Hosted by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute®, the 18th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference (GC&E) is June 17-19, 2014, in Bethesda, MD.
GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, students, and advocates to come together, compare findings, and discuss the science of the future. Over three days of programming featuring more than 25 technical sessions, you can explore green chemistry and engineering advancements, while attending poster sessions, the green exhibit hall, networking events, and keynote lectures. Other special events include the GC&E Student Workshop (held on June 16th), a Careers Workshop, and a 2014 GC&E Business Plan Competition.
L-R: Farah Mohammadesmaeili, Jeanine Inman, and Linneth Lopez
Those of us who knew Charles Burke and Bill Quinn reluctantly said goodbye when they retired last year. But there is great news – Arizona has a new P2 Team! But Farah, Linneth and Jeanine have been much too busy for fanfare. They hit the ground running and April was particularly active. ADEQ is currently working on getting its P2 strategic plan finalized that covers the next three years and included P2 training workshops that started in April.
Two of them are in partnership with the Hazardous Waste Inspections Workshops that are offered at different locations around the state each year. The other one was specific to ADEQ P2 Planning facilities to help them in filling out the plan template and goal forms. ADEQ is hopeful that this training workshop will result in better accuracy in plan submissions and better quality goal setting. And they’ve also been doing some value stream mapping to try to trim the P2 review process down to a more manageable feat.
In addition to coordinating training efforts with the Haz Waste Team, ADEQ has been going out on inspections with them to provide technical assistance to facilities.
ADEQ pollution prevention staff conducted presentations as part of two free hazardous waste workshop sessions for residents of Yuma County and other parts of western Arizona on Earth Day, April 22 in the City of Yuma. Each of the sessions covered the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and hazardous waste regulations, hazardous waste generator statutes, common hazardous wastes by industry, what to expect when you are inspected, top 10 most common hazardous waste violations, the pollution prevention (P2) philosophy, and an introduction to the P2 Planning program.
For the week of Earth Day, internal employees were encouraged to fill out a leaf for the ADEQ Earth Day Pledge Tree to make a pledge on how they would make Earth Day every day by recycling, conserving energy, and helping educate others on how to help the environment and prevent pollution for a healthier planet.
Other “Green” activities that ADEQ participated in surrounding Earth Day included:
A brief background on each of the new P2 team is included below. The P2 team is led by Linda Mariner who joined ADEQ’s Sustainability Programs Unit in 2010. Linda has worked for ADEQ for 22 years. If you haven’t already, please be sure to pick up the phone and welcome Arizona’s new team to our P2 universe.
Bios of the ADEQ P2 Team:
Jeanine Inman is an Environmental Engineer with the Pollution Prevention (P2) Program at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). She is a licensed Professional Engineer with over seven years’ experience in environmental consulting for international engineering firms. Prior to joining ADEQ she provided project management and engineering support for various environmental remediation projects in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Seattle, Texas and Virginia. She received her B.S. in Geology and Geophysics and Environmental Engineering from Yale University and a M.S. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Linneth Lopez is an Environmental Engineering Specialist who currently works for the Pollution Prevention Program in the Sustainability Unit at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Previous to that she was a Hazardous Waste Compliance Officer with ADEQ where the main duties included the inspection of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) facilities ranging from hospitals and platters to military bases and drycleaners. Her previous position as a Hazardous Waste Compliance Officer has provided her with valuable knowledge and experience for her new position.
Linneth Lopez attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly) in California and has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Environmental Engineering. During her time at Cal Poly she was involved in researching an innovative remediation method using fungi and had an internship with a large school district involved with the new construction of schools. She moved to Arizona three years ago and in her spare time she likes to cook recipes from vintage cookbooks.
Farah Mohammadesmaeili is an Environmental Engineering Specialist of the P2 Program at ADEQ. Farah received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer with over ten years’ experience in research, teaching, and environmental consulting. Before joining ADEQ, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at ASU and conducted research on Reverse Osmosis concentrate management and the removal and inactivation of microbial contaminants from drinking water. She was also an adjunct faculty of the Physical Sciences Department at Phoenix College. She received her M.S. in Environmental Engineering and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran.
Posted: April 25, 2014
Source: Environmental Leader.com
Waste Management’s compressed natural gas trucks cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent and reduce particulate matter by 90 percent, Automotive Fleet reports.
The waste and recycling company earlier this month added six CNG trucks to its fleet in Chico, Calif. “We see an average annual reduction of 22 metric tons of greenhouse gases and 8,000 gallons of diesel with the CNG trucks,” district manager Ryan West tells the publication.
The company also uses route optimization software and its truck engines are programmed to shut down automatically after idling for five minutes to further cut emissions and fuel costs.
The company has used natural gas for heavy-duty trucks since the 1990s. Waste Management operates more than 2,200 alternatively fueled vehicles and says it has the largest fleet of natural gas collection trucks in North America.
Last year, Waste Management began building a facility to create pipeline-ready natural gas from its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Ill. At the time, the company said it expects it to begin delivering gas to the pipelines in late summer 2014.
Posted: April 23, 2014
Source: Fuel Fix.com
HOUSTON — Navy researchers say they have turned seawater into fuel that could power military vehicles for less than $6 per gallon.
The researchers announced this month that the seawater-based fuel successfully powered a remote-controlled model jet with a standard two-stroke internal combustion engine. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas extracted from Gulf of Mexico water were converted into liquid hydrocarbon fuel using gas-to-liquid technology. The renewable fuel mirrors its petroleum-based counterpart and could be used in standard military engines.
