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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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