P2 Act Anniversary Retrospective Report Published

25 years preventing pollutionTwenty-five years ago, Congress passed the Pollution Prevention (P2) Act. What prompted the Act? What is the Act’s impact and legacy? And what’s next for pollution prevention?

To help answer these questions, the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) has compiled a P2 Retrospective Report [PDF]. The report dives into the history of pollution prevention, explores a variety of innovative public-private partnerships that the Act helped promote, and considers the future of pollution prevention in concept and practice.  Technical assistance programs from around the country are highlighted that includes two from Kentucky, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center and the KY EXCEL Leadership Program.

Check it out! [PDF]

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EPA Proposes New Haz Waste Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing two new hazardous waste rules to strengthen environmental protection while reducing regulatory burden on businesses. One of the proposed rules will protect waterways, including drinking and surface water, by preventing the flushing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and simplify the requirements for healthcare workers. The other rule will provide greater flexibility to industry while requiring new safeguards to protect the public from mismanagement of hazardous waste.

“These rules provide businesses with certainty and the flexibility they need to successfully operate in today’s marketplace,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “The proposals will improve the safety and health of our communities by providing clear, flexible, and protective hazardous waste management standards.”

Read the EPA press release.

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Energy Star 2016 Partner of the Year Awards

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. All organizations participating in the ENERGY STAR program are encouraged to apply for a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. 2016 winners will be recognized at the ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony on April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC.

This year we are again asking applicants to notify us of their intent to apply for an award.  Please use your “My ENERGY STAR Account” (MESA) to complete this action by Thursday, October 1, 2015.

The 2016 ENERGY STAR Award notice of intent to apply must be submitted through your MESA account.  If you do not have an ENERGY STAR account, please contact ENERGY STAR to have one created for you.

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UofL Conn Center’s Wood to Energy Project

The University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has formed a partnership with a South Carolina company to accelerate commercialization of a coal-like product made from wood and biomass materials.

Greenville, S.C.-based Integro Earth Fuels Inc. is the developer of NuCoal, a product made from sustainable wood waste that can be burned with or in place of coal by heat and power generators. The Conn Center, part of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, will establish research and development and pilot-scale production facilities to study the torrefaction and densification of wood and agricultural biomass sources.

Torrefaction is “roasting” wood to remove moisture and certain volatile compounds, leaving a bio-coal product. Densification of torrefied material is a step in making the product easier to make, store and ship.

“Conn Center’s expertise is crucial in making this technology work at any scale,” said Conn Center director Mahendra Sunkara. “The use of this product as a substitute for coal can help extend the life of  Kentucky’s coal-fired power plants while significantly reducing pollutant and carbon emissions.”

Read the article by John R. Karman in UofL Today.

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Tallying the Cost of Stormwater Pollution

In these times of drought, following regulations to keep our drinking water safe is more important than ever. Storm water management has a long history worth reviewing.

In the 1980s, the EPA conducted a Nationwide Urban Runoff Program study to determine the extent to which urban runoff contributed to water quality problems and to evaluate practices for controlling urban runoff. The NURP study recommended that urban stormwater runoff be added to the list of environmental issues which require controls to protect water quality.

Read the article in GreenBiz – P2 Impact

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Harness the Power of Wastewater

Water scarcity has become an economic issue, threatening industries as well as regions and ways of life. As such, corporate leaders are beginning to realize they need to get involved in finding solutions.

“We need to get the water industry to be known for its innovation rather than its conservatism,” said Water Smart Software CEO Robin Gilthorpe.

His words emerged as the consensus at the Economic Power of Water conference hosted by the Wharton School of Business and GE Power & Water last week in San Francisco. Corporate, government and non-profit leaders gathered there to discuss the world’s pressing water problem.

As the global demand for water is encroaching on its supply — the U.N. reports that 1.2 billion people live in an area of physical water scarcity — participants spoke about the need to improve efficiency in corporate water use, innovate around water reuse technology and enhance water education and outreach.

Read the article in GreenBiz

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