The recent Fukushima Daiichi incident has reopened the nuclear debate. Risk analysis and mapping firm Maplecroft has produced a global map of nuclear power stations, revealing the vulnerability to seismic, tsunami and storm surge risk of these facilities and the levels of energy security risks that countries face in the long-term [...]
Archive for March 2011
A client of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) was seeking benchmarking data about the organizational location of the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audit function. In particular, the client wanted to know how common it is to have the EHS audit function report to the internal audit department, as opposed to the corporate EHS department. Since
Safety is about company policies and procedures. It’s even more about people; more specifically, your employees’ natural behavioral style and safety attitude at work. Training plays an important role in workplace safety. But who your workers are, not just what they do, may be even more significant according to a 1993 study conducted by Behavioral-Values
A recent U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety and Health Information Bulletin and companion Worker Alert recommend that safety measures be used to prevent exposing workers to the potentially fatal health effects of butter flavorings and other flavoring substances containing diacetyl or its substitutes. Diacetyl (2,3-butanedione) is a chemical used to add flavor and
A pending Information Collection Request (ICR) from the USEPA will require all 152 operating petroleum refineries in the United States to update their air emissions inventories in accordance with the newest protocols and may require them to conduct air emissions testing on an accelerated schedule. NPRA and API estimate that up to 2,000 man-hours per refinery will be required to respond to the ICR. [...]
The month of leprechauns, shamrocks and green beer is upon us, but these days the term “green beer” takes on a whole new meaning. As you enjoy the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day, consider these opportunities to lessen your impact on the environment while enjoying your favorite beverage [...]
Despite the absence of a concise environmental regulatory framework with respect to soil and groundwater contamination in India, progress in protecting the environment has been made through application and expansion of existing environmental laws, use of proactive concepts including the polluter pays principle and the precautionary principle, and aggressive use of public interest litigation (PIL).
The U.S. EPA has awarded US$ 5.5 million to three consortia to support innovative research on nanotechnology. The scientific information developed from the research can help guide EPA and other agencies in decisions about the safety of new materials and products that are made using nanotechnology [. . .]
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