Saturday, 29 November 2014

Ways You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

There are lots of ways you can use green energy technology to make your home more eco-friendly. It's not as difficult to implement this technology as you might think. Don't be afraid of green energy technology; read this article to get some tips to help you create a more eco-friendly home, and save money on your power bills.

If you want to conserve energy, adjust your air conditioning unit so that it is set two degrees higher in the summer and two degrees lower in the winter. You will probably not be able to tell that you have changed it, but taking that step will save you on your monthly bill and bring down your carbon emissions.

Save electricity while becoming a more conscientious energy consumer by unplugging the chargers for all your electronic gadgets when they aren't in use. Whether you are charging your device or not, chargers for laptops, mp3 players, cellphones and other electronics keep drawing electrical power as long as they stay plugged in.

Clean or replace the filters on your furnace once each year, and check once a month to see if they need to be cleaned. Also install filters on air registers. Register filters will help prevent debris increasing efficiency.

Swap your old thermostat for a greener programmable model. You can program these thermostats to adjust the temperature at particular times during the day, so your heating and cooling system will run less while you are at work or school. These thermostats are inexpensive, and they can save you money on your electric bill while preventing unnecessary energy use.

If you live in a sunny area, you could generate your own energy. Invest in PV cells and have a professional install them on your roof. You should have your needs in electricity assessed by a professional to make sure your solar installation will provide enough power for your home.

If you aren't using something, turn it off. Any rooms in the home that are vacant should not have any electronics or lights left on. Use power strips for your electronics, and make sure to turn it of when you are not using it. If it is in standby it's still wasting power.

Don't run your dishwasher if it is less than totally full. The energy used is the same whether you are washing a small load of dishes, or one that is larger. Also, use your dishwasher's energy-saver setting so that the load will air-dry.

Too often, the water heater allows water to reach a scalding temperature when trying to take a shower. Try turning the maximum heat on the water heater down by twenty degrees, and you will see a definite decrease in electricity costs. Tankless water heaters are another green energy option for anyone.

As you can see, green energy technology isn't so difficult to implement. Try out some of the tips you just read in your home today, so that you can begin saving energy. Not only will you be doing the environment a favor, but you'll save money on your electricity bills.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Lead paint removal. Ecobond Residential lead based paint treatment

ECOBOND® LBP is passionate about protecting the environment and people, especially children, from lead hazards in Lead containing paint and we believe that someday the prevalence of lead poisoning around the world will be a distant memory by proper Lead paint removal! So much more than paint-seal and treat lead dust and lead in lead paint! It only takes lead dust the size of a sugar packet spread over 1/3 of a football field to pose a danger to children!                             
Facts: New data reveals: -Up to 80% of structures in the US contain lead based paint -1 in 38 children ages 1-5 in America are currently affected by lead poisoning   Homeowners have several options for dealing with lead based paint; the trick is finding the best solution, one that:            
Effectively reduces lead hazards
           
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  2. Is easy to use            

  3. Is eco-friendly  

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Talking Trends

Apparently, there are various definitions about just what a trend is.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Final Oil and Gas Reporting Regulation Issued

As the government issues new regulations for the oil and gas industry, the associations say they are already taking significant steps and will meet the new challenges.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Over 90,000 Police Officers Saved from Poisoning

Police officers are committed to “protect and serve,” but who is protecting them? MT2 leads battle against lead poisoning to protect law enforcement officers nationwide.

According to the Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA) and the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey, local police departments had about 461,000 sworn officers. (2008 Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) - Local Policehttp://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=71) Each of these officers train at shooting ranges, which places those officers at risk for lead poisoning, according to the October 2014 Seattle Times Investigative Report “Loaded with Lead: How Gun Ranges Poison Workers and Shooters.” (Read the full report athttp://projects.seattletimes.com/2014/loaded-with-lead/1)Fortunately, a Colorado-based company, MT2, LLC, is leading the fight to protect police officers and other shooters from the hazards of lead poisoning at gun ranges. In the past year alone, MT2 has completed firing range clean-ups for law enforcement agencies such as NYPD, Denver, Seattle, and North Las Vegas; combined over 90,000 police officers train at these ranges annually. Over the past decade, MT2 has removed over 11,000,000 lbs of lead from the environment while working closely with range owners to implement firing range Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect shooters and the environment. “We are proud to serve and protect those in law enforcement and the military that serve and protect us,” stated James Barthel, MT2 CEO.“Dirty gun ranges are a source of toxic lead poisoning throughout Washington State and the rest of the country. Employees at gun ranges, as well as their families, are typically the most at risk for lead poisoning, which can cause a range of health problems,” the Times reported. “Lead exposure can cause an array of health problems from nausea and fatigue to organ damage, mental impairment and even death.”“Everyone knows that high velocity lead can be deadly, but the hidden danger of lead at firing ranges comes from the dust and fines generated by shooting activities. There are Best Management Practices for managing lead at firing ranges that both indoor and outdoor ranges can implement in order to protect shooters, workers, the environmental and the local community from lead hazards” stated James Barthel; “We are passionate about Gun Range lead cleanup and restoring our environment and protecting people from the hazards of lead. That is why MT2 has developed a free guide for range owners titled 10 Keys to Range Management and Control of Lead Hazards.”The free guide offered by MT2 includes important safety and management practices to contain, control, and eliminate lead hazards at firing ranges. Range owners can download a copy online at: 
http://www.FiringRangeCleanupReport.com
MT2 is the leading provider of environmental firing range services in the US and has served over 1,000 public and private firing ranges nationwide since 2000. MT2’s firing range services include complete range maintenance, improvements and lead remediation services.MT2’s extensive list of clients includes over 200 law enforcement agencies such as NYPD, State Departments of Corrections, and the US Military. Since 2006, MT2 has been implementing a BMP Program for lead management and maintenance that successfully reduces lead hazards at the NYPD training range where over 40,000 officers and recruits train annually. The NYPD BMP Program includes removal and recycling of lead bullets and bullet fragments; sampling, analysis and monitoring of soil and groundwater conditions; and chemically converting potential leachable lead fines remaining in range soils utilizing MT2’s patented ECOBOND® lead treatment technologies so that treated soils are considered non-hazardous and can be replaced back onto range berms.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

