WSPPN Newsletter - May 2015
In This Issue
PPG, PPIN & SRA Grant Proposals Due in May
FOG Webinar
2010-2012 P2 Results Report Available
Patrick Bryan Article - Part 2
Green Chemistry Guide Webinar Series
Submit PPG, PPIN, and SRA Grant Proposals
There's still time to get your grant proposals in:

The Pollution Prevention Grant
Proposals (PPG) are due May 14. 

The Source Reduction Assistance Grants (SRA) are due on May 28.

The Pollution Prevention Information Network grants ( PPIN) are due on May 22. 
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.
Press Kit for TAPs - How to Use the P2 Results Report to Leverage Your Program 

 

 

 

The P2 Results report is a collaborative project of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx).   

 

These results demonstrate the value of P2 in not only environmental and natural resource conservation terms, but also in economic benefits. Use this report to highlight the good things companies are doing to improve the environment.  The P2Rx Centers prepared a press kit for technical assistance providers to use to help leverage their programs.


It contains:

-A press release for any local press outlet

-Suggested communication for your state environmental agency commissioner
-Suggested communication for your congressional representatives.


 
View the archived May 5 Webinar on the P2 results repot.

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This month, Patrick Bryan from the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District talks about Municipal Storm Water Management and the new Storm Water Regulations in California in Part 2 of his two article series.  

Share your P2 program news with folks in the network.  Send to dwalden@unr.edu in May content you would like to see published in the June 2015 newsletter.
Part 2 - Storm Water Regulations and Municipal Storm Water Management
By Patrick Bryan, Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District 

Patrick Bryan
The Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District provides flood control and urban storm water services in a 400-square mile watershed located between the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers. 

The District is home to approximately 650,000 people and includes both urban and agricultural land uses. The Fresno/Clovis urban area is served by a system of approximately 640 miles of pipeline and 154 stormwater retention/recharge basins. The basin system recharges 70-85% of the annual stormwater runoff into the local aquifer, the community's primary water supply. Typically, 50-80% of common stormwater pollutants settle out of runoff before it is discharged to canals and the San Joaquin River. 

Water quality monitoring of the San Joaquin River is performed regularly to determine if stormwater runoff causes or contributes to exceedances of water quality standards. Due to the pollutant removal efficiency of regional storm water basin systems, water quality standards are met. The MS4 Permit is a requirement of the federal Clean Water Act, administered by the State requiring local government to control water pollution discharged within their jurisdiction. The District is the lead agency responsible for implementation of the MS4 Permit requirements in the area, along with Co-Permittee agencies the City of Clovis, City of Fresno, County of Fresno, and California State University, Fresno. 

On April 1, 2014 the SWRCB adapted a NEW IGP which goes into effect this year on July 1, 2015. The IGP replaces the current permit issued in 1997. So what does this mean for municipal agencies in California like the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District and for regulated industries? There are currently approximately 200 active IGP industrial facilities under the old IGP. Under the IGP industrial facilities are expected to increase by an additional 2,000 facilities. Facilities with industrial activities that are not exposed to industrial activity will now be required to obtain an annual No Exposure Certification (NEC) and pay an annual certification fee ($200) to the state. NECs are submitted to the SWRCB that industrial activities at the site are not exposed to rain water and that site-related contaminants will not be picked up by stormwater runoff and discharge off site. In other words, the new permit is relatively significant to industrial users as it effectively brings ALL industries, including previously excluded "light industry," such as wineries and printers, into the regulatory process, not just those with activities that are exposed to storm water. 

The NEW IGP now reflects current science and for some industrial categories this includes Numeric Effluent Limitations (NELs). The IGP requires dischargers to sample their stormwater effluent, send the storm water samples to a lab for analysis and compare the results to statewide benchmarks Numeric Action Levels (NALs). If a discharger exceeds a NAL, the discharger has to implement Exceedance Response Actions (ERAs) to address the NAL exceedance, site evaluation and report by a Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner.


GREEN CHEMISTRY GUIDE - Listen and Learn Webinar Series
The City of Los Angeles, the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Roundtable (WSPPN) announce the availability of the Green Chemistry Guide (see P2.ORG) collaborated on by renowned university professors, industry professionals and the City of Los Angeles' engineers. 

This 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.  

WSPPN and NPPR are cohosting a series of webinars that will cover the content of the manual chapter-by-chapter.  Learn about the green chemistry movement from the authors themselves.
What's Inside the New Green Chemistry Guide?

(Thursday, May 21 - 2:00 p.m. EDT)


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.
Ch. 5 - The Green Chemistry Mindset and Life Cycle Thinking

(Tuesday, September 15 - 2:00 p.m. EDT) 


Chapter 5, presented 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.
Ch. 4 - Green Engineering and Pollution Prevention & Ch. 6 - Green Chemistry Tools - What's Out There? 

(Wednesday, October 21 - 2:00 p.m. EDT)

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Jonathan Rivin covers Chapter 4 - Green Engineering and Pollution Prevention and Chapter 6 - Green Chemistry Tools - What's Out There? 

Chapter 4 covers green engineering, the principles of green chemistry, how the green engineering principles relate to P2 concepts and provides case studies of green engineering. 

Chapter 6 provides an overview of software tools and guidance documents that can be used for implementing green chemistry principles, what tool to use at different stages in the product life cycle and resources for tool selection. 
Ch. 7 - Building the Business Case for Green Chemistry

(Monday, November 16 - 2:00 p.m. EDT)

Al Innes, Michelle Butler and Kate Winnebeck present Chapter 7 - how to build the business case for green chemistry, the steps needed for initiating a successful program, and accounting for all cost. 
Ch. 8 - Implementation of the Green Chemistry Change and Sustaining Success

(Tuesday, December 15 - 2:00 p.m. EDT)

 

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Chapter 8, presented by author Lissa McCracken, is the implementation of sustainability practices into business models and integrating pollution prevention and green chemistry strategies and models.

Let's make Region 9 stronger by joining forces to advocate for sustainability and pollution prevention.

 

Sincerely,

 

Donna Walden

Regional Coordinator, WSPPN

University of Nevada Reno/

Business Environmental Program

dwalden@unr.eduwww.wsppn.org

 

WSPPN is a proud member of P2Rx (www.P2Rx.org).