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Sept. 15, 2016 – Rock Products is proud of the legal experts from Husch Blackwell that contribute our Law column each month. Those same experts will conduct a series of...
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Prime-Time Products

Here are some of the key exhibitors you will find waiting for you at MINExpo 2016, Sept. 26-28, in Las Vegas.
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Manufacturers in Focus

To support the drive for growth and efficiency, Metso is consolidating its Minerals Capital (MCA) and Minerals Services (MSE) business activities in Pennsylvania to its current York office location and...
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People on the Move

Curry Supply hired Heather Wilt as director of marketing. She will be responsible for the corporate marketing strategy, advertising, management of the website and digital marketing, public relations, event management...
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Rock Stars

Neal S. Berke, Ph.D., vice president of research at Tourney Consulting Group LLC in Kalamazoo, Mich., has received the Frank E. Richart Award from ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete...
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Distributor News

Terex Trucks appointed Winnipeg-based Hitrac (1974) Inc. as its official Terex Trucks dealer for the Manitoba, Canada, market. Hitrac will supply and support Terex Trucks’ full range of articulated dump trucks (ADT) throughout the territory.
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Resource Center

XTO Energy Agrees to $100K Fine for Wastewater Spill


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice reached a settlement with XTO Energy on July 18 over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) stemming from a spill of gas drilling wastewater in central Pennsylvania.

Under the settlement, XTO must pay a $100,000 fine as well as spend an estimated $20 million on a comprehensive plan to improve wastewater management practices, including remote monitoring of tank volumes. The substantial improvements are estimated to reduce discharges of total dissolved solids by 264 million pounds over the course of the next three years. These reductions will occur in large part because XTO will increase wastewater recycling and will properly dispose of wastewaters generated by its natural gas activities across the Mid-Atlantic region.

During an inspection of the Penn Township facility in Nov. 2010, a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) inspector observed wastewater spilling from an open valve on a series of interconnected tanks. At the time, XTO stored wastewater generated from energy extraction activities conducted throughout Pennsylvania at the facility. Authorities later found pollutants from the chemically treated water, including chlorides, barium, strontium and total dissolved solids, in a tributary of the Susquehanna River basin.

“The operational improvements required by today’s settlement will help to protect precious surface and drinking water resources in Pennsylvania and West Virginia,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA continues to push for responsible development of domestic sources of energy and to insist that companies play by the rules that protect public health.”