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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 the of Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We can ensure the public that we will deliver on the promise to better protect public health and the environment.”

The first ten chemicals to be evaluated are:

  • 1,4-Dioxane
  • 1-Bromopropane
  • Asbestos
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster
  • Methylene Chloride
  • N-methylpyrrolidone
  • Pigment Violet 29
  • Tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene
  • Trichloroethylene

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, requires EPA to publish this list by December 19, 2016. These chemicals were drawn from EPA’s 2014 TSCA Work Plan, a list of 90 chemicals selected based on their potential for high hazard and exposure as well as other considerations.

When the list is published in the Federal Register it will trigger a statutory deadline to complete risk evaluations for these chemicals within three years.  This evaluation will determine whether the chemicals present an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment. If it is determined that a chemical presents an unreasonable risk, EPA must mitigate that risk within two years.

Under the newly amended law, EPA must release a scoping document within six months for each chemical. This will include the hazard(s), exposure(s), conditions of use, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation(s) the agency plans to consider for the evaluation.

Additional chemicals will be designated for evaluation, and all of the remaining Work Plan chemicals will be reviewed for their potential hazard and exposure. For each risk evaluation that EPA completes, TSCA requires that EPA begin another. By the end of 2019, EPA must have at least 20 chemical risk valuations ongoing at any given time.

For more on the chemicals listed and additional information: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/evaluating-risk-existing-chemicals-under-tsca[epa.gov]

April 22, 2016

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable is accepting nominees for the 2016 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Awards. The MVP2 awards are presented annually during National Pollution Prevention Week.  National Pollution Prevention week is the third week of September, September 19th – 26th, 2016.

Awards are presented in seven categories, Project/Program, Best Multimedia, Champion, Ambassador, Volunteer, Educator and Student of the Year.

The MVP2 Project/Program, P2 Champion, and Best P2 Multimedia are open to all levels of government, industry, small business, non-profit, and academia.

The awards are designed to recognize outstanding and innovative P2 projects/programs. As in years past, awards are judged on the following five broad criteria: innovation, measurable results, transferability, commitment, and optimization of available project resources.

The deadline for applications is July 15, 2016.

Information on past recipients and this year’s application are available at www.p2.org.

2015 Webinars

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Managing Hazardous Waste in 2015 – Improving your Environmental Management

January 29, 2015

Businesses may use a variety of hazardous products in their day-to-day operations, ranging from cleaning chemicals and pesticides to fluorescent light bulbs and paint. When these items are discarded, they need to be managed as hazardous waste because of toxic, ignitable, or even corrosive characteristics. When these waste streams are not properly addressed, they often get thrown in the trash or poured down the drain. This webinar will provide a quick overview of common hazardous wastes, how to comply with the regulations, and prevention measures designed to reduce hazardous waste generation.

Sponsored by WSPPN, the State of Hawaii and the Hawaii Green Business Program, this information is valuable to any business in the nation looking to improve their environmental management and businesses that are considering participation in green businesses programs.

Presented by Roland Fornoff from the University of Nevada Business Environmental Program.

WATCH A FREE (RECORDED) WEBINAR

Presenters:
Donna Walden (WSPPN) overview – Download Presentation

Roland Fornoff – Download Presentation


March

ADEQ’s Pollution Prevention Program Webinar

March 6, 2015

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ’s) Pollution Prevention (P2) Program requires facilities that meet the State filing thresholds to prepare and implement a P2 Plan. Facilities use their knowledge of their operations to analyze processes and find opportunities for source reduction, transforming the company culture and progressing towards a sustainable business mentality.

This webinar is designed to educate Arizona facilities that meet the P2 Plan filing thresholds and focus on assisting facilities that use over ten thousand pounds of a toxic substance.

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Presenters:

Donna Walden (WSPPN) overview – Download Presentation

Linneth Lopez and Jeanine Inman – Download Presentation


April

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ADEQ’s Pollution Prevention Program Webinar

April 15, 2015

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ’s) Pollution Prevention (P2) Program requires facilities that meet the State filing thresholds to prepare and implement a P2 Plan. Facilities use their knowledge of their operations to analyze processes and find opportunities for source reduction, transforming the company culture and progressing towards a sustainable business mentality.
This webinar is designed to educate Arizona facilities that meet the P2 Plan filing thresholds and focus on assisting facilities that use over ten thousand pounds of a toxic substance.

