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EPA Moves to Ban Certain Aerosol Degreasers and Dry Cleaning Spot Removers as the First Major Regulatory Action Under Chemical Reform Law

December 7, 2016 WASHINGTON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban certain uses of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used as a degreaser and a spot removal agent in dry cleaning. “For the first time in a generation, we are able to restrict chemicals already in commerce that pose risks to public health and the environment,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Once finalized, today’s …

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EPA Names First Chemicals for Review Under New TSCA Legislation

November 29, 2016 EPA Names First Chemicals for Review Under New TSCA Legislation Agency answers call to move forward on chemical reform, naming asbestos among first to undergo risk evaluation WASHINGTON – Today, EPA is announcing the first ten chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under TSCA reform. “Under the new law, we now have the power to require safety reviews of all chemicals in the marketplace.” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of …

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WEBINAR: Manifest Certification

Join the Nevada Business Environmental Program’s webinar to learn about Manifest Certification. Tuesday, December 6, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am        Brief Review of Hazardous Waste basics •       Container Requirements •       Labeling •       Storage •       Weekly Inspection •       Manifest Certification: Signatory Regulations and Requirements •       Brief review of Training Records •       Questions & Answers

WEBINAR: Satellite Accumulation

Join the Nevada Business Environmental Program’s upcoming webinar to learn about Satellite Accumulation. Wednesday, November 2, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am This webinar will provide an overview of: Hazardous waste basics Managing hazardous waste at satellite accumulation areas Review of central storage Review of recordkeeping

Wood and pellet stoves with actual efficiency numbers

Friday, June 17, 2016 The following 71 wood and pellet stoves have been tested by accredited laboratories for efficiency. Consumers should consider buying one of these stoves if they want a stove that has a reliable efficiency value.  However, with wood stoves, the listed efficiency represents what consumers can get if they use dry wood and give the stove sufficient air.  With pellet stoves, the efficiency reported by the lab is a good approximation of the efficiency the consumer can …

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2016 Green Fleet Awards

The top 50 winners of the Green Fleet Awards contest were announced last month at the National Green Fleet Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to learn more about the Green Fleet Awards contest.       1    The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey 2    City of New York, NY 3    City & County of Denver, CO 4    New York City Police Department (NY) 5    State of California 6    U.S. Air Force / 441st VSCOS (VA) 7    Sacramento County (CA) 8    Alameda County (CA) …

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EPA Strengthens the Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone

On October 1, 2015, EPA strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb), based on extensive scientific evidence about ozone’s effects on public health and welfare. The updated standards will improve public health protection, particularly for at-risk groups including children, older adults, people of all ages who have lung diseases such as asthma, and people who are active outdoors, especially outdoor workers. They also will improve the health of trees, plants …

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Energy Efficiency Workshop….Learn how you can save money!

Energy Efficiency 101 For Small and Medium Sized Businesses How much energy, water and money can you save? The Business Environmental Program at the University of Nevada Reno joined forces with the NV Energy Sure Bet Program, Southwest Gas and the Southern Nevada Water Authority to offer Energy Efficiency 101. You won’t want to miss this engaging seminar on strategies for small and medium sized businesses to help control their energy and water consumption to reduce monthly operating expenses. If you own …

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Proposed Rulemaking: Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are jointly proposing a national program that would establish the next phase of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. This “Phase 2 program” would significantly reduce carbon emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty vehicles, helping to address the challenges of global climate change and energy security. Learn more

Put a Lid on it!

Why are closed containers for hazardous waste so important? January 13, 2015 By Ken Trankle One of the most common RCRA violations I run across is the failure to “put a lid on it”.  If you are storing hazardous wastes, the container must be closed at all times unless you’re adding or removing waste from a container.  Mismanaged facilities will often leave drums open, allowing fumes to escape into the area and risking spills.  Other examples of poor hazardous waste …

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