at the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently spent months of research recreating concrete floors supported by steel beams, only to set the structu...


COVID-19 Cleaning Clogging Pipes, Sewers

When news broke that the world was experiencing a global pandemic as a result of COVID-19, many citizens in the United States saw a shortage of toilet paper, hand sanitizers, household disin...


OSHA Fines 11 Firms for NOLA Hard Rock

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited and fined 11 firms in connection with the partial collapse of New Orleans’ Hard Rock Hotel last fall that killed three workers.


ACA Cancels 2020 Conference

Earlier this month, organizers of the American Coatings Show and Conference—hosted by AC Media, in collaboration with the American Coatings Association and Vincentz Network—announced via pre...


Trump Issues Order Under Production Act

Last Thursday (April 2), President Donald J. Trump announced a memorandum on the Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding 3M Company and its production of N95 masks.


EPA Approves Products to Fight COVID-19

Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released a list of approved disinfectant products that meet the criteria in fighting against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COV...


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FL to Accelerate Infrastructure Projects

While traffic levels appear to be down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced he wants to take advantage of the opportunity to focus on the state’s infrastruct...


OSHA Extends Silica Exposure Program

According to a news release issued by the United Sates Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Respirable C...


Construction Continues Amidst Shutdowns

Although President Donald J. Trump announced that the country’s social distancing guidelines would be extended through April 30 at the beginning of the week, the construction industry remain...


Government Amends ‘Essential’ Workers List

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recently released a memorandum identifying essential critical infrastructure workers during the CO...


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.


PaintExpo 2020 Postponed

Earlier this month, FairFair GmbH (Oberboihingen, Germany)—organizer of international industrial coatings technology trade fair PaintExpo—announced that this year’s trade show would be postp...


OSHA Issues COVID-19 Workplace Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” with the aim to help companies respond to the ...


Axalta Responds to COVID-19 Impacts

Last week, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on its business and the actions it plans to take in...


WA Halts Construction; Boston Extends Pause

Last week, another state added to the list of places in the United States to halt construction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Italian Firms Working on ICU Pods

Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota have designed an intensive-care pod in a shipping container with the aim to help alleviate stress on the world’s medical infrastructure in the C...


Public Eye on FIGG for Design Issues, CTDOT

Once again, engineering company FIGG Bridge Group (FIGG) has been brought into the limelight regarding its infrastructure design, construction engineering and inspection services.


OH DOT Construction Presses Forward

Although various projects across the United States have seemingly halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reports that it will continue to stay on s...


AIA Pens Letter to Congress on COVID-19

Late last week, the American Institute of Architects 2020 President Jane Frederick, FAIA, and EVP/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, released a letter to Congress outlining a proposed infrastructure inve...


PennDOT Halts Work on Infrastructure Projects

Last Tuesday (March 17), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ordered all contractors to cease work on current projects for a minimum ...


ASTM Cancels Standards Meetings

Announced just last week, ASTM International has canceled all in-person committee meetings and independent committee meetings scheduled throughout the month of April.


NRCA Pens Letter to Trump on Coronavirus

The National Roofing Contractors Association recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump to express concerns over what are defined as “essential businesses” and “essential workers” duri...


CSHA Postpones Tradeshow, Demo Day

In an emailed press release, the Coating Society of the Houston Area announced Tuesday (March 17), that the annual CSHA Tradeshow and Demo Day have been postponed.


Grenfell Inquiry Suspended Amidst Pandemic

The Grenfell Inquiry panel has decided to suspend the hearings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, inquiry leader Judge Martin Moore-Bick, released the announcement in a letter, no...


British Coatings CEO Talks Titanium Dioxide

CEO of the British Coatings Federation Tom Bowtell recently released a statement telling those who deal with titanium dioxide to “not be alarmed” by the European Union’s latest delegation cl...


Settlement Reached in 2015 Plains Spill

Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced a civil settlement with Plains All American Pipeline L.P. and Plains Pipeline L.P. (Plains) regarding federal pipeline ...


