Federal Stimulus Programs for Small Businesses

The American Rescue Act was signed into law last week and includes some extensions to existing stimulus programs as well as the creation of new ones for small businesses. Here are some of the key program changes the US Small Business Administration (SBA) will implement for small businesses: $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services with money set aside specifically for businesses in low-income communities. Additional funds are allocated for the Shuttered …

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US EPA Launches e-Manifest Newsletter

For those who generate, transport, or receive hazardous wastes regulated by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the US EPA has launched a quarterly newsletter focused on the e-Manifest system. Intended to help the EPA meet its goal to provide “robust and engaging communication with stakeholders”, the newsletter covers updates, announces reports on advisory board meetings that are open to the public, and links for more information including upcoming webinars. The first issue, Winter 2021, includes articles about the new “Quick …

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Nevada’s Chemical Accident Protection Program

Does your facility need a CAPP permit? If you are a business in Nevada that works with highly hazardous substances such as Ammonia, Chlorine, Mercury, Methane, or others, you might need a permit with the Chemical Accident Prevention Program (CAPP). Administered by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Air Pollution Control, CAPP requires two permits for facilities across the state that use highly hazardous substances: a construction permit and an operating permit.CAPP is designed to make sure that facilities with …

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Nevada’s New COVID-19 Recovery Plan and Timeline

This month, the State of Nevada released Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery which includes updated mitigation measures for businesses and a timeline with increasing capacity limits and other changes. New guidelines went into effect February 15th and the next sets of guidelines will go into effect March 15th and May 1st. Read more about current COVID-19 mitigation measures on

New Air Testing Determination System Effective February 1st

On February 1, 2021, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s Air Program announced a new Testing Determination System (TDS). The TDS is a standardized method the Air Program uses to determine air quality operating permit testing requirements based on a facility’s Potential-to-Emit (PTE), operating parameters, and compliance history. Beginning with the initial phase announced on February 1st, the new TDS applies to baghouses controlling non-combustion emission units.  Additional phases for other air pollution controls and emission units are planned for future development.   Implementation …

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Healthier, Greener Cleaning Products Now on the EPA’s List-N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus

It has been almost a year since we first started shutting down businesses and schools while we also started cleaning and wiping down everything from doorknobs to groceries to pens. In that time, US EPA, along with the cleaning products industry, has ramped up product testing to test directly against SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19). While there are hundreds of products of products now listed on US EPA’s List N as effective against SARS-CoV-2, some have shown safer than others for …

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State and Local Emissions Inventory System (SLEIS) Annual Emissions Submissions Due April 2, 2021

On February 8, 2021, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) Air Program announced the beginning of the annual emissions reporting season for calendar year 2020. For facilities holding NDEP air quality operating permits, the State and Local Emission Inventory System (SLEIS) has been populated with each facility’s permit information as it existed on December 31, 2020 and the system is ready for data entry. NDEP has extended the deadline for reporting to Friday, April 2, 2021.  When announcing that the …

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Wood Stove Change-Out Rebates Available Again for A Limited Time in Carson City and Douglas County

Are you home more during the pandemic? Do you have an older wood stove or zero clearance wood fireplace insert that isn’t getting the job done anymore or is using too much wood? Improve the heat and comfort of your home, use less wood each winter, and save some money by replacing your old pre-1992 wood stove with a new US EPA-certified wood stove, pellet stove, or natural gas stove. You will also be helping your local community keep the …

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Energy Efficiency Incentives for 2021

The first month of 2021 is almost over. Now is the time to consider applying for rebates and incentives to help your company fund its energy initiatives. Whether the plan is to install a renewable energy system, upgrade heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment to high efficiency systems or replace older lighting with LEDs, there are incentives that can help your company save money and contribute to your sustainability and energy goals. For rural small businesses and agricultural producers, …

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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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