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Lew Crampton Associate Administrator
John Heritage Editor
Karen Flagstad Associate Editor
Teresa Opheim Assistant Editor
Gregg Sekscienski Assistant Editor
Ruth Barker Assistant Editor
ecycling. Millions of Americans are demonstrating their environmental
concern by cooperating in recycling initiatives. Clearly, recycling has popular appeal as something real and relatively simple that individuals can do to help protect the environment.
But as is made clear in this issue of EPA Journal, recycling is a several-step process. It begins, of course, when a citizen separates out old newspapers for curbside pickup, takes bottles and plastic milk jugs to a community recycling bin, or puts empty soda cans into receptacles at work. But that is just the beginning. True recycling continues through processing collected items, finding markets, and reusing the materials in new products.
"Closing the loop," so to speak-proceeding full circle from collection to finding new, marketable uses for recyclables-is proving to be quite a challenge, and government agencies, legislatures, and companies are focusing a lot of attention on the matter. There are situations around the country where collected material has piled up, unprocessed, unused, because the recycling system has not yet fully developed-perhaps the plant is not there to process the material to the standards required; the market may not have developed for the product containing a certain recycled material; the price may not be right ....
Adding to the complexity is the question, Why is the United States relying so heavily on recycling when there is another approach that might alleviate a hefty portion of the municipal solid waste problem? The approach is source reduction, which means, for example, using reusable rather than throwaway cups, so that waste isn't produced in the first place.
It used to be said that the environment is a “mom and apple pie" issue, easy to support. But with recycling as an example, bridging the distance between great public concern and enthusiasm and actual, meaningful change—in place for the long run-takes some time and ingenuity.
Nancy Starnes Assistant Editor
Marilyn Rogers Circulation Manager
Editorial Assistance Leighton Price
Design Credits Ron Farrah James R. Ingram Robert Flanagan
Front cover: Making the recycling process complete and effective is a contemporary environmental challenge. Illustration by Robert Flanagan.
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Several leading computer Participants in the program promising feature is a manufacturers have signed include such high-profile so-called 'sleep' mode, partnership agreements with computer makers as Apple which turns off the display EPA to promote
Computer, Hewlett-Packard, screen and reduces power to and we're building on that,' energy-efficient personal IBM, NCR, Compaq
other key components until a said Eileen Claussen, director computers (PCs). The new Computer, Zenith Data
user hits a key. 'There seem of EPA's Office of PCs could save enough Systems, and Smith-Corona. to be really dramatic
Atmospheric Programs. If electricity to power Vermont Energy usage is a new issue possibilities here,' said Jeff that isn't leverage enough, and New Hampshire each in the PC world. Yet,
Harris, a staff scientist at the EPA is hoping that year and save ratepayers up according to studies cited by Lawrence Berkeley
federal government, one of to $1 billion in annual bills. the EPA, PCs are the
Laboratory that has studied the nation's largest buyers of The agreements are the first fastest-growing category of the issue .... The EPA personal computers, will to be made under an EPA energy consumption, already already has succeeded with a require that most of the Energy Star program; the accounting for about 5
similar labeling approach in machines it buys have the Agency expects to extend the percent of the energy used by its so-called Green Light energy-saving feature, she program to manufacturers of businesses. One 1988 study
program aimed at
said .... The 'power other consumer appliances. predicted that electricity encouraging use of
management technology Administrator Reilly said consumption by computer energy-efficient bulbs."
called for by the EPA that the EPA Energy Star logo and office equipment would would make its debut on PCs grow from 25 billion
The San Jose Mercury News consists of special computer
chips and the software to
commented: “... You within one year, by which kilowatt-hours per year to time the Agency hopes to 125 [billion) kilowatt-hours
probably shut off your office control them and is used lights when you're not
widely in portable notebook have signed on the entire by 1996. Such figures mean
around. But energy-hogging
computers to conserve their industry. "Our partners in that PCs could indirectly
batteries. But the technology
personal computers are the computer world see boost pollution caused by
is used little in standard
hardly ever turned off, even energy efficiency as an energy
desktop machines that run
when they're not being used opportunity to serve their production—including the
.... Starting next year,
off wall current .... It is not customers, as well as the generation of carbon dioxide
clear how much the environment. Once again,
computers that automatically believed to contribute to a they're on the cutting edge of rise in the Earth's
power down, or 'sleep' when technology would add to the unused for a period, could
price tag of a personal a national trend." atmospheric temperature. But
computer, nor if consumers have an EPA 'Energy Star'
would be able to retrofit their The San Francisco Chronicle several energy-saving
logo affixed to them, and reported: "... Personal technologies have been
companies would be allowed current desktop machines to computer makers soon may developed by makers of
be more energy-efficient. But
to use the logo in their
Marianne Lettieri said, 'We government-if their
companies these days are machines sip rather than manufacturers to apply them interested in being "green,"
plan to make the cost guzzle electricity ....
