2006 Spring

Program Updates 2006

Spring 2006 R7 Roundtable Meeting

 

 

Table of Contents

 

Name of Organization                                                                                                   Page(s)

1. Environmental Technology………………………………………………………………..2

 

2. Kansas State Pollution Prevention Institute……………………………………………3-6

 

3. Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Summer Engineering Internship…………………7-8

 

4. Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center……………………………………….9

 

5. Pollution Prevention Services………………………………………………………….10-14

 

6. Small Business and Public Assistance………………………………………………..15-16

 

7. Solid Waste Pollution Prevention Branch…………………………………………….17-19

 

8. WasteCap Nebraska Inc………………………………………………………….….20-21

 

 

 

Program Update

Spring 2006 Region 7 Roundtable

Program Name:  Environmental Technology Online (ET Online) www.et-online.org

Contact:  Doug Elam

E-mail:  delam@kirkwood.edu

Phone:  1-800-464-6874

Planned Events (March 2006-March 2007) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar

Event:  See attached and website: http://www.et-online.org/course_descriptions.pdf

Location:  Worldwide

Dates: 3/2006 – 3/2007

Summary or more information:

Planned activities (March 2006 – March 2007) – these are “regular” or on-going activities (such as technical assistance, on-site assistance, publications, etc).

Activity:

Contact person:

Dates:

Summary or more information

Completed activities (through March 2006)

Activity:  ET Online classes by the partners

Contact person:

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information.

 

Program Update

Spring 2006 Region 7 Roundtable

Program Name: Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute

Contact: Nancy J. Larson

E-mail: nlarson@ksu.edu

Phone: 800-578-8898

Planned activities (March 2006 – March 2007)

Activity/Events: Rehab the Lab – Kansas style

Contact person: Barb Johnson

Dates: Federal FY

Summary or more information

This program provides outreach and education mainly to Kansas community colleges.  PPI is hosting about four PowerPoint-facilitated teleconferences featuring P2 and compliance-related topics.  The next teleconference April 7, 2006, and features top compliance issues.  An e-mail group of interested parties has been established, and others can join by e-mailing nlarson@ksu.edu.  PPI will also offer on-site assistance to these labs using a previously developed multimedia compliance and P2 checklist. See highlights in completed activities.

Activity: P2 Interns

Contact person: Nancy Larson

Dates: Federal FY

Summary or more information

PPI is in the midst of matching three to four student applicants with industry applicants for a 10-week summer P2 internship. We have had a good response to this pilot program, a partnership with other university engineering departments and the business community.  PPI hopes to send our students to the Iowa P2 training program and work with Iowa to foster communication among student interns.

Activity: P2 Technical Assistance

Contact person: Nancy Larson

Dates: Federal FY

Summary or more information

PPI plans to continue and complement their multimedia P2 technical assistance efforts in 2006, including phone assistance, P2 presentations, P2 site visits, and maintenance of P2 partnerships with Kansas businesses and environmental organizations.  In FY06, this project will, in part, include a focus on businesses that have the potential to reduce or eliminate PBTs. It will also a focus on surveying clients for the purpose of obtaining P2 measurements and promoting the P2 awards process.

Activity: Kansas Hospitals for a Healthy Environment

Event: R7 H2E Workshop – Fall 2006

Contact person: Nancy Larson

Dates: October 2005 – April 2007

Summary or more information

In partnership with the IWRC, NE P2RIC and MDNR, we will host a regional H2E workshop and provide on-site and phone consultative technical assistance to healthcare facilities. See highlights in completed activities.

Activity: SBEAP – EMS workshops

Contact person: Steve Travis

Dates: April 2006

Summary or more information

PPI will conduct Environmental Management Systems (EMS) workshops in three locations across the state for small and medium sized-businesses.  Pre-registration ihas been strong for the events which will run about seven hours and include an EMS manual.

Activity: SBEAP – technical assistance and program maintenance

Contact person: All staff

Dates: July 2005 – June 2006

Summary or more information

PPI provides air-focused technical assistance through about 50 on-site visits; and phone/e-mail consulting serves several hundred.  PPI is also working on a wood waste alternatives fact sheet and an open burning fact sheet and will participate in several air-focus meetings and committees.

