Are you aware that on October 26, 2013, all citizens can drop off their unused or expired medications to specific sites to help keep our environment safe. We strongly encourage you not to flush old medication and take advantage of this national program. Through the efforts of the United States Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration/Office of Diversion Control – you can go to the following website and type in your zip code to find local facilities that will be participating in this national event to take back your unused or expired medication and save our environment. Pleas
Sept. 23) US judge gives EPA 6 months to decide whether regulations
needed for farmland runoff pollution
NEW ORLEANS — Environmental advocates in states along the Mississippi
River have won a round toward a long-term goal of having federal
standards created to regulate farmland runoff and other pollution
blamed for the oxygen-depleted “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico and
problems in other bodies of water.
Increasingly popular bathroom wipes — pre-moistened towelettes that are often advertised as flushable — are being blamed for creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the nation.
Wastewater authorities say wipes may go down the toilet, but even many labeled flushable aren’t breaking down as they course through the sewer system. That’s costing some municipalities millions of dollars to dispatch crews to unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery.
EPA is trying to allay states’ concerns over the initial startup costs
of its recently issued proposal to require electronic reporting of
most water discharge data, a measure that is expected to help
To help ensure your DMR reaches the Bureau of Water Compliance in Albany, be sure to include the Zip+4. The 4 digits after the 12233 zip code helps identify the office the DMR package goes to. There will be less of a chance of the package getting “lost”. Send the DMR’s to:
Each year the Green Panel, consisting of more than a dozen environmental groups, identify bills of special significance known as “super bills”. This year the Environmental Conservation Committee listed the “Fracking Moratorium and Health Impacts Assessment” as a super bill.
The bill would enact a moratorium on certain types of natural gas drilling until May 15, 2015, and require the completion of a comprehensive health impact assessment. This legislation (A.5424-A Sweeney) passed the Assembly, but the Senate has not yet taken action.
A hacking group accused of being operated by the Chinese army now seems to be going after industrial control systems.
Monroe County in partnership with Monroe 1 BOCES will be presenting a NYS DEC approved 60 hour Basic Operations course one day a week from September 11 through December 11, 2013 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at their Training Center on 1574 Lake Shore Blvd, Rochester, NY 14617.
(This course satisfies the Basic Operations requirement for 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A Operator Certification)
Cost is $975/person. Lunch is included.