EPA Completes Cleanup of Former Lead Smelter Site in Pilsen

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today announced that EPA has finished cleaning up Loewenthal Metals, a former lead smelter site in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. In response to community concerns, EPA removed high concentrations of lead in the soil to ensure that the property is safe for residential use in the future. Last …

Household Food and Drink Waste in the United Kingdom 2012

New WRAP research reveals a substantial reduction in the amount of household food and drink waste arising between 2007 and 2012. However, the research also highlights the scale of the opportunity remaining. The results show that avoidable household food waste has been cut by an impressive 21% since 2007, saving UK consumers almost £13 billion …

Poplars modified for ethanol production still fight bugs

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo. Insects could help decide what fuel goes in your vehicle’s tank. A recent University of Wisconsin study looked at whether genetically modifying poplar trees to more easily produce ethanol could also make them vulnerable to insect pests. The findings, published on ProQuest.com, may bring genetically engineered poplar …

Creating Bio-Oil from Wood Chips a Reality at Battelle

Via Battelle. Waste to bio-oil? It's a reality at Battelle. Battelle engineers and scientists have developed a mobile device that transforms unwanted biomass materials such as wood chips or agricultural waste into valuable bio-oil using catalytic pyrolysis. As currently configured, the Battelle-funded unit converts one ton of pine chips, shavings and sawdust into as much …

FY 2015 Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Solicitation

The Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking environmental research and development proposals for funding beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. Projects will be selected through a competitive process. Details are available on the website under Funding Opportunities at http://www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations. The Core Solicitation provides funding opportunities for basic and applied …

Composting for Businesses and Organizations

Read the full story in Environmental Leader. While the recycling of paper, plastic and glass is common across the country, composting remains the final frontier of recycling, especially in dense East Coast cities. But recent citywide composting efforts launched in Boston and New York are showing that it can be done, even in the most …