EPA Decision on Offshore Drilling

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Americans from coast to coast are suffering as a result of rising fuel prices, and with the summer months fast approaching, some estimate the U.S. average price per gallon will exceed five dollars.  As gas prices continue to rise with no end in sight, many Americans are urging lawmakers and oil companies to develop alternatives to control costs. However, Shell …

Energy Efficiency Projects Save AT&T Millions

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EES has posted a number of blogs regarding sustainability initiatives, and how quickly they can improve a company’s bottom line.  Last year AT&T implemented 4,200 energy efficiency projects at its facilities.  These projects ranged from lighting changes to network upgrades, and resulted in an annualized energy savings of $44 million. In 2010, AT&T participated in the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) …

OSHA and Job Creation

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The Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce recently held a hearing investigating OSHA’s regulatory agenda and its impact on job creation.  Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA issued a statement in support of OSHA and their continued efforts to create good, safe jobs. Michaels explained that while the economy must grow, …

Key Industrial Material, Now Greener

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Weijie Ji, Chak-Tong Au, and colleagues claim they discovered an environmentally friendly way to produce acrylic acid, which is used in the production of goods such as paint, diapers, adhesives and much more.  The process eliminates the need for petroleum, which is extremely expensive and limited. Global demand for the colorless liquid is estimated to be about 4 million tons …

OSHA to Adopt New Hazardous Chemical Classification System

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OSHA announced that by August of this year it will finalize a rule adopting the globally harmonized system (GHS) for the classification and labeling of hazardous chemicals.  As a result workers and employers will be required to learn a new set of pictograms and abbreviations.  Additionally, all product labels, material safety data sheets, written hazard communication plans and worker training …

EPA Requires Paperless Submissions

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In a continued effort to increase transparency and decrease waste the EPA is now requiring all new chemical notices be submitted electronically.  This is the second stage of the rule, which became effective April 6, 2011 requires all new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 Premanufacture Notices (PMNs) be submitted electronically through the Central Data Exchange (CDX) or on …

New Air Quality Measuring Device Improves on Existing Technology

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A new air quality measurement device has been licensed for commercial development by Droplet Measurement Technologies of Boulder, Co.  The new instrument was invented by Pat Arnott and Ian Arnold of the University of Nevada, Reno.  The device is not only more cost-effective, but also more portable and more accurate than the existing technology. “This machine will be much more …

Tyson Foods Receives OSHA Safety Violations

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Tyson Foods of Jefferson, Wisconsin received 10 safety violations from OSHA.  While one was a minor violation, nine of the ten were categorized as serious citations.  Tyson was cited following the October 2010 inspection of the plant, during which OSHA inspectors noted a wide variety of violations, which could result in penalties of up to $45,000. The October 2010 inspection …

EPA’s GHG Reporting Program Delayed

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The EPA recently announced the postponement of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program deadline.  The 2010 date deadline was originally set for March 31, 2011 for facilities emitting at least 25,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases per year; however, due to technical glitches with the reporting program the EPA has pushed the deadline to September 30, 2011. This delay comes with …

House Passes Anti-EPA Bill

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Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 910, which if approved by the Senate and signed by President Obama would prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.  The bill passed the House with a vote of 255 to 172.  Included in the 255 votes for the bill were 19 democrats.  While President Obama has vowed to veto the …