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DuPont Acquires Taxon Biosciences, Inc.
4/25/2015 11:08:02 AM
DuPont announced it has agreed to acquire Taxon Biosciences, Inc., a leading microbiome discovery company. This acquisition will build on DuPont’s in-house capabilities and unparalleled market access in both seed and crop protection to discover and commercialize biological solutions for agriculture customers globally. “In 2014, the businesses in DuPont’s Agriculture, …
Los Angeles Area Homes near Contaminated Groundwater Plume Monitored for Vapor Intrusion Hazards
4/24/2015 4:24:39 PM
Last month, the Los Angeles Times published an article about homes located near several South Bay Superfund sites.  The neighborhoods were built around past industrial plants, a synthetic rubber factory and other former industrial sites that produced DDT, which is a pesticide that is now banned.   These industrial plants are blamed for dumping hazardous chemicals, such as …
Air Quality Issues & Health Concerns Resulting from Demolition Projects
4/23/2015 1:58:23 PM
When a home or building has outgrown its useful life, has been destroyed in a natural disaster or needs to make way for new construction, it is often slated for demolition.  Each year, thousands of buildings are torn down resulting in millions of tons of demolition waste.    Much of this waste is inert or nonhazardous, but other debris may contain hazardous materials that …
Introducing Versentia Complete CRM Implementation
Introducing Versentia Complete CRM Implementation
4/23/2015 9:25:37 AM
Versentia, Inc. has just released the Versentia CRM component for their testing, inspection and certification software, which has now become a part of the product offering. “The management of clients and associated sales is an important component of testing, inspection and certification software.  Our clients can now take the leap into new technology that allows for an …
Oakland Building Fire Causes Smoke & Water Damage to Multipurpose Structure
4/22/2015 4:39:12 PM
Last month, KRON 4 published a report about a two-alarm fire at a building in Oakland.  Although a dozen of people were displaced, firefighters were able to contain the fire to a single apartment.  Several other apartments sustained heavy smoke damage and a business on the ground level reportedly suffered water damage from the fire suppression efforts.    Depending on the …
PERC Exposure Risks Due to Vapor Intrusion & Other Causes Identified by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
4/21/2015 5:05:53 PM
Tetrachloroethylene, also commonly referred to as PERC, is a manufactured colorless liquid chemical that has been used widely for dry cleaning, as a chemical intermediate, metal degreaser and as a component of some consumer products.  Exposure to PERC can occur in some home and work environments due to the use of the chemical or from air, water, groundwater and soils that have …
Recycling Plant in Vernon to Close & Will Pay $50 Million to Remove Hazardous Waste
4/15/2015 11:10:22 AM
In March, Los Angeles’ NBC Channel 4 broadcasted a report about a deal reached between executives from a lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Under the non-prosecution agreement, the decades-old plant located in a heavily populated area will cease operations and pay $50 million to clean up the facility and neighboring …
Air Products to Feature Gases and Technology Solutions for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Applications at INTERPHEX
4/14/2015 12:17:53 PM
Air Products (NYSE:APD) will be exhibiting its range of industrial gases and advanced technologies for a variety of  pharmaceutical and biotechnology applications at INTERPHEX 2015 in New York City from April 21-23. INTERPHEX attendees are invited to stop by booth 3263 to speak with a knowledgeable Air Products representative about their specific process challenges. As a …
GreenWood, Inc. Commemorates 25 Years in the Industrial Marketplace
GreenWood, Inc. Commemorates 25 Years in the Industrial Marketplace
4/13/2015 11:29:42 AM
Greenville, SC - - April 10, 2015 - - GreenWood, Inc., is marking its 25th year in business of delivering integrated maintenance, construction and workforce solutions to manufacturers.  The company serves customers throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic with an unwavering focus on project-level safety.  In 1990, Alan Green and John Wood launched GreenWood, Inc. with just …
California Judge Fines Executives $1.8 Million for Exposing Students to Asbestos
4/7/2015 2:48:06 PM
Recently, The Fresno Bee published a report about the latest developments for three men who pleaded guilty to violating asbestos regulations.  The three men were involved with an organization that was contracted by the Merced County Office of Education to provide job training for high school students.    Numerous students were used to remove asbestos-containing materials …
National Asbestos Awareness Week Reminds the Public of Exposure Hazards
National Asbestos Awareness Week Reminds the Public of Exposure Hazards
4/6/2015 2:06:37 PM
The U.S. Senate agreed to passage of a bipartisan resolution that designates the first week of April 2015 as National Asbestos Awareness Week. The resolution also urges the Surgeon General of the United States to warn and educate people about the public health issue of asbestos exposure, which may be hazardous to their health. National Asbestos Awareness Week is intended to …
Some Los Angeles Students Could be Exposed to Lead-Tainted Drinking Water at School
3/31/2015 5:58:21 PM
Last month, the NBC4 I-Team broadcasted an investigative report into possible lead-tainted drinking water at schools in the Los Angeles area. The program was a follow-up to a report done by the same station seven years previously that had found old pipes and drinking fountains that could be exposing children and faculty to possible lead poisoning …
Can your company deal with the ups and downs of the contingency support roller coaster?
Can your company deal with the ups and downs of the contingency support roller coaster?
3/30/2015 12:07:56 PM
Global organizations are faced with many challenges in the contingency and overseas service market today with ever increasing competition for a smaller amount of work and the need to execute operations more efficiently through the use of flexible and innovative tools and processes. The dynamic  nature of contingency operations presents the recurring challenge of …
Candlestick Park Demolition has Neighbors Concerned about Potential Health Risks
3/30/2015 11:12:26 AM
Last month, KTVU published a story about the ongoing demolition of Candlestick Park and concerns expressed by neighbors who worry about exposure to hazardous materials in dust generated by the project.  People living in nearby areas are worried about possible exposure to materials such as asbestos and lead that may drift into their neighborhoods.   Originally, contractors …

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