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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region–supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose. How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms–in enough time to safe ourselves?
Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. — Carl Sagan
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Opening Salvo: “Can we address Climate Change at all, or are we too stupid?”
What struck me most about the film “Most Dangerous Man – Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.” was the bafflement of Daniel Ellsberg felt after the complete airing of the Pentagon Pagers. Ellsberg, who had just revealed in top secret documents how the US presidents back to Eisenhower had been lying about the benign role of the US in shaping Vietnam policy, was amazed that the public didn’t rise up and end the Vietnam War. Not only that, the public reelected Nixon with an overwhelming majority.
It’s something to ponder. Even if the American people understand a crisis and are given all the facts will they change their behavior? This is especially pertinent with Climate Change, a crisis on an unimaginable scale because we humans have never experienced anything like a quick and massive climate change during our entire evolution. Sure, we’ve had our storms and droughts and fires and other upheavals. But nothing like warming up the entire planet in a few decades that might tip beyond even our brainy species’ ability to right it has never even remotely occurred.
Climate Change is a phenomenon we are causing that has no historical equivalent. As Marshall McLuhan argued in “The Medium Is The Message”, we cannot use the past as instruction on how to addressed some changes in the future because we are changing too fast. No really, nothing like it.
The news about Climate Change, unlike the Pentagon Papers, has not been delivered to the public in a single wallop, but it has entered mainstream news with increasing regularity and ominous portent. The releases of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, a very conservative group of scientists around the world, seem to have been counteracted in the US by a political party that finds the news about Climate Change very inconvenient. What are you going to do? Climate Change is physics not politics.
But still, given all the artificial doubt poisoning the press on Climate Change, it’s difficult to avoid stories like this that are becoming more frequent in mainstream media.
Extreme weather to worsen with climate change: IPCC | Reuters (Reuters) – An increase in heat waves is almost certain, while heavier rainfall, more floods, stronger cyclones, landslides and more intense droughts are likely across the globe this century as the Earth’s climate warms, U.N. scientists said on Friday. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) urged countries to come up with disaster management plans to adapt to the growing risk of extreme weather events linked to human-induced climate change, in a report released in Uganda on Friday. (November 18, 2011) Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News | Reuters.com
In truth, this news about extreme weather worsening is not news at all. When you read the official documents the US and most departments within the US and nearby Canada on Climate Change, you find that the findings in the IPCC report above have been known for quite awhile. Not only that, most of these reports include how the various departments think they can address Climate Change. Here are but ten reports from major agencies and governments and groups on Climate Change that include changes that our coming to our world and possible solutions:
1. From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007 from Natural Resources Canada
2. The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity from The US Department of Agriculture
3. Indicators of Climate Change in the Northeast 2005 from Clean Air -Cool Planet
4. Stop trashing the climate from Institute for Local Self-Reliance |Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance (GAIA) | Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives | Eco-Cycle
5. Bird and Climate from National Audubon Society
6. New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report from New York Climate Change Advisory Group
7. Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast from Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment
8. Climate Change Indicators in the United States from the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA)
9. Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
10. Global Climate Change Impacts in the US (2009) from United States Global Change Research Program
That’s the good news, the information is there and there are solutions suggested so that everyone can read them. The bad news is that in all these documents there is not enough money, not enough will, not enough interaction between government and their institutions, not enough awareness by the public, not enough ability to regulate corporations to make them act on any of the provisions in the studies, and, quite frankly, not enough interest or understanding in mainstream media on how to handle something as large and compelling as Climate Change. The media doesn’t have a clue as to how to present a catastrophe as relatively slow moving as Climate Change. Back during World War II, they got it. Back in World War II mainstream media told the public (as much as they could given the need for secrecy) everything expected of them, what was happening, why, and what how everything was going.
With Climate Change, the media is acting as if they are on the sidelines of what they believe is a ‘special interest’ issue, one that only a certain segment of society would be interested in. This is a dangerous illusion that will certainly cook our species until we wipe out all life on this planet—think of the history of Venus, where greenhouse gases have so build up the heat there that you can melt lead on the surface.
To return to the question: Can we address Climate Change at all? It took many years after the Pentagon Papers for the Vietnam War to end. Then, we thought our country would never embroil itself in an unwinnable war that would tear our country apart, but we lied ourselves into the Iraq War. Now we face Climate Change. The information we need is out there that overwhelmingly proves without a shadow of doubt that anthropogenic (us) Climate Change is happening and happening quickly.
