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Pesticides in Household Hazardous Waste Programs
NAHMMA
Join us for a webinar on March 19 at 4 p.m. EDT

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An introduction to the safe acceptance, handling and disposal of pesticides by household hazardous waste programs.

The webinar is FREE to NAHMMA members. Non-members can attend but will be required to pay a fee of $100 or become a NAHMMA member at the desired membership level. Memberships start at $90 and includes access to ALL ARCHIVED WEBINARS.

Title: Pesticides in Household Hazardous Waste Programs
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Time: 4 - 5 p.m. EDT

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Save the date — Call for Presenters
NAHMMA
The Northwest Chapter of NAHMMA presents
Northwest Hazardous Materials Conference for Household and Small Business Programs
June 1-4, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton Seattle Airport
18740 International Blvd SeaTac WA 98188

Learn about the latest developments in HHW/CESQG management and education, product stewardship, chemical policy and safer products. The conference will include training on a variety of relevant topics, technical sessions addressing hot topics in our field, and interesting facility tours.

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Save the date — Florida Chapter Workshop
NAHMMA
2015 NAHMMA Florida Chapter Workshop

Training and education for Household Hazardous Waste and Small Quantity Generator programs

May 11-14
Lido Beach Resort
Sarasota, Florida

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Policy Committee Alert: Newly introduced TSCA reform bill has serious flaws
An important issue that NAHMMA's policy committee has been tracking for some time is comprehensive reform of TSCA, the Toxic Substances Control Act, which regulates chemicals used in commerce. There is widespread consensus that TSCA needs a major overhaul, as it has not been updated since it was passed in 1976. The regulation of chemicals in commerce has a direct impact on the work that NAHMMA members do, as hazardous products end up in the solid waste stream and add to the burden of HHW facilities. Unfortunately, the newest TSCA reform bill is causing great concern. While it does make some improvements to the existing system, it is being criticized for some serious flaws, particularly its sweeping pre-emption of the ability of states to regulate hazardous chemical products on their own. You can see the concerns raised by the California Attorney General here, and more information from the Safer Chemicals Health Families coalition, which NAHMMA is part of. Please consider contacting your senators about the issue. The bill, which has not yet been assigned a number, can be found on this site.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) seeking information on paint reuse & reblending
Through a grant from the New York Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), the New York Product Stewardship Council (NYPSC) and PSI have teamed up to help implement and improve paint reuse programs (e.g., greater cost-savings) throughout New York State, although the work will be applicable across the country.

As part of this project, they will be developing a paint reuse manual and guide to best practices for paint management, which will help HHW managers and recycling coordinators identify cost-effective reuse/reblending opportunities in the absence of paint stewardship legislation, and prepare municipalities to take advantage of the financing that will be available for such programs under paint stewardship legislation.

To gather background information for the manual, they are conducting interviews with leaders from local and state government that operate paint reuse programs across the county. Recognizing the multitude of factors that go into running paint reuse or reblending operations, PSI is looking to speak with program coordinators that run successful, efficient paint reuse and reblending programs in urban, rural, and suburban communities.

If you, or someone you know, runs a reuse/reblending program, and would be willing to take part in a brief interview to help shape this paint reuse manual, please contact sydney@productstewardship.us. All participating organizations will be credited in the final document.

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Air quality board OKs tighter pollution limits for battery recyclers
Los Angeles Times
Air quality officials imposed stricter emissions limits on two Los Angeles County battery recycling plants, attempting to protect surrounding communities from lead pollution released by Exide Technologies in Vernon.
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Bio-based chemicals: Greener paints improving coverage
ICIS
The paints and coatings industry is under increasing pressure from consumers and regulatory agencies to 
reduce the environmental impact of its products and processes. Initial efforts were focused on reducing volatile organic compounds and have been quite successful.
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Regulation of chemicals in consumer products on the rise
Lexology
In recent years, manufacturers have seen a marked increase in state regulation of chemicals in consumer products. While the regulation of hazardous and toxic chemicals in consumer products is certainly not a new concept, particularly on the federal level, the proliferation of state regulation creates many new regulatory burdens and potential pitfalls that manufacturers must account for to avoid costly violations and regulatory scrutiny.
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Lawmaker seeks to squelch flame retardants
The Daily Journal
Swaddling a newborn against a nursing pillow or laying them on a cozy changing pad may not seem like dangerous behaviors to most parents. But for state Sen. Mark Leno, who's leading the charge against the ubiquitous use of flame retardant chemicals in polyurethane foam and common household furnishings, everyday children's products could be causing harm.
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High levels of toxic flame retardants found in Michigan's bald eagles
The Weather Channel
America's most iconic animal might also be its most contaminated. Bald eagles in Michigan have been found to contain banned flame retardant chemicals in their livers, according to a study released in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers have been phased out of use as flame retardants in furniture, electronics and clothing, but they haven't been completely purged from the environment, Scientific American said.
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Ashley Furniture drops flame retardant chemicals in upholstery
Furniture Today
Ashley Furniture Inds. is the latest retailer to announce it has stopped using flame retardant chemicals in upholstered furniture, the Chicago Tribune reported. A number of retailers have ditched the chemicals in the aftermath of an investigation that argued the chemicals were toxic and ineffective, and that their use was the result of a deceptive campaign by the chemical and tobacco industries to lobby for flame retardants.
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Drowning in devices: The growing problem of e-waste
EBN
Users clamoring for new devices or waiting impatiently for the next iteration of a favored product is music to the ears of the average electronics OEM. At the same time, around the world, these same OEMs are coming face to face with the growing issue of e-waste.
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Millions of pounds of prescription drugs wasted each year
WNBC-TV
Pharmacist Bob Grisnick notices the stressed faces of his customers when they ask how much it will cost to buy their medicine. So it pains him when, days later, he sees different customers throwing that same medicine away. These days, that happens a lot, the I-Team has found.
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Recycle your mobile phones and contribute to a healthier environment
GroundReport
In the present day, electronic waste has turned into a stern issue for the humanity. Despite the fact that this e-waste is said to be created by a few gadgets like PCs, mobiles and other electronic gadgets; still the cell telephones are accepted to be a genuine reason for this always expanding electronic waste. Since, consistently a great many portable handsets are produced by a bunch of versatile handsets making organizations, it has gotten to be very hard to deal with this electronic waste and accordingly the present and additionally future eras may need to endure genuine outcomes out of this.
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Expert: Old fax machine can lead to ID theft
KSL-TV
If your list of stuff to toss out during spring cleaning includes an old fax machine, you could be putting your personal information in jeopardy. Even though you haven't used that fax in years, it could provide a wealth of information to identity thieves. Many homes and businesses still have an old fax machine. When they are thrown away, crooks can get enough info from the old machine to steal an identity.
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