New PA Flexible Packaging Requirements

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has adopted new requirements for owners and operators of affected printing presses.  The requirements will be adopted as part of 25 PA Code Sections 129.67a and 129.67b, which limit volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from inks, coatings, fountain solutions, adhesives, and cleaning solutions used or applied with flexible packaging printing presses, offset lithographic …

Final Air Regulations for Oil and Natural Gas Industry

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In July of 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed its first air rules for the oil and natural gas industries.  The rules concerned the reduction of emissions from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air toxics.  Since then, the EPA held three public hearings in September of 2011 and extended the public comment period to the end of November, …

Good Indoor Air Quality Is More Important Than You Think

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  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Global Indoor Health Network (GIHN)    have recently estimated that 50 percent of illnesses globally can be attributed to poor indoor air quality.  Indoor air quality causes more illnesses than all of the cancers and heart diseases around the world!   In their recent document, “Common Toxins in Our Homes, Schools and Workplaces”, GIHN …

Is Your Facility Exempt From The Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines Rule?

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The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) regulations were finalized on Friday, August 20, 2010.  The rule is designed to regulate unconventional and conventional air toxics emitted from stationary engines that include formaldehyde, acrolein, acetaldehyde, methanol, carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulate matter (PM), which are …

Will The Keystone XL Pipeline Be Approved?

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The Keystone XL pipeline has found its way back into the news in recent days, as Congress is pushing for the approval of the necessary permit.  The pipeline’s first press coverage resulted from a massive protest, which included over 1000 demonstrators.  The protest ended with over 1000 arrests, including notable environmentalists such as Bill McKibben. The continuing debate, which posits …

Brazilian Oil Spill Reminiscent of BP Deepwater Horizon Spill

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Two oil leaks from deepwater drilling operations off the coast of Brazil have washed up on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.  In early November, a deepwater oil rig owned by Chevron and operated by Transocean began leaking approximately 200-300 barrels of oil into the water each day.  The leaking is said to be a result of the difficult nature …

Top 10 Green Hospitals – Saving Energy AND Money

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Since 2000, when the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) started to promote its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, green building has taken off, producing environmentally sound schools and offices. Now the trend is catching on in health care, as hospitals seek to reduce toxins and provide a healthier, healing environment. By taking up green practices, whether incrementally …

Air Regulation Changes – Do They Affect Your Facility?

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On May 19, 2007, the revised air quality Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) regulations were published in Pennsylvania. These revisions were made as a result of EPA’s 2002 amendments to the federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and NNSR regulations. For those of you who have worked with these air regulations in the past, you should find that the revisions …

State Specific News – September 2007

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Get bored looking through all those news updates from your state? We’ve done it for you! Below are what we felt were the significant regulatory updates for the past month. New Jersey: NSR: New Jersey has just published Revised Interim PM-2.5 (Fine Particulate) Permitting and Modeling Procedures. This is related to interim procedures for non attainment evaluations for NSR. Remediation: …

Ground Level Ozone

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Ground level ozone is a pollutant formed by the interaction of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds in the presence of sunlight. Exposure to ground level ozone has been linked with respiratory ailments and the aggravation of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, ozone pollution can lead to crop failure, visibility impairment and the acidification and eutrophication of local bodies of water. There …