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MRU Optimizes to the Max
At the end of July 2022, Germany based emissions testing equipment manufacturer MRU Instruments discontinued its industry-leading Optima 7 line of handheld landfill gas analyzers to promote its brand new Optimax brand. The new device retains all the advantages of...
Landfill Gas Collection Isn't Just Smart, It's Required
Since America's first landfill began operation back in 1937 in Fresno, California, landfills have been one of America's biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Landfill gas (LFG) is a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic material in landfills. According to...
How Long Before You're Composting?
  As the world continues to become increasingly environmentally minded, there has been an increased call for things like methane emission reduction, creating products from recycled materials, and transitioning to renewable energy sources like Biogas. Similarly, composting has grown in popularity significantly...
Why is the Man Called the "Father of Biogas" so Hard to Find?
  A quick Google Search will turn up many names integral to the history of the Biogas Industry. Val Helment, a Brussels doctor credited with being the first to record information on 15 gases he observed being released from decomposing...
What's so Good About Landfills? pt 1
The average elevation above sea level in Florida is around 6 feet. That means, averaging at 300 feet, the local landfill is likely the highest point around any city in the Sunshine State. You might know landfills as the stinky...
Biomass and Waste Combustion Facilities Input Needed in Online Survey
In response to Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017), The California Air Resources Board (CARB) established the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP or Program). The CAPP's primary goal is to reduce exposure to air pollutants in...
Recycling Sewage Biosolids to Manufacture Sustainable Bricks
 Fired-clay bricks incorporating biosolids, [Credit: RMIT University][/caption]  Clay fired bricks containing recycled sewage biosolids could offer a sustainable solution for brick manufacturing and wastewater treatment.   Sewage sludge is the byproduct that remains after sewage is processed at a wastewater treatment...
The Easing of Regulations for Endangered Species Protection
The US administration is currently undoing protection measures that were implemented specifically to protect endangered species, a move that conservationists believe will have dire consequences to plants and wildlife. The US Department of Interior recently announced a series of revisions...
New Methane Ruling Curbs Restrictions on Methane Emissions
Proposed new methane ruling will rollback restrictions on methane emissions in the oil and gas industry. The Trump administration recently announced plans to curb regulation of methane gas emissions, a significant contributor to atmospheric warming. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has...
Potential Dangers of PFAS Chemicals in Waste Products
Levels of chemicals and other pollutants in drinking water are monitored to ensure they do not pose a health risk to humans. Now health regulators warn that food can also be a source of exposure to toxic chemicals, with emerging...
Renewable Natural Gas 101
California is looking to renewable energy sources to meet future energy demands. Yet, while renewables such as solar and wind energy typically spring to mind, renewable natural gas (RNG) is rapidly being recognized as another important source of renewable energy...
Regenerative Land Management: Can We Raise Carbon Neutral Cows?
Farming cattle is generally associated with a large carbon footprint. Studies suggest that Americans need to cut back meat consumption by 90% and milk consumption by 60% in order to meet global warming targets. But can we turn this around by effectively...
Climate Change Policies Could Impact Global Stock Markets
New climate change policies that are being introduced globally to combat climate warming, for example banning the use of internal combustion engines that run on fossil fuels, could significantly reduce the value of companies globally by as much as US$2.3...
EPA Introduces Landfill Methane Outreach Program
The EPA has launched the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), a voluntary program that encourages waste managers and other stakeholders in the landfill industry to reduce methane emissions from landfill sites. Rather than being released into the atmosphere as a...
Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization Attracting Attention from Congress
Earlier this year, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee met to for the first Congressional Hearing on Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization for 2019. At last year's Hearing that was held before the same congressional committee, Skip Elliott, an administrator with...
How Viable is Single Stream Recycling Really?
While most people really want to make an effort to recycle their waste, many find separating paper, glass, plastic, and metal cans a time consuming chore. But with the advent of single-stream recycling only effectively eliminating this laborious task, more...
NASA Science Contributes to Improving Air Quality
We spend a lot of time here at Diamond Scientific talking about air quality. I suffer with environmental allergens and every one of my children and grand children unfortunately received the same gene. Rounds of antibiotics and antihistamines just don't...