POWER PLANT REGULATIONS Last week, the EPA issued new standards for coal-fired power plants. The new rules will minimize air pollution in states downwind from power plants and reduce the allowable release of mercury and other potential pollutants from plants within the next three years. Mercury is often found in coal and it is released into the air when coal is burned to generate electricity. Mercury is a neurotoxin. It can affect humans directly through the breathing of contaminated air o... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Dec 30
LEAD IN TOYS Here at Tioga, we often help clients identify the presence of lead-based paint in their home or business. Before 1978, lead was regularly used in house paint and this older paint can still be found in many structures today. What we would not expect, is to see lead-based paint in anything produced in the United States after 1978. We definitely do not anticipate finding lead in our children's toys! However, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Dec 21
ASBESTOS IN LITTLE ROCK The EPA held a community meeting in North Little Rock, Arkansas last week to discuss the findings of asbestos sampling that was done in the area. The EPA obtained samples from a former vermiculite processing facility and a nearby community park. The processing facility operated in North Little Rock from 1953 to 1989. Asbestos contamination was confirmed at both locations. Vermiculite is a mineral compound obtained by mining that can be used for insulation... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Dec 16
I'LL HAVE A GREEN CHRISTMAS It is a festive season and whether you are shopping, decorating or wrapping presents, the EPA has tips on how to have a greener holiday. Here are just a few: When shopping, look for the Energy Star, Design for the Environment (DfE) and WaterSense labels. These products help save energy and protect the environment! For decorating, try switching to LED lights. If rated as Energy Star LED, the lights will use about 70% less electricity than standard stri... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Dec 9
STORM WATER VIOLATIONS Lafarge North America Inc. has agreed to pay a penalty of $740,000 in fines and invest another $8 million to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act. The company is one of the largest suppliers of construction materials in the United States. Lafarge was charged with violations of the Clean Water Act in five states including unpermitted storm water discharge at 21 different facilities. The Clean Water Act is designed to protect America's rivers, lakes and sour... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Dec 2