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Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. is Instrumental in Passing the First Paint Producer Responsibility Law in the Nation

Posted July 29, 2009 by

Oregon Passes First Paint Producer Responsibility Law in the Nation

New Legislation Should Save Oregon’s Local Governments Millions

July 24, 2009 – On July 23, 2009, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed into law the nation’s first program requiring paint manufacturers to safely manage leftover latex and oil-based paint from consumer and contractor painting jobs. The law is expected to result in the proper management of an estimated 800,000 gallons of leftover paint each year and to provide Oregon governments with service valued at over $6 million. Governments that currently collect leftover paint will realize a direct financial savings.

The new program is the result of an historic national agreement facilitated by the nonprofit Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. (PSI), which convened paint manufacturers, retailers, contractors, recyclers, and government officials to jointly develop an environmentally sound and economically efficient solution to the leftover paint problem.

An estimated 10 percent of the more than 750 million gallons of architectural paint sold each year in the United States is unused. Underfunded city and county paint collection programs result in insufficient reuse, recycling, and proper disposal of leftover paint. Leftover paint is the largest component of local household hazardous waste collection programs and is difficult to manage. The new system will include the cost of safely managing that leftover paint in the purchase price of new paint, and will set up an industry-led program to reduce paint waste, increase reuse and recycling, and safely dispose of remaining unusable paint.

“This law would not have been possible without the steadfast leadership of the paint industry and the perseverance of other stakeholders,” said Scott Cassel, PSI’s Executive Director. “Every decision was made through a painstaking consensus, and it will pay off in the form of millions of dollars of savings each year for Oregon local governments, increased environmental benefits, and additional environmental jobs.”

“The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality was the ideal partner to develop a paint management system that not only works for the paint industry, but also meets the public’s need for safety, efficiency, and cost effectiveness,” said Alison Keane, Counsel for the National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA). “PSI’s unique process of engaging both government and industry stakeholders and incorporating all interests into the solution helped us develop a state model that can be replicated across the country instead of having a patchwork of laws.”

“The new law will make paint recycling more convenient throughout the state, particularly in areas where local governments do not offer paint recycling opportunities,” said Abby Boudouris, Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator for Oregon DEQ. “Getting ahead of the producer responsibility trend rather than fighting the inevitable, the paint manufacturers were active partners in figuring out a meaningful solution.”

Oregon’s Metro regional government is expected to play a vital role in collecting and recycling the leftover paint. MetroPaint, operated by Metro since 1992, each year turns leftover latex paint into about 120,000 gallons of high-quality recycled latex paint, which it sells to consumers and painting contractors for between $6 and $10 per gallon. Beginning this month, Miller Paint stores in the greater Portland area will be selling eight colors of MetroPaint in 1- and 5-gallon containers. “This innovative public-private partnership reflects our region’s commitment to conserving natural resources by preventing waste, reusing valuable materials, and recycling,” said David Bragdon, Metro Council President. “Access to multiple retail outlets will increase the sales and visibility of MetroPaint and help recover the costs of the recycling operation.”

This new law ties into the wider producer responsibility movement, in which Oregon is a national leader. Producer responsibility means manufacturers internalize the end-of-life management costs of their products rather than have government set up and fund collection programs for waste products. The U.S. movement has resulted in 19 state electronics laws (including one in Oregon), seven state thermostat laws, one fluorescent lamp law, and several laws on batteries and auto switches. Each of these laws is aligned with PSI’s overall mission and the organization’s Principles of Product Stewardship. Oregon DEQ and Metro regional government are active members of PSI.

For a fact sheet on the Oregon paint bill and more information on the national paint dialogue, see: www.productstewardship.us

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Lombardo Associates, Inc. Receives Approval for a No Discharge Wastewater System Design

Posted July 28, 2009 by

Lombardo Associates, Inc. of Newton, MA and Malibu, CA (www.LombardoAssociates.com) has received approval from the CA Department of Public Health for its design of a No Discharge wastewater system for the La Paz development, located in an environmentally sensitive area adjacent to the famous Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California. The development consists of eleven (11) commercial buildings for office and retail use with two restaurants, each with 175 seats, and a proposed new City Hall.

All  wastewater will be beneficially reused for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation system.  An effluent storage tank is provided for seasonal periods when wastewater generation is greater than reuse requirements.  The No Discharge system will reduce development water demand by 56%.  A comparable wastewater treatment system has been successfully operating in Malibu for two years and been treating for emerging contaminants and producing effluent compliant with California Department of Public Health (DPH) Title 22 Disinfected Tertiary Treatment Standards requirements, considered the gold standard in the industry. Roof runoff will also be reused and stormwater managed with Low Impact development (LID) techniques.

For further information, contact:

Pio Lombardo, P.E., DEE
Lombardo Associates, Inc.
Newton, MA 02467

Tel: 617-964-2924
Web Site www.LombardoAssociates.com

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Norfolk Ram’s Brian V. Moran, P.E. is Active in SPCC Regulation Revisions

Posted July 16, 2009 by

Brian V. Moran, P.E. recently participated as a panel member on the SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure) Regulation revisions on June 9 at the New England Fuel Institute’s (NEFI) North American Heating and Energy Expo which was held at the Hynes Convention center in Boston, MA. These new rules affect owners and operators of bulk petroleum storage facilities and have undergone significant changes over the years. First issued in 1973, the SPCC Rule was developed by the EPA to prevent discharge of oil into navigable waters. Proposed revisions in 2002 included changes to requirements for SPCC and Facility Response Plans. Further revisions were necessary to address concerns raised through litigation following the proposed 2002 revisions. Additional revisions proposed in 2006 addressed only specific concerns and therefore the rule was further revised in 2008 to address the remaining concerns. The effective date of the amendments promulgated on December 5, 2008 has been extended until January 14, 2010.  The compliance date for all facilities to amend (or prepare) and implement an SPCC Plan has been extended until November 10, 2010. These extensions have NO impact on those facilities in operation before August 16, 2002. Those facilities are required to maintain an SPCC Plan in accordance with the current SPCC regulations.