Activity: SBEAP – Newsletters

Contact person: Nancy Larson

Dates: July 2005 – June 2006

Summary or more information

Develop and publish two different newsletters, each published twice a year for a total of four issues.  One newsletter is an air-focused publication AIRlines, and the other, EnviroLines, is a multimedia publication. Newsletters are posted at www.sbeap.org.

Activity: SBEAP – Watershed project

Contact person: Barb Johnson

Dates: July 2005 – June 2006

Summary or more information

PPI is working with KDHE Bureau of Water to develop, finalize, and publish new interactive water quality Web tools.  PPI will also work with state staff to provide NPS technical assistance to industry clients and field staff as requested, present at watershed meetings, and possibly serve as facilitator and technical assistance provider to a city Industrial Park Pollution Prevention Council.  Staff is also working with K-State students on a spring watershed project.

Completed activities (through March 2006)

Activity: Rehab the Lab – Kansas Style

Dates: Oct 2004 – Oct 2005

Contact person: Barb Johnson

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information

In its pilot year, this program worked on site and by phone with about 90 contacts/clients, presented at three different events, and published a comprehensive multi-case study document found at http://www.sbeap.org/ppi/publications/Rehab_KS_lab.pdf .

Program measures in pounds of mercury, total PBTs, and high-risk chemicals identified with a plan to replace is summarized below.

Mercury(lbs) PBTs (lbs) High-risk (lbs)
Stockrooms 35.3 141 1205.4
Devices 33.6
Disposed/recycled 124 252 907
Total 193 393 2112

Activity: Kansas Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (KH2E)

Dates: Oct 2004 – Oct 2005

Contact person: Nancy Larson

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information

As an active H2E Champion, (and award-winning Champion for Change) the PPI program exceeded project goals. Highlights include the following:

  • 250% increase in state H2E partners (from 4 to 14; proposed goal was 50%)
  • 64 pounds of elemental mercury identified for removal in FY05
  • 2238 pounds of mercury-containing devices removed prior to FY05
  • Nine on-site technical assistance visits completed
  • Assisted two hospitals with P2 award applications
  • Presented at 4 different conferences and exhibited at another
  • Worked with Region 7 technical assistance partners and a GPO to promote H2E goals and activities

PPI continued to facilitate the R7 mercury task force via conference calls, featuring mercury-related topics presented by experts in the field.  P2RIC hosts a R7 Mercury Task Force Web page at http://www.p2ric.org/mercury/.

Activity: Technical Assistance

Contact person: All staff

Dates: Oct 2004 – Sept 2005

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information

Individual assistance: A total of 724 initial client contacts were received and responded to, by phone or e-mail.  Another 363 extra calls or e-mails were made researching clients’ questions.  This brings the total program phone and e-mail contacts to 1,087.  SBEAP and P2 program survey data is as follows:

Hotline calls: 79% say they now understand the regulations better and 49% say they will make changes as a result of what was learned on the call.

On-site assistance:

§         35% survey rate

§         91% call with compliance concerns

§         85% of compliance-related recommendations were implemented or planned

§         Rated reports 8.8 on scale of 1-10

§         Average dollar value $3200   (62 site visits x $3200 = $198,400)

Activity/events: SBEAP – Air Quality 101 Workshops

Contact person: Nancy Larson

Dates: July 2005 – June 2006

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information

Nearly 160 attended one of three six-hour workshops hosted around the state in January.  Evaluations indicated more than 40% of the participants will make changes at their facilities as a result of what was learned at the workshop. A new fact sheet describing upcoming regulatory changes was developed for the events.

Activity: SBEAP – Lawn Care for Clean Air

Contact person: Nancy Larson and Steve Travis

Dates: July 2005 – June 2006

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information

An outreach in partnership with Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Wichita stakeholders, and the horticulture master gardener programs in Wichita and the KC area sponsored about seven different outreach events in the Wichita and KC area.  A November workshop and equipment expo for commercial lawn care and large property owners drew about 140 participants. These events promoted the use of low-maintenance turfs and low emissions lawn care equipment.

Activity: SBEAP – Dry cleaner calendars

Contact person: Barb Johnson

Dates: July 2005 – June 2006

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information

PPI updated the annual calendars and distributed them to the regulated community and KDHE regulating staff and district offices, as well as providing multimedia on-site assistance to dry cleaners.  Calendars were mailed without envelopes as a method to increase calendar utilization.

