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Mobile Environmental Spill Decontamination Unit Launched

Directa Plus has launched the Grafysorber Decontamination Unit, the world’s first graphene-based system for addressing environmental emergencies such as oil spills. The mobile units can be deployed quickly and are at least five times more adsorptive than conventional solutions, according to the company. The Grafysorber Decontamination Unit contains a plasma machine ... Read more »

OriginClear, E3 Offer Disaster Water Reclamation Services

Water cleanup technology company OriginClear and OriginClear licensee E3 Services and Solutions have formed a joint venture to offer quick-response disaster water reclamation services to the Servpro network of 1800 franchisees in North America, a first responder to water damage crises that works with insurance companies across the US. Jeffrey ... Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS Refuses Coal Appeal, Phillips 66 Fined, Anadarko Wins

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Mingo Logan, a subsidiary of Arch Coal, which had challenged the EPA’s decision to veto the Spruce No. 1 mine, the Hill reports. EPA blocked the mine in 2011, four years after the project won its mineral-dumping permit from the Army ... Read more »

Carbon Nanotube Sponge Shows Promise for Industrial Accidents, Oil Spill Cleanups

A carbon nanotube sponge capable of soaking up fertilizers, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other water contaminants is more than three times more efficient than previous water cleanup efforts, according to a study in Institute of Physics Publishing’s journal Nanotechnology. The tests showed the carbon nanotube (CNT) sponges, doped with sulfur, also ... Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Power Plant Rules, Enviro Regulator ‘Forced Out’

The EPA plans to force utilities to limit emissions of hazardous pollutants during power plant shut-down, start-up and malfunctioning. Environmental groups are pressuring the agency to finalize the rule, which is due by September 26, the Hill reports. The Government Accountability Office has agreed to three Republican lawmakers’ request that ... Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Markets, EPA Budget, Efficiency Bill

The California Air Resources Board and the Australian Clean Energy Regulator signed a memorandum of understanding to develop complementary market-based programs. The agreement establishes a framework for a working relationship and establishes information-sharing between the two agencies. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is urging developing countries to ban monocrotophos, a toxic pesticide linked to the deaths of ... Read more »

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