Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Puerto Rico’s Government to Make Major Upgrades to San Juan Water Infrastructure in Settlement with the Federal Government

(New York, N.Y.) Under two settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice, three Puerto Rico government agencies have agreed to upgrade portions of storm water systems they own within the Municipality of San Juan

Friday, 18 December 2015

What is Proximity Contamination?

contamination biohazard leakReally, what is proximity contamination? Actually, we're not asking; we already know the answer, and it's simpler than you think. Any structure painted before 1978 was very likely painted with lead based paint.

The United States' Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned lead paint in 1977 in residential properties and public buildings (16 Code of Federal Regulations 1303) due to the serious health risks such as behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death. (HUD.gov 12/11/2015)

Proximity contamination becomes a problem when remodeling or renovation. Usual methods such as sanding, scraping or blasting resulted in air and soil contamination, with potential of lead showing up in the water. This can also contaminate the air and surrounding community near the project.

Fresh on the heels of the recent pool and spa safety act comes a new Federal rule aimed at reducing lead poisoning. The law targets all contractors working on homes (including common interest developments) built before 1978. Although originally passed in 2008, the major provisions of the rule were delayed until this year. As of July, the entire rule is in full effect.

The specific regulations require a new certification, substantial safety precautions, and impose huge fines for non-compliance. The new laws will increase both the cost of association repairs and the potential for liability to associations. The following is a partial excerpt from the EPA website. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

ECOBOND® is allowed for use in all 50 states for Lead Paint Interim Control and as a HUD Lead Hazard Reduction Method. Many have found that ECOBOND® technology reduces overall project costs for interior and exterior lead paint projects, wherever found. Whether your projects involve buildings, bridges, water towers or tanks, ECOBOND® personnel are passionate about protecting the environment, and people, especially children, from lead hazards.

ECOBOND® LBP, LLC develops and distributes products that provide the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 14 years of proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products has been used throughout the US and internationally in successfully treating lead hazards.

Should you have an upcoming project that would benefit from our expertise, we encourage you to contact us today. In today's litigious society, an ounce of prevention is indeed worth a pound of cure.

Understanding and Reducing Lead Paint Dangers: Sealing and Painting Over Lead Paint Using ECOBOND®

The last week in October 2015 marked the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) to heighten homeowner's and parent's awareness of the dangers that lead paint pose to public health. In November 2015, in an effort to further help eradicate lead paint in the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule in 14 states. The EPA has currently partnered with the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments to implement a pilot program to treat homes that may contain lead paint.

The EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requires all contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that might come into contact with surfaces painted with lead-based paints have EPA certification. As well as current EPA certification, the contractors must also have received EPA-approved training and follow strict lead-safe work practices.

Any home built prior to 1978 may contain lead-based paint. It's estimated that millions of older homes in the United States still have lead-based paint on walls, doors, and window frames, according to the EPA. When the lead painted surfaces start to deteriorate and the paint begins to peel, flake, chip, crack or show signs of moisture it becomes a hazard to human health.

Lead paint exposure has been shown to cause:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Decreased muscle growth
  • Inadequate bone development
  • Memory impairment
  • Hearing damage
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint inflammation, pain and weakness
  • Poor muscle coordination
  • Renal failure
  • Neurological effects
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Cardiovascular problems

Lead painted surfaces carry a significant risk to children or pets because young toddlers and pets often chew on windowsills, porches, banisters, stairs and other painted surfaces and inadvertently ingest the harmful lead. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that lead exposure contributes to about 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities each year.

Lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable with modern renovation. Currently, there are two accepted ways to eliminate the dangers of lead paint -- abatement and interim controls. Abatement permanently removes the lead paint and interim control reduces the dangers of the lead paint by covering and containing it.

Removing lead paint frequently creates dust that is harmful if inhaled. Sealing and painting over lead paint with ECOBOND® seals and treats the lead while dramatically reducing the lead based dust risk. A unique primer, sealant and treatment formula for lead-based painted surfaces, ECOBOND® is a state-of-the-art hybrid acrylic latex paint formula that covers, binds, and seals off the lead paint and prevents the escape of any lead dust. ECOBOND® can be painted over the lead paint to effectively cover and contain it. You can also paint ECOBOND® on the lead paint and then opt to remove the affected area because the coating of ECOBOND® renders the lead paint non-hazardous and suppresses the lead dust during removal.

ECOBOND® is used on both interior and exterior painted surfaces. In recent years, professional demolition crews are turning to ECOBOND® as a cost-effective lead removal option. ECOBOND® complies with the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act (RCRA) EPA requirements. ECOBOND® is more cost-effective and easier to use than traditional paint strippers and encapsulants…plus it TREATS the lead rather than merely covering it up.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Compliance with environmental laws helps protect air, water and land in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington communities

(Seattle – December 15, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 completed over 50 environmental compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from July 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015. Violations of environmental laws put public health and the environment at risk. EPA enforces federal environmental rules to protect communities and to keep our air, water and land clean and healthy

Saturday, 12 December 2015

EPA Issues Order to Implement Surface Fire Prevention Measures at West Lake Landfill and Finalizes Enforceable Schedule for Final Evaluation of Remedial Alternatives

Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Dec. 10, 2015) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) to Bridgeton Landfill, LLC; Rock Road Industries, Inc.; and Cotter Corporation to develop and implement surface fire prevention measures at the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site in Bridgeton, Mo. The order follows an Oct. 24 grass fire at the landfill

Thursday, 10 December 2015

EPA Provides $691,000 to Protect Wetlands throughout New York State

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $690,940 to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Research Foundation of SUNY, to better protect wetlands throughout New York. “Wetlands play a critical role in alleviating harmful effects of climate change, protecting against flooding and storm surges," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Army settles with EPA for hazardous waste violations at Fort Wainwright, Alaska

(Seattle – December 8, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the U.S. Army for alleged violations of its hazardous waste permit at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. As part of the settlement, the Army has agreed to pay $59,220 in penalties for violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The Army facility is covered under a RCRA permit, which requires the Army to notify EPA of any new or newly discovered solid waste management units

Monday, 7 December 2015

EPA and the Environmental Law Institute Cosponsor Public Seminar: CERCLA @35: Looking Back, Looking Forward

WASHINGTON - EPA is cosponsoring a public seminar with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI): “CERCLA @35: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Panelists will discuss Superfund’s origins, highlight some of the program’s successes and shortcomings in its early years, and address the Superfund legacy in a larger context, examining where contaminated site regulation and cleanup may go from here, and extrapolating lessons other jurisdictions can learn from the United States’ Superfund experience

Friday, 4 December 2015

Lead Based Paint- a Forgotten Danger

Lead paint removalTalk of lead paint and its poisoning effects are often brushed aside. It has become folklore. Any corrective response becomes an involuntary reaction to a seriousness diluted with little known facts and unrealized consequences.

