Vol.23, No.3, September 2013
Every year businesses in Washington State complete Tier Two reports. These show the types and amounts of hazardous chemicals they have. Some may wonder how important these reports are, but a deadly fire and explosion in Texas points out the need to keep that information flowing.
Jill Kangas, Lewis County Division of Emergency Managment and Mariann Cook Andrews, Washington State Department of Ecology
CellNetix, a pathology laboratory in Seattle, provides a full range of laboratory services to health care providers and patients. Since 2012, CellNetix has been leading its industry in preventing pollution through reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. Joanne Lind, Washington State Department of Ecology
As manufacturers remove toxic chemicals from their products, they want to know that the alternatives they choose are safer than the chemical being replaced. Ecology's been working with seven other states to create an “alternatives assessment” guide to help with this effort. Linda Glasier, Washington State Department of Ecology
Recent research indicates that carbon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers may pose a respiratory hazard to workers manufacturing and using these materials. According to a national safety agency, new laboratory studies of mice inhaling carbon nanotubes showed a 90 percent increase in the probability of developing tumors. Similar studies have shown lung inflammation and other respiratory illnesses. Maria Victoria Peeler, Washington State Department of Ecology
Ecology will kick off a new pollution prevention initiative this fall. The Safer Chemistry Challenge Program aims to motivate and recognize companies that reduce or eliminate their use of hazardous and toxic chemicals, and find safer alternatives. Gayla Walsh, Washington State Department of Ecology
When Local Source Control Specialist, Tina Friedrich, conducted a site visit at the Franklin Pierce School District’s maintenance facility, she discovered a mysterious underground storage tank (UST). This discovery led to the removal of the UST and efforts to eliminate the environmental threat it posed.
From Tacoma Pierce County Health Department
The results from the recent survey of dangerous waste generators are in, and we want to share them with you. What the respondents shared will help us as we decide what and how to communicate with dangerous waste generators around the state.
Mariann Cook Andrews, Washington State Department of Ecology
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