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Soil contamination a hurdle for new Jordan Downs housing plan

The L.A. city housing authority has promised to remove contaminated soil, but some argue the chemical levels will still be too high.

The neighborhood of Jordan Downs lies next to a 21-acre site that once housed a steel factory. Residents and activists are concerned that soil contamination levels are too high to make building on the site safe for families and young children. (Bethany Mollenkof, Los Angeles Times / February 9, 2013) By Tony Barboza and Jessica GarrisonDecember 25, 2013, 9:11 p.m.,0,6659270.story#ixzz2obPeEgqS

Start Them Early: Seven Fun Ways to Teach Kids The Importance of Recycling

Recycling is extremely important. Not only does recycling help the planet, but it can even earn you some money in the process, as well. It is fairly well known that when kids learn a habit early on in life, they are more likely to continue that habit throughout their lives. Teaching your kids about recycling early on, then, can encourage environmental responsibility for life. But how do you go about teaching your child about which rubbish is which? Incorporating games and activities that teach them about recycling is a fun and easy way to teach your children how to protect the environment through recycling; a few ideas are below.

Read a Book 

It seems rather simple, but books can help teach your children the “why” behind recycling. When the characters in a book learn why recycling is a good idea, your child learns, as well. Finding books that include characters with whom your child will relate is key to encouraging them to learn from their behaviour.

Go to the Zoo or Museum…

What Is the Best Method for Asbestos Disposal?

There are four recommended ways to dispose of asbestos. These methods include dry stripping, controlled wet stripping, high pressured water removal, and hot stripping. While all of these methods are effective, removal of asbestos is actually not necessary. In fact, removing asbestos can be more dangerous than allowing this material to remain as it currently is.
Contrary to popular belief, asbestos in its natural form is not dangerous. In fact, asbestos was once used for all kinds of commercial and industrial applications from boat construction to building construction. Asbestos can withstand high temperatures, it is not affected by abrasion, and it does not react to alkaline or acid solutions. For all of these reasons, contractors and developers used to prefer asbestos to any other material.
The problem is that asbestos can be highly toxic when it has been disturbed. When asbestos has been handled by human hands, crushed, sawed, chiseled, or moved in any other manner, i…

California fails to keep track of hazardous waste ....In a state as large as California, that adds up — to 174,000 tons of missing waste.

State fails to keep track of hazardous waste
Los Angeles County Fire Department hazardous materials specialist Mario Benjamin inspects an abandoned container in an alley in Whittier in August. After the chemicals are identified, appropriate pickup is arranged. (Christina House / For The Times) More photos On paper, California's rules on the transport and disposal of hazardous waste are among the nation's strictest. But there are huge holes in the system.By Jessica Garrison, Ben Poston and Kim Christensen Year after year the trucks rolled in, dumping loads of sewage sludge and contaminated dirt at a soil-recycling plant in this tiny desert community.
Thousands of deliveries were dutifully recorded in a state database. Anyone who checked it would have seen that the plant had no state permit to accept hazardous waste.

Yet the dumping went on for seven years — because state regulators either did not look at their own records or did not act on the information. The wast…

What is the expected life of an UPS battery?

All APC batteries should last three to five years. Below are some guidelines to ensure optimum life expectancy:

1. Make sure that the APC UPS battery is kept in a cool, dry location with plenty of ventilation. Ideally, the temperature where a UPS is kept should not exceed 75° F (24° C). Also, for ventilation purposes, leave roughly one to two inches on each side for proper airflow.

2. Only perform runtime calibrations on the UPS one or two times a year, if necessary. Some of our customers want to check their systems to verify that their runtime is sufficient. However, consistently performing these calibrations can significantly decrease the life expectancy of your APC battery. Click here for more information on runtime calibration.

