EPA Issues Final SNAP rule – Approves 2-BTP for Aviation Streaming and Flooding

September 29, 2016

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SNAP Action — On September 26, 2016, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the final rule Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: New Listings of Substitutes; Changes of Listing Status; and Reinterpretation of Unacceptability for Closed Cell Foam Products under the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program; and Revision of Clean Air Act Section 608’s Venting Prohibition for Propane. In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, this rule under EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program expands the list of acceptable substitutes in the refrigeration and air conditioning (AC), and fire suppression sectors; lists unacceptable substitutes in specific end-uses in the refrigeration and AC sector; and changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable in the refrigeration and AC, and foam blowing sectors. The EPA is also listing propane as acceptable, subject to use conditions, as a refrigerant in certain new equipment and exempting it in these end-uses from the venting prohibition under CAA. Additionally, the EPA is applying the existing listing decisions for foam blowing agents to closed cell foam products and products containing closed cell foam. In each instance where the EPA is listing a new substitute as unacceptable or is changing the status of a substitute from acceptable to unacceptable, the EPA has determined that there are other alternatives that pose lower overall risk to human health and/or the environment. This rule results in environmental benefits up to 7 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent (MMTCO2eq) in 2025, equal to the carbon dioxide emissions from the annual electricity use of more than one million homes.

An advance copy of the final rule (Rule 21) is available at www.epa.gov/snap/snap-regulations which will be updated once the final rule is published in the Federal Register. To view the public docket in the Federal Register, visit www.regulations.gov and search for docket number EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0663.

608 Action — On September 26, 2016, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the final rule Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Update to the Refrigerant Management Requirements under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act. This final rule strengthens the refrigerant management program under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act and extends the regulations to non-ozone depleting substitutes such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This action lowers the leak rate at which large air conditioning and refrigeration appliances must be repaired and incorporates industry best practices such as verifying repairs and conducting regular leak inspections on leaking appliances. EPA estimates the ODS and HFC emissions avoided from this rule to be 114 ozone depletion potential-weighted metric tons and more than 7.3 MMTCO2eq annually.

An advance copy of the final rule is available at www.epa.gov/section608/revised-section-608-refrigerant-management-regulations which will be updated once the final rule is published in the Federal Register. To view the public docket in the Federal Register, visit www.regulations.gov and search for docket number EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0453.


Obituary for Scott Walter Lewis

September 26, 2016

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3M, Ansul, Chemguard, Buckeye, Others Sued Over Foam

September 19, 2016
Credit: George Clerk/iStockphoto.com

Credit: George Clerk/iStockphoto.com

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By P.J. D’Annunzio
The Legal Intelligencer

Bucks and Montgomery County residents whose water was allegedly contaminated when toxic fire-fighting foam used at nearby military bases seeped into their wells have filed a lawsuit against 3M and several other manufacturers of the chemical.

The plaintiffs in the prospective class action demanded compensation for medical monitoring and property damage, claiming the defendants—including 3M, Angus Fire and its subsidiary National Foam, The Ansul Co., Buckeye Fire Protection Co., and Chemguard—failed to warn users about the dangers of improperly disposing Aqueous Film Forming Foam, or AFFF.

“For years, residents living near military bases in eastern Pennsylvania were unknowingly exposed to dangerous chemicals in their drinking water,” Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Unit at Weitz & Luxenberg, which represents the plaintiffs, said in a statement Sept. 16.

“With this lawsuit, we are fighting to ensure that the companies who manufactured and marketed products containing these chemicals—and put their profits ahead of public health in the process—are brought to justice for their wrongdoing,” Greenwald said.

An attorney representing 3M said Sept. 16 that the company had faced similar cases before and prevailed.

“AFFF is a product that was used by the U.S. military and departments of defense around the world because it saves lives—which likely explains why this product remains in use approximately a decade after 3M exited the sales of it,” William A. Brewer III, a partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselor, said in an email. “In any event, we believe these claims lack merit. 3M sold these products with instructions regarding their safe use and disposal.”

A representative for Ansul and Chemguard said they are aware of the legal action against them and other fire-fighting foam manufacturers, but said it’s their policy not to comment on pending litigation. A representative for Angus did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Buckeye. A representative of National Foam declined to comment.

