Green on the Hill
Tracking waste; standardizing energy use
EPA considers collecting data and
tracking industrial waste for MSW report
By Stephen Barlas,
Individual states must certify that they have reviewed the provisions of their commercial building codes regarding energy efficiency and, as necessary, updated their code to meet or exceed Standard 90.1-2010
use for the expanded information, however far down the pike it may be.
Others think expanding the report is
a great idea. “EPA should broaden the
scope of its analysis to include construction and demolition debris, sewage sludge, nonhazardous industrial
waste, ash, biomass, and tires,” said
Ted Michaels, president of the Energy
Recovery Council, the national trade association representing the companies
and local governments that own and
operate waste-to-energy facilities.
But manufacturers in various sectors, all of which generate nonhazardous wastes that could be monitored by
an expanded report, say the EPA has
not established a solid case for roping
in new wastes. For example, Karen Kig-gins, president of the National Slag Association, argues iron and steel slag,
which the EPA is considering adding to
the wastes it monitors, is not a waste.
Rather, it is a product, and a virgin one at
that, sold mostly for road construction.
DOE Approves ASHRAE
90.1-2010 as National
Standard; States Must Act
The Department of Energy (DOE) has
made it final, not surprisingly. It has
blessed ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010
as the 2010 edition of the Energy Stan-
dard for Buildings. This means that in-
dividual states must certify that they
have reviewed the provisions of their
commercial building codes regarding
energy efficiency and, as necessary,
updated their code to meet or exceed
Standard 90.1-2010, if they have not
done so already.