EPA Recommends Updates to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended a number of updates to the NPDES, which was created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act. The NPDES permit program regulates point sources that discharge contaminants into U.S. waters. State governments are authorized by the EPA to perform many of the program’s permitting, administrative, and enforcement activities. The EPA has recently proposed a number of updates to the NPDES, including a reissue of the Construction General Permit (CGP) and various changes to the program application. To learn more, click here.

Farm Emissions are Major Contributor to Air Pollution

Farm emissions are at the top of list of sources of human-generated fine-particulate air pollution, according to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The culprits are the highly toxic solid particles that form when fertilizers and animal waste—both high in nitrogen—combine with industrial emissions in the air. One bright spot:  Even if fertilizer use doubles as projected, fine-particle pollution will decrease if industrial emissions decline as they are expected to in coming decades. Click here to reach more.

BEI’s John Brennan Recognized for Significant Contributions To Environmental Business Council of CIANJ

John Brennan, Principal of Brennan Environmental, Inc. (BEI) was among the environmental professionals recognized for significant contributions to the Environmental Business Council of the Commerce and Industry Association (Association) during a celebration of the Council’s 20th Anniversary on May 20, 2016, in Woodbridge, NJ.

John’s participation with the Environmental Business Council (EBC) dates back to its predecessor organization, the Environmental Business Association of New Jersey, where he served on the steering committee. He has been actively involved in EBC activities ever since, volunteering for a number of committee, education, and advocacy roles.

The multifaceted mission of the EBC is to educate environmental professionals on industry trends and advancements; facilitate productive dialogue with environmental groups and legislators; identify business-to-business opportunities for member organizations; and build recognition of environmental services as an industry led by certified professionals.

“John and the other environmental professionals we’re honoring tonight have played a key role in helping EBC advance its mission,” noted Tracy Straka, Executive Vice President of Creamer Environmental, Inc.  and the Founder and Chair of the EBC of CIANJ. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we thank these highly skilled professionals for their service and look forward to working together for many years to come to support and promote the environmental services industry.”