WATCH A FREE (RECORDED) WEBINAR

Presenters:

Donna Walden (WSPPN) overview – Download Presentation

Linneth Lopez and Jeanine Inman – Download Presentation


May

How to Leverage the P2 Results Report 2010-2012

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From 2010-2012, approximately 90 P2 programs in the U.S. reported almost $5.4 billion in economic benefits; more than 8.9 billion pounds of pollution minimized or eliminated; approximately 8.8 billion gallons of water conserved; energy usage reduced by 1.4 billion kilowatts; over 1.7 billion pounds of greenhouse gases (GHG) no longer being released into the earth’s atmosphere associated with P2 activities.

What exactly does this mean for the P2 community and how can state and local P2 numbers use this information to leverage their programs?

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Presenters: 

Andy Bray from NEWMOA, Jeffrey Burke from the NPPR, and Ken Grimm from PPRC – Download Presentation


How to Start a Successful FOG Program (Learn from San Francisco about SFGreasecycle)

May 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM PDT

In this Webinar, Karri Ving, P2 Program Manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will speak on the success of the SFGreasecycle program she launched in the Bay area. The program is part of their larger FOG program that also includes trap waste receiving and enforcement of the FOG Ordinance.

Karri will explain what drove the need for a fats oils and grease (FOG) program, what actions were taken to address the need and share the program success. Also included in the presentation are lessons learned during the development of the SFGreasecycle Program for other agencies that are considering implementing similar programs.

(Cohosted by WSPPN and PPRC as part of an outreach program targeted at restaurants and bars for proper and cost effective handling of fats, oils and grease)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Presenters: 

WSPPN & PPRC overview – Download Presentation

Karri Ving – Download Presentation


Green Chemistry Guide Listen and Learn Webinar Series – What’s Inside the New Green Chemistry Guide?

Thursday, May 21 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

This Webinar series covers the content of the Green Chemistry Guide collaborated on by renowned university professors, industry professionals and the City of Los Angeles’s engineers.

Michael Simpson and Olga Krel will give an overview of how the guide was created and what is in the guide. They will cover the content of Chapters 1, 2 and 3 including the definition of green chemistry, and the relationship between pollution prevention and green chemistry.

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June

How to Start Green Business Programs for Grocery Stores

June 9, 2015

This Webinar is part of a green business series sponsored by the Western Sustainability & Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) and the Green Business Engagement National Network (GBENN).

This webinar will cover all aspects of the green business program for grocers. How grocers apply online for recognition, how state programs are able to review and approve applications and facilitate follow-up, and built-in calculators that will help programs report on the outcomes of program participants.
Andy Bray from the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) launched a Regional Sustainable Grocers Initiative in 2012 to develop a model regional recognition program that states could use in acknowledging sustainable leaders in the industry. A number of grocery chains in the region, including Shaw’s, Market Basket, Price Chopper, and Stop & Shop operate in multiple states making an interstate approach to the sector sensible and efficient for state programs and grocers. A number of NEWMOA’s members are in the process of working with stores to pilot a model Sustainable Grocers Initiative workbook. The system is based on one that was developed and is used by the California Green Business Network.

Kevin Kumataka, Green Business Coordinator from Sonoma County will discuss how they developed the Grocery Store Checklist, give an overview of the certification process, and successful partnerships required to make the program a success. He will also highlight success stories from the program including lighting retrofit opportunities, variable speed drivers on refrigeration equipment, the Food runners program, and increases in recycled content purchasing.

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Presenters:

WSPPN overview – Download Presentation
GBENN overview – Tricia Dingle – Download Presentation
Kevin Kumataka – Download Presentation
Andy Bray – Download Presentation


San Francisco Shares Checklist & Best Practices for Green Cleaning Program

June 25, 2015

In the last year, San Francisco Department of Environment (SFDoE) has honored many companies who successfully completed the Custodial Green Cleaning pilot program. Theirs is the first Green Business program in the nation focused on protecting custodial worker health by switching from harmful cleaning products to greener products and methods. SF Environment created a Green Business standards checklist for custodial companies wanting to go through the Green Business program. This checklist covers employee training, pollution prevention, purchasing and conservation practices. To date, over 300 custodians have been trained under the pilot program and over 12,000 gallons of harmful cleaning chemicals have been eliminated each year.

