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August 19, 2016 News

Canada Phasing out potentially dangerous rail tank cars ahead of Schedule

by nicholsonj

The Canadian federal government will retire the older DOT-111 rail tanker cars — the ones involved in the deadly Lac-Mégantic tragedy — several months earlier than planned.  “Protective Direction 38” stipulates that the DOT-111 tanker cars will no longer be

August 19, 2016 News

Finding the Toxicity of your Neighbourhood through Google Maps

by nicholsonj

A New York based environmental activist organization, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), recently produced an interactive google map of Brooklyn, New York that provides users with a visual representation of the levels of contamination in their neighbourhood. The Greenpoint-Williamsburg

August 19, 2016 News

U.S. Department of Transportation Cracking Down on Hazmat Violations

by nicholsonj

The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) earlier this year recommended more aggressive enforcement of federal regulations governing the shipment of hazardous material by rail.  The U.S. DOT Report, entitled U.S. FRA’s Oversight of

August 19, 2016 News

Study Suggests Lakes near NWT Mine Site Permanently Polluted

by nicholsonj

A professor from the University of Ottawa, Jule Blais, recently issued at paper that suggests that the lakes near the Giant Mine Site in the North West Territories may are polluted and may never return to their natural state.  The

August 19, 2016 News

Environmental Site Assessments: Data Overload, Part 2

by Bill Leedham, P.Geo., CESA

By Bill Leedham, P.Geo., CESA In my last article I discussed some of the research requirements for conducting a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), in particular the use of environmental databases to confirm the history and development of a

August 19, 2016 News

U.S. Air Force Changing Fire Fighting Foam due the Groundwater Contamination

by nicholsonj

The U.S. Air Force is changing the foam it uses to fight fires because of concerns the substance has contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water at some military sites.  The U.S. Air Force recently awarded a $6.2 million (U.S.)

August 19, 2016 News

Kelso Technologies Reports Financial Results, Provides Outlook on Hazmat Market

by nicholsonj

Kelso Technologies Inc. (TSX:KLS) (NYSE MKT:KIQ) (“Kelso” or the “Company”) recently reported its unaudited interim financial statements and Management Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016. Of interest to those in the hazmat industry,

August 11, 2016 News

Stiff Fine for illegal storage of PCBs at Hamilton warehouse facility

by nicholsonj

Numbered company 1526806 Ontario Inc. was recently sentenced on in the Ontario Court of Justice and ordered to pay $70,000 after being convicted in January 2016, of contravening the Canadian federal PCB Regulations and failing to comply with an Environmental

August 11, 2016 News

US EPA Order to Protect Missouri Homes from Chemical Vapours in Groundwater

by nicholsonj

The U.S. EPA recently issued an order to SV Land, LCC, the owner of a former manufacturing property in the City of Washington, Missouri, to install protective vapour mitigation systems in 25 neighbouring homes. SV Land, LCC owns the former

August 11, 2016 News

City of Guelph Expediting Brownfields Redevelopment

by nicholsonj

The City of Guelph, located 100-km northwest of Toronto, recently issued Guidelines for Development of Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Sites in an effort to expedite the clean-up and redevelopment of brownfield properties in the City. The Guidelines document establishes policies

August 11, 2016 News

B.C. Contaminated Soil Guidelines

by nicholsonj

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment (MOE) is reviewing aspects of British Columbia’s site remediation legal regime.  The review encompasses a number of components, including reviewing the mechanisms for preventing site contamination from soil relocation and the mechanisms for identifying

August 11, 2016 News

Measuring the Affect of Brownfield Clean-up on Surrounding Real Estate Values

by nicholsonj

A study on the benefits of cleaning up brownfield sites versus the cost was recently published by a professor at North Carolina State University.  The North Carolina State study attempts to determine if the benefits of cleaning up contaminated sites