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