EPA News: EPA Names First Chemicals for Review Under New TSCA Legislation

EPA News: 10 Chemicals Under TSCA Review

WASHINGTON – Today, EPA is announcing the first ten chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under TSCA reform.

“Under the new law, we now have the power to require safety reviews of all chemicals in the marketplace.” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the of Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We can ensure the public that we will deliver on the promise to better protect public health and the environment.”

The first ten chemicals to be evaluated are:

  • 1,4-Dioxane
  • 1-Bromopropane
  • Asbestos
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster
  • Methylene Chloride
  • N-methylpyrrolidone
  • Pigment Violet 29
  • Tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene
  • Trichloroethylene

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, requires EPA to publish this list by December 19, 2016. These chemicals were drawn from EPA’s 2014 TSCA Work Plan, a list of 90 chemicals selected based on their potential for high hazard and exposure as well as other considerations.

When the list is published in the Federal Register it will trigger a statutory deadline to complete risk evaluations for these chemicals within three years.  This evaluation will determine whether the chemicals present an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment. If it is determined that a chemical presents an unreasonable risk, EPA must mitigate that risk within two years.

Under the newly amended law, EPA must release a scoping document within six months for each chemical. This will include the hazard(s), exposure(s), conditions of use, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation(s) the agency plans to consider for the evaluation.

Additional chemicals will be designated for evaluation, and all of the remaining Work Plan chemicals will be reviewed for their potential hazard and exposure. For each risk evaluation that EPA completes, TSCA requires that EPA begin another. By the end of 2019, EPA must have at least 20 chemical risk valuations ongoing at any given time.

For more on the chemicals listed and additional information: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/evaluating-risk-existing-chemicals-under-tsca

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Supreme Court Halts MATS Rule

Late Tuesday it was announced that the U.S. Supreme Court has halted the implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) rule.  This is the first time in recent memory that the U.S. Supreme Court has put a rule on hold before the lower court review.  Rulings from the lower court are expected over the summer.

Here are some other articles discussing the Supreme Court’s decision to put the MATS rule on hold:

Supreme Court To EPA: Fool Me Once

Carbon pollution controls put on hold

Supreme Court Puts White House’s Carbon Pollution Limits On Hold

 

ESS Conducts Isokinetic Training for Centre for Environmental Monitoring in Vietnam

training in VietnamEnvironmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues to grow in the Asian market through stack testing expertise, client relationships and strong partnerships with governmental bodies. Most recently ESS provided isokinetic emissions sampling training to the Centre for Environmental Monitoring under the Vietnam Environment Administration (MONRE) on June 10, 2014. This workshop was conducted as part of the preparation for the National Convention about Environmental Monitoring in Haiphong, Vietnam on June 19-20, 2014. ESS representatives were among the presenters at the Convention.

Workshop instruction was led by ESS President Mark Looney, QSTI, with the students consisting of technicians in MONRE’s Air Division. Topics covered included the knowledge and nomenclature of the isokinetic stack testing equipment, an understanding of why the prescribed methods are used, and an introduction to the Apex Instruments isokinetic sampling equipment, the premier brand in the source-testing industry.

The workshop was executed to provide these students with the tools necessary to properly plan, guide, evaluate, and perform source-sampling to determine emission rates from stationary sources. ESS representatives offered an overview of the typical industries and sources tested, with the applicable methodologies and required Apex instruments and equipment. Mr. Looney and the other ESS support staff also provided an opportunity for some hands-on practice with the equipment, as well as an extensive Q&A session to answer students’ queries relating to the topics under discussion.