Trump Calls Companies to Donate Masks

In taking steps to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has requested that U.S. construction companies donate their safety mask inventory to hospitals and health ...


Boston Halts Projects; AGC Releases Statement

Earlier this week, Boston became the first U.S. city to halt construction activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


1 Accused in NOLA Hard Rock Collapse Resigns

One of two inspectors who were suspended without pay last month for allegedly falsifying inspection reports for the New Orleans’ Hard Rock Hotel has resigned.


NACE to Vote on SSPC Merger; Update Released

On Saturday (March 14), NACE International’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with bringing the combination of NACE and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to a mem...


Grenfell Inquiry Looks at 2014 Refurb Regulations

The finger pointing continued at the Grenfell Inquiry this week as Studio E Architects Associate Neil Crawford claimed that the government knew of faults in its building regulations and did ...


Florida Power Adopts Drone Technology

In an effort to ensure the safety of its workers while simultaneously inspecting plant areas, Florida Power & Light Co. (Juno Beach, Florida) has been recently reported to adopt drone techno...


EPA Looking at Fees Associated with TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it is working to address issues identified with implementing the Fees Rules associated with the Toxic Substances Control ...


EPA Proposes New Regulations on PFAS Chemicals

As a part of the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, the agency recently proposed regulations on imported products that contain certai...


CORROSION 2020, ACS Conference Postponed

Late last Friday (March 6), NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that its annual CORROSION 2020 conference and expo would be postponed until June 14-18.


Grenfell Inquiry Updates Look at Architect Role

In the recent development of the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, lead architect from firm Studio E admitted that he had not read the Building Regulations covering fire safety in high-rises.


Venice Biennale Postponed Due to Coronavirus

Venice’s Biennale Architettura 2020, curated by Hashim Sarkis, has been postponed by several months because of worries surrounding the coronavirus.


Final Report Released on CA Transit Center Cracks

The peer review that was tasked with investigating the girder fractures that closed San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center in 2018 is now complete, and was sent to authorities last week.


Research Looks at Elevating Concrete Slabs

A researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington is working on a web-based tool that will help design home slab elevations, a tool they say will protect homes against floods and storms.


AG Grants Protections in Grenfell Inquiry

The United Kingdom Attorney General Suella Braverman announced late last week that she is granting the undertaking that allows individuals to give oral evidence in the Grenfell Tower inquiry...


DOL Construction Safety Committees to Meet

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it is holding a teleconference meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health Workgroups next week.


USDA, EPA Announce Rural Water Support

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that aims to help water systems face the challenges o...


2 Inspectors Suspended Amid NOLA Hard Rock Reports

According to reports, New Orleans officials have suspended two building inspectors after allegations surfaced that they falsified reports for the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans project, just mo...


EPA Finalizes List of 20 Low-Priority Chemicals

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized its list of 20 chemical substances that it has identified as low priority under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


EU Officially Publishes Titanium Dioxide Rule

The European Union has published the official delegated regulation to classify titanium dioxide as a suspected carcinogen by inhalation. The decision will be enforced after more than a year ...


USDOT Announces $12.5M in Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has recently announced the availability of $12.5 million in grant opportunities regarding safet...


Grenfell Official Moves Immunity Request to AG

Late last week, the chair of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, announced that he agreed to an application by multiple witnesses for immunity from prosecution relating to any...


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

With the start of the new year, agencies are reminding employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule th...


Chemical Unit Reopens After Leak, Obstacles

United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company Croda has recently reopened its Atlas Point surfactants plant located at the base of the Delaware Memorial Bridge in New Castle, Delaware.


Portion of US-Mexico Border Wall Falls

Last week, United States border patrol officers reported that a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Calexico, California, had fallen over into the Mexico side after experiencing high w...


Grenfell Inquiry Begins with Blame, Immunity

The start of the second phase of the inquiry into London’s 2017 Grenfell Tower fire has opened with the blame game, according to reports.


Europe Gears Up for NMP Restriction

With the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) restriction of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) is set to take effect this spring, the agency recently released a new guideline available for industrial ...