There is still cause for concern.

Survey results show that 37.1 million homes contain lead paint on its premises. Of those homes, 23.2 million contain serious hazards posed from lead-based paint applications.

As the 20th Century progressed, awareness and concern grew from the potential dangers of lead paint. Local authorities took it upon themselves to limit or completely prohibit the use of lead-based paint by mid-century. It was not until the 1970's that an understanding of the dangerous effects of lead paint exposure would begin. Only then would a 1978 Federal ban of the product be implemented.

Former Department of Health official, Dr. Jane Lin-Fu, would shed light on the seriousness of human exposure to structures filled with lead paint. Her research and study of the effects of lead poisoning, predominantly in children, would awaken the United States to the overwhelming severity of this problem. Dr. Lin-Fu would not only show lead paint as a continued and existing problem, one with great potential hazard, but also that lead poisoning was preventable with a "well-planned program."

Nearly forty years after the ban on lead-based paint use, the problem remains. Fortunately, ECOBOND® serves as part of a well-planned program. When sealing & painting over lead paint becomes a necessity, our product will treat paint containing lead when applications remain on walls. If removing paint from those walls is necessary, lead dust is effectively rendered as non-hazardous and safe for removal.

Don't get lost in the distance between history and facts. Contact us for more information about ECOBOND® and how it can take the worry out of the unknown.

Lead Paint Removal Products That Provide Long-Term Solutions

Discerning among various lead paint removal products is more complicated that many people realize.

According to HUD: "Abatement is removal of either the building component or the paint itself or the near-permanent enclosure of lead-based paint hazards. ... Abatement treatments provide a higher margin of safety than interim controls since the effectiveness of the work is less dependent on resident action, maintenance of housing stock, the conscientiousness of property manager, and the attention of maintenance workers during repair. ...

...In contrast to interim controls, lead-based paint abatement refers to a group of measures that can be expected to eliminate or reduce exposures to lead hazards for at least 20 years under normal circumstances."

What's Considered a "Long Term Solution" To Lead Paint Hazards?

Lead-Based Paint Treatment

The reason HUD uses 20 years as a general rule is because the life expectancy of most (replaceable) building materials is about 20 years. While removal is a permanent solution, the act of removing the components - such as walls or wood - will create considerable new hazards. While it's possible to handle smaller lead paint hazards on a DIY basis, most health and housing experts recommend hiring contractors who have experience or specialize in lead paint removal projects.

In some cases, enclosing certain structures makes sense, but like removal, enclosing simply won't work in all cases.

Lead Paint Removal Options and the Case for Healthy Homes

The 2014 Healthy Homes Conference, sponsored by HGTV and the DIY network and in cooperation with HUD, Rebuilding Together, and the National Environmental Health Association, featured a broad overview of lead paint removal methods.

One misconception that often takes homeowners by surprise: encapsulants are not enough.

Visit the organization's website to review the info or to download the presentation by ECOBOND'S James Barthel to learn more and to see a comparison of various solutions.

If you are preparing to tackle a lead paint remediation project, contact us with your questions. We're here to help!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

IN-SITU SOIL TREATMENT AND REMEDIATION | CONTAMINATED SOIL REMEDIATION

Soil Remediation for the Environment

Soil contamination or soil pollution is often caused by industrial mining or agricultural activity that leaves chemicals in the ground. Sometimes contaminated soil sites are the locations of

  • chemical leached from waste sites and landfills,
  • where dissolved or suspended chemicals are carried by waste water,
  • leaking underground storage tanks,
  • improper disposal of agricultural or industrial chemicals,
  • lead from bullets contaminating gun ranges.

The biggest pollutants are

  • mineral tailings and waste-flows from mining,
  • lead in soil from various sources,
  • fertilizers and insecticides that are applied incorrectly,
  • oil and fuel dumping.

Prosecution of polluters:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies monitor and try to regulate levels of contamination in soil in accordance with the so-called "Superfund," or the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liabilities Act. Under the law the EPA can require those responsible for contamination to clean up polluted soil or pay for the cost of cleanup. Each day of non-compliance after the order can cost the polluter $37,500 for each day of non-compliance.

Environmental Soil Remediation:

Soil Washing--uses surfactants and water. The soil is placed in a wash solution that either dissolve contaminants, or suspend the particles of contaminant in the wash, separated by size, then carrying them away. Bioremediation makes use of microorganisms of fungi to break down organic contaminants (or even petroleum products) so they can be separated from the soil and removed or destroyed.

Thermal Desorbtion--is used for non-organic waste contamination. Contaminated solids are heated to the boiling point of the oil or other contaminants. The liquidized contaminants are pumped away and either to a thermal oxidizer or condensed in a vapor recovery process to be reclaimed (if the contaminant can be re-used).

Thermal soil remediation uses steam and hot air injection, electric current, or other powerful heat-producing methods to bring contaminants to the vapor point along with steam from trapped moisture. The vaporized (or volatilized) contaminants can be stripped away and removed.

Lead Paint Removal Products That Provide Long-Term Solutions

Discerning among various lead paint removal products is more complicated that many people realize.  

According to HUD: "Abatement is removal of either the building component or the paint itself or the near-permanent enclosure of lead-based paint hazards. ... Abatement treatments provide a higher margin of safety than interim controls since the effectiveness of the work is less dependent on resident action, maintenance of housing stock, the conscientiousness of property manager, and the attention of maintenance workers during repair. ...

...In contrast to interim controls, lead-based paint abatement refers to a group of measures that can be expected to eliminate or reduce exposures to lead hazards for at least 20 years under normal circumstances." 

What's Considered a "Long Term Solution" To Lead Paint Hazards?

