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Ethanol Refining Releases more Pollutants than Previously Thought

Ethanol fuel refineries could be releasing much larger amounts of some ozone-forming compounds into the atmosphere than current assessments suggest, according to a new study that found emissions of these chemicals at a major ethanol fuel refinery are many times higher than government estimates.

New airborne measurements downwind from an ethanol fuel refinery in Decatur, Illinois, show that ethanol emissions are 30 times higher than government estimates. The measurements also show emissions of all volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which include ethanol, were five times higher than government numbers, which estimate emissions based on manufacturing information. VOCs and nitrogen oxides react with sunlight to form ground-level ozone, the main component of smog.

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Foundry, its Owner and Consultants Found in Contempt for Not Allowing OSHA Inspection

Martin Foundry Co., Inc., its owner—Darrell Stone, and three representatives of its safety consultant company—Compliance Professionals, Inc., all based in Kansas City, Missouri, have been found in criminal contempt by US District Judge Beth Phillips after resisting and disobeying a court order to allow federal inspectors to investigate a report of an employee with an elevated level of lead in his blood at the foundry. All the defendants have admitted they resisted and disobeyed an administrative search warrant issued by Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer on April 6 to cooperate with a federal OSHA inspection.

The US District Court in Kansas City has ordered the defendants to jointly pay $10,778 to reimburse departmental costs. Martin Foundry and its owner are also each liable for $1,000 in fines for their failure to cooperate. The three third-party consultants will ... more »

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About Us

Environmental Resource Center is an environmental, health, safety, and transportation consulting firm that leads the way in serving industry, academia, and federal and state government agencies. Since 1981, our team of safety and environmental consultants has been helping organizations like yours identify and comply with all applicable environmental, health, safety, security, and transportation regulations from both federal agencies (EPA, DOT, IATA, DHS, and OSHA) as well as your state and local regulators.

To help you meet your environmental objectives, we hold training seminars on hazardous waste management and hazardous materials management throughout the country; we also offer many of our courses as live interactive webcasts; we conduct environmental audits, DOT audits, and safety audits; we provide customized onsite RCRA, DOT, and OSHA training classes; and, via our answerline service, our environmental consultants work with you to ensure you are in compliance with any permitting requirements as well as other environmental and safety regulatory issues.

To contact one of our safety and environmental consultants, for more information about our RCRA, DOT, IATA, and OSHA seminars or webcasts, onsite hazardous waste training and hazardous materials training, HAZWOPER training, and OSHA training classes, or for more information about our environmental audits, DOT audits, and safety audits click here or call 800-537-2372.

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Chattanooga, TN- Hazardous Waste Management and DOT Training

Register for Hazardous Waste Management: The Complete Course and DOT Hazardous Materials Training: The Complete Course in Chattanooga, June 16-18, 2015.

Register two attendees at full price and each additional person attends for half price, or register for both RCRA and DOT and receive $100 off.  To take advantage of this offer, click here or call 800-537-2372.

Learn DOT’s New Requirements for Shipping Batteries

Learn about DOT's new final rule designed to enhance the safe shipment of lithium cells and batteries. The rule establishes new shipping names, revises exceptions for small cells and batteries, changes the requirements for waste batteries, and establishes new safeguards for shipments of damaged and recalled batteries.

Attend Environmental Resource Center's webcast training to meet the DOT’s for hazmat employee training of personnel responsible for the shipment of batteries by ground and air.

On-Site Training Saves Time and Money

You can depend on Environmental Resource Center for all of your EPA, OSHA, and DOT required training. Your on-site training will focus precisely on the needs of your facility and personnel and will always be up-to-date based on the latest regulatory and industry standards.

With full time training staff in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Vermont, one of our instructors can provide not only your routine Hazcom, RCRA, DOT, HAZWOPER, and IATA training, but also training on a wide variety of other topics, such as DOT Hazmat Security, IMDG, REACH, RoHS, WEEE, IMDG, SARA Title III, Storm Water, SPCC, TSCA, Used Oil, and Universal Waste Management. Call us today (800-537-2372), and one of our instructors can provide your training as early as tomorrow.

Customized Online Training

Environmental Resource Center also offers customized online learning management system solutions. Known as HELP (Health and Environmental Learning ProgramTM), our learning management solution can provide online employee training, tracking, and testing on virtually any environmental topic in a manner that is fully customized to include your facility’s policies, procedures, and activities. For details, contact Amy Knight at aknight@ercweb.com.

Your Own Hazardous Materials Transportation Database

Let Environmental Resource Center create a web-based database of your company’s hazardous materials. We’ll classify your hazardous materials, generate proper shipping names, and develop packaging and labeling specifications for all modes of transportation. Your personnel will never have to guess at what must be entered on shipping papers; how packages must be marked or labeled, or how the IATA, IMO, ADR, and ADG regulations differ from DOT requirements. Click here to view a demo. For details, contact Amy Knight at 919-469-1585, Ext. 224, or aknight@ercweb.com.