June 18--REDWOOD CITY -- A stink raised over faulty work at a San Mateo sewage treatment plant has led to a lawsuit.The city says Parkson is responsible for delays and extra costs, although the suit doesn't place a dollar value on them.Neither Parkson nor the city's lawyer responded to messages seeking comment on the suit.
Source : San Mateo County Times (CA)
June 17--TEGA CAY -- Wet weather of late could be a good sign for one local utility, whose leaders hope their environmental issues are behind them.Tega Cay Water Service said severe rainfall was largely if not entirely to blame for a number of wastewater overflows this spring. "Obviously, the Tega Cay area has continued to experience heavy rainfall," said Tom Oakley, chief of staff for parent company Utilities, Inc.'s CEO.
Source : Fort Mill Times (SC)
June 18--A landfill fire expert hired by Missouri said he believes the subsurface fire at Bridgeton Landfill is contained to the southern half of the site and isn't moving north toward the adjacent West Lake Landfill, where Cold War era radioactive waste is deposited.Todd Thalhamer, an engineer who has worked with the state for more than a year to evaluate the scope of the fire, estimates the smoldering mass of waste hasn't advanced beyond two lines of gas wells constructed by the landfill's owner, Republic Services Inc., this year to stop the fire's advance."The gas interceptor well system appears to be holding," Thalhamer told a crowd of about 250 people crammed into Pattonville High School cafeteria for an update on the landfill fire.
Source : St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
June 18--GLASGOW -- The Glasgow Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the city landfill around 4 p.m. Saturday.Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire in recently dumped garbage. Because of limited access, firefighters could only get within 250 feet of the fire, according to a press release from Chief Tony Atwood.
Source : Glasgow Daily Times (KY)
HACKENSACK, N.J. _ A small amount of paint sludge dumped decades ago by the Ford Motor Co. in Rockland County, N.Y., may have fallen into the Ramapo River after its banks eroded during Hurricane Irene two years ago, according to environmental regulators in New York state."Chunks could get into the river, and then those chunks could break down," said Geoff Welch, chairman of the Ramapo River Committee, a non-profit group dedicated to maintaining a clean river. "We certainly don't want it washing down and becoming part of the gravel.
Source : Record (Hackensack, NJ)
Skeptical city residents say Mayor Bloomberg's new food-waste- recycling program is a great idea - if you're a rat. "Recycling, in general, takes a lot of effort," said Geneva Jeanniton, 22, a hairstylist from East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Samara Midler, 39, of Park Slope, Brooklyn, said she is all for the idea of turning food waste into plant-nourishing compost if it isn't sitting around for days and days at a time.
Source : The New York Post
Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants New Yorkers to separate food scraps for composting as people in San Francisco and Seattle do, a City Hall official said.Deputy Mayor Caswell F. Holloway IV told The New York Times Bloomberg has rolled out a plan to begin collecting food scraps throughout the city, based on the success of recent pilot programs.The administration will soon announce it is hiring a composting plant to handle 100,000 tons of food scraps a year, about 10 percent of the city's residential food waste.
Source : UPI
June 18--For years, East Grand Forks has sent its trash to the Grand Forks landfill. So, why are some in East Grand Forks so protective of the city's sewage that they're unwilling to pipe it for treatment to Grand Forks?Tapping into Grand Forks' system via a pipe beneath the Red River is East Grand Forks' cheapest option.
Source : Grand Forks Herald (ND)
STEVENS POINT, Wis., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NewPage Corporation (NewPage), a leading supplier of flexible packaging papers for food and medical packaging, announced today the receipt of the Institute of Packaging Professional's (IoPP) 2013 AmeriStar Sustainability Award for its new LittleFoot(TM) family of 100 percent compostable packaging barrier products.The AmeriStar Sustainability Award is a top honor, recognizing packaging that has scored high in reducing its impact on the environment, and includes evaluation of factors such as efficient energy usage, recycling efforts, effective use of packaging materials, material recovery, and the use of renewable raw materials.an innovative new 100 percent compostable packaging laminate from NewPage, is made from renewable resources and was developed to offer oxygen and moisture barrier levels that are ideal for shelf stable food applications such as coffee, dry mixes, confections and energy bars.
Source : PRNewswire
June 18--AUSTIN -- Two months after a fertilizer-mixing plant in West, Texas, exploded, the state fire marshal has identified 16 other such facilities, but he hasn't checked whether they're close to homes and schools the way the facility in West was.Public safety officials compiled the list in response to a request from state Rep. Joe Pickett, chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.But even as state officials take steps to prevent future disasters such as the one in West, shortcomings in state oversight are emerging.
Source : El Paso Times (TX)
Environmentally Beneficial Fertilizer Continues to Gain Sales RENO, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 06/18/13 -- Itronics Inc. (PINKSHEETS: ITRO) reported today its January through May 2013 GOLD'n GRO fertilizer sales are up 17 percent compared to the same time period in the previous year. The fertilizer sales improvement continues the trend of the sales expansion reported for the fourth quarter of 2012.The Company expects that sales will continue at higher levels.
Source : Marketwire
June 17--SOMERSET -- The Pulaski County economy has benefited greatly over the years from the so-called "Ohio Navy" visiting Lake Cumberland every summer. Less welcome would be a visit of 42 tons of fertilizer from the Buckeye State.That's apparently what northern Pulaski got however, as Kentucky State Police are investigating an alleged theft from a company in Ohio that found its way south.
