Waste | Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
"Managing mercury-containing equipment as universal wastes requires attention to both state and federal regulations to ensure compliance. Yesterday, we reviewed potential “legacy” mercury-containing equipment showing how ubiquitous this equipment is in our homes and workplaces. Today, we will review some of the most common generator violations of the universal waste rules applicable to mercury-containing equipment and other listed universal wastes."
Waste | Monday, December 2nd, 2013
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Universal Waste regulations cover management and disposal of mercury-containing products as a way to encourage recycling and recover mercury. While use of mercury in manufacturing has declined significantly, there remain millions of “legacy” commercial electric products and equipment containing mercury that may not be recognized until it is too late. Today, we will look at some of these products and equipment and tomorrow, we will review some of the most common violations of the universal waste rules for all listed universal wastes."
Water | Monday, December 2nd, 2013
"Green infrastructure – an approach to manage stormwater using vegetation and soil to maintain healthy water and support sustainable communities – is front and center of most discussions involving water regulation and development these days for many reasons. Much of our gray stormwater infrastructure, which uses pipes to dispose of rainwater, is in need of costly repair and replacement
, and the benefits of sustainable practices are coming to light throughout the country. But in some areas, especially in the Western states, water rights laws may be a barrier to green infrastructure
In some areas, water is a limited resource, and complex water laws have been established to define rights to water. Every state has different laws and policies in place, and some of these laws are evolving to reflect the importance of green infrastructure. But if you are located in one of these states, how do you know that the practice you are implementing is in compliance with your applicable water rights laws?
Enforcement/Inspections | Friday, November 29th, 2013
"Keeping K–12 schools clean, safe, and compliant with federal environmental regulations involves many different aspects of facility management that may not be readily apparent. Some regulations apply to specific equipment, others to systematic operations, and still others to the performance of regulated activities. Following is a list of some of the most common laws that apply to K–12 schools and associated violations. Although not an exhaustive list, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes these regulatory requirements as having the highest potential for violation in the K–12 schools sector."
Chemical Management | Thursday, November 28th, 2013
"Many chemical substances used in product manufacturing are now being found in drinking water, lakes, rivers, and streams. They are also found in humans and animals, and researchers are now trying to establish if they are harmful. Yesterday we reviewed what these contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) are, and today we look at three classes of CECs currently being investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."
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