Lead-Based Paint Treatment

The reason HUD uses 20 years as a general rule is because the life expectancy of most (replaceable) building materials is about 20 years. While removal is a permanent solution, the act of removing the components - such as walls or wood - will create considerable new hazards. While it's possible to handle smaller lead paint hazards on a DIY basis, most health and housing experts recommend hiring contractors who have experience or specialize in lead paint removal projects.  

In some cases, enclosing certain structures makes sense, but like removal, enclosing simply won't work in all cases. 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Lead Paint Removal Products: Finding Peace of Mind

Ecobond Landing page2You want to eliminate the biohazard of lead paint from your property, but you want to do so in a way that will give you peace of mind. You consider demolition and remodeling, then you visualize clouds of lead dust swirling around and settling on surfaces. You think about the material handling and the disposal. If the cleanup is less than perfect, the loosened lead will make your environment more hazardous than it was before you did the work because you have disturbed the lead-based paint. With this unpleasant possibility, you decide that lead paint removal products offer a more convenient, safer solution. You wonder which would give you the best sleep at night.

You think you could apply lead paint remover or lead paint stripper over the surface with a brush, roller or paint sprayer, then place laminated paper over the surface to slow the evaporation until the unwanted lead paint dissolves. You still worry about the residue and facing a somewhat messy cleanup.

A less complicated and more reliable method is to use ECOBOND®, a patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula that stands above all the rest, in fact, there is no other product like it on the market. You apply it with a brush, roller, or paint sprayer, and it adheres to any surface. It has a smooth finish and resists chemicals, corrosion, salt, fire, mold and mildew. Instead of tearing away or dissolving the lead, you simply create an effective barrier and seal it in with no mess and no worry.

Learn how ECOBOND® LBP is different than Encapsulants and is a Lead-Based Paint Treatment. Download free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com

Why Just Cover it When You Can Treat it!

We would like to answer any questions you have about this great product which protects your health and keeps you safe. Please, contact us

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Lead Paint Removal Products: Finding Peace of Mind

A less complicated and more reliable method is to use ECOBOND®, a patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula that stands above all the rest, in fact, there is no other product like it on the market. You apply it with a brush, roller, or paint sprayer, and it adheres to any surface.  It has a smooth finish and resists chemicals, corrosion, salt, fire, mold and mildew.  Instead of tearing away or dissolving the lead, you simply create an effective barrier and seal it in with no mess and no worry.

Learn how ECOBOND® LBP is different than Encapsulants and is a Lead-Based Paint Treatment. Download free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com
 

ENVIRONMENTAL SOIL REMEDIATION FOR HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD - AVOID HEALTH HAZARDS AND FINES.

Elevated levels of lead in soil can have a negative environmental impact.  On top of that, if soil lead levels exceed Environmental Protection Agency quality guidelines, federal, state and local fines can occur. In either case, Environmental Soil Remediation is necessary and MT2 can help.

It is important to remember that lead is a naturally occurring bluish-gray metal found in the earth's crust, and can also be found in natural bodies of water.  In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency states that natural levels of lead are anywhere between 50 and 400 parts-per-million.  Soil can become contaminated beyond these levels, however, through various means.  Most common are past industrial use, lead-based paint flaking off houses and buildings, leaded gasoline pollution, and old pipes that contain lead.  
But firing ranges are an obvious source as well, due to lead bullets and fragments. 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

EPA Funds Project to Support Sustainability in New York City Restaurants; Information Also to Be Shared with Restaurants in Puerto Rico

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $69,500 to the New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to help New York City restaurants support sustainable practices and prepare for the impacts of climate change, such as storm surges. “Pollution prevention is some of the most important work being done to protect the environment,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck

Monday, 23 November 2015

U.S. EPA Settles with El Paso Natural Gas for Cleanup Costs at Abandoned Uranium Mines on Navajo Nation

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice announced a settlement worth more than $500,000 with El Paso Natural Gas Company LLC, (EPNG) to reimburse government costs related to 19 abandoned uranium mines located on the Navajo Nation, near Cameron, Arizona. Under the settlement terms, EPNG will reimburse the U.S. EPA $502,500, based on its share of field investigations of historical uranium contamination

Settlement with EPA to Address TCE Contamination at Former Toastmaster Manufacturing Facility in Macon, Mo.

Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Nov. 23, 2015) - EPA Region 7 has reached a settlement with the current and former owners of the Toastmaster small appliance manufacturing facility in Macon, Mo., to address trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination on and around the property

Saturday, 21 November 2015

If These Old Walls Could Speak| Investing in the Children of Tomorrow (2)

kids-playing-inside-21769-hd-wallpapersIf these old walls could speak. So much they would remember. Many faces and memories. Stories of triumph and heartache. Old walls are dependable. They keep these stories to themselves. Like a mature friend, there at all times and ready to listen.

Walls never speak. The secrets they absorb are too numerous to count. These old walls will often hold a secret that, once exposed, will make anyone question their dependability. Ironically, the dependability and durability these walls offer is often provided by and deeply shrouded in a once popular lead-based application. The dangers of lead-based paint are no secret. If left untreated, old walls with this once-common covering impose hazards which can affect the health of any person exposed.

There is a way to restore that lost dependability. ECOBOND® serves to mediate this restoration.

When time is of the essence, our product removes the challenge of lead-based paint removal. With options to treat and leave on those once lead-filled applications, or to remove these applications completely, the power for how one manages their time is again within their hands. Sealing & painting over lead paint is an option. ECOBOND® is the only option on the market today that seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. Treat old walls with our patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula, then choose your new covering.

If opting to remove old paint, the dust created when extracting aged applications is specifically treated and rendered safe for elimination. It really is that simple. The treatment is not only good for you and your old walls, it is great for the environment.

We can restore the faith you once had in your old walls. Our patented formula is safe, cost-effective, and proven. Contact us for more information. If these old walls could speak, give them something new to talk about.

Investing in Tomorrow

The future of our children. It is a common theme. Teachers, politicians, and parents alike.
It’s all about the children...and rightly so!

The health and well-being of any child is no doubt important. Heavy emphasis in the interest of a child is an investment in the future of that particular individual as well as the future of a rising generation.

Sounds pretty deep.
Poor choices based on misinformation, misdirection, or a simple lack of knowledge are uncomfortably faced as time progresses. What was once acceptable a generation ago, is not always the case today.