 

Program Update

Spring 2006 Region 7 Roundtable

Program Name: Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) Summer Engineering Internship

Contact: Stacey Hawkey, Program Coordinator

E-mail: Shawkey2@unl.edu

Phone: 402-472-2838

Planned Events (March 2005-March 2006) – include as much detail as possible

Event (title or subject area):  Environmental Internship for College Students

Location: University of Nebraska – Lincoln providing technical assistance to business clients through out Nebraska

Dates: May-August

Summary or more information:

Students receive formal environmental training and gain “real world” experiences as they participate in actual pollution prevention and environmental projects with both small businesses and larger industries.  Goals of the P3 Internship Program are: 1) to educate students in pollution prevention through both formal training (a three-credit hour college engineering course is included) and field experience, 2) to provide technical assistance and training to businesses using engineering and science students, and 3) to perform research of complex pollution prevention problems.  In the summer of 2005, 16 students assisted 40 businesses in Nebraska.

Planned activities (March 2005 – March 2006)

Activity:  See above.  2006 is the tenth year for the Program.  Approximately 14 students will participate in summer 2006.

Contact person:

Dates:

Summary or more information

Completed activities (through March 2005)

Activity: See above

Contact person: Stacey Hawkey, P3 Program Coordinator

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information.

Forty (40) businesses in Nebraska were visited for the purpose of providing technical assistance in pollution prevention, with over half in the Agricultural sector.   These businesses realized significant waste reduction and cost savings because of the effort of the project.  The pollution prevention suggestions offered to client businesses as part of the technical assistance, have the potential to divert over 2,300,000 pounds/year of solid waste from the landfill, reduce the generation of over 30,000 pounds/year of hazardous waste, reduce water use by over 1 billion gallons/year and energy use by nearly 40,000 MBTU/year.  In addition, recommendations offered to client businesses have the potential to save them approximately $800,000/year.  In addition, fourteen (14) previous clients were interviewed to determine the actual impact from technical assistance offered by students in past years.  Of those, five (5) clients also received additional pollution prevention assistance.

In addition, eighteen (18) engineering and science students from six majors and four schools in Region 7 have participated in this unique educational experience that will support pollution prevention successes far into the future.

 

Program Update

Spring 2006 Region 7 Roundtable

Program Name:  Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center, P2RIC.org

Contact: Rick Yoder

E-mail: ryoder@unomaha.edu

Phone: 402.554.6257

Planned Events (April 2006-April 2007) – include as much detail as possible

Event (title or subject area):       Location:

Dates:

Summary or more information:

Planned Events (April 2006-April 2007)

Activity:  Regional Roundtables

Contact person: Rick Yoder

Dates:  Spring & Fall

Summary or more information

Brochure, mailing list, mailings, posting info on the web, conference calls, registrations, anything necessary to support.

Planned activities (April 2006-April 2007)

Activity:  P2 presentations

Contact person:

Dates:  Fall & Spring

Summary or more information

Both the Masters of Public Health Program (fall) and the P3 program allow me the privilege of speaking to their students.  Also present at WasteCap Business Reuse & Recycling in the fall

Planned activities (April 2006-April 2007)

Activity:  P2Ric administration

Contact person: Rick Yoder

Dates:

Summary or more information

See presentation Wednesday

Planned activities (April 2006-April 2007)

Activity:  Topic Hub completion

Contact person: Nikki Carritt

Dates:

Summary or more information

Medical Clinics, Marketing for P2/CA Programs, CAFO, Renewable Energy for Agriculture, Clean Manufacturing, Ethanol Plants

Pollution Prevention Services Program Update

Spring 2006 Region 7 Roundtable

Program Name: Pollution Prevention Services

Contact: Jeff Fiagle

E-mail: jeff.fiagle@dnr.state.ia.us

Phone: 515/281-5353

Planned Events (March 2005-March 2006) – include as much detail as possible

Event: 2006 Pollution Prevention Intern Program

Dates: May 22 – August 11. 2006

Summary: This summer there will be 37 interns.  Training will take place the week of May 22.  In addition to traditional multi-media projects in businesses and institutions, an intern has also been selected for an IDNR Parks project.  Two additional interns from Hamilton County Solid Waste (Cincinnati) will also participate in training.

Event: Iowa Strategic Goals Program Workshop

Location: Eastern Iowa

Dates: May/June 2006

Summary: The Iowa Strategic Goals program is planning a water themed compliance workshop in May or June.

