Weekly News Bulletin: Oct. 12-18, 2005


Onyx Purchases Shanks Group's UK Hazardous Waste Operations

Onyx, the Waste Management Division of Veolia Environnement, has purchased Shanks Group's UK hazardous waste operations for €41 million, or $49 million / £28million. Onyx officials said the investment will be stimulated by the introduction of the Landfill Directive in the UK and strict new treatment and disposal requirements. As a result of the acquisition, Onyx's market share has grown from 21 to 33 percent, making it the sector's leading company in the United Kingdom...Read More »



Rhode Island Investigates Ash Dumping At Landfill

Rhode Island environmental regulators are investigating whether the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (www.rirrc.org) violated the law by allowing a Wareham, Mass. incinerator to dump 80,000 tons of fly ash in its Johnston landfill. The state says the landfill may have violated the law by allowing the out-of-state ash to be dumped in a section of the landfill closed to solid waste. The landfill has already been declared a Superfund site...Read More »



Kaiser-Hill Completes Rocky Flats Cleanup

Kaiser-Hill Company, LLC has completed the physical cleanup work at the Rocky Flats Site near Denver, Colorado. The site produced plutonium and enriched uranium triggers for nuclear weapons from 1952 to 1989, and the ten-year cleanup was the largest, most complex environmental cleanup project in United States history. The Energy Department is reviewing Kaiser-Hill's declaration of physical completion, and once the work is certified, the site will be transitioned into the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Kaiser-Hill Company is a joint venture of Kaiser Group Holdings (www.kaisergroup.com) and CH2M HILL (www.ch2m.com) for the purpose of managing the cleanup and closure of the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology...Read More »



Pennsylvania Begins Multi-Site Cleanup

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell has announced an initiative to clean up 92 contaminated properties, mostly retail gas stations, over the next three years. The cleanups involve underground storage tanks at 23 counties throughout the state. Pennsylvania will be working with Motiva Enterprises LLC (www.motivaenterprises.com), Jiffy Lube International Inc. (www.jiffylube.com), and Pennzoil/Quaker State Co. (www.pennzoil-quakerstate.com) as part of a consent order. The order also calls for the companies to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $212,000, and provide oversight costs to the state Department of Environmental Protection (www.epa.gov) totaling $195,000 per year from 2006 to 2008...Read More »



EPA Files Final MACT Standards

The EPA has filed its final hazardous waste combustor MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) emissions standards for U.S. facilities. A total of 267 facilities across the country, including an estimated 100 to 150 newly subject to the rule, will have three years to reach compliance. In addition to incinerators, lightweight aggregate kilns, and cement kilns that burn hazardous waste, the final rule also affects halogen acid furnaces and solid and liquid fuel industrial boilers that burn hazardous waste...Read More »



9/11 Families Seek Burial Spot Other Than Fresh Kills Landfill

A battle between New York City and the families of hundreds of World Trade Center 9/11 victims over the final resting place of the victims' remains has moved to court. The families do not want the remains buried at the Fresh Kills Landfill, where ash from the site was taken after the attacks. The city says all identifiable remains were removed from Fresh Kills, but about half of the victims were unrecovered. The families want the ash removed, but city officials have said the cost of recovering and relocating more than one million tons of fine dust could be prohibitive...Read More »


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