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A Letter from our President...
Thank you for visiting our website. WISE Consulting & Training, Inc. (WISE) has been providing quality residential and commercial service in the Northern Nevada for over 20 years. We specialize in consulting and training for mold, asbestos, lead, radon, and indoor air quality.
WISE is a regionally respected environmental and industrial hygiene consulting firm specializing in building science and building-related environmental issues. I have been involved in the environmental industry since the late 1980s and have devoted my work exclusively to environmental consulting and training, supervising the completion of over 6,000 environmental consulting projects and over 750 accredited environmental training courses. I hold asbestos and/or environmental licensure in 9 states and 2 U.S. EPA regions.
WISE is a mid-sized firm with 9 full- and part-time employees and trainers. At WISE, the attitude of service begins with personal integrity, and all positions within the firm are filled based on both technical ability and demonstrated character. The consultants and support personnel on theWISE team are tasked to "serving others in the manner we want to be served."
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how my staff and I can help with your residential and/or commercial project. I look forward to earning your business.
Tom Wise President CEM, NAC, CAC, CEI, CMI
Nevada Counties awarded $1.2 million in Brownfields Grants
Funding will revitalize communities by cleaning up and redeveloping contaminated sites
WASHINGTON- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the Northern Nevada Development Authority and Nye County will be one of 171 communities nationwide receiving brownfields funding to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.
The FY14 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants will give communities and businesses a chance to return economic stability to under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods through the assessment and clean-up of abandoned industrial and commercial properties, places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed.
“Brownfields funding allows communities to innovate new ways to retrofit formerly polluted, unused sites for sustainable new uses,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This funding will not only protect the environment and public health, but foster new job growth opportunities for rural communities in Nye, Churchill and Lyon counties.”
EPA has selected the Northern Nevada Development Authority for $600,000 in brownfields assessment funding. The project will target Main Street and highway commercial redevelopment opportunities along targeted transportation corridors in this rural part of Nevada. Nye County is also receiving $600,000 for cleanup planning, area-wide planning and community outreach. The project will focus on sites for community open space, Main Street and commercial redevelopment, and renewable energy production.
A total of approximately $23.5 million is going to communities that have been impacted by plant closures. Other selected recipients include tribes and communities in 44 states across the country; and at least 50 of the grants are going to Housing and Urban Development – Department of Transportation – Environmental Protection Agency grant recipient communities.
Since the inception of the EPA’s Brownfields program in 1995, cumulative brownfield program investments have leveraged more than $21 billion from a variety of public and private sources for cleanup and redevelopment activities. This equates to an average of $17.79 leveraged per EPA brownfield dollar expended. These investments have resulted in approximately 93,000 jobs nationwide. These projects demonstrate the positive impact a small investment of federal brownfields funding can have on community revitalization through leveraging jobs, producing clean energy, and providing recreation opportunities for surrounding neighborhoods. EPA’s Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields sites.
Lowe’s Settles EPA Lead Paint Violations By Its Contractors
WASHINGTON — Home improvement giant Lowe’s Companies Inc. has agreed to pay $500,000 after federal investigators found its home renovation contractors in nine states had violated safety standards for lead paint. The retail chain was also unable to provide documentation proving some contractors employed by the company were certified to work with the toxic substance, the Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department said today.
The investigation by the EPA stemmed from tips and complaints from homeowners who had used Lowe’s renovation contractors. In reviews of company records the government found contractors had not used EPA-approved lead-test kits on projects, or lacked proper training to work with the hazardous element known to cause developmental problems in children and kidney and cardiovascular illness in adults.
The EPA also found contractors had failed to properly clean and contain work areas in three homes, although the agency emphasized they had not found any direct cases of bodily harm in the course of their investigation. The punishment sought against Lowe’s was more cautionary, they said. Officials also stated the violations were not company-wide, but isolated to certain brick-and-mortar stores discovered in their investigation.
“This is not to send an alarm signal that people who have had work repairs done should be alarmed about this,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Robert Dreher said in a conference call with reporters today.
EPA Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles said it sent a clear message to companies to comply with the toxic materials standard.
“Lowe’s is taking responsibility for the actions of the firms it hires, and EPA expects other contractors to do the same,” she said.
The officials pointed homeowners to the EPA website for fact sheets on protective measures and red flags to watch out for when working with lead-based materials.
Lowe’s says they have always sought to comply with the EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule standards since they were enacted in 2008, and have “resolved all issues alleged by the EPA.”
“Lowe’s hires thousands of independent, third-party contractors and the EPA identified only a few who failed to meet certain record keeping or work practice requirements regarding lead-based paint,” a Lowe’s spokesperson told ABC News. “There have never been any reports of lead-based paint health issues associated with any projects completed by Lowe’s contractors.”
Lowes declined to provide an estimate on the total number of homes that may have had renovations performed by the violating contractors, or whether the company had sought disciplinary action against them.
The EPA discovered the infractions through review of Lowe’s stores in Alton, Ill.; Kent and Trotwood, Ohio; Bedford, N.H.; Southington, Conn.; South Burlington, Vt.; Rochester, N.Y.; Savannah and Lebanon, Tenn.; Boise, Idaho Falls and Nampa, Idaho; and Muldoon, Alaska.
Today’s settlement also mandates the home improvement chain create a new compliance and training program at its more than 1,700 stores in the US. By: Matthew Larotonda
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Will you be certified to Repair, Renovate, or Paint in a Pre-1978 single or Multi-family residence by April 2010? Read the current Lead Flyer and Upcoming Training Date concerning the EPA Mandate (40 CFR Part 745) - click here