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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Check Out EPA's EJSCREEN - Released for Public Use Today
Wednesday, June 10, 2015-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released EJSCREEN, a powerful environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially higher environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN's simple to understand color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience. You can access the tool by visiting: http://www2.epa.gov/ejscreen. -- (full text)

EPA Announces $54.3 Million to Assess and Clean Up Contaminated Sites, Revitalize Communities, Leverage Jobs and Promote Economic Redevelopment Nationwide
Thursday, May 28, 2015-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the selection of 243 new grant investments totaling $54.3 million to 147 communities across the U.S. This investment will provide communities with funding necessary to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. Recipients will each receive approximately $200,000 - $600,000 in funding toward EPA cooperative agreements. -- (full text)
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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)
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EPA's Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center releases Community-Based Public-Private Partnership Guide for Local Governments
Wednesday, May 27, 2015-- On April 22, 2015, EPA Region 3 released the publication, "Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure: A Guide for Local Governments." This guide comes out of a multi-year effort by EPA Region 3 and our partners to identify tools to help Mid-Atlantic communities address their water quality challenges through faster, cheaper, and greener methods. -- (full text)

15 Resources to Manage a Drought
Tuesday, April 21, 2015-- The 2012-2014 drought in California, according to an article in the Geophysical Research Letters, is the most severe of the past 1,200 years. In 2014 it resulted in a 6.6-million acre-feet (1 acre-foot = 43,560 cubic feet) reduction in surface water available to agriculture in 2014 and led to a crop revenue loss of $810 million! For local governments the situation brings into focus the important topics of water conservation, sustainability, climate change, energy efficiency, and environmental protectionnot to mention the related impacts on economic development and health and well-being. -- (full text)