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December 19, 2013
Environmental Daily Advisor Week in Review--December 9, 2013, to December 13, 2013

Last week, the Environmental Daily Advisor discussed universal wastes, clean diesel initiatives, and watershed restroation initiatives.

Here's the Environmental Daily Advisor week in review.

Beware of ‘Legacy’ Mercury-Containing Equipment--EPA's Universal Waste regulations cover management and disposal of mercury-containing products as a way to encourage recycling and recover mercury. While use of mercury in manufacturing has declined significantly, there remain millions of “legacy” commercial electric products and equipment containing mercury that may not be recognized until it is too late. Here, we will look at some of these products and equipment.

Common Violations of Universal Waste Regulations--Managing mercury-containing equipment as universal wastes requires attention to both state and federal regulations to ensure compliance. Yesterday, we reviewed potential “legacy” mercury-containing equipment showing how ubiquitous this equipment is in our homes and workplaces. In this article, we will review some of the most common generator violations of the universal waste rules applicable to mercury-containing equipment and other listed universal wastes.

Clean Diesel (Really Does) = Cleaner Air--EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is having a significant effect on air quality nationwide. Here, we look at the impacts of the current program.

Clean Diesel Sector Programs Pinpoint Emissions Reductions--The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is making our air cleaner with every retrofit, repower, or replacement of a diesel engine. In this article, we will review NCDC sector initiatives.

Watershed Restoration Initiatives May Spur Enforcement--Stormwater is one of the greatest contributors to water pollution worldwide and not surprisingly, has had a dramatically negative impact on some of our nation’s most important watersheds. More and more, however, citizens and governments are working hard to reclaim their watersheds and all of the esthetic, ecological, and economic benefits that go along with them. For industry this often means ramped-up monitoring and enforcement to locate and eliminate illegal sources of stormwater runoff as well as permit program updates and other changes within established stormwater programs to achieve specific goals.

BLR’s Environmental Daily Advisor is a free daily source of environmental compliance tips, news, and advice.

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