NOLA Council to Investigate Hard Rock Collapse

Last week, the New Orleans City Council unanimously voted to form a special committee that will hold hearings on the October 2019 collapse of the under-construction Hard Rock Hotel as well a...


University Fiber Captures Wastewater Hormones

Research scientists from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University (Espoo, Findland) have developed a wood-based cellulose fiber yarn, intended for pharmaceutical substan...


Grenfell Inquiry Panelist Resigns Over Conflict

An expert panelist on the Grenfell Inquiry panel, whose appointment caused outrage among the survivors and families of London’s Grenfell Tower Fire, resigned earlier this week citing a confl...


CA Dam to Receive Safety Upgrades

In an effort to increase flood protection, last week crews began work on what will be a five-year endeavor to raise the Folsom Dam and surrounding earth wing dams and dikes by 3.5 feet in Sa...


China Building Prefab Hospital in 10 Days

The city of Wuhan, China, recently began the ambitious project of building a 1,000-bed hospital in just 10 days with the goal of treating victims of the coronavirus outbreak.


2 Injured in AL Stadium Accident

Two construction workers at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium were hospitalized with serious injuries Saturday night after two structural precast concrete beams fell on a manl...


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...


FEMA Updates Public Assistance Policy

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which distributes billions of dollars in aid each year for communities to rebuild after disasters, recently released an update to its Recovery Interi...


2020 OSHA Oil & Gas Issues Call for Abstracts

A call for abstracts has recently been issued by the 2020 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference Advisory Board to industry professionals for presentation proposals for its 2020 Confere...


Philippine Association: Lead Phase-Out Complete

The EcoWaste Coalition, along with the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers announced earlier this month that the phase-out of all lead-containing paints in the Philippines used for...


FHWA Extends Bridge Inspection Comment Period

Since proposing a 102-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding updates to the National Bridge Inspection Standards in November, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has annou...


UK Cladding Ban Extension Proposed

England’s combustible cladding ban could soon be applied to more than high-rises as Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick recently put forth new measures with the goal to move “faster and further...


Report: Workplace Fatality Rate Stagnant in 2018

The fatal work injury rate remained unchanged from 2017 to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual report, which was released last month. The count remains at 3.5 per 100,0...


OSHA Corrects Protective Equipment Rule

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register, issuing various corrections to its Walking-Working Su...


EPA to Celebrate 50th Anniversary This Year

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the theme for its 50th anniversary, which it will be celebrating at the end of this year.


Grenfell Tower Inquiry Panel Change Prompts Outcry

Grenfell United—a group of survivors and relatives of victims of London’s 2017 Grenfell Tower fire—expressed outrage shortly before the holidays when a change was made to the panel that will...


Demolition Scheduled for NOLA Hard Rock

On Friday (Jan. 3), New Orleans city officials announced a demolition schedule for the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel. The demolition is slated to take place in December 2020, more than...


EPA Finalizes List of 20 High-Priority Chemicals

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an emailed press release that it had finalized the list of the next 20 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation under the T...


Future of Notre Dame Still Unknown

According to reports late last month, the rector of Notre Dame Cathedral has said that the landmark is so fragile, that there’s a 50% chance that it might not be saved.


Research: Smart Patch Can Help Reduce Rust

Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark) announced earlier this month that researchers from its Department of Engineering’s ICELab have begun developing a new, intelligent and self-powered sensor...


UK Court Cuts Part of Combustible Cladding Ban

Part of the United Kingdom’s combustible cladding ban was thrown out by the courts earlier this month following a lawsuit filed by the British Blind & Shutter Association.


EPA's Toxic Substance Evaluation to Get Review

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has contracted the National Academies of Science to conduct a peer review of the “Application of Systematic Review in Toxic Sub...


OSHA Sets Date for Silica Standard Proposal

In approaching the end of 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its long-term regulatory agenda, setting forth the Agency’s schedule for the next 12 months.


NOLA Hard Rock Won’t Get Implosion

After meeting with New Orleans officials, Hard Rock Hotel developer 1031 Canal Development LLC, announced a new conventional demolition plan for the partially collapsed structure.