Latest Hazardous waste News

US nuclear waste dump takes in first large shipment in years

Jan. 15, 2020 12:33 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository has taken in its first large shipment in six years, following a process that involved recertification and retraining of workers. The shipment using a special large cask known as a Transuranic Package Transporter Model 3,...

Louisiana regulators consider denying hazardous waste permit

Jan. 13, 2020 2:51 PM EST

COLFAX, La. (AP) — Louisiana regulators have filed their intent to deny a permit to a company that burns explosive material unless it pursues more environmentally sound practices. Clean Harbors has burned materials including propellant for car air bags, solid rocket fuel and TNT at its private facility in...

Water company pleads guilty to hazardous waste violations

Jan. 9, 2020 10:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste and agreed to a $5 million fine, federal prosecutors said. The waste was produced by filtering arsenic out of Sierra Nevada spring water at CG...

Man blamed for green I-696 ooze left barrels on Thumb land

Jan. 9, 2020 7:26 PM EST

MARION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Environmental regulators found barrels scattered across land in Michigan’s Thumb region that’s owned by the now-imprisoned owner of a shuttered electroplating business that leaked a green substance containing a known cancer-causing contaminant onto the shoulder...

Portland approves contract for homeless camp clean-ups

Jan. 9, 2020 11:46 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland lawmakers have approved a $4.5 million contract with a hazardous waste removal company to clean up homeless encampments around the city. The City Commission unanimously voted to give the contract to Rapid Response Bio Clean on Wednesday after the agenda item was pulled late...

EPA collects 11K gallons of water from contaminated site

Jan. 5, 2020 1:35 PM EST

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency collected roughly 11,000 gallons of water from a contaminated industrial site in suburban Detroit, officials said. Groundwater and soil samples were taken Friday from Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights, The Royal Oak Tribune...

Nuclear repository oversight office gets new acting manager

Jan. 2, 2020 11:06 PM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A longtime U.S. Energy Department official has been appointed to lead the agency's office in New Mexico that oversees the federal government's only underground repository for nuclear waste. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Gregory Sosson took over as acting manager in December....

Hiring at Hanford lab targets dangerous radioactive waste

Jan. 1, 2020 10:02 AM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The initial staff has arrived at the Analytical Laboratory, the first of the four major facilities at the Hanford $17 billion vitrification plant to have a Washington state permit to operate. The inaugural team of eight chemists is setting up shop there as the plant prepares to start...

This photo provided by Michigan Department of Transportation toxic chemical substances leaked along Interstate 696 in Madison Heights, Mich., on Dec. 20, 2019. The discovery led to an investigation of an old industrial site near the interstate. State regulators said high levels of multiple contaminants have been found in soil and groundwater around the former Electro-Plating Services.  (Michigan Department of Transportation via AP)

Whitmer orders review of inspections after discovery of ooze

Dec. 30, 2019 7:12 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday ordered Michigan's environmental agency to review its pollution-inspection procedures after the discovery of a bright green substance along the shoulder of a major interstate in suburban Detroit. Whitmer called the ooze — groundwater contaminated...

This photo provided by Michigan Department of Transportation toxic chemical substances leaked along Interstate 696 in Madison Heights, Mich., on Dec. 20, 2019. The discovery led to an investigation of an old industrial site near the interstate. State regulators said high levels of multiple contaminants have been found in soil and groundwater around the former Electro-Plating Services.  (Michigan Department of Transportation via AP)

Plenty of contaminants found at Detroit-area industrial site

Dec. 28, 2019 4:03 PM EST

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — High levels of multiple contaminants have been found in soil and groundwater at an old industrial site in suburban Detroit, state regulators said, after an inspection that was triggered by the discovery of a yellow-green substance along a major interstate. There is no risk to...