Month: August 2012

Let’s Get Chemical: What Is Oil?

As most of us know, oil comes from beneath the ground. It is made of dead animal and plant matter, buried deep under layers of sedimentary rock. Pressure and heat cause oil deposits to form over long periods of time. But what is oil at its most basic? Oil is a complex mixture of molecular compounds.  A molecule is the smallest unit of a substance that retains the substance’s characteristics. Molecules, in turn, are composed of atoms.  There are only 90 naturally occurring types of atoms on earth; these form the basis of the innumerable types of molecules found in nature.

Sound interesting? Want to know more? Vicki Loe with OR&R chemist Robert Jones have posted information about oil and the importance it plays in our lives in an article on the NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration blog. The blog gives “an inside look at the science of cleaning up and fixing the mess of marine pollution.”

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Origin and Health Impacts of Emissions of Toxic By-Products and Fine Particles from Combustion and Thermal Treatment of Hazardous Wastes and Materials

In this publication, researchers address how high-temperature, controlled incineration and thermal treatment of contaminated  soils, sediments, and wastes at Superfund sites are often preferred methods of
remediation of contaminated sites under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,
and Liability Act of 1980 and related legislation.

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Environmental Health 2013

In Boston, Mass., this conference will cover a wide variety of major environment-related health concerns. Topics include, but are not limited to outdoor and indoor air pollution, climate change and hazardous chemicals and particles. Environmental justice and possible solutions to the problems of rapidly growing urban areas will have special attention.

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