Throughout the world, these choices are abundantly seen. So has the case been in Chicago, Illinois. A contaminated infrastructure is readily available and in use by its youngest population. The extensive use of lead-based paint throughout its history has forced the city to realize the impact it has had on children, especially those from impoverished areas of the city. While the debate for class is cautiously reserved for the pundits and politicians, there is no debate on the effects lead-based paint truly has upon those exposed to its application. It is no respecter of persons or their class.

Proximity contamination is unavoidable when lead-based paint is at the helm. Erosion will cause wear and tear to walls, forcing paint chips to scatter into playgrounds, seeping into soil, and sinking into drinking sources. Children will often sweep their hands across walls when walking from room to room. Simple things become cause for great alarm. When living within the realm of these possibilities, potential risk is always great.

There is a solution. ECOBOND® is that solution. Our product specifically reduces the risk presented by lead-based paint. ECOBOND® adheres to a variety of wall surfaces smoothly, effectively neutralizing the potential consequence the underlying lead-based application may impose. When lead paint is present, contamination is not question. It is an absolute. Take control with a proven product.

ECOBOND® is an investment in the life of a child. It is an investment in the future. Become a part of that investment. Contact us today to learn how.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Powercon Corp. settles hazardous waste violations at Severn, Md. facility

PHILADELPHIA (November 19, 2015) – Powercon Corporation has agreed to pay a $40,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its manufacturing facility in Severn, Md., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. As part of the settlement, Powercon has also implemented a recycling project that will significantly reduce its hazardous waste

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

If These Old Walls Could Speak| Investing in the Children of Tomorrow

kids-playing-inside-21769-hd-wallpapersIf these old walls could speak. So much they would remember. Many faces and memories. Stories of triumph and heartache. Old walls are dependable. They keep these stories to themselves. Like a mature friend, there at all times and ready to listen.

Walls never speak. The secrets they absorb are too numerous to count. These old walls will often hold a secret that, once exposed, will make anyone question their dependability. Ironically, the dependability and durability these walls offer is often provided by and deeply shrouded in a once popular lead-based application. The dangers of lead-based paint are no secret. If left untreated, old walls with this once-common covering impose hazards which can affect the health of any person exposed.

There is a way to restore that lost dependability. ECOBOND® serves to mediate this restoration.

When time is of the essence, our product removes the challenge of lead-based paint removal. With options to treat and leave on those once lead-filled applications, or to remove these applications completely, the power for how one manages their time is again within their hands. Sealing & painting over lead paint is an option. ECOBOND® is the only option on the market today that seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. Treat old walls with our patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula, then choose your new covering.

If opting to remove old paint, the dust created when extracting aged applications is specifically treated and rendered safe for elimination. It really is that simple. The treatment is not only good for you and your old walls, it is great for the environment.

We can restore the faith you once had in your old walls. Our patented formula is safe, cost-effective, and proven. Contact us for more information. If these old walls could speak, give them something new to talk about.

Investing in Tomorrow

The future of our children. It is a common theme. Teachers, politicians, and parents alike.
It’s all about the children...and rightly so!

The health and well-being of any child is no doubt important. Heavy emphasis in the interest of a child is an investment in the future of that particular individual as well as the future of a rising generation.

Sounds pretty deep.
Poor choices based on misinformation, misdirection, or a simple lack of knowledge are uncomfortably faced as time progresses. What was once acceptable a generation ago, is not always the case today.

Throughout the world, these choices are abundantly seen. So has the case been in Chicago, Illinois. A contaminated infrastructure is readily available and in use by its youngest population. The extensive use of lead-based paint throughout its history has forced the city to realize the impact it has had on children, especially those from impoverished areas of the city. While the debate for class is cautiously reserved for the pundits and politicians, there is no debate on the effects lead-based paint truly has upon those exposed to its application. It is no respecter of persons or their class.

Proximity contamination is unavoidable when lead-based paint is at the helm. Erosion will cause wear and tear to walls, forcing paint chips to scatter into playgrounds, seeping into soil, and sinking into drinking sources. Children will often sweep their hands across walls when walking from room to room. Simple things become cause for great alarm. When living within the realm of these possibilities, potential risk is always great.

There is a solution. ECOBOND® is that solution. Our product specifically reduces the risk presented by lead-based paint. ECOBOND® adheres to a variety of wall surfaces smoothly, effectively neutralizing the potential consequence the underlying lead-based application may impose. When lead paint is present, contamination is not question. It is an absolute. Take control with a proven product.

ECOBOND® is an investment in the life of a child. It is an investment in the future. Become a part of that investment. Contact us today to learn how.

If These Old Walls Could Speak| Investing in the Children of Tomorrow

Investing in Tomorrow

The future of our children. It is a common theme. Teachers, politicians, and parents alike. 
It’s all about the children...and rightly so!

The health and well-being of any child is no doubt important. Heavy emphasis in the interest of a child is an investment in the future of that particular individual as well as the future of a rising generation.

Sounds pretty deep. 
Poor choices based on misinformation, misdirection, or a simple lack of knowledge are uncomfortably faced as time progresses. What was once acceptable a generation ago, is not always the case today.

Throughout the world, these choices are abundantly seen. So has the case been in Chicago, Illinois. A contaminated infrastructure is readily available and in use by its youngest population. The extensive use of lead-based paint throughout its history has forced the city to realize the impact it has had on children, especially those from impoverished areas of the city. While the debate for class is cautiously reserved for the pundits and politicians, there is no debate on the effects lead-based paint truly has upon those exposed to its application. It is no respecter of persons or their class.

Proximity contamination is unavoidable when lead-based paint is at the helm. Erosion will cause wear and tear to walls, forcing paint chips to scatter into playgrounds, seeping into soil, and sinking into drinking sources. Children will often sweep their hands across walls when walking from room to room. Simple things become cause for great alarm. When living within the realm of these possibilities, potential risk is always great.

There is a solution. ECOBOND® is that solution. Our product specifically reduces the risk presented by lead-based paint. ECOBOND® adheres to a variety of wall surfaces smoothly, effectively neutralizing the potential consequence the underlying lead-based application may impose. When lead paint is present, contamination is not question. It is an absolute. Take control with a proven product.

