Artificial turf, an increasingly common surface in urban and suburban spaces due to its low maintenance and water requirements, presents risks of causing MRSA infections. How well does UV treatment work to eliminate this risk?
A recent inquiry on the safety of chemicals in night guard materials was prompted by our 2009 Rapid Response “Safety of Plastics in Dental Appliances.” This consumer was concerned about bisphenol-a (BPA) and wanted help understanding chemical information provided by his dentist.
Can plastic chemicals used in a sous vide (SV) wrap product migrate into food during cooking? Are there any associated toxicity concerns?
The city of Portland, Oregon wanted to understand more about oxo-degradable bags with respect to using them as receptacle liners.
This is an introductory Toolkit for Conducting Community E-Waste Collection Events.
A cabinet maker is in need of a simple, yet specific method to calculate transfer efficiency for spray paint operations.
PPRC supported the Washington Toxics Coalition with review and additional information for the development of two tips sheets to educate staff and parents about healthier schools.
An Oregon client has a high-boiling point substance contaminated with organic solvents. What resources are available to help select the appropriate technology to recover solvents (acetone and toluene) from the mixture?
Are there possible contributors to zinc in our stormwater, other than atmospheric deposition from a freeway next to our facility?
1) What is the latest understanding of the toxicology of BPS (bisphenol S)?
2) Can BPS be considered environmentally superior to BPA (bisphenol A)?
3) Should recycling paper mills be concerned about discharging BPS into the water supply?
4) Do you know to what extent BPS has replaced BPA in the receipt market?
Are there local government (county or municipality) waste management programs, projects, or efforts that might also result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions?
Many auto repair shops use spray cleaners to clean hot brake and engine parts during diagnosis and repair. Cleaners with chlorinated solvents have a high flash point, which allows safe cleaning of hot surfaces, but are bad for the environment and human health. Are safer non-flammable cleaners available?
A local ship servicing facility uses isocyanate-based polyurethane (PU) for above-waterline coatings and is looking for safer alternatives.
Practices on the acquisition and purchase of products with hazardous chemical ingredients vary widely. Can PPRC survey some large organizations in the region to determine what types of practices are used to safely acquire these products?
The state of Alaska is considering legislation that would eliminate the use of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame-retardants in furniture manufacture, among other uses. Are there data from previous studies that will help estimate the costs of PBDE elimination to manufacturers?
RAPID RESPONSE: Are there good energy efficiency success stories and opportunities for these targeted businesses: grocery stores, cold storage, convenience/corner stores, and restaurants?