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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Rainwater Catchment, EPDs, Canola Oil and Cancer

The American National Standards Institute has approved ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63-2013: Rainwater Catchment Systems, which revises a standard originally published in 2007. The standard is designed to help engineers, designers, plumbers, builders/developers, local government officials, and end users in safely implementing a rainwater catchment system using precipitation from rooftops and other hard, impervious surfaces. The American Society of Plumbing Engineers will host a meeting early next year to review future strategies for addressing catchment design.

TD Bank has announced its 100th and 101st retail store LEED certifications, for two LEED Gold branches in New York City. Features include light sensors and use of natural daylight. TD Bank says all of its offices and stores built today use 30 percent less energy than the bank’s earlier facilities.

Ohio state senators Joe Uecker and Tim Schaffer introduced legislation to ban the use of LEED in public construction. Unlike many other similar bills, SCR 25 specifically names LEED as the rating system to avoid, and says the state should evaluate alternative green building standards, EcoBuilding Pulse reports.

A California appeals court reinstated a Proposition 65 suit against eight manufacturers and distributors of chlorine testing kits for swimming pools and spas. The companies included Home Depot and Poolmaster, Law360 reports. Consumer Advocacy Group alleged that the companies failed to disclose the presence of orthotolidine (OTO), which is on the state’s list of known carcinogenic substances. A county judge previously dismissed the suit, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a notice of intent to list emissions from frying food in unrefined rapeseed oil – commonly known as canola oil – as a carcinogenic substance under Prop. 65, Mark Anstoetter and Madeleine McDonough of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP report. The proposal is based on the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s finding that these emissions cause increased incidence of tumors in mice. Comments are requested by December 16.

Statoil is the first company to complete an independent assessment assuring compliance with the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) protocols developed by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS), putting the company ahead of a 2015 deadline for third-party assurance. Bureau Veritas completed the assessment of Statoil Gulf of Mexico E&P’s management system.

GAF Materials Corp. received NSF-ISO compliant Type III Environmental Product Declarations for its EverGuard TPO and EverGuard Extreme roofing products. GAF also holds health product declarations (HPDs) for EverGuard TPO roofing and EnergyGuard Polyiso insulation products.

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