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June 27, 2017 News

CN Fined $2.5 million for diesel spill in Alberta

by John Nicholson

Canadian National Railway Company (CN) pleaded guilty, in the Provincial Court of Alberta, to one offence under the Fisheries Act and three offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.  As a result, CN has been ordered to pay $2,500,000,

June 27, 2017 News

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to hear Pollution Case against Chevron

by John Nicholson

The U.S. Supreme Court recently made the decision not to hear the case against the Chevron Oil Company made by villagers in Ecuador that claim the company is evading the payment of $8.65 billion (U.S.) for a pollution judgement against

June 27, 2017 News

Market Growth in Environmental Consulting seen Worldwide

by Hazmat Management Staff

According to preliminary findings from a market survey conducted by Environment Analyst, environmental consulting business managers reported average revenue growth of 2.6% for their businesses in 2016.  Participants from larger environmental consulting firms provided an average response of some 5.3%,

June 27, 2017 News

Urban Land Restoration Index: Harnessing the value of industrial surplus property for urban transformation

by Kurt Beil Global Leader, Site Evaluation & Restoration, Arcadis

Industrial land owners with large surplus properties in central locations hold the key to one of the critical challenges of re-urbanization, the creation of new places with scale and critical mass. Not only does the redevelopment of such sites provide

June 27, 2017 News

Oil Spill Clean-up Machine being used on plastic pollution

by Hazmat Management Staff

The Oil Response Cleaning Apparatus (Orca) uses vortex technology to suck debris directly into a receiving tank, such as the hold of a ship, unlike traditional skimmers where machinery can get jammed.  The company has found that its equipment can

June 27, 2017 News

New contract will help speed spill response times

by Hazmat Management Staff

BIMCO and International Spill Control Organisation (ISCO) have launched two new spill response contracts to make the task of arranging clean-up services following a spill incident significantly easier to negotiate in an emergency. The two standard contracts are a first

June 27, 2017 News

Scientists Find Supermolecule that Removes Pharmaceuticals from Water

by Hazmat Management staff

A University of Surrey academic is leading research that has found an effective way to monitor and remove pharmaceuticals from water. The research involves the detection and removal of pharmaceuticals in or from water, as contamination from pharmaceuticals can enter

June 15, 2017 News

Hazmat Incident in St. Catharines results major evacuation

by John Nicholson

A June 12th traffic accident on the QEW Highway through St. Catharines, Ontario involving a tanker truck carrying phosphine resulted in a hazmat response and an order by police requiring the evacuation of all persons within a 2-km radius of

June 13, 2017 News

Alberta Court Orders Company to pay $3.5 million for Mine Spill

by John Nicholson

Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC (formerly known as Coal Valley Resources Inc.) pleaded guilty in Alberta Provincial Court on June 9, 2017, to two counts of violating the Canadian Fisheries Act.  The Honourable Judge C.D. Gardner sentenced the company to

June 13, 2017 News

‘Leakless’ Pipeline Could Be the Safest Way To Transport Oil

by Hazmat Management Staff

As reported in the Huffington Post and the CBC, Researchers at the University of Calgary say they’ve developed a way to get oil to its destination without spilling a single drop. Engineering professor Martin Mintchev and master’s student Thiago Valentin

June 13, 2017 News

Banning Dangerous Goods Shipments during Storms

by Hazmat Management Staff

The March 14th, 2017 snow storm that hit Ontario and Quebec hard and resulted in an accident on Highway 401 (the main highway between southern Ontario and Quebec) that closed the road for 30 hours because it became a hazmat

June 13, 2017 News

U.S. Study on sites contaminated by PFC

by John Nicholson

A team of researchers from Northeastern University and the Environmental Working Group recently released a report that showed that numerous locations across the United States had drinking water contaminated with perfluorocarbons. PFCs – highly fluorinated toxic chemicals, also known as