Event: Region 7 H2E Workshop

Location: Kansas City

Dates: September/October 2006

Summary: Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa are working together to conduct a regional H2E workshop in the Kansas City area in September/October, 2005.

Planned activities (March 2005 – March 2006)

Activity: International Intern Program

Location: University of Iowa

Dates: January through May 2006

Summary:

As part of an EPA P3 grant, Pollution Prevention Services and the University of Iowa Engineers for a Sustainable World are hosting two interns from Mexico and Chile.  In Phase I of the project one intern will work on energy efficiency audits of university buildings from January through April.  The second intern will work on a wind turbine project on campus from March through May.  The University of Iowa Engineers for a Sustainable World will competing for Phase II funding the week of May 8th in Washington D.C.

The Iowa State University Engineers for a Sustainable Future have planned international project work in Brazil and Uganda.  The Brazil project, which took place during spring break, will promote the use of ethanol fuel at the Federal University of Vicosa campus in Vicosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  ISU will work with students from the Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, in June on:

  • TiO2/UV water disinfection;
  • Applicable single home biogas systems; and
  • Sustainable water harvesting technique.

 

Activity: P2 NEWS

Dates: September 2005 on a quarterly basis

Pollution Prevention Services started an external quarterly e-mail newsletter that started last September.  The newsletter presents news items, conferences\workshops and resources. For our clients.  An example is attached.

Completed activities (through March 2006)

Activity: Auditing Previous Technical Assistance Opportunities

Contact person: Jeff Fiagle

Dates: On-going

Summary: Pollution Prevention Services has developed an auditing protocol based on its 2004 Intern Program Audit for assessment, technical assistance opportunities and Intern Projects.  This will also be used as an outreach tool to assist businesses and gather implemented numbers.

 

Activity: Iowa Strategic Goals Program Workshop

Location: Eastern Iowa

Dates: November 8, 2005

Summary:

The Iowa Strategic Goals program hosted an Air Compliance-based workshop.  Thirty business participants attended.  Input for futures workshops was gained from participant evaluations.

Suggestions included:

  • P2 technology for metal finishers
  • EMS
  • Wastewater
  • NESHAP compliance
  • Stormwater
  • Area MACTs

Activity: Food Processing Industry Workshops, two one-day workshops

Location: Cedar Rapids and Ames

Dates: November 30 and December 1, 2005

Summary: The purpose of these workshops was to provide compliance assistance to Iowa’s Food Processors through presentation of best management practices, pollution prevention strategies and an introduction to environmental management systems. Thirty-two business representatives participated in the two workshops.

Activity: Food Processing Workshop for Inspectors and Technical Assistance

Providers

Location: Ames

Dates: December 14 and 15, 2005

Summary: This two-day workshop provided inspectors and assistance providers with a better understanding of how they can support better environmental performance in the food processing industry through:

  • Improved understanding of how P2 and EMS tools.
  • Increased understanding by both regulators and service providers of how they can provide information, contacts, or assistance for the food processing industry.
  • Improved networking both between regulators and service providers.

A list of ideas was brainstormed for how to continue networking and information sharing.  A committee was named to work further on developing some of these ideas.

Activity: Assessment, Technical Assistance, and Information Opportunities for 2005

Location: Statewide

Dates: January 1 through December 31, 2005

Summary: Ten (10) assessments, 8 technical assistance requests, 2 EMS assistance requests and 3 information requests were conducted during this time period.

POTENTIAL savings to be realized from Assessment Activities

Category

Reduction & Units

Water savings

112,200 Gallons

Solid and Special waste reductions

280 Tons

Energy use reduced

4,377,598 kWh

15,629 MMBtus

Air emissions reduced:
CO

1074 lbs.

CO2

903,726 lbs.

SO2

27,624 lbs.

NOx

10,489 lbs.

PM10

1,855 lbs.

VOCs

414 lbs.