ECOBOND® is an investment in the life of a child. It is an investment in the future. Become a part of that investment. Contact us today to learn how.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

$1.3 Million Awarded for Community-Based Projects To Improve Health and Ecosystem of Long Island Sound; $752,000 Awarded to Support Projects in New York

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Top federal and state environmental officials today announced 22 grants totaling more than $1.3 million to local government and community groups in New York and Connecticut to improve the health and ecosystem of Long Island Sound. The projects, which are funded through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, will open up 7 miles of river for passage of native fish and restore 180 acres of coastal habitat, including lakes, ponds, and grasslands

LEAD POISONING AT SHOOTING RANGES AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOIL REMEDIATION

Over time, lead and lead fragments from ammunition starts to build up in the soil in and around firing ranges. The lead-infected soil poses a danger to the environment and to humans. There is very little doubt that lead is a significant health threat to humans. Exposure to the heavy metal causes serious neurological problems, nausea, fatigue, organ damage, mental impairment and even death. Children are often the most at risk for adverse health effects from lead exposure due to their developing brains and neurological systems. 

The world health organization states that lead exposure is responsible for up to 143,000 deaths, and 600,000 new cases of children developing intellectual disabilities each year. Lead exposure can cause serious illness and disability, and can lead to severe law suits. One example of this is Jose and Guillermina Sierra, who paid 350,000 dollars each to take care of the lead problems in their housing units, but failed to alert their tenants that there were lead issues. Land owners who do not regularly test their land for possible hazards can also be held accountable by the law under your individual state law. Employers who find lead in their work space are required to disclose this information to their employees as well, under the OSHA (Occupational Safety Health Administration)

Approximately 40 million Americans enjoy frequenting shooting ranges. In 2010, NBC News reported that a 20 children and teens tested positive for lead poisoning after spending time at a Vancouver, Washington firing range. Studies conducted by the State of Alaska Epidemiology revealed that exposure to lead is the largest cause of lead poisoning in children aged 6 to 17. 

Owners of gun ranges are not only required to protect their customers from lead exposure but also their employees. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can inspect and levy fines against the firing range if it is determined that workers at the firing range have experienced lead exposure. Any time a gun range employee is found to have an elevated blood-lead level of 25 micrograms or higher, then OHSU will investigate the gun range and soil for lead contamination. If lead contamination is found, then OHSU may issue fines to the firing range. 

Environmental soil remediation is the professional cleanup of lead from soil. The process renders the area safe for adults and children. The lead-laced at the firing range is sifted for lead and treated with a patented process known as ECOBOND® which removes the lead from the soil. The clean, lead-free soil is then replaced. Please contact us today to learn about our patented ECOBOND® process. 


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

EPA settlement with NASA resolves environmental violations at Goddard Space Flight Center

PHILADELPHIA (November 10, 2015) –The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has agreed to pay a $50,660 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal environmental regulations at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Island, Va., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The settlement brings the Flight Center into compliance with environmental regulations that help protect communities and the environment from potential exposure to hazardous waste

Monday, 9 November 2015

EPA settles hazardous waste storage violations with former owners, operators of Reading, Pa. manufacturing facility

PHILADELPHIA (November 9, 2015) -- Baldwin Hardware Corp. and SBD Property Holdings, the former owners and operators of a hardware manufacturing plant in Reading, Pa., will pay a $420,000 penalty to settle alleged hazardous waste storage violations of regulations designed to protect public health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

EPA Settles With Anchorage Companies for Hazardous Waste Violations

(Seattle – November 4, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with UIC Roofing and UIC Construction in Anchorage, Alaska for alleged mishandling of hazardous waste in violation of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). “Improperly managing hazardous waste puts people and our environment at risk from exposure to harmful substances,” said Ed Kowalski, Director of EPA’s Pacific Northwest Office of Compliance and Enforcement

Friday, 30 October 2015

EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, Puerto Rico and ENLACE Agree to Work Together to Clean Up the Cano Martin Pena

(San Juan, PR.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Corporacion del Proyecto ENLACE del Cano Martin Penatoday signed an agreement to assist in the restoration of the ecosystem of the Martin Pena channel

Thursday, 29 October 2015

EPA Releases Lead Paint Demolition Report During Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Breaking News-lead paint issues solvedOctober 25 - 31 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

The hazards of lead paint are well known to ECOBOND®’s commercial and industrial customers: permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and kidneys, behavioral disorders, and even death. The EPA chose this week to issue its report on enforcement of federal regulations regarding Lead Paint Demolition over the last year. Those regulations, known as the Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Act ("RRP Rule") are designed to ensure the safety of owners of older homes as well as children in pre-1978 child-care centers.

RRP Rule violations during the fiscal year October 2014 through September 2015 resulted in 75 actions being settled. All violators were required to bring their renovations up to EPA standards. Most were required to pay a monetary penalty as well. In five of those cases the renovation contractor was assessed a hefty penalty in excess of $25,000! The biggest loser was the Garden Homes Management Corp. which paid a whopping $54,644 fine in addition to the expense of cleaning up its own mess. For more specifics on the report and the companies fined see the EPA website here. The EPA's report shows a heightened focus on the renovators of older construction. Approximately 2/3 of the violations settled were for failure to obtain appropriate EPA certification prior to commencement of repairs.

ECOBOND® is well versed in EPA requirements and your responsibilities as a lead-based paint renovator. Contact us to see how we can be the first step to putting you and your project on the right side of the law with our patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula

Lead-Based Paint Treatment

Lead-Based Paint Treatment

The hazards of lead paint are well known to ECOBOND®’s commercial and industrial customers: permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and kidneys, behavioral disorders, and even death.  The EPA chose this week to issue its report on enforcement of federal regulations regarding Lead Paint Demolition over the last year.   Those regulations, known as the Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Act ("RRP Rule") are designed to ensure the safety of owners of older homes as well as children in pre-1978 child-care centers. 

RRP Rule violations during the fiscal year October 2014 through September 2015 resulted in 75 actions being settled.  All violators were required to bring their renovations up to EPA standards.  Most were required to pay a monetary penalty as well.   In five of those cases the renovation contractor was assessed a hefty penalty in excess of $25,000!  The biggest loser was the Garden Homes Management Corp. which paid a whopping $54,644 fine in addition to the expense of cleaning up its own mess.  For more specifics on the report and the companies fined see the EPA website here. The EPA's report shows a heightened focus on the renovators of older construction.  Approximately 2/3 of the violations settled were for failure to obtain appropriate EPA certification prior to commencement of repairs. 

