What are the tradeoffs - in costs, function, and health - between HDPE and copper pipes? What are the risks associated with HDPE pipes? And what can you do to reduce these risks?
Providing portable toilets for large outdoor events is a necessity. How can event managers and planners reduce the environmental impacts of this service? Our newest Rapid Response details a number of useful practices and attributes to specify in service contracts, regarding transport, supplies, lighting, stormwater impacts, and safety of port-o-johns.
RAPID RESPONSE QUESTION: Is methyl acetate a useful alternative to the use of MEK for surface cleaning purposes?
Request by: John Taylor, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
* Disclaimer: PPRC does not endorese any specific products or manufacturers mentioned herein.
Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is currently used in a…
Rapid Response Question: How can we reduce the environmental impact of road deicing practices?
Request by: Anonymous
Report by: Michelle Gaither & Cyrus Philbrick
Keeping icy roads and parking lots safe is costly and necessary work. The U.S. spends about $2.3 billion each year to remove highway snow…
What environmentally preferable methods/products can reduce environmental and human health impacts of synthetic turf fields?
RAPID RESPONSE Request: Can you identify a safer chemical, other than muriatic or sulfuric acid or methylene chloride, that will remove stubborn ink/printed labels from bottles.
Request by: Idaho Manufacturer
One of the product lines manufactured by an Idaho company is unique glass items made from used bottles.…
RAPID RESPONSE REQUEST: Which states have banned food waste organics to landfill, and which states currently have operational commercial compost facilities?
Request made by: Green Sports Alliance
The Green Sports Alliance (GSA) works to provide assistance to its members, consisting of professional and collegiate sports stadiums, fields, and…
An Oregon manufacturer recovers a high-boiling point product material from an industrial process. The material contains residual acetone and toluene which the manufacturer wants to remove and potentially recover for re-use. Information was requested on methods to recover solvent from the product mixture.
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?