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Help Desk Archive

Below is a list of questions that were asked via the GLRPPR Help Desk. Click on the "View Answer" link under each question to see the answer given.


Great Lakes Pollution
Question submitted on 10/29/14

Hello! I am writing to you in regards to a school project where we are doing a project on the Great Lakes pollution. I would like to know, What kind of pollution is the most detrimental to the Great Lakes health? Why? If you could ban one of the types of pollution, what would it be?, Why? Finally, What shape do you think that the Lakes will be in 2 years, 5 years and 10 years.

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recycling
Question submitted on 10/24/13

At Orbus (in the Chicago area) we use mdf board to make products. We have been throwing the cutoff pieces in the garbage which eventually goes to a landfill. Are there any local companies that recycle medium-density fibreboard?

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LUST Database
Question submitted on 3/4/13

I am having a difficult time navigating the LUST database. Can you help with this? I need a list of the present and past leaking tanks in Glen Ellyn (DuPage County) Illinois. What does it mean to be "Red Tagged"?

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environmental training curriculum for dry cleaners
Question submitted on 12/13/12

I'm looking to see if any environmental agency or technical assistance provider has prepared a training curriculum that informs dry cleaners about best management practices to reduce the potential for environmental spills and leaks at their facilities. So far, my internet research has uncovered a California Air Resources Board document entitlted "Curriculum for the Environmental Training Program for Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning Operations." Any assistance you provide would be great. Thanks

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Dentistry
Question submitted on 11/30/11

Could you please give information on the percentage of mercury in dental amalgam in modern practice? Previously, it was~ 50%.

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reuse
Question submitted on 5/6/10

We have a hot tub take we would like to get rid of and has no idea how and or where. Please help I am in Buffalo ny 14207.

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Household chemical or ingredient listing on label requirement
Question submitted on 8/18/09

We have been searching for labeling requirements of household cleaning products such as all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, dishwash, laundry detergent, etc and have not been able to find the information. Would you please provide us some references on this subject? Thank you

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Auto Fuel Savers
Question submitted on 3/10/08

RunningCarWithWater.com, claims they can double your auto gas mileage and reduce fuel emissions by installing one of their devices that supposedly extracts a hydrogen compound that mixes with your gas to improve engine efficiency. They claim to be EPA approved. Is this true?

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Start up grants for a green business
Question submitted on 1/15/08

We are looking for information about grants for start-up costs for a business in the green industry. We are based in Indiana. The company intents to provide services that allow a homeowner/business owner to retro fit their home/building with energy efficient products. That would include tripolymer foam insulation, high efficiency heating and air (including geo thermal), Solar panels, tankless water heaters, reverse osmosis systems/ water filters, and high efficiency appliances.

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Paper use
Question submitted on 1/10/08

I have a question regarding using paper fast food napkins, paper towels and toilet paper to help save the world in doing our part for conservation. The other day on the Oprah show, a guest suggested we should cut down our use of paper napkins to save a bunch of trees. I think we should use less paper towels too. And, I wondered if the use of single ply toilet paper would also help save the trees as well as saving us trouble with our potty drains not just in homes but in homes where the drainage system isn't that great. What do you think? Should we all buy single ply? Shouldn't we use linen napkins more. Any additional suggestions for conservation with regard to paper?

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Electronics Disposal
Question submitted on 12/4/07

I have a number of electronic items such as tuners, amplifiers, speakers, etc. that I wish to dispose of. Can you direct me to a recycling facility for such equipment? I live in Rockton, IL 61072, just north of Rockford.

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Green funerals/burial
Question submitted on 11/7/07

What do you think about a green funeral/burial? Where is this option available?

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Base catalyzed transesterification with refined oils
Question submitted on 10/12/07

I'm looking for information on base catalyzed transesterification with refined oils. It's related to the process of biodiesel production.

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I need info on biodiesel and transesterification
Question submitted on 10/12/07

When was it invented? what are the earliest uses? and list and explain each step? Not asking you to do this for me. Just do you know of a website where I can find this information?

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Where can I find a recycling center in Houston that takes plastics and glass?
Question submitted on 10/12/07

Where can I find a recycling center in Houston that takes plastics and glass?

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What is the meaning of biodegradable/biocomposites contained in plastic?
Question submitted on 10/12/07

May I know what is are the definitions of and difference between biodegradable and biocomposites?

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Where can I recycle non-working stereo equipment?
Question submitted on 10/12/07

The local electronics recycling programs seem to accept only computer equipment and wireless phones. I'd like to recycle a Teac bookshelf mini component system. I'm in East Brunswick, NJ 08816.

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Recycling project
Question submitted on 10/12/07

Can you guys give me some ideas about our recycle project? Did I mention that we need to use plastic?

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Who are the best " green " commercial lighting contractors in the Midatlantic region? LEED accredited?
Question submitted on 10/12/07

I am designing a LEED silver office building, and I have some questions regarding daylighting and other energy effecient lighting technologies, from a contractors practical point of view.

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Is there a Whole Earth Catalogue available today?
Question submitted on 10/12/07

Is there a Whole Earth Catalogue available today?

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Question submitted on 10/12/07

I want find info about straw bale, adobe and other types of construction beyond the "stick house" that is still so much the norm.

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Question submitted on 10/12/07

What are the simple steps for making a 10 person professional office green? We would like to be a carbon neutral office by October of next year but how do we get started? We operate a small business in the Northeast.

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Plastics used in patternmaking and information on chemically bonded sands
Question submitted on 10/12/07

I have two questions. 1. What kinds of plastics, ureathanes etc., have been popular in patternmaking in the last 40 years? 2. Do you have any information available on chemically bonded sand?

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asbestos
Question submitted on 10/10/07

Is there a list of art supplies that contained asbestos?