Swati Sharma from the San Francisco Department of Environment will speak about how SFDoE implemented the program including development of multi-lingual training videos and materials, provided consultation to custodial companies on Green Cleaning practices, and how a green business checklist was used to track the progress of each of these companies.

This Webinar is sponsored by WSPPN and the Green Business Engagement Network (GBENN).
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

WATCH A FREE (RECORDED) WEBINAR

Presenters:

WSPPN overview – Download Presentation

GBENN overview – Tricia Dingle – Download Presentation

Swati Sharma & Anya Deepak – Download Presentation


July

Pretty Shouldn’t Stink: How a Healthy Nail Salon Program can help

July 23, 2015

Nail Salon employees are exposed to industrial chemicals without adequate protection or education. During their professional life, nail salon employees have repeated and prolonged exposure to toxic products and unsafe practices which increases their chances of cancer, birth defects, miscarriages and asthma. Currently, there is a lack of regulation for nail salon chemicals and lack of enforceable laws regulating the levels of exposure for nail salon employees. San Francisco was the first city in the country to adopt legislation to create a recognition program to help nail salons use safer products and practices and recognize them as businesses that enhance the well being of nail salon employees and customers.

Join the San Francisco Department for the Environment and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative for a webinar on July 23rd where they discuss how the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program was established, its key components, how to run a successful Healthy Nail Salon Program and the challenges faced. Speakers will also talk about the progress made towards legislation and what next steps are in store.

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September

Green Chemistry Guide Listen and Learn Webinar Series – The Green Chemistry Mindset and Life Cycle Thinking

Tuesday, September 15 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

Chapter 5  by author Ally LaTourelle covers what is the green chemistry mindset from different vantage points, the beneficial outcomes for companies that embrace green chemistry principles, and green chemistry and life cycle assessment.

Webinar Link


ADEQ’s P2 Program Webinar: National Pollution Prevention Week

Tuesday, September 22 – 10:00 a.m. PDT

For National Pollution Prevention Week (September 21st – 27th) this year, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Pollution Prevention (P2) Program is hosting a webinar featuring examples of successful P2 goals implemented by a few of their program facilities. The reduction of hazardous waste generation and toxic substance use is a requirement of the P2 planning program. Currently, over 300 facilities participate in ADEQ’s P2 program.

Please join us in the webinar to learn about methods that have been successful in not only reducing pollution at these facilities, but also have improved efficiency and saved money. The following facilities will be presenting: Read more

Fix a Leak

Leaks Can Run, but They Can’t Hide

Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for Fix a Leak Week 2016, March 14–20, 2016, but remember that you can race over to your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, fix the leaks, and save valuable water and money all year long.

From family fun runs to leak detection contests to WaterSense demonstrations, Fix a Leak Week events happen from coast to coast and are all geared to teach you how to find and fix household leaks. See our Fix a Leak Week 2015 Event Map Exit EPA Disclaimer to find out what went on near you!

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January 2016

Implementation of the Green Chemistry Change and Sustaining Success

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 2:00-3:00 PM EST

Register HERE

Join the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and the Western Sustainability & Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST for another Green Chemistry Guide Listen and Learn webinar. The Green Chemistry manual provides state agencies and technical assistance providers (engineers) with tools and resources to better serve their clients who are looking for information and to support greening their operations, processes, products and supply chains. Business owners can also use the publication to develop and implement green chemistry solutions and improve profitability.

This series of webinars covers the content of the manual chapter-by-chapter. Lissa McCracken, Executive Director, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, will present on Chapter 8, which addresses the implementation of sustainability practices into business models and integrating pollution prevention and green chemistry strategies and models.

 

For a list of past webinars click here

Training Modules

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P2-101 Training Modules

WSPPN and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) partnered to develop an online training in pollution prevention (P2).  This nine-lesson virtual training was originally presented at a conference in Sacramento, California to provide members of business and industry, and environmental technical assistance providers, with a foundation in the key principles and strategies for preventing pollution.  

