This page provides list of latest Land and Chemical Division news.
Composting Webinar Posted on Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) Website - (February 10 , 2014)
Website An EPA hosted webinar was posted recently on the internet. The webinar provides practical, technical information to help equip schools and other organizations to develop their own composting operations. The focus is Aerated Static Pile composting which is ideal for colleges and universities but can be also used effectively in similar situations. The content presented in this webinar will continue to be relevant to organizations trying to initiate composting operations, which is why it was important to preserve the material and make it as widely available. The content now on the web will provide continued support to EPA Food Recovery Challenge participants interested in composting. The webinar is available to be viewed in its entirety at: http://esrconline.org/webinars/composting-strategies-colleges-universities/.
EPA Mid-Atlantic Region Settles FIFRA Case with New Dawn Manufacturing Company - (February 10 ,2014)
EPA filed a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO), which, simultaneously commenced and concluded proceedings against New Dawn Manufacturing Company (New Dawn), located at 16001 Trade Zone Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Md., for alleged violations of Section 12 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). New Dawn distributed and/or sold an unregistered pesticide, "SaniQuest Biological Restroom Cleaner," and a misbranded pesticide, "Spectra System 3 1:256 Neutral Disinfectant" both of which constitute violations of FIFRA. The requirements of FIFRA are designed to protect public health and the environment by ensuring the safe production, handling and application of pesticides. FIFRA also prohibits the marketing of misbranded, improperly labeled, or adulterated pesticides. Pre-filing negotiations resulted in the settlement, which requires payment of a $7,500 civil penalty. New Dawn provided documentation showing that the compan is currently in compliance with FIFRA requirements and paid the civil penalty on January 21, 2014.
Philly Prisons Food Waste Composting Facility Plans to Expand - (February 10, 2014)
During May 2011, the Land and Chemical Division awarded a Solid Waste Grant in the amount of $15,000 to the Philadelphia, Pa., Prison Systems. The original composting system served 800 inmates and diverted 600 pounds of food waste per day from disposal to composting. Prison officials are now expanding the pilot thanks to a $60,000 grant from the City of Philadelphia. The composting program will expand in two phases and go from a 4 to 20 bays for composting all of the food waste generated by the approximately 9000 inmates. The prison compost program was recently able to obtain a frontend loader which will help in composting all their food waste. The Compost is used on the prison grounds used to help grow trees in an orchard on the grounds. The prison is also working on certifying prisoners who work on the Compost operation to help them get future employment. Prison officials estimate they will save 75% of the $250,000 per year they normally spend on disposal once all of the prison’s food waste is composted. When food waste from the six Philadelphia Prisons is composted more than 1400 tons of food waste will be diverted away from landfills each year.