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Save the date — Florida Chapter Workshop
2015 NAHMMA Florida Chapter Workshop
Training and education for Household Hazardous Waste and Small Quantity Generator programs
Lido Beach Resort
Save the date — Call for Presenters
The Northwest Chapter of NAHMMA presents
for Household and Small
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.
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.
Electronic waste has energy value
University of the Basque Country via ScienceDaily
Using discarded electronic boards, researchers have developed a system for obtaining clean hydrogen that can be used as fuel. The researchers have already registered the patent of the process in Japan.
Does France have a legal solution to the world's e-waste problem?
If your microwave breaks, how many of you would actually try to get it fixed? Probably not many, because chances are it's cheaper and easier for you to just go out and buy a new one.
Our world is brimming with electronic waste. Electronic waste includes everything from phones, computers and printers to TVs, microwaves and refrigerators. Products that were once built to last are now cheap shells of their former selves, and we live in a society that equates newer with better, instead of placing value on the longevity of the things we buy and use every day.
The bizarre way the US regulates chemicals — letting them on the market first, then maybe studying them
The Washington Post
Chemicals are everywhere — we're made of them, and so are the products we use and the objects we come into contact with. Naturally, some of these substances could be bad for our health, perhaps capable of causing cancer and other diseases.
Regulators have presumably barred unsafe chemicals from being made and used, right? Not so. In fact, only a tiny percentage of chemicals are regulated.
5 ways to get people to recycle more electronics
Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones in last year's fourth quarter. That "incredible quarter," as Apple CEO Tim Cook called it, was due in large part to the debut of the iPhone 6, which prompted millions of people to swap out their old smartphone for a new one. But trading in the old for the new is quickly becoming an almost yearly ritual for many: Rapid advances in technology mean that our cellphones, tablets and TVs are "obsolete" in 18 months. So what happens to all those gadgets once we're done with them?
Exide to close California battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution
Exide Technologies has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of hazardous waste.
As part of the agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office in California, which was made public, Exide will "immediately and permanently cease operations" at the plant.
State senator fired up over EPA-backed study on grills
St. Louis Business Journal
An EPA-funded student project to design and test an emissions-reducing grill has a Missouri state senator from St. Louis County lighting up Twitter with cries of government "overreach" into backyards.
What's burning the pork chops of Eric Schmitt, a Republican state senator from St. Louis County, is a project by engineering students at the University of California-Riverside to design and test a grill that they say reduces particulate pollution by 70 percent.
BPA cuts fertility in fish 3 generations later
The offspring of fish exposed to Bisphenol A (BPA) have decreased fertility and increased embryo mortality three generations later. A new study suggests that exposed humans and their children could be affected in the same way.
BPA is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, including water bottles, dental composites, and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers. Aquatic environments such as rivers and streams often become reservoirs for these endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
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