Environmental Management

Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings

Newsweek released on October 17th its third annual Green Rankings, which rates the 500 largest publically traded global and U.S. companies on the basis of performance in three categories: Environmental impact (emissions, water, waste, and product impact) Environmental management (environmental policies and initiatives) Disclosure (company reporting and transparency efforts) The Green Rankings were first released
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Energy Management Systems―From Voluntary to Mandatory

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
Energy Management Systems―From Voluntary to Mandatory

As the prospect of cap and trade legislation in the United States has slowly faded, energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings and industrial facilities have emerged as a viable and palatable alternative that could achieve significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. One example in this growing trend is President Obama’s Better Building Initiative, which was
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EPA Investigates Fracking Impacts

Oct 4th, 2011 | By
EPA Investigates Fracking Impacts

Ongoing concerns about the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water have pushed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate public concerns in light of the growing importance of natural gas in the clean energy future of the United States.  On 23 June 2011, the EPA announced plans to conduct a draft
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TCE Listed as a Human Carcinogen

Sep 29th, 2011 | By
TCE Listed as a Human Carcinogen

The U.S. EPA released the final health assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE) to the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database. The final assessment characterizes TCE as carcinogenic to humans and as a human noncancer health hazard. According to the EPA, this assessment will allow for a better understanding of the risks posed to communities from exposure to TCE in soil, water, and air. It will provide federal, state, local, and other policymakers with the latest scientific information to make decisions about cleanup and other actions to protect …



Africa: EHS Trends and Future Developments

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
Africa: EHS Trends and Future Developments

This article is the second in a two-part series analyzing environmental, health, and safety (EHS) laws and regulations in Africa. The first installment, Africa: Strengthening the EHS Regulatory Framework, identified three important factors that are contributing to EHS improvements in African countries: pressure to modernize EHS regulatory frameworks caused by increased foreign investment; desire for
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Tips for Tracking EHS Legislation

Sep 17th, 2011 | By
Tips for Tracking EHS Legislation

Tracking environmental, health and safety (EHS) legislation as part of a company’s management system is hugely time-consuming because law-making powers for EHS are shared between federal and state or provincial governments. What’s more, governments in each jurisdiction want to build their respective EHS regulatory frameworks in a way that suits their specific industrial profile. Inevitably, this
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College Football’s Environmental Challenge

Sep 1st, 2011 | By
College Football’s Environmental Challenge

This fall, colleges across the United States can compete to see which schools reduce, reuse, and recycle the most waste as part of the U.S. EPA’s 2011 Game Day Challenge. The challenge is for schools to design a waste reduction plan for one 2011 regular season home football game. Registration for the competition is now open, and champions will be crowned this December…



The Auditor’s Conundrum in Reporting EHS Violations

Aug 28th, 2011 | By
The Auditor’s Conundrum in Reporting EHS Violations

This article discusses the conundrum faced by an environmental auditor who is retained by his client to perform an audit. During the audit, the consultant uncovers certain serious environmental violations that clearly pose imminent harm to the public and the environment. What are this auditor’s duties to report? Case Study Consider this likely scenario. An
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Storage Tank Fires Turn Deadly

Jul 14th, 2011 | By
Storage Tank Fires Turn Deadly

Two significant storage tank fires occurred in Europe the week of May 30, 2011—one in Gibraltar and one in southwest Wales. Tragically, the Wales explosion and fire resulted in four people dead and a fifth in critical condition. Coincidentally, last week I was working on a project reviewing hazards and risks associated with some new
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New Toxic Chemical Databases Released by U.S. EPA

Jun 20th, 2011 | By
New Toxic Chemical Databases Released by U.S. EPA

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making it easier to find data about chemicals. EPA is releasing two databases — the Toxicity Forecaster database (ToxCastDB) and a database of chemical exposure studies (ExpoCastDB) — that scientists and the public can use to access chemical toxicity and exposure data. Improved access supports EPA Administrator
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