Through the training, you will learn:  key definitions for P2 and how P2 fits with other greening initiatives, including energy efficiency; tools and resources for waste identification; and how to apply and prioritize P2 approaches at a business.  You will also learn how to manage change; overcome barriers; conduct post-project evaluations; and put your company on a path for sustained P2 success. 

WSPPN would especially like to thank presenters Jeffrey Burke and Michael Simpson.

When you are done, check out our Green Chemistry 101.

Take the Course

How to Create a Safer and More Sustainable Lab Through Green Chemistry

September 10, 2015

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Incorporating the principles of green chemistry into your lab can do more than lessen your ecological footprint.  Join David Finster and Jeffrey Whitford as they share how to adopt sustainable strategies that inherently produce a safer lab and chemical facility in both commercial and academic settings.

What You Will Learn

  • How adopting the strategies of green chemistry inherently produces a safer lab and chemical facility.
  • How green chemistry strategies can be viewed as the first step in complying with OSHA regulations.
  • How green chemistry aligns with inherently safer design principles for chemical engineers.
  • Why green chemistry education is a key contributor to changing the implementation of Green Chemistry

Webinar Details

  • Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 2-3pm ET
  • Fee: Free to Attend
  • Download Slides: Available on the Day of Broadcast

SFE article for April newsletter

On March 25th, the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFE) conducted a presentation for La Colectiva, a collective of women who provide house cleaning services throughout the City. SFE staff presented in Spanish during one of La Colectiva’s weekly meetings in the Mission district, which was attended by 40-50 women. La Colectiva prides itself on providing eco-friendly cleaning. Homemade recipes, highlighted in the Department’s Easy and Safe Cleaning factsheet, are very popular with the women of the collective.

SFE has trained more than 300 custodians on green cleaning products and practices as part of their Custodial Green Cleaning program. This expertise was used to highlight tips and techniques for green cleaning. The presentation motivated them to continue using their homemade products and encouraged them to adopt some of the green cleaning practices highlighted in the multi lingual videos shown to them. The modules covered included dusting and polishing, mopping, kitchen and restroom cleaning. The women were given various Green Cleaning resources like factsheets and flashcards they could take with them on the job.

After the presentation, the Department staff answered questions about products and tools, and learned more about health concerns and other unique issues the women face in their work. A big constraint the women face is using their clients’ products, which are not always green products. Future presentations will include tips to educate their family, friends and clients.

In the last year, SFE has honored many companies who successfully completed the Custodial Green Cleaning pilot program. Theirs is the first Green Business program in the nation focused on protecting custodial worker health by providing live hands on training and switching from harmful cleaning products to greener products and methods.

If you are a custodial/janitorial company interested in becoming a Green Business, please register and apply here, or call (415) 355-3700

To learn more about La Colectiva, please visit lacolectivasf.org

If you are interested in learning more, call (415)-355-3700.

 

p2roundtable

Join the pollution prevention colleagues from the Mississippi River basin for a multi-regional roundtable that includes:

  • Training
  • Sharing of program innovations
  • Implementations and results of P2 projects
  • Networking with other P2 professionals as well as businesses interested in sustainability
  • Inspiration to lead and continuously improve your effective technical assistance program

The meeting will be held on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden, a leader in sustainability and business assistance in St. Louis. Training includes pollution prevention assessments for Craft Breweries – the fastest growing segment of food processing and Lean & Green Training for businesses.

This event is presented by the TRIPLE REGIONAL P2 ROUNDTABLE hosted by the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR), Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC), and Zero Waste Network. Register by March 27.

For more information: http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/2015Roundtable/index.htm

The City of Los Angeles and NPPR announce the availability of the Green Chemistry Guide collaborated on by renowned university professors, industry professionals and the City of Los Angeles’s engineers. This manual provides state agencies and technical assistance providers with tools and resources to better serve their clients who are looking for information and to support greening their operations, supply chains, processes, and products. WSPPN will announce a series of webinars to begin in May that will cover the content of the manual chapter-by-chapter.

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