Weekly News Bulletin: Jan. 15-21, 2004


Pennsylvania Passes Four Million Annual Tons Of Recycling

Pennsylvania's municipal waste recycling efforts in 2002 passed 4 million tons for the first time in history, according to reports filed by Pennsylvania counties for all materials recycled in 2002. State officials noted that Pennsylvania's recycling industry, which includes 141 manufacturers of recycled products, has created a $23.4 billion industry that employs more than 81,000 people. Recycling generates $18.4 billion in annual sales and contributing $305 million in state taxes in Pennsylvania. The state purchased more than $70 million worth of recycled products in the 2001-02 fiscal year, including all paper used in agency operations, recycled plastic lumber, re-treaded truck tires, re-refined oil and recycled rubber joint sealant...Read More »



Lockheed Wins EPA Information Services Contract

Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) has won a contract worth up to $700 million over the next nine years to provide data management and computer science services to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Lockheed will work with Concurrent Technologies (London: CNC.L) and BearingPoint Inc. (NYSE: BE), among others, to provide statistical services and geographic information systems support. The contract is single award for five years, with additional options for four more years. Operations will be based in Arlington, Virginia, with four satellite centers in Raleigh, N.C.; Richland, Wash.; Stennis Space Center, Miss. and Las Vegas, Nev...Read More »



Safety-Kleen Announces CEO's Departure

Safety-Kleen Corp., which emerged from bankruptcy protection in December, has announced that Chief Executive and President Ronald Rittenmeyer is leaving the company. Rittenmeyer, who joined the company in 2001 and oversaw its reorganization, will remain with Safety-Kleen until a replacement can be found...Read More »



Florida Files Suit Over Refinery Cleanup

The state of Florida has filed suit to recover more than $12 million in environmental cleanup costs from the operators of the now-defunct St. Marks refinery in Leon County. The state's Department of Environmental Protection filed the suit filed with the Leon County Circuit Court against American International Petroleum Corp. (OTC: AIPN.PK), St Marks Refinery Inc. and Seminole Refining Corp. According to the suit, asphalt, pentachlorophenol and petroleum products were stored at the site in northern Florida for fifty years, and oil lagoons and tar pits had contaminated nearby waterways, wetlands and soils...Read More »



Sub-Surface Waste Management Reports Record Revenues

Sub-Surface Waste Management of Delaware Inc. (OTC: SSWM) has announced financial results for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2003. Revenues were 160 percent of the prior year and the highest in the company's history, gross profit margins improved and earnings per share losses were decreased as SSWM moves to fully commercialize its environmental cleanup solutions. The company transitioned to public trading, and is preparing the move from R&D into commercialization...Read More »



Hilo, Hawaii Landfill Gains An Extra Two Years Of Life

Hawaii environmental officials say the Hilo landfill on Hawaii's Big Island is filling more slowly than expected, and should remain open for two more years. County officials had thought that the landfill would fill up late last year, but new surveys indicate that recycling and other efforts have helped reduce the amount of waste coming into the landfill. Despite the landfill extension, Hawaii County officials still need to find a permanent disposal solution for Hilo and East Hawaii waste. Disposal technologies under consideration include incineration similar to Honolulu's H-Power operation...Read More »



Arizona Legislators Seek To Lift Solid Waste Fine Caps

Three Arizona lawmakers are seeking to lift caps on fines related to solid waste pollution. Republican state Reps. Deb Gullett, Steve Huffman and Tom O'Halleran want to lift the current $15,000 cap on fines for companies violating solid waste management regulations. The bill, HB2087, has the support of environmental groups such as the Sierra Club. The three Republicans have also proposed legislation to broaden eligibility rules for a loan fund for brownfield clean-ups...Read More »


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