The public sits, the government waits, the media squirms, and the politicians waffle. Someone has cried “Fire!” and some look around. No one moves. We look around and still no one is moving…
FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com (Click on my email for feedback)
NewsLinks– Environmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]
- Sachem.ca: News: Story: Hamilton councillors blow hot for off-shore wind farms
- Avoca earthquake info: Still deep underground | 520 – An Environmental Blog | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- New York state files 2nd suit over fuel spill at Rochester airport | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
- How Occupy Rochester is celebrating Thanksgiving | www.WHEC.com
- In Climate Talks West Would Redefine Rich And Poor : NPR
- Hydrofracking Debate Spurs Huge Spending by Industry – NYTimes.com
- Greenhouse Gases At Record Levels, U.N. Weather Agency Says : NPR]
- Climate scientists defend work in wake of new leak of hacked emails | Environment | guardian.co.uk
- UN chief slams rich nations’ plans to delay climate change treaty | Environment | guardian.co.uk
- US won’t agree to Kyoto Protocol|Home|chinadaily.com.cn
- UN panel approves key report on climate change
- Dramatic climate change expected to be the norm | Star-Gazette | stargazette.com
- NRC finds no negative impact if Indian Point gets exemptions for fire damage shutdowns
- Study finds alarming decline in European flora and fauna | Environment & Development | Deutsche Welle | 22.11.2011
- More contaminants may be added to Great Lakes fish consumption advisories | Great Lakes Echo#bXpulseX
- IMPACT: EPA posts secret ‘watch list’ that includes chronic polluters | iWatch News
- Is EPA rule coal in utilities’ stockings? – Erica Martinson and Darius Dixon – POLITICO.com
- Primer: What’s New (and What Isn’t) in the IPCC’s Report on Extreme Weather | InsideClimate News
- City of Canandaigua aims to stem leaf pollution in lake – Canandaigua, NY – MPNnow
- GE surpasses Hudson PCB dredging target for year – Times Union
- Natural gas: Obama gets another energy headache as agency delays drilling vote — 11/21/2011 — www.eenews.net
- NCPR News – Decision gives state more time on fracking rules
- Ontario, Monroe and Livingston county leaders host fracking public forum – Canandaigua, NY – MPNnow
- Great Lakes coal shipments decrease | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota
- Delaware River Basin ongoing fracking ban applauded – Canandaigua, NY – MPNnow
- Clean Cars Would Cut Oil Use, Save New Yorkers $14.8 Million on Thanksgiving Travel – Environment New York
- Fuel cell firm in Gates to get state aid | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
- RG&E finally done with Beebee Station | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
- New Bike Lanes Riding Into Rochester – Rochester, News, Weather, Sports, and Events – 13WHAM.com
- The Atmosphere Doesn’t Lie | Dan Lashof’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC
Updates– Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]
- 11/26/2011 – How will Climate Change affect public health in our Rochester, NY region?Global Warming Effects and Threats on Human Health | NRDC “Climate change is one of the most serious public health threats facing the nation, but few people are aware of how it can affect them. Children, the elderly, and communities living in poverty are among the most vulnerable. Click on a state on the map for more information on climate-health threats, actions being taken to prepare communities, and what you can do. “
- 11/24/2011 – Greenhouse gases rise off the scale; Climate Change talks dismissed and attacked; but enjoy this Thanksgiving Amidst the squabbling about delaying stricter GHG emissions, a new rash of stolen Climate scientist’s emails, refusing to adhere to an updated Kyoto Protocol, and probably a zillion other reasons why humanity as a whole shouldn’t and won’t act on Climate Change, the talks will go on at city of Durban, South Africa from November 28 – December 9th. more…
- 11/23/2011 – Should the GOP because of their attitude towards our environment be thrown on the ash heap of history? One of the loony ideas that the Republican candidates have marched out to please their constituents and appeal to the US population’s desire for a quick fix for the job crisis is to allege that environmental restrictions lose jobs. In the first place, that’s just not correct: In the second and most important case, this position by a major political party is depraved more…
