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EPA wraps 75 percent of cleanup of Napa, Sonoma fire-scorched household hazardous waste

North Bay Business Journal 
Thousands of containers identified as household hazardous wastes have been pulled from fire-scared sites in Napa and Sonoma counties, according to the EPA which also noted fire victims have reported people posing as EPA agents seeking financial information and offer bogus grant opportunities.  

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Industry News

The Painted Landfill:
Daily Cover and the Beneficial Reuse of Waste Latex Paint

If in the last two decades you’ve worked at a landfill then you’ve heard the term “daily cover”. Daily cover is the six (6) inches of soil which all landfills are required to place on their working face at the end of each day. While daily cover reduces odors, windblown trash, landfill fires, and vermin it also consumes vast amounts of time, personnel, equipment, and air space.

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Century-old fire extinguisher finds new home

The Tillamook Headlight Herald 
At the Northwest Chapter meeting of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, held in Portland, Tillamook County's Solid Waste Program Manager David McCall was one of the individuals presented with a Golden Bung award. This year, the award was given in response to a 110-year-old "Kilfyre" fire extinguisher received at a recent Household Hazardous Waste collection. 

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Rain's good for ending wildfire danger, bad for toxic runoff in burn zones

San Francisco Gate 
The recent rain that put a welcome end to wildfire season in badly burned Northern California has a downside: toxic runoff. Though no major problems have been reported in the Wine Country, which was hit recently with its biggest storm since last month’s deadly fires, hundreds of workers are on the ground to prevent the remnants of scorched homes and hillsides from washing into creeks and reservoirs — and ultimately the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. 

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The model for recycling our old smartphones is actually causing massive pollution

Recode 
This fall, iPhone 8s and Xs are hitting shelves across North America, setting in motion that most time-honored of rituals — the smartphone funeral. Around 1.5 billion phones are sold a year, which means about as many get the heave-ho. With little ceremony, we shove them into drawers or pack them away into boxes. Occasionally, we might just throw them away. We feel sheepish about it, and for good reason: Once trashed, they end up in landfills, leaching toxic chemicals into the soil. In fact, electronics account for up to 70 percent of landfills' toxic waste.  

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Curiosity in managing household hazardous waste leads to tech start-up

Waste 360 
Several years ago, Chris Ripley was working with Austin Resource Recovery, formerly known as Solid Waste Services in Austin, Texas, to build a latex paint recycling system. He needed paint thinner. Not knowing anything about household hazardous waste, he walked over to a bin full of chemical products and grabbed two cans of the substance.  

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Health risks of toxic ash feared in wake of Sonoma County fires

The Press Democrat 
Kristen Ortlinghaus has a question she can't seem to get answered about the air quality in her Coffey Park neighborhood. She wants to know if she and her four children are being exposed to dangerous toxins by living just a few doors down from the wasteland left behind by the most destructive wildfire in California history.  

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Lithium battery limits included in DGR revisions

Airlines International 
Measures have been introduced in the latest IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations to reduce the risk caused by carrying lithium batteries. If the batteries overheat, they carry a fire risk. Coming into force on Jan. 1, 2018, changes to the regulations will restrict passengers and crew from traveling with more than 15 portable electronic devices, and to a maximum of 20 spare batteries.  

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Amazon playing catch-up in push to police chemicals in products

Bloomberg 
Amazon.com Inc. is developing a plan to regulate the chemicals used by suppliers, but it still lags Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and other retailers in the push for greener products. That's the assessment of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families — a Washington-based coalition that runs a program called Mind the Store. Though Amazon is now developing chemicals procedures, the e-commerce giant fared badly in Mind the Store's ranking, which tracks how well companies reduce the toxic chemicals in the products they sell and disclose their presence. 

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