Saturday, February 15, 2020

2.5M Pounds Of Radioactive Waste Illegally Dumped In Oregon Landfill

The Oregon Department of Energy has issued a notice of violation to a hazardous waste facility for accepting more than 2 million pounds of radioactive materials east of the Columbia River Gorge.
Chemical Waste Management, a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., was illegally dumping radioactive materials it received from a North Dakota company, Goodnight Midstream, at its waste landfill near Arlington, Oregon.
Chemical Waste Management is the only hazardous waste landfill in Oregon and according to the ODOE, Oregon law prohibits the disposal of radioactive materials in the state.
“We received an inquiry from a citizen from North Dakota in September who was under the impression fracking waste from North Dakota was being disposed of in an Oregon landfill,” ODOE’s assistant director for nuclear safety Ken Niles said.
The agency found that Chemical Waste Management dumped nearly 1,284 tons of radioactive waste it received from Goodnight Midstream over a period of three years, totaling over 2.5 million pounds.
Garbage, hauled in by train from long distances, is unloaded onto trucks for transfer to the landfill in the barren, rolling hills near Arlington, Ore., Aug. 3, 2004.
Garbage, hauled in by train from long distances, is unloaded onto trucks for transfer to the landfill in the barren, rolling hills near Arlington, Ore., Aug. 3, 2004.
Don Ryan/AP
Goodnight Midstream provides brine water supply and recycling services to the oil and gas industry for fracking operations. The liquid that Chemical Waste Management had received had been in contact with rocks underground that contained radium, said ODOE’s nuclear waste remediation specialist Jeff Burright.
“Then they filtered that water so that they can reuse it, that radium was captured in what are known as filter socks, which are very long teabags if you will, and it accumulated there and what we’ve gathered is about 80% of the total waste consisted of these filter socks,” Burright said.
Oregon has a threshold of five picocuries per gram of radium 226. Picocuries are a measurement of the radioactivity in a liter of air.
“The waste that was received at Chemical Waste Management Arlington had a range of concentrations over the time running from just a few picocuries per gram up to the maximum in about one and half tons total was around 1,700 picocuries per gram,” Burright said.
Initially, Chemical Waste Management had no records of a relationship with Goodnight Midstream. But it was later confirmed that the North Dakota company contracted a third party, Oilfield Waste Logistics, to dispose of its solid waste. Shipping manifests showed that OWL was sending Goodnight Midstream’s waste to Arlington.
“OWL basically misrepresented the fact that this waste could come into Oregon. … In the manifest that they provided to Chemical Waste Management Arlington, it basically said that this waste does fit within Oregon’s regulations,” Niles said. “The other part of the problem is that Chemical Waste Management did not do their due diligence to ensure what they were being told by OWL was in fact accurate.”
ODOE’s notice of violation has directed Chemical Waste Management to prepare a risk assessment to develop a corrective action plan to prevent recurrence. This will also help determine the best and safest course of action for the waste that is already buried in the landfill near the Columbia River.
ODOE hasn’t issued any fines associated with the illegal dumping of radioactive waste. Officials said it doesn’t meet the criteria that would qualify for a fine. ODOE expects the risk assessment action plan to be submitted by the end of April.
“This is the first time that we’ve had an incident like this that we have become aware that radioactive material has been brought into the state and illegally disposed in violation of our rules,” Niles said.
Dan Serres from the Columbia Riverkeeper said the news of the illegal dumping of fracking waste is a serious violation of the public trust and it’s a huge risk for Oregonians.
“It’s seems unacceptable that Oregon can be used as a radioactive fracking waste dump for three years,” Serres said. 
“Oregon is trying to move in the direction of clean energy and what this tells us is, it is urgently important to stop using fracked gas and fracked oil as quickly as possible, because of these health risks that come with fracking to workers and communities where this toxic material is being dumped,” Serres said.  
Waste Management Inc. officials said in a written statement that they are cooperating with state regulators and are committed to improving the procedures they use to ensure they’re complying with Oregon law. They said they now send waste samples to an independent technical experts for analysis prior to accepting it. 


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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Asbestos transite pipe removal in Orange County California

Water district in Orange County , loader ruptured an abandoned asbestos pipe and a Procedure 5 was implemented to remove the danger .

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Effects of Biomedical Waste on the Environment from

We can all agree that the waste we create harms our environment if not disposed of properly. Go one step further and ask yourself: does biomedical waste have an effect on the environment or is damage limited to chemical and toxic exposures? Can a bloody gauze bandage or a disposable sharp used by a diabetic really do measurable damage?

