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EPA Report to Congress: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is Accelerating Great Lakes Cleanup and Protection
Tuesday, July 28, 2015-- During its first five years, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative implemented more than 2500 projects to improve water quality, clean up contaminated shoreline, protect and restore native habitat and species and prevent and control invasive species in the Great Lakes. That work, which began in 2010, is summarized in a new Report to Congress and the President. This project has produced unparalleled results, including delisting five Great Lakes Areas of Concern, protecting, enhancing and restoring over 148,000 acres of wetlands, coastal, upland and island habitat, working with the agricultural community to reduce phosphorus runoff, which contributes to algal blooms, and preventing new introductions of invasive species. -- (full text)

Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events Program
Tuesday, July 28, 2015-- The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The program is deeply multidisciplinary and attempts to integrate multiple issues from civil, mechanical, transportation, and system engineering, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, political science, urban planning, epidemiology, natural and physical science, and computer science. -- (full text)
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Sixth Annual National Building Competition Kicks off Today
Wednesday, July 22, 2015-- For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR program is hosting the National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings to help organizations improve the energy and water efficiency of their commercial buildings, save money, and protect the environment. More than 125 teams and more than 6,500 individual competitors are measuring and tracking their building's monthly energy and water consumption using ENERGY STARĀ® Portfolio ManagerĀ®, EPA's online measurement and tracking tool. EPA maintains a competition website (www.energystar.gov/battleofthebuildings) featuring a list of competitors and their weigh-in results, as well as tips and links to EPA's existing inventory of ENERGY STAR tools and resources. The site also features a live Twitter feed with tweets about the competition. -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA]

EPA Releases Updated Environmental and Public Health Indicators in Online Database
Monday, July 20, 2015-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released updated environmental and public health indicators in an online database, making information about the current and historical condition of the nations environment and human health more accessible to the public. This is an online update to EPAs Report on the Environment. Users can explore 85 individual indicators-- on our air, water, land, human exposure, health and ecological condition-- using interactive graphs, tables, and maps, and download the data for each indicator. -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA]

White House, EPA Honor Environmental Education Award Winners
Friday, July 17, 2015-- The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recognized the winners and honorable mentions for the annual Presidents Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The 44 students and 27 teachers from across the country were honored at a ceremony at the White House for outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship. -- (full text)

EPA Proposes to Cancel Some Uses of an Insecticide Commonly Used for Residential, Industrial and Commercial Purposes
Wednesday, July 01, 2015-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to cancel certain uses of the insecticide propoxur after preliminary human health assessment found risks from certain applications. -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA]

Fact Sheets for Caregivers Regarding Environmental Health Issues
Tuesday, June 30, 2015-- These easy-to-read fact sheets are intended to provide sound advice about environmental hazards ranging from air pollution to drinking water contaminants. -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA]

U.S. Requires Arizona and New Mexico Plant Owners to Reduce Emissions at Navajo Nation Four Corners Power Plant
Wednesday, June 24, 2015-- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a federal Clean Air Act settlement with several Arizona and New Mexico-based utility companies to install pollution control technology to reduce harmful air pollution from the Four Corners Power Plant located on the Navajo Nation near Shiprock, New Mexico. The settlement requires an estimated $160 million in upgrades to the plants sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution controls. The settlement also requires $6.7 million to be spent on three health and environmental mitigation projects for tribal members and payment of a $1.5 million civil penalty. EPA expects that the actions required by the settlement will reduce harmful emissions by approximately 5,540 tons per year. -- (full text)

Underground Storage Tank Requirements Strengthened to Improve Prevention and Detection of Leaks
Monday, June 22, 2015-- The U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) is strengthening the federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements to improve prevention and detection of petroleum releases from USTs which are one of the leading sources of groundwater contamination. EPAs action will strengthen existing requirements and help ensure all USTs in the United States meet the same release protection standards. -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA]

New Greenhouse Gas Inventory Tools for Local and Tribal Governments
Saturday, June 20, 2015-- EPA is pleased to announce that it has launched two free, interactive spreadsheet tools to help local governments and tribes across the United States evaluate their greenhouse gas emissions. Both tools calculate greenhouse gas emissions for many sectors, including residential, commercial, transportation, and waste and water management. Each tool consists of two separate parts: one for community-wide inventories, the other for inventories of local or tribal government operations only. These tools were designed to make calculating emissions flexible and easy: they are pre-programmed with default data, or the user may enter community-specific information. Access these and other tools at http://epa.gov/statelocalclimate/resources/index.html
[U.S. EPA]

EPA Seeks Input on Modernizing the Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rule
Friday, June 19, 2015-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. This panel will focus on the Agencys development of a rule that proposes to modify the current Risk Management Plan (RMP) regulation to reduce the likelihood of accidental releases of toxic and flammable substances at chemical facilities, and improve emergency response when those releases occur. This aligns with Executive Order 13650 entitled Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security (EO 13650) that President Obama signed on August 1, 2013. EO 13650 directs the federal government to carry out a number of tasks whose overall aim is to prevent chemical accidents. These tasks include: improving operational coordination with state and local partners; enhancing Federal agency coordination and information sharing; modernizing policies, regulations and standards; and working with stakeholders to identify best practices. -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA]

EPA Report Shows Progress on E-Recycling and Identifies Opportunity to Advance G7s Recognition of Circular Economy
Wednesday, June 17, 2015-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Facts and Figures report showing progress in consumer electronics recycling in the United States. Consumer electronics recycling went up from 30.6 percent in 2012 to 40.4 percent in 2013, the same year EPA launched the SMM Electronics Challenge to promote responsible donation and recycling of used electronics. Through EPAs Sustainable Materials Management program, the agency seeks the most productive and sustainable use of materials across their life cycle, minimizing the amounts of materials involved and all associated environmental impacts. Earlier this month, the G7 committed to ambitious action to advance the efficient use of natural resources throughout their life cycle.  -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA]

EPA Releases Technical Guides to Support Vapor Intrusion Assessment & Mitigation Activities
Thursday, June 11, 2015-- On June 11, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two technical guides to support assessment and mitigation activities at sites where vapor intrusion is an actual or potential concern.The Technical Guide for Assessing and Mitigating the Vapor Intrusion Pathway from Subsurface Vapor Sources to Indoor Air applies to all sites being evaluated under federal land cleanup statutes by EPA, other federal agencies, state and tribal governments and brownfield grantees. A companion document, the Technical Guide for Addressing Petroleum Vapor Intrusion at Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites addresses any sites where vapor intrusion related to petroleum contamination from underground storage tanks is a potential concern. Both guides are applicable to residential and non-residential settings. -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA Press Office]

Clean Water Rule Protects Streams and Wetlands Critical to Public Health, Communities, and Economy
Wednesday, May 27, 2015-- On May 27, 2015, EPA and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. The rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry. -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA]