The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will develop global facility management standards if a British Standards Institution’s proposal (pdf) is adopted. The standards will provide tools to the facility management industry to support best practices and improve competitiveness and communication for service providers and customers as well as reduce energy, carbon, and waste. The American National Standards Institute is asking stakeholders to submit comments by Aug. 12 to Steven P. Cornish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EPA has penalized Safety Kleen Systems, Inc. with a $26,782 fine for failing to report information about the ethylene glycol, lead, and polycyclic aromatic compounds at its St. Charles, Mo., branch facility. EPA inspectors discovered three violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act last year. The company, which makes and sells industrial cleaning products and equipment, has agreed to pay the fine.
EMerge Alliance, a group created in 2008 to advance net-zero energy commercial buildings, announced Monday that six companies have joined the organization. The new members are GE Energy, Intel Corporation, Universal Electric Corporation–Starline DC Solutions, Power-One, NextEnergy Center, and Dynamic Supplier Alignment. PulseStar Technology has upgraded its membership status. The group seeks to bring the benefits of hybrid AC-DC power architecture to both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Technology Conservation Group, Inc. of Lecanto, Fla., is the first company to be named an R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler in the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The certification covers Responsible Recycling Practices and the Recycling Industry Operating Standard for U.S. processing facilities in Lecanto; Louisville, Ky; and Portland, Ore. The electronics recycling and asset management company also announced it has achieved ISO 140001:2004 recertification in these facilities. SGS, an independent third-party, accredited certification body, performed the conformance audit.
A November 2010 inspection by the EPA at Dyno Nobel‘s plant in Cheyenne, Wyo., has resulted in an agreement to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations for $110,900. The Australia-based company, an industrial explosives supplier, must improve maintenance and internal auditing of equipment used to store and process hazardous chemicals, including ammonia and chlorine, and documentation of employee training on how to work with these chemicals.
The EPA is alleging that Knight Oil of Salisbury, Mass., and Rowley Fuels of Allburgh, Vt., have not adequately prepared and maintained Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure plans to protect surface waters and municipal stormwater drains. The companies could face penalties up to $177,500. Both companies have taken steps to bring their facilities into compliance.
Community groups El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpio of Kettleman City, Calif., and Padres Hacia una Vida Mejor of Buttonwillow, Calif., have filed a lawsuit against the EPA over waste dumps that they say are located in low-income and predominantly Latino areas, according to the Los Angeles Times. Waste Management Inc. operates the dump in Kettleman City but said the landfill was already in that location when the company purchased it. Other dumps are in Buttonwillow and rural areas of Imperial County. Siting decisions were made more than 17 years ago when the complaints of discrimination were first issued against the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, which issues permits for toxic waste dumps. The EPA did not comment on the suit.
The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) has certified Nylobrade braid-reinforced PVC hose for Standards 51 and 61 and evaluated the EP42HT-2FG food grade epoxy system to meet NSF/ANSI 51.4.1 (2009) standard, according to DesignWorld. The hose is safe to use in drinking water systems and food equipment machinery while the epoxy can be applied to metals, plastics, rubbers, and other substrates commonly found on food service equipment.
Underwriters Laboratories has certified and listed six of AeroVironment’s charging systems for electric vehicles, according to Renew Grid. The latest system is designed to provide a full recharge in less than 30 minutes.