As ESS’s business has grown in the Asian market, it has been important to maintain staff and a local presence in these markets. In January 2013, ESS opened an Asian headquarters in Hanoi, Vietnam. During the past year, ESS has provided services in source sampling at Nghi Son 1 power plant, annual air quality projects with UNDP, Australia Embassy, Coca-Cola, Masan Mining Ltd., and provided training at local Centres for Environmental Monitoring.

training in VietnamESS is proud of our growing list of clients and our networking with key provincial government agencies such as CEM under VEA. ESS maintains its competitive advantage by continuing to build on international experiences, developing offices in strategic markets and assuring client satisfaction on every project. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers enables us to drive all our projects to completion on-time and on-budget.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been conducting point source, ambient and industrial hygiene air quality testing and consulting. ESS utilizes modern and consistently maintained equipment to conduct its testing services world-wide. They are qualified to conduct a wide range of air testing methodologies in almost any environment – and for almost any industry. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of test results through a secure online client portal accessible at their main website, essknowsair.com.

To learn more about ESS and their air quality testing services in Asia, the U.S. and beyond, please call (910) 799-1055 (US) or (84) 4 6291-1617 (Vietnam) or visit http://www.essknowsair.com.

ESS Finishes Quarter 1 2014 in Strong Position Domestic and Abroad

ESS in 2014As Quarter 1 of 2014 draws to a close, Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) is in strong position to make 2014 one of the most effective, profitable years in the company’s 35 year history.

The ESS USA office, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, wraps up Quarter 1 principally completing projects for its regular clients. Quarter 1 RATA test requirements and other hard-target deadline needs for the returning customers were the top priority, but projects for new clients, including a number of municipality public works groups, ensured long term growth for 2014 and beyond. In addition to RATA tests required annually, ESS was involved in a number of incinerator tests, and projects associated with the Boiler MACT and RICE NESHAP (Subpart ZZZZ) requirements.

The ESS representative office in Asia continues to garner new clients as well, in its second year of operation. Partnering with Berkman Systems, ESS Asia has completed a number of new RATA projects for various clients in the Philippines, and most recently conducted an Ambient Air measurement sampling plan at the Australian Embassy, near the ESS office in Hanoi Vietnam.

Looking ahead towards the rest of 2014, ESS expects to continue its strong year. Principally, the early part of Quarter 2 will be a strong focus on the RICE NESHAP tests for small engines, which has its extended compliance date coming up quickly in early May. ESS is already scheduling well into the summer, on a variety of projects associated with compliance and engineering projects for Sewage Sludge Incinerator (SSI) units, industrial boilers and heaters, and other MACT and RATA requirements.

ESS Asia anticipates a second project at the Australian Embassy, and further ambient emissions testing projects in Vietnam and the Philippines, and is poised to build on projects completed in Hong Kong by expanding into China proper. China, with its famous air-quality concerns, shows signs of targeting air quality in the near future, and the ESS Asia network believes it is well placed to expand into the region, offering its strong technical expertise and great customer service to a new area of the world.

ESS is still looking for new clients and opportunities to grow. With the new EPA regulations and impending compliance dates, emission testing projects are growing larger and more complicated. Few things are more helpful to a facility than a knowledgeable partner.

If you have any testing requirements, give ESS a call today: (800) 245-3778.  Please visit our main website for more information about our  services and capabilities: www.essknowsair.com.

ESS Closing 2013 In a Strong Business Position

ESS Stays Busy in 2013As 2013 moves towards its close, Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues to complete projects domestically and abroad, finishing strong with one of the busiest years in the company’s 35 year history. ESS attributes this large workload both to increased demand for stack testing service, and to excellent service that has attracted and maintained a consistently growing base of dedicated clients. ESS strives first and foremost to provide quality service to their clients, with projects completed on time, within budget, and acceptable to both facility personnel and state and federal governing bodies. ESS offers expertise on current rulings as well as new and upcoming standards, and has the tools to assist facilities in achieving compliance with them.

ESS continues to conduct many projects related to the MACT standards, including the RICE NESHAP and Boiler MACT. ESS has partnered with PowerSecure and Governor Control Systems (GCS), for the refitting and testing of hundreds of stationary RICE Units in 2013, for demonstration of compliance with the RICE NESHAP, 40 CFR Subpart ZZZZ. In addition, ESS has been assisting many of their industrial clients with engineering testing for metals, particulate matter, HCl, and criteria gases as part of compliance strategies with the Boiler MACT standards. A large, challenging testing project on a Thermal Desorption Unit at the US Ecology of Texas site has rounded out the Fall and early Winter months for ESS USA operations.

