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1 hr ago | WSTM-TV Syracuse

Southern Tier demolition company pleads guilty to dumping polluted water

A demolition company and two of its workers have pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally dumping polluted water in upstate New York. 53-year-old Mark Pullyblank of Caledonia, 53-year-old William Clements of Victor, and Crane-Hogan Structural Systems Inc. of Spencerport were charged last year in a nine-count indictment with violating the Clean Water Act.


Related Topix: Caledonia, NY, Spencerport, NY, Law, Binghamton, NY

2 hrs ago | WTOV9

Ohio EPA: Sheen on river is algae

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the sheen that spread on the Muskingum River is a diatom algae bloom. Officials say that type of algae doesn't create harmful toxins like the blooms that have threatened Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio.


Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law

7 hrs ago | Battle Creek Enquirer

Enbridge, agencies to simulate oil spill responseEnbridge, agencies...

Enbridge, agencies to simulate oil spill response The Coast Guard's 9th District says the drill will be conducted Wednesday in Indian River. Check out this story on File photo of Enbridge workers on the Kalamazoo River near East Burnham Street in Battle Creek on August 31, 2011.


Related Topix: Battle Creek, MI, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law

Mon Sep 15, 2014

In Case of Workplace Accident, Increase OSHA Reporting

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a set of revised recordkeeping rules that ask employers to provide more information about health and safety incidents in the workplace. OSHA believes that the rule changes, which came out last week, will help the agency identify trouble spots at companies where there could be danger to more workers.


Related Topix: OSHA, Law

Denver Post

Denver brownfields developer Frontier Renewal buys former Gates plant

An RTD commuter light rail unit passes the Gates Rubber Co. manufacturing plant at 999 S. Broadway, Denver.


Related Topix: Denver, CO, Law, Littleton, CO

Domestic Fuel

RFA Calls on EPA to Undo Unfair Fuel Regulations

In this edition of the Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper talks about how corn prices have fallen but food prices continue to rise, and how that shows the "food versus fuel" argument is false. The Renewable Fuels Association is calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to address the unfair fuel volatility regulations that keep the sale and expansion of E15 from occurring.


Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law, Alternative Energy, Energy, Ethanol Fuel

JD Supra

OSHA's Final Rule on Reporting Requirements: A Major Change for Employers

On September 11, 2014, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a final rule that significantly changes an employer's duties to report workplace injuries to the agency. The current rule , codified at 29 C.F.R. 1904.39, only requires employers to report to OSHA workplace-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees.

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Related Topix: OSHA, Law

Painting/Wallcovering Contractor

OSHA Tightens Injury Reporting Rules

Architects, engineers and designers will get a break, but other building industry employers will face additional injury reporting requirements under new rules announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Related Topix: OSHA, Law

The Brooklyn Paper

Cleaning Our Waterways: Developer digs deeper into pockets for Gowanus cleanup deal

A developer has inked a deal with the feds to cover tens of millions of dollars worth of Gowanus Canal-side cleanup in exchange for immunity from future pollution lawsuits. Lightstone Group, which plans to build a 12-story, 700-apartment luxury housing complex on a canal-front site bounded by Carroll and Second streets, has agreed to foot the bill for removing toxic soil on the site and building a new bulkhead along the canal.


Related Topix: Law, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Daily Breeze

EPA seeks public input on cleaning heavy DDT contamination in Harbor Gateway

Pesticide-soaked soil under the former Montrose Chemical Corp. in Harbor Gateway needs to be removed to protect groundwater resources and prevent further spread of the cancer-causing chemicals - but first, federal environmental regulators want public input on how to get rid of it. Beginning this week and through the end of November, the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on how to best fix the problem.


Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law, Environment, Science

Salem News

Actions to clean city water apparently successful

Actions approved by the Salem Utilities Commission to reduce the amount of chlorine by-products in the city's drinking water apparently worked. The city is no longer on the drinking water advisory list issued by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for higher than permitted levels of Total Trihalomethanes.


Related Topix: Law, Leetonia, OH, Washingtonville, OH

Workzone: Whistle-blower obstacles growing

As a managing director and chief enterprise officer for Countrywide Financial Corp. in 2005, Michael Winston raised the company profile for leadership development, implemented programs designed to hone executive skills and organize succession plans. His efforts were rewarded with two promotions in his first 15 months on the job.


Related Topix: OSHA, Law, Employment / Labor Law

The Block Island Times

Improved beach access for EMT's discussed

That was what First Warden Kim Gaffett asked during a discussion at a Wednesday, Sept. 10 Town Council work session about emergency access to the town's beaches.


Related Topix: Block Island, RI, Law

The Star Press

EPA finds chemical vapor intrusion in home

EPA finds chemical vapor intrusion in home Many downtown homes were tested near cleanup site Check out this story on An abandoned cupola at the Kiser Plating Superfund Site, 401 E. Howard St., was painted to look like a space capsule. EPA cleaned up the site last year.


Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Weirton Daily Times

Cooperation key to brownfields program

While brownfields may not sound like something to celebrate, the successful collaborative approach being used statewide to help reclaim them is noteworthy - especially since it includes local governments, communities, federal and state agencies as well as higher education professionals.


Related Topix: Law, West Virginia, Huntington, WV, West Virginia University, Chester, WV, Morgantown, WV

Daily Times

EPA committed to eliminating dengue larvae

RAWALPINDI: The Environment Protection Agency , under its ongoing anti-dengue drive on Saturday inspected 32 sites and also arrested the owner of a local shop in Ghawalmandi, who did not take notice of the breeding larvae after being warned several times.EPA District Officer Mian Mohammad Nawaz, while talking to the media personnel said that strict action was being taken against those responsible for spreading the dengue mosquitoes.


Related Topix: Law

PoliTex: What do you call a former president and his first lady?

"Have you noticed that grandparents are choosing names for themselves?" Mrs. Bush asked a Fort Worth crowd recently. "Now it's sort of like choosing the name for your cat."


Related Topix: Hillary Clinton, US Politics, US News, Law


Vic govt defends coalmine fire response

The Victorian government is again defending its response to the Morwell coalmine fire, after a statistical analysis suggests the death rate increased when the town was shrouded in smoke. The analysis by a Queensland academic shows a high probability the death rate was above average during, and since, the 45-day fire at the Hazelwood coalmine.


Related Topix: Mathematics, Science, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Law

Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, actress Jessica Alba is seen, in New York. . FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014 file photo, Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Sen. .


Related Topix: Law, US Politics, US News, Senator Tom Udall, Tom Udall, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Charleston, WV, David Vitter, Republican

The Tribune

Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer, who told The Associated Press this week that the draft still falls short. The original bill had been panned by some environmental groups, such as Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, who assailed it as "phony reform," although the Environmental Defense Fund supported its introduction as a chance for an eventual breakthrough.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Tom Udall, Tom Udall, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, David Vitter, Republican, Barbara Boxer, Law, Chemistry, Science