“The potential payoff is the ability to produce JP-5 fuel stock at sea, reducing the logistics tail on fuel delivery with no environmental burden and increasing the Navy’s energy security and independence,” said Naval Research Laboratory chemist Heather Willauer in a written statement. ”This is the first time technology of this nature has been demonstrated with the potential for transition from the laboratory to full-scale commercial implementation.”
The fuel would cost $3 to $6 per gallon and would be commercially viable within 10 years, with sufficient research funding, according to the Naval Research Laboratory.
The scientists now are working to scale up the technology to increase fuel output. The ability to power military ships and aircraft with seawater-based fuel would be revolutionary. In fiscal year 2011, the primary fuel supplier to the Navy delivered nearly 600 million gallons to power the vessels.
HOUSTON — The U.S. exported an average 3.5 million barrels per day of petroleum products last year, the U.S. government reported Tuesday, a 10 percent increase from 2012.
The Energy Information Administration also noted that in December, the U.S. exported 4.3 million barrels per day of petroleum products, marking the first time those exports exceeded 4 million barrels per day in one month.
Refining: US exporting a ‘tidal wave’ of gasoline, other fuels
Distillate fuel exports – which include diesel fuels and fuel oils — reached more than 1.1 million barrels per day, an increase of 110,000 barrels per day over 2012. Distillates destined for Central America and South America saw the biggest increase. That region was already the largest destination of U.S. distillate fuel.
Propane exports increased more than 75 percent to 300,000 barrels per day and half went to Central America and South America.
Gasoline exports increased 9 percent to 550,000 barrels per day, with exports to Africa, Mexico and Central and South America all on the rise. The U.S. also set a monthly gasoline export record in December, when it shipped 770,000 barrels abroad daily.
Crude exports: Houston fills with oil that can’t be shipped out
Still, despite the export boom, the nation imported 2.1 million barrels per day of petroleum products in 2013, though that figure is on the decline.
While the Gulf Coast is a net exporter of gasoline, the East Coast imports a substantial amount from Europe and Canada, according to the EIA. The East Coast also depends on imports of distillate and propane during cold winters when regional production and shipments from other parts of the U.S. still aren’t enough to meet demand.
Posted: April 23, 2014
With California facing its worst drought in a century, state officials have fast-tracked first-in-the-nation water efficiency standards for new toilets, urinals and faucets, an action expected to save about 8.2 billion gallons of water the first year while cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The draft standards, released late last week, would prohibit the sale of appliances in California that do not meet proposed standards, which are expected to go into effect in 2016.
The standards would require that toilets use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush instead of the current limit of 1.6 gallons per flush.
They would limit urinals to a half a gallon of water per flush, half of what is currently allowed.
Lavatory faucets would have a maximum water use level of 1.5 gallons per minute under the proposed standards, down from the current limit of 2.2 gallons per minute.
California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller hopes that California’s standards will serve as a model for other parched states and even the federal government as policymakers grapple with how to conserve water as climate change puts a dent in supplies.
Posted: April 23, 2014
Source: Environmental Leader.com
For about half of Americans, recycling starts and ends in the kitchen. A new survey shows that 72 percent of consumers consistently recycle in the home, but only about half do so in rooms beyond the kitchen.
The 2014 Cone Communications Recycling in the Home Survey shows there are several key barriers to expanding recycling in the home, including the lack of room-specific recycling bins and clear product labeling.
Americans are willing to recycle, but good intentions aren’t enough, according to the survey’s authors. They say that not having a recycling bin in each room prevents consumers from recycling more. Nearly one-in-five (17 percent) would recycle more if they had better or more convenient recycling bins throughout the house. The majority (56 percent) of recyclers keeps bins in the kitchen.
Bins aren’t the only roadblock to recycling. Consumers also fault not knowing what products or packaging are recyclable and the amount of space recycling requires as additional factors in favor of tossing recyclables in the trash, the survey revealed.
Of the consumers who do recycle, the majority does so because of a genuine concern for the environment (42 percent). Just 10 percent of Americans recycle solely because it is mandatory in their communities.
Posted: April 23, 2013
Source: Body Shop Business.com by By Jason Stahl
A representative of GMG Envirosafe warned attendees of the Collision Industry Conference held April 9-10 that OSHA is cracking down on body shops to ensure workers are protected from isocyanate exposure.Brandon Thomas, chief operations officer of GMG, a company that offers OSHA, EPA and DOT compliance solutions, said a study done by OSHA’s counterpart in Britain found that painters in a body shop environment have 80 times the risk of occupational asthma from isocyanates than industrial workers. It’s precisely for that reason, Thomas said, that OSHA is targeting the collision industry more aggressively than others.
OSHA’s goal, Thomas said, is to eliminate isocyanate exposure altogether in two ways: engineering controls (spraybooth, mixing rooms, ventilation, gun washers, etc.) and administrative controls (PPE training and processes).
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Posted: April 10, 2014
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced research grants to Arizona State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara to better understand the impacts of chemicals and nanomaterials throughout their life cycle—from design, manufacture, use and disposal.
“EPA is committed to understanding how chemicals and materials can affect human health and the environment,” said Lek Kadeli, acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “This research will advance the science of chemical life cycle assessments and provide tools to design safer chemicals, while enabling a healthy economy and safer society.”
Arizona State University’s research will evaluate the trade-offs between using nanomaterials to improve the functionality of consumer products and the potential risks to humans and the environment. The University of California, Santa Barbara’s research will develop an online tool to evaluate life cycle impacts of chemicals which industry, academia and other decision makers can use to make more informed decisions about chemical and product design.