Weekly News Bulletin: Sep. 18-24, 2006


Study Confirms Presence of Harmful Chemicals in Biosolid Garden Products

A recent study conducted by Chad Kinney, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Eastern Washington University, found dozens of medicinal, industrial and household compounds in treated sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, that are often sold to homeowners to enhance lawns and gardens...Read More »



Wastecon This Week in Charlotte, NC - September 19-21

The Solid Waste Association of North America hosts Wastecon this week in Charlotte NC from September 19th through the 21st...Read More »



Political Mud Slinging in Michigan About Banned Canadian Waste

Michigan State Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis accused U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of playing election-year politics by staging an ineffective largely symbolic agreement with Ontario to halt imported trash...Read More »



Norfolk Council Tells SPSA No to New York City Waste

In a political climate that is beginning to resemble the garbage barge of the 1980s, there is more talk of mutiny among Southeastern Public Service Authority's (SPSA) partners. Most recently, the City of Norfolk City Council decided to vote against SPSA plans to import out-of-state waste. Norfolk is just one of eight board members but is considered influential to the others since it produces 25% of the waste handled by SPSA...Read More »



Senator Thune Introduces Bill to Help Track Hazardous Wastes

Senator John Thune (R-SD) wants to bring waste management into the 21st century by creating an electronic clearing house of hazardous wastes. He and cosponsor, Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) recently introduced the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (S. 3871)...Read More »



Caterpillar to Help Develop Remanufacturing Industry in China

Caterpillar has signed a letter of intent to promote the development of China's remanufacturing industry. The deal gives Caterpillar a significant foothold in one of the world's fastest growing economies while it offers the Chinese government a sophisticated and valuable partner in its efforts. "Remanufacturing is a highly sophisticated form of recycling that takes end-of-life components and turns them into like-new products for a fraction of the cost," according to Stu Levenick, Caterpillar's Group President. "Our remanufacturing business is one of the fastest growing parts of our company because this technology helps our customers remain competitive and promotes a sustainable environment by reducing waste and the need for raw materials to make new parts."...Read More »



Casella Waste Systems Dismisses PwC as Auditor

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CWST) disclosed that its audit committee has dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company's independent auditor...Read More »



Startech Environmental Will Help Build a Plasma Converter in Las Tablas, Panama

Startech Environmental Corp. announced that its associate company, Sicmar International Panama S. A. signed a contract with the city of Las Tablas, Panama, securing land and waste for a 200-ton-per-day Plasma Converter Facility...Read More »



Teamsters-Represented Waste Management Garbage-Truck Mechanics Settle Strike

Seattle area Teamsters, representing garbage-truck mechanics working for Waste Management, and who had been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2005, finally ratified a contract, ending a five day strike...Read More »



Metal Treatment Technologies Cleans Up Firing Ranges

Metal Treatment Technologies (MT2) recently announced that it used its patented processes for recovering, treating and neutralizing toxic metals to cleanup more than a dozen firing ranges in the past eighteen months. James M. Barthel, president and CEO of the Denver-based company, said that "the nation's 10,000-plus firing ranges represent the single largest source of lead contamination, annually putting more than 160 million pounds into the environment."...Read More »



Deal to Turn San Antonio Landfill into Sports Arena Moves Forward

Gordon Hartman's charitable plans to turn a former landfill in San Antonio, Texas into a $10 million sports complex that could include twenty new soccer fields is one step closer to realization...Read More »


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