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2014 NAHMMA conference was a huge success!
We would like to thank all of you who joined us for the 2014 Annual NAHMMA conference. We hope you had a wonderful experience in Orlando, learned new ideas to take back to your organizations, networked with new colleagues and reconnected with friends.
We hope you had the opportunity to attend many of the great educational sessions, tours and training classes. CEU’s are available for the conference sessions and training classes for attendees. The presentations are available on our website www.nahmma.org.
Some of the highlights of the conference:
Both National and Florida Chapter Award recipients were honored for their outstanding commitment and service to the industry.
The Hazwaste Olympics were fun and exciting as always with the Mango’s taking the Gold Medal, Farmer’s — Silver Medal and Texas Heat — Bronze Medal.
We would like to thank all of the sponsors and vendors for your continued support of NAHMMA.
Last, but not least, we would like to acknowledge the Florida Conference Committee for their outstanding job organizing the conference. The conference was a success due to their hard work and dedication.
Thank you again for attending the conference and we look forward to seeing you next year in Austin, Texas, for the 2015 National NAHMMA Conference.
2014 National NAHMMA Hometown Heroes
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Glen Perrigan's - 2014 NAHMMA Florida Chapter - Doug Nelson Award. Accepted by Jack Price - FDEP
Everyone enjoyed the parrot challenge. The parrot did not cooperate with many teams
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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day — Sept. 27
U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control
Protect kids, families and the environment by properly disposing of your unwanted and expired medicines which are a leading cause of accidental poisoning. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high — over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, and that includes secretly raiding their home medicine cabinets.
Vermonters embrace new PaintCare recycling program
PaintCare via VTDigger.org
Since starting in May 2014, the Vermont Paint Stewardship program has collected and recycled more than 38,000 gallons of leftover commercial and household paint. Vermont is the fourth state to enact the growing PaintCare program.
Chemicals in some household plastics linked to child asthma risk
Several years ago, Columbia University researcher Robin Whyatt and her team at the Mailman School of Public Health discovered that inner-city kids in New York have some of the highest asthma rates in the world. Nearly a quarter of New York City kids have asthma. The scientists were determined to pinpoint which environmental factors contributed to those high rates, and began working with a cohort of 300 pregnant women to study their children from the womb into late childhood.
Bill to improve chemical enterprise, protect health, environment
American Chemical Society via Laboratory Equipment
U.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, and Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, have introduced the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2014, which creates a cohesive plan to fund research into sustainable chemistry, improve coordination between federal agencies and boost commercialization of sustainable technologies.
“I commend you for introducing this forward-looking bill, which will improve federal coordination and dissemination of green chemistry R&D and facilitate increased federal investment in this area,” says American Chemical Society Pres. Tom Barton.
Why banning dangerous chemicals is not enough
The growth in chemical production in the past 40 years has been nothing short of explosive, with global output of $171 billion in 1970 burgeoning to more than $4 trillion in 2010, an increase of more than 2,000 percent. By 2050, the market is expected to expand further to more than $14 trillion, with the BRICS countries dominating and accounting for more than $6 trillion together.
Best Buy recycles 1 billion pounds of e-waste
Best Buy Co. Inc. said it has recycled 1 billion pounds of electronic waste in six years from customers at its retail stores, and it set a new goal of an additional 2 billion pounds of electronics and large appliances by 2020.
The Minneapolis-based electronics retailer said in a news release that it now is aiming to help consumers recycle large and cumbersome products that are difficult to dispose of, such as large TVs and appliances.
New Federal rules expand ways to keep prescription drugs out of waterways
Circle of Blue
Completing a process initiated four years ago, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration published new rules recently that will make the safe disposal of surplus prescription medications easier for consumers.
Retail pharmacies, hospitals with pharmacies and drug manufacturers will now be allowed to collect and destroy the more than 160 chemical compounds defined by the federal government as “controlled substances.”
E-waste like smartphones will likely grow by 33 percent in 2017
Apple has sold a record of 4 million units of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on its first day of preorder sales on Sept. 12. Samsung followed suit as it also opened its doors to those who want to secure their ownership of Galaxy Note 4 earlier than its release date on Oct. 17. Because of these, the past weeks have been exciting — but this also raises environmental concerns.
University of Minnesota forges way as plastics research leader
The Associated Press via Watertown Public Opinion
From electronics to tableware, plastic is everywhere and varies by shape and size.
Despite the differences of plastic-made products, most share a common origin as fossil fuels drilled out of the ground.
Now, equipped with a recently awarded federal grant, University of Minnesota researchers are working to even the playing field between traditional plastics and more environmentally friendly alternatives.
DuPont to pay $1.85 million fine after herbicide injures trees
Reuters via Yahoo News
DuPont will pay a $1.85 million penalty to resolve allegations that the global chemical company did not properly disclose the risks of using one of its herbicides, leading to widespread damage to tree species through several U.S. states.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered DuPont to stop selling the herbicide, Imprelis, in August 2011, after the agency received more than 7,000 reports of tree damage or death tied to its use.
'BPA-free' isn't enough: We need a new way to bring chemicals to market
Bangor Daily News (opinion)
Not long ago, environmental and health advocates pushed for the removal of a ubiquitous plasticizer, bisphenol-A, or BPA, from consumer products amid concerns about adverse health effects. Many in the industry scrambled for a replacement and turned to bisphenol-S, or BPS, which quietly began to fill in for BPA. Others not so quietly dug in their heels, downplaying the concerns.
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