- 11/22/2011 – What we’re watching: I’ve come across this interesting documentary– Carbonnation–on solving Climate Change without necessarily believing that Climate Change is happening because of humankind activities, or even happening at all. I’d recommend this documentary in the sense that even the military understands that we have to prepare for a world that is warming. But still, it is all rather strange. It’s like telling your patient that she probably doesn’t have a heart condition, but just for the hell of it take these pills because they’ll make you feel good. And, they certainly won’t hurt you. My caveat to this film is that Climate Change really is happening. It’s strange and not really helpful to play along with Climate Change denial to do a Hail Mary pass around the Climate Change Crisis to get folks to embrace change. Action on Climate Change that will be needed is going to have to be adopted en masse. That means everyone must have a real understanding of why Climate Change is happening and the consequences of what will happen if we don’t. Thinking that we’ll just happily go around the messy political, societal, and economic hurdles of the Climate Change Crisis is infantilizing the American public. We’re adults: the Climate is warming rapidly and if this crisis upsets your world view or your strongly held beliefs, so be it. This documentary is interesting, as I say, but let’s not deceive ourselves into who is causing this mess. Anyway, check it out Carbonnation – The Movie “carbon nation is a documentary movie about climate change SOLUTIONS. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how SOLUTIONS to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues. You’ll meet a host of entertaining and endearing characters along the way. “
- 11/21/2011 – Where do the US presidential candidates stand on the Durban Climate Change Conference? I’ll admit I haven’t been paying close attention to the GOP presidential race much at all. What’s the point really? Mainstream media has framed the alleged democratic process of electing our presidents around the candidate’s ability to win, and almost nothing on substance. Certainly, not on Climate Change. If we were a rational people in a responsible country, the candidates would have a debate solely on Climate Change. Think of it, our planet’s atmosphere is warming up and we are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, the candidates are squabbling about how to screw the American people out of more of their money and health benefits so the 1% can sit pretty. more…
- 11/21/2011 – Solarize Rochester, NY: If you are getting a little tired of the political and mainstream media’s dismissal of any energy source but fossil fuels, take a look at a world-wide effort to increasesolar power. Though Rochester get more sunlight than Germany, where solar energy is taking off, Rochesterians think the sun doesn’t shine here. We’d rather tear up our countryside and jeopardize our water and heat our atmosphere with Fracking than put up solar panels or wind turbines. We don’t get it. We still think we are looking for energy solutions on a planet where, despite all evidence to the contrary, the planet’s atmosphere isn’t warming up because of the use of fossil fuels. Anyway, to take a break from fighting the bad energy options, take a chance on the right energy options: Community Solar Meetups Everywhere – Meetup “Around the globe people are coming together take a picture of a school, place of worship, community building or local park that they plan to occupy with beautiful solar panels. Start a group today and begin moving your community towards energy independence! “
Events– Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.] If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com with (EV event) in the subject line.
- November 28th 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM | The Lower Mill/Rabbit Room 61 N. Main St. Honeoye Falls NY 14472
- Fracking Forum Speakers include : Rachel Treichler speaking about adopting local laws to control fracking in your community Jordan Kleiman speaking about what is fracking and how it will effect your community John Simpowski speaking about his journey becoming aware of fracking A question and answer period will follow the speakers
- Tuesday, November 29, 6:30pm. Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue., Brighton, NY
- Think renewable energy (wind) as a energy option in our region: Tuesday, November 29, 6:30pm. Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue. Free. As the winter heating season ramps up, now is the time to consider your energy options. Take advantage of an opportunity to learn about your wind and renewable energy choices for your home or business. Color Brighton Green has invited Kevin Schulte, CEO of Ontario-based Sustainable Energy Developments (SED), to make a multi-media presentation on the advantages of home-based wind energy and the current state of wind energy development in our area. He will make the connection between the rising cost of traditional energy sources and what wind energy can do for your energy bills this winter – as well as the quality of the air you breathe year-round. Community Energy will also be available to discuss the ways you can select wind and other renewable energy sources right on your utility bill. Learn what it costs, and what the benefits are to you, your family, and business. Take advantage of this informative, easy session on making the switch to wind energy this season. For more information, contact Cheryl Frank or Carrie Senefelder at info@ColorBrightonGreen.org.
