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EPA’s SmartWay Honors Freight Carriers for Exceptional Supply Chain Efficiency

 

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring 40 truck carriers as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its annual SmartWay Excellence Awards at the 2018 American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas. Awardees represent the top performing, environmentally-responsible SmartWay carriers that move more goods more miles with lower emissions and less energy. Today’s awardees demonstrate how businesses in this crucial economic sector can save on fuel costs, shrink their emissions footprints and contribute to healthier air in the communities they serve.

 

“Today, EPA is honoring top-performing SmartWay Carrier Partners with this year’s 2018 SmartWay Excellence Award for their leadership in moving more goods with less fuel,” said EPA Office of Air and Radiation Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum. “These companies inspire others in the freight sector to invest in innovative technologies and business practices that save fuel, cut costs and protect the environment.”

 

The 2018 SmartWay Freight Carrier Excellence Award recipients are:

 

ABF Freight System, Inc.

Arlo G Lott Trucking Inc

C.A.T. Inc.

C.R. England, Inc.

Cliff Viessman, Inc.

Contract Transportation Systems, Co. (Sherwin Williams)

CRST Dedicated Services, Inc.

CRST Expedited, Inc.

Doug Andrus Distributing LLC

Duncan and Son Lines, Inc.

Eagle Transport Corporation

Grammer Industries, Inc.

Halvor Lines, Inc.

Hirschbach Motor Lines

Hub Group

J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.

K & S Carriers, LLC

Knight Transportation, Inc.

Logistics Trans West Inc. – Logistiques Trans West Inc.

Meijer Logistics LLC

Navajo Express, Inc.

New World Van Lines

NFI Industries

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Owens & Minor Distributing, Inc.

Palmer Moving and Storage

Penske Logistics, LLC

Raven Transport

Saia Motor Freight Line, LLC

Schilli Corporation

Schneider

Sheehy Mail Contractors, Inc.

Southeast Transportation Systems, Inc.

Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona, LLC

Thompson Emergency Freight Systems

Truline Corporation

UPS Small Package

Werner Enterprises

White Arrow LLC

Woody Bogler Trucking Company

Background

EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible to protect public health and reduce emissions. Demonstrating a commitment to environmental responsibility and freight efficiency through SmartWay provides for a more sustainable and competitive business environment.

 

Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have avoided emitting more than 103 million metric tons of harmful air pollution, while saving more than 215 million barrels of oil and $29.7 billion in fuel costs – equivalent to eliminating annual energy use in over 14 million homes. SmartWay partners also help protect clean and healthy air by significantly reducing pollution that contributes to smog, including fine particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

 

For more information about SmartWay Excellence Awards, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/smartway/smartway-excellence-awardees

 

For more information about SmartWay, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/smartway

EPA Raises Awareness of Lead Paint Rules in Philadelphia

 

PHILADELPHIA  – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with local partners to raise awareness of EPA’s lead-based paint rules in Philadelphia neighborhoods.

 

“By educating the public about the dangers of lead paint and increasing awareness of lead paint rules, we can help reduce lead poisoning in children,”  said EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “This initiative is a focused effort with our local counterparts to reduce lead exposure in Philadelphia, where there is a large amount of older housing stock with lead paint that has not been removed.”

 

The most common source of lead exposure is through deteriorating lead-based paint in residences and commercial buildings built before 1978. EPA, along with partners from other federal agencies, the city of Philadelphia, and independent non-profit organizations are targeting communities where pre-1978 housing stock is prevalent.

 

Outreach efforts include in-person meetings, distributing technical assistance information, visits to paint/hardware stores, awareness training for city inspectors and providing information to contractors/renovators and property management firms. Information is also provided to daycare centers, childcare and healthcare focused organizations.

 

EPA enforces and raises awareness of several rules. The Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) applies when a renovation or repair disturbs six square feet of interior (about the size of a standard poster) or 20 square feet (about the size of a standard door) of exterior painted surfaces.

 

The RRP rule requires that those working on pre-1978 housing be trained by an EPA-accredited training provider, be employed by a certified firm, use the required work practices to control exposure to lead/lead dust, and provide information on the rule to owner and tenants.

 

The Lead-based Paint Disclosure Rule requires owners of residential rental properties and sellers of residential property built before 1978 to disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before a lease or sale becomes enforceable. Sales contracts and leases must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards. Further, landlords and sellers must also provide the EPA publication “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.”

 

To find Certified “Lead-Safe” providers, go to www.epa.gov/lead or call 1-800-424-LEAD. The RRP rule does not apply to individuals doing work on their personal residences.

 

For more information on becoming a Certified “Lead-Safe” firm or renovator, or finding a certified firm for your renovation or repair project, go to: www.epa.gov/lead or call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).

