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$2.8 Million Environmental Violation Settlement

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley, along with 34 other California District Attorneys and two City Attorneys, announced today that a Monterey County Superior Court Judge has ordered Massachusetts-based retailer The TJX Companies, Inc. to pay $2.8 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution. The TJX Companies, Inc. operates throughout California as T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods brands.


Related Topix: Santa Barbara County, CA, Retail, TJX Companies, Monterey County, CA, Science, Alameda County, CA

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Business Journal

Ecology & Environment inks $7.8M contract in Illinois

Ecology and Environment Inc. will continue a longstanding relationship with the Illinois Department of Transportation under a three-year $7.8 million contract announced Tuesday. Officials said the work involves hazardous waste and underground storage tank investigations at IDOT construction sites, oversight of emergency response actions, evaluation of corrective and remedial actions and costs, compliance assessments, and implementation of remedial programs.


Related Topix: Science, Illinois, Illinois Government, Ecology and Environment

Science Daily

From sea to shining sea, politics divide coastal residents' views of environment

From the salmon-rich waters of Southeast Alaska to the white sand beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast to Downeast Maine's lobster, lumber and tourist towns, coastal residents around the US share a common characteristic: their views about coastal environments divide along political lines. On 35 out of 36 comparisons in one analysis, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to see environmental problems as a serious threat.


Related Topix: Science, us Travel, Travel, University of New Hampshire, Life, Food, Seafood, Louisiana

The Republic

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania. The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward.


Related Topix: Science, Department of Energy, Geology

ABC2 Maryland

Dentist calls Crest dangerous, P&G responds

Procter & Gamble is making major changes to several of its products after a dental hygienist said she noticed something strange in her patients' mouths. Trish Walraven said she spotted little blue specks in the gum lines of her patients a few years ago.


Related Topix: Dentistry, Procter and Gamble, Household Products, Science

Kirkland Reporter

Wastemobile collects household hazardous waste in Bothell, Sept. 19-21

All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Bothell, Sept. 19-21.


Related Topix: Science, Bothell, WA, King County, WA, Publishing, Media, Seattle Times

WKYC-TV Cleveland

Scientists get federal grant for Great Lakes studyScientists get...

Scientists get federal grant for Great Lakes study The studies will provide information that will help protect the lakes and preserve them for future generations. Check out this story on Harmful Algal Bloom at Mentor Headlands Beach in 2012.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Debbie Stabenow, Carl Levin, Democrat, Traverse City, MI, Science

The Georgia Straight

Three reasons why global warming requires a full stop for new tar sands pipelines and tankers

New satellite image analysis shows Greenland and Antarctica now losing a mind-boggling 500 cubic kilometres of ice annually, more than double the rate of five years ago, speeding up sea-level rise. United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has asked world leaders to attend a special climate summit in New York this month to bring new initiatives in the fight against global warming and lay groundwork for agreement at the upcoming critical summit in Paris in 2015.


Related Topix: Global Warming, Science, Activism, Columbia, CA, Boat Disaster, Alternative Energy, Energy

Mon Sep 15, 2014

This is Wiltshire

Averies fire is out at last after 57 days

EIGHT weeks to the day since it started, the Averies Recycling fire was finally put out yesterday, much to the relief of residents and businesses neighbouring the Marshgate site. The blaze started on July 21 and burned continuously, with the fire service and Environment Agency expected to leave Averies' base today.


Related Topix: Fire, Science, World News, Oxfordshire County, England, United Kingdom, Wiltshire County, England

Loveland's Hach Co. requests $1 million incentive

Hach Co's proposed 86,000-square-foot research-and-development center would be built on open land just behind the existing 150,000-square-foot facility.


