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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2014 Governor’s Awards!

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence recognizes Indiana’s leaders who have implemented outstanding environmental strategies into their operations and decision-making processes. The awards are open to all Indiana facilities, state and local government, individuals, and technical assistant organizations operating or supporting environmental protection efforts of outstanding quality within one (1) of seven (7) categories. These categories are Energy/Renewable Resources, Greening the Government, Land Use, Outreach or Education, Pollution Prevention, Recycling/Reuse, and Five Years of Continuous Improvement.

For a project to be nominated, it must be located within the state of Indiana; focus on a significant environmental protection activity in 2012 or 2013; demonstrate one (1) year of quantifiable results; show innovation; be voluntary; have good environmental, health, and safety records; and the ability to share pertinent details with the public. Nomination Packets, including the Nomination Cover Page (available on the IDEM Forms page) and the required criteria, must be submitted to IDEM by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 18, 2014. Appropriate submittal includes mail, hand-delivery, fax, and e-mail.

Indiana Small Business Guide Updated

The Indiana Small Business Guide to Environmental, Safety and Health Regulations has been updated. The Guide is designed to help small businesses understand and comply with regulations applicable to the facility’s operations. It provides an overview of pertinent state laws in a format enabling businesses easy access to quick answers. By using the information in the guide, businesses can reduce their environmental impact and comply with applicable environmental safety and health regulations.

What Type of Solvent(s) Does Your Business Use?

Are you familiar with the solvent(s) being utilized within your cold cleaner degreaser operation?

Starting January 1, 2015, all persons who sell or purchase solvents for use in a cold cleaner degreaser operation will be required to keep the records specified within 326 IAC 8-3-8(c) including the true vapor pressure of the solvent. (The true vapor pressure is defined as “the equilibrium pressure exerted by a petroleum liquid as determined in accordance with methods described in American Petroleum Institute Bulletin 2517, “Evaporation Loss from Floating Roof Tanks,” 1962.”) A purchasing invoice or a copy of the manufacturer’s recommendation for the solvents utilized may include most of the required records.

In addition to speaking with Compliance and Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) staff, you may also visit the newly created Degreasing Operations webpage, for information on how to comply with state and federal regulations concerning degreasing, as well as tips to consider when evaluating solvent alternatives.

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