Entries by John Nicholson

Urban Land Restoration Index: Harnessing the value of industrial surplus property for urban transformation

Industrial land owners with large surplus properties in central locations hold the key to one of the critical challenges of re-urbanization, the creation of new places with scale and critical mass. Not only does the redevelopment of such sites provide an opportunity to transform urban communities, but it will enable impaired land owners to maximize […]

Oil Spill Clean-up Machine being used on plastic pollution

The Oil Response Cleaning Apparatus (Orca) uses vortex technology to suck debris directly into a receiving tank, such as the hold of a ship, unlike traditional skimmers where machinery can get jammed. The company has found that its equipment can also be used to remove plastic debris from the ocean. The Orca uses vortex technology […]

New contract will help speed spill response times

BIMCO and International Spill Control Organisation (ISCO) have launched two new spill response contracts to make the task of arranging clean-up services following a spill incident significantly easier to negotiate in an emergency. The two standard contracts are a first for spill response contractors. One is tailored for international use and the other is specifically […]

Hazmat Incident in St. Catharines results major evacuation

A June 12th traffic accident on the QEW Highway through St. Catharines, Ontario involving a tanker truck carrying phosphine resulted in a hazmat response and an order by police requiring the evacuation of all persons within a 2-km radius of the incident. No one was seriously injured in the accident and no phosphine, a toxic […]

Banning Dangerous Goods Shipments during Storms

The March 14th, 2017 snow storm that hit Ontario and Quebec hard and resulted in an accident on Highway 401 (the main highway between southern Ontario and Quebec) that closed the road for 30 hours because it became a hazmat incident, has resulted in a growing number of elected officials to call for some sort […]

U.S. Study on sites contaminated by PFC

A team of researchers from Northeastern University and the Environmental Working Group recently released a report that showed that numerous locations across the United States had drinking water contaminated with perfluorocarbons. PFCs – highly fluorinated toxic chemicals, also known as PFASs, have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, weakened immunity and other health problems. New […]

FLIR Announces FLIR Griffin G510 Portable Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer for Chemical Hazard Identification

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) recently announced the Griffin G510 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), its first person-portable chemical identifier. The FLIR Griffin G510 enables military and civil responders to easily sample all phases of matter, including solid, liquid, and vapor, to rapidly identify chemical hazards in the field. The versatile Griffin G510 represents a new-generation […]