Internationally, the ESS office established this year in Hanoi, Vietnam, is also completing projects for both new and repeat clients. In addition to the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (HKEPD ) particulate study project, completed during the summer months, ESS Asia, located in Hanoi, Vietnam, has been obtaining new clients every month, often in partnership with Berkman Systems, one of the largest environmental consulting companies in the Philippines. ESS is in the midst of a commissioning project for Foster Wheeler at their Facility in Nghi Son, south of Hanoi. The project involves comprehensive air sampling, boiler tuning; steam-flow measurements; coal, fly, and bottom ash analysis; and other parameters. ESS has recently completed a number of other projects, including an ambient-air study at the location of the new Green building for the United Nations Development Programme in Hanoi, as well as a comprehensive emissions test series for Massan Mining. Both projects involved the measurement of Particulate and gaseous emissions, in the air and in exhaust emissions, and both are continuing projects, expected to involve retests and further analysis over the next few years.

Looking ahead to 2014 indicates a continuation of this trend. Through the acquisition of new clients and the retaining of current ones, ESS is already scheduling projects into late Quarter 1 of 2014, and anticipates more to come before the year closes out. ESS expects to continue to leverage their customer service, stack testing expertise, and project execution to satisfy its current and future client base in 2014, and on into the future.

To learn more about ESS and to inquire about air quality and environmental testing,  please visit the website at http://www.essknowsair.com or call (800) 245-3778.

 

Contact:

Brian Mellor
Sales Manager
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, NC 28412
Phone: 910-799-1055
[email protected]
http://www.essknowsair.com

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ESS Conducts H2 Gas Test at Coca-Cola Factory in Hanoi, Vietnam

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.October, 2013 – Hanoi, Vietnam – Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues growth in the Asian market with recent air emissions and ambient test programs for clients in Vietnam where ESS has a established an office. ESS most recently secured a contract to sample for hydrogen gas at the Coca-Cola factory in Hanoi.

The project was conducted in October 2013 and led by ESS President Mark Looney, QSTI. ESS sampled for H2 gas at multiple electric forklift charging stations and surrounding areas.

When lead acid batteries are being recharged they generate hydrogen gas that is explosive. During all lead acid battery charging processes H2 is produced. If certain charging equipment and/or batteries are not functioning properly, cells are damaged, or ventilation systems are inadequate, H2 generation can be significantly greater than the lower explosive limit (LEL).

Coca Cola Factory, VietnamDepending on the metal alloy composition in lead-acid batteries, a battery being charged can generate two highly-toxic byproducts in addition to H2. One is arsine (arsenic hydride, AsH3) and the other is stibine (antimony hydride, SbH3). Generally, the air levels of these metal hydrides tend to remain well below the current occupational exposure limits during battery charging operations. However, their possible presence re-enforces the need for adequate ventilation systems.

Many industrial plants in Vietnam utilize electric forklifts and other equipment powered by these types of batteries. ESS can refine the Facility Health and Safety Plan, develop a sampling/test protocol for industrial hygiene targets, and then execute the project to conduct all the required testing.

ESS maintains its competitive advantage by continuing to build on international experiences, developing offices in strategic markets and assuring client satisfaction on every project. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers enables us to drive all our projects to completion on-time and on-budget.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been conducting point source, ambient and industrial hygiene air quality testing and consulting, and utilizes modern and consistently maintained equipment to conduct its testing services world-wide. ESS is qualified to conduct a wide range of air testing methodologies in almost any environment – and for almost any industry. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of test results through a secure online client portal, accessible through the website, www.essknowsair.com.

To learn more about ESS and air-quality testing services in Asia, the U.S., and beyond, please call (910) 799-1055, or visit www.essknowsair.com.

