Day: May 19, 2020

“We don’t know what else is out there.” Five ways new diseases emerge — and what we can do about them

Read the full story at Ensia.

From forests and farms to our own back yards, there’s a lot we can do to reduce future risks of pandemic outbreaks

New Reporting Procedure For Co-Manufacturers Under TSCA CDR Rule May Catch Certain Manufacturers Off Guard

Read the full story at the BRAG Biobased Products Blog.

One of several changes to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule, issued in final on April 9, 2020, is that in the 2020 cycle, EPA has changed the way that toll manufacturing must be reported. In this cycle, EPA will not accept reporting from only the contracting manufacturer in situations where a company contracts with another company (i.e., a toll manufacturer) for the production of chemicals. As in years’ past, EPA states in its final rule that if no report is filed, both the contracting and producing companies will be held liable if no reporting occurs. Under past CDR cycles, EPA would accept reporting from either the contracting manufacturer or the producing (formerly referred to as “toll”) manufacturer. In 2020, EPA has stated in multiple fora that for the 2020 reporting period, EPA will only accept manufacturing details from the actual producers, even if manufacturing was contracted by another company. This change may come as a surprise, especially to producing companies that heretofore may not have reported under the CDR rule and instead relied on the contracting company to do so.

PV module recyclers aiming for high-purity material recovery

Read the full story in PV Magazine.

France’s National Institute for Solar Energy takes a look at the state of play in the European solar panel recycling industry.

COVID-19 Is Not All Good for Wildlife

Read the full story in Hakai Magazine.

Empty beaches are both a boon and a curse for endangered sea turtles.

Opinion: If we want to increase trust in science, we need to direct more research dollars to rural America

Read the full opinion piece at Ensia.

Pandemic relief funding should provide a much-needed boost to scientific research. And we should steer those dollars toward where they can do the most good.

When Social Distancing Ends, Will We Rethink the World We Want?

Read the full story at e360.

Long before the virus, Americans had become socially isolated, retreating into sprawling suburbs and an online world of screens. When we emerge from our pandemic-mandated separation, can we reconnect with each other and reconsider how the way we live impacts the natural world?

BIC Partners with TerraCycle to Recycle “Write”

Read the full story at Waste360.

BIC has just announced a new partnership with TerraCycle, a company that offers free recycling programs (funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers) for hard-to-recycle waste. 

Through the BIC Stationery Recycling Program, U.S.-based consumers are now able to send in “all brands of pens, markers, mechanical pencils, highlighters, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers and paint sets” to be recycled for free. The program also takes the soft, flexible plastic packaging that some writing instruments are packaged in. Customers sign up online and are provided with a prepaid shipping label for the items they want to send in. 

Mauge-Lewis researches replacement PFAS in firefighting foams

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

Chemical mixtures used in firefighting were the focus of a March 30 webinar sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC) graduate toxicology and environmental medicine program. Kevin Mauge-Lewis, an NIEHS Intramural Research Training Award fellow, said there is concern that use of aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) may lead to adverse human health effects.

Climate change aggravates PM2.5

Read the full story in Envirotec Magazine.

The changing state of particulate pollution (PM2.5) around the world is revealed by IQ Air’s latest World Air Quality Report, and its most polluted cities ranking.

IKEA Put 1 Million Solar Panels On 370 Stores In 2019

Read the full story at Clean Technica.

In 2019, IKEA invested $2.8 billion in renewable energy infrastructure. IKEA put 1 million solar panels on 370 of its stores and warehouses, and also built 535 wind turbines and 2 solar parks.

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