WSPPN Newsletter - December 2016

ADEQ P2 Week
ADEQ hosted two P2 webinars during Pollution Prevention (P2) week highlighting program facilities who have successfully reduced their waste significantly through the years.
  • Ping
  • United Dairymen of Arizona
  • Grand Canyon Railway
  News of Note
EPA Issues Final Rule: 
Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements      
On November 28, 2016, the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule was published in the Federal Register. Responding to feedback from a variety of stakeholders since the regulations were first promulgated in 1980, US EPA has made over 60 changes to the hazardous waste generator regulations to clarify existing requirements, increase flexibility, and improve environmental protection. The final rule also reorganizes the regulations with the intent of making them easier to follow.
Visit here for a summary of the new rule, a fact sheet, and a set of frequently asked questions.

EPA Names the First Chemicals for Review Under New TSCA Legislation     
Under TSCA reform, US EPA named the first ten chemicals to be evaluated to determine whether the chemicals present an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment. For chemicals presenting an unreasonable risk, US EPA must mitigate the risk within two years.
The ten chemicals to be evaluated:
  • 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
US EPA must release a scoping document within six months for each chemical. Read more.

EPA Proposes to Ban Uses of Trichloroethylene in Degreasers and Dry Cleaning Spot Removers  
US EPA proposed a ban on certain uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks the agency identified in a 2014 assessment. According to the assessment, the adverse health risks to workers and consumers included cancer, developmental and neurotoxicological problems, and liver toxicity. EPA is proposing to prohibit TCE for use in aerosol degreasers and for use in dry cleaning spot removers.  
Read more
EPA Announces Small Business Innovation Projects
Two California small businesses were among 13 companies selected nationally by US EPA to receive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contracts for up to $100,000. Through the SBIR program, US EPA supports small businesses in their efforts to develop and commercialize technologies that help address environmental challenges. Hi-Z Technology, Inc., of San Diego plans to introduce a power stove that will reduce fine particulates from cooking and Microvi Biotech, Inc., of Hayward plans to develop a cost-effective solution for treatment of nutrients in wastewater.
EPA Announces Small Business Innovation Projects
US EPA announced in November that it had awarded the California Air Resources Board (CARB) a US EPA pollution prevention grant for over $173,000. The grant will be used to improve the technical assistance and training efforts of the California Green Business Network. The Network, comprised of 25 green business programs in California, has certified just under 3,400 businesses who collectively have diverted 1.5 million tons of waste from landfills, conserved over 750 million gallons of water, and prevented the emissions of over 100 million tons of greenhouse gases. Read more
 In case you missed it 
A new article was posted to the P2 Impact column on The P2 Impact column is an initiative of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) national network of which WSPPN is a member.

Understand pollution, environmental impacts from food in 6 charts by Jeff Kohn and Kelsey Kruger November 17, 2016
  Regional Activities  

WSPPN and ADEQ Waste Programs Division are co-hosting a webinar series in February 2017.

Solid Waste Overview
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 (9:00am - 10:00am PST)
Learn more and register here.

Hazardous Waste Regulations and Reporting
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (9:00am - 10:00am PST)
Learn more and register here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (9:00am - 10:00am PST)
Learn more and register  here

Thursday, February 16, 2017 (9:00am - 10:00am PST)
Learn more and register here.

Pollution Prevention
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (9:00am - 10:00am PST)
Learn more and register here.

Underground Storage Tanks
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (9:00am - 10:00am PST)
Learn more and register here.

Happy Holidays!



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