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Green chemistry method used for production of palladium nanocatalyst
Researchers used green chemistry method to produce a nanocatalyst for carbon-carbon bond formation.
The nanocatalyst was produced by coating palladium on a bed of gum Arabic. In addition to high activity and stability, the nanocatalyst can be produced easily through a cost-effective method. Compounds obtained from carbon-carbon bond formation play important role in pharmaceutics and agricultural industries.
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Dear supporters of pharmaceutical take-back
California Product Stewardship Council
It is time for action!
Senator Jackson needs to see letters of support coming fast right now to get the bill out of the first committee.
The Act would authorize pharmacies to accept home-generated pharmaceutical waste from consumers without fees or charges. Pharmaceutical producers would be required to develop and submit a stewardship plan to CalRecycle by July 1, 2015, for approval.
Michigan non-profit having an impact on pharmaceutical disposal legislation for pharmacies receives award
Michigan Public Act 24 of 2014 was signed by Governor Rick Snyder on March 4, 2014, and takes immediate effect making it easier for pharmacies in Michigan to act as collection points for pharmaceuticals. The legislation, HB 5005 sponsored by State Representative Andrea Lafontaine, has been in development since 2009.
Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality the state regulatory agency began looking at the issue of collection of drugs at pharmacies due in large part to the growth of the Yellow Jug Old Drugs program operated by Great Lakes Clean Water Organization.
To visit Governor Rick Snyder's legistation page, click here .
New research finds new links between toxic chemicals and developmental disabilities
It’s not just your imagination: globally, the rates of autism, ADD, ADHD and other neurological disabilities are in fact going up, even when correcting for factors like increased accuracy of diagnosis. Researchers are calling this a “silent pandemic,” noting that the global scope of the issue indicates the need for a global team to fix it, as without worldwide efforts, we may never fully understand how and why rates of cognitive disabilities are climbing. Now, we have another important piece of the puzzle: the chemicals around us appear to be a major factor.
What should you do with your e-waste?
Data Center Journal
The most immediate waste product on the mind of data center operators is heat-cooling a facility, particularly one that involves high-density deployments, can be expensive. But there's another waste problem that involves less immediate expense: e-waste. Awareness of this problem is increasing, but even recycling can raise some concerns if companies use the wrong channels.
Spilling light on poor toxic chemicals regulations
If you needed a reason to take chemical reform seriously, you got it in the form of the Elk River chemical spill in West Virginia in January. Besides the human cost, which left many communities without running water for days and made residents sick from the chemicals, there were massive business and economic impacts. According to the Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall University, businesses in the Charleston, W.Va., area lost about $61 million in just the first week after the spill.
House GOP pushes toxic chemicals reform
House Republicans are moving forward with a plan to reform decades-old chemical laws.
Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., introduced a discussion draft recently that he says would strengthen chemical protections by, among other provisions, requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to focus on high-priority chemicals that pose the greatest risk to the public.
Colorado Senate approves new paint recycling tax
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
Household paint sold in Colorado would be subject to a new tax to fund a statewide paint recycling program under a bill approved by the state Senate.
The Senate voted 18-15 to make Colorado the eighth state to require paint manufacturers to develop recycling or take-back programs.
The paint take-back programs would be funded with a new per-gallon tax on household paint.
Glass company to pay $120,000 for hazardous waste violations at Yuma facility
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials say a glass company has agreed to pay a $120,000 penalty for hazardous waste violations at its Yuma facility.
ADEQ announced the settlement with Dlubak Glass Co., Inc., recently.
The fee is part of a consent judgment handed down by the Maricopa County Superior Court. The agency cited the company for its storage and recycling of cathode ray tube glass.
Avoiding an e-waste emergency
"Where there’s muck there’s brass.” Letting market players make money out of e-waste is key to avoiding rapidly expanding landfill. But with so many interests at stake it’s not as simple as it sounds. The recently recast Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive attempts to address the changing environment. But is it flexible enough?
BPA-free plastics may be less safe than those with chemical
San Francisco Gate
BPA, a chemical that mimics the hormone estrogen, has been used to harden plastics for more than 40 years but has been banned from baby bottles and children's products because of growing concerns that it may be linked to a host of health issues.
Now comes news from Oakland's Center for Environmental Health that some cups labeled BPA-free contain other chemicals that appear to pose an equal if not greater health hazard.
State tests confirm lead contamination in soil surrounding Vernon battery recycling plant
A study has found lead contamination in the soil surrounding a controversial battery recycling plant in Vernon, Calif., according to state regulators.
Exide Technologies, which melts and recycles thousands of car batteries daily, is surrounded by some of the most densely populated residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.
EPA takes step to implement hazardous waste electronic manifest establishment act
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that is a crucial step in the development of a national electronic manifest (e-Manifest) system, which will upgrade the current paper-based system of tracking hazardous waste to an electronic one.
Mathy Stanislaus, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, said, “Once fully implemented, the national e-Manifest system will provide greater access for emergency responders to information about the types and sources of hazardous waste that are in transit between generator sites and waste management facilities.”
Mural makers save carbon recycling waste paint
Energy Live News
A charity claims it saved 638 tons of carbon being emitted last year — by recycling paint.
Community RePaint says 410,148 liters of leftover paint were donated by householders, traders and paint manufacturers.
Out of this 245,463 liters were handed out to almost 21,000 groups and low income families to add a splash of color to their local environment.
State fines hospital over medical waste disposal
Boston Business Journal
Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass., has been fined $6,000 by the state Department of Environmental Protection for failing to comply with state regulations regarding the proper disposal of hazardous waste, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced recently.
The fine was the result of an inspection of the hospital in September 2012, during which it was determined staff failed to properly determine the hazard level of its medical and pharmaceutical waste, and was also allowing some pharmaceutical waste to be hauled away by a firm not licensed by the state, officials said.
Streamlight helps recycle more than 10,000 pounds of batteries
Streamlight, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance flashlights, announced that the company and several of its U.S. distribution partners recycled nearly 3,500 pounds of rechargeable batteries during the fourth quarter of 2013, with a year-to-date total of over 10,000 pounds.
Streamlight’s corporate headquarters in Eagleville, Pa., recycled just over 3,000 pounds of nickel cadmium, lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, and small sealed lead acid batteries during the fourth quarter.
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