P2 News Items
|Tool Helps Manufacturers Use Safer Chemicals (10/22/2014)
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute will offer a material health certificate, a tool for manufacturers across industries to avoid chemicals of high concern, shift to safer ones in their products and encourage product and supply chain transparency.
The Material Health Certificate marks the first time the Institute has offered reporting of its methodology in only one category.
Several companies are pursing the new certificate, including Owens Corning and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas. Owens Corning, which produces residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems, is in the process of pursuing the material health certificate on three product lines while having already earned Cradle to Cradle certification on a product line.
|EPA Releases Guidance to Improve Schools' Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency (10/17/2014)
WASHINGTON --- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while increasing energy efficiency during school renovations.
"This guidance provides common-sense solutions for improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality in schools across the country," said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "By using these guidelines, school districts can cut their energy bills and help ensure that students have a healthy and safe learning environment."
|EPA Honors the Winners of the 19th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (10/16/2014)
WASHINGTON --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development.
"From academia to business, we congratulate those who bring green solutions and help solve critical environmental problems," said Jim Jones, EPA's Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "These innovations reduce energy, chemicals and water waste while cutting manufacturing costs, and sparking investments. Ultimately, these chemicals and products are safer for people's health and the environment. We will continue to work with the 2014 winners as their technologies are adopted in the marketplace."
|Massachusetts Statewide Commercial Food Waste Ban (10/09/2014)
BOSTON - The Patrick Administration today celebrated the start of its first-in-the-nation, statewide commercial food waste ban. The ban will stimulate increased food donation, recycling and conversion of food waste into valuable products, including renewable energy and compost.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today kicked off a Food Waste Ban "Full Harvest Tour" to demonstrate key components of the ban with events at a Hannaford's Supermarket in Waltham and a dining facility on the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) campus. Other tour events will be held in Hadley on Friday, Gardner on Monday and Dartmouth and Wrentham on Tuesday
|EPA Increases Access to Chemical Information/Agency seeks input on improvements (10/07/2014)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted additional data and added new functions to ChemView, EPA's publicly-accessible, one-stop online tool to find information for chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
"In the absence of TSCA reform, EPA is moving ahead to improve access to chemical health and safety information, and increase the dialogue to help the public choose safer ingredients used in everyday products," said James Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "The additional data along with a customer satisfaction survey will make chemical information more readily available for decision-makers and consumers."
The enhanced data functions include: improving the display and content for the Chemical Data Reporting information, adding a new link that displays the pollution prevention information generated as part of the Toxics Release Inventory program, and launching an administrative tool that will save EPA resources by streamlining the loading of future information.
|EPA Proposes Standards to Reduce Mercury Discharges from Dental Offices (09/25/2014)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed standards under the Clean Water Act to help cut discharges of dental amalgam to the environment. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury and other metals that dentists use to fill cavities. Mercury is discharged when dentists remove old fillings or remove excess amalgam when placing a new filling.
Studies show about half the mercury that enters Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) comes from dental offices. Mercury from amalgam can then make its way into the environment in a number of ways, including through discharge to water bodies. Contact with some microorganisms can help create methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in fish, shellfish and fish-eating animals. Fish and shellfish are the main sources of human exposure to methylmercury.
|State Policies Effective In Reducing CO2 (09/25/2014)
Different strategies used by states to reduce power plant emissions -- such as emission caps and encouraging renewable energy -- are both effective, according to a study by the University of Colorado.
The findings are particularly relevant since the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan depends on individual states effectively cutting their power plants' carbon dioxide emissions. The plan will require states to cut CO2 emissions from power plants by 30 percent from their 2005 levels by 2030