Potential cost savings

$718,453


P2 News

Volume 2, Issue 1                                           Pollution Prevention News for the use of our Clients                                            Winter 2006


IN THIS EDITION:

NEWS

1. U of I Class offered again

2. Iowa water quality standards approved by EPA

3. EPA Publishes National Priority Report

4. EPA Final Rule on exempting small facilities

5. EPA amending the Toxic Substances Control Act

EVENTS

6. 2006 Energy Analyst Workshop

7. Building A Sustainable Iowa Workshop

8. Food Processing Efficiency Initiative Tele-conference

9. OSHA Regulatory Workshop

10. Hazmat Transportation Workshop

RESOURCES

11. Pollution Prevention Services

12. Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP)

13. Waste Matters Newsletter

14. Iowa Waste Exchange

15. Iowa Environmental Assistance Program

16. Iowa DNR Emergency Response

17. Materials Testing Service

18. EPA Industrial Waste Management

19. EPA National Partnership for Environmental Priorities Program

20. EPA RCRA

21. RCRA Training Modules

22. Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

23. Business Guide to Waste Reduction and Recycling

24. Solvent Alternative Guide (SAGE)

25. Hospitals for a Healthy Environment

Page 1 Iowa water quality standards approved by EPA
Page 2 Food Processing Industry Efficiency Initiative Tele-conference; March 9 th at Kirkwood Community College
Page 2 OSHA regulatory workshop March 14th

NEWS

1. Pollution Prevention Services and the University of Iowa offering a Sustainable Systems course . This class is also sponsored by the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and Pollution Prevention Services. To learn more please visit: www.cgrer.uiowa.edu

2. Iowa water quality standards have been approved by the EPA. The revised standards adopted by the state December 15, 2004. The EPA approved revisions now can be implemented under the Clean Water Act. more

3.The EPA is publishing the National Priority Chemicals Trends Report. The Trends Report is used to track and analyze changes in the quantities of priority chemicals found in waste. The report evaluates the progress EPA and industry have made since 2001. To access the update and for more information : www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/minimize/trends.htm

4. Area Source Exemption. On December 9, 2005, the EPA issued a final rule to permanently exempt small facilities in five industries from the requirement to obtain federal operating permits. The facilities that would be exempted are known as “area sources” of toxic air pollution. To learn more please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/t5/fact_sheets/asourceexempt.html

5 . EPA is amending the Toxic Substances Control Act(TSCA). S ection 8(a) Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) regulations and extending the reporting cycle, modifying the timing of the submission period, further clarifying the new partial exemption for specific chemicals. For more information please visit: http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-TOX/2005/December/Day-19/t24196.htm

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

6.2006 Annual Energy Analyst Workshop is for Iowa licensed engineers and registered architects interested in being qualified to complete technical engineering analyses for DNR-sponsored energy management programs. Registrations are due February 10 for the workshop being held February 16. For more information please visit: http://www.iowadnr.com/energy/workshop/form.html

7. Building A Sustainable Iowa Workshop Hosted by The Center on Sustainable Communities. Marc Richmond, Vice President of What’s Working, Inc. Boulder CO will teach the two-day training workshop for residential building professionals. The workshop will be February 24 th and 25 th at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. For more information please visit: http://www.icosc.com/

8. FoodProcessing Industry Efficiency Initiative: A Workshop and Satellite Teleconference. How will Your Organization Deal with Soaring Energy Costs? Attend the food processing workshop and teleconference to be held on March 9, 2006 at Kirkwood Community College at Iowa Hall, in Cedar Rapids. The workshop will provide information on energy efficiency, utility company programs and incentives and environmental management systems and pollution prevention. The teleconference focuses on sound, proven management strategies as well as innovative technologies and techniques used to reduce energy costs, increase productivity, and maximize profits. Please visit: http://www.ciras.iastate.edu/energy/nwfpa.asp

9. OSHA Regulatory Update: What’s Hot … and What’s Heating Up. Get up to speed fast in this regulatory update that’s packed with late-breaking reports on today’s evolving workplace issues, including ergonomics, violence in the workplace, the new needlestick and steel erection standards and other hot topics. Plus, you’ll hear where regulators will be focusing in the near future, and you’ll learn how to start preparing for tomorrow’s challenges now. This conference takes place in Cedar Rapids on March 14, 2006. For more information or to register please visit: http://www.skillpath.com/seminfo.html/ST/CONOSHA

10. Hazmat Transportation Workshops provide a basic overview of the regulatory requirements –what they are, how they apply, and how to meet them – for shipping and transporting Hazardous Materials. A seminar is available at Des Moines Area Community College April 4. For more information please visit: http://hazmat.dot.gov/training/mods/Workshop_Schedule_05_06.pdf

