Weekly News Bulletin: Dec. 8-14, 2003


Pennsylvania Rejects Plans For Waste Management Expansion

Pennsylvania environmental officials have rejected a request by Waste Management Inc. to expand the 276-acre Pottstown landfill in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The decision means the Pottstown Landfill will be forced to close, according to the Department of Environmental Protection. Waste Management had applied for a vertical expansion of the landfill, which opened in 1947. Residents had complained about the landfill's effect on public health. Waste Management owns 21 of the approximately 50 landfills in Pennsylvania...Read More »



Canadian Waste Restriction Bill Passes U.S. House

An amendment regulating the import of Canadian waste into Michigan landfills has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The amendment would dedicate $1 million toward enforcing a 1992 treaty that required Canada to notify the U.S. EPA about each shipment of waste that enters the United States. The EPA would then have 30 days to accept or reject the shipment. The amendment, originally approved in July, was folded into a spending package that now must pass the U.S. Senate. Michigan representatives had complained that the EPA had ignored previous requests to implement the treaty...Read More »



UConn Plans For Waste Storage Concern Neighbors

Residents near the University of Connecticut have expressed concerns about plans to move a hazardous waste storage facility to a location near a former landfill on campus, and contend the plans are not subject to sufficient regulatory scrutiny. The waste would be held for up to 90 days before being hauled away for disposal, and could include chemical solvents, re-agents, alcohol, biological waste and low-level radioactive waste, among other materials...Read More »



ENSR Wins Postal Service Environmental Contract

ENSR International has won a 5-Year Environmental Services Contract by the United States Postal Service, with a potential value of $5 million. ENSR will provide environmental services throughout New England and New York, an area that comprises 3,000 facilities. The company will assist with clean air and water issues; hazardous waste site investigation, assessment and remediation; storage tank management; emergency response; health and safety risk communication; and other environmental liability and compliance concerns...Read More »



Former EPA Administrator Whitman Joins United Technologies

Christine Todd Whitman, the former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will join the board of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX. Whitman, 57, a former New Jersey governor, served as EPA administrator from 2001 to 2003. United Technologies, the maker of Otis elevators, Pratt & Whitney jet engines and Carrier air conditioners, said Whitman would help the company's efforts to grow without damaging the environment. In 2001, United Technologies identified 465 locations, primarily in the United States, at which it could have liability for contamination, according to securities filings from 2002...Read More »



CH2M Hill Acquires Lockwood Greene

CH2M Hill has acquired Lockwood Greene for $95.5 million. Lockwood Greene, based in Spartanburg, S.C., is an engineering and construction firm focused on national and multinational industrial and power clients. Lockwood Greene has been in operation since 1832, making it the oldest, continuously operating professional services firm in the United States. Lockwood Greene's current operation employs 2,500 professionals and has approximately $600 million in annual revenues...Read More »



Perma-Fix Restructures Industrial Services Segment

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: PESI) has announced a restructuring and reduction in force within its Industrial Services Segment to improve margins and increase profitability. The reduction in force eliminated approximately 50 jobs. In addition, the segment has changed its strategic direction away from low-margin broker disposal services, to a more customer-direct regional sales and operations strategy. The restructuring will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2003 and will result in a charge of approximately $200,000; the workforce reduction will result in annual savings of approximately $3.2 million...Read More »


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