Ground level Ozone Basics

What is “good” vs. “bad” ozone? Ozone can be “good” or “bad” for health and the environment depending on where it’s found in the atmosphere. Stratospheric ozone is “good” because it protects living things from ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Ground-level ozone, the topic of this website, is “bad” because it can trigger a variety of health problems, particularly for children, the elderly, and people of all ages who have lung diseases such as asthma. Learn more about ground-level ozone. Ozone is a gas …

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E-Waste Manifest System Amendments

Rule Summary Former EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, signed the e-Manifest User Fee Final Rule on December 20, 2017 and it was published in the Federal Register (FR) on January 3, 2018. The final rule establishes the methodology that EPA will use in setting and revising user fees in order to recover the full costs of the electronic manifest system. This includes costs incurred in developing, operating, maintaining, and upgrading a national e-Manifest system, as well as any costs incurred in collecting and processing …

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The Benefits of Reducing Idling

Benefits and Methods for Reducing Idling Operator comfort is essential to maintaining focus and high performance in locomotive shipping.  However, changing how you achieve it by reducing idling can help you achieve significant benefits. Benefits from reducing long-duration idling include: Decreasing fuel costs, Decreasing engine maintenance costs; Extending engine life; Improving operator well-being by decreasing noise levels; Decreasing emissions that are harmful to the environment; and Improving relationships with surrounding communities. There are two ways of reducing idling: Behavioral strategies …

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BEP in the News

UNR Business Environmental Program head: ‘Green’ can be profitable CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Northern Nevada Development Authority was told Oct. 24 being “green” doesn’t have to cost businesses on their bottom line. Chris Lynch, head of the UNR Business Environmental Program, told an audience of about 40 he was told by one businessman “environmental is nice, but I don’t have time for it.” “First, when it’s the environment, you don’t have a choice,” he said. “You have to comply.” The …

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Interim Final Rule: Safe Management of Recalled Airbags

Rule Summary EPA is issuing, with good cause, this interim final rule in response to the urgent public health issue posed by recalled Takata airbag inflators still installed in vehicles. With this rule, EPA is facilitating a more expedited removal of defective Takata airbag inflators from vehicles by dealerships, salvage yards and other locations for safe and environmentally sound disposal by exempting the collection of airbag waste from hazardous waste requirements as long as certain conditions are met. What does the …

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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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