Biomedical waste is defined as any type of waste created during a diagnostic process, the treatment of a condition or disease, or immunizations of humans or animals. It also includes any research activities or processes that involve biological testing. In essence, it’s any type of waste that contains any type of the material that may be contaminated with potentially infectious properties.
Infectious properties can be found in syringes delivering medications or chemotherapy. They can be found in bedding, bandages, or clothing contaminated with blood or bodily fluids of a person infected with a communicable disease.
Healthcare waste management, including that of biomedical waste, is as important as disposal of that waste. The impact of biomedical waste on the environment should be the concern of every employee in every healthcare facility, regardless of size or location. That’s why it’s important to identify it and segregate it properly.

Identifying biomedical waste
Identification of biomedical waste is the first step toward proper waste segregation. Regulations regarding the identification and processes involved in segregation, treatments, and disposal of such waste were developed in the early 1990s. Biomedical waste is divided into a number of categories:
  • Sharps
  • Blood products
  • Any type of waste contaminated with potentially infectious human blood, body fluids, or blood components
  • Pathological waste
  • Infectious waste
  • Carcasses
  • Cytotoxic waste

The EPA provides detailed regulations for hazardous waste generators. State laws also apply. Generators of biomedical waste need to manage it properly and have a biomedical waste management plan in place. Some facilities (based on volume of medical waste generated on a monthly basis) are encouraged to implement on-site hazardous waste management practices.
If biomedical waste is not properly handled, dangers to the environment are not only possible, but likely.

How does biomedical waste impact the environment?
Improper segregation of biomedical waste and different medical waste streams from the point of origin can trigger a domino-like effect on the environment that incurs dangers to people, animals, or soil and water sources.
Improper segregation and disposal of biomedical waste has the potential to contaminate groundwater sources, which in turn may infect humans and animals alike. From a hospital’s waste and storage receptacles to landfills, biomedical waste needs to be properly contained to keep it away from birds, rodents, and stray animals (as well as humans). This enhances packaging and labeling of contaminants and helps prevent the spread of illness through human and animal populations – by air, land, or water.
If not properly contained, segregated, and incinerated through on-site or off-site incineration, environmental hazards associated with improper healthcare waste management can contaminate the air we breathe through dangerous airborne particles. Radioactive particles produced with diagnostic technologies has the potential to reach a landfill or other areas of the environment, especially air. Air pollutants disseminated over huge areas of inhabited land have the potential to trigger a number of illnesses.

Contact with improperly disposed of biomedical wastes contribute to:
  • Lung infections
  • Parasitic infections
  • Skin infections
  • Spread of viral illnesses such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C
  • Bacteremia
  • Cholera
  • Tuberculosis

Needlestick injury and sharps injury incidents increase risk to health of employees on a daily basis. Risk of contamination by HIV, hepatitis B and C pathogens are of primary concern to healthcare workers inside healthcare facilities. Costs of treatments for the over 300,000 needlestick injury incidents every year add thousands of dollars to a healthcare facility’s budget.
The medical and health industry has come a long way in implementation of biomedical waste regulations for handling and disposal since the 1990s. The bulk of biomedical and/or infectious medical waste is dealt with via on-site autoclaving or incineration in many facilities throughout the U.S. Reusable containers such as those developed by Daniels Health are not only growing more popular, but are recommended, as is sharps injury reduction through proper sharps container placement.
Every medical waste generator is responsible for management of hazardous waste. On-site management is essential and is also the responsibility (ethically and legally) of the generator. Daniels Health promotes education for proper segregation of all medical waste streams (as well as federal and state laws regarding their handling).

Daniels Health dedicated to healthcare safety and saving the environment
When it comes to compliance, turn to Daniels Health for sustainable solutions that minimize environmental burdens, reduce the volume of medical waste going to landfills, and reducing sharps injury and costs related to their treatment. Since 2003, Daniels Health’s reusable sharps containers alone reduced the number of sharps containers going to landfills (to the tune of over 32 million!), keeping nearly 58 million pounds of plastic out of landfills.
Even small steps can help the environment, reduce CO2 carbon emissions and greenhouse gases from being released into the environment. For effective, efficient, and long-term solutions for healthcare waste management and reducing costs of such, give Daniels Health a call.
Megan Chamberlain

Monday, February 10, 2020

Bio waste stories from , a leading Bio waste disposal company


A national drug company opened a plant in California to manufacturer their product. Unfortunately, as is the case with most out of state companies moving into California, they implemented their own states hazardous waste rules and regulations. Not an uncommon practice, however, California is one of the most, if not the most, regulated state in the country when it comes to hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal. Since their current vendor was on a “business as usual approach” to the company’s operation, EWD was asked to take a look at their current operations and determine if they were complaint with DTSC guidelines.