Considering all of the recent changes to the SPCC regulations, having an engineering firm that is knowledgeable in SPCC is critical.  Norfolk Ram’s team of engineers has experience working with the recent revisions and implications of recent compliance extensions.  Norfolk Ram can assist with all aspects of SPCC Plan development and associated training, testing and inspections.

For more information regarding Norfolk Ram Group and for assistance in preparing your SPCC plan, please contact Brian Moran, P.E., Vice President, 508-478-1276 x12 or email at bmoran@norfolkram.com. 
Amendment Summary for December 2008 Revisions

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Tighe & Bond Announces Employee Certifications

Posted July 8, 2009 by

WESTFIELD, MA, JUNE 11, 2009 – Tighe & Bond, Inc. is pleased to announce that Amy McDonough has become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. LEED Accredited Professionals demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System by passing an exam administered by the Green Building Council. The accreditation distinguishes professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process.

Amy is a senior hydrogeologist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Geology, at Miami University and her Master of Science in Geology at the University of Vermont. She joined Tighe & Bond in 2005 and resides in Florence, Massachusetts.

WESTFIELD, MA, JUNE 16, 2009 – Tighe & Bond, Inc. is pleased to announce that Wayne Harju, P.E., has met the requirements to become a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA). Wayne earned his CEA by attending the required training and passing the exam, demonstrating his high level of competence and ethical fitness in the energy auditing field. This certification is useful in evaluating how energy is being used and identifying where consumption can be reduced in a facility.

Wayne is a lead electrical engineer who received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his Master of Engineering, Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Wayne joined Tighe & Bond in 1993 and resides in Westfield, Massachusetts.

WESTFIELD, MA, JUNE 22, 2009 – Tighe & Bond, Inc. is pleased to announce that Joseph A. Canas, P.E., has become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. LEED Accredited Professionals demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System by passing an exam administered by the Green Building Council. The accreditation distinguishes professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. Joe works out of our Shelton, Connecticut office.

Joseph Canas is a project manager who has expertise in various civil engineering disciplines, including stormwater collection systems, roadway design, floodplain modeling, construction administration, and subsurface sewage disposal systems. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Joe resides in Beacon Falls, Connecticut and has been with Tighe & Bond since 1994.

WESTFIELD, MA, JUNE 16, 2009 – Tighe & Bond, Inc. is pleased to announce that Francis J. Hoey, P.E., has become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. LEED Accredited Professionals demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System by passing an exam administered by the Green Building Council. The accreditation distinguishes professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process.

Fran is Senior Vice President and an experienced member of our civil engineering group with specialized expertise in structural and geotechnical engineering. He holds professional registrations in two disciplines, civil and structural. Fran earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has been with Tighe & Bond since 1992 and resides in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Founded in 1911, Tighe & Bond is one of the most experienced engineering firms in New England, with offices in Westfield, Worcester and Pocasset, Massachusetts; Danbury, Middletown and Shelton Connecticut. Tighe & Bond is annually ranked among the top design and environmental engineering firms nationally by the Engineering News Record. The firm provides engineering and environmental services for clients in municipal and state government, industry, healthcare, education and commercial development.

For more information regarding Tighe & Bond’s capabilities, contact Mary Beth Morris, P.E., Director of Marketing, 413-572-3247 or email at MBMorris@tighebond.com.

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ERM Launches a New Website

Posted July 6, 2009 by

ERM has a fresh new look as we launch our new website.

ERM.com
 is designed to meet your needs in an even more user friendly and informative way.

ERM puts the needs of our clients at the heart of the service we offer and we have applied the same approach in redesigning our new website. The design of the new ERM.com is the result of close collaboration with over 200 clients who have told us exactly what they want, and expect from it. From the initial conception to fine tuning the final design, our clients’ needs and feedback have been incorporated at every stage.

Business leaders, senior executive, EHS VPs, Directors and professionals as well as recruiters have told us that you want to find information about the company and what it’s like to work for ERM, get in touch with our experts, spotlight articles that they can read and learn about latest issues that are affecting them now, find out details on events in their area, information on our services, our offices and people who are situated around the world to meet your environmental, risk and health and safety needs. All of this is now available on the new erm.com.

John Alexander, ERM’s CEO, said: “We have worked closely with both our clients and staff to make sure that the new erm.com better meets the needs of the people who use it. The new website showcases the diversity of our people, global footprint and vast experience. Visitors can quickly find out who we are and what we do. I would especially like to thank all the clients who have been involved in this process, without whose special input we would not have been able to create the new erm.com we have now.

About ERM
Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is the world’s leading providers of environmental, health and safety, risk and social consulting services. ERM delivers innovative solutions for business and government clients, assisting them in managing their environmental and related risks. With 145 offices in 41 countries and over 3,500 staff, ERM combines local focus with global scale, giving us a unique platform to understand local business and regulatory needs as well as the ability to leverage the best technical expertise around the world.

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