Weekly News Bulletin: Jul. 17-23, 2003


Michigan Settles Over Ingham Landfill Cleanup

The state of Michigan expects to recover $4.8 million related to the cleanup of the former Sunrise Landfill following a recently filed consent decree. The decree in Ingham County Circuit Court stems from a case brought by the state attorney general's office over the landfill, which operated from the late 1960s until 1978 in Allegan County's Wayland Township. In 1999 and 2000, state environmental officials removed almost 6,000 buried drums of waste from the site, as well as contaminated soil and liquid. In exchange for payment for its work, the state agreed not to sue the 82 parties in connection with the 1999 and 2000 cleanup efforts. Some of the 82 parties were involved in three previous consent decrees over the site. Those settlements were made following three lawsuits and brought in about $3 million for cleanup efforts before 1999 as well as site improvements...Read More »



Georgia Development Group Recommends Against Savannah River Landfill

The Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center has recommended against a proposed landfill on the Savannah River. Atlantic Waste Services is proposing a municipal solid waste landfill for a 560-acre site, all but two acres of which are in unincorporated Chatham County. Concerns about adjacent historic and natural resources were part of the RDC's negative findings. Other concerns included the suitability of the site's soil, and the vulnerability of the location to natural hazards such as flooding...Read More »



Florida DEP, NFL Work To Recycle Oil

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Advance Discount Auto Parts have announced a joint public awareness campaign, Bring Every Quart Back! The program will encourage Floridians to protect natural resources and underground drinking water supplies by properly disposing used motor oil. Statewide, only 35 percent of the more than seven million gallons of motor oil used annually is recycled. In 2001, Florida's Public Used Oil Collection Centers successfully recycled 2,709,035 gallons of used oil...Read More »



Halliburton Seeks Delay In Asbestos Settlement Implementation

Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL) is seeking two more months to resolve more than 200,000 asbestos claims as Congress addresses a plan that could save the oil-services company billions of dollars in settlement costs. The company said its DII Industries LLC unit and a separate company, Harbison-Walker Refractories Co., reached an agreement with lawyers representing asbestos victims to extend a stay until Sept 30. In December, Halliburton proposed a cash and stock settlement now valued at about $4.25 billion. The postponement comes as Congress debates a plan that would limit the impact of asbestos litigation on companies and would reduce Halliburton's asbestos costs by an estimated $3.5 billion...Read More »



Kenbay Sold To U.S.-Based Management Team

KenBay, Inc., a formerly Ireland-based producer of waste management disposal solutions, has been sold to a United States management team. Specializing in waste compaction systems, KenBay was opened eight years ago in the United States by the Irish firm of the same name. KenBay will relocate its U.S. headquarters from Rochelle Park, NJ to Mendham, NJ later this month. KenBay's flagship product is the Rotorpac, a continuous-process compactor...Read More »



Environmental Elements Begins Restructuring Plan

Environmental Elements Corporation (Amex: EEC) has begun to implement a restructuring plan in order to respond to lowered demand for its large, custom designed and engineered products and to continue its focus on the service, maintenance and rebuild work that it performs for its customers. The costs of this restructuring are expected to be paid within the quarter ending September 30, 2003, and will result in a charge of approximately $140,000 for severance and other costs...Read More »



House Boosts Spending on Yucca Mountain Plan

The House of Representatives has curbed spending on U.S. nuclear weapons programs but boosted funding for the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in passing a $27.1 billion bill funding energy and water programs next year. The House voted 377-26 to clear the measure. But it will likely face stiff opposition from the Senate, which has taken a different approach in its companion bill. Overall, the bill would be an increase of around $942 million over the current fiscal year, but would slash more than $326 million from President George W. Bush's budget request...Read More »



San Francisco, Norcal Will Use Biocorp Bags For Composting

The City and County of San Francisco and Norcal Waste Systems Inc. have announced that they will use Biocorp N.A. bags for the citywide composting program. Company officials note that Biocorp North America bags meet the stringent ASTM 6400 D99 testing standards for compostability. Biocorp San Francisco is offering a 20% discount to the residents of San Francisco County on certain compostable and biodegradable bags and liners through its affiliate, on-line retailer www.e-biodegradables.com...Read More »


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