Category Archives: EPA

What is Emergency Response Notification System (ERNS)

According to EPA, Emergency Response Notification System (ERNS) is the national database used to store information on releases of oil and hazardous substances. Before the establishment of the ERNS program, there was no centralized source of information capable of displaying … Continue reading

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Making a Bold Statement with a Small Bird: How the Sage Grouse is Emblematic of Tensions over Government Intervention

The sage grouse is a bird that made national headlines this week because of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to keep this animal off of the federal endangered species list. This verdict comes out of multiple years of … Continue reading

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Environmental industry news roundup – August 2015

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded US government seeks to cut methane emissions from oil and gas industry Canada’s Largest Refinery Shifts from Bakken Shale Oil to Brent Crudes Wind Turbine Makers Become Top Stock Performers as Growth Surges … Continue reading

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Gold King Mine Spills Toxic Waste

This past Wednesday, a team of EPA employees entered the Gold King Mine near Durango Colorado. According to CNN, instead of pumping and treating the wastewater within the mine, the EPA team accidentally released the contaminated water into the Animas … Continue reading

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Vapor intrusion

This month the EPA released a final technical guide to aid environmental professionals in effective investigation and mitigation of vapor intrusion. The new technical guide, Assessing and Mitigating the Vapor Intrusion (VI) Pathway from Subsurface Vapor Sources to Indoor Air, … Continue reading

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EPA releases fracking report for public comment

This week the EPA released its draft assessment of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources. The findings are now available for public comment and expert peer review.

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Dillo Dirt™ at Hornsby Bend

One of my favorite school field trips was to the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant in Austin, Texas. I found the processes of turning sludge and wastewater into useful products fascinating. For instance: Dillo Dirt™. Dillo Dirt™ is a unique … Continue reading

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Deepwater Horizon oil spill: 5 years later

Looking Back on the BP Oil Spill: How It All Started

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EPA removes E1527-05 from AAI

Effective October 6, 2015 the use of the historical standard (ASTM E1527-05) will no longer be in compliance with the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule (AAI). On December 20, 2013 ASTM E1527-13 procedures were published by the EPA for persons conducting … 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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EPA Proposes 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030

The EPA proposed new regulations this week that aim to lower carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants by 2030. Based on projections from 2005, the EPA seeks to reduce the amount of CO2 produced from these plants by … Continue reading

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EPA seeking comments on proposal to require disclosure of fracking fluids

The EPA is seeking comments on a proposal that would require or incentivize the voluntary disclosure of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Non-disclosure of fracking fluids has been a hot topic in recent years and people still debate … 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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40 years of the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 marked its 40th anniversary on December 28, 2013 prompting reflection on the health of our ecological systems – particularly on the impact of the ESA over the last 40 years. As with many … Continue reading

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