Chemical informatio​n and the Jan 2014 West Virginia Elk River chemical release

From TOXNET: You may be aware from multiple news sources that little information was available about 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol at the time of the spill in West Virginia's Elk River earlier this month. Since the spill, government and private sector scientists have contributed to collecting and verifying information about the chemical. As a result, there is now … Continue reading Chemical informatio​n and the Jan 2014 West Virginia Elk River chemical release

Managing complex contaminated groundwater

New from the National Academies Press is Alternatives for Managing the Nation's Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites. Across the United States, thousands of hazardous waste sites are contaminated with chemicals that prevent the underlying groundwater from meeting drinking water standards. These include Superfund sites and other facilities that handle and dispose of hazardous waste, active and … Continue reading Managing complex contaminated groundwater

Federal court upholds EPA’s global warming rules

From the New York Times/AP: A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming. The rules, which were challenged by industry groups and various states, will reduce emissions of six heat-trapping gases from large industrial facilities such as factories and power plants, as well as … Continue reading Federal court upholds EPA’s global warming rules

China to Release More Data on Air Pollution in Beijing

From the New York Times:  " China said on Friday that it would begin to publish more detailed air quality data on Beijing later this month, following a public outcry over official government readings that critics said underestimated the severity of the air pollution problem in the smog-filled capital. Beijing plans to publish hourly air quality reports … Continue reading China to Release More Data on Air Pollution in Beijing