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Smithfield Farms pledges to cover manure lagoons

By |2018-10-31T01:58:38+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Health & Safety, Public Health, Wastewater|

Smithfield Farms is the world's biggest pork producer. In the United States alone, the company has control of over 1,000 farms, with its headquarters in North Carolina. The recent flooding, rain, and winds of Hurricane Florence revived the conversation around safe disposal of pig manure due to the dire environmental and human health costs that [...]

Energy efficiency programs have reduced pollution in Texas

By |2018-10-29T20:35:55+00:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Air, Enviromental, Health & Safety, Pollution|

In 2017, energy efficiency programs in Texas "reduced air pollution by as much as put out by 2.2 million cars, while saving consumers billions of dollars last year," according to the Energy System Laboratory at Texas A&M. In 2017, according to the data obtained by the lab at A&M, a combination of "tighter building efficiency [...]

Meat processing plants violate pollution permits

By |2018-11-02T23:19:39+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Health & Safety, Pollution, Public Health, Texas, Wastewater|

Almost half of evaluated meat processors in violation of pollution standards The nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) recently examined EPA records for ninety eight large meat processing plants. EIP found that almost three-quarters of the plants were in violation of their permit limits for nitrogen, fecal bacteria, or other pollutants at least once. EIP had [...]

Decline in reportable accidents in maritime industry

By |2018-10-10T01:22:14+00:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Health & Safety, Maritime|

Improved reporting results in maritime operations since 1995 The Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis prepared a safety report showing a decline in reportable maritime incidents. From 2016 to 2017, there was a 24% decline in towing vessel incidents. In 2016, there were 1,231 reportable towing vessel incidents, compared to 934 in 2017. [...]

City of Waco lead hazard ordinance

By |2018-10-10T21:13:07+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Chemical, Enviromental, Health & Safety, Lead|

City of Waco approves lead testing On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the Waco City Council gave preliminary approval for lead testing throughout the city. In 2016, 4% of children in the Waco-McLennan county public health district had elevated levels of lead in their blood. The average in Texas is about 2% of children with elevated [...]

Environmental non-compliance can put you out of business

By |2018-10-09T22:24:04+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Chemical, Enviromental, Health & Safety, Industrial|

In February of 2018, Wright Containers was indicted for disposing highly toxic chemicals into a hidden storm drain that led to waterways near homes and schools. Among the affected schools are Gregg Elementary School and Hartman Middle School, which are within 1 mile of the storm drain. The surrounding area is an industrial-residential commercial neighborhood. [...]

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