Weekly News Bulletin: Oct. 14-20, 2003


SNC-Lavalin Wins United Arab Emirates Waste Management Contract

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (Toronto: SNC.TO) has won a $47.4 million contract from the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co. for a waste-management facility in the United Arab Emirates. The engineering firm will handle the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the facility. Work is scheduled to begin in November, with completion expected in 30 months...Read More »



EC Begins Inquiry Into German Recycling Operations

The European Commission has begun a legal inquiry into Germany's controversial can-recycling system. The Commission has expressed concern that Germany's system of deposit requirements on non-reusable packages, such as beverage cans, is too complex and discriminatory against foreign importers. "The Commission is concerned that the way in which the systems function may constitute a disproportionate barrier to the free movement of packaged beverages from other Member States, in violation of the Treaty's Internal Market rules," the Commission said in a statement...Read More »



Startech Completes E-Waste Destruction Test

Startech Environmental Corporation has successfully completed a $70,000 contract from Concurrent Technologies Corporation to demonstrate the ability of Startech's Plasma Converter to safely process and destroy e-waste. CTC operates the National Defense Center for Environmental Excellence under a contract with the Department of Defense. Startech's Plasma Converter System can irreversibly destroy hazardous waste, industrial byproducts, and other materials, while converting them into useful products such as surplus energy and hydrogen...Read More »



Bechtel Jacobs Wins Cleanup Contract at Oak Ridge

Bechtel Jacobs Company has received a new accelerated environmental cleanup contract from the U.S. Department of Energy for work at various sites in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The value of this 5-year, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract is estimated at $1.8 billion. Under the accelerated cleanup approach, officials estimate that DOE will see $1.4 billion in cost savings over the life of the Oak Ridge program...Read More »



EPA Will Not Regulate Dioxins in Sewage Sludge

The Environmental Protection Agency has declared that it will not regulate dioxins in sewage sludge applied as fertilizer to U.S. crops, since the use of the sludge does not harm humans or the environment. After studying the issue for five years, the EPA said in a statement it determined "that dioxins from this source do not pose a significant risk to human health or the environment." Environmental groups and consumer organizations have long fought against the practice of allowing treated sewage sludge to be used as fertilizer...Read More »



EMS Completes Acquisition of Wasteco

Environmental Management Solutions Inc. (TSX: EMS) has completed its acquisition of WasteCo Environmental Services Ltd., a provider of waste management and environmental services to the oil and gas, industrial, and manufacturing industries. EMS will pay a total consideration of $8.5 million for WasteCo's operations, which include soil recycling facilities, fuel blending facilities, and site remediation capabilities...Read More »



Spartanburg, S.C. Votes Down Waste Management Landfill

The Spartanburg, S.C. County Council has voted against issuing a permit for Waste Management to construct a new landfill. The company had offered free disposal and host fees totaling $60 million, but according to WYFF-4 News, did not disclose the exact location of the planned landfill. The company said the 200-acre site would only affect six rural residences, but commissioners said they were uncomfortable permitting a landfill whose site was unknown. Spartanburg's current Wellford Landfill still has 30 to 50 years of space remaining if it is expanded...Read More »



Indiana Warns Munster About Financial Requirements

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has warned Munster officials that they have not yet proven there is sufficient financial stability to ensure the proper post-closure care of the town's landfill, scheduled to close next spring. Town officials contend that they have more than enough money to cover the closure. The town is working on plans to redevelop the landfill into a bike trail and golf course, at an estimated total cost of about $3 million...Read More »


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