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EPA Region 9. Jeff Scott Waste Management Division. Administrator Jackson’s Priorities. Reducing GHG emissions Improving air quality Managing chemical risks Risks of chemicals in consumer products, workplaces environment Cleaning up hazardous waste sites Accelerate the pace of cleanup

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epa region 9

EPA Region 9

Jeff Scott

Waste Management Division

administrator jackson s priorities
Administrator Jackson’s Priorities
  • Reducing GHG emissions
  • Improving air quality
  • Managing chemical risks
    • Risks of chemicals in consumer products, workplaces environment
  • Cleaning up hazardous waste sites
      • Accelerate the pace of cleanup
      • Return properties to productive use
      • Reduce threats to health/environment
  • Protecting America’s water
needed ghg reductions
Needed GHG Reductions
  • 83% by 2050?
  • 14% - 25% by 2020?
  • By any measure....……..A Long Road

Broad Array of GHG

reduction options needed

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Conventional Accounting: Sector BasedU.S. GHG Emissions (2006)

End-of-pipe focus

Leads to technology-oriented strategies

Source: U.S. Inventory of GHG Emissions and Sinks : 1990-2006 (US EPA, 2008)

systems based view u s ghg emissions 2006
Systems Based View: U.S. GHG Emissions (2006)

Same GHG emissions, a new lens.

Leads to prevention –oriented strategies

Source: Draft values from Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

through Materials and Land Management Practices. U.S. EPA. (forthcoming).

opportunity knocks
Opportunity Knocks:
  • In 2006, the U.S. recycled over 80 million tons of municipal solid waste (32.5% recycling rate)
    • Equivalent to conserving 182 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMCO2E).
  • Recycling achieves short term, high impact, lower cost GHG reductions
    • Increase to 50% recycling nationally
      • 70-80 MMTCO2E per year potential GHG reductions
    • Increase to 100% recycling nationally
      • up to 300 MMTCO2E per year potential GHG reductions
advancing waste climate connection west coast climate forum
Advancing Waste Climate ConnectionWest Coast Climate Forum

Region 9/10 Partnership

Connecting Waste/Materials Management to Climate Change

8 States

Engaging West Coast Leading Cities

Focus on Tools, Policy and Innovation

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6 principles for tsca legislative reform
6 Principles for TSCA Legislative Reform
  • Chemicals - reviewed against safety standards based on sound science and reflect risk-based criteria protective of human health and the environment.
  • Manufacturers providenecessary information to conclude that new and existing chemicals are safe
  • Risk management decisions should take into account sensitive subpopulations, cost, availability of substitutes and other relevant considerations
  • EPA should have clear authority to act - should assess and act on priority chemicals, both existing and new, in a timely manner
  • Green Chemistry – encouraged, transparency and public access to information strengthened
  • EPA should be given a sustained source of fundingfor implementation
enhanced chemical management program
Enhanced Chemical Management Program
  • New Regulatory Risk Management Actions
    • Lead
    • Mercury
    • Formaldehyde
    • PCBs
    • Glymes
    • Nano Materials – Carbon Nano tubes
resources
Resources
  • Essential TSCA Reform Principles
    • http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/principles.html
  • Enhanced Chemical Management Program
    • http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/enhanchems.html
  • National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP)
    • http://www.epa.gov/waste/partnerships/npep/index.htm
evolution of the r9 rcra program
Evolution of the R9 RCRA Program
  • Emphasis on successful state implementation of waste program
  • Expand EPA presence on tribal lands and underserved communities
  • Moving beyond waste to achieve greater overall results
  • Multiple years of substantial resource cuts
r9 epa hw enforcement priorities
R9 EPA HW Enforcement Priorities
  • EJ Community Initiatives
  • Tribal Lands
  • High Noncompliance –High Risk Sectors/Facilities
  • National Enforcement Initiatives
    • Mining/Mineral Processing
    • Financial Assurance reviews
    • Surface Impoundments
  • Ensuring a Level Playing Field
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PCBs

Suisun Bay, CA

Capacitors

Door jams

Electrical insulation

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PCBs in Caulk

Metropolitan Water District, CA

lust cleanup challenge
LUST Cleanup Challenge
  • Continued challenge to close 14,000+ LUSTs
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
greening cleanups
Greening Cleanups
  • Cleanup paradigm evolution:
    • Protect HH&E
    • Reuse contaminated land
    • Minimize climate/energy footprint of remedy
  • Better informed remedial decisions through Lifecycle Analysis of carbon, energy, and multi-media impacts
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Manufacture and Processing

On-Site Activities

LCA Greening Remedies

Transportation

greening products electronic product environmental assessment tool
Greening ProductsElectronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool

Greening Products:Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool

Green Standards for Electronics

EPEAT for

Consumers?

  • Reductions Achieved

4.4 MMTCO2E

4,290 metric tons toxics

green buildings
Green Buildings
  • Greening Existing Buildings
    • GHG opportunities
    • ARRA  Weatherizing homes
    • Residential – Energy Star Homes
    • Indoor Air Issues
  • Healthy Schools
    • Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)- High Performance Building Products Database
home energy retrofit
Home Energy Retrofit

Region 9 actions to support Home Energy Retrofits:

Formed CA HERCC – CA Home Energy Retrofit Coordinating Committee

Developing consistent standards and program elements for statewide utility-and

local government-sponsored programs

Contact: Leif Magnuson magnuson.leif@epa.gov

For CA HERCC Recommendations, see: http://www.builditgreen.org/home-energy-retrofit-programs-local-government