Entries by John Nicholson

Nanotechnology Innovation and Oil Spill Clean-up

Nanotechnology has had a multitude of applications: from healthcare to textiles to new consumer gadgets, innovative new uses for nanotechnology are constantly emerging.  It has now found a new role, with University of Alberta-based nanotechnology accelerator Ingenuity Lab using it as the basis for the development of a revolutionary new way to clean up oil spills.  The […]

Taking the Cleaner to the Cleaners: Statutory Liability For Pollutant Spills Post-Midwest

In a decision released in March 2017, Huang v Fraser Hillary’s Limited (“Huang“), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice used section 99(2) of the Ontario Environmental Protection Act (“EPA“) to anchor liability and award the plaintiff $1,632,500 in damages for remediation, in addition to $201,726 for expert costs incurred during litigation. The plaintiff’s losses stemmed […]

Absorbent Material Development that removes PFOA

CycloPure’s recently announced it has developed that first-ever adsorbent material that removes perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) from water to below Federal and State limits.  The breakthrough performance of this new material for PFOA removal was reported recently in the Journal of American Chemical Society.  The paper, β-Cyclodextrin Polymer Network Sequesters Perfluorooctanoic Acid at Environmentally Relevant […]

Bureau Veritas Aligns North American Industrial Hygiene Services under Maxxam Brand

Bureau Veritas, company that offers testing, inspection and certification services, recently announced that it has aligned its North American Industrial Hygiene laboratory testing services under the Maxxam brand. A member of the Bureau Veritas group of companies, Maxxam is a North American analytical services and solutions provider. By aligning Bureau Veritas’ industrial hygiene laboratory business under […]

Contractor fined $600,000 for Discharging Sediment into Adjacent Streams

2280577 Ontario Inc. (formerly Naylor Renewable Energy Inc.) recently pleaded guilty to three offences and was fined $600,000 for causing or permitting the discharge of sediment-laden stormwater and impairing the quality of the water, failing to notify the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) of the discharge, and failing to employ best […]

Company and Owner fined $60,000 for Failing to Report Spill

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) recently reported that Tactical Ordnance Inc. and Casey Brouwer pleaded guilty to one offence each and were fined a total of $60,000 for failing to give notice of a discharge or spill of a pollutant to the ministry, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA). […]

Two Spills Reported at Dakota Access Pipeline

As reported in Care2, The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) may not be in full operation, but it’s already making experienced spill incidents. It recently came to light that the unfinished oil pipeline experienced two new oil spills. The two separate spills — one on March 3 and the other on March 5 — leaked over 100 […]

US PMSA Raises Fines for Federal Hazmat Transportation Violations

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently announced increases in the maximum and minimum civil penalties for knowing violations of the federal hazardous materials transportation law or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued under that law. The penalty increases took effect last month. U.S. PHMSA officials said the penalty increases […]

Contract Opportunity – In situ Thermal Remediation

U.S. EPA Region 7 is planning a performance-based in situ thermal remediation (ISTR) requirement at the Cleburn Street Well OU2 Superfund Site in Grand Island, Nebraska. This is a revised version of the requirement originally posted for proposals by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers under Solicitation MATOCS-16-R-H031. The Contractor shall provide the labor, equipment, […]