October 2019 Newsletter

October 31, 2019

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Greetings,

Happy Halloween and welcome to the fall season. Even though the temps have been mild the fall color is starting to explode all over. Don't forget to stop and enjoy the collateral beauty.

Faron Moser and family won the Trunk or Treat for their elementary school. That's him next to the candy chest.

Bob Jackson, Managing Director


Regulatory News

US EPA

Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine

This final rule establishes cost-saving, streamlined standards for handling hazardous waste pharmaceuticals to better fit the operations of the healthcare sector while maintaining protection of human health and the environment.

Importantly, this final rule will make our drinking and surface water safer and healthier by reducing the amount of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals entering our waterways by 1,644 to 2,300 tons on an annual basis by prohibiting all facilities subject to the rule from discharging them to the sewer. This action will help address the issue highlighted by a growing body of publicly available studies documenting the presence of pharmaceuticals in drinking and surface waters as well as their negative impacts to aquatic and riparian ecosystems.

In addition, under this final rule, FDA-approved, over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies (i.e., nicotine patches, gums and lozenges) will no longer be considered hazardous waste when discarded, which will result in significant cost savings and burden reduction in the management of these types of nicotine wastes.

Finally, the final rule reaffirms EPA's long-standing policy that non-prescription pharmaceuticals and other unsold retail items that have a reasonable expectation of being legitimately used/reused or reclaimed are not solid waste. It also provides regulatory certainty that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) applies when healthcare facilities send unused, unsaleable prescription hazardous waste pharmaceuticals to reverse distributors to receive manufacturer credit. Simultaneously, the rule incorporates flexibilities to accommodate current reverse distribution business practices to facilitate its implementation.

Source: US EPA Website: https://www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/final-rule-management-standards-hazardous-waste-pharmaceuticals-and-amendment-p075

 

New York City Climate Mobilization Act

The New York City Council passed #GreenNewDeal4NY to mitigate the significant effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings.

On June 26, City Council passed "technical amendments" to the building emissions law. Among minor corrections, four changes stand out: clarification that the Department of Buildings (DOB) can revise 2030 standards by rule, including using a different metric; carbon emissions from electricity can now be based on time of use; credits for GHG offsets and energy storage will extend to later compliance periods; and some previously exempt affordable housing must now comply with the prescriptive path of low-cost energy savings measures.

On May 18, the City of New York enacted Local Law 97 of 2019-the most ambitious climate legislation for buildings enacted by any city in the world. The new law places buildings on a path to meet the city's goal to reduce overall carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. Buildings represent nearly 70 percent of those emissions.

Equity is currently working on its first project related to Local Law 97 and will be providing an update in the next newsletter.

Passage of the new legislation-which affects 50,000 existing residential and commercial buildings-is just the first step towards full implementation.  The following link provides additional information on the new Act and a list of frequently asked questions:

Source: Urban Green website: https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/content/projects/all-about-nycs-historic-building-emissions-law

Bob Jackson


Dam Removal and River Restoration Success Story

Equity Environmental Engineering has been involved in a dam removal and stream restoration project on the Lamington River. The Burnt Mills Dam has partially obstructed the River since the 1950's after a storm washed part of the dam away. Over the years, the course of the river was redirected causing erosion of one bank of the river and the creation of an island in the river.

The project, sponsored by Raritan Headwaters involved Equity's partner Trout Scapes River Restorations, the US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS), and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The project was funded by grants from USFWS and funding from Raritan Headwaters. The goal of the project was to restore the river channel by removing the concrete Burnt Mills Dam and creating a new river bank in the location of the original channel, reducing the size of the island, stabilizing the eroded bank, creating vernal pools to alleviate flooding, and creating habitat for the native fish in the Lamington River. The design was produced by USFWS, Trout Scapes, and Equity. Peter Jaran and Faron Moser assisted on the project in the survey and design phase. The permitting was completed by Trout Scapes through the NJDEP. A pipe found within the dam had a date of 1914 on it. Construction was completed in 10 days and was showcased on News12NewJersey (Links below). 

http://newjersey.news12.com/clip/14929061/crews-begin-demolition-on-old-dam-in-lamington-river

http://newjersey.news12.com/clip/14929620/demolition-to-continue-today-to-remove-old-dam-along-lamington-river

Peter Jaran


Equity's Athletic Team

Equity staff members John Vrabel and Gene Bove completed the Ironman Mont Tremblant 140.6 on August 18th. The Ironman consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run for a total of 140.6 miles!! They also completed the Mount Desert Island Marathon on October 20th in Maine! They both completed the entire course at both events. Please join us in congratulating them on their amazing accomplishment! They have also completed shorter triathlons and various road races.


Events

Equity staff have attended or will be attending the following events:

  • Bob Jackson: SRRA 2.0 10/22 GEI Offices, Mt. Laurel, NJ

  • Staff: CAMBA Housing Ventures Night Out, 10/24

  • Bob Jackson: St. Nicks Alliance Awards Celebration, 10/24

  • Peter Jaran: Site Practitioners Forum, 10/30, Princeton, NJ

  • Gene Bove: Geospatial Asset Management: MACURISA Fall Meeting 11/1.

  • Peter Jaran, Faron Moser, Rob Greene: SAME Emergency Response and Preparedness Seminar 11/7, Princeton, NJ

  • Faron Moser: OSHA 3115 Fall Protection - Rutgers School of Public Health, 11/12-14, Somerset, NJ

  • Faron Moser: Managing Silica Hazards - Rutgers School of Public Health 12/6, Somerset, NJ

  • Peter Jaran: Emergency Preparedness Workshop/SAME NJ Post, 11/7

  • Zach Landis: HEC-RAS Training, Rutgers,  12/11-13, Somerset, NJ

  • Peter Jaran: SAME Small Business Conference, 11/20-22, Dallas, TX

  • Equity will be co-sponsoring the November 2019 Environmental Business Council Meeting at PSE&G's training facility in Edison, NJ on 11/13.

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