Related Topix: Loveland, CO, Larimer County, CO, Non-Profit, Science, Fort Collins, CO

Incinerator dioxin levels reduced but new rules allow more types of waste to be burned

Tighter emission standards rein in output of dioxins, but critics say the revisions allow burning of industrial sludge in city furnaces New environmental standards have tightened the emission of dioxins, a group of major carcinogens, across the mainland by a factor of 10 in response to rising public fears over incinerating household waste in cities. But the updated regulation, which took effect on July 1, may not allay public fears and stop protests over incinerator projects, with some experts and industry insiders saying that some of the clauses will actually help incinerating businesses to grow.


Related Topix: Science, China, Asia, World News, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Jersey Journal

Environmental groups say $190M Passaic River settlement should go toward river clean up

The EPA announces a major clean up of the Passaic River at an event at Riverfront Park in Newark, NJ, on Friday, April 11, 2014. ) NEWARK - The state moved closer to ending more than eight years of litigation over toxic pollution in the Passaic River with the announcement of a $190 million settlement agreement with the Occidental Chemical Co.


Related Topix: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Newark, NJ, Science, Passaic, NJ


Google wants to fly drones above New Mexico

On Friday, the company asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to use two blocks of frequencies for the tests, which are scheduled to last about six months and begin in October. They will be conducted above an area of more than 1,400 square kilometers in the center of New Mexico to the east of Albuquerque.


Related Topix: Business News, Federal Communications Commission, Science

Inter Press Service

A Flood of Energy Projects Clash with Mexican Communities

Trees on the bank of the Blanco river that have been felled to make way for a power plant. Hydroelectric projects are threatening biodiversity and the way of life of communities in the state of Veracruz, in southeast Mexico.


Related Topix: North America, World News, Mexico, Natural Disasters, Flood, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Hydroelectric Power, Science, Geothermal Power


Stanford-Led Study Assesses Environmental Costs...

Image Caption: This is a fracking operations at a well pad near a farm over the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania. Credit: Robert Jackson, Stanford University Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds.


Related Topix: Startups, Stanford University, Science, Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Alternative Energy, Energy, Wind Power, Renewable Energy (Green Energy)

Science, Industry and Business

Contaminated water in 2 states linked to faulty shale gas wells

Faulty well integrity, not hydraulic fracturing deep underground, is the primary cause of drinking water contamination from shale gas extraction in parts of Pennsylvania and Texas, according to a new study by researchers from five universities. The scientists from Duke, Ohio State, Stanford, Dartmouth and the University of Rochester published their peer-reviewed study Sept.


Related Topix: University of Rochester, Science

Earth Times

Global Warming 's final warning.

Will they see the light, or will be left with only Paris next year as a last-ditch effort to slow the global warming? The answer is basically in ourh ands- or have people no influence on climate change events any more? NY image ; Credit: A© Shutterstock The NYC Climate Summit is building up pressure. This press release is a significant document, alongside all the crushing evidence of an out-of-control climate, involving many prominent people who want the politicians to make their own impact.


Related Topix: Science, Shutterstock, Alternative Energy, Wind Power, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy


United Nations Reveals List of Leaders Attending Upcoming Climate Summit

The United Nations Secretary-General's daylong Climate Summit in New York on Sept. 23 will draw about 120 heads of state, and many lower-ranking officials, according to a list of speakers the U.N. released this week.


Related Topix: World News, China, Asia, Global Warming, Science, Canada

Sun Sep 14, 2014

China Digital Times

Incinerator Protests Signal New Environmental Consciousness

A street march broke out on Saturday in Boluo County, Guangdong Province, and three residents contacted by telephone said the protest had resumed on Sunday, when people again walked toward government offices in the main town, despite a police announcement issued through the domestic news media that 24 people had already been detained. The residents spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing fears of arrest.


Related Topix: World News, China, Asia, Science

Ports Australia had hand in reef plan

PORT managers and a farm lobby group have helped draft Australia's new plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef. UNESCO demanded Australia come up with a long-term plan to safeguard the reef, as authorities consider whether to list it as a World Heritage site in danger.


Related Topix: Science, Agriculture