Weekly News Bulletin: Jan. 1-7, 2004


Delaware Considers Possibilities For Mandatory Recycling

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority has agreed to consider possibilities for a mandatory, statewide curbside recycling program. A report last year found curbside recycling could be instituted for northern Delaware at little to no additional cost; combined with resistance to the expansion of the state's major landfill, recycling has become a more attractive option. Even the most recycling-intensive areas of northern Delaware only recycle about 6 percent of their waste...Read More »



SSWM Begins Testing Propellant Cleanup Technology

Sub-Surface Waste Management of Delaware Inc. (OTCBB: SSWM) has received regulatory agency approval for a technology demonstration of rocket propellant cleanup with a confidential responsible party with a site in California. In the United States, ammonium perchlorate is used as an oxidizer in solid rocket propellant. SSWM is developing a blend of microbes and nutrients and engineering applications for groundwater treatment of perchlorates...Read More »



Allied Waste Sells Off Operations In Four States

Allied Waste Industries Inc. (NYSE: AW) has completed the sale of its northern and central Florida operations to Capital Environmental Resource Inc. (Nasdaq: CERI) for $76 million; the company expects to sell its remaining Florida operations in the first quarter of 2004 for $44 million. Allied Waste also completed the sale of certain non-integrated operations in Virginia, Idaho and Wyoming to two separate private companies, for combined proceeds of $100 million. After the sale of the remaining Florida operations, Allied will have completed its plan to divest itself of $335 million of annual revenue and $65 million of annual operating income in order to pay down debt...Read More »



San Diego Judge Rules Against Floating Debris Plan

A San Diego Judge has ruled that the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board abused its discretion in issuing the Zero Trash Total Maximum Daily Load order. The order mandates that cities reduce floating debris found in local flood control channels by 10 percent each year over the next decade. The judge ruled that the board abused its discretion by failing to conduct a cost/benefit analysis or consider economic impacts, as required by the Clean Water Act and State Water Codes. The County and City of Los Angeles settled out of court in September with the Regional Board, the state agency that sets water quality standards. According to county estimates, the order could have cost taxpayers $642 million to reach the 90 percent trash reduction level...Read More »



Antaeon Wins Army Environmental Support Systems Contract

Anteon International Corporation (NYSE: ANT) has won a five-year contract to provide environmental support services to the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Washington with a total possible value of $15.7 million. Under this contract, Anteon will provide information technology, environmental analysis, and program management professional services for the Fort Lewis Public Works, Environmental and Natural Resources Division. For 2002, Anteon reported revenues of $826 million with approximately 5,900 employees...Read More »



Arcadis Develops World's Largest Landfill Gas Plant

Arcadis (NASDAQ: ARCAF) has finalized the development of the largest landfill gas energy plant in the world. The landfill gas is extracted from the 345-acre Bandeirantes landfill near Sao Paolo in Brazil. The associated 23MW plant generates 170 million KwH of electricity annually, sufficient to power more than 58,000 households. The energy plant was built in three months...Read More »



Long-Running Virginia Landfill Lawsuit Ends In Settlement

A settlement reached in federal court between the Roanoke County Virginia Board of Supervisors and various local companies has brought to a close one of the longest-running cases in western Virginia, a battle over the Dixie Caverns Superfund Landfill. As part of the settlement, General Electric and VFP Inc., formerly Virginia Fiberglass Products, agreed to pay $390,000 and $90,000, respectively, though they deny liability in the case. The board of supervisors also has dropped its claims against the handful of remaining defendants in the case. But the $5.17 million recouped through legal action still falls short of the $13 million cost to clean the site. Roanoke County covered the rest of the money...Read More »


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