ECOBOND® is well versed in EPA requirements and your responsibilities as a lead-based paint renovator.   Contact us to see how we can be the first step to putting you and your project on the right side of the law with our patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula

On site Soil remediation technique

Anyone beginning the process must know which type is appropriate. Given the situation, in-situ or ex-situ treatment and remediation may make the most sense.

1. In-situ bioremediation: In this process, the bioremediation takes place in the subsurface like the groundwater or soil. Some advantages of this type are lower costs, total elimination of the contaminants, and lower risk factor to those around it. This is also less invasive with limited human involvement. That said, the surrounding environment can impact the ability to transform the hazardous materials, and it hast to be monitored closely and consistently.

2. Ex-situ bioremediation: An alternative to in-situ, this process puts the tainted soil in above-ground treatment area and eliminates contaminants using the indigenous microbial population. The result is ideally water and carbon dioxide. Oxygen is a very important part of this process as it is key to the growth of the good bacteria, so the excavation methods are therefore that much more important. This method has proven time and again to be effective but is not as versatile as it may not work on certain metals and soils.

Friday, 23 October 2015

EPA Region 7 Urges Parents, Teachers and Press to Spread Message of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 25-31

Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Oct. 23, 2015) - United behind a theme of “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” EPA Region 7 is urging parents, teachers and news media representatives to join federal, state and local health and environmental agencies in spreading the message of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 25-31. While lead poisoning is a health issue that can affect persons of any age, young children are most at risk

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Lead Paint-A Risky Past

riding bikeWe read the humor of days gone by when people survived riding bikes without helmets, eating cupcakes filled with real butter, drinking water from garden hoses, and living in homes filled with lead paint.

What we don't know won't hurt us. Too often this is proven untrue.

Why lead paint? Ask a millennial and they most likely are unaware of what could be lurking on the walls in grandmother's dining room. Prior to the late 1970's, lead was an additive used in paint within the United States and other countries. Its inclusion decreased drying time, increased durability, and increased the life overall of the paint application.

As awareness of the dangers of lead paint grew, so did the myriad of lead paint removal products. If consistency truly is the key, then ECOBOND® has continued with that consistency. Adherence to a passion, vision, and a mission for protecting the environment and human health, while offering a product that is both valuable and effective is the foundation to who we are and why we continue.

There is no worth in the risk it takes to continue living in an environment filled with potential health ramifications. EcoBond® reduces that risk. We offer a proven and effective treatment to walls once coated with lead-based paint.

If risk is truly what you are after, consider a weekend sky-diving getaway or perhaps indulge on a butter-filled pastry. Your well-being and health and the health of those you care for are never worth the risk.

Sealing and Painting Over Lead Paint: The Alternative to Costly Remediation

Lead paint poses a danger to everyone, but even more so to growing children. Their tendency to put their hands in their mouths, chew on window sills or even eat flakes of paint leaves them vulnerable to any paint containing lead. When exposed, children can experience mental and physical delays in their growth, have behavioral issues and have a reduced IQ. Exposure to extremely elevated levels is often fatal.

In structures built before 1978 it is almost certain there is some lead paint. If the paint is in good condition, there is very little risk. Unfortunately when it does begin chipping or flaking, it is a hazard. Removal has previously been expensive and inconvenient, as even the dust particulates are a risk, but this is no longer the case.

Products are now available that actually treat the lead in lead-based paint, and they are revolutionizing the lead remediation industry. When applied over any surface containing lead paint, they bond with the paint, neutralizing the lead.

Sealing & Painting over lead paint with a product like ECOBOND® is an affordable way to make any space safe without extreme measures. This specially patented formula creates a new compound when applied so it cannot be inhaled or absorbed into the system. By tinting and applying just like paint, it will provide a quick solution in any office, home or daycare. It can also be applied to any surface before removing the lead paint to eliminate any risk from dust.

There is no longer a need to restrict access to certain rooms or hire an expensive remediation crew to remove lead paint.

To find out more about ECOBOND® products and the benefits they provide, contact us for answers to any of your questions.

Lead Paint-A Risky Past

Lead Paint-A Risky Past

We read the humor of days gone by when people survived riding bikes without helmets, eating cupcakes filled with real butter, drinking water from garden hoses, and living in homes filled with lead paint.

What we don't know won't hurt us.  Too often this is proven untrue.  

Why lead paint?  Ask a millennial and they most likely are unaware of what could be lurking on the walls in grandmother's dining room.  Prior to the late 1970's,lead was an additive used in paint within the United States and other countries.  Its inclusion decreased drying time, increased durability, and increased the life overall of the paint application.

As awareness of the dangers of lead paint grew, so did the myriad of lead paint removal products. If consistency truly is the key, then ECOBOND® has continued with that consistency. Adherence to a passion, vision, and a mission for protecting the environment and human health, while offering a product that is both valuable and effective is the foundation to who we are and why we continue.

PROTECTING WET LANDS AND WATER BODIES FROM SHOOTING RANGE ACTIVITIES IS A GOOD INVESTMENT

The effect of lead poisoning to humans, animals and the environment is well documented and costly.  Protecting wet lands and water bodies from shooting range activities is a good investment because it saves lives, the environment and many dollars in the long run. Lead contamination of water and wet lands can come either from direct shooting over the area or via drain-off near the shooting range.  Animals, such as birds, mistake the shot for food and ingest it.  This directly introduces the lead into the food chain. 

The effect of lead on animals has been devastating. Frogs and other amphibians are often first to exhibit symptoms due to the permeable nature of their skin.  Malformations, illness and death are often seen in lead exposed amphibians.  When lead is present in their environment, birds develop "drooping wings", digestive or neurological issues.

In some cases, the lead can fall into the sediment and over time, seep into the ground water supply.  MT2 utilizes their proprietary lead treatment technology called ECOBOND® to protect the sensitive natural environment to free lead from sediments in wetlands around firing ranges.


 

The Investment Is Worth It

The toll on the environment and wildlife alone are well worth the investment.  However, not cleaning it up can cost a fortune.  A recent lawsuit in Illinois against a gun club for lead contamination of a creek could have cost $18 million in fees.  MT2 can save up to 30%-50% on the cost of the abatement project.  The investment in an MT2 lead abatement project is a much wiser choice than the alternative of EPA fees, legal fees and long-term health costs for people exposed to lead. 

