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EPA Seeks IRS Help to Push Investors to Contaminated Sites

EPA Seeks IRS Help to Push Investors to Contaminated Sites

The EPA wants investors to take advantage of a tax benefit program focused on distressed communities, but says it first needs help from the IRS.

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OSHA publishes changes to beryllium standard, weighting system

OSHA publishes changes to beryllium standard, weighting system

From businessinsurance.com. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday published a proposed rule on occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in construction and shipyards by delaying the compliance deadlines for nearly all provisions of the standards to Sept. 30, 2020.

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‘Don’t demolish – deconstruct’: Companies give new life to discarded building materials

‘Don’t demolish – deconstruct’: Companies give new life to discarded building materials

From cronkitenews.azpbs.org. Doorknobs overflow rows of boxes, piles of miscellaneous wood and squares of carpet lay neatly on the floor. Light fixtures hang from various shelves – all of it discarded construction and demolition waste.

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EPA Not Effectively Implementing the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (Report)

EPA Not Effectively Implementing the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (Report)

From jdsupra.com. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (‘EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a September 9th report titled: EPA Not Effectively Implementing the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“Report”). See Report No. 19-P-0302. The Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“Rule”) requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, childcare facilities, and kindergartens built before 1978 must be EPA or state-certified.

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Converting brownfields into useful sites

Converting brownfields into useful sites

From Construction & Demolition Recycling. Converting brownfields into useful sites requires significant time and effort, but the payoff for the developer and community can be substantial. On top of the potential risks, conversion can involve years of hard work, financial challenges and even legal constraints that hinder making the vision a reality.

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Importance of environmental site assessment ever expanding

Importance of environmental site assessment ever expanding

From seacoastonline.com. The protection from environmental liability afforded by the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (“ESA”) is well-known to purchasers of land who conduct ESAs before becoming the “owner.” These ESA derived protections now have expanded to cover tenants that were previously at risk.

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New California law requires more detailed disposal reporting

New California law requires more detailed disposal reporting

From Waste Today. Recycling and waste management companies in California are now required to report waste disposal, organics and recycling data to the state’s waste management agency. AB 901 went into effect July 1, establishing the Recycling and Disposal Facility Reporting System law to require select businesses to report the types, quantities and destinations of materials that are disposed of, sold or transferred.

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Trump Lauds Environmental Progress Ahead of Clean Air Report

Trump Lauds Environmental Progress Ahead of Clean Air Report

From The Epoch Times. The administration has also broadened the scope of the Brownfields program, with 40 percent of communities receiving grants for the first time. The Brownfields program directs taxpayer funds to communities for the cleanup of contaminated sites.

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Brownfield sites offer development opportunities

Brownfield sites offer development opportunities

From Rochester Business Journal. Contaminated properties that were off-limits to developers are now seen as viable community projects, thanks to New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. Developers who clean up and reuse property with environmental contamination — better known as brownfields — not only qualify for state income tax credits, but the state also will officially release them from liability...

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To reduce waste, Palo Alto takes aim at demolition

To reduce waste, Palo Alto takes aim at demolition

From Palo Alto Online. In its latest bid to curb landfill-bound waste, Palo Alto is preparing to effectively ban contractors from demolishing entire buildings starting in July 2020.

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