As is the case with all of our new and existing clients, we provided a thorough walkthrough to identify the waste that was being generated and what procedures are in place to handle that waste. It became very apparent that many of the practices and procedures the client had in place were in violation of DTSC guidelines for the handling and storing of hazardous waste. If a DTSC inspection had occurred, we surmised that the plant could well be shut down for the violations that were found. We were able to identify the following:

  • Personnel who were signing hazardous waste manifests were either poorly trained or had no certification
  • Little or no training was provided for Lead and Supervisors on all shifts for basic emergency spills and 24 hour emergency response
  • Hazardous waste was being stored incorrectly
  • They needed specific water treatment programs in place
  • Workflow practices needed to be improved for DTSC annual reports


Almost immediately, we implemented the following changes to address the specific issues that were found:

  • Trained personnel on the correct procedures for completing hazardous waste manifests and obtained certification training for specific personnel where needed
  • Trained Lead and Supervisors on all shifts on basic emergency spill procedures. Provided a 24hr First Responder Training Course and placed Spill Kits in all necessary locations through their warehouse
  • Implemented new storage tanks that held more waste, cost less money and allowed for better utilization of the space in the warehouse.
  • Implemented a CUPA and Waste Water Treatment program
  • Implemented proper workflow practices for the DTSC annual report

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Asbestos abatement in Los Angeles California

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1. Dave Wallach 714-328-2410
2. Michael Jackson 949-230-9779
3. Andrea Pulsipher, Magnolia Enviro 562-355-7143
4. Patriot Labs, Jason Gutierrez 714-595-2745 Los Angeles (310) 670-7900
5. AES, James McClung 714-379-3333 
6. Barr and Clark, Matt Crochet at 714-894-5700 
7. Envirocheck, Scott, 714-831-7591

Testing is mandatory prior to any removal of asbestos, aqmd rule 1403, if you planning using a licensed asbestos contractor .

If you have a report please email me , 

These name and companies  will test the materials in question, lead,  Mold, asbestos , other contamination etc.

Not all Hygentist test every waste stream ,
make sure you ask if they test lead, mold as well as asbestos specifically.

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Los Angeles ' ambitious goal: Recycle all of the city’s sewage into drinkable water

Los Angeles officials have set a 2035 goal of recycling all the treated wastewater produced by the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, which processes most of the city’s sewage.
(Christina House / For the Times)
Local officials aren’t talking about building a new dam or lining the coast with desalination plants or towing icebergs from the Arctic.
They are eyeing the river of treated sewage that pours into the Pacific Ocean, day in and day out, from L.A.’s wastewater plants.
In a dramatic shift for a city notorious for looking afar for most of its water, Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed this week that the city will be recycling all of its wastewater by 2035 and using it to reduce its need for imported supplies.
“It is really a game-changer,” said Richard Harasick, senior assistant general manager at the L.A. Department of Water and Power.
Currently, recycling provides only 2% of the city’s water.
The Garcetti administration says that figure can jump to 35% if L.A. stops dumping its treated effluent into the sea and instead uses it to replenish the local groundwater reserves that help supply municipal customers.
Doing that will require costly equipment upgrades at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, new groundwater wells, construction of a 15-mile pipeline, and as much as $8 billion financed by DWP to pay for it all.
The plan will also require a change of heart by L.A. residents, who 18 years ago succeeded in killing a city project that would have used treated sewage to recharge the San Fernando Valley aquifer.
City officials are optimistic. They say years of drought, declining imports and the high profile of a similar program in Orange County have softened resistance.
“People are accepting it now,” Harasick said. “We don’t see that as an issue going forward.”
For a decade, Orange County water agencies have used purified wastewater to recharge a regional aquifer used for drinking supplies. Sanitation districts in southeast L.A. County have been doing the same thing since 1962.
The key to L.A.’s water recycling ambitions is the Hyperion plant near Dockweiler State Beach. It processes 81% of the city’s sewage and discharges an average of 190 million gallons a day into a five-mile outfall pipe in Santa Monica Bay.
The city wants to upgrade Hyperion with advanced treatment technology, pipe the purified water inland and inject it into the aquifers that underlie much of the L.A. Basin.
Plenty of underground storage space is available thanks to recent legal judgments that freed up capacity in local groundwater basins.
“We have the technology, we have the background on what we need to do,” said Traci Minamide, chief operating officer of the L.A. Bureau of Sanitation. “We feel we’re there.”
One thing they don’t have is the funding.
“Money’s going to be the big thing,” said Mark Gold, UCLA’s associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability.
“It’s a bold move by the city,” he added. “But if you look at water planning going back to the early [aughts], there’s been talk about this. This is not a new concept.”
Harasick said he was confident the city can fund the program through bonds, grants and low-interest government loans.
He also predicted that by 2035, recycled supplies — which are now significantly more expensive th...
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