Entries by John Nicholson

U.S. FAA Proposes Civil Penalty for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $201,250 civil penalty against Jegs Automotive Inc. of Delaware, Ohio, for allegedly violating the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA alleges that on March 11, 2016, the automotive parts and supplies company offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment to FedEx for air transportation from […]

Arctic Oil Spill Researchers Receive Significant Funding

A collaborative research project titled ‘GENICE’ that partners the University of Manitoba and the University of Calgary were recently awarded $10.7 million as part of the Genome Canada Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition (LSARP). The funds will be used to study the areas of genomics, petroleomics and sea-ice physics to investigate the potential for native […]

U.S. EPA to Ban certain uses of TCE

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) recently announced a proposal to ban certain uses of trichloroethylene (TCE), a known carcinogen that is extremely difficult to remediate when it contaminates the subsurface. The proposed ban would disallow the use of TCE as a degreaser during metal work and as a spot removal agent in […]

Winter Storm Spreads Contaminated Soil onto Neighbours’ Properties

Stockpiled contaminated soil at a brownfield site was dispersed onto neighbouring properties in the Town of Sept-Îles, Quebec after a blizzard blew off the tarps that covered the contaminated soil. Following the storm, neighbours began to complain about the persistent smell of gasoline when they stepped outside.  Concerns have been expressed by town folk that the […]

Opportunity to Teach Hazmat Course in Alaska

The U.S. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHS&EM) is seeking competitive proposals for an instructor for Hazardous Materials Technician Course that will be offered on May 15 – 20, 2017.  The current deadline for receipt of proposals to the subject IRFP is no later than 2:00 p.m. Alaska time […]

Responsible Management of Pharmaceutical Industry Waste

The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is growing quickly and, as a result, so too are the by-products and waste it generates.  With tighter regulations and an increased focus on corporate social responsibility, companies in the sector are understandably concerned about managing their environmental impact. An important aspect of an industry-leading environmental program is proper waste management. […]

Canadian TDG Training – From “Adequate” to “Competent”

Transport Canada has released for comment a White Paper, Training in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods: A White Paper, outlining the changes it is proposing to the training requirements for individuals responsible for transporting dangerous goods in and out of Canada. “Competency” to be Proven Concerns have been expressed, often post-incident, as to the sufficiency and […]

Brownfield Conference in Newark, New Jersey

The 8th Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop is scheduled for March 15th2017 in Newark, New Jersey.  Sponsored by the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast, the workshop will is entitled Driving Revitalization Sustainably: identifying sustainable goals and strategies for revitalizing their communities and brownfields, The conference brings together experts and attendees to discuss the most current and state-of-the-art approaches […]

Guide on Long-Term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls

The U.S. Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) recently published a guidance document on Long-Term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls (IC-1).  The guidance document was developed in response to the recent growth in the number of contaminated sites in the U.S. that are being managed through the use of institutional controls (ICs). ICs are a form of land […]