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$238m allocated to manage environmentally hazardous waste

“Under the bill, products which turn into hazardous waste after consumption and lead to environmental degradation will be taxed, and the “revenue from hazardous products” will be provided to the DOE in order to manage and reduce the harmful effects of waste, ISNA reported” reports tehrantimes.com. TEHRAN –The Department of Environment (DOE) will receive a budget of 10 trillion rials (nearly $238 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) to manage environmentally hazardous waste as proposed in the budget bill for the next calendar year (starting on March 20,…

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Hazardous bushfire smoke blankets Sydney, residents warned to stay inside

“SYDNEY (Reuters) – Heavy winds stirred dozens of fires across Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke and prompting health warnings for the country’s most populous city” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. NSW RFS said firefighters were working desperately to strengthen containment lines, with temperatures across the east coast set to soar for much of the week.However, people with conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina are more likely to be sensitive to the health effects of smoke,” said Dr Richard Broom, Director of Environmental Health at…

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‘Extremely hazardous’ conditions in U.P., motorists urged to stay off roads during winter storm

“This storm warning includes the cities of Grand Marais, Munising and Seney” writes Tanda Gmiter for mlive.com. MARQUETTE, MI – A lake-effect snowstorm has dumped a foot of snow in some areas of the northern Upper Peninsula in the last day, and police in Marquette today are asking motorists to stay off the roads if possible. “The City of Marquette is experiencing extremely hazardous road conditions due to lake effect snow.If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.” 15…

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60 tons of hazardous medical waste pile up daily in southern Tehran

“Earlier in July head of the waste management working group affiliated to Department of Environment Kiyoumars Kalantari said that some 115 tons of medical waste is being generated on a daily basis in the province of Tehran” reports tehrantimes.com. Medical waste generating at health care facilities, includes a large component of general waste and a smaller proportion of hazardous waste, which contain infectious agents, toxic chemicals or pharmaceuticals, radioactive and genotoxic.All individuals exposed to hazardous health-care waste are potentially at risk, including those within health-care establishments that generate hazardous waste,…

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Winter storm brings the start of ski season to Summit at Snoqualmie amid hazardous driving conditions

“The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Cascade Mountains as snow is (finally!) arriving in big quantities” writes Asia Fields for seattletimes.com. The National Weather Service declared a winter storm warning for the Cascade Mountains through 4 a.m.A winter storm brought more than a foot of snow to areas of the Cascades in 24 hours, ushering in a delayed start of ski season at local mountain passes. State Patrol also has a list of approved alternatives to chains if needed, as well as a winter driving…

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How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment

“We recommend getting an oil drain pan that has a tight-fitting lid to keep the oil inside until you’re ready to deal with it” writes Mike Allen for popularmechanics.com. When it’s time, decant the used oil into clean, dry plastic bottles (empty milk jugs are perfect) and label them as used engine oil.The used oil is either recycled back into other petroleum products or burned in special furnaces for heat.In most states, any shop that does oil changes is required to take modest quantities of used oil from consumers. Source: popularmechanics.com

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‘It’s a nightmare scenario’: A radioactive object was found in San Francisco’s new $8 billion neighborhood

“These sentiments were echoed by various city health officials, who highlighted the fact the no other contaminants were found at the site” writes Aria Bendix for businessinsider.com. In May, the environmental engineer for San Francisco’s health department, Amy Brownell, said there was absolutely no risk to public safety or health. Source: businessinsider.com

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