 

Earlier this week, EPA released a report called “Protecting Children from Lead Exposures” to highlight some of the ongoing programs being worked on across the various program and regional offices. The Agency continues to aggressively address lead issues across America, working with communities and partners to further identify and eliminate lead exposure, especially for children who are most vulnerable to lead poisoning.

Firm Settles Violations with EPA; Provides Equipment to Maricopa County Clinics to Identify Children Exposed to Lead

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with True View Windows & Glass Block, Inc. for violations of the federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The agreement requires True View, which operates in Arizona and Colorado, to pay a $15,060 penalty and spend $14,940 on blood lead analyzers and test kits for six Maricopa County, Arizona. health clinics.

 

“Exposure to lead-based paint is one of the most common ways children develop lead poisoning,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “This settlement will support local clinics in identifying and assisting children with elevated levels of lead in their blood and help prevent future exposure to lead-based paint.”

 

An EPA inspection found True View, a window and glass installer, performed work in Phoenix without required EPA certification. The company also failed to comply with resident notification requirements, post signs communicating the risks of lead-containing dust, or maintain records of lead-safe work practices.

 

Reducing childhood lead exposure and addressing associated health impacts is a top priority for EPA. Each year, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week increases public awareness and serves as a reminder that children are uniquely vulnerable to the potential health effects of lead exposure. Lead exposure can cause a range of adverse health effects and is particularly dangerous for young children because their nervous systems are still developing. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-based paint, but it is still present in millions of older homes, sometimes under layers of new paint.

 

The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule was created to protect the public (especially children under 6) from lead-based paint hazards that occur during repair or remodeling activities in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978. The rule requires individuals performing renovations be properly trained, certified and follow lead-safe work practices.

 

Learn more about EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region. Connect with us on Facebook and on Twitter.

EPA Withdraws Last-Minute Obama-Era Uranium Proposal

 

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally withdrew the proposed rulemaking for uranium and thorium mill tailings from January 19, 2017.

 

“In a rush to regulate during the waning hours of the previous administration, the Agency proposed a regulation that would have imposed significant burdens on uranium miners and the communities they support,” said Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s action is an important step in rebalancing EPA’s role with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s with respect to protecting public health and the environment alongside supporting modern methods of uranium extraction.”

 

“Today’s announcement is the right decision,” said Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso. “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission – our nation’s principal nuclear regulator – has said there is no health or safety justification for EPA’s midnight rule. The NRC has regulated in situ uranium recovery for nearly 40 years. The agency has never found an instance of ground water contamination that would be addressed by this rule. I’m glad the Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged this reality. I applaud it for withdrawing this punishing and unnecessary regulation on America’s uranium producers.”

 

The proposal – issued just hours before President Trump took office – raised serious concerns from federal partners including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and stakeholders about the Agency’s legal authority under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978.

 

Today’s action underscores that EPA believes existing regulatory structures are sufficient at this time to ensure the protection of human health and the environment at current uranium in-situ recovery (ISR) activities.

 

In addition to questions about legal authority and EPA’s belief that regulatory structures already in place are sufficiently protective under current conditions, EPA is withdrawing the proposed regulation because the once anticipated influx of new ISR license applications is not likely to materialize.

 

Today’s withdrawal has no impact on EPA’s regulation of radiation. To review a pre-publication version, click here.

 

Background

In 1983, EPA issued standards in response to the statutory requirements of the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (UMTRCA). Since the standards were originally issued, they have been amended several times.

EPA Requires U.S. Forest Service to Close 60+ Cesspools in California’s National Forests

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to close 62 campground pit toilets, considered to be large capacity cesspools, at seven national forests across California. USFS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will have until December 2020 to comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act’s ban on large capacity cesspools (LCC).

 

“EPA and the U.S. Forest Service are taking important steps to close these banned cesspools,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “Our goal is to protect the health of those using public lands and the quality of California’s limited water resources.”

 

“We are proud to partner with EPA to address this serious concern. Taking corrective action to close the improper waste disposal facilities located on national forest lands in California is necessary for the health and safety of the forest ecosystem and surrounding environment, employees and forest visitors,” said USFS Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore. “National forest lands can and do make a difference in the quantity and quality of California’s water supply.”

 

USFS’ Pacific Southwest Region disclosed that it continued to use LCCs despite a 2005 ban under the Safe Drinking Water Act’s Underground Injection Control program. The agency will be closing 62 pit toilets in seven national forests across California: Angeles, Eldorado, Inyo, Los Padres, Plumas, Sierra, and Tahoe National Forests.

 

USFS has estimated the costs to close and remove the non-compliant systems and install new toilets is over $1.1 million dollars. The agreement also includes specific reporting requirements and allows for penalties should USFS fail to meet deadlines.

 

Cesspools collect and discharge waterborne pollutants like untreated raw sewage into the ground, where disease-causing pathogens can contaminate groundwater, streams, and the ocean.

 

For more information on the LCC ban and definition of a LCC, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/uic/large-capacity-cesspools.

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