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Get free pollution prevention technical assistance with a P2 circuit rider intern

If you would like assistance this summer identifying air leaks in your compressed-air systems or with ways to reduce your solid/hazardous waste generation, air emissions, water use, wastewater discharge or energy, apply now for a free PPI pollution prevention circuit rider intern. Our engineering intern can work with you on one or two projects and will provide help with pollution reduction, cost savings and return on investment data. Space is limited to 6-8 companies so apply ASAP. Applications are now being accepted, with intern availability beginning June 1, 2022.

EPA adds a new hazardous air pollutant to the CAA list
On Dec. 22, 2021, the EPA finalized the rule to add 1-bromopropane, or 1-BP, to the Clean Air Act list of hazardous air pollutants or HAPs. 1-BP is also known as nPB (CAS 106-94-5). If your materials contain 1-BP, now is the time to evaluate if you can find alternative, non-HAP containing materials to replace your use of this material. If you have questions or need assistance evaluating your chemical use of this product and alternatives, email sbeap@k-state.edu or call 800-578-8898.
 
CURRENT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Environmental Permits: What You Need to Know

Do you operate a small business that generates hazardous waste, air emissions or storm water or process waste water?
If so, or if you have an environmental compliance question, this webinar from Kansas SBDC at WSU is for you. Don't miss this free training on Thursday, March 31, Noon - 1 p.m.

Virtual hazardous waste training available

Hazardous waste handlers are required to complete training annually, and new employees must be trained within six months of taking a position that requires they handle hazardous waste. This training needs to be documented and maintained for at least three years. The training is $50 per user, it can be easily accessed online, and it includes a certificate of completion.

P2 and Metal Fabricating and Finishing Webinar

PPI recently hosted a webinar on P2 and Metal Fabricating and Finishing that featured guest speaker and consultant to the metal fabrication and finishing industry, Dr. Katy Wolf, PhD. The webinar reviewed findings from summer 2021 internships at metal-finishing-type industries and metal fabricating pollution prevention strategies for metal degreasing and cleaning. 

Alexandra Depew, the 2021 PPI circuit rider intern, assisted a food processor, an aerospace company, greeting card companies and other metal manufacturing companies to reduce their use of energy, water and hazardous chemicals. 

This case study is a great example of the wide variety of projects a circuit rider intern completes over the summer. Depew’s summary of recommendations concludes with potential savings of: $293,486, 1,386,749 kWh energy, 28,422,786 gallons of water, 5,215 lbs. of Xylene, 8,059 MMBTU natural gas and 495 gallons n-butyl acetate.

If your company only has one or two projects, or isn't ready for a full-time intern, the circuit rider option may be a great fit for you. Learn more about the P2 Intern program or apply for a circuit rider intern here.
Kansas Pollution Prevention Program Implemented Results
If you scroll to the bottom of the PPI home page, you can find the savings achieved by companies that participated in PPI’s programs and implemented projects as a result. Most of the data comes from our Pollution Prevention Intern Program. The remaining data comes from technical assistance offered through our Pollution Prevention, Source Reduction and SBEAP programs, as well as from other projects.

Drug Take Back Day 

On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., several local agencies and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the public an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. National Take Back Day is held twice annually and provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of unwanted, expired or unused prescription medications. Visit our Prescription Drug and Sharps Waste page for more information about safe prescription drug disposal or to find a drug collection location near you.