- December 1st 1PM – 2PM EST | register free online: Webinars
- Learn about how things are going to change with Climate Change in a webinar: Webinars December 1st 1PM – 2PM EST The Dynamics of the Human-Animal Interface in a Rapidly Changing Environment “The convergence of human health and animal health has led to a new era of emerging infectious diseases. How will this unique era and the human-animal interface be affected by the impending changes to our environment and alterations to our climate? This webinar will provide information about: The factors that have created this unprecedented era of emerging diseases How environmental changes will impact the human-animal interface Why the One Health Initiative offers a new mindset and solutions to address the health threats created by this unique convergence “Changing Climate
- Friday, December 2, 5-9 PM; Saturday, December 3, 10 AM-2 PM Place: First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 South Winton Road, Rochester NY 14610
- METRO JUSTICE’s 30th ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE FAIR Date/Time: NEW HOURS: Friday, December 2, 5-9 PM; Saturday, December 3, 10 AM-2 PM Place: First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 South Winton Road, Rochester NY 14610 Cost: $3 suggested donation for ages 12+. Children under 12 free. FREE CHILD CARE. DOOR PRIZES. Description: FAMILY HOLIDAY SHOPPING with a conscience – at Metro Justice’s 30th annual Alternative Fair, featuring hundreds of fair trade, earth friendly, and locally produced goods that support a just and sustainable world. Holiday shopping for the whole family, including clothing, toys, non-competitive games, pottery, and jewelry hand crafted by local artists, fair trade imports, and more. Door prizes, food, music, and information tables by local progressive organizations will be available. The Alternative Fair is an annual fund-raising event for Metro Justice (www.metrojustice.org) , an independent, grass-roots, progressive membership organization that works for human rights, equality and economic and environmental justice by raising community awareness and engaging in non-violent action. Accessibility: The building is handicap accessible
- Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 PM | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146 |
- NATURE OF MONTEZUMA LECTURE AT THE MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER: The Crux of Ducks on the Muck The Montezuma Audubon Center is pleased to welcome Dave Odell on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 PM for a lecture about the role of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex in the Atlantic Flyway. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a special place when it comes to birds and other wildlife. It holds a unique position in the Atlantic Waterfowl Flyway, and has been recognized in several state, national and international planning documents for its significance to waterfowl and many other species of birds. Our speaker, Dave Odell, has served on international committees tasked with writing those plans. He will share his knowledge about the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and the very important role it plays in the lives of birds both locally and in the western hemisphere. Dave Odell is retired from a 35+ year career with the NYSDEC as a Wildlife Biologist and Regional Wildlife Manager specializing in waterfowl and wetlands management. Dave moved to this area in 1992 to oversee the Northern Montezuma Wetlands Project, acquiring and restoring the land that was to become the Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Houghton College and a Master’s in Zoology and Wildlife Management from SUNY ESF. Dave is on the board of directors of the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Space is limited. Registration is required. Fee: $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. To register or for more information about the Center or its programs please call 315-365-3588 or e-mail email@example.com. Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146 The Center is Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am- 4 pm http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma.htm The Montezuma Audubon Center is a state-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Audubon Society. Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in conservation. www.audubon.org
- December 17, Saturday, 1:00-2:30 | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89, PO Box 187, Savannah, NY 13146
- December 17, Saturday, 1:00-2:30 PM Project Feederwatch Looking for something to do during the long, cold days of winter? Backyard birding is a great winter pastime and you can do it in your pajamas while sipping hot cocoa! Learn the basics of bird identification and binocular use before taking a walk/snowshoe to hone your skills with some of the common winter birds of this area. Then learn about this project that turns this pastime into real citizen science. The first ten people to register will receive a Project Feederwatch kit to participate at home! Fee: $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family (snowshoe rentals available). Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 315.365.3588. Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89, PO Box 187, Savannah, NY 13146
Action– Take Action – Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date.
- ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Think Fracking is a bad idea for New York State, and maybe even around Rochester, NY? Then, go here and sign yet another petition to stop it: Ban the gas harvesting process known as Fracking in the United States. | The White House Ban the gas harvesting process known as Fracking in the United States. Hydraulic Fracturing, or “Fracking” as it is more commonly referred to is the process of extracting natural gas from beneath the planet’s surface by pumping pressurized fluids deep underground, causing fractures and releasing gas. There have been many reports of health problems that may have been caused by this process as well as well documented videos showing people who live near these facilities turning on their kitchen sink, and being able to light the running water on fire because of how much gas is in it. There is even evidence that fracking may be the cause of some earthquakes. Congress exempted fracturing fluid from regulations of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2005, despite the fact that they contain carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, biocides, and other petroleum products.
