Fun With National Environmental Crime Prevention Week

Happy National Environmental Crime Prevention Week! How are YOU going to celebrate?

Why not plan a National Environmental Crime Prevention Week party? Get a few friends together, don your Haz-Mat suits, and let the fun begin!

To get everyone pumped for the festivities, you might want to give a refresher course on how to spot an environmental crime. Here’s what to look for, according to the EPA:

  • Corroded, leaking or abandoned waste containers or signs of illegal dumping
  • Fish kills or other dead animals
  • Staining and/or stressed vegetation on the ground or staining around drains, sinks toilets or other wastewater outlets
  • Foul smelling or unsightly discharges or visible sheens on the ground or water bodies and foul smelling or unsightly air emissions
  • Piping or valves that would allow bypasses of wastewater treatment systems
  • Demolition that may involve illegal removal of asbestos or other hazardous materials

But wait! Before you crack that first beer, you’ll want to read this handy list of tips on how to prevent party fouls:

  • If you are not sure that an area is safe, stay away
  • Do not enter confined spaces or low-lying areas
  • Do not lean over open waste containers, or kick, rock or puncture waste containers
  • If trained to enter, wear appropriate protective gear
  • Do not take samples unless trained
  • Keep others away from the scene until assistance arrives
  • Be sure to keep children and pets away

And not to be a killjoy, but:

  • Do not track toxic material into your car

We know, we know, pimping your ride with toxic waste is half the fun. But with enough other activities, your guests will be too busy to miss it! We’ll bring the waste container-shaped cake!


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