Weekly News Bulletin: Dec. 12-18, 2002


Russians Protest Lax Security At Nuclear Waste Sites

Russian environmentalists have urged their government to focus on strengthening security at the nation's nuclear dumpsites and coping with the environmental damage arising from Soviet-era nuclear programs, rather than importing radioactive waste from abroad. Russian nuclear waste depots are built above ground, making them more vulnerable to terrorists, and new nuclear dumpsites planned by the government are also to be located above ground to minimize construction costs. The government insists that all of the country's nuclear facilities are duly secured, but environmentalists noted that until recently, the Zheleznogorsk waste depot, which holds about 3,520 tons of nuclear waste, was protected only by a shaky barbed wire fence...Read More »



Minnesota Requires Scrap Yard To Clean Up Operations

The Schwartzmann Co. scrap yard in Anoka, Minn. is facing civil and criminal complaints from state officials over what investigators say are ongoing violations at the site and illegal dumping in Wright County. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is working to establish a settlement with the company that will bring it up to state standards for testing and disposal of solid and hazardous waste. Company officials note that their facility is in line with federal rules, but state officials say their laws are stricter than the federal legislation...Read More »



McClain Will Be Delisted From Nasdaq

McClain Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCCL), a manufacturer of solid waste handling and transportation equipment, has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a Certification and Notice of Termination of Registration. As a result of the termination, the company will delist its shares from the Nasdaq SmallCap market. The company also announced that Ronald Briggs, Raymond Elliott and Walter Kirchberger each resigned as directors of the company...Read More »



Bush Administration Institutes Runoff Waste Rules

The Bush administration has ordered the largest U.S. cattle, hog and poultry farms to curb manure runoff that causes water pollution. Under the new rules, an estimated 15,500 factory farms must obtain water pollution permits, write and implement nutrient management plans by December 2006, and submit annual reports detailing the number of animals on each farm, the amount of manure generated and disposal methods. Currently, 4,500 operations are required to have pollution permits. The farms will spend an estimated $335 million a year to comply with the rules, issued under court order by the Environmental Protection Agency...Read More »



Sonic Environmental Issues Shares Of Common Stock

Common shares of Sonic Environmental Solutions Inc. of Vancouver (formerly ADR Global Enterprises Ltd.) have commenced trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-VEN: SNV) as of Tuesday, December 17, 2002. Sonic is in the process of commercializing its low-frequency sonic generator technology to remediate PCB-tainted industrial lands...Read More »



Pennsylvania DEP Joins Forces With Eagles

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has formed a recycling partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. As part of the partnership, the Eagles will recycle plastic, aluminum and glass at Veterans Stadium, the soon-to-be-completed Lincoln Financial Field and at the Eagles practice facility. Pennsylvania's Recycle Team, a group of cartoon-like characters who together spell the word "recycle," made a recent appearance at the stadium to help kick off recycling at the Vet. Since the Recycling Team was formally introduced, they have visited 22 counties, 12 school districts, six universities and 20 media promotions...Read More »



Environmental Chemical Wins $150m Corps Of Engineers Contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded Environmental Chemical Corporation a five-year, $150-million contract for debris removal, debris reduction, and site management services. Work under the contract will be awarded following any natural or man-made disaster within the state of Hawaii and Pacific Region. The contract involves emergency-response services for clearing, screening, reducing, transporting, and properly disposing of natural and man-made debris at disaster sites. As needed, ECC will also perform demolition services as part of cleanup efforts...Read More »


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