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Compliance & Standards Briefing: Vehicle Disposal, E-Waste Strategy, Utility Calculating EPA Costs

The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association is calling for an industry-led environmental management system for recycling and disposing of old vehicles, the Record said. According to the group, more than half a million vehicles in the province are decommissioned but most are not managed to any environmental standard.

City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., has hired engineering firm Burns and McDonnell to determine how EPA pollution rules will affect it, the Springfield News Leader said. The utilities’ general manager Scott Miller said the company needed to get ahead of the “construction rush” for environmental equipment, and that he hoped compliance with the possible emissions rules would not cost more than $200 million.

Aquatherm Industries has earned ISO 9001:2008 certification, making it the first and only U.S. solar collector manufacturer to have done so. The company said its compliance with such quality standards as IAPMO, NSF and CSA helped speed the auditing process.

E-Waste Systems founder Martin Nielson said the Obama administration’s national strategy for electronics stewardship is too limiting, MRW reported. He added that U.S. standards should be on par with those of the EU WEEE Directive and that the EPA should have enforcement power over that standard.

Western Environmental Inc. and Waste Reduction Technologies have agreed to eliminate potential noxious odors from their waste handling, recycling, and composting facilities on the Cabazon Reservation near Mecca, Calif., the EPA said. The companies must install an odor control misting systems and otherwise monitor odor-causing substances.

The EPA has taken legal action against the Battery Recycling Company, Inc., which operates a secondary lead smelter in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The EPA says the company must reduce its air and water pollution through improved monitoring and reporting, preventive actions, and operational improvements. The facility recycles used motor vehicle batteries and produces about 60 tons of lead per day.

The Calgary Herald reported that police charged John Edward Wilson of Calgary with three counts of fraud over $5,000 in a scam on several Alberta oil and gas companies. An incorporated company claiming to represent the government allegedly sent invoices requesting environmental compliance fee payments.

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