Water is essential. It is undoubtedly the most necessary and vital natural resource we have in the world. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the World only has access to an unclean source of water or are forced to travel great distances to even obtain water. But what if they did not have to?
Here at Cosmos Technologies Inc. we pride ourselves in being one of the only MBE firms with a focus on Water Resources and Wastewater treatment.
As a matter of fact, our President and Founder, Mr. Frederick Douglas, has dedicated his life to the creation of the ComTak Water Process that absorbs out heavy metals and contaminants from water making it safe for all.
(Hear more about the ComTak process on our home page video: https://www.cosmostechnologiesinc.com/)
March 22nd, 2019 is World Water Day! This is your chance to join in the fight to end water scarcity for people from all walks of life. Please visit https://water.org/donate/ to donate towards the cause.
Water.org has empowered 17 million people with access to safe water and sanitation and they are helping more and more every day, with every single donation.
If you are not ready to donate and you still want to join us in the fight against water scarcity here are 3 simple ways you can still be a sustainable partner in the fight:
We hope this information was valuable in helping you become a water-friendly hero, Happy World Water Day!
A Gray- 3.20.19
It is hard to believe that asbestos has never been completely banned in the United States. Though manufacture was limited after 1977 and the last asbestos mine in the US closed in 2002, banned items include but are not limited to
· Corrugated paper
· Roll board
· Commercial paper
· Specialty paper
· Flooring felt
· Asbestos pipe insulation and asbestos block insulation on facility components, such as boilers and
hot water tanks, if the materials are either pre-formed (molded) and friable or wet-applied and friable after drying.
· Spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing materials Asbestos in artificial fireplace embers and wall patching compounds
However, examples of asbestos-containing products not banned include:
· Cement corrugated sheet
· Cement flat sheet
· Pipeline wrap
· Roofing felt
· Vinyl floor tile
· Cement shingle
· Cement pipe
· Automatic transmission components
· Clutch facings
· Friction materials
· Disk brake pads
· Drum brake linings
· Brake blocks
· Non-roofing coatings
· Roof coatings
In June 2018, the EPA proposed a significant new use rule (SNUR) that would prohibit these uses. Please note, the EPA is not allowing what the agency legally defines as “new uses” of asbestos back into the market.
Isn’t this good?
Possibly not. According to critics, there are two concerns with the new rule.
The first concern is the way the EPA has written the SNUR. It does not ban of all currently inactive unregulated uses but instead only bans 15 specific uses the EPA “believes” to be comprehensive – thus some now dormant uses could be allowed.
The second concern is the way the risk of these “currently unregulated former uses” will be evaluated. In May 2018, the EPA published a document known as the “Problem Formulation of the Risk Evaluation for Asbestos,” which establishes the scientific approach the EPA will take in evaluating these new uses. Surprising, their review will not include information from existing (or “legacy”) uses of asbestos, despite the significant information detailing health risks from those uses.
Thus, the agency won’t consider the dangers posed by, for example, asbestos-containing tiles, adhesives and piping in millions of homes and commercial buildings nationwide.
In addition, the E.P.A. documents narrow the definition of asbestos such that the 8.8 million pounds a year of asbestos deposited in hazardous landfills or the 13.1 million pounds discarded in routine dump sites will be excluded.
The most likely outcome of the changes will be that the agency finds lower levels of risk and as a result, imposes fewer new restrictions or prohibitions.
What should we do?
Comments on the Risk Evaluation will be published soon. We must continue to be vigilant. We know the effects and impacts that asbestos has had. For the 2,500 people that die from asbestos-related lung cancer deaths per year – including my grandmother, this is pertinent. We must be resolute in its complete ban.
Innovation is key. Cosmos has developed an innovative wastewater treatment system, for removing oils and organics from waste water. The company has patented this process in several countries, namely the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa. In the future Cosmos will adapt this technology to treat drinking water as well.