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April 23, 2017 News

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Orders Clean-up of Contaminated Site

by John Nicholson

The Nova Scotia (N.S.) Supreme Court recently confirmed that polluters must clean up a contaminated site in rural community of less than 1000 people that is approximately 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of Halifax. In the decision, the court ruled that

April 23, 2017 News

U.S. Army confirms PFOS/PFOA Contamination at New Jersey Base

by John Nicholson

U.S. Department of Defence officials at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst have confirmed that chemicals used in firefighting foam has been found in several groundwater sources on and off the base. The chemicals in question are perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic

April 23, 2017 News

Charges Laid for Oil Spill in British Columbia

by Hazmat Management

As reported by CTV News, charges have been laid against the owners of the MV Marathassa nearly two years after a leak of bunker fuel fouled the beaches of English Bay in Vancouver, but the company is trying to scuttle

April 23, 2017 News

E-Bikes Part of Emergency Response Network

by editor, Hazmat Management

As reported in Israel21C, Israel’s national ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization (Magen David Adom – MDA) recently launched a new emergency response unit called “Life Riders” that consists of emergency response personnel being equipment with electric bicycles (“e-bikes”). Each of

April 23, 2017 News

Canada supports the listing of chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention

by editor, Hazmat Management

In December 2016, the Government of Canada announced a government-wide strategy to protect Canadians from exposure to asbestos.  As part of this strategy, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada are developing new regulations to prohibit asbestos and products

April 23, 2017 News

U.S. PHMSA Issues Final Rule Harmonizing HMRs with International Standards

by John Nicholson

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently issued a final rule to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards (82 Fed. Reg. 15796). The rule incorporates

April 23, 2017 News

Recent Technology Advances for Effective Oil Spill Response

by editor, Hazmat Management

Collaborators from Exxon Mobil Corporation and Oil Spill Response Ltd. recently presented a conference paper at the SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, & Social Responsibility Conference on technology advances for effective oil spill response. In their conference paper, they claim

April 23, 2017 News

Russians Patent Spill Response Technique for Arctic Oil Spills

by editor, Hazmat Management

LUKOIL, the largest oil and gas company in Russia, recently announced that it has developed a new technique to respond to oil spills in the Arctic waters.  The new multi-patented technology is based on the use of bio-sorbents with cold-resistant

April 23, 2017 News

Hand-held Chemical Compound Detection Device for Hazmat Situations

by editor, Hazmat Management

As reported by InsideNova , the Arlington Virginia fire department recently purchased a device that detect various chemical compounds that it claims will give them a major leg up in confronting hazardous-materials situations. Using U.S. federal grant funds, the Arlington

April 23, 2017 News

Innovation in Packaging for Dangerous Goods

by editor, Hazmat Management

The Mauser Group, headquartered in Germany, recently introduced a packaging call skINliner™ that it claims to be a barrier technology that combines the advanced barrier performance of multilayer plastic film technology (e.g. against hydrocarbons and/or oxygen) with the logistical and

April 23, 2017 News

Three Ways to Improve Alberta’s Energy Regulator

by Barry Robinson, Ecojustice

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is Alberta’s one-stop regulatory body for the oil and gas industry.  When it was created in 2013 by the merging of the former Energy Resources Conservation Board and parts of Alberta Environment and Parks, the

April 23, 2017 News

Environment and Cleantech Business and Policy Forum – May 30

by John Nicholson

In partnership with the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA), Hazmat Management is pleased to offer a joint invitation to the annual Environment and Cleantech Business and Policy Forum on May 30, 2017. Ontario is transitioning to a low-carbon circular economy