JANUARY GROUNDWATER SAMPLING Team Tioga spent several days in Mississippi last week sampling groundwater. The project involves quarterly sampling to monitor the ongoing remediation of contaminated groundwater associated with a nearby facility. We use submersible pumps and a low-flow purge technique to minimize disturbance within the monitoring wells. Here's a picture of some of the guys hard at work. Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 30
CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATION Two criminal misdemeanor charges have been filed against a Louisiana paper mill that was recently purchased by Memphis-based International Paper. The charges are related to an August 2011 release of black liquor into the Pearl River violating the Clean Water Act. The unexpected spill suffocated more than 160,000 fish along 45 miles of the river. The company faces charges of violating the Clean Water Act and the Refuge Act but have already paid penalties to Louisia... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 23
MEMPHIS AIR QUALITY Earlier this year, the EPA announced that several counties in Tennessee had not met federal air quality standards for the past three years. Shelby County was included in the list of counties given this non-attainment designation because of ozone levels. The EPA denied an appeal to the decision. Bob Martineau, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, issued a statement saying that this decision will have "long-term negative economic ... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 14
RADON ACTION MONTH January is designated by the EPA as National Radon Action Month. Radon is the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer in the United States. In fact, approximately 20,000 lung cancer deaths are linked to radon exposure in the home annually. Per the EPA, "radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water." While the predicted levels of radon vary across the state, western Tennessee is listed... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 8
According to a news release, Shelby County will operate a recycling center for holiday trees and greenery for the 14th year. Trees free from decorations and lighting can be dropped off at the Showplace Arena until January 11th. The recycled greenery is turned into mulch and will be available next spring during Earth Day events. If your tree is still hanging around, recycle it rather than adding it to the landfill or leaving it on the roadside. Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 3