Category Archives: Environmental data

Top Environmental Prose posts from 2014

As we start the new year it is interesting to look back and reflect on last year’s most popular posts here on Environmental Prose. Here are our most viewed posts from last year. How to convert Google KMZ files and … Continue reading

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Deforestation Spikes in the Brazilian Amazon

Last year, I wrote an article about an effort by university researchers and Google to create satellite imagery based map of global deforestation. The post hit all the familiar notes regarding the alarming rate of forest lost annually, but also … Continue reading

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Breakthrough in measuring atmospheric aerosols

Scientists from University of Leiden in the Netherlands have created a low-cost, mass producible device that would allow everyday citizens to aid scientists in measuring atmospheric aerosols. Over the course of three days, 8,000 Dutch citizens lifted their smartphones to … Continue reading

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Chemical leak causes four deaths in Texas

A chemical leak caused four deaths and one injury at a DuPont facility in La Porte Texas. The chemical, methyl mercaptan, leaked for two hours in the early morning Saturday. There were five employees in the facility who were responding … Continue reading

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Orphan Sites: Why they exist and how we address them

No, we’re not talking about Orphan Annie here! If you have ever worked on an environmental site assessment (ESA), you may be familiar with the term “orphan site,” or may know it as an “unmapped site.” An orphan site is … Continue reading

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North Carolina coal ash spill update

Last month North Carolina state legislators passed a new law regulating the management of coal ash waste. The new regulations were developed in response to the Dan River coal ash spill in February 2014 at a closed power plant previously … Continue reading

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A guide to placing online orders in the Customer Portal

The Banks Customer Portal gives you full control when placing environmental orders. Our step-by-step process allows you to easily identify your target property and select from a wide variety of environmental data resources. If you do not already have a … Continue reading

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Source of water well contamination in Texas and Pennsylvania identified

The recent US shale boom has spurred economic growth but it has also generated a public debate about whether the hydraulic fracturing methods of extracting the fossil fuels cause water, air, or other environmental degradation. This week, the Proceedings of … Continue reading

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California water table drops; demand for water well data rises

You have probably heard by now: California is facing an extreme drought that is threatening the state’s population, ecosystems, and economic stability. What you may not know is that much of California, at least 40% during non-drought conditions, relies on … Continue reading

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Join our conversation on Twitter

This is the perfect time to close out Excel and take a minute for “professional development.” If you didn’t know already, we maintain an active presence on Twitter where we share a broad range of environmental news items. We invite … Continue reading

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Most comprehensive groundwater depth map in Texas

Summer is finally here and the longest drought in Texas history is still with us, highlighting our need for some good news about water. In true Environmental Prose style, we thought it would be exciting to open up our database … Continue reading

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EPA proposes amendment to All Appropriate Inquiries

This week the EPA proposed an amendment to all appropriate inquiries under CERCLA to remove reference to E1527-05 and replace it with the new E1527-13 standard. The public comment period is open until July 17, 2014. Summary from the Federal … Continue reading

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Coal related chemical spills plaguing West Virginia

West Virginia has found itself in the spotlight this year after multiple coal related spills have threatened the state’s water supply and contaminated aquatic habitats. To recap, a chemical spill occurred on January 9, 2014 in Charleston, releasing at least … Continue reading

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Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Impact Statement released

The US Department of State issued an environmental impact assessment on the Keystone XL pipeline last week. The assessment includes a comprehensive review of the revised route including an environmental impacts analysis. The White House does not have a deadline … Continue reading

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EPA final rule includes E1527-13 as AAI compliant

On December 30, 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took final action and amended the “All Appropriate Inquiries Rule” (AAI) to reference ASTM E1527-13. This amendment clarifies that the new standard should be used to comply with the AAI rule. … Continue reading

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