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April 28, 2016 News

Utilizing treated Oilfield Wastewater for Agriculture Irrigation

by nicholsonj

The severe drought in California has spawned the need for new technologies for irrigation of crops.  One development is a pilot project to test treated wastewater from oilfield operations as irrigation water for crops.    The oilfield wastewater treatment system

April 28, 2016 News

Alberta’s Environmental Site Assessment Standard (2016) Revised and Released

by nicholsonj

Alberta’s Ministry of Environment and Parks recently released a revised Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Standard for the Province.  The new Standard is intended to provide minimum requirements in the planning, implementation and reporting for Phase 1 ESAs, Phase 2 ESAs,

April 28, 2016 News

New Method Developed to Neutralize Uranium in Groundwater

by nicholsonj

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis recently announced that they discovered a new chemical method to immobilize uranium in contaminated groundwater.  The researchers found that calcium and phosphate work together chemically to immobilize uranium. In three different types of

April 28, 2016 News

US EPA Seeking Input on Creosote Contamination Clean-up Plan

by nicholsonj

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has proposed a draft plan to clean up toxic creosote contamination at the Wyckoff-Eagle Harbor Superfund Site, located on the east side of Bainbridge Island, Washington.  The cleanup plans will address historic creosote

April 28, 2016 News

Criticism of British Columbia’s Spill Preparedness Bill

by nicholsonj

The Vancouver Sun recently published a critique of British Columbia’s proposed Oil Spill Preparedness Bill by environmental activist Christianne Wilhelmson, executive director of the Georgia Strait Alliance.  In the article, Ms. Wilhelmson concedes the Bill is “good, and much-needed”, but

April 28, 2016 News

ONEIA Cleantech and Business Policy Forum

by nicholsonj

ONEIA is pleased to announce the May 17 Ontario Environment and Cleantech Business and Policy Forum will feature a luncheon “fireside chat” with two (2) Deputy Ministers.  Paul Evans (Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change) and David de Launay

April 21, 2016 News

Pipeline safety bill introduced in the U.S.

by nicholsonj

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the United States to reauthorize the U.S. Department of Transportation pipeline safety program.  If passed, H.R. 4937, the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, will provide a four-year

April 21, 2016 News

New Environmental Enforcement Laws in Canada

by nicholsonj

The Canadian federal government recently released proposed regulations that provide federal environmental enforcement officers an administrative alternative to existing enforcement measures.  The proposed Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette on April 9, 2016, and

April 21, 2016 News

Utilizing Competitor’s Pollution Data to Improve Your Operations

by nicholsonj

According to a recent article in Greenbuzz magazine, a company considering means of reducing pollution outputs should examine what their competitors are doing through the U.S. EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program.  Under the program, reporting companies must include iformation

April 21, 2016 News

Waste Hauler Fined $10,000 for Violating Ontario Environmental Laws

by nicholsonj

An Ontario court recently ruled that BFI Canada Inc. was guilty of two environmental offences and fined the company a total of $10,000 (Cdn.) for using non-leak proof waste carriers, contrary to the Ontario Environmental Protection Act.  BFI Canada Inc.

April 21, 2016 News

TransCanada Gets Permission to Restart Keystone Pipeline

by nicholsonj

TransCanada, one of the largest pipeline companies in North America, recently reported that it has received conditional approval from the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMA) to restart its Keystone Pipeline after it had identified the source of a

April 21, 2016 News

Eight Ways to Treat Hazardous Waste without a Permit

by nicholsonj

At a conference last year hosted by Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), Paul Gallagher of McCoy and Associates Inc. gave a presentation on ways to treat waste without the requirement of a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Permit.