Hospitals should rethink ionization for fighting legionella, CDC says | Lawsuit alleges S.C. sewage site contaminated family's water | N.J. train derailment leads to release of hazardous chemical
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December 5, 2012
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Hospitals should rethink ionization for fighting legionella, CDC says
A Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh and other facilities use an ionization system to avert Legionnaires' disease outbreaks, according to this article. But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call chlorinated products "the best strategy" for fighting legionella, rather than ionization technology, which the Pittsburgh hospital adopted nearly 20 years ago. "Other hospitals with [ionization] systems should carefully review their continued usage of this system," CDC spokeswoman Alison Patti said. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (11/29)
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Lawsuit alleges S.C. sewage site contaminated family's water
A South Carolina family has sued the operator of a sewage dump for unspecified damages, and the lawsuit could result in groundwater cleanup costing millions of dollars, according to this article. State regulators have not linked the site to contamination of private wells, something the family seeks to do in this lawsuit. The State (Columbia, S.C.) (12/2)
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N.J. train derailment leads to release of hazardous chemical
Vinyl chloride was released into the air after a New Jersey train derailment last week, resulting in an evacuation order for residents and school closures. Problems with the bridge, including rail alignment, had been reported previously, according to records that the National Transportation Safety Board is reviewing. NJ.com (Hackensack, N.J.) (12/3)
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Group: EU fund would run counter to Environmental Liability Directive
A proposed EU fund to cover losses and liability related to industrial pollution incidents would be "contrary" to the Environmental Liability Directive's polluter-pays principle, according to the Federation of European Risk Management Associations. "It is even likely to work against the process of risk management, rather than encouraging companies to take responsibility for the consequences of their own activities," Pierre Sonigo, the organization's secretary general, said in a statement. Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (11/30)
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Proposed federal fracking rules draw stark reactions in Wyo.
Energy firms operating in Wyoming criticized the Bureau of Land Management's proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing, saying they could raise production costs and affect efficiency. Environmental groups expressed support for the measures, and some made the case for the rules to be even tougher. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (11/26)
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Green investors are starting to flex their muscles
A study of sustainable-investing trends suggests that the ethical-investment industry is gaining influence in companies' business strategies. More shareholder votes on ethical and environmental issues are winning support, and that's filtering through into corporate governance and business strategies, writes Michael Kramer. "While shareholder votes are typically advisory in nature, they send a strong message to management about issues of concern to investors," he adds. GreenBiz.com/The Sustainable Shareholder blog (11/26)
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