3. Do not store APC batteries for extended periods of time. New batteries can be stored for 6 to 12 months. After this period, the battery should be used or it will lose a great deal of its charge. It is not advisable to store batteries that have a…

Proper Disposal of Asbestos Containing Materials

History Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance made from silica which is now banned due to its link with myriad health complications. While its use can be traced back centuries, it was primarily used between the turn of the 20th century through the late 1970s in industrial capacities.
Asbestos is a fibrous material which lent itself well to construction compounds. It was used in most capacities as an insulation and fireproofing compound, which could be added to a number of different materials. Many of these materials still exist today. In fact, asbestos-containing materials can be found in nearly 80 percent of structures built before 1978.
What to Do About Asbestos It is important to remember that not all these materials pose an immediate threat. Asbestos must be rendered “friable” to be considered hazardous. Friable asbestos fibers are those which are within a damaged or aged compound and can potentially be released into the air. When materials contain friable asbe…

In quaint Avila Beach Calif, oil firm plans resort where crude once spilled

Diesel fuel, gasoline and crude, it turned out, had been saturating the soil under the town and its quaint beach for years. Public health advocates and the state accused Unocal of spilling toxic substances into a source of drinking water.
Unocal signed one of largest environmental settlements in California history: an agreement to cleanse Avila Beach.......

The project is seen by many as inevitable — even, potentially, transformative. But bitterness from 'the trauma' lingers for some.
AVILA BEACH, Calif. — Pretty regularly, the clouds cartwheel in from the sea and sock everybody in around here, except tiny Avila Beach. It'll be dreary up in Morro Bay and dreadful down in Pismo, but here,…

How to Avoid Exposure to Chemicals that Mess with Your Hormones

By Dan Shapley
A new report from the Environmental Working Group and Keep a Breast Foundation identifies the "dirty dozen" endocrine disrupting chemicals--those substances, often found in consumer products, food and elsewhere in our daily lives, that mimic hormones and may affect a variety of health issues. A growing body of independent science points to concerns about the effect of some of these chemicals, even at low doses (since the chemicals mimic hormones, which themselves can have big effects on the body in tiny concentrations).

The actual list will mean something to some people, with some now-recognizable chemicals like Bisphenol A and phthalates topping the list. Also on the list: dioxin, atrazine, perchlorate, fire retardants, lead, arsenic, mercury, perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), organophosphate pesticides and glycol ethers.
More critical are the tips for avoiding each of these substances. As any consumer who has schooled herself on the subject of …

Levy scrapped to stop asbestos waste being dropped in city streets

Health inspectors contain an asbestos dump in Wattle Lane, Untimo. THE state government will scrap the waste levy on asbestos from home renovations sent to tips in an effort to stop the potentially deadly material being dumped on city streets. 

Environment Minister Robyn Parker will also ­announce today that, under the $3 million trial scheme, the Environmental Protection Authority will pay $50 towards the cost of removing and transporting asbestos to tips and landfill sites.

Asbestos dumping has ­become a major problem across the state, despite new laws that threaten imprisonment instead of a fine.

Dumpers are trying to avoid the waste levy, which is charged at tips and landfill sites and costs $107.80 per tonne in Sydney and $53.70 a tonne in regional NSW.

One of the most infamous asbestos dumpings was a tip truck opening its rear gate and depositing two tonnes outside a pair of daycare centres on Wattle Lane at Ultimo in inner Sydney last December which took tw…

EPA officers sickened by fumes at South L.A. oil field

The inspectors suffered sore throats and headaches during a visit to Allenco Energy Co. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) urges a temporary shutdown pending an investigation.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) talks with residents in University Park on Friday. She urged Allenco to suspend operations immediately pending completion of an EPA investigation. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / November 8, 2013) concerns in South L.A. Regulators move to shut down battery recycling plant'Airpocalypse': Severe pollution cripples northeastern China By Louis Sahagun
Federal environmental officers were sickened by toxic vapors as they toured a south Los Angeles urb…

Asbestos Landfill a Concern for Area Residents

LA Testing provides environmental and air testing services to ensure asbestos found in California does not cause health concerns for area residents.

A recent article highlighted the fact that once asbestos has been removed from a building the health concerns caused by the asbestos do not just go away.  A California family in Vacaville is concerned about their health because of asbestos that is being dumped in a nearby landfill.

The family purchased their home before the landfill was opened and according to the article have complained on several occasions to the landfill operators about unpleasant smells.  According to the homeowners these complaints have not been acknowledged which leads them to be even more concerned about the asbestos waste at the landfill.