The complaint said that the spilled chemicals originated from training exercises at the now decommissioned Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and the Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster. The U.S. Navy has not been named as a defendant.

“The Navy has offered assistance to several impacted residents, but their effort is too little, too late,” the complaint said.

The plaintiffs instead targeted the companies, arguing “the defendants knowingly manufactured, sold, and distributed a dangerous and defective product, failed to provide proper warnings to protect bystanders, such as the plaintiffs, and failed to recall their products when they took them off the market.”

P.J. D’Annunzio can be contacted at ­215-557-2315 or pdannunzio@alm.com. Follow him on Twitter @PJDannunzioTLI.

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Jeff Kidd Steps Up As General Manager of Hiller New England

August 30, 2016

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Hiller Herald

Hiller New England Fire Protection is the largest and most respected special hazard fire protection company in the New England area. The office is located in Wilmington, Massachusetts and currently has twenty-six employees. Hiller New England specializes in the protection of IT/computer rooms, commercial operations and large industrial manufacturing operations. They also supply a variety of fire protection products to large military and government based companies. Just this year, they have completed work at a Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, MIT Lincoln Laboratories, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Verizon Business.

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Jeff Kidd

Hiller New England is fortunate to have the largest line of manufacturers available to their operation in the New England market, as it allows them to provide customers with every fire protection solution available.

With the retirement of Peter Hanson, Jeff Kidd will step up to take over the position of General Manager of Hiller New England Fire Protection. Jeff has been with Hiller New England since 1996 in a sales and engineering capacity. He currently sits on NFPA & FSSA as a Technical Committee Member and holds a NICET IV for Special Hazard Fire Suppression Systems Design. During his 20 years with Hiller, he has been preparing for his upcoming role and great things are expected in the coming years of Hiller New England under Jeff’s leadership.


Life Begins at Retirement for Peter Hanson

August 30, 2016

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Hiller Herald

After 20 great years with Hiller, Peter Hanson is retiring. Peter is one of the founding members of the Hiller New England Team and has contributed greatly to their success. He is one of the first to arrive in the office in the mornings and one of the last to leave at night. Peter has always been a very professional and hardworking member of the team. Many customers prefer to work directly with Peter and trust him to select the best fire protection solution to fit their needs and budget.

Peter is also one of the kindest, funniest people anyone can have the pleasure of knowing. His crazy sense of humor is not seen very often however, when it comes out, it is truly outstanding.

Peter has many interests to keep him busy during retirement including: snowmobiling, riding his Harley and pyrotechnics. At a recent dinner, Hiller was proud to present Peter with a retirement gift of an electric train boxcar wrapped with the Hiller logo to support his other expanding hobby of electric trains. However humbly he accepted the gift, the rumor is that he wouldn’t let others hold the train while he finished his dinner that evening.

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Dan Romanchuk, Patrick Lynch, Peter Hanson, Duncan Greenwood

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A photo showing off Peter's pyrotechnic skills, a beautiful display during the July 4th show

A photo showing off Peter’s pyrotechnic skills, a beautiful display during the July 4th show


FSSA Educational Foundation Announces 2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients

August 25, 2016

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — Annually, the Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) Educational Foundation provides financial support to outstanding students connected with the fire protection industry in an effort to assist them in meeting the ever-rising cost of a college education.

From among all of the outstanding candidates that submitted applications, the FSSA Educational Foundation awarded five scholarships to the following individuals:

  • $5,000, in name of Jim Boyer, to Breanne Thompson, University of Maryland, College Park
  • $5,000, in the name of Chuck Hooper, to Selena Chin, University of Maryland, College Park
  • $3,000 to Kathryn Schramm, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • $2,000 to Matthew Fegley, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • $2,000 to Jacob Ludeman, California Polytechnic State University

Click here to read more about the winners.

The FSSA Educational Foundation is supported by contributions and grants from individuals, companies and business groups in the fire protection industry. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible and can be made in recognition of special events or in memory of a loved one. Single contributions of $25,000 or more will be honored by an annual scholarship named after the contributor. Contributions should be sent to FSSA Headquarters at 3601 East Joppa Rd., Baltimore, Maryland, 21234.

