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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.


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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...


PHMSA Funds Gas Pipeline Rehab Projects

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


New Wall Paint Cleans Itself, Purifies Air

A research team from Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) and the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Italy have developed special titanium oxide nanoparticles that can be added to c...


Perstorp Buys Polyol Manufacturing Plant

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


Study Highlights IIJA Spending, Climate Issues

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


EPA Begins Clean Ports Program Funding

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


EPA, 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 ...


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...


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...


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.


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...


CA University Mural Using ‘Smog-Eating’ Paint

Today (Oct. 3), a local artist and community at the University of California, Riverside, will come together to create a 40-foot mural using “smog-eating” paint.


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...


DOE Issues Annual Wind Power Reports

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


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.


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.


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...


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...


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...


Researchers Develop New Concrete for Clean Air

The Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology’s Green Construction by Photocatalyst Research Group has reportedly developed a photocatalytic concrete that can remove fine ...


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...


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.


Orion Installs Cogeneration Tech at LA Plant

Global specialty chemicals company Orion Engineered Carbons recently announced that it has installed renewable energy technology at its Ivanhoe, Louisiana, plant.


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.


Control Tech Reduces Orion TX Plant Emissions

Global specialty chemicals company Orion Engineered Carbons recently announced that it is using new control technology at its Borger, Texas, plant to reduce air emissions by 90%.


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 ...


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...


OH Startup Sealing Air Ducts, Building Envelopes

To help mitigate wasted energy in residential properties, a Dayton, Ohio-based startup has recently made its systems available across the United States and in 29 countries.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


Towers Proposed to Alleviate Air Pollution

Recently, Noida, India-based multi-disciplinary architectural practice Studio Symbiosis has announced its design for Aura air-purifying towers, envisioned to help Delhi, India reduce increas...


AIHA Notes Four Construction Health Hazards

Just last month the American Industrial Hygiene Association released a guidance booklet, “Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards,” in order to...


Explosions, Fire Erupt at Philly Refinery

A fire broke out early in the morning last Friday at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex—a crude oil refinery in South Philadelphia—resulting in several explosions.


Coatings Maker Settles Hazardous Waste Case

A Vermont-based coatings manufacturer has agreed to design and install a new system to capture and control solvent vapors at its manufacturing facility to resolve a case with the U.S. Enviro...


Hazards Cited at Nursing Home Project

A Wisconsin renovation company is facing over $240,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to carbon monoxide and asbestos hazards, authorities have announced.


Feds to Cleanup Former Sack Factory

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


Monitor Alerts Crews to Jobsite Risks

From noise levels to airborne particulates and UV rays, a new workplace monitoring tool aims to help reduce health risks from worksite exposures.


Tool Automates Jobsite Safety Monitoring

A new technology developed in the U.K. could change the way onsite worker safety is handled, automating some monitoring jobs and alerting workers and safety managers if something is amiss.


Air System Meant to Detect Fine Dust

A new air monitoring system from Kemper Gmbh was designed to help clearly identify the presence of dust in production areas, warehouses and logistics halls.


Reality TV Painting Company Draws Fine

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


MA Coatings Company Faces Pollution Fine

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


Renovators Fined for Asbestos Hazards

Three Texas commercial real estate renovation companies are facing over $110,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to asbestos hazards, authorities have announced.


Cartridge Service Life Indicator Debuts

3M has created a respirator cartridge that allows its user to see when the cartridge needs to be replaced.


Monitoring System Traces up to 4 Gases

With the ability to detect up to four gases and with a traceability feature, the RPB GX4 Gas Monitor is a solution to dangerous gas environments, RPB company says.


Refinery Explosion Nets $566K in Fines

The group that oversees workplace safety in California has issued 19 citations to ExxonMobil and fined it more than $500,000 for a refinery explosion earlier this year.


Construction Workers at Risk for COPD

Respiratory health among construction workers is the focus of new research by Duke University and the Center for Construction Research.


Asbestos Violations Spur $2M in Fines

Two closely related Illinois construction companies and a manager are facing dozens of willful and serious safety and health violations after allegedly exposing workers to asbestos during a ...


Designer Turns Smog into Jewelry

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


Abatement Company, Owner Indicted

BOSTON, MA—An asbestos abatement company and its owner have been charged with paying employees off the books in order to defraud a union and dodge taxes, according to federal authorities.


EPA's Asbestos Plan: Leave It

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


Asbestos Job Draws $490K OSHA Fine

HARRISBURG, PA—An environmental-services contractor is facing $490,000 in federal fines in a case alleging egregious asbestos hazards.


Polyurethane Protection Reduces VOCs

HOUSTON—A new polyurethane coating has been developed to meet expanding Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) standards in North America.


A Bench that Benchmarks Air Quality

PHILADELPHIA—Weather watchers and air-quality aficionados have an unusual new source of real-time data—and can even relax in the park while gathering it.


Urban Treehouse Designed for Grown-Ups

Ever yearn to put down your roots in a tree? Well, in Turin, Italy, you can.


New MSA Unit Monitors 100 Gases

Global safety equipment provider MSA has introduced a monitor designed to provide precise, low-cost, high-performance monitoring for 100 different industrial gases.


Data Demands Rile Coating Makers

A sweeping plan to collect years of sales and formulation data on paints and coatings in California is not sitting well with manufacturers. And the new round of VOC-cutting that may follow i...


CA Product Survey May Bring VOC Cuts

California has announced its largest product survey initiative ever—a multiyear paint- and coating-focused data collection that could presage new reductions in VOC emissions.


5th Man Sentenced in NY Asbestos Case

A supervisor for an asbestos abatement contractor is the latest defendant sentenced for his role in mishandling a major removal project at six public-housing buildings in Buffalo, NY.


Roof Tile Coating Slashes Smog

Twenty-one tons of nitrogen oxides per day could be eliminated if tiles on one million roofs were coated with a titanium dioxide mixture now in development, say the engineering students behi...


‘Major’ Changes Loom for Coating Makers

With the ink barely dry on the last round of new regulatory limits, paint and coating manufacturers are in for more.


ACA Warns of Rule 1113 Changes

Sounding an early alarm for coating makers, the American Coatings Association says the nation’s toughest VOC rules on field-applied paints and coatings could be changing again soon.


W.R. Grace Pays $63M Asbestos Tab

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


After the Fall: Prison and Questions

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


Prison Awaits EPA’s $900K Con Man

The bizarre flameout of John C. Beale’s once-distinguished federal career—from senior official to fake CIA spy—will end with a 32-month federal prison sentence.


Aerogel Maker Gets $85M Pollution Tab

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


EPA Urged to Update Wood Smoke Regs

Seven Northern U.S. states are demanding that the federal government update its 25-year-old regulations on wood-burning heaters and devices—growing sources of air pollution as home heating c...


Bizarre Claims Fueled $900K EPA Theft

“Lies of outlandish proportions” allowed a federal official to illegally rake in nearly $900,000 in cash and perks for more than a decade—and at least one Senator is demanding to know how th...


Hearing Urged after $900K EPA Theft

A Republican Senator is demanding hearings into management practices at the Environmental Protection Agency after a former official admitted making bizarre claims that reaped him nearly $900...


Painter Shares in $190M Asbestos Award

Two boiler manufacturers have been ordered to pay $190 million to five workers—including three who have since died—for workplace asbestos exposures that led them to contract mesothelioma.


Workers Win $190M in Asbestos Case

A New York jury has ordered two companies to hand over $190 million to five workers, including a painter and construction worker, who contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos ...


EPA: Plants Ducked Years of Permits

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


‘Self-Cleaning’ Paint Draws New Scrutiny

Some “self-cleaning” paints touted for their ability to break down airborne pollutants may be doing more harm than good, a group of environmental chemists now say.


‘Self-Cleaning’ Coatings Raise Concerns

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


Scientists to Test Smog-Eating Coatings

German researchers are testing paints that promise to purify and rid the air of nitrogen oxides.


OSHA Fines Firm in Blaster's Death

A fatal labeling error that led an abrasive blaster to hook his supplied-air hood to nitrogen gas rather than oxygen will cost a West Virginia employer $42,700 in federal health and safety f...


 
 
   

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