Wednesday, 27 January 2016

2016 SHOT Show Product Spotlight: MT2 Firing Range Lead Recovery

SHOT Show Product Spotlight: Rachel Kopczyk visits MT2 at booth #4041. MT2 is a leading firing range maintenance, gun range lead recovery and environmental remediation service provider. 

For more, be sure to visit the MT2 website at http://www.mt2.com/

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MT2 is the nation's leading provider of firing range environmental services. We have served over 1,000 indoor, outdoor, public and private firing ranges nationwide, since our inception in the year 2000. Since that time, MT2 has removed 11,000,000 pounds of lead from the environment at firing ranges returning over $4,000,000 back to range owners from the lead we have recovered. MT2 provides Firing Range Services at the best value at lowest risk to range owners.

MT2 is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Lead Reclamation Contractor for BOTH Indoor & Outdoor Firing Ranges specializing in:

Lead Reclamation

Complete range maintenance services

OSHA & Environmental Consulting

Operational Maintenance

Range Closure

We also employ patented and proprietary ECOBOND® technology, which is a unique solution to alleviate generating hazardous lead waste, and this also provides a savings to our customers in time and money.

MT2's services are proven to comply with all federal, state and local regulations as well as NRA Best Management practices for firing ranges. They provide protection and safety for range users, range workers, range owners and operators, as well as the surrounding community and the environment. 

MT2 focuses on safety and compliance with all regulations, as well as mitigating project risks and potential liabilities to the range owner. We maintain an industry-leading insurance package including $8,000,000 worth of pollution liability insurance focused specifically on lead to further protect our customers. This protects them at the time we do the work, and for years to come.

In summary, range owners should know that firing range lead presents a potential significant human health and environmental risk, as well as potential risks and liabilities to the range owners. These hazards are addressed by performing regular range maintenance that is mandated by the US EPA, and the work is subject to oversight and regulation by OSHA.

As an industry leader, MT2 can complete the job in full compliance to all regulations and we have over 15 years experience. We are well established, well financed and fully insured to provide our companies' best value and peace of mind for range and environmental services, today and for years to come. 

An Industry Report 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: www.FiringRangeCleanupReport.com

MT2 can help your Firing Range with:

Gun Range Cleaning

Gun Range lead cleanup

Gun range lead removal

Shooting Range cleanup

Shooting Range Remediation

Firing Range cleaning

Firing Range Services

Lead reclamation

Lead shot reclamation

Firing Range Reclamation

Firing Range lead cleanup

Firing Range Maintenance and Lead Reclamation

Environmental Remediation

Soil Remediation

Contaminated Soil Remediation

On site soil remediation

Lead Remediation

Lead Recovery

Lead Shot Recovery

in-situ treatment and remediation

Granulated rubber

Granulated rubber trap

Indoor Rubber bullet trap

Indoor Gun Range Cleaning 

Indoor Gun Range lead cleanup

Indoor Gun range lead removal

Indoor Shooting Range cleanup

Indoor Shooting Range Remediation

Indoor Firing Range Services

Monday, 25 January 2016

EPA Analysis Shows 2014 Increase of Toxic Chemical Releases in Vermont

BOSTON – EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2014. In Vermont, the reporting data show that overall releases of pollutants to the environment increased since the previous reporting year (2013). TRI information is a key part of EPA’s efforts to provide greater access to environmental information and get information to the public as quickly as possible

Friday, 22 January 2016

EPA Urges Caution with Flood Renovation Activities Involving Lead Paint

Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Jan. 22, 2016) - As communities across Missouri continue to recover from recent flooding, EPA Region 7 recommends children and pregnant women keep away from work that could disturb lead-based paint. The Agency also urges persons working on construction surfaces that may contain lead-based paint to take precautions to prevent the spread of lead-contaminated dust, which is the most significant source of lead exposure for children

Thursday, 21 January 2016

2:00 PM EST: EPA to Hold 2014 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis Press Call

WASHINGTON - Today at 2:00 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a press call and webinar to discuss the 2014 Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis. TRI data are submitted annually to EPA, states, and tribes by facilities in industry sectors such as manufacturing, metal mining, electric utilities, and commercial hazardous waste

The Flint Water Emergency: A 2016 Crisis of Proximity Contamination

The Flint Water Emergency-A 2016 CrisisOn January 16, President Obama declared the city of Flint, Michigan a state of emergency. The crisis began nearly two years ago, when the city decided to change water sources from the great Lake Huron to the notoriously polluted Flint River.

