first_imgPerfluorinated chemicals keep eggs from sticking to frying pans, protect furniture from spills and help firefighters fight blazes, but studies now show that some of these chemicals—particularly the ones used to fight fires—are also toxic to laboratory animals in varying amounts. To help clean up these chemicals, the Department of Defense’s U.S. Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment has awarded University of Georgia scientist Qingguo “Jack” Huang a $689,431 grant to test the effectiveness of an enzyme-based approach for removing perfluorinated chemicals, commonly known as PFCs, from contaminated soil.Finding a way to clean up the past“PFCs are emerging as contaminates, and big users of these chemicals are concerned about cleaning them up,” said Huang, an environmental chemist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “These chemicals are robust and hard to degrade, and none of the current technologies are practical for remediation.”The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force are searching for a way to remove the chemicals, and have recognized that Huang’s work on the UGA campus in Griffin could be the answer. The U.S. is one among several countries looking for a way to clean up these chemicals “that chemists designed a long time ago,” Huang said. Governments in Australia, Canada and the European Union have placed restrictions on how these chemicals are used. California, Minnesota and New Jersey already have regulations in place, and efforts are being made to clean up areas — mostly firefighting training centers and industrial sites— where the chemicals have soaked into the ground. “These products are used at military bases, airports and oil-drilling facilities, where fire-fighting practices are routinely performed,” Huang said. “These are big scale uses that release the chemicals into the soil where they go into the ground water.” Phasing out and regulatingCompanies are already phasing out the manufacturing of some PFCs, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to regulate certain types of PFCs soon, he said. Locations where the PFCs have been regularly released will likely be responsible to remove the chemical’s residues from their land. Huang has been studying the use of enzymes to degrade these chemicals, and his early findings earned him the Department of Defense grant funds that he will use for the three-year study.Testing in the fieldHuang’s goal is to take the concepts he has proven in the laboratory and test them in the field. He will first design and find the optimal formula of the enzyme, and then he will conduct tests at actual cleanup sites. AECOM, the largest engineering consulting company in the world, will serve as a subcontracting partner on the project and will handle the field aspect of the project. “Basically, our project is a start,” Huang said. “These chemicals have made a significant profit in the past. Now, reports show they are harmful. The DOD is quite serious about this. Once these chemicals are regulated, PFCs will be a big responsibility because the contaminated sites will have to be maintained and cleaned up.”last_img read more

first_imgAn unexpected power outage knocked the lights out in Versailles Monday night.According to Duke Energy, an equipment malfunction resulted in the loss of electricity around midnight.Approximately 1,100 households were without electricity during the power outage that lasted for twenty minutes.Drivers also had to navigate without street lights and several businesses including McDonald’s, CVS and Marathon were without power.last_img

first_imgJoe Stein Stein Farms, Inc. –Greensburg, IN    Columbus, IN—U.S. Congressman Greg Pence announced the formation of the Sixth District Agriculture Advisory Board and hosted its first meeting in Columbus, IN. The board is comprised of agriculture leaders and innovators from across the district.   Kimmie Gauck Gauck’s Meats –Greensburg, IN   Roger Wenning Wenning Farms, Inc. –Greensburg, IN    Lavinia Herzog Union County Farm Bureau –Liberty, IN   Nick Wenning Wenning Farms, Inc. –Greensburg, IN  Gerald Gauck Gauck Farms Milan –Milan, IN    Paul D. Corya Corya Farms –Greensburg, IN    Vanessa Corya Corya Farms –Greensburg, IN    William Gelfius Gelfius Farms –Hartsville, IN    Steve Gauck Gauck Farms –Greensburg, IN  Jennifer (Clouse) Swope Clouse Family Farm –NexJen Seed LLC-Hope, IN    Each member on the board serves on a volunteer basis and provides relevant counsel to the Congressman on all matters relating to agriculture, including active legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.  “The Hoosier state ranks fifth in the nation for corn and soybean production – consistently ranking in every category of commodity and livestock production. I have called the Sixth District home my whole life, and I am fully committed to spearheading agriculture issues in Congress on behalf of the hard-working farmers that put food on our shelves every day,” said Congressman Pence. “I thank each and every member of the Sixth District Agriculture Advisory Board for committing to serve and I look forward to working together to promote the agricultural industry.”Members from southeastern Indiana representing on the board include: Doug Hobbs Pioneer Hi-Bred –Madison, IN    Brad Ponsler Ponsler Family Farms –Indiana Farm Bureau –North Vernon, INlast_img read more

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By 1 month ago Dwayne Johnson suggests Washington Ballers as new name for Washington Football Team Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer in the neck, the coach told ESPN on Thursday. The 58-year-old shared the news with the team, confirming that the cancer “is in its early stages and is considered very treatable and curable.”Ron Rivera says the diagnosis changes nothing and that he still plans to coach Washington this season.  FOLLOW US 1 month ago Washington Football Team: Fans hilariously mock Dan Snyder’s “lack of creativity” Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 10:47 IST Washington Football Team Head Coach Ron Rivera Diagnosed With Cancer In The Neck Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer of the neck. Rivera plans to continue coaching this season. Sujay Chakraborty WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV 1 month ago Exeter Chiefs to spend more than £1 million for Washington Redskins-like rebrand 3 weeks ago Mike Tyson declares himself “the best ever” as he sweats it out ahead of Roy Jones fight Also Read | Florida’s Carter Dedicates Season To Virus Victims, FightersWashington Football Team HC Rivera discusses plans to continue coaching after cancer diagnosisThe former Carolina Panthers coach told ESPN that the doctors have encouraged him to keep coaching if he feels strong enough, which Rivera believes he does. Rivera further noted that the Washington Football Team has a backup plan in case he is unable to continue.While the head coach did not get into details, current Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio could be the likely candidate to take over the reins, if needed. Del Rio, 57, served as the head coach of Jacksonville Jaguars between 2003 and 2011 and Oakland Raiders between 2015 and 2017. Del Rio joined Washington alongside Ron Rivera in January of this year. Also Read | Fox Says Brennaman Won’t Announce NFL Games After SlurSince his appointment as the head coach of the Washington Football Team, Ron Rivera has overseen a period of transition at the franchise. The organisation was forced to drop its controversial ‘Redskins’ nickname after pressure from sponsors, fans and political groups reached its pinnacle. The experienced NFL coach has reportedly been a key figure in trying to keep the football matters separate from the off-field issues. If reports are to be believed, Rivera will have a role in helping decide the new team name and mascot for the franchise. Having played for the Chicago Bears between 1984 and 1992, Rivera started as a defensive quality control coach at the Bears before quickly moving to other coaching endeavours at teams like Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers (now LA Chargers). His first and only head coach job came with the Carolina Panthers, where he spent nine years. The 58-year-old led the Panthers to the Super Bowl after going 15-1 during the 2015 regular season. While the Panthers were eventually beaten in Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos, Rivera picked up NFL Coach of the Year award, his second in three years, that season. Rivera left the Panthers with a 76-63-1 (win-loss-tie) record, reaching the playoff four times in nine seasons. On January 1, 2020, Rivera became the 30th coach of the Washington Football Team. Also Read | Falcons’ Neal, Back From Achilles Injury, Feels 100 PercentAlso Read | Chiefs To Prohibit Native American Imagery At Arrowhead(Image Credits: AP) 2 weeks ago Ex-Washington RB Derrius Guice accused of sexual assault by two former LSU students COMMENT WE RECOMMEND First Published: 21st August, 2020 10:47 ISTlast_img read more