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California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) sponsoring 3 bills
California Product Stewardship Council
CPSC is co-sponsoring three bills this year in California for medical sharps, medicines and alkaline batteries. The most current information on all bills is on their website.
SB 1014 (Jackson) Home-Generated Pharmaceutical Waste Collection and Disposal Act
SB 1014 (Jackson) Home-Generated Pharmaceutical Waste Collection and Disposal Act is being given a full informational hearing and will be the only bill heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee Wednesday, March 26, at 9:30 a.m. PT and will be webcast live here . The hearing will start with presentations by CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortenson, and three presentations by local government take-back programs from the LA County sheriff, City of San Francisco and Alameda County. The Board of Pharmacy will make a presentation and then it will go into the formal committee hearing on the bill before the vote will be kicked off by the District Attorney of Alameda County, followed by Clean Water Action and then the California Association of Retired Americans. It is a basic EPR bill with producers designing an operating the take back system and others sharing responsibility of program promotion.
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.
Vernon's Exide battery plant: An environmental wake-up call
Los Angeles Times
There's no clearer sign that state environmental regulators have failed to protect public health than the warning issued in March to parents living in the shadow of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon: don't let children play in the dirt in your backyard. Tests of 39 homes and one preschool within two miles of the plant revealed that all had levels of lead in the soil that should trigger health evaluations. Lead is a neurotoxin that can cause children to develop learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
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Bio-oil mandate? More pain, no gain
There’s an old saying: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In California, there seems to be an addiction to believing that if a new “green” product sounds good, it must be good. But ironically, its success can only be achieved through a legislative requirement — never mind actual performance.
Such is the case with SB 916 (Correa), a bill that would ban conventional engine lubricating oil in California and mandate a new blend containing at least 25 percent “biosynthetic” content.
Green manufacturing leading to economic and ecological gains
The chemicals industry is under increased pressure across the supply chain with a traditional reliance on non-renewable resources, old processes that are often overly hazardous and very wasteful and products that have not been fully assessed for human and environmental impact. Against this background, green chemistry provides a sustainable solutions to future chemical manufacturing, according to Prof. James Clark, Director, The Green Chemistry Center of Excellence for Industry, University of York, U.K.
Soy paints the town
The U.S. Soybean Checkoff recently joined with Sherwin-Williams to develop paints made from soybean oil and recycled plastic bottles.
This effort will help increase demand for U.S. soybean oil and the profitability of U.S. soybean farmers, and
the paints won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Award for reducing volatile organic compounds by 60 percent, making them safer to humans.
The dark side of 3-D printing — 10 things to watch
As with any new technology, it's easy to get swept up in the benefits of 3-D printing. It opens up a world of new possibilities for all industries and stands to lessen transportation costs, environmental impacts, waste and reliance on corporations by enabling the maker movement.
But 3-D printers are still potentially hazardous, wasteful machines and their societal, political, economic and environmental impacts have not yet been studied extensively.
Wastewater recycled to make energy
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a toilet flush uses anywhere from one to four gallons of water. What happens to all of this water? Does it all go to waste? Recently, Mark van Loosdrecht, professor of environmental biotechnology at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, gave a lecture on “Waste-Based Biorefineries.” The lecture, sponsored in part by the civil and environmental engineering department at the University of Pittsburgh, discussed how wastewater is recycled into viable components, such as chemicals and cellulose fibers.
Waste Industry opposes mandates for paper products
The debate about how to handle packaging at its end-of-life shows no end in sight. The National Waste and Recycling Association released a new industry position opposing local and state government mandates regarding product stewardship for printed paper and packaging.
Waste and Recycling is the trade association representing private sector companies across all 50 states that collect, manage, dispose and recycle waste.
Scientists condemn new FDA study saying BPA is safe
In February, a group of Food and Drug Administration scientists published a study finding that low-level exposure to the common plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA) is safe. The media, the chemical industry and FDA officials touted this as evidence that long-standing concerns about the health effects of BPA were unfounded. But, behind the scenes, a dozen leading academic scientists who had been working with the FDA on a related project were fuming over the study's release — partly because they believed the agency had bungled the experiment.
Hybrid coating technologies hoping California setting precedent in changing regulations on isocyanates
Polyurethane is all around. It’s used in foam seating, foam gaskets, insulation materials, suspension bushings, adhesives, coatings, sealants, synthetic fibers and many plastics, just to name a few applications. The problem with most of it is that the polymer is manufactured using isocyanates, a family of highly reactive and toxic chemicals. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designate isocyanates as a health hazard because they are powerful irritants of mucous membranes, gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts and known to cause asthma.
Shifting evolution into reverse promises cheaper, greener way to make new drugs
News at Vanderbuilt
By shifting evolution into reverse, it may be possible to use “green chemistry” to make a number of costly synthetic drugs as easily and cheaply as brewing beer.
This alternative approach to creating artificial organic molecules, called bioretrosynthesis, was first proposed four years ago by Brian Bachmann, associate professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University. Now Bachmann and a team of collaborators report that they have succeeded in using the method to produce the HIV drug didanosine.
Battery recycling program celebrates 20 years, says Fastenal
Fastenal congratulates Call2Recycle, Inc., the first and largest battery stewardship organization, on its 20th Anniversary.
Established by five battery companies in 1994, Call2Recycle, Inc., originally named the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, pioneered the product stewardship movement through its efforts to establish a manufacturer-funded program to collect, transport and recycle rechargeable batteries. In the first year of the program being operational, 1.6 million pounds of batteries were recycled.
California names first consumer products on green chemistry list
The National Law Review
California’s “Safer Consumer Products” regulations seek to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products by establishing a process whereby manufacturers of certain products must determine whether certain chemicals in their products are necessary and consider safer chemical alternatives. The overall goal of California’s Safer Consumer Products initiative is to ultimately mandate the removal or substitution of specific chemicals from certain consumer goods.
8 tons of pesticides collected in one day
The Portland Tribune
Nearly 30 farmers, golf course owners and others brought almost eight tons of unused pesticides to a pesticide-collection event in Cornelius, Ore., in early March, which will help to keep it out of local streams and groundwater supplies.
The event was designed to draw in large amounts of chemicals so they can be safely disposed of at no charge. It was co-hosted by the Tualatin and Clackamas soil and water conservation districts, in partnership with Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Agriculture, among others.
3 surprising sources of oil pollution in the ocean
Obvious oil spills, like the 168,000 gallons of oil that leaked into Galveston Bay recently, usually make national news, accompanied by pictures of oil-blackened wildlife.
But such publicized events account for only a small part of the total amount of oil pollution in the oceans — and many of the other sources, such as automobile oil, go largely unnoticed, scientists say.
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