Weekly News Bulletin: Dec. 1-7, 2003


Recyclenet Launches Recyclexchange.com Online Marketplace

RecycleNet Corporation (OTC: GARM) has launched RecycleXchange.com, an online marketplace for recyclable materials in Canada. RecycleNet acquired the Internet portal RecycleXchange.com in February 2003 and has re-launched the site to serve as Canada's a marketplace for materials such as glass, metal, rubber, paper, wood, plastic, chemicals, textiles, batteries, electronic equipment and consumer items. Industrial generators of recyclable materials, along with brokers, dealers, processors and consumers, can use the site to list materials to buy or sell. The site also includes directories of industry associations, publications and relevant companies...Read More »



Casella Waste Reports 23 Percent Rise In Net Income

Casella Waste Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CWST) announced that its second-quarter net income rose by 23 percent. The company, which operates mostly in the northeastern U.S., earned $5.69 million, or 20 cents a share, compared with $4.63 million, or 16 cents a share, a year ago. Thomson First Call had projected second-quarter earnings of 16 cents a share, based on a survey of seven analysts. The company had a 2.3% decline in revenue to $112 million from $114.6 million a year ago...Read More »



Weston Wins Major Air Force Environmental Contract

Weston Solutions, Inc. has won a Worldwide Environmental Restoration and Construction contract by the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence at Brooks AFB, TX. Under this indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Weston will provide a broad array of remediation and construction services to AFCEE clients worldwide, including environmental restoration, facilities/infrastructure construction, fueling system services, and ordnance removal. Weston is one of 24 contractors that will share in the $4 billion in total contract capacity available for the base five-year ordering period...Read More »



Major Atlanta Landfill Must Close Down, Judge Rules

The Live Oak Landfill in DeKalb County, Georgia, which collects more waste than any facility in Georgia and is the city of Atlanta's lone trash repository, must close by December 2004, a judge has ruled. The judge affirmed an order filed last year by then-Gov. Roy Barnes to shut down the private facility. State inspectors visited the landfill on several occasions in March 2002 and found sludge was not being immediately covered. Waste Management, which owns and operates the landfill, also was ordered to pay a $214,000 fine. Live Oak collects about 1.2 million tons of waste a year...Read More »



New Jersey DEP Seeks To Stop Flow of Water From Landfill Into Sewers

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has sent letters to federal agencies in an attempt to stop the flow of water from the GEMS Landfill water to Camden County's sewers. The DEP, in letters to the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Nuclear Regulatory Commission, questions whether the radionuclides in the water are naturally occurring, as the EPA contends, or if it could potentially have come from industrial sources. The DEP has also requested that the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority delay accepting the wastewater until the issue is resolved. The discharge from the federal Superfund site is scheduled to begin before the end of the year...Read More »



NAACP Joins In Legal Battle Against Arizona Landfill

The NAACP has joined in a legal fight to stop a proposed landfill in a Phoenix, Arizona suburb with African-American roots by accusing Maricopa County supervisors of civil rights violations. The NAACP filed a civil complaint against the Board of Supervisors in federal court, alleging supervisors violated civil rights by approving zoning laws and land use ordinances that have established the community as "the preferred destination for a string of environmentally undesirable projects." In December, supervisors voted 3-1 to allow Southpoint Environmental Services to build a landfill on 690 acres, the fourth such facility near Mobile...Read More »



Judge Keeps Kentucky Incinerator In Operation

A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that Kentucky's only commercial hazardous-waste incinerator can remain open. The Kentucky Cabinet for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection had gone to court in an attempt to terminate the interim operating permit of LWD Inc. in Calvert City. State officials believed LWD lacked the money to operate safely. But a bankruptcy judge ruled that LWD's experts made a better case than the state's in arguing whether the plant's continued operation posed an imminent danger to human health or the environment...Read More »



Anniston Army Depot Prepares New Phase of Incineration

The U.S. Army has completed performance tests at its chemical weapons incinerator in Anniston, Alabama and is preparing to begin destroying gelled rockets. Incinerator officials plan to process two rockets a day to start, progressing to 14 gelled rockets an hour, with an agent trial burn planned for the beginning of February. Since the Army began burning its Anniston stockpile of Cold War-era chemical munitions in August, it has destroyed more than 14,700 M-55 rockets filled with sarin, and more than 15,000 gallons of the agent collected from the rockets. Nearly 700,000 munitions weighing 2,254 tons have been stored at the Anniston Army Depot for more than 40 years...Read More »


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