Protecting Wet Lands and Water Bodies from Shooting Range Activities Through a Lead Reclamation Process

There is very little doubt that the lead produced by firing ranges is valuable. The average firing range uses 25,000 to 500,000 pounds of lead. Unfortunately, owners of firing ranges located near wetlands and water bodies often mistakenly believe that the valuable lead is un-retrievable.  MT2, the nation's #1 firing range maintenance & lead reclamation company, has recently proven this is a not true. MT2 takes protecting wet lands and water bodies from shooting range activities seriously. They have a patented a technique to retrieve the lead without harming the eco-system of the water bodies and surrounding fauna. 

ECOBOND® Donates 5 Gallons of Their Patented Lead Paint Treatment Technology to the Colorado Lead Coalition in honor of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

ECOBOND®, is the premier lead paint solution used to seal and treat lead paint in a Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® 1-step process.

Arvada, Colorado – October 21, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established October 25-31, 2015 as National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The CDC reports: “Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which CDC, recommends public health actions be initiated. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CDC are committed to eliminating this burden to public health.”

The team at ECOBOND® concurs with the commitment that HHS and CDC are promoting and aligned with the Colorado Lead Coalition who works to reduce childhood lead poisoning in Colorado. The coalition is made up of federal, state and local organizations, both public and private. The coalition works with any group interested in helping to address lead poisoning-related issues in the state.

“We are passionate about restoring our environment and protecting people from the hazards of lead with our patented ECOBOND® lead paint removal technology” stated James Barthel, President and creator of ECOBOND®. “We encourage anyone beginning a paint project in older homes to make sure to have the work area tested before beginning. This also applies to industrial projects where protecting the workers comes into play. It is for this reason that we are pleased to donate a 5 gallon container of ECOBOND®, our patented lead paint treatment technology, to help out local Colorado families.”

With over 14 years in patented and proven lead treatment products serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally, ECOBOND® is the premier lead paint solution and is the only lead paint solution on the market that seals and treats lead dust and lead in paint.

To learn more visit www.ecobondlbp.com

Media Contact
James Barthel, President
14045 W 66th Ave
Arvada, CO 80004
(303) 456-6977
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Organizations in R.I., Conn. and Mass. Awarded Funding for Environmental Work in Area Communities

BOSTON – Four non-profit organizations in New England were awarded a total of $120,000 by the US Environmental Protection Agency to address local health and environmental issues in minority and low-income communities, which face more than their fair share of pollution. The New England grant winners – two in Massachusetts, one in Rhode Island and one in Connecticut - were among 44 organizations nationwide given nearly $1.3 million to address environmental justice issues nationwide

Friday, 9 October 2015

Top Lead Paint Removal Product for Home Owners and Contractors

Store-Lead Based Paint productsThe law for lead-based paint differs throughout states, but older industrial buildings built before 1978 are likely to contain lead-based paint. Make sure your industrial projects for lead paint removal are RCRA ERA compliant to avoid fines and penalties. When painting you'll want to have a faster way of applying paint whether rolling or spraying, an affordable paint, a professional look, and overall you want a paint that will get the job done with the patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula!

In addition to painting contracts, having a lead-based paint that can pass assessment, inspection, standards will help reassure your time and money spent for the job. An economical safe paint is important, and the EPA has taken higher measures to prevent health hazards with a lead paint abatement course.

Painting contractors have a lot of competition during warmer weather and having the best paint that will apply on smooth without problems helps reduce time and error. ECOBOND® Hybrid and ECOBOND® LBP Standard are two paints that offer the best solution and here's why.

ECOBOND® Hybrid

Industries want the professional paint look, and the ECOBOND® Hybrid gives a smooth finish look when applying paint on difficult surfaces. It's a good bonding primer, and it is a tan base paint.

ECOBOND® LBP Standard

For fire-resistant primer paint, we recommend using ECOBOND® LBP Standard. You can apply it to the surface with a brush, roller, or sprayer in an easy Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula… but if covering a wide area, we recommend using the sprayer. ECOBOND® products will typically pass the RCRA TCLP test as non-hazardous for removal.
ECOBOND® has the painting products for your current or future:

  • Industrial projects
  • Remodeling projects
  • Demolition projects
  • Renovation projects

With a rise DIY projects, removing lead paint is something that many home owners are becoming more aware of. In previous years, it was recommended that home owners hire professional companies to take care of the sealing, treatment, and removal of any lead paint.

Today, home owners and residential contractors alike can manage removal with our top lead paint removal products

Residential

Did you know that lead poisoning is the #1 health hazard to children under the age of seven? We strive to provide homeowners with the best tools for the job of removing lead paint from their homes, all while keeping their families safe.

ECOBOND®® LBP is proven to seal and treat the hazards of lead. It's patented specialty coating ensures ease of use while being safe for the environment of your home and family.

Commercial

A recent study following US EPA testing methods found ECOBOND®'s 10 years of experience in sealing and treating lead paint hazards to be applicable under a multitude of uses. Whether you are planning a demolition or a renovation, ECOBOND® is the right tool for the job.

With our multi-use formula, contractors have found the ability to complete more jobs and win more bids, allowing for their own businesses to grow. Additionally, we offer the lowest cost lead paint treatment available.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you are a residential home owner or a contractor looking to improve their business, contact us now. We are always happy to speak to the efficacy of ECOBOND®, or answer any questions you may have about how our products can meet your lead paint removal needs.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

EPA Inspections Reveal Hazardous Waste Violations at University of Missouri-Kansas City Campus

Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Oct. 6, 2015) - EPA Region 7 compliance evaluation inspections of the University of Missouri-Kansas City's (UMKC) Volker Campus and Dental School in Kansas City, Mo., revealed violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) related to the storage and handling of hazardous waste

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

EPA Settles Major Air Pollution Case with CEMEX de Puerto Rico, Inc.

