This page provides list of latest Land and Chemical Division news.
RRP Renovators Get Extension on Lead-Safe Credential Renewal - (April , 2015)
On April 8, 2015, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed a final rule to extend certifications for individual renovators under the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) Program. During January 2015, EPA published a proposed rule that would, among other things, change the requirements for the refresher training course that individual renovators must take to become recertified. Certifications were extended for individual renovators whose certifications expire before changes to the mandatory refresher training can be finalized. EPA is taking this action so that, if and when the changes in the proposed rule are finalized, those renovators covered by the extension would also be eligible for the same provisions under the new rule. Under the extension: individual renovators who received certification on or before March 31, 2010, now have until March 31, 2016, to become recertified; individual renovators who received certification between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, will have one year added to their 5-year certification; and subsequent certifications for renovators receiving the extension will be five years. Links to a copy of the notice can be found at: http://www2.epa.gov/lead/prepublication-copy-notice-final-rule-lead-based-paint-programs-extension-renovator or at www.epa.gov/lead.
Approval of PCB Cleanup Helps Multi-million-dollar Philly Redevelopment Project to Proceed - (April ,2015)
Cleanup of Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at a Site on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pa., has been completed in accordance with June 2014 self-implementing hybrid clean-up plans (761.61(a-c)) and risk-based (761.61(c)) approvals. Outcomes from the risk-based approval were better than expected, with additional excavation bringing remaining PCB concentrations below unrestricted use levels in all but two locations. Maximum PCB concentrations were reduced to 16 mg/kg from an initial maximum of over 17,000 mg/kg. This cleanup helps clear the way for a planned multi-million-dollar mixed residential and commercial development along nearly all of Chestnut Street's 1100 block, which had been vacant for years and was heavily vandalized.
FRC Drexel Pilot Garners National Press Attention During Feeding Cities Workshop - (April, 2015)
On March 28, 2015, representatives from EPA Mid-Atlantic Land and Chemicals Division presented a joint-paper and video to the Feeding Cities Workshop in Boston, Mass. The presentation introduced some of the Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) work that EPA is doing in cooperation with Drexel University, Brown Family Shop-Rites, The Enterprise Center, Giant-Ahold, Cabrini College and various food banks and homeless shelters in the Philadelphia area. The particular project discussed in Boston showcased how fresh fruit and vegetables are recovered from ShopRite (an FRC Participant) before being diverted to composting or a landfill. These still wholesome foods are prepared by the Drexel Food Lab students as food products and meals. The innovative project is garnering increased attention as demonstrated by recent media reviews from The Huffington Post and SupermarketGuru.com. The ability to capture food before it is landfilled and then convert it to meals and products reduces food waste in keeping with the goals of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge. Project work continues with upcoming activities planned with Ahold-USA and ShopRite's interest in donating fruits and vegetables to an experimental community café that is planned for a Philadelphia, Pa., neighborhood Promise Zone. For video and articles go to: The Huffington Post - ; - Supermarketguru.com - - Northeastern University youtbue presentation