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ECUA Compost Suspected to Contain Salmonella

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) is a Florida-based sanitation and wastewater management company. The organization made local news after it reported that compost it distributed contained traces of the salmonella bacteria. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection was notified, prompting a statewide alert to entities that have received the compost. ECUA Issues Update on Salmonella […]

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Wastewater Pollution Still a Problem in Florida Industrial Sites, According to Report

According to a report from activist group Environment Florida, several wastewater facilities near the St. Johns River region fell far short of meeting required environmental standards. Wastewater Report Findings The report included an analysis of the mill company Georgia-Pacific Corp. The findings reveal traces of suspended solids and fecal bacteria in the river. Traces exceeded […]

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Possible Wetland Dredge & Issues Affecting Florida’s Water Resources

Even with all of its natural and manmade appeal, Florida would not attract millions of visitors every year if its water resources were not maintained in pristine condition. Since 1965, Phoslab Environmental Laboratories has offered services that play a vital role in maintaining, protecting, and improving the state’s water supplies. Compliance with EPA and Department […]

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Florida’s Environmental Policies for 2018

What environmental policies are on the minds of Florida residents, and how will these concerns translate into state legislation? Here are some environmental issues Florida citizens are debating in 2018. 1. Public Infrastructure Much of the infrastructure is in a state of decay. Crumbling structures in need of repair are causing raw sewage and effluent to […]

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What is VOC?

What is a VOC? Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are organic chemicals that, as a result of having a very low boiling point, easily become a gas in the surrounding air. From its natural liquid or solid compound state, it then evaporates or sublimates into the air. Formaldehyde that evaporates from paint is an example of […]

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The Difference Between SVOC and VOC

What are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds are any materials made up of carbon, hydrogen, and potentially oxygen that can easily evaporate into a gas under very low boiling points. This makes it possible for them to evaporate under normal indoor temperature and pressure. The volatility of a compound is usually measured by its boiling point. […]

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Are VOCs in Paint Dangerous for Your Health?

Are VOCs in Paint Dangerous for Your Health?

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are known for the way they evaporate at room temperature, often emitting scents in the process. It is this readiness to evaporate that makes VOCs a common component in paints – VOC solvents, for example are used as drying agents in many paints, so the paint dries as solvent evaporates. […]

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Testing for Kerosene Analytical Group Under Florida’s Petroleum Restoration Program

Florida’s Petroleum Restoration Program aims to reduce the impact of petroleum-related contamination and one way is through regulation of storage tanks. Site owners, project managers, and anyone else involved in construction activities at sites involving storage tanks should be aware of the laws requiring testing for Kerosene Analytical Group (KAG) substances and rely on a […]

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Florida Petroleum Restoration Program Laboratories

Sites contaminated by petroleum discharge impact the surrounding environment and human health; as a consequence, the owners face liability. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Petroleum Restoration Program provides a solution by remediating the damage caused by discharge of petroleum and petroleum products from fixed petroleum storage systems. The Program is a great resource […]

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