Weekly News Bulletin: Feb. 2-8, 2006


Maine Rolls Out New E-Waste Recycling Law

The state of Maine's e-waste recycling law has taken effect, requiring electronics manufacturers to pay the cost of recycling residential computer monitors and television sets. Municipalities must collect the electronics, then deliver the material to in-state consolidation facilities. At that point, electronics manufacturers will handle and recycle their own branded products, and will share in the cost of recycling orphaned products...Read More »



PDG Environmental Wins $4.4m In Katrina Cleanup Contracts

PDG Environmental (OTC: PDGE) has won several contracts worth an aggregate $4.4 million in states impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Work on the contract has already begun, and is expected to be booked primarily in the first quarter of FY2007. Approximately $1.8 million of the awards will go for demolition and mold remediation in Louisiana. The remainder are for remediation and reconstruction services throughout Texas, Florida, and Mississippi...Read More »



Oregon, Indiana Offer Pilot Thermostat Rebate Programs

The Product Stewardship Institute, the Thermostat Recycling Corp., Portland General Electric, and the states of Oregon and Indiana are offering a year-long pilot program offering financial incentives to recycle mercury-containing thermostats. The program received a $50,000 grant from the federal EPA. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractors will receive a $3 rebate coupon in Indiana or a $4 coupon in Oregon for the purchase of new, non-mercury qualified thermostats...Read More »



Louisiana Defends Reopening Of Former New Orleans Landfill

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality continues to seek to justify the opening of the controversial Old Gentilly Landfill in New Orleans to receive hurricane debris. The facility, which was closed in 1986, was reopened in late September. A recent DEQ order justifies reopening the facility, and notes that the landfill operators have begun funding post-closure care. Opponents of the reopening have contended that the landfill was not properly permitted, and that the state did not consider all possible alternatives...Read More »



New Lexington, S.C. Landfill Could Set Up Statewide Regulatory Battle

A new landfill planned for Lexington, S.C. could result in a lawsuit that will affect the siting of landfills statewide. The landfill is sited in the path of Lexington's annexation, setting up a fight between the city and Lexington County. In addition, the site is near a proposed multimillion-dollar shopping development, drawing additional opposition to the plans for the site. County officials note that the county has the legal responsibility of establishing rules for landfills, and the city cannot override those rules by annexing a tract of land. But state environmental rules prohibit counties from enacting moratoriums on landfills...Read More »



Honolulu May Be Forced To Extend Landfill's Life

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman has said he is not certain if the city's Waimanalo Gulch landfill can close as scheduled in 2008, causing concern that the area will be taking in waste for the entire island of Oahu for longer than expected. City officials have searched for more innovative solutions to the landfill dilemma, but in late 2004 voted to keep the landfill open longer in order to buy time to develop new disposal plans. But the city has few options; shipping out waste is expensive, while expanding even the landfill or an on-island incinerator will be time-consuming...Read More »


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