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that CEMEX de Puerto Rico, Inc., a major cement producer, will spend an estimated $1.7 million on pollution controls that will reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides, pollutants that can lead to respiratory illnesses, including asthma. In addition, the company will pay a $160,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations

EPA Finalizes Changes to Cleanup Plan at Olean Well Field Site - AVX Property in Olean, NY

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its changes to a cleanup plan originally issued in 1996 to address soil and groundwater at the AVX property at the Olean Well Field Superfund Site in Cattaraugus County, Olean, NY

Friday, 2 October 2015

EPA, State of Hawaii negotiate final settlement with U.S. Navy to upgrade Red Hill storage tanks

After extensive public comment, Navy agrees to additional protective measures HONOLULU – Following a 50 day public comment period, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) announced the final agreement with the U.S. Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) that requires the military to take immediate and long-term steps to minimize the threat of future leaks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility near Pearl Harbor, Oahu

EPA and DuPont Reach Major Settlement After Fatal Chemical Explosion in Tonawanda, N.Y.

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. (DuPont) has agreed to pay a fine of $724,000 in settlement of Clean Air Act violations relating to a fire and explosion at its chemical plant in Tonawanda, N.Y. In the settlement, DuPont will spend $112,000 to purchase vapor and radiation detection equipment for the local fire department and to pay for training

Major Fertilizer Producer Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC to Ensure Proper Handling, Storage and Disposal of 60 Billion Pounds of Hazardous Waste / Manufacturer committing close to $2 billion in funding to address environmental impacts from fertilizer production

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC that will ensure the proper treatment, storage, and disposal of an estimated 60 billion pounds of hazardous waste at six Mosaic facilities in Florida and two in Louisiana

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Municipality of Isabela Agrees to Environmental Improvements at Landfill; Settlement with EPA Sets Timetable for Landfill’s Closure and Launches Recycling Program

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Municipality of Isabela, Puerto Rico, have reached a legal agreement that will result in upgrades at the Isabela Municipal Solid Waste Landfill, and a plan to permanently close the landfill by June 2020. Isabela will also implement a recycling and composting program

EPA Proposes the Addition of Sites in Atlantic, Iowa, and Norfolk, Nebraska, to Superfund’s National Priorities List

Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Sept. 28, 2015) - EPA is proposing to add two environmentally contaminated sites in Region 7 – the PCE Former Dry Cleaner Site in Atlantic, Iowa, and the Iowa-Nebraska Light & Power Company Site in Norfolk, Neb. – to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL), potentially making both sites eligible for long-term cleanup funding

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Industrial Projects for Lead Paint Removal: Air Quality, Soil Migration Concerns

Lead Paint pressureFeeling pressure regarding air quality compliance or soil migration regulations? Demolition and industrial contractors run into many problems when removing lead paint on their projects.

Quick and Reasonable Solution for Lead Paint Removal

More and more often, demolition companies are finding ECOBOND® a safe, reasonable solution for industrial projects for lead paint removal. ECOBOND® seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint, rendering it non-hazardous for disposal. (Interested in sizing up lead and lead dust particle sizes? See Engineering Toolbox's recently-updated chart.) Also, because it is a Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® application, its use reduces project timelines and helps families (and businesses) get back into their properties sooner, and safer.

A growing number of demolition experts and project managers use ECOBOND® in their lead paint removal projects. For one reason, it is a safe and accepted industry solution that's relatively simple to use. Another reason is that it complies with Resource Recovery and Conservation Act (RCRA) EPA requirements regarding lead airborne particulates. Obviously, compliance is not optional - and it is the responsibility of the demolition company. Prior to blasting in your containment system, treating items with ECOBOND® solves several problems. Such a treatment provides worker and vicinity residential safety, reduces airborne lead dust particulates and at the same time seals lead and lead paint dust, rendering it non-hazardous for disposal.

Before blasting or scraping, using ECOBOND® helps ensure Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procures (TCLP) will meet using EPA-approved test levels and methods. (For more on EPA's TCLP requirements, see the EPA's website.)

Economical and Safe

In addition to being easy to use, ECOBOND® is far less expensive than paint strippers and encapsulants. Its average coverage area is essentially the same as regular latex paint,* and yet is only slightly higher in cost.

This multi-use lead paint treatment can be used to seal and treat lead dust and lead in lead paint. Because it can be applied as a Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® application primer, or even more efficiently, used as a tintable paint, it is also a very convenient solution.

Resource for Lead Paint Demolition, Disposal Questions

If you have questions about the process of working with clients or municipalities regarding demolition or lead paint removal projects, contact us - we have the experience to help you do the job, minimize risk to your workers, and satisfy necessary compliance requirements.

*Regular latex paint is not formulated for sealing or treating lead paint

Lead Paint Demolition: Protect Your Workers & Your Business

While lead paint removal projects are usually undertaken with the best intentions, and everyone's focus is on the health and safety of the residents and workers at the project site, unfortunately, things can go wrong.

Let's be blunt: lead paint removal isn't the easiest job.

Avoid Fines to Protect Your Business, Your Workers, Your Clients

Successful lead paint demolition projects require a balance of components: trained workers, top-notch removal and remediation products, the proper use of those products, and careful work habits. Falling short can mean doing an incomplete job, and that can lead to additional health issues for workers and clients.

In such cases, companies can be fined due to poor compliance. Few demolition contracting companies can afford to pay such fines without severe consequences to the business - not to mention potential health risks to workers and those living in or near the job site.

Education, Proper Product Selection & Usage

ECOBOND®, serving lead paint demolition professionals for more than 10 years, has seen its unique products used in both industrial and commercial industries to successfully treat more than a million tons of contaminated materials.

While effectiveness and compliance are the primary drivers when contractors select ECOBOND® products, many also say that the relative ease of use factors into their product choice. They also consider the fact that ECOBOND® allows a contractor to save time and win more bids, thereby limiting exposure to potentially dangerous lead particles for workers and area residents.

Lead Paint Demolition Questions Answered

Demolition and removal projects can be difficult, and each one has a unique combination of challenges. Whether you have questions about product application, interim control, or compliance best practices, you can ask the experienced ECOBOND® staff.

Contact us weekdays by phone at 888-520-7132, or by email anytime.

EPA Proposes New Protections for International Hazardous Waste Shipments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing enhancements to the oversight of hazardous waste shipments to help ensure safe management of imported and exported hazardous wastes. “When hazardous waste is shipped across multiple countries there can be a higher risk of mismanagement from unsafe transport, recycling and disposal practices,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Signs Legal Agreement with EPA and U.S. Department of Justice to Reduce Air Pollution at Two Power Plants

(WASHINGTON) Under an agreement announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (VIWAPA) will come into compliance with the federal Clean Air Act at its Krum Bay facility on St. Thomas and Cruz Bay facility on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands