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Environmental Protection

  • EPA appoints Jim Gulliford as Region 7 administrator

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the appointment of Jim Gulliford of Missouri to become regional administrator for Region 7. Gulliford will oversee environmental protection efforts in: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. He previously held the position of regional administrator for Region 7 from 2001-2006.

    Gulliford most recently held the position of executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society where he led the organization from 2009-2016. He was responsible for all operation aspects of the non-profit organization that advocated for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practices, programs, and policy. The organization’s mission is to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation on working land – land used to produce food, fiber, and other services that improve the quality of life people experience in rural and urban communities.

    Prior to joining Soil and Water Conservation Society, Gulliford spent nearly a decade at EPA. From 2006-2009, he served as EPA assistant administrator for the office of prevention, pesticides, and toxic substances where he was responsible for helping protect public health and the environment from potential risks of pesticides and chemicals. Gulliford also served as director of the Division of Soil Conservation at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship for 15 years, where he was responsible for the development and management of soil conservation, water quality, and mine regulation for the state if Iowa.

    Published in the December 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • EPA honors LG Electronics with Gold Tier, the top level recycling award

    Underscoring its leadership in responsible electronics recycling, LG Electronics USA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Gold Tier Award, the top-level recognition in the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

  • Sale of Peejay Landfill imminent

    Ernst & Young Inc., in its capacity as court-appointed receiver and manager (receiver) of Petrowest Corporation and its affiliates (collectively, “Petrowest”), is seeking parties interested in acquiring the Peejay Landfill (Peejay) and the Doig Gravel Pit license.

  • EPA awards $23 million to California to manage waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $22.94 million to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to support their hazardous waste management and reduction activities.

  • EPA directing San Jacinto River Superfund site data

    The U.S. EPA is directing the potentially responsible parties of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site in Texas to take immediate action to address damage to the protective cap and high levels of underlying waste material found at one of the samples on site.

  • McDonald’s USA to sponsor Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup

    McDonald’s has become a National Sponsor of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup (GAC), the largest year round community improvement program in the country. Efforts got underway in September with National Planting Day, a fall initiative of the GAC. McDonald’s is the exclusive Presenting Sponsor of National Planting Day.

  • 2017 Recycle-Bowl launched

    Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s community improvement nonprofit organization, plans to ignite a passion for recycling in schools across the country with the launch of its 7th Annual Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl. Registration is now open for the fall recycling competition at http://Recycle-Bowl.org.

  • ADEM to clean up Red Mountain Park of scrap tires

    The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is working to remove thousands of tires and other debris from Red Mountain Park.

  • Illegally dumped tire kills alligator

    The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division posted on Facebook a reminder about the effects of illegal dumping.
    An 11’ 9” alligator got stuck as it tried to squeeze through a tire that had been illegally dumped in a lake at Hamburg State Park in Georgia.
    “This is a prime example why our game wardens take litter and dumping so seriously,” the post said.

    Published in the October 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • EPA adds battery recycling facility to Superfund List

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added a former battery recycling facility in Arecibo, Puerto Rico to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. As a result of previous operations, the site is contaminated with lead, arsenic and heavy metals.

  • Rocky Mountain Bottle to increase compliance, reduce emissions

    Under a settlement disclosed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the State of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Bottle Company, LLC (RMBC) has agreed to install emissions controls on the glass furnaces at its Wheat Ridge, Colorado glass bottle manufacturing facility that will eliminate the emission of more than 200 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 150 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) per year and improve compliance with federal and state clean air laws. Emissions of these pollutants can cause serious respiratory illnesses, aggravate asthma and contribute to the formation of smog.

  • Plastic makers support G20 efforts to reduce marine litter

    The World Plastics Council (WPC) welcomes the Marine Litter Action Plan released by the G20 and commends states for their commitment to reduce marine litter and its impacts by 2025. “This urgent issue requires all of us working together and we look forward to further collaboration with G20 member states to solve this global challenge”, said WPC Chairman, Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC.

  • Applications now available for 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program

    Leaders in New Jersey’s environmental, academic, business, science, government, nonprofit and youth sectors are encouraged to showcase their environmental accomplishments by submitting nominations for consideration in the annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) program.

  • Associations partner to address solid waste challenges in the industry

    The Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA) and The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) have agreed to partner to help advance sustainable materials management in the Northeast over the next five years.

  • GM strengthens its business, reduces environmental impact

    General Motors’ (GM) sustainability approach enables the company to serve its customers and shareholders, increase operational efficiency, mitigate risk and improve the communities where it does business. GM summarizes its impact in its annual sustainability report at www.gmsustainability.com.

  • General Motors reduces environmental impact

    General Motors’ sustainability approach enables the company to serve its customers and shareholders, increase operational efficiency, mitigate risk and improve the communities where it does business. GM summarizes its impact in its annual sustainability report at www.gmsustainability.com.

  • Recycling created for oyster shells

    The Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) and Republic Services, Inc. are partnering in support of the Alabama Oyster Shell Recycling Program, the first-of-its-kind in the local area.

  • Proposal to eliminate North Carolina’s recycling division

    The North Carolina State Senate has approved a budget that eliminates Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) in the Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Kentucky awards $4.6 million in environmental grants

    The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management announced that 53 recycling grants, 28 household hazardous waste grants, and 5 composting grants totaling $4,619,960 have been awarded to Kentucky counties.

  • Big Lots Stores ordered to pay $3.5 million to settle hazardous waste civil lawsuit

    Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin, along with 34 District Attorney’s Offices and two City Attorney’s Offices across California, disclosed that a judge has ordered Ohio-based Big Lots Stores, Inc., and its subsidiary corporations, to pay $3.5 million in civil penalties and costs for environmental violations.