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Aqua Metals

Interstate Batteries, Aqua Metals Ink Deal to Scale Up ‘Non-Polluting’ Lead Recycling Facility

Lead-acid battery recycling technology company Aqua Metals has signed an agreement with Interstate Batteries that will see the automotive battery distributor send more than 1 million automotive and other lead-acid batteries to be recycled at Aqua Metals’ AquaRefineries.

Lead Exposure: A primer on its scope and related developments

Lead exposure in the United States has been declining since lead was banned from many products in the 1970s. Lead has been banned from paint, plumbing and gasoline, three of the primary historical sources of exposure. Far from being a public health crisis or epidemic, lead exposures are at their … Read more »

Flint Water Crisis Website Now Includes Interactive Map, Chlorine Sampling Results

As the Flint water crisis continues, the EPA has released preliminary water quality data about chlorine levels in Flint’s drinking water, as well as an interactive map of sampling results in the Michigan city. The current data show estimated concentrations of chlorine present in over 30 locations throughout Flint, including … Read more »

Flint water crisis

How to Prevent Another Flint Water Crisis

The Flint water crisis, resulting in potentially toxic levels of lead in the city’s water supply, shines a spotlight the devastating environment, health and safety ramifications of bad decision making — and also America’s aging infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers says America’s infrastructure will need an estimated $3.6 … Read more »

Auto Industry Initiative to Reduce Toxic Runoff

The EPA, the automotive industry and states have signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5 percent by 2021 and 0.5 percent by 2025. This voluntary … Read more »

Exide to Pay $38.6M, Clean Up Lead Contamination

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has ordered battery recycling company Exide Technologies to set aside $38.6 million to close its Vernon facility and clean up lead contamination in the surrounding community. The enforcement order is an increase of more than $27.5 million over the previous amount. In addition, … Read more »

Hazardous Chemicals Found in Halloween Supplies

Target, Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Party City and Walgreens are among the retailers whose Halloween costumes and party supplies contain hazardous chemicals, according to a study by the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org project. The project tested 106 Halloween related products, including costumes, accessories, decorations and party favors, and found chemicals that are … Read more »

industrial plant emissions

Urban Air Toxics Down Across US

Coal-fired power plants and other manmade sources have reduced toxic mercury emissions about 60 percent since 1990, according to the EPA’s Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress. The report is the final of two reports required under the Clean Air Act to inform Congress of progress in reducing … Read more »

Heinz

Heinz Recalls Baby Food in China After Lead Scare

H.J. Heinz has recalled some infant food products in China because of high lead levels and says it will regulate Chinese ingredient suppliers more closely, Reuters reports. The company recalled four batches of its AD Calcium Hi-Protein Cereal for infants. Heinz said the recall was precautionary and that the high … Read more »

e-waste

How to Best Deal with E-Waste

Almost a quarter of e-waste that developed countries discard floods into just seven developing countries — with major potential environmental and health risks for the people who live there, says a study published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Knut Breivik and colleagues note that the export from … Read more »

Battery Recycler Seeks to Expand Production 25%

One of California’s two lead battery recyclers, Quemetco, is seeking to expand its production by 25 percent while the state’s second such company, Exide Technologies, attempts to reopen, Southern California Public Radio reports. Only two lead battery recyclers have been operating west of the Mississippi in recent years, according to … Read more »