FEATURED RESOURCE

Solid Waste/Hazardous Waste

11. Pollution Prevention Services offers confidential and non-regulatory assistance at no cost. Companies can save money, increase profits, operate more efficiently and improve the environment through P2 practices. For more information, visit: www.iowap2services.com

12.The Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) works to reduce the amount of solid waste generated and landfilled in Iowa. Through a competitive process, financial assistance is available for a variety of projects, including source reduction, recycling and education. The next application due date is April 1 For more information, visit: http://www.iowadnr.com/waste/financial/financialswap.html

13. Waste Matters is published quarterly and includes articles and information relating to waste reduction and pollution prevention in Iowa. To view the current and archived issues, visit: http://www.iowadnr.com/waste/news/wastematters.html

To sign up for a subscription please contact: Jill Cornell at Jill.Cornell@dnr.state.ia.us

14. The Iowa Waste Exchange (IWE) provides Iowa industries with smart solid waste management alternatives that result in both economic and environmental benefits. Free, confidential services are offered by contacting: 515.242.4906

http://www.iowalifechanging.com/recycleiowa/exchange.html

15. The Iowa Environmental Assistance page provides links to environmental compliance needs for your industry sector and frequently needed permit forms and guidance. For more information visit: http://www.iowa.gov/state/main/business_portal/regulatory_assis/environmental_assis.html

16. DNR Emergency Response & Homeland Security Unit (Environmental Hazardous Conditions) The unit provides advice to local agencies and companies on how to meet emergency reporting requirements. A 24 hour Emergency Spill Response phone number 515-281-8694 or visit: http://www.iowadnr.com/spills/index.html

17. The Materials Testing Service works with Iowa’s business and industry community in research and development of products containing recycled content materials. The service located at the University of Northern Iowa includes chemical, mechanical and physical property tests on a wide range of materials. For more information please visit: http://fp.uni.edu/rrttc/mts/default.asp

Program Update

Spring 2006 Region 7 Roundtable

(Revised per the pres.)

Program Name: Small Business and Public Assistance (SBPA)

Contact:  Hugh Stirts

E-mail:  hugh.stirts@ndeq.state.ne.us

Phone:  402-471-8697

Planned activities (March 2006 – March 2007)

Activity:  Continued emphasis of the SBPA Coordinators responsibilities in the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Program

Contact person: Stirts

Dates:  ongoing

Summary or more information

In the past there was little contact or interaction between the SBPA coordinator and the Agriculture Section.  Most of the CAFOs in the state are in essence small businesses, and need support and assistance.  The SBPA Coordinator  now devotes 30-40 % of his time to CAFO issues.

Planned activities (March 2006 – March 2007)

Activity:  Stream-lined Permitting

Contact person: Stirts

Dates:  ongoing

Summary or more information

Emphasis has been placed on expediting all permitting activities.  The SBPA coordinator is now responsible for the initial planning, permit identification, and project planning meeting.

Planned activities (March 2006 – March 2007)

Activity:  NEPA

Contact person: Stirts

Dates:  ongoing

Summary or more information

The SBPA coordinator is now the Departments NEPA coordinator

Planned activities (March 2006 – March  2007)

Activity:  Revitalize the SBEAP

Contact person: Stirts

Dates: 4 April 06

Summary or more information

The SBCAP in Nebraska is moribund.  The initial step shall consist of a visit or telecon with each member, a discussion of their thoughts and ideas concerning ‘revitalization’, and directly asking if they would like to be replaced on the panel.  If they desire replacement, they will be asked to recommend a replacement, and they will be removed.  Changing the composition of this panel requires approval by the Nebraska Council on Environmental Quality.

Completed activities

Activity: Streamlined Construction Air Permits

Contact person:  Stirts

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information

Planning has streamlined Construction air permitting and decreased time to complete, initiated a major revamping of the NDEQ web page, placed increased emphasis and resources on our outreach programs, and resulted in hiring more staff.

Activity:  Compliance Assistance Visits (multimedia)

Contact person:  Stirts

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information

Multimedia CAVs were conducted throughout the state.  Each visit resulted in a facility’s enhanced success at achieving and maintaining regulatory compliance.  Pollution prevention played a significant role in all CAVs

Activity: Published the ‘Compliance Assistance Visit’ Brochure

Contact person:  Stirts

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information

This brochure provides some basic information what our Compliance Assistance Team can provide to the customer.