According to a class action lawsuit filed in November 2015, the state Department of Environmental Quality failed to treat the Flint River water with an anti-corrosive agent. This neglect, which was in violation of federal law, caused erosion in the iron water mains. Community members are said to "have experienced serious and in some cases life threatening and irreversible bodily injury; (incurring) substantial economic losses in the nature of medical expenses, lost wages; ...and non-economic damages in the nature of pain and suffering, embarrassment, outrage, mental anguish, fear and mortification, and stress related physical symptoms such as sleepiness, gastrointestinal discomfort, neuropathy and similar symptoms."

The National Guard was called in to help distribute water from resource centers. Celebrities have begun to chime in, like Michigan native, director Michael Moore, and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, who each dubbed Flint a "crime scene." Cher teamed up with Icelandic Glacial and donated 180,000 bottles of water.

Although the use of lead paint was mainly discontinued after 1978, lead poisoning, long thought to have run its course in America's society, is still relevant today. The outrage of the Flint community is entirely justified, being that lead poisoning can be prevented on many levels. Beyond the leaching of rusty pipes, proximity contamination is spread through methods such as sanding, scraping or blasting, resulting in lead dust and paint chips becoming activated in air, soil and water.

With over 15 years of proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products has been extensively used throughout the US and internationally in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material.

Proximity contamination sounds like it affects the immediate area surrounding a building or demolition site. It sounds like a problem that's limited and can be contained. But unfortunately, Flint, Michigan is the latest example of how far-reaching the effects of lead can be.

Lead in the Water

The problem of increased lead exposure in children throughout Flint can apparently be traced to a change the city made in 2014, when it stopped relying on Detroit for its drinking water and began drawing water from the Flint River.

A medical study released in September 2015 showed that after the change to the city's source of drinking, the proportion of infants and children with above-average levels of lead in their blood had nearly doubled.

Within about a month, the city made arrangements to return to Detroit as the source of its drinking water. And on December 14, 2015, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency, say the city was facing a "manmade disaster."

Lead Liabilities

Not surprisingly, at least one class-action lawsuit was filed earlier this fall. It is among the latest reminders that lead cleanup and mitigation is one of many things in life that needs to be done right the first time.

Lead poisoning is a real, if easy to ignore, danger. While it can be easy to overlook the danger, it is impossible to deny the consequences, and unfortunately, they are serious and long-lasting.

The news from Flint reminds us of the importance of what we do. We are passionate about protecting the environment and people, especially children, from lead hazards and believe - in spite of this news - that someday the prevalence of lead poisoning around the world will be but a memory.

Is Lead Paint Putting Your Children at Risk?

While many people will say that parents today are too overprotective, there is one common concern that is completely valid: proximity contamination from lead paint. Countless studies have shown that lead increases the risk of cancer, causes respiratory problems in children, and may even cause birth defects. Lead is seldom used today in toys, but many houses, businesses, and even playground equipment dating back to the 1970's used lead-based paint. This lead runs the risk of entering people's lungs, or even into local crop and water supplies.

Many homeowners have taken to having lead paint removed from their property. At an average cost of $15 per square foot, this can come to as much as $10,000 for the typical house. A common alternative to removal is to paint over the lead-covered surfaces with latex-based paint. This, unfortunately, does not seal the lead well enough to prevent proximity contamination by wind or rainfall, and airborne particles can still escape. What actually does work, is the paint by EcoBond LBP. Our paint is specially formulated to seal lead-based paint, preventing proximity contamination. We have been proven effective, and our paint is a cost-effective alternative to removal. Government contractors, industrial firms, and residential builders all enjoy our products.

Whether you are a homeowner or building contractor, if you are considering a lead cleanup or remediation project, please contact us with your questions

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Lead Paint Demolition Considerations in Bridge Repair

judge lawCongress finally passed a long-term surface transportation financing bill and the President signed it into law. It's been a long time coming; there has been no new legislation to fund the construction of new transportation or repair and upgrade of old infrastructure in over 10 years.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 Infrastructure Report Card states that 1 in 9 of our nations bridges are structurally deficient, and over 65,000 of them are at least 70 years old.

These bridges typically have an undercoat of lead-based paint (LBP) that is routinely painted over with latex or a moisture-cured urethane (MCU) overcoat. These applications cover the lead but do not render it safe.

The Electronic Library of Construction Occupation Health and Safety details the hazards of repair and demolition of bridges when LBP is present. Strict adherence to protocol is required to avoid lead poisoning on the job.

