toxicity reduction News

  • Toxic-free Ontario - CELA releases toxic use reduction model law

    The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) has released its model toxic use reduction law. For the past year CELA has worked with other environmental, health and worker groups to frame a model law to reduce our use and reliance on toxic substances in manufacturing, workplaces and consumer products in Ontario. 'Concerned parents, workers, and consumers in Ontario support widespread ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA Seeks Additional Toxic Emissions Reductions

    To provide incentives for reduced air toxic emissions, EPA is proposing to amend what are known as the 'General Provisions' to its air toxics standards. The proposed amendment would encourage industrial facilities to reduce air toxics emissions so they are no longer considered a 'major source' of air pollution. Major sources have the potential to emit more than 10 tons per year of a single toxic ...

  • EPA analysis shows reduction in 2009 toxic chemical releases in Vermont (VT)

    EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2009. TRI reporting provides Americans with vital information about their communities by publishing information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the ...

  • EPA analysis shows reduction in 2009 toxic chemical releases in Connecticut

    EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2009. TRI reporting provides Americans with vital information about their communities by publishing information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the ...

  • EPA awards innovative plating company in Clovis for significant reductions of toxic chemicals

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today recognized Valley Chrome Plating for its achievements in environmental and worker protection under the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) program. The plating company, located in Clovis, Calif., successfully substituted lead anodes and hexavalent chromium with less harmful alternatives. These advancements have resulted in the ...

  • EPA analysis shows reduction in 2008 Toxic Chemical Releases

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is releasing its annual national analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).  The TRI database contains information on chemical releases into the air, land and water, as well as waste management and pollution prevention activities.  The analysis of the 2008 data, the most recent data set available, shows that 3.86 billion pounds of toxic ...

  • Toxic Reduction Act Feedback Top 10 take aways

    By Scott Manser ( smanser@ortech.ca )  I am a registered Toxic Reduction Planner.  ORTECH has worked on over 100 reports for our various clients.  I wanted to provide you with some feedback  from this training session I attended recently. “From ...


    By ORTECH

  • EPA Evaluated Air Toxics Risks from Petroleum Refineries, Seeks Comment on Additional Emissions Reductions

    A recent analysis by EPA on the risks from air toxics emitted from petroleum refineries found that the risks to human health and the environment are low enough that no further controls are warranted.  ...

  • EPA analysis shows reduction in 2009 Toxic chemical releases / agency completes analysis on chemical disposal and release (HQ)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its annual national analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), providing all Americans vital information about their communities. The TRI program publishes information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods ...

  • Ontario toxics regulation takes effect

    According to the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) beginning January 1, 2010, regulated facilities will be required to track, report and develop plans to reduce the toxic substances they use, create and release. This applies only to facilities currently reporting on emissions to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). These toxics reduction plans will be available to the public ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Degreasers to Cut Air Toxics Emissions

    Approximately 50 of the largest degreasing facilities will reduce air toxics emissions under tighter EPA standards that will prevent an additional 1,700 tons of solvent emissions and save the industry more than $1 million per year. Degreasers, also known as the halogenated solvent cleaning industry, use solvents to remove soils such as grease, oils, waxes, carbon deposits and tars from metal, ...

  • Carbon Dioxide: Reduction, Capture, Reuse

    Ryncosmos LLC, creator of Strataclear®, the unique technology that captures CO2 from raw exhaust in moving vehicles, announces that a presentation on the performance of its technology will be made on June 18 at the Emissions 2013 Conference, sponsored by Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti, ...


    By Ryncosmos, LLC.

  • Ontario wants industry to reduce use of toxics

    The Ontario Government has introduced legislation that would, if passed, will require regulated facilities to: Track and evaluate their current use and release of toxics Develop a plan to reduce the use and release of toxics, and Make a summary of the plan available to the public. The move was part of the province’s Toxics Reduction Strategy.  If the draft legislation ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • No let-up for holidays in hazard reduction at Dounreay

    There was no let-up during Christmas and New Year in the drive to rid Dounreay of two of its most hazardous legacies. Teams worked around the clock during the holidays to treat more of the toxic liquors left over from the site’s research programme. They kept two of the site’s most important clean-up plants running 24 hours a day throughout Christmas and New Year. At the Dounreay Fast Reactor, ...

  • European successes in reducing toxic metal pollutants

    Strategies in Europe to protect human health and the environment from the harmful effects of heavy metals have been successful in reducing atmospheric emissions of cadmium, lead and mercury, according to a recent study. The study suggests further reductions are possible. Heavy metals are toxic to human health and can damage the environment. For example, if large amounts of lead build up in the ...

  • Rush and Waxman release toxic chemicals safety act

    On July 22, U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, chair of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced H.R. 5820, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 (pdf). “The introduction of this legislation marks a major step ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Toxics Persist in Washington Rivers, Lakes and Fish

    OLYMPIA, Washington - Toxic chemicals banned decades ago continue to linger in the environment and concentrate in the food chain, threatening people and the environment, according to three recent studies by the Washington state Department of Ecology. The new data on toxic contaminants in freshwater fish and sediments add evidence to the state's push to reduce and eliminate the use of toxic ...

  • Serious doubts over Europe’s GHG reduction target

    The 28 countries of the European Union (EU) have set themselves a collective target of cutting emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases (GHGs) by between 80% and 95% by 2050, but  a major report just released says there’s little hope of achieving that goal. Every five years, the  ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Proposed EPA air toxics standards for PVC production

    On April 15, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to update emissions limits for air toxics from polyvinyl chloride production (PVC production). The proposal requires facilities that produce PVC to reduce emissions of harmful toxic airemissions, improving air quality, and protecting public health in communities where these facilities are located. Exposure to toxic air ...


    By Golden Specialty, Inc.

  • Industry progressing in voluntary effort to reduce toxic chemicals

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the interim results of a voluntary effort by eight chemical manufacturers to reduce emissions and use of long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (LCPFCs), including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Used in hundreds of manufacturing and industrial applications, LCPFCs are toxic, persistent in our environment worldwide and can accumulate in ...

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