SepticSmart Week, Sept. 19-23: EPA Urges Maintenance of Septic Systems to Protect Health, Environment, and Save Money

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Chris Whitley
Email: whitley.christopher@epa.gov
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Lenexa, Kan., Sept. 15, 2016 – On Monday, September 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – in conjunction with federal, state and local government and private sector partners – will kick off its fourth annual SepticSmart Week (Sept. 19-23) to encourage American homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems.

More than 26 million homes in the United States – or one in five households – depend on septic systems to treat wastewater. If not maintained, failing septic systems can contaminate groundwater and harm the environment by releasing bacteria, viruses, and household toxics to local waterways. Proper septic system maintenance protects public health and the environment and saves the homeowner money through avoided costly repairs.

“By taking small steps to maintain septic systems, homeowners not only protect our nation’s public health and keep our water clean, but also save money and protect their property values,” said Joel Beauvais, deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water.

Simple tips for homeowners:

● Protect It and Inspect It: Homeowners should generally have their system inspected every three years by a qualified professional or according to their state or local health department’s recommendations. Tanks should be pumped when necessary, typically every three to five years.

● Think at the Sink: Avoid pouring fats, grease, and solids down the drain. These substances can clog a system’s pipes and drainfield.

● Don’t Overload the Commode: Only put things in the drain or toilet that belong there. For example, coffee grounds, dental floss, disposable diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, cigarette butts, and cat litter can all clog and potentially damage septic systems.

● Don’t Strain Your Drain: Be water-efficient and spread out water use. Fix plumbing leaks and install faucet aerators and water-efficient products. Spread out laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the day – too much water at once can overload a system that hasn’t been pumped recently.

● Shield Your Field: Remind guests not to park or drive on a system’s drainfield, where the vehicle’s weight could damage buried pipes or disrupt underground flow.

EPA’s SepticSmart Program educates homeowners about proper septic system care and maintenance all year long. In addition, it serves as an online resource for industry practitioners, local governments, and community organizations, providing access to tools to educate clients and residents.

For information on SepticSmart Week or tips on how to properly maintain your septic system, visit www.epa.gov/septicsmart.

Connecticut Joins “WRAP” Initiative to Boost Plastic Film Recycling

Connecticut Joins WRAP Initiative to Boost Plastic Film RecyclingWASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2016 – Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the American Chemistry Council‘s (ACC) Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) today announced a public-private partnership that will increase opportunities for residents and businesses to recycle flexible film packaging(1). Flexible plastic film — which includes consumer and commercial product wraps; bags for groceries, produce and bread; and common items, such as sealable food storage bags and shipping pillows — is one of the fastest growing areas of recycling today.

“Recapturing and recycling more plastic bags and flexible film packaging material will reduce solid waste disposal costs, reduce the contamination of other materials contained in single-stream recycling bins, and create jobs right here in Connecticut,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. “This strategy is also one of many action-oriented steps we can take to meet the goal outlined in our draft Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy of increasing the state’s diversion rate to 60% by 2024.” Continue reading “Connecticut Joins “WRAP” Initiative to Boost Plastic Film Recycling”

North Slope Borough Settles With EPA for Hazardous Waste Violations

North Slope Borough Settles With EPA for Hazardous Waste Violations

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Seattle, WA, July 30, 2015 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the North Slope Borough, Alaska have reached a settlement that resolves alleged violations of hazardous waste requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

RCRA regulations require solid waste to be evaluated to determine if the waste is hazardous. EPA alleges that the North Slope Borough failed to perform hazardous waste determinations on at least five separate waste streams generated at the South Pad facility located on Nunavaaq Street in Barrow, Alaska.

In addition, EPA alleges that the Borough stored more than 45,000 pounds of hazardous waste on the South Pad without the required RCRA storage permit. The hazardous waste included acids, alkalis, antifreeze contaminated with benzene, corrosive solvents and paint and other related materials stored in more than 200 metal drums and five gallon buckets for more than 90 days.

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E-Waste Systems, Inc. Announces Investment In US Operations And Expansion In India

Agreement to provide capital for a Joint Venture to design and implement environmental solutions in US and India

E-Waste Systems, Inc Announces Investment In US Operations And Expansion In IndiaLondon, UK, December 6, 2014 – E-Waste Systems, Inc (OTCQB: EWSI) (‘EWSI,’ ‘the Company’ or ‘eWaste Systems’) an electronic waste management, environmentally focused services and technology company, announces today that it has signed a binding Agreement (‘HTA’) with Aruls Environmental and Green Ozone Pvt Ltd (‘AEGOPL’), an India based company, for a Joint Venture to develop and expand reverse logistic operations in North America, India and South East Asia.

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New WRF Research Develops Tool to Help Utilities Fight Leakage Losses

WRF project will help water utilities control leakage lossesDENVER, CO, November 26, 2014 – The Water Research Foundation, a leading sponsor of research supporting the water community, is helping water utilities better understand and control leakage in a cost-effective manner through recently completed research and the development of a new leakage analysis tool. Water Audits and Real Loss Component Analysis project (#4372) provides water utilities information to better understand the sources of their losses from leakage throughout the water distribution system and a tool to help analyze the economic impact of various intervention strategies.

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StewardChoice and Progressive Waste Solutions Announce Collaborative Agreement

Agreement to provide competitive recycling service choices for producers

StewardChoice and Progressive Waste Solutions Announce Collaborative AgreementBURNABY, BC, July 9, 2014 – StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. and Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. announced a collaborative agreement to provide market based choices for expanding producer-funded collection and recycling services for packaging and printed paper in BC. Progressive Waste Solutions is the first recycling services company to work with StewardChoice.

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