Showing posts with label Solid Waste. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Solid Waste. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

EPA Report Released: Semiannual Report of UST Performance Measures Mid Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013)

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released a report titled, Semiannual Report of UST Performance Measures Mid Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013) (2013). This 14-page report available here, authored by the Office of Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) discusses the following,
EPA collects data from states and territories regarding [underground storage tank] UST performance measures. This data includes information such as the number of active and closed tanks, releases reported, cleanups initiated and completed, facilities in compliance with UST requirements, and inspections. The reports below provide data in table format for all states, territories, and Indian country for the reporting period indicated.
Previous reports from October 1987 to the present are available here.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Clean Air Act Task Force Report Released: Good News from the Dump: Methane Emissions from Solid Waste: Current Conditions and Future Prospects

Yesterday, the Clean Air Act Task Force (CATF), pro-environmental "nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing atmospheric pollution through research, advocacy, and private sector collaboration," issued a report titled, Good News from the Dump: Methane Emissions from Solid Waste: Current Conditions and Future Prospects (2012).  According to the press release for the 96-page report available here,
In a new study of current levels and future trends of global methane emissions from municipal solid waste, Clean Air Task Force has put annual methane emissions at around 10 million metric tonnes, significantly lower than the commonly reported value of 35 million metric tonnes found by other sources that rely on the methodologies of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007.
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The study looks at the primary means of solid waste disposal, including landfills, composting, thermal processing (including incineration for energy production), anaerobic digestion (primarily sewage sludge from livestock operations with minimal methane recovery), integrated waste recycling and recovery, and aerobic composting of organic content. In addition, trends in the growth of each of these techniques, with consequent methane emissions, are projected out to the year 2030.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Complying With Environmental Laws in Europe-Teleconference/Webinar

This Webinar prosented by the New York State Car Association is designed for international, corporate, real estate, environmental and litigation attorneys who have clients conducting business in the European Union that could be impacted by existing and emerging environmental laws, this seminar features environmental lawyers and risk management experts located in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Speakers will discuss the most significant environmental laws and exposures in their respective countries including the European Union Environmental Liability Directive (ELD). The ELD along with existing EU regulations will make operators financially responsible for activities that damage the environment. Several ELD claims are presently being processed in various EU jurisdictions and include significant cost exposures for cleaning up environmental damage.

Questions that will be addressed and discussed include:

How is the ELD being implemented and enforced within the EU? What is the claims history for the ELD?

What liability exists under the 1996 Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive and 2006 Waste Disposal Directive?

What are the biggest concerns for environmental loss in a given country?

What is next in Europe?

What waste permits are required?

When and where does a company need to demonstrate satisfactory financial security and how can these requirements be met?

Are NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) a significant threat?
What risk management techniques are available to mitigate the effect of environmental loss?

When and where is environmental insurance compulsory?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts and Figures 2007

This Environmental Protection Agency Report describes the national municipal solid waste (MSW) stream based on data collected for 1960 through 2007. The historical perspective is useful for establishing trends in types of MSW generated and in the ways it is managed.

In the United States, we generated approximately 254 million tons of MSW in 2007— similar to the amount generated in 2006. Excluding composting, the amount of MSW recycled increased to 63.3 million tons, an increase of 1.9 million tons from 2006. This is a 3 percent increase in the tons recycled. The tons recovered for composting rose to 21.7 million tons in 2007, up from 20.8 million tons in 2006. The recovery rate for recycling (including composting) was 33.4 percent in 2007, up from 32.3 percent in 2006. (See Tables ES-1 and ES-2 and Figures ES-1 and ES-2.)

MSW generation in 2007 declined to 4.62 pounds per person per day. This is a decrease of 0.6 percent from 2006 to 2007. The recycling rate in 2007 was 1.54 pounds per person per day (an increase of 2.7 percent over 2006). Discards sent for combustion with energy recovery remained steady at 0.58 pounds per person per day. Discards sent to landfills after recycling and combustion with energy recovery declined to 2.50 pounds per person per day in 2007. This is a decrease of 2.7 percent from 2006 to 2007 (Table ES-3).

Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in The United States: Facts and Figures for 2007

This report by the Environmental Protection Agency reports that Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted 85 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 33.4 percent recycling rate (see Figure 1 and Figure 2). On average, we recycled and composted 1.5 pounds of our individual waste generation of 4.6 pounds per person per day.