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ESS Establishes and Staffs Office in Hanoi, Vietnam

ESS Opens Office in Hanoi, VietnamEnvironmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS), an international air-quality consulting firm, has established its first official international representative office in Hanoi, Vietnam.  The commissioning of the Hanoi office marks a key stage in the execution of ESS strategy to capitalize on the growing demand for emissions testing and environmental consulting within the Southeast Asian region (see: ESS Attends World Bank Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam).  With the aim of obtaining clients and business in the region, ESS has hired two highly-qualified employees for the positions of Technical Sales Director and Sales Associate for the Hanoi office.

Mr. Nguyen Thai Lam is ESS-Vietnam’s Technical Sales Director.  Mr. Nguyen received his degree in Environmental Engineering from Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam.  He has a decade of work experience for a variety of industrial sectors – covering engineering, project management, and the exploration and development of business opportunities.  Prior to joining ESS, Lam was employed as a Project Manager at Blue World Carbon as well as at AES Vietnam, where he progressed from Engineer to Regulatory Manager during the course of his employment.  He has knowledge and experience stemming from his involvement in many large-scale projects, including portfolio management and top-level consulting on carbon development for renewable energy projects.   Lam is dedicated to the challenge of learning and development, and has the goal of becoming an independent expert in the environmental field, with influence sufficient to change perceptions and behavior in regards to air quality and climate change in Vietnam and the surrounding region.

Assisting him in the position of Sales Associate is Ms. Dang Thi Thanh Tam.  Ms. Dang graduated from Hanoi Open University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Prior to joining ESS, Tam worked with a number of International NGOs, coordinating multiple environmental projects with the World Bank Institute in Vietnam.   These projects concerned sustainable development, climate change, and raising public awareness in regards to environmental protection.  Tam also brings multinational and multicultural knowledge and experience to the office, having assisted in long-term voluntary projects working with foreign partners in Europe.  She joins ESS with the goal of contributing knowledge and capabilities to the company’s success as well as a desire to increase her own knowledge base for future endeavors.

The regional office in Hanoi, the opening of which was announced in December 2012, allows ESS to pair international expertise with local responsiveness in meeting the region’s air-quality needs. The ESS Hanoi office is excited by the upcoming opportunities and challenges presented by doing business in Vietnam and the surrounding region.

ESS was established in 1979 and has a history of over 30 years of providing stack testing and air-quality consulting services, both domestically in the United States and internationally.  Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, ESS has a large client base in the Eastern United States, and in the past 18 months has performed emissions testing and monitoring projects in international venues such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Hong Kong.

Contact ESS today to learn more about our air quality testing and consulting services in the U.S. and overseas:  910-799-1055.

ESS is Authorized Apex Equipment Distributor in Vietnam and SE Asia

Stack Testing ServicesEnvironmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS), an international air-quality consulting firm, is now an authorized distributor of Apex Instruments stack testing and monitoring equipment in Vietnam and the Southeast Asian region.

This distribution deal coincides with the commissioning and staffing of an ESS office in Vietnam, as part of a multi-pronged approach to providing air-quality consulting, monitoring, and emissions testing needs in the developing economies of Southeast Asia.

ESS was established in 1979 and has a history of over 30 years of providing stack testing, and air-quality consulting services, both domestically in the United States and internationally. Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, ESS has a large client base in the Eastern United States, and in the past 18 months has performed emissions testing and monitoring projects in international venues such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Sweden, and Hong Kong.

Apex Instruments was established in 1988 and has more than 24 years experience in providing stack testing and monitoring equipment. Headquartered in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, Apex has manufactured equipment for sampling emissions from industrial chimneys and smoke stacks using US-EPA guidelines. Apex equipment is designed by a staff of experienced stack testers who understand the compliance testing needs both in the United States and internationally, and has a distribution network that stretches around the globe.

ESS and Apex have 25 years experience of working together in the United States, and are excited by this new opportunity to leverage their joint strengths to service the air-quality needs of the new and developing economies in Vietnam, and elsewhere in Asia. But this push will not come at the expense of the same quality of domestic American service that has made ESS and Apex a leader in the emissions testing and air-quality consulting industry.

