Chris Lynch

Petition to add 1-BP to CAA list of toxics signed

On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed a final notice to grant a petition to add 1-Bromopropane (1-BP) to the Clean Air Act (CAA) list of air toxics. Once this substance is added, the EPA may revise or create new emission standards for source categories that emit 1-BP.  Use of 1-BP has increased over the past two decades. It is used as a solvent in many industries and products such as aerosol glues, asphalt production, synthetic …

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Clean Air Act 50th Anniversary

For 50 years, the Clean Air Act (CAA) has protected the public health and the environment through the implementation of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) which measure the emissions and pollutants in our air. Since its implementation, emissions and pollutants have dropped by 77%.* In 1990 amendments were implemented, which significantly reduced the concentrations of air pollutants. Below are a few examples of the decrease in emissions for each pollutant. Carbon Monoxide (CO) 8-Hour – decreased by 78% Lead (Pb) 3-Month …

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BEP Reopening Tip Sheets

Your business may look very different as it begins to recover from COVID-19 impacts. To move forward, your business will need to adapt to new safety and health guidelines and respond to new and increased expectations from staff and customers. New practices and guidelines will become commonplace in order for customers to feel safe. To help you get started we have put together numerous tip sheets for the different industries that have opened in Phase I and Phase II of …

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How to save money during COVID-19 with the “3Rs”

As your business reopens, the health of your employees and customers, the economic impacts and the environmental impacts are all more important than ever. Following the new Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidelines and beyond does not mean you have to abandon your environmental sustainability initiatives. Minimizing waste and reducing other environmental impacts can also save you money at a time when watching your bottom line is critical. By continuing to follow the “3 Rs” of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle …

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Nevada Phase Two Reopening

As of May, 28 Nevada entered the second phase of reopening the State. Social distancing guidelines and protective measures are still encouraged. Certain businesses such as bars, fitness centers, movie theaters, and indoor malls are allowed to open but must follow strict rules and regulations. Some of these regulations are below. During Phase two, individuals are encouraged to stay home as much as possible, wear masks in public, and to continue following social distancing protocols. Employees who interact with the …

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ASK THE EXPERTS: Cleaning Nevada Schools during COVID-19 Online Webinar

Nevada Business Environmental Program is hosting an online panelist discussion and forum connecting all Nevada schools. Our purpose is to share best practices, provide information and resources, provide the opportunity to pose questions of experts, and share guidelines and experiences as we move through closure to reopening during COVID-19. Please join us this Thursday, May 14  as we learn from experts in our region on how we ensure our facilities are as safe and healthy as possible for our students, …

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Nevada Industry Excellence COVID-19 Workforce Assistance

April 3, 2020: Nevada Industry Excellence has announced a service to match laid off manufacturing employees with other Nevada manufacturers who are experiencing immediate hiring needs for making needed items such as PPE equipment, masks and ventilators. For manufacturers seeing a spike in activity who need employees now, contact Nevada Industry Excellence so they can connect you with candidates. There is no fee associated with this service. For more information, contact Nevada Industry Excellence’s Workforce Development Specialist Mario Pabon at or (760) 265-1551.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Click here The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, …

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Nevada SBDC Covid-19 Business Resiliency Plan

For full website click here. The Nevada Small Business Development Center (Nevada SBDC) Business Resiliency Toolkit contains a small business resiliency plan developed by the Washington SBDC as well as links to help small business owners plan for any kind of disruption, from natural disasters to infrastructure failures to pandemics. Business Resiliency Plan Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative (PDF) Nevada Small Business Resiliency Guide – Keeping the Lights On (PDF) U.S. Small Business Administration Fact Sheet – Economic …

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How Mobile Sources Affect Your Health

Mobile Sources of Air Pollution Mobile sources of air pollution are divided into two categories: On-road vehicles include: Motorcycles; Passenger cars and trucks; and Commercial trucks and buses. Nonroad vehicles and engines include: Aircraft; Heavy equipment; Locomotives; Marine vessels; Recreation vehicles (snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, etc.); and Small engines and tools (lawnmowers, etc.). Related documents: Master List of Compounds Emitted by Mobile Sources (PDF) (16 pp, EPA420-B-06-002, February 2006) Provides a list of all compounds emitted by mobile sources in 2006. Expanding and Updating …

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