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Recycling Company Owner Facing Felony Charges for Illegally Dumping C&D Waste

The owner of a Pennsylvania recycling company has been charged with 16 crimes, including five felonies, after allegedly illegally dumping 23,455 tons of construction and demolition waste across four Pennsylvania counties.

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric Fined $6.8M in Largest-Ever Superfund Cleanup Penalty

Schneider Electric has been hit with a $6.8 million penalty for alleged environmental violations — the largest-ever stipulated penalty for cleanup of a Superfund site and the third largest overall in EPA history. The EPA says Schneider Electric violated the terms of a 2002 court-approved Superfund consent decree during its … 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 »

Purestream Avara

Wastewater Treatment Meets EPA Discharge Standards for Commercial Facilities

A thermally efficient wastewater treatment system by Purestream Services has been deployed at a commercial wastewater disposal facility in Warren, Pennsylvania. The Avara vapor recompression system is now operating within a wastewater disposal and treatment plant’s existing train of treatment technologies. The Avara vapor recompression technology completes the overall water … Read more »

Covanta Metals Recycling

Covanta Plant Recycles Metals from Waste-to-Energy Facilities

Covanta has started up its new metal recycling processing operation in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. The facility cleans and sorts metal materials recovered from a number of Covanta’s energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities in the Northeastern US. The facility has a design capacity for up to 12,000 tons per month and includes access … Read more »

GE RePAK

Power Plant Saves 1.3 Million Gallons of Water per Day

Covanta’s Delaware Valley energy-from-waste facility in Chester, Pennsylvania, has saved 1.3 million gallons a day from local water supplies by installing General Electric’s RePAK water reuse technology in the power plant’s cooling tower. GE honored Covanta with the Return on Environment award to recognize the company for its reductions in … Read more »

Quaker Chemical Buys Biolubricants Business

AAK is selling its biolubricants business Binol to Quaker Chemical, a provider of process fluids and specialty chemicals. The companies did not disclose the acquisition cost. AAK’s Binol business provides vegetable-based lubricants in the Nordic countries and is already Quaker Chemical’s exclusive distributor in the region, primarily serving the metal … Read more »

Drillers Face Radioactive Waste Disposal Challenges

Oil and gas drillers in Pennsylvania are finding it increasingly difficult to find disposal sites for their radioactive waste, according to Power Source. In the first half of this year, 421 trucks carrying oil and gas waste tripped radiation alarms at Pennsylvania landfills, and last year 1,015 loads set off … Read more »

Report: Methane Mitigation Could Stimulate US Economy

Increased use of technologies and services that capture methane emissions from oil and gas systems could save the industry over $1 billion in lost product, reduce air pollution and create new jobs, according to an economic analysis by Datu Research and the Environmental Defense Fund. The report identifies 76 companies … Read more »

Fracking Firms Recycling More Water

Fracking firms in Pennsylvania are recycling more water and drawing less freshwater from at least one river basin, The Herald reports. Water use by natural gas drillers in the Susquehanna River Basin peaked at about 3.8 billion gallons in 2011, declining to about 3.1 billion gallons in 2013, Andrew J. … Read more »

Faulty Wells — Not Fracking — Polluted Water, Study Says

Faulty Wells — Not Fracking — Polluted Water, Study Says

Defective wells, not hydraulic fracturing, is the primary cause of water contamination from shale gas extraction in parts of Pennsylvania and Texas, according to a study by Duke University. Using noble gas and hydrocarbon tracers, researchers analyzed the gas content of more than 130 drinking water wells in the two … Read more »

How to Stem Fracking Water Use

How to Stem Fracking Water Use

More advanced recycling rather than disposal of water produced by hydraulic fracturing could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year, according to Rice University scientists. The study, which appears in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, includes … Read more »