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Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work. Read More

Rural Development Instructions

As a service to our customers, we post Rural Development’s Instructions, Administrative Notices, and forms. The Instructions are available in three file formats: Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Microsoft Word 6.0 (doc) and Text (txt). To the extent possible, all documents have been made available in either Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or Text and are 508 compliant. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for Iowa Used Oil Filters

In the past, the majority of used oil filters were disposed of in landfills. Today, millions of filters are being recycled. Oil filters are usually made from paper, metal and rubber. Used oil filters have value because they can be burned for fuel and the metal components can be recycled. To dispose of used oil filters, you need to drain out the used oil thoroughly first. The oil can then be handled with the rest of your used oil (see the ECAR Used Oil Fact Sheet). If correct management procedures are followed, used oil filters can be either recycled or disposed of. However, recycling is the better choice. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for Iowa Used Oil

Used oil is insoluble, persistent and may contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals. If spilled on the ground, poured down storm drains or disposed of with trash, it can pollute surface water or groundwater. Used oil is not inherently hazardous, but if it contains certain additives, or if it has become contaminated with other solvents, it can fall under the hazardous waste rules. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for California Waste Fuel

Because waste fuel (gasoline or diesel) is flammable, it is classified as a hazardous waste, and you need to manage it according to the hazardous waste rules. This fact sheet will outline the rules for you, and will provide some suggestions for how to handle and store waste fuel. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for California Solvent Cleaning

Various methods are used to clean oil and grease from auto parts before sale. This fact sheet covers the environmental issues associated with solvent cleaning methods such as parts washers containing mineral spirits. Aqueous cleaning (e.g., pressure washers, enclosed spray washers, steam cleaning) is covered under a separate fact sheet. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for California Septic Tanks and Disposal Wells

There is a simple rule for determining when it is OK to put industrial wastewater into a septic system – never. You can dispose of “sanitary wastes” from ordinary lavatory use or hand washing in a septic field only if the wastewater has not been contaminated with any water from an industrial operation. Some yards may have shallow wells or cesspools that have been used for disposal of industrial wastewater. It is now illegal to create such systems, and existing systems need to either be closed or need to have special permits to continue their operation. This fact sheet will help you check whether your existing wastewater disposal practices are in compliance with current rules. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for Illinois Mercury

Mercury, a silver-colored liquid metal, is extremely toxic to the nervous system and may impair the way we see, hear, walk and talk. When spilled, mercury can evaporate at room temperature and the vapors cannot be seen, smelled or tasted. In the environment, mercury can be converted into a form that is especially toxic and can build up in fish tissue. Because of its potential to pose long-lasting health and environmental risks, mercury has become a high-profile toxic waste. Some cars may contain no mercury components, while others may contain several. Mercury is not something you would want to be caught mishandling. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for Illinois Aqueous Cleaning

Various methods are used to clean oil and grease from auto parts before sale. This fact sheet covers the environmental issues associated with aqueous cleaning methods such as enclosed spray washers, hot dip tanks, pressure washers, and steam cleaning. Solvent Cleaning (e.g., Stoddard solution, mineral spirits) is covered under a separate fact sheet. Aqueous cleaners are one of the most popular choices for degreasing parts at automotive recyclers and are a good alternative to petroleum-based and halogenated solvents. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for California Air Bag Cartridges

Air bags are compromises. Cars are equipped with them in order to try to make the best of a very bad situation (a collision). But the air bag cartridges contain an explosive chemical, sodium azide. If the air bag has not been deployed, the material is dangerous to handle. It can explode, it can cause burns if it gets on unprotected skin, and it can severely irritate the lungs if inhaled. Read More


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