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July 21, 2016 News

The $117 million Settlement for Oil Spills

by nicholsonj

The Canadian-based Enbridge Inc. recently agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency to pay $177-million (U.S.) for two separate oil pipeline spills that occurred in 2010.  The two incidents resulted in 26,500

July 21, 2016 News

Deadly Hydrogen Sulfide Leak in Texas

by nicholsonj

A hydrogen sulfide leak at a wastewater treatment plant in Wichita Falls, Texas resulted in the death of one worker and serious injuries to a second.  The City of Wichita Falls reported that the deceased, Daniel Arrendondo, had worked at

July 21, 2016 News

PAH’s in Soil: Practical Options for Remediation

by nicholsonj

A researcher from the Institute of Environmental Studies at VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands teamed up with an employee of Bioclear in Groningen, The Netherlands to prepare a review of practical options for remediation of PAH-contaminated soil with their

July 21, 2016 News

U.S. EPA Brownfields Funding Opportunity

by nicholsonj

U.S. EPA funding is available to eligible entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. The proposal submission deadline is August 10, 2016.   The funding is for research and/or technical assistance activities

July 21, 2016 News

Safely Transporting Lithium-ion Batteries on Airplanes

by nicholsonj

In Canada, the transportation of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft is now legislated within the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.  Other countries around the world have similar rules.  If shipping lithium-ion batteries, specified conditions must be met.

July 21, 2016 News

Hazmat Challenge – July 25th 29th

by nicholsonj

Ten hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska will test their skills in a series of graded, timed exercises at the 20th annual Hazmat Challenge July 25-29 at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “The Hazmat Challenge provides

July 21, 2016 News

Society of Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (CASP) of British Columbia

by nicholsonj

The Contaminated Sites Approved Professional Society (CSAP) of British Colubmia will be hosting its annual Professional Development Workshop on November 23rd, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. You can find previous PD Workshops in our Professional Development Library. Venue: Vancouver Convention

July 14, 2016 News

Leaks at contaminated soil site in Shawnigan Lake

by nicholsonj

As reported in the Cowichin Valley Citizen, environmental concerns around the controversial contaminated soil landfill at Shawnigan Lake are being raised again.  Four prominent politicians from two senior levels of government joined concerned community members at the gates of South

July 14, 2016 News

Gibralter Mines Convicted of Environmental Offences

by nicholsonj

Gibraltar Mines Ltd. was ordered to pay $70,000 recently in British Columbia Provincial Court after pleading guilty to five offences under the Fisheries Act related to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER).  Between August 15, 2014, and May 31, 2015,

July 14, 2016 News

New Jersey Considers Buying Homes on Contamination Property

by nicholsonj

The New Jersey state Senate committee advanced legislation recently that would require the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to buy homes built on contaminated sites.  The New Jersey Assembly passed the bill by a vote of 60-13 last

July 14, 2016 News

Edmonton’s Mayor wants Additional Tax on Contaminated Properties

by nicholsonj

As reported in the Edmonton Journal, a growing number of elected officials in the City of Edmonton, Alberta want action on downtown contaminated property currently sitting idly vacant or used as gravel parking lots.  City Councillors and the mayor of

July 14, 2016 News

Phase I ESA’s: Data Overload (Part 1)

by Bill Leedham, P.Geo., CESA

One of the most important tasks for any consultant working on a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is the research component. The primary purpose of the ESA is to determine actual or potential sources of environmental concern that may