The company that runs the landfill says the asbestos waste is specially packaged and inspected before being buried separately in an isolated area.  Asbestos from building materials and other waste is heavily regul…

Nike Builds Concept Store from Trash

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Nike’s concept store in Shanghai was built completely out of trash and recylced materials by Miniwiz Sustainable Development. Photo: Miniwiz Sustainable Development When sports and athletic apparel retail giant Nike opened its concept store in China earlier this year, it took the idea of recycling to a whole new level. The Shanghai store, which was designed by the Taiwan-based architectural firm Miniwiz Sustainable Development, is called the Nike X158 Hyper Nature — and it’s made completely out of trash.
With no virgin materials to be found, the building has gained acclaim for its forward-thinking approach to construction. In addition to using all recycled materials, the construction was done without the use of any glue — which means the materials used to build the facility can all be re-recycled down the line.
Among the items used to construct the modern, urban building are:
More than 50,000 used CDs and DVDsMore than 5,000 drink …

Popcorn ceiling, it probably contains asbestos

Popcorn ceiling texture close up A popcorn ceiling, also known as cottage cheese ceiling or more accurately a Stucco ceiling, is a term for a spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatment used from the late 1950s into the 1980s in American residential construction. It was the standard for bedroom and residential hallway ceilings for its bright, white appearance, noise reduction qualities and ability to hide imperfections, while kitchen and living rooms ceilings would normally be finished in smoother skip-trowel or orange peel texture for their higher durability and ease of cleaning.
In early formulations it often contained white asbestos fibers. When asbestos was banned in ceiling treatments by the Clean Air Act of 1978 in the United States,[1] popcorn ceilings fell out of favor in much of the country. However, in order to minimize economic hardship to suppliers and installers, existing inventories of asbestos-bearing texturing materials were exempt from the ban, so it is possibl…

Best Practices For Going Green With Your Heating And Cooling

Now is the time to go green. If you were ever wondering if it was worth your time, money, and thought, then you should know that the answer is simple. Yes. Yes, you should be adjusting your life to go green in as many ways as possible. The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are currently higher than they have ever been at any point in human history – and anything you can do to lower your impact on the environment is good. Besides the obvious environmental incentives, there are other good reasons to go green. It often ends up saving you money, because energy is expensive. And, if you are smart with the way you make your green changes, you will likely end up saving yourself time, too.
So how should you go green? There are a lot of ways – seemingly endless ways, in fact. But with summer coming up, you might be interested in lowering your cooling costs. You can go green in the way you heat and cool your house, and you can do it with minimal efforts. It will be wor…

What is a NPI number?

eWaste Disposal, Inc, has one, it is 1952744674.

The NPI Registry enables you to search for a provider's NPPES information. All information produced by the NPI Registry is provided in accordance with the NPPES Data Dissemination Notice. Information in the NPI Registry is updated daily. You may run simple queries to retrieve this read-only data. For example, users may search for a provider by the NPI or Legal Business Name. There is no charge to use the NPI Registry. Some health care providers reported their SSNs, IRS ITINs or EINs in sections of the NPI application that contain information that is required to be disclosed under FOIA. For example,

       1. Providers who are individuals may have reported SSNs or IRS ITINs in FOIA-disclosable fields (such as in the "Other Provider Identifiers" or "License Number" fields).

       2. An incorporated individual, when applying for an NPI for the corporation, may have r…

managing asbestos waste in Orange County and Los Angeles County

Regulatory Assistance Officer’s Note:

 If you generate hazardous waste, you s hould consult with your Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA). Fina l ly, DTSC strongly encourages all businesses generating hazardous waste to consider waste minim i- zation, source reduction and pollution prevention. Go to the Duty Officer FAQs for us e- ful links. What is asbestos and how dangerous is it? Asbestos refers to a family of fibrous minerals found all over world and in the serpe n- tine rock that occurs throughout California. When the fibers break off and become airborne, they can create a health r isk if inhaled. Asbestos exposure is associated with certain types of lung cancer, and long time occupational exposure can also cause the lung disease asbestosis. Read more about the health risks of asbestos in the DTSC fact sheet What is Asbestos and the California Department of Public Health pu b l i c a tion Asbestos in the Home and Workplace . In the past, asbestos was used i…