Day: January 27, 2017

Evaluating Risk of Existing Chemicals under TSCA

Under TSCA EPA is now required to evaluate existing chemicals to determine whether they “present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.”  Under the conditions of use for each chemical, EPA will assess the hazard(s), exposure(s), and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations(s) the Agency plans to consider. This information will be used to make a final determination as to whether the chemical presents an unreasonable risk.

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List of AltGov Twitter accounts

Tara Calishain of ResearchBuzz has compiled a Twitter list of over 70 “alt” federal government Twitter accounts. If you have additions or corrections, direct message her on Twitter at @ResearchBuzz.

Note that Twitter lists display as broken links on mobile devices. If you want to peruse the list, you’ll need to do it from a desktop.

‘It’s A Big One’: Iowa Pipeline Leaks Nearly 140,000 Gallons Of Diesel

Read the full story at NPR.

An underground pipeline that runs through multiple Midwestern states has leaked an estimated 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel, according to the company that owns it, Magellan Midstream Partners.

Al Gore Revives Climate Summit The CDC Abruptly Canceled

Read the full story in the Huffington Post.

Former Vice President Al Gore is hosting his own climate change summit after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly canceled the one it had been planning for months.

Measuring and Reducing Food Loss and Waste

Read the full story in Food Technology.

Since the adoption in September 2015 of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, food businesses are increasingly engaged in food loss and waste reduction, with impressive achievements.

On the international level, Lipinski et al. (2016) reported on the progress of Champions 12.3—a cross-sectoral coalition of nearly 40 leaders around the world dedicated to achieving SDG Target 12.3, which calls for halving per capita global food waste and reducing food losses along production and supply chains by 2030. They provided examples of waste reduction accomplishments and detailed what more is needed. They highlighted approaches to reducing food loss and waste across the production-to-consumption food system and identified the following for processing and packaging: reengineering manufacturing processes; improving supply chain management; improving packaging to keep food fresher longer, optimize portion size, and gauge safety; and reprocessing or repackaging food that does not meet specifications.

Floating towards water treatment

Read the full story from the American Society of Agronomy.

Floating wetlands may seem odd but are perfectly natural. They occur when mats of vegetation break free from the shore of a body of water. That got ecological engineers curious about how they affect the water they bob up and down in.

A group from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania and the University of Oklahoma, including researcher William Strosnider, has found that the floating wetlands show promise for water treatment. They engineered four different floating treatment wetlands designs using different materials and wetland plants.

Will Donald Trump’s Climate Team Accept Any Social Cost of Carbon?

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

The nation’s top science panel has just sketched a clearer way to set a fair price today for cutting tomorrow’s climate risks. Some of Trump’s advisers say the price should be zero.

The Continent That Contributes The Most To E-Waste Is…

Read the full story from NPR.

While the world becomes more wired through laptops, tablets and mobile phones, a mountain of electronic waste — or e-waste — is also growing. The greatest contributor to that stock of e-waste is Asia, according to a report published last week from United Nations University.

EPA to Hold Public Meeting on Collecting Chemical Use Information

On February 14th, EPA will hold a public meeting to receive public input and information on uses and conditions of use for the initial ten chemicals to be evaluated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Information on uses and the conditions of use will assist EPA in identifying potential exposure scenarios for the ten chemicals.

The meeting will be held on February 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Polaris Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004.

To participate, please register online at The meeting will also be available by remote access for registered participants. EPA has also established public dockets for those who wish to submit information. Written comments and materials will also be accepted and should be submitted before March 1, 2017.

For additional information, including links to the public dockets, please visit

Turning Trash Into Treasure

Read the full story in Food Technology Magazine.

To solve the problem of food waste, start thinking differently about the challenges it presents.

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