Should you have needs or requirements, both domestic and internationally, give ESS a call today: 910-799-1055

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ESS Attends World Bank Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) president Mark Looney (pictured at left) recently attended a trade mission to Indonesia and Vietnam, from October 16th to the 26th, 2012. The mission, organized by the World Bank’s Private Sector Liaison Officers, offered the chance for an international delegation of companies to meet with representatives from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Governments of the two countries. The program presented a unique opportunity for ESS and other companies in attendance to learn first-hand about the business environment in Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as projects financed by the International Finance Institutions (IFIs).

The delegation kicked off in Jakarta, Indonesia from October 16th to the 20th, and traveled to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from October 21st to 26th. Mission attendees were briefed on recent trends and prospects for the emerging and developing markets, methods for improving efficiency and ways to meet the demands of new consumer markets. They were also given an insider view of upcoming pipeline projects financed by the multilateral development banks and information on bank strategies to provide for sustainable development – finding the balance between economic growth and the protection of the natural environment that is frequently difficult to obtain in emerging and developing economies. In addition, the program provided a great opportunity for networking and forging contacts and relationships with other key players in international development and environmental protection.

As an emissions-testing firm with experience in international mobilizations, ESS actively pursues opportunities to develop relationships with international organizations, in the private sector as well as the multilateral development banks such as the IDB and ADB, and the program provided a great opportunity to develop strategies in moving forward.

Mr. Looney, upon completion of the mission, said: “The World Bank PSLO Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam has given us the chance to interact, within a small group setting, with many potential business partners in these target markets, including government agencies and regional business representatives. When developing relationships and opportunities within international and developing markets, an opportunity for personal interaction is invaluable. In two weeks in this mission, we feel that we have learned more about the market and its inner workings than could have been learned remotely in two years or more.”

Read the original PSLO/World Bank Press Release.

Also learn more about common challenges and solutions found with international projects and mobilizations.

 

Contact:

 

Mark Looney
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, N.C., 28412
910-799-1055
[email protected]
http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com

 

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ESS Announces Successful Conclusion to Hungary Emissions Testing Project

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.Environmental Source Samplers, Inc, (ESS), a leader in emissions testing worldwide, announces the completion of an air testing project at an Ethanol Plant in Hungary.  ESS is making great strides with their experience and expertise in international stack testing.

Wilmington, N.C., June 2012 — Environmental Source Samplers, Inc., an established leader in emissions testing both domestic and internationally, today announced a successful conclusion to an air-testing project at an Ethanol Plant in Dunafoldvar, Hungary.

The Hungarian based client contacted ESS after discovering an ESS blog post, International Stack Testing – Challenges and Solutions, in which ESS staff discussed some of the special circumstances and potential challenges that are encountered while conducting stack testing outside of the domestic USA.

The project was for the purpose of verifying vendor guarantees for a newly-installed boiler system and scrubber control device, for a regimen of pollutants that included Particulate Matter and Gaseous Emissions. ESS also provided multiple days of on-site monitoring with real-time results for engineering purposes as the Facility staff made adjustments for process optimization and tuning. ESS utilized USEPA and ISO methodologies; EPA and MCERT approved analyzers (European Union approved for emissions measurements in Europe); and provided the Facility a number of protocol blend gas bottles for the sampling project.

As is frequently the case in air-testing projects both domestic and international, the project required flexibility in operations. Changes in project scope and requirements, late additions to air-testing needs and late changes in schedule are a common occurrence, but without preparation and experience these common occurrences can become extreme difficulties when mobilizing internationally. ESS utilized its experience, drawn from international projects conducted in such places as Hong Kong, Dominican Republic and other points in Europe. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers helped drive this project to completion within the required timeline and budget.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been performing industrial air quality testing since that time, and has developed into a leader within the field. ESS utilizes modern, consistently maintained equipment to conduct its stack testing services throughout the U.S. and abroad. They are qualified to conduct a wide range of EPA test methodologies among various air emissions sources and industries. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of stack test results through a secure online client portal.

For more information about Environmental Source Samplers, Inc., visit their website at http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com and their blog at http://35.172.115.254.

 

Contact:

Brian Mellor
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, N.C., 28412
910-799-1055
[email protected]
http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com

 

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