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September 22, 2016 News

Oil Company Fined $812,500 for Environmental Violations

by nicholsonj

An Ontario provincial court recently fined Imperial Oil $812,500 ($650,000 plus 25% in victim surcharges) for an environmental offence related to the leak of hydrogen sulfide from the company’s oil refinery in Sarnia, Ontario.  The fine relates to a 2014

September 22, 2016 News

Concerns Expressed over Soil Clean-up Plan at former Shell Facility Site

by nicholsonj

Plans to remediate the soil at a former Shell Canada fuel facility in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories is being questioned by the Dehcho First Nations.  The Shell site has been vacant for 40 years due to petroleum hydrocarbon contamination of

September 22, 2016 News

Safety inspection blitz results in 40% of commercial vehicles receiving failing grade

by nicholsonj

A recent safety inspection blitz was performed over a two day period in Red Deer, Alberta.  The inspection blitz conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) resulted in a total of 63 failing to meet minimal safety standards.  In

September 22, 2016 News

Drycleaner Fined $20,000 for Improper Storage of Hazardous Waste

by nicholsonj

The owner of a dry cleaning establishment in Edmonton was recently fined $20,000 by Alberta Provincial court for improperly storing and handling perchloroehtylene (also known as tetrachloroethylene or PERC).  Hannes Rudolph, the general manager of the facility, pleaded guilty to

September 22, 2016 News

What can the insides of trees tell us about pollution and waste in our environment?

by Zaren Healey White

Research conducted in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, studies whether trees in the region absorb contaminants and how tree cores can help in the preliminary evaluation of contaminated sites. Dr. Merline Fonkwe is a research associate with the Labrador Institute, where

September 22, 2016 News

Report on the Clean-up of Chlorinated VOCs at California Site.

by nicholsonj

The Willits Environmental Trust recently issued a progress report on clean-up of the former Remco Hydraulics Facility in Willits, California.  The 107 page report provides information on the in-situ treatment of shallow groundwater at the facility. The former Remco Hydraulics,

September 22, 2016 News

Proposed $200 million upgrade to Oil Spill Response Capability in British Columbia

by nicholsonj

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) recently announced it would invest $200 million to upgrade its oil response capabilities if the proposed $5.4 billion (Cdn.)  Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is approved.  WCMRC is responsible for cleaning up oil

September 22, 2016 News

Combined Nano-Biotechnology used to Remediate Groundwater

by nicholsonj

Researchers from the University of Prague recently released a paper describing the use of nano-biotechnology to remediate groundwater contaminated with hexavalent chromium and chlorinated solvents.  The paper describes a 13-month pilot test the included the combination of geofixation of the

September 22, 2016 News

New U.S. Oil Spill Response Plan Regulations

by Antea Group

In the United States, Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans (OSRPs) have been required for many years for containers with a capacity of 42,000 gallons or more.  The goal of these comprehensive OSRPs was to detail specific response requirements in the

September 22, 2016 News

Real-time monitoring to optimize the bioremediation of contaminated soils

by NAIT

There are over 30,000 brownfield sites contaminated with hydrocarbon transportation fuels in Canada, most of which are in Alberta. This is a serious environmental issue accompanied by steep economic costs to owners and operators who are saddled with expensive insurance

September 22, 2016 News

Professional Development Training at Rutgers University

by nicholsonj

A number of professional development courses are being offered at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey this fall.  Courses include Advanced Petroleum Forensics Geochemistry and PAH Forensics Geochemistry. This PAH Forensics Geochemistry course is new at the University.  It

September 22, 2016 News

Job Opportunity: Contaminated Site Expert in Northwest Territories

by nicholsonj

Associated Engineering Group Ltd. is looking for an intermediate-level contaminated site professional for its office in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.  The ideal candidate will have six years of experience and have expertise in remediation and reclamation, along with contaminated sites management.