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Article archive for December, 2017

  • December 27th, 2017

    OSHA and the EPA: Your “Support Staff”

    Tweet For anyone under 50, it may seem as though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have always existed. However, both government agencies were independently created in 1970, to keep the American people safer and healthier on the job, and to protect human health and the environment on [...]

  • December 20th, 2017

    Oil Crisis! Our Wildlife At Risk

    Tweet Sometimes, oil and animals mix. Consider how ducks produce an oily substance from their preen glands to create a waterproof barrier that protects their feathers. It’s why we call our oil-only sorbent socks and booms FiberDuck (in case wondering about the name was keeping you awake at night.) When it comes to oil spills [...]

  • December 13th, 2017

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 1: Peat Moss

    Tweet Peat moss seems pretty innocuous. It’s widely used in horticulture for packing plants, and for compost. There’s more of it in places like Ireland and Finland, known for their wetlands, than anywhere else on Earth. It’s just a harmless organic substance, right? That’s debatable. Or, we might say, depeatable. While peat moss (also known [...]

  • December 6th, 2017

    Just Say No To Crystalline Silica

    Tweet Crystalline silica sounds like a cross between a supplement and a new age gemstone — which is partly accurate, since silica is commonly known as quartz, and is the principal component of sandstone and other rocks. But unlike the naturally occurring geological formation, crystalline silica is not so benign. Tiny airborne particles of quartz [...]

  • December 1st, 2017

    Caltrans Kudos from Car-lovin’ Californians

    Tweet Californians drive. A lot. In fact, among all 50 states, California has the second highest number of highway miles in the U.S. Which means the Department of Transportation has its hands full. The men and women of Caltrans, who manage more than 50,000 miles of highway and freeway lanes, have their nose to the [...]