Wastewater project could exceed $6B in Cape Cod, Mass. | Fireworks makers will pay $5.7M toward Calif. Superfund site cleanup | Hawaii county, EPA reach $5.1M settlement over landfill emissions
October 31, 2012
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Wastewater project could exceed $6B in Cape Cod, Mass.
Cape Cod, Mass., would need an estimated $4.6 billion to $6.4 billion to fix its wastewater infrastructure, says Bob Ciolek, consultant for the Cape Cod Commission. Local officials are considering options for financing the project, which also will involve annual operating costs estimated between $37.9 million and $54.6 million, as well as connection fees and upgrades to septic systems. Wicked Local/Truro, Mass. (10/26)
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Fireworks makers will pay $5.7M toward Calif. Superfund site cleanup
Fireworks company Pyro Spectaculars and several of its subsidiaries will pay $5.7 million in a settlement over groundwater contamination at a Superfund site in Rialto, Calif. Cleanup is estimated to cost more than $100 million over three decades. The agreement and two other settlements -- involving B.F. Goodrich and Emhart Industries, a Black and Decker subsidiary -- are expected to return $9 million in surcharges residents have paid because of contamination by perchlorate, which is used in making fireworks. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (10/26)
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Hawaii county, EPA reach $5.1M settlement over landfill emissions
Hawaii's Maui County will spend $5.1 million to resolve allegations that a landfill violated the Clean Air Act with regard to methane and other emissions. The county says it has spent $4.5 million toward new gas-collection systems at the landfill, and also will pay a $380,000 civil penalty. The settlement also includes the installation of an eight-turbine wind farm that will cost about $250,000. The Maui News (Wailuku, Hawaii) (10/24)
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Utah agency upholds approval of tar sands production venture
The Utah Water Quality Division upheld an earlier state approval of U.S. Oil Sands' proposed tar sands mine in Utah. The plan was cleared last year without requiring the company to apply for a groundwater contamination permit. Walt Baker, director of the division, said there is no groundwater to pollute at the site. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (10/24)
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NRC: Fracking-caused quakes wouldn't affect reactors
Hydraulic fracturing can trigger minor earthquakes, but nuclear plants wouldn't likely suffer damage from them, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "The strongest of these are associated with deep-injection wastewater disposal wells, with magnitudes in the central and eastern United States around magnitude 5 or less," said David McIntyre, the NRC's public relations officer. This comes after Chesapeake Energy secured a permit to conduct fracking 1.06 miles from FirstEnergy's Beaver Valley plant in Pennsylvania. Shale Reporter (10/30)
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Manufacturers make strides in their green technology, practices
Siemens received high marks for its environmental initiatives in a study by PA Consulting Group. The study evaluated four major companies' product portfolios, strategies and organization and operational performances to determine their green performance. The evaluations were based on use of efficient carrier arrangements, solar panels and renewable and green product offerings. The study also included GE, Alstom and ABB. (10/17)
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