Activity: Co-chaired the Air Update Meetings

Contact person:  Stirts

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information

This annual event consists of a ‘traveling team’, which goes to 5 locations throughout the state and conducts a 6-hour conference on all the changes in NDEQ and Federal regulations concerning the Clean Air Program.  Also discussed are our small business compliance assistance activities.

 

Program Update

Spring 2006 Region 7 Roundtable

Program Name: SWPP (Solid Waste Pollution Prevention Branch)

Contact: Steve Kovac

E-mail: kovac.steve@epa.gov

Phone: 913-551-7698

Planned Events (March 2006-March 2007) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar

Event:  Greening the Heartland 2006 Conference: Advancing Sustainable Practices

Location:  Hyatt Regency – Kansas City, Missouri

Dates:  May 17-19, 2006

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council’s – Greater                                            Kansas City and Regional Heartland Chapters.  It will focus on innovation and the ability to implement sustainability and market these practices.  For more information, see their website at www.greeningtheheartland.org !

Event : Annual EPA Region 7 Pollution Prevention Awards presented at the 2006

Midwest Region Environmental Conference.

Location:  Hyatt Regency Crown Center – Kansas City, Missouri

Dates:  April 18-19, 2006

The event is sponsored by the Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM).  It will cover a wide range of subjects including fossil energy, criminal enforcement issues, clean water issues and voluntary cleanup.  For more information, see their website at www.aimo.com !

Planned activities (March 2006 – March 2007) – these are “regular” or on-going activities (such as technical assistance, on-site assistance, publications, etc).

Activity:  Pollution Prevention State Grants and Source Reduction Assistance Grants

Contact person:  Gary Schlicht

Dates:  Spring of 2006

The FY2006 Request for Proposals for the Pollution Prevention Grants Program was posted on March 29, 2006.  My notification was forwarded to the p2ric listserve and has the website at HQ where the grant announcement can be found.

This year, there will be no R7 supplemental posting.  HQ has developed the announcement for the regions and it is the only announcement that you will have to adhere to. Also new this year, is that all regions will be asking for proposals initially.  The region will then choose from the proposals and notify the chosen applicants to submit full applications.  R7 proposals will be due May 3.

The SRA grant announcement has not yet been posted.  It is expected to be

posted by mid-late April.

Completed activities (through March 2006)

Activity:  Resource Conservation Challenge Grants

Contact person:  Chet McLaughlin

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information.  Solicitation came out in early January and closed February 21.  Rankings completed on March 22 and 2 awards will be made pending acceptable applications – Nebraska State Recycling Association for a recycling on the go proposal and Missouri Recycling Association for a program to assemble Solid Waste District information and produce public information on improvements and impacts of the state solid waste grant program.

On going activities through March 2006: Manage 15 grants including earmark grants to Missouri Pork Association to demonstrate hog waste to diesel fuel production, to Iowa Waste Reduction Center for the New Environmental Technology for Small Business program, to Missouri Pork Association for demonstration of EMS applications to pork producers, etc.; RCC grants to Missouri University at Columbia on dental amalgam collection and reuse, to Iowa State University on coal ash to water polymer technology demonstration, to Bridging the Gap on By Products Synergies demonstration project which includes organic waste recycling at Hallmark and is investigating cement burning auto shredder residue as two waste use projects, etc.; Source Reduction grants to KSU and IDNR on hospital waste reduction including mercury, etc.; RCRA Innovations Grants to IDNR and Des Moines Metro Solid Waste Agency on chemicals in schools (Rehab the Lab);  Solid Waste Grant to Iowa Recycling Association on state training assistance;  Pollution Prevention Information Network grants to University of Nebraska – Omaha to provide information services to pollution prevention technical assistance providers; and Pollution Prevention State Grants to MDNR, IDNR, NDEQ and KDHE.

Craig Bernstein has assumed the role of Energy Star coordinator for Region 7 and recently attended the national camp on the program.  He will be traveling to each state to meet with the Energy Office personnel and develop projects to further energy efficiency.

Ruben McCullers is the Performance Track coordinator for Region 7 and has added the services of Bruce Canova as a Senior Environmental Employee to assist with the duties of recruiting, spreading the word on EMS’s, and working with the PT community and states.