New NESHAPs for Mineral Wool and Wool Fiberglass Sources

The EPA is proposing additional changes to previously proposed rules for this industry. Comments are due quickly.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Land Trust Alliance, Partners Reveal Deepwater Horizon Conservation Priorities Report

This report unites multiple partners to identify priority focus areas for land conservation and economic revival in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

LEAD EXPOSURE AT NATION'S GUN RANGES POSES 'A SERIOUS PROBLEM'

Indoor, outdoor, public and private, gun ranges dot the national landscape like bullet holes riddling a target, as the popularity of shooting has rocketed to new heights with an estimated 40 million recreational shooters annually.But a hidden risk lies within almost all of America's estimated 10,000 gun ranges: firing lead-based ammunition spreads vapor and dust filled with lead, an insidious toxin.Thousands of workers, shooters and their family members have been contaminated at shooting ranges due to poor ventilation and contact with lead-coated surfaces, a Seattle Times investigation has found.Those most at risk are range workers who inhale airborne lead as they instruct customers and clean up spent ammunition. Lead exposure can cause an array of health problems — from nausea and fatigue to organ damage, mental impairment and even death.Employees have carried lead residue into their homes on their skin, clothes, shoes and work gear, inadvertently contaminating family members, including children, those most vulnerable to lead's debilitating health effects.For the public, shooting firearms is the most common way of getting lead poisoning outside of work, according to national statistics.Through documents, interviews and a first-of-its-kind analysis of occupational lead-monitoring data, The Times has found reckless shooting-range owners who've repeatedly violated workplace-safety laws.By law, owners are responsible for protecting employees from lead-polluted workplaces by following regulations on air quality, surface contamination, safety gear and various other standards. Yet state and federal regulators are doing little to make certain gun ranges put such protections in place, records show.The nation has an estimated 6,000 commercial indoor and outdoor gun ranges, but over the past decade, only 201 have been inspected, according to a Times analysis of federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records. Of those inspected, 86 percent violated at least one lead-related standard.Places like Manchester Firing Line Range in New Hampshire, Target World in Ohio, Top Brass Sports in Tennessee and the Sharp Shooter in Texas each had more than 20 lead-related violations.OSHA typically doesn't examine a gun range unless it receives a complaint or a blood-test report that shows an employee has been overexposed to lead. In states such as Washington and California, authorities knew about workers with severe lead poisoning, but failed to inspect the shooting ranges that employed them, public records show.In 14 states, including Alaska, Iowa and Louisiana, federal and state occupational agencies didn't inspect a single commercial gun range from 2004 to 2013, The Times found.Thousands of other U.S. ranges are volunteer-run clubs and aren't subject to OSHA inspections because they have no employees.One volunteer who regularly cleaned a club in Iowa lost feeling in his hands after chronic lead exposure and now has trouble doing basic tasks like picking up coins or firing a gun accurately.Publicly, the National Rifle Association dismisses contentions by health officials that lead is a widespread health and safety problem at shooting ranges. To their members, the lobbying group encourages owners to clean up their ranges to avoid inviting government scrutiny.The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which analyzes occupational hazards for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says lead exposure at gun ranges is "a serious problem and we think it could be quite widespread," said Dr. Elana Page, medical officer for NIOSH.The risk isn't limited to range employees, Page added. "Some firing ranges cater to children, they have birthday parties and special events," she said. "I think it's really important that people are aware they can have significant exposure at a firing range, even for members of the general public."James Maddox, a former gun-range manager in Kentucky, talks about himself as two different men: the jovial, hardworking man before lead poisoning, and the reclusive, weakened man after."I wish I could just show you guys the type of person I was," he said, with tears streaming down his face. For the entire "Loaded with Lead" series: www.seattletimes.com/gunranges

Sunday, 9 November 2014

State Rules - November 2014

Environmental Rules change daily. BLR brings a few of the latest changes needed to stay in compliance.