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2012 Reenergize the Americas 5A: Luis Perez


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2012 Reenergize the Americas 5A: Luis Perez

  1. 1. Environmental Awareness forInstallation/Renewable Energy Projects Luis Perez UTEP Regional Energy and Cyber Security Center
  2. 2. Two Environmental Subjects of Concern• Aviary• Asbestos• And a whole range of other topics we won’t get to today… • PCB awareness • Spill prevention control • Universal waste • And much more... Copyright @ The University of Texas at El Paso 2
  3. 3. Which Birds are Protected?A LOT of species…full list at rybirds/RegulationsPolicies /mbta/mbtandx.htmlIncludes various eagles, hawks, herons, owls, and many moreNOT protected includes pigeons, starlings, sparrows, and numerous others Copyright @ The University of Texas at El Paso 3
  4. 4. Aviary• Laws and Regulations • U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife • State overseers (e.g., Texas Parks & Wildlife, New Mexico Game and Fish)• Protected Bird Acts • Bald & Golden Eagle Protection Act (Under extremely stringent regulation) • Endangered Species Act • Migratory Bird Treaty Act Copyright @ The University of Texas at El Paso 4
  5. 5. Protected Bird Acts and Penalties• The Protected Bird Species Act was created to ensure protection of migratory birds, their parts, nests, and eggs• The act makes it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, transport, possess, sell, or purchase any migratory birds • $15,000 – $250,000 per individual (You) • $15,000 - $500,000 per organization • 6 months – 2 years incarceration (You)• The act offers a $2,500 per person award to anyone who provides information leading to a violator’s arrest• Just as IOU and municipally-owned utilities have reporting requirements, so too will installations and renewable energy producers delivering energy via Power Purchase Agreements Copyright @ The University of Texas at El Paso 5
  6. 6. Asbestos AwarenessAccording to the EPA’s definition, asbestos is “the namegiven to a number of naturally occurring fibrous minerals withhigh tensile strength, the ability to be woven, and resistanceto heat and most chemicals. Because of these properties,asbestos fibers have been used in a wide range ofmanufactured goods, including roofing shingles, ceiling andfloor tiles, paper and cement products, textiles, coatings, andfriction products such as automobile clutch, brake andtransmission parts. The Toxic Substances Control Actdefines asbestos as the asbestiform varieties of: chrysotile(serpentine); crocidolite (riebeckite); amosite(cummingtonite/grunerite); anthophyllite; tremolite; andactinolite.” Copyright @ The University of Texas at El Paso 6
  7. 7. Where is Asbestos and Why the Concern?Where? Just about everywhereWhy the concern? Friable versus non-friable Inhalation can lead to severe and potentially terminal lung damage (asbestosis or mesothelioma) Symptoms may lie dormant for decadesNew construction for renewable projects is unlikely to encounter asbestos-related issues, but re-use/re-model or destruction of existing sites, particularly those built before 1989, must have a plan to address asbestos Copyright @ The University of Texas at El Paso 7