Weekly Poll (37)


Electric power company PacifiCorp is studying bird safety in Glenrock, Wyoming, by painting wind turbine blades black, which resulted in higher turbine avoidance in eagles and diurnal non-eagle birds. Do you believe changing the color of structures in animal-dense areas can decrease the impact of these structures on the environment?


In what is the first rule to be finalized under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prohibited the use of the only known form of asbestos currently used or imported into the country. Do you believe this rule will significantly improve health and safety in the construction industry?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed new efforts to protect communities and the environment from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances by modifying the definition of hazardous waste. Do you believe this is an effective method in combating PFAS?


An environmental review in California was completed for an underground tunnel, which is meant to capture storm water. Do you believe this is an effective method to combat droughts?


A team in China developed an eco-friendly radiative cooling film and coating technique using waste from shrimp and crab shells. Do you believe there are other examples of food waste that should be repurposed into coatings and films?


In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army announced a final rule amending the 2023 definition of “waters of the United States” to conform with the Supreme Court. Do you believe updates to the WOTUS rule will allow infrastructure projects, economic opportunities and agricultural activities to advance?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a framework that takes a planned approach to review new and new uses of PFAS to ensure that they are extensively evaluated within 90 days to prevent the chemicals to enter into commerce. Do you believe this review time is enough to prevent PFAS from harming human health and the environment?


A team from the New Jersey Institute of Technology is assessing the seismic response of high-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composites to better protect buildings from earthquakes. Should reinforced buildings be used to test for better protection against other environmental disasters, such as flooding?


After the incident of lead paint chips falling from the Tobin Bridge into nearby yards, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said that its contractor would begin vacuuming the paint chips and safely disposing of them, starting in parking lots and then moving to yards, sidewalks and other areas under the bridge. Do you believe enough is being done to address residents’ concerns about the lead paint?


A recent study has suggested that if 139 billion gallons of the world’s whitest paint covered 1 to 2% of the Earth’s surface, global temperatures would stop rising due to the amount of light being reflected back into space. Do you think this concept would be practical in application?


A German research institute developed an environmentally friendly and efficient laser solution for biofouling. Could laser solutions be used to resolve other failures in the coatings industry?


The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recently announced plans to issue new environmental permitting rules regarding flood-control efforts, including raising current buildings and expanding the capacity of stormwater systems. Do you believe these standards should be adapted in other coastal states?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to strengthen national ambient air quality standards for fine particles, or soot, to protect communities from pollution from sources such as construction sites, unpaved roads, fields, smokestacks or fires. Do you believe the proposed new standards offer enough protection against these fine particles?


The Canadian government recently published a renewed version of its Federal Agenda regarding volatile organic compound (VOC) controls on industry products. Do you believe the new actions will improve air quality in the country?


At the end of June, the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Do you agree with the ruling?


The new Clean Hull Initiative calls on regulators, shipping companies, ports, coatings manufacturers, technology and service providers, as well as academic and research institutions to focus on biofouling management. Do you believe there should be a worldwide regulation for proactive hull cleaning?


Researchers from Northwestern University have developed a sponge capable of cleaning up oil, microplastics and phosphate from polluted waterways. While studies have shown that paint flakes largely contribute to microplastic particles in the ocean, do you believe this technology is worth pursuing?


The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently released a report on the commercial availability and current uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances found in various paints, coatings and varnishes, recommending further work is needed to understand the health and environmental risks. Do you believe enough is being done to better protect painters from these substances?


A recent study published by the Swiss-based Environmental Action has found that paint accounts for 58% of microplastics in the world’s oceans and waterways. Do you believe the push for green coatings could be a solution to this issue?


Will the U.S. oil and gas industry grow or falter in 2022?


A recent report found that one in four units of critical infrastructure in the United States is at risk of being rendered inoperable due to flooding. These structures include police stations, airports and hospitals, and the risk is expected to worsen over the next 30 years. Do you believe enough is being done to address this problem?


A study conducted by the University of Plymouth and the Marine Biological Association observed that paint flakes could be one of the most abundant types of microplastic particles found in the ocean. Do you believe anything will be done by environmental agencies to address this discovery?


The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change attributes at least 50% of rising sea levels to thermal expansion since 1971 and warns that sea levels now threaten saltwater intrusion on coastal infrastructure worldwide. Do you believe coastal infrastructure has been properly prepared and protected for these rising sea levels?


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced plans to better combat heat exposure. On a scale of 1-5 (with 1 being most important and 5 being least important), where do you think heat exposure rates as a top threat to construction workers?


Following the destruction of Hurricanes Ike and Harvey, Texas submitted plans for coastal spines as protection. Do you believe this $12 billion plan, which includes a system of levees and sea gates, will provide enough protection against future weather?


In March, New Jersey was the latest state to push legislation for a PaintCare program—a paint stewardship program involving paint manufacturers and producers in conjunction with the American Coatings Association. Do you think the program will ever be adopted by all 50 states?


For the first time in the agency’s history, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently completed a climate change review. Do you think more projects will be required to undergo this type of review?


Do you believe the natural gas and oil industry will have an important role in helping the economy recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic?


Recently, New York officials announced that the Hudson River rail tunnel project had climbed $275 million in price and delayed the project’s start date by another year. Still requiring the approval for a February 2018 draft environmental impact statement and confirmed financial backing, do you believe the project will stay on the new timeframe?


In July, a ceremony was held to celebrate the competition of the 1.5-billion-euro Chernobyl New Safe Confinement. The infrastructure—known as The Arch—is reported to be the largest moveable land-based infrastructure ever built and took a combined 33 million working hours to construct. Given a lifespan of 100 years, do you believe the essential structure for proper disassembly and decommissioning of radioactive materials will pay for itself?


A water tower construction project in Texas was recently put on hold after a single endangered toad was found at the jobsite. Are environmental rules like this going too far?


A recently constructed roadway in Ireland includes a “bat bridge,” to help maintain the flight path of a threatened species of native bat. What do you think of these kinds of infrastructure investments for the benefit of wildlife?


Changes to EPA rules for hazardous waste generators are changing April 28, with major alterations set to affect many, including coating manufacturers and field paint removal contractors. Is your firm preparing for the new regulations?


How important is it to you to use green building materials when they are an option?


New Jersey has decided to waive some environmental permitting requirements to allow for the immediate rebuilding of public infrastructure that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Good or bad idea?


In a major decision in the climate-change debate, The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. on June 26 ruled that the EPA is correct in its plans to regulate heat-trapping gases (so-called greenhouse gases), dismissing arguments that the science of global warming is suspect. What is your opinion of this decision?


In choosing building materials and products on the basis of environmental considerations, which of the following should be the most important factor?


 
 
   

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