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Mashpee, Massachusetts, resident talks about hidden hazards in the art studio
From Sagamore to Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is known for its artwork. Behind each sailboat painting, however, is a lesser-known story of hazardous waste that has a negative impact on the environment.
Mashpee resident Kalliope E. Egloff has been talking about it for nearly two years in a project called “Hidden Hazards in the Art Studio,” through her work as a hazardous waste assistant for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension.
ReCommunity devotes its full attention to diverting and recovering recyclable materials from America’s municipal solid waste stream.
When describing either its core strategy or its operations, the executive officers of ReCommunity use words and phrases such as “pure-play,” “sole focus” and “maximizing recovery” to emphasize the company’s devotion to harvesting as much paper, plastic, metal and other recyclables as possible from the municipal solid waste stream.
Green chemistry co-founder wins Perkin Medal — Dr. John Warner
Town Crier Correspondent
Dr. John C. Warner, a Wilmington, Delaware, resident, has been awarded the 2014 Perkin Medal by the Society of Chemical Industry, the highest honor in American applied chemistry.
Joining a list of the greatest scientists and inventors in U.S. history who have received this award, Dr. Warner is one of the original founders of green chemistry, the science of designing materials and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and or generation of hazardous material.
In search of greener fracking for natural gas
Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, propels fluids deep into the earth to break up rock and release natural gas. It's an impressive feat of engineering that collects a relatively clean-burning fuel, but it has issues. Scientists have linked the process to mild seismic activity. It also uses lots of water and many toxic chemicals.
Getting the lead out
The Providence Journal (opinion)
Efforts to reduce the hazard of lead paint in older Rhode Island homes have begun to pay off. According to a five-year study, houses brought into compliance with the state’s landmark lead-paint legislation showed significant reductions in blood-lead levels among children. Researchers involved in the study declared this vital evidence that mitigation efforts can succeed.
Recycling center takes textiles, paint soon
The Ridgefield Press
Recycling isn’t just about bottles and cans, and Ridgefield, Connecticut's recycling center is expanding what it will take. Textile products and used shoes are now accepted at the center, and arrangements to recycle paint are in the works.
Bins for recycling cloth goods and shoes were set up at the recycling center on South Street recently by a Massachusetts-based firm.
ADEQ announces e-waste grants funding
ADEQ via KTHV-TV
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is making grants available through its Electronic Waste Grants Program for 2014.
ADEQ expects to make $200,000 available for the e-waste grants, which facilitate and support the proper management of electronic waste. The following entities in Arkansas are eligible to apply for funding under this program: private industries; schools, colleges or universities; cities or counties; regional solid waste management boards; non-profit organizations or associations; state or local government entities and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
New class of polyurethane foam receives 1st ever BioPreferred® certification
A new class of sustainable bio-renewable foams developed by Natural Foams Technology in June became the first ever polyurethane foam to be accepted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred® Program and approved into its labeling and government purchasing system.
The first of these newly certified foams, developed with the U.K.-based company's pioneering Natural Oil Polyols technology, has been verified as containing 53 percent by weight bio-based material according to the test criteria supervized by the USDA and the American Society for Testing and Materials.
EPA finalizes $45 million paint sludge cleanup plan
The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a $44.8 million cleanup plan for three heavily contaminated sites once used by the Ford Motor Co. to dump hazardous waste that have been at the center of a long-running and controversial environmental fight in New Jersey and New York.
According to the EPA, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ford dumped millions of gallons of toxic paint sludge containing lead, arsenic, chromium and benzene in abandoned iron mines, landfills and forests surrounding its Mahwah assembly plant in the New Jersey borough of Ringwood, near the border with New York.
A multidisciplinary approach to advancing drug development
By drawing together expertise from across a range of fields, the Eindhoven University of Technology's Institute for Complex Molecular Systems is on the verge of a breakthrough that could have significant implications for the pharmaceutical industry. Drug development often relies on organic catalysts - tiny molecules smaller than enzymes that can stimulate reactions - but one longstanding issue is that these molecules often cannot interact nor function in water.
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