- ACTION Due date: Public Hearing held on September 27 will be continued on November 3, 2011. The public comment period has also been extended to November 14, 2011
- IT’S OFFICIAL!! 2ND HEARING ON LPG STORAGE AND EXTENDED COMMENT PERIOD!!!!! Subject: Finger Lakes LPG – Project Update Hearing Continuance Department Staff have determined that the Public Hearing held on September 27 will be continued on November 3, 2011. The public comment period has also been extended to November 14, 2011. Please refer to the attached Notice for additional information regarding the hearing. The dSEIS for this project remains on the DEC website and the Finger Lakes LPG Storage site. On the DEC website the main body (text) and figures of the dSEIS has been posted. The newly revised Combined Notice (attached) and a link to the dSEIS will be posted on the DEC website as soon as possible (currently the notice for the first hearing is posted) at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/71619.html The Applicant has posted the complete dSEIS at http://www.fingerlakeslpgstorage.com/
- ACTION: Due date: Now
- Take action for our Great Lakes “Speak Out Now to Set the U.S.-Canada Strategy for Protecting our Great Lakes The health of our Great Lakes is threatened by new challenges — including invasive species, climate change, habitat loss and emerging contaminants. The United States and Canada are now completing negotiations on an updated version of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a binational agreemet to address Great Lakes threats. ” from Alliance for the Great Lakes
- ACTION: Take action, due Date: December 12, 201, make public comment, on the most important and immediate environmental concern in our area.
- DEC Begins 90-Day Public Comment Period on Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Four Public Hearings Planned DEC to Move Forward with Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations Concurrently with Draft SGEIS Socio-economic Study Shows Potential for 6,200 to 24,800 FTE Positions with $420 Million to $1.7 Billion in Wages The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation opened a more than 90-day public comment period on its revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. In addition, the agency will issue its proposed regulations governing high-volume hydraulic fracturing in early October. (September 7, 2011) Press Releases – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation [more on Energy in our area]
- ACTION due date now
- Take action against hydrofracking. Not enthralled with the possibility of hydrofracking in New York State possibly contaminating our drinking water? Take ACTION: Take Action to Help Food & Water Watch Protect the Commons | Food & Water Watch “With mounting evidence that fracking for natural gas is poisoning our air and water, and a national movement against fracking that continues to grow, why is Congress poised to commit us to an energy policy that will encourage even more fracking? Please fill out the form below to take action. Your message will be sent directly to your legislators. To edit the letter, take action here. “–from Food & Water Watch
- ACTION: Due Date: now
- Major action on Climate Change by Bill McKibben and 350.org. You can take part and act locally. Recruiting Local Businesses | The U.S. Chamber Doesn’t Speak For Me “Here’s the plan: If we can get thousands of small businesses across the country to declare that “The US Chamber Doesn’t Speak for me,” we can get local and state chambers of commerce to do the same. By compiling thousands of declarations, we’ll build a critical mass representing the true voice of business, and fight back against the millions of dollars of money pollution that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pumping into Washington DC. ” – from 350.org
- Action: Due Date – Now
- Join a new local Hydrofracturing Action Alert email list by contacting Anna Sears firstname.lastname@example.org. Also the local Sierra Club’s Global Warming & Energy Committee has been addressing the topic of Hydrofracturing. They meet the 2nd Monday evening of the month. Contact email@example.com for more info. Also – you may wish to review this coalition letter Coalition Letter to Governor Cuomo Regarding Executive Order No. 41: Requiring Further Environmental Review of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Combined With Horizontal Drilling | Toxics Targeting and Governor Cuomo issued a “continuation” of Executive Order No. 41 on his first day in office, as he earlier signaled he would. See: No. 2 REVIEW, CONTINUATION AND EXPIRATION OF PRIOR EXECUTIVE ORDERS | Governor
- ACTION: on or before December 31, 2012.
- Review information from webinars and make public comment on “EPA is requesting public input on proposed new safeguards for hazardous secondary materials recycling to protect public health and the environment.” DSW Rulemakings for RCRA Hazardous Waste Regulations | Definition of Solid Waste | Wastes | US EPA This page provides information on current and past rulemakings and links to Federal Register Notices specific to the definition of solid waste. | 2011 Proposed Rule EPA is requesting public input on proposed new safeguards for hazardous secondary materials recycling to protect public health and the environment. The proposal modifies EPA’s 2008 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule, which revised hazardous waste regulations to encourage recycling of hazardous secondary materials. EPA is asking for comment on potential revisions to address concerns raised by the Sierra Club, as well as other environmental organizations. Under a settlement agreement with the Sierra Club that has been filed with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, EPA has committed to take final action on this proposed rulemaking on or before December 31, 2012. Federal Register – July 22, 2011 US Environmental Protection Agency [more on Recycling in our area]
Award– Environmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area’s environmental issues.]