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EPA, USDA, and FDA Unveil Formal Strategy to Reduce Food Waste, Bring State and Local Partners Together to Increase Collaboration

(4/12/2019) This week, as part of the Trump Administration’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of a federal interagency strategy to address food waste. The agencies held an event at EPA headquarters…

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2019 Stephen Rothblatt Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

For the ninth consecutive year, the Air & Waste Management Association Lake Michigan States Section (A&WMA-LMSS) will again be awarding a graduate student scholarship in memory of Mr. Stephen H. Rothblatt.  Mr. Rothblatt was a longtime supporter and contributor to the A&WMA-LMSS, including serving as Chairman of the Board from 1987-1988.  In his professional capacity,…

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EPA Finalized Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

This final rule establishes cost-saving, streamlined standards for handling hazardous waste pharmaceuticals to better fit the operations of the healthcare sector while maintaining protection of human health and the environment.  Under this final rule, FDA-approved, over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies (i.e., nicotine patches, gums and lozenges) will no longer be considered hazardous waste when discarded, which…

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Chicago’s Bulk Materials Rules

On January 29, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) was implementing stronger rules governing industries that handle bulk materials, including manganese. Specifically, CDPH strengthened the City’s Bulk Materials Rules, including imposing enhanced monitoring requirements for all bulk solid material facilities and establishing new requirements for facilities that handle unpackaged…

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Andrew Wheeler to lead U.S. EPA

The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a 52-47 mostly party-line vote. https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/432033-senate-confirms-wheeler-to-lead-epa

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Senate committee approves Andrew Wheeler’s nomination to lead EPA

Wheeler has been running EPA as acting administrator since Scott Pruitt resigned. A Senate committee on Tuesday approved Andrew Wheeler’s nomination to take over as permanent head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved Wheeler’s nomination on a party-line vote, 11-10. His nomination now goes to the full Senate…

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Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Webinar

US EPA Region 5 is co-hosting a webinar on Nonylphenol Ethoxylates on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, from 1-2 PM Central Time.  The webinar will address the new TRI reporting requirements for 13 NPEs and tools for finding NPE alternatives. For more information contact Janet Haff at U.S. EPA Region 5 at haff.janet@epa.gov. To register: https://lnkd.in/eUR7WnN

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e-Manifest ICR

A Federal Register Notice announcing EPA’s intent to submit the e-Manifest ICR to OMB for review and approval was published on February 8, 2019 (Go to Regulations.gov at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA_FRDOC_0001-23405 to view). The FRN provides an overview of the manifest program and proposes estimates of the time and cost for the public to respond to the…

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Should Your Hazardous Waste Be Managed as Universal Waste?

Shared from A&WMA Newswire By Elizabeth M Dickinson, JD Feb 1, 2019 Hazardous Waste Management Determining whether you are allowed to, and also whether you should, manage certain generated wastes as universal wastes rather than hazardous wastes is a dilemma that can plague a generator of hazardous waste. The questions the issue brings forth range…

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John Kim appointed as Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)

Today, Governor JB Pritzker named John Kim to serve as Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).  John is well known to the environmental community, as he currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the IEPA and has previously served in many senior roles at IEPA during his 25-year tenure there. https://capitolfax.com/2019/01/17/pritzker-names-another-deputy-governor-and-new-directors-of-iepa-idhr-and-idol/

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