As America moves forward with the much-needed repair or replacement of these deficient structures, this lead based paint will be a major health and safety issue.

ECOBOND® LBP is a safe, economical method to coat the LBP for safe removal. The patented formula chemically converts the lead and stabilizes it, rendering it safe for demolition. It's patented softeners and penetrators provide exceptional adherence and reduces lead hazard by up to 95%.

When ECOBOND® LBP is used properly, removed and collected solid waste can typically be disposed of as non-hazardous for lead. This will result in a major savings of time and money over standard hazardous disposal fees.

ECOBOND® LBP is an easy-to-use and economical solution to the LBP hazards associated with steel bridge repair and retrofit. Contact us to learn how we can save you time and money.

PROTECTING POLICE OFFICERS FROM LEAD IN LAW ENFORCEMENT FIRING RANGES

TSA Requires Ranges Provide Proof of Lead Safety

If your gun range wants to host Federal Air Marshals or other federal employees seeking training and certification, you'd better be able to provide proof that your facility is not contaminated with lead or threatening your employees with unsafe levels of workplace lead exposure.

Lead, a potential neurotoxin that can cause brain and organ damage, is present in bullets and, to an even greater extent, in training-only rounds that are often used on ranges. After being shot, the rounds release dust that contains lead into the air, where those present can breathe it in. Proper ventilation and cleaning procedures are a must to minimize exposure to shooters.

Because it also settles on the ground and throughout the facility, workers in gun ranges must take special precautions to avoid getting lead dust in their clothing or possessions.

Now, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has determined that ranges hosting its employees must be certified free of dangerous lead levels. Most federal air marshals must engage in regular training every three to four months. Some of the facilities that they were training in had dangerous levels of lead present, and instructors had high lead levels in their blood.

Language in TSA's 2015 proposals for gun training facilities states, "The range must comply with applicable, local, state and federal regulations, including but not limited to, lead exposure. Vendor MUST submit its most recent certification of lead exposure testing and/or its most current OSHA compliance certificate/letter and air sample for lead with submission of proposal."

To comply with federal regulations, indoor and outdoor gun ranges must prove they have been tested by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and found to have levels of lead below the minimum safety requirement.

That means that ranges seeking federal contracts -- as well as those seeking to maintain low levels of lead overall -- should partner with an environmental firing range service provider like MT2.

MT2 is the Nation’s leading provider of environmental firing range services in the US and has served approximately 1,000 public and private firing ranges nationwide since 2000. MT2’s firing range services include complete range maintenance, improvements and lead remediation services. In the past year alone, MT2 has completed firing range clean-ups for law enforcement agencies such as NYPD, Denver, Richmond, Duluth, Concord and US Border Patrol.

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. MT2’s patented ECOBOND® lead treatment technology provides a unique solution eliminating the need to generate hazardous waste, saving money and protecting the environment.

Contact us for more information about our services in removing unsafe levels of lead from your ground and recycling it properly.

Lead Paint Demolition Considerations in Bridge Repair

As America moves forward with the much-needed repair or replacement of these deficient structures, this lead based paint will be a major health and safety issue.

ECOBOND® LBP is a safe, economical method to coat the LBP for safe removal.  The patented formula chemically converts the lead and stabilizes it, rendering it safe for demolition.  It's patented softeners and penetrators provide exceptional adherence and reduces lead hazard by up to 95%.

When ECOBOND® LBP is used properly, removed and collected solid waste can typically be disposed of as non-hazardous for lead.  This will result in a major savings of time and money over standard hazardous disposal fees.

ECOBOND® LBP is an easy-to-use and economical solution to the LBP hazards associated with steel bridge repair and retrofit.  Contact us to learn how we can save you time and money.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Settlement Ensures Better Protection for Community of Cranston, Rhode Island

BOSTON – The community around a Cranston, R.I. freight service center that stores damaged containers of products that may contain hazardous chemicals will be safer as the result of a settlement between the company and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Con-way Freight has agreed to pay a penalty of $42,900 to settle EPA claims that it allegedly violated hazardous waste laws at its facility at 15 Southern Industrial Road in Cranston

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Nominations Open for EPA’s Annual Environmental Merit Awards in New England - Due by Feb. 12

BOSTON – EPA is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Environmental Merit Awards, which will recognize environmental achievements during the past year. Award categories are available for individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and other organizations. Awards are also given under a lifetime achievement category. These regional awards have been given out annually since EPA was created in 1970