Source : Commonwealth Journal (Somerset, KY)
Verdezyne Accessing Malaysia as Location for its First Biochemical Facility in Asia Pacific RegionMONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Carlsbad-based biochemical company Verdezyne, Inc. has entered into a collaboration with Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp) in its assessment of Malaysia as the destination for its first biochemical production facility in the Asia Pacific Region. Present during the announcement were Verdezyne's President and CEO, Dr. E. William Radany, and BiotechCorp's CEO, Dato' Dr. Mohd Nazlee Kamal.
Source : Business Wire
THE Belfast High Court recently dismissed a challenge to a tender process run by Northern Ireland Waste Limited for the award of a contract for sludge management services.Irish Waste Services Limited claimed that Northern Ireland Water had failed to conduct a tender process in accordance with the established principles of fairness, non-discrimination and transparency and in breach of the 2006 Utilities Contract Regulations.The matter was accordingly remitted back to the High Court to rule on the substantive issues.
Source : Belfast Telegraph
NEW YORK -- Legions of New York City apartment dwellers will soon be asked _ and may eventually be forced _ to start collecting food scraps for composting, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest bid to make the city greener.New York wouldn't be the first to try it: San Francisco and Seattle already require compost collection for at least some residents, and more than 100 U.S. communities offer or mandate composting, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. "New York City, because of its density, faces logistical challenges on many fronts, and so when the city concludes that food waste composting is workable and economically and environmentally sound, that's a decision that other municipalities will give weight to," said Eric Goldstein, an NRDC lawyer who works on waste issues.
Source : Associated Press
NEW YORK - Legions of apartment dwellers will soon be asked - and may eventually be ordered - to start collecting food scraps for composting, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest bid to make the Big Apple greener.New York wouldn't be the first to try it: San Francisco and Seattle already require compost collection for at least some residents, and more than 100 communities nationwide offer or mandate composting, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. "New York City, because of its density, faces logistical challenges on many fronts, and so when the city concludes that food waste composting is workable and economically and environmentally sound, that's a decision that other municipalities will give weight to," said Eric Goldstein, an NRDC lawyer who works on waste issues.
Source : Associated Press/AP Online
June 17--OAKLAND -- A's owner Lew Wolff said Monday he has no plans to talk to baseball commissioner Bud Selig about the urgency of the club's stadium situation in the wake of a plumbing issue that flooded the Coliseum's baseball clubhouses with sewage Sunday."No, he knows about it," Wolff said by phone from Los Angeles. Wolff said this was just the latest issue of many the A's have encountered with the Coliseum's aging plumbing, noting, "It's not a rare occasion for us, maybe not this extensively, but it's happened several times."
Source : Oakland Tribune (CA)
TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TWi Biotechnology, Inc. today announced that it has completed the patient enrollment in a phase II trial of AC-201 for Gout Flare Prophylaxis (GFP) during urate-lowering therapy (ULT). This study includes patients with acute arthritis of primary gout and elevated serum uric acid. A total of 82 patients were randomized at a 1:1 ratio to receive 50 mg AC-201 or placebo twice daily in addition to the ULT during the 16-week treatment period.
Source : PRNewswire
June 17--CLINTON -- The county landfill will scrap its bio-reactor. The Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency heard a quote from James Luther Kiln & Dryer on repairing the broken bio-reactor vessel during Thursday's meeting, learning the project could cost as much as $750,000.Executive Director of Operations Brad Seward reported two of the three tires must be replaced, along with the surrounding shell sections.
Source : Clinton Herald (IA)
June 16--CROWN POINT -- The Lake County Solid Waste Management District will cost county taxpayers more than $7.4 million in public debt payments over the next 16 years.It's the price of peace between county officials and a developer the county once wooed to turn more than 560 acres of south county farmland into what would have been the Hickory Hills landfill. It could have been a revenue-producer for both business and local government.
Source : Times (Munster, IN)
June 17--Two local businesses face steep fines from the state Department of Environmental Quality for violating Oregon environmental law related to sewage disposal.The state levied a fine of $15,417 against MAC Carter Investments Inc., doing business as Bennett's Drain Savers in Eugene.Property management company Prize Properties LLC in Springfield, meanwhile, faces an $11,118 fine for allegedly allowing sewage to drain into a roadside ditch from a wastewater treatment system at one of the company's rental properties.
Source : Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Seven workers were killed in Turkey when they fell into a pool of sewage and succumbed to methane gas poisoning, emergency workers said.The men were working at a sewage plant in Mugla province. Six died at the scene and the seventh died en route to an area hospital, Today's Zaman reported Monday.
Source : UPI
June 17--GLASGOW -- The Glasgow Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the city landfill around 4 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire in recently dumped garbage. Firefighters with the help of landfill personnel were able to contain the fire to the area of origin as a bulldozer was used to dig out and spread the trash out so firefighters could extinguish the fire.
Source : Glasgow Daily Times (KY)
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/hlqtxl/planting_and) has announced the addition of the "Planting and Fertilizing Machinery - Global Strategic Business Report" report to their offering.This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Planting and Fertilizing Machinery in US$ Million. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, & Africa, and Latin America.
Source : Business Wire
Equipment Is Expected to Be Installed and Ready for First Harvest Later This Year SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/13 -- Plandai Biotechnology, Inc. (OTCQB: PLPL), a producer of highly bioavailable plant extracts for industries including health, wellness, nutriceutical, and pharmaceutical, today announced that the final shipment of factory equipment is expected to arrive in Durban, South Africa on the weekend of June 22nd with delivery to the Senteeko tea estate in Mpumalanga Province anticipated by the end of the month. This last shipment, including the massive boiler system, forms part of the Company's proprietary extraction process.Roger Duffield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Plandai Biotechnology, commented, "It is an exciting period in the Company's existence as the dreams are now reality.
Source : Marketwire