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How to Reduce the Toxic Impact of Your Ex-Smartphone (02/19/2015)
With so many new smartphones and electronics being purchased, are users disposing of their older devices properly?

Improved Alternatives for Estimating In-Use Material Stocks (02/17/2015)
Determinations of in-use material stocks are useful for exploring past patterns and future scenarios of materials use, for estimating end-of-life flows of materials, and thereby for guiding policies on recycling and sustainable management of materials. This is especially true when those determinations are conducted for individual products or product groups such as "automobiles" rather than general (and sometimes nebulous) sectors such as "transportation." We propose four alternatives to the existing top-down and bottom-up methods for estimating in-use material stocks, with the choice depending on the focus of the study and on the available data.

EPA Floats Aerospace Coating Rule (02/17/2015)
U.S. environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair. The Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed National Emission Standards for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities Risk and Technology Review on Jan. 22.

Climate Action Plan Toolkit: EPA Releases Stormwater Climate Change Tool (02/17/2015)
WASHINGTON -- As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan Virtual Climate Resilience Toolkit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for EPA's Stormwater Management Model -- a widely-used, downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections, such as more frequent high-intensity storms and changes in evaporation rates of seasonal precipitation, to determine the benefits of resiliency decisions to reduce local economic burden and protect communities.

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