Latest Superfund sites Stories

2012-08-07 07:40:33

Program requires organizational, technological changes The current approach for identifying and destroying buried chemical munitions and related chemical warfare materials uncovered during environmental remediation projects is neither reliable enough nor has the capability to efficiently tackle large-scale projects, says a new report from the National Research Council. An alternative or modified approach is needed to remediate the Redstone Arsenal and other such projects on active and...

Prehistoric Pig Remains Found At Texas Excavation Site
2011-11-07 06:12:58

Construction workers excavating the site of a new high-explosive pressing facility in Amarillo, Texas, discovered the remains of an extinct, prehistoric pig. According to Bobby Cervantes of the Amarillo Globe-News, workers at the Pantex Plant discovered the fragmented remains embedded approximately eight feet down in the walls of the site after returning to the location one morning. "If we´d have taken another bucket of dirt out of the wall of that pit, we´d have never known...

2011-01-04 06:05:00

More than a thousand German farms have been temporarily banned from production due to a scare over animal feed tainted by toxic dioxin, authorities said on Monday. The farms affected were in the northwestern state of Lower Saxony, Gert Hahne from the state agriculture ministry told AFP. "Consumer protection is our priority," he said. Those farms are believed to have purchased animal feed contaminated with dioxin from a facility in Schleswig-Holstein, which apparently received toxic products...

2011-01-03 13:52:00

Company Agrees to Increase Monitoring, Move Disposal Area Further from School PITTSBURGH, Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Allied Waste Systems of Pennsylvania will pay a $142,000 fine and take steps to eliminate odors from affecting residents and a nearby elementary school in Findlay Township, Allegheny County, under the terms of a consent order and agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection. The agreement is DEP's latest enforcement action aimed at eliminating...

2010-07-22 13:08:50

A five-year study into the causes of deaths of workers at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) shows significantly lower death rates from all causes and cancer in general when compared to the overall United States population. This is known by occupational health researchers as the "healthy worker effect". However, death from lymphatic and bone marrow cancers such as leukemia or multiple myeloma were slightly above national rates. The study was conducted by faculty at the University of...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.