The Business Environmental Program provides free and confidential environmental management assistance to business and government operations in Nevada. The Program specializes in cost effective strategies to reduce hazardous materials and waste generation, conserve water and energy, minimize air emissions, and maintain compliance with environmental requirements. The program provides training, on-site consultation, assistance over the phone and through its website and publications.
Business Energy Efficiency is a very simple and cost effective way to increase your profits and help the environment. Request a Free On Site Business Grade Energy Audit. Click Here
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On June 10, 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) extended the comment period for the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking entitled Oil and Gas; Well Stimulation, Including Hydraulic Fracturing, on Federal and Indian Lands. This supplemental notice relates to the proposed rulemaking published on May 11, 2012. BLM seeks additional comment on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking which significantly revised the original proposed rule. Comments on the supplemental proposed rule are now due by August 23, 2013.
• Proposed Rule from the Federal Register http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-10/html/2013-13708.htm
• Submit Comments on this Request on Regulations.gov http://www.regulations.gov
• Advocacy contact: Kia Dennis at 202-205-6936
The EPA Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) is set to open June 5th, accepting Phase 1 solicitations. The 2013 period of eligibility will run from June 5-July 17 and cover topics including water, innovation in manufacturing, waste, air quality and homeland security.
Phase 1 investigates the scientific merit and technical feasibility of the submission and can provide up to $100,000 over 6 months.
To read more about eligibility and requirements for consideration check out the EPA Factsheet.
The Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) program opened on May 25, 2013. This program will provide roughly $10 million to help companies and organizations purchase or convert to CNG, LNG or bi-fuel vehicles weighing less than 14,000 pounds, as well as electric, propane or other alternative fuel vehicles of any weight. The deadline to submit applications is July 26, 2013.
CLICK HERE for application materials.
The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program: Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebate program is also currently open. The program provides rebates to consumers for the purchase of new plug-in hybrid, plug-in electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. CLICK HERE for more information.
BOSTON – The Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2), an association of state, local, and tribal governments, announces the availability of draft guidance on alternatives assessment and chemical risk reduction. The document is available for public review and comment through April 19, 2013.
“Over the past year, eight of IC2’s state members have been working together to develop a draft framework for alternatives assessment,” said Ken Zarker, Washington Department of Ecology and Vice-chair of the IC2. “We are coordinating our efforts to make the most of limited resources. Seeking public input is the next important step forward.”
Alternatives assessment (AA) is a process that encourages companies to consider the potential harm that alternative chemicals could have on human health and the environment before they are used in products. The IC2 is seeking input on the draft guidance to leverage industry, government, and non-government AA experiences.
“States continue to provide leadership in an effort to advance sound chemical management strategies,” Zarker said. “I’m optimistic that this alternatives assessment guidance will be a win-win for businesses and consumers. States are interested in providing economic opportunities through green product innovation, while allowing for more informed chemical choices.”
“As more states consider incorporating alternatives analyses requirements in their laws and regulations, this effort by IC2 to gather input from all potentially-affected stakeholders is important,” said Maureen Gorsen, Partner at Alston and Bird, and supporting member of the IC2. “This is a brand new area of law, and it is critical that good guidance be established.”
The draft guidance is based on an alternatives assessment process pioneered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment Program. A function of the IC2 is to support health and environmental agencies with the development and implementation of programs to promote the use of safer chemicals and products. After gathering and responding to input on the draft guidance, the IC2 members will seek businesses to pilot its use.
The public may submit comments on the draft through Friday, April 19, 2013 at http://blog.purestrategies.com/ecology/Providing-Comments. The IC2 and the Washington State Department of Ecology developed this special website to support public outreach for and commentary on the alternatives assessment guidance. The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) provides staff and facilitation support for IC2.
For more information:
IC2 Guidance for Alternatives Assessment and Risk Reduction
US EPA’s Design for the Environment Alternatives Assessment Program
Eight states are seeking public comment on a draft document for assessing alternatives to toxic chemicals. The proposed guidance provides companies with a voluntary process to consider the potential harm that substitute chemicals could have on health and the environment.
The eight states that are collaborating on the project are members of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2). The IC2 will share the results of this initiative with industry, NGOs, and the other IC2 members after the comment period has closed. The public may submit comments on the draft guidance through Friday, April 19th at a special website set up by the IC2 and the Washington Department of Ecology for this purpose. Go to
www.newmoa.org/prevention/IC2/aaguidance.cfm. for the link to this website.
THE ADMINISTRATOR IS PROPOSING TO ISSUE A NEW UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL (UIC) GENERAL PERMIT, GUSW
To review the Notification, please select the following link:
Notice of Proposed Action
Check out the new page which provides valuable waste management guidance for colleges and universities. Included is a case study (mentioned below) describing how the University of Massachusetts at Amherst diverted an additional 1200 pounds of food waste per day by expanding their composting program!
Call2Recycle is a free and convenient program for facilities to recycle used rechargeable batteries. Call2Recyle is funded by the manufacturers of rechargeable batteries as an environmental stewardship commitment, and is therefore at no cost to any customers. So if you have not already, consider answering the Call2Recycle. It is free. It is measurable. Find out more including if you have an account by contacting Todd Ellis at 678-218-1086 or email him at www.call2recycle.org You can also call toll free 877-723-1297 or visit www.call2recycle.org
Know you want to start collecting. Collection site sign up form is available at http://www.call2recycle.org/sign-up-form/
Please note that Call2Recycle is not an EPA program, but you can use this data when tracking your recycling efforts for EPA’s WasteWise Program.
SAN FRANCISCO (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today honored the University of Nevada – Reno, the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and 16 other colleges for taking part in the EPA’s national Food Recovery Challenge.
The Food Recovery Challenge is a voluntary program aiming to limit the 34 million tons of food wasted nationwide annually by reducing unnecessary consumption and increasing donations to charity and composting.
By participating, these schools, with a combined 460,000 student enrollment, pledge to reduce food waste by five percent in one year.
“Food waste is a particular problem for California, the world’s fifth largest food supplier, because of the enormous quantities of water and energy required for production,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
The schools include: University of California Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, San Francisco, Santa Barbara; and Santa Cruz; California State University Fullerton, Humboldt and Northridge; University of Southern California; City College San Francisco; Arizona State University; Northern Arizona University; and University of Arizona.
Click here to learn more about the EPA Food Recovery Challenge