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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 »

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Plains Pipeline Ordered to Clean Up Santa Barbara Crude Oil Spill

Plains All American Pipeline, the owner and operator of the pipeline that leaked heavy crude oil near Santa Barbara, California, has been ordered to continue its cleanup work inland, beachside, and in the ocean, to contain the oil and prevent further shoreline contamination. The EPA and the US Coast Guard … 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 »

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Oil Spill Highlights Importance of Leak Detection Mechanism

Last week’s California oil spill stresses the importance of leak detection mechanisms in potentially problematic areas, says Frost & Sullivan principle consultant Chirag Rathi. On May 19, an onshore Santa Barbara pipeline operated by Plains All American Pipeline ruptured and leaked more than 100,000 gallons of crude on coastal lands … Read more »

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Flaring Leads to Increased GHGs for Shell

Royal Dutch Shell, in its 2014 Sustainability Report, says it saw improved environmental performance in most areas; however, flaring led to an increase in the company’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. Direct GHG emissions from facilities went up 4 percent, from 63 million metric tons of CO2 in 2013 to 76 … Read more »

Company Fined $1.6M for Oil Spill Violations

Superior Crude Gathering has agreed to pay a $1.61 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2010 crude oil spill from tanks at Superior’s oil storage facility in Ingleside, Texas. The United States’ complaint alleges that Superior Crude discharged at least 2,200 barrels … 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 »

Oil Spill Shuts 10% of Refining Capacity

Shipping channels that deliver crude oil for more than one-tenth of US refining capacity in Texas were shut for a third day on Monday following a weekend oil spill, Reuters reports. The spill cleanup could last through the week. The Houston Ship Channel was shut on Saturday following a collision … Read more »

Barge Spill Shows All Oil Transport Has Risks

Any way we choose to move our oil – rail, pipeline or barge – businesses will feel the economic and environmental ramifications. The latest case in point: a barge crash last Saturday that spilled about 31,500 gallons of light crude into the Mississippi River, about 50 miles upstream of New Orleans. … 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 »