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Wastewater could treat itself, power city

The energy stored in Toronto's municipal wastewater could be harnessed to run water treatme...the first to measure the energy content of the raw municipal wastewater in the Ashbridges Bay, North Toronto, Highland Creek and Humber plants. The research reve...

Anti-bacterial additive found in Maryland streams

...ected in any samples of residential well water and municipal drinking water. "It's somewhat unsettling that we've been using this persistent disinfectant for almost half a century at rates approaching 1 million pounds per year and still have essentially no idea of what exactly happens to the compound after we ...

Navy enlists microbes to cut costs

...they are killed and then disposed of in a standard municipal sewage treatment facility. As an added bonus, butanetriol is also a precursor to two cholesterol-lowering drugs. Says Frost, "This is a classic example of dual use for molecules between pharmaceutical and defense applications."...

Academy Harbor Consortium releases letter on mercury to President Bush

...r reduction of mercury emissions from New Jersey's municipal solid waste incinerators. The Department estimates that if New Jersey's rules were enacted nationally, annual mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants alone would decline from approximately 48 tons to about five tons. This matters becau...

Computer model offers new tool to probe Woburn toxic waste site

...y is giving researchers a new understanding of how municipal wells at a famous toxic waste site in Woburn, Massachusetts, came to be contaminated, and how much contamination was delivered to residents. As dramatized in the book and movie A Civil Action, a cluster of childhood leukemia cases in Woburn led to a ...

Pollutant-eating microbe could speed gasworks cleanup

...orans strain CJ2, was discovered in a 40-year-old municipal gasworks coal tar disposal site in South Glens Falls, N.Y., near the west bank of the Hudson River. "Strain CJ2 alone won't solve the coal tar problem because naphthalene is only one of the many organic chemicals involved. That's why we're going ba...

State of Amazonas safeguards world's richest biodiversity with six new protected areas

...y we are reorganizing our infrastructure, training municipal leaders to manage sustainable development projects and developing tools that will allow the executive branch to work hand-in-hand with local communities to manage and run the protected areas. International partnerships and financing are vital to guar...

ORNL wins four R&D 100 awards, pushing total to 116

... applications from on-line screening for toxins in municipal watersheds to detecting hazardous substances at airport checkpoints. MicroTrapMS will enhance real-time capabilities of field engineers to sweep many local areas for pesticides, drugs, explosives and more. MicroTrapMS has the power of a conventional ...

Engineering a solution to waste crisis

...ng concern. Predictions indicate that increases in municipal waste, the main contributor to landfill, will more...rge-scale experiments into generating compost from municipal waste. At a specially-constructed site in Carmarthenshire, West Wales, they are analysing constant r...

Water treatment reduces risk of Legionnaires'

...GTON, DC May 21, 2003 One county's change in its municipal water treatment system may have significantly redu...nge from chlorine to monochloramine to treat their municipal water supply. While treating the county water supply with chlorine, 20% of buildings tested for legi...

Johns Hopkins researchers devise methods to evaluate disaster drills

...uatemalan Red Cross responded, quickly followed by municipal and volunteer firefighter and police units. In total, there were 40 health care providers in 12 vehicles, caring for 49 victims. Evaluators measured the times until patients were triaged, and observed the actions in caring for those patients. Evalu...

Scientist helps solve peacock problems

... move from his own home." Usually, Bradley advises municipal and park managers to trap thebirds and give them to breeders who can keep them in a confinedenvironment. Leaving peafowl in place is rarely an option, she says,since one pair can produce 20 offspring a year....

Study concludes environmental management systems can boost performance, compliance

...ilities and small businesses to military bases and municipal water treatment plants. Researchers asked what th...ies, such as wastewater treatment plants and other municipal government operations as well as military bases." Big corporations mainly developed the ISO 14000 sy...

Virginia's champion trees make history

...rogram include Virginia Tech's Master Gardener and municipal Tree Stewards around the state. Kirwan hopes that volunteers from these programs can re-measure all 500 trees in the current database over the next five years. These volunteers -- along with volunteers from the 4-H Big Tree Program -- will ensure tha...

$3.2 million project to document dioxin levels in Houston ship channel

...pounds with hydrocarbons, such as in commercial or municipal waste incineration, and from uncontrolled combustion sources such as accidental fires and open burning of wastes. Chlorine bleaching of pulp and paper, certain types of chemical manufacturing and processing, and other industrial processes also can cr...

UC study links parasites in freshwater runoff to sea otter deaths

...d to Toxoplasma through both freshwater runoff and municipal waste (sewage), from cat feces flushed down toilet... shell. The authors found no such association with municipal sewage, but otters sampled near large freshwater outflows, such as streams and rivers, were far more...

Membrane filters offer options for cleaner water

... compounds that can affect the purity and color of municipal water supplies. Understanding how such filters interact with various contaminants, including bacteria and other organic materials, will help engineers devise more efficient filters, says Shankar Chellam, assistant professor of civil and environmental...

UCR scientists developing process to convert wet bio-waste into energy

...ueled by biosolid waste, which is the byproduct of municipal wastewater (sewage) treatment. Currently, that waste is spread on farm fields, trucked to landfills, or mixed with green waste to produce a soil amendment. The biosolids would quickly and simply be converted into useful forms of energy by the CE-CE...

Tracking and treating toxic waste in urban neighborhoods

...provide technical help to community groups, state, municipal and local environmental regulators and industry representatives in the Northeast. Researchers from four other institutions the University of Maryland, Morgan State University, the University of Connecticut and the New Jersey Institute of Technology w...

INEEL uses ethanol to reduce petroleum consumption, cut exhaust emissions

... grasses, wood and other low-value biomass such as municipal waste. A renewable fuel, it is produced in many locations around the country, but primarily in the Midwest, as well as in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. The INEEL, along with the rest of the federal government, is mandated to reduce the use of petroleu...

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