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Starting a campus recycling program
Question submitted on 9/4/07

How do I start a recycling program at my university?

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Environmental Opportunity Assessments of Company Cafeterias
Question submitted on 8/29/07

We would like to hire external consultants to come in a do a detailed review of our current cafeteria operations, to evaluate opportunities to reduce energy, water and waste usage, to increase recycling rates, and to evaluate procurement opportunities. We would also like total cost accounting to be considered when recommendations are made. We want to bring people in who have expertise in the food service industry, as opposed to environmental consultants who are typically process engineers and have much experience in manufacturing settings. Any suggestions as to organizations I could contact to locate these subject matter experts?

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Reuse of reverse osmosis reject water for site irrigation
Question submitted on 7/9/07

I am trying to find case studies of businesses reusing their reverse osmosis reject water for site irrigation/watering. I have been unable to track down any case studies.

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Biodiesel tax incentives
Question submitted on 1/31/07

I have heard about a $1/gallon government incentive for biodiesel. I would like some information about who provides the incentive and who gets it.

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Sanitary sewer cleaning
Question submitted on 12/11/06

I just read an article in Trenchless Technology (Nov 2006) about Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland comprehensive sewer inspection. I just assumed that specs. were available for review. Does the procurement department have these available via their website?

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Long term effects of spraying
Question submitted on 10/11/06

I am trying to get information on the long term effects of spraying Budd Lake in Harrison for the invasive weed infestation. Do have or know of any sources?

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Wisconsin Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program
Question submitted on 8/13/06

Where do I get information regarding requirements and an application form? This site doesn't work: commerce.wi.gov/BD/BD-CA-Diesel-Grant-Program.html

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Rainbarrels
Question submitted on 6/30/06

How can I get one of the city's rainbarrels discussed in the latest issue of the City of Chicago's Dept. of Water Management's newsletter?

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EPA Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program
Question submitted on 6/6/06

We are interested in writing a grant proposal for this grant for Region 5 under the "greening the goverment" category. I was hoping that you might provide me with a list of P2 work that has already been accomplished in your fields of interest.

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Great Lakes Food Processing Industry Facilities
Question submitted on 6/6/06

The Multimedia Environmental Compiance Guide for Food Processors (US EPA, 1999) uses a 1994 Department of Commerce map (Table 1-1) that shows the distribution of food processing (SIC 20) facilities throughout the US. Is there an updated version of this information, or information on the number of facilities in the Great Lakes states?

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C & D L ANDFILL
Question submitted on 5/29/06

Could you tell me where to find a list of active C&D landfills in Pennsylvania?

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Water standards and informatin about chemicals to clean heat exchangers
Question submitted on 5/19/06

I am a metallurgist. My client wants me to recommend a new material for heat exchanger tubing used at a waste water plant because of corrosion problems. He has given me tables of water data. I don't know how to interpret them. I need to find out what the "worst" stuff is. Please provide me with water information. Parameters he has given me are: Alkalinity, Ammonia, Fecal Coli.,CBOD5, KN, soluble, Nitrate-N, Total suspension, Volatile suspension, Sulfate.. and more (usually g/ml). He also wants me to recommend any testing he might need to do for other water parameters. I don't think typical things like Fe, Ca, are an issue.

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Ozone generators and mold
Question submitted on 5/4/06

Do ozone generators kill mold?

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Ethanol plants and the environment
Question submitted on 5/4/06

Do you have any information about the environmental impact of ethanol plants, particularly their water use?

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Most polluted Great Lake
Question submitted on 3/7/06

What is the most polluted Great Lake?

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P2 for funeral homes/mortuaries/the funeral industry
Question submitted on 1/26/06

Have any of you ever worked on tech assistance for funeral homes/mortuaries? I found one 1995 study on Formaldehyde Use Reduction, do you know of any other good ones out there?

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Water-based adhesives
Question submitted on 1/25/06

We are studing about water base adhesive market situation. I read PPRC's water based adhesive technolgy review, released September 1998. Do you have any up data about the market situation or recommend some studies?

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P2 for maple syrup processors
Question submitted on 10/18/05

Are there any markets for the water produced by separating it from maple tree sap using a reverse osmosis process? Also is there any P2 guidance info for maple syrup processors?

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direct exchange geothermal
Question submitted on 10/12/05

Do you have any information on contractors that work with dx geothermal in the metro area? Are there any rebate programs for this technology? Are you aware of or know of any existing dx geothermal projects in Minnesota?

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Ice arenas
Question submitted on 3/7/05

Is there a way to make an ice arena more energy efficient?

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Great Lakes pollution
Question submitted on 12/29/04

Where can I find information about pollution in the Great Lakes?

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Question submitted on 12/29/04

I've been asked to develop a fact sheet discussing the pros and cons of using polystyrene for things such as beverage or food containment. I'm looking for research based information on the environmental and economic aspects of polystyrene use.

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Gasoline Prices
Question submitted on 11/1/04

Where can I find sources to document the increase in local gas prices?

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definitions
Question submitted on 10/20/04

Do you have commonly accepted definitions for the following words?
  • Eco-efficiency
  • Product Stewardship
  • Dematerialize
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability
  • Eco-effectiveness
  • Life-Cycle Design
  • Cradle-to-Cradle
  • Material Taxes
  • Mandatory Recycling Targets
  • "Take-Back" Requirements
  • LEED
  • Renewable Resources
  • Environmental Cost Accounting
  • Sustainability Index
  • Triple Bottom Line
  • Natural Capitalism
  • Global Climate Change
  • Socially Responsible Investing
  • Natural Step
  • Environmental Labeling
  • Biomimicry

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Pollution Prevention Case Study
Question submitted on 9/23/04

Can you direct me to some pollution prevention case studies dealing with foudries?

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