Sarah Hatch has joined the SWPP staff as a Life Scientist and will be the Project Officer on the Missouri P2 grants as well as working with States to identify new P2 opportunities.  Her duties also include assisting with review of Performance Track applications and annual reports, and acting as the Branch coordinator for the ARTD schools workgroup.

Steve Kovac is the Chief of the SWPP Branch until the end of July and is doing a good job of keeping up with the myriad of activities we keep moving.

Steve Fishman has joined the solid waste program as a Senior Environmental Employee and is assisting with the electronics recycling program and the efforts to increase recycling in the Region.  He will be attending a number of solid waste events in the Region.

Jennifer Anderson is doing the Region 7 Pollution Prevention Award program.

Marcus Rivas is assisting the Tribes on all solid waste activities with grants and technical assistance.  Clem Eggers is a Senior Environmental Employee who assists the Tribes.  Marcus also conducts the CARE program which has a national pilot project in St. Louis and may have others.  Marcus is also involved in efforts to reduce TRI chemical emissions in the St. Louis area with Leslye Werner who does the analysis of the TRI data for the Region.

Connie Novac is the secretary of the SWPP and keeps us traveling, paid, correspondence moving, and out of trouble.  We sincerely appreciate all her efforts and need to help her more.

Gary Schlicht is the Pollution Prevention coordinator for Region 7 and handles the P2/SRA grant process, reporting to and communicating with HQ, P2 procurements, P2 budget tracking              and keeps us straight.  He is a grant project officer.  He is also the Regional contact for H2E and works with the Regional Office recycling program.

Dave Flora is the solid waste coordinator for Region 7 and works with states, locals and associations on the Resource Conservation Challenge, recycling issues, and waste reduction.  He is also on the KC Habitat for Humanity Board and the Surplus Exchange Board (electronics recycling and more).

Chet McLaughlin is the glue guy.  The P2 program is being PARTed by OMB which means evaluated for future funding.  He is helping to defend the program by serving on work groups to organize and present information on how the program operates and accounts for the activities and funds.  He is designing a green home to build this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Program Update

Spring 2006 Region 7 Roundtable

Program Name: WasteCap Nebraska, Inc.

Contact: Carrie Hakenkamp

E-mail: chakenkamp@wastecapne.org

Phone: 402/436-2384

Planned Events (March 2006-March 2007) – (these are workshops, meetings, trainings, etc.) Include as much detail as possible; we will put these events on the P2RIC regional calendar

Event (title or subject area): Universal Waste Training Sessions

Location: Grand Island and Kearney, NE

Dates: April 20th

Event (title or subject area): E-Waste Training Sessions

Location: TBA

Dates: TBA

Event (title or subject area): Electronic and Universal Waste Recycling Collections

Location: Lincoln, Columbus, Hastings

Dates: TBA

Event (title or subject area): Recycling 101/102 Training Sessions

Location: Lincoln

Dates: TBA

Summary or more information:

WasteCap will be focusing on training this year as well offering E-waste recycling services.  Many events are planned for Fall 2006 and have not yet been set.

Planned activities (March 2006 – March 2007) – these are “regular” or on-going activities (such as technical assistance, on-site assistance, publications, etc).

Event (title or subject area): Environmental Service Providers Guidebook

Location: www.wastecapne.org, in print

Dates: April 2006

Activity:  Waste Assessments, Technical Assistance

Contact person: Sue Ellen Pegg

Dates: On-going

Summary or more information:

WasteCap provides on-site and telephone technical assistance for businesses throughout Nebraska.

We primarily address non-hazardous materials and Universal waste recycling and waste reduction.

Activity: Retail and Distribution Facility Pilot Project

Contact person: Sue Ellen Pegg

Dates: Summer 2006

Summary or more information:

WasteCap will utilize an intern from the P3 program to work with distribution and retail facilities on waste reduction and recycling of packaging materials, wood, cardboard and Universal Wastes.

Completed activities (through March 2006)

Activity: Stakeholders Meeting

Contact person: Carrie Hakenkamp

Summary, environmental outcomes, or more information:

WasteCap Nebraska is undertaking a strategic planning process this year and included stakeholder comments.  The results/ comments from the session are currently being collated by the facilitator and the board of Directors will examine results for the new strategic plan.  This will guide WasteCap’s projects over the next couple of years.

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