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About the Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA):
The mission of FSSA is to promote the use of, and be the leading recognized authority on, special hazard fire protection systems; employing existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets and the environment. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression. To learn more, contact FSSA headquarters at (410) 931-8100 or visit www.fssa.net.


Honeywell CEO To Step Down in March ‘17

July 25, 2016
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David Cote, above, has run Honeywell since 2002. Photo: Bloomberg News

Longtime CEO to be replaced by Darius Adamczyk, who was promoted to president in April

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By Ted Mann and Josh Beckerman
The Wall Street Journal

Dave Cote will step down as chief executive of Honeywell International Inc. at the end of March, ending a 14-year tenure during which he revived the fortunes of the industrial conglomerate.

Mr. Cote, who turns 64 next month, will be succeeded by Darius Adamczyk, who was named the company’s president and chief operating officer in April. Mr. Cote will continue as executive chairman through April 2018, and then start a five-year consulting and noncompete agreement.

“Darius thinks independently and has demonstrated that he can evolve business strategies to fit evolving circumstances—a very important skill because the world is changing rapidly,” Mr. Cote said in a written statement.

In an interview, Mr. Adamczyk said he would redouble the company’s efforts to expand its software offerings for industrial customers. As industrial manufacturers evolve, Mr. Adamczyk said, organic sales growth will increasingly come from software that can help Honeywell’s customers—from airlines to petroleum refineries—squeeze more efficiency out of their heavy machinery. “Software is going to be the medium by which that value is going to be delivered,” he said.

Mr. Adamczyk’s promotion in April was seen as a signal that he was in pole position to take over as CEO. As president and operating chief, the 50-year-old gained oversight for Honeywell’s wide array of business units, which make products ranging from fire alarms and thermostats to automotive turbochargers and rubber boots for firefighters.

Before that, Mr. Adamczyk—who joined the company eight years ago through an acquisition—had been leading the performance materials business since 2014. A native of Poland and an engineer, Mr. Adamczyk earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University. He previously held executive roles at Ingersoll-Rand PLC and Metrologic Instruments Inc., a company Honeywell acquired.

Mr. Cote took the reins of Honeywell in 2002, when the New Jersey-based conglomerate was reeling in the aftermath of a bungled merger with Allied Signal and a failed deal to be acquired by General Electric Co. Under Mr. Cote, who cut his teeth at GE, Honeywell has turned into a comeback story.

Honeywell shares have risen nearly 200% over the past decade, compared with a 63% gain in the S&P 500 index. Honeywell shares rose 2.3% to $114.06 on Tuesday.

“Dave has been a passionate and transformative leader throughout his tenure at Honeywell, completely turning around the company from its initial state of disarray,” said Jaime Chico Pardo, who was named Honeywell’s lead director as part of the transition plan.

The company built a record of disciplined, well-executed midsize deals, expanding product lines in areas like personal protective equipment, building controls and mobile scanners without overpaying for targets. Key, Mr. Cote has said, was avoiding “fad-surfing”—chasing competitors into new markets and overpaying in the process, as he felt other industrials had done.

This year, Mr. Cote changed his tune and attempted a megadeal, launching a $90 billion takeover bid for rival United Technologies Corp. that would have created an aerospace giant.

But the offer was rebuffed, and United Technologies executives publicly attacked the deal as an impossibility because of likely objections by regulators and big aerospace customers.

Mr. Adamczyk said the company also will continue to seek out acquisitions as it has in the past. “We have a great skill set,” he said of Honeywell’s deal team. “We exercise the right set of muscles.”

Honeywell also announced a plan to overhaul its compensation for top executives. Mr. Pardo and Scott Davis, the chairman of the board’s compensation committee “will be actively engaging with the Company’s largest shareholders over the coming months” to consider changes, including making incentive pay for executives “mostly formulaic and less discretionary,” the company said in a filing. Honeywell plans to announce the changes in compensation before issuing its 2017 proxy statement, the company said.

Write to Ted Mann at ted.mann@wsj.com and Josh Beckerman at josh.beckerman@wsj.com.

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