invisible to the to desktop models. One
$4 Million Awarded in Environmental Education Grants
The first grants to be awarded under the 1990 National Environmental Education Act have been announced by EPA. A consortium of universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations led by the University of Michigan received $1.6 million to assemble existing environmental education
curricula and to develop schools, universities, and
help improve environmental
Ongoing Enforcement Actions
Mack Trucks Penalty for Diesel Engine Violations Valued at $323,872
Chevron to Pay $8 Million for Violations of Clean Water Act
Mack Trucks, Inc., will pay a can be sold. The penalty valued at $323,872 manufacturer submits test for selling 177 new diesel data to EPA to apply for a truck engines that were not certificate of conformity for manufactured to the
the model or models in specifications listed in an question. In this case, models application to EPA. Sixty-one were sold that didn't match of the engines also failed to those listed on the meet the federal standard for application. EPA discovered smoke emissions. Under the the violations during an audit Clean Air Act, prototype
of Mack's assembly plant in engines representative of a Hagerstown, Maryland. Mack particular model must be will pay a $174,863 cash tested and shown to conform penalty and will carry out an to federal emissions
engine rebuild test program standards before the model valued at $149,009.
Chevron U.S.A., Inc., has expensive, inadequate agreed to plead guilty to 65 treatment method. The criminal violations of the
company then diluted Clean Water Act and to pay samples of wastewater taken $6.5 million in criminal and for testing, concealed test $1.5 million in civil
results, and, in certain penalties. The crimes were instances, bypassed treatment committed on Platform
altogether, allowing raw Grace, an oil drilling rig in wastewater to discharge to the Santa Barbara Channel off the ocean. Additionally, California. Chevron admitted Chevron admitted to to several kinds of violation dumping sandblast waste of its permit issued under the directly into the ocean on National Pollution Discharge numerous occasions, rather Elimination System. Between than barging it to shore, as 1982 and 1987, samples of required. The waste Platform Grace's wastewater, contained old paint and rust
removed from the platform toxic to marine life, were prior to repainting. shown to exceed the permit The four-year investigation limits approximately half the was overseen by the time. The company could Department of Justice and have prevented the
carried out by special agents exceedances by operating a of EPA and the Inspector carbon filter system it had General's Office of the tested earlier but chose,
Department of Interior. instead, to use a less
Seven Indicted in Hazardous Waste Export which contained chemicals
A grand jury in Charleston, Hy-Tex; and Robert Weaver, South Carolina, has indicted general manager at the Stoller four companies and three plant in Jericho during the executives for conspiring to period of the indictment. All illegally treat, then export,
defendants were charged more than 3,000 tons of with conspiring to violate the hazardous waste to
Resource Conservation and Bangladesh and Australia. Recovery Act, as well as with According to the indictment, the actual transportation of Gaston Copper Recycling of hazardous waste without a Gaston, South Carolina, paid manifest. Stoller Chemical Hy-Tex Marketing, located in and Robert Weaver were also Beaufort, South Carolina, to charged with treating process baghouse dust from hazardous waste without a its smelting furnaces. The permit and exporting it dust contained cadmium and without consent of the lead. The processed dust was receiving country. Weaver then shipped to a Stoller could face up to 20 years in Chemical plant in Jericho, prison and a fine of $1.75 South Carolina, where it was million; Heinel and mixed with other materials to Betterton could face make fertilizer. Stoller
seven years in prison and exported the fertilizer to $500,000 in fines. The Bangladesh and Australia corporations could face up to without obtaining the
$500,000 in fines on each consent of the governments count of the indictment. of those countries.
The case was investigated Gaston Copper's parent, by agents of the South Southwire Corp., of
Carolina Department of Carrollton, Georgia, was also Health and Environmental named in the indictment, Control, the U.S. Customs were three individuals: Bruce Service, the Ninth Circuit Bettenton, who participated Solicitor's Office, and the in the management of
Charleston County Sheriff's baghouse dust at Gaston; Office, as well as by agents Arthur Heinel, president of from EPA.
A new rule issued by EPA when temperature inversions requires that car and truck push cold air down and trap prototypes tested for
pollutants at the ground, compliance with federal levels of CO in the air emissions standards for
increase dramatically. carbon monoxide (CO) be Currently, 39 metropolitan subjected to startup
areas in the United States temperatures of 20 degrees experience CO levels that Fahrenheit. Currently, CO is exceed the federal health measured at temperatures standard. More than half the between 68 and 86 °F. The violations occur at new rule goes into effect with temperatures below 45 °F. 1994 model
vehicles. When the new EPA rule is It is common knowledge completely phased in, startup that cars and trucks use more emissions of CO measured at fuel and produce more CO 20 °F will be reduced 20 to during engine warm up. 29 percent. In addition, the Further, a car started at 20 °F nation will conserve 43,000 may emit more than 10 times barrels of oil each day by as much CO as the same car way of improved fuel started at 75 °F. In winter, combustion.