Introduction The market for cobalt has exploded in recent years, with demand driven by the surge in production of batteries for electric cars. Its strategic importance will only grow, experts say, as carmakers aggressively scale up production of electric vehicles in the decades ahead. The boom has focused attention on cobalt’s complex and controversial supply […]

Challenges in Satellite Design The materials used to cover the exteriors of spacecraft face numerous environmental threats, both within the atmosphere and outside of it, that can degrade and damage equipment and materials. While most people recognize the threat posed by the vacuum of space, there are hundreds of other threats to satellites and spacecraft, […]

EPA has announced that June 30, 2018 is the date on which the agency will launch and begin operation of the e-manifest system. This announcement was included in a January 3, 2018 rulemaking, in which EPA finalized the method it will use to set and revise e-manifest user fees. [83 FR 420] We summarize below […]

On April 17, 2015, EPA promulgated national minimum criteria for existing and new coal combustion residue (CCR) landfills and surface impoundments. [80 FR 21302] When challenged, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit remanded four of those provisions back to the agency on June 14, 2016. [Utility Solid Waste Activities Group et al. […]

    On March 16, 2018, EPA published a proposed rule that would add hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program found in Part 273. [83 FR 11654] Aerosol cans are generated by nearly every business in every industry, and this proposed rule is aimed at improving recycling and reducing the cost of […]

      EPA has published a frequent questions page on its website that addresses the hazardous waste generator improvements rule (GIR), which took effect at the federal level on May 30, 2017. [81 FR 85732] A few of the answers that the agency published caught our eye because they provide insight into the agency’s […]

Ores and Concentrates Amlon Resources

EPA’s 2015 definition of solid waste (DSW) rule was issued to resolve legal challenges to its 2008 DSW rule. Then, the 2015 rulemaking was challenged in court. Industry petitioners 1) argued that both the legitimacy factors and the verified recycler exclusion exceed EPA’s RCRA authority, and 2) challenged EPA’s treatment of spent catalysts and off-specification […]

Metals and Electric Cars – A Revolution in the Making Posted by: Staff @ Geology for Investors in Popular Geology and News There’s a revolution going on in the auto industry right now. Tesla, Inc. has proven demand for electric vehicles (EV’s) and invited the entire industry to join in the fun. From the Bolt to […]

Scraps and Residues

FORECAST: Copper, nickel to outperform; zinc prices likely to peak in mid-2018 – Victorem – FastMarkets  By Metal Bulletin Copper, nickel and other energy metals will outperform in the next commodity up-cycle driven by electrical vehicles and renewable energy, and while zinc may underperform in comparison, prices could peak around middle of this year […]

Article originally published in the Longview News-Journal. Manufacturers need to dispose of industrial waste, and they need to do it safely. That need has created opportunities for companies such as Alpha Omega Recycling, which has been in business in Longview for 30 years. Manufacturers ranging in size from mom-and-pop to Fortune 500 companies and from […]