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EPA News You Can Use - May 2019


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Prepare for disaster before it strikes. May marks the beginning of hurricane season in the U.S. Learn ways individuals, communities, and businesses can plan ahead for safety, shortages, and storm cleanup. May 5-11 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week.
National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness




EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's message for Earth Day 2019.

The Implementation Status Report for EPA Actions under the December 2018 Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts. EPA's Status Report describes EPA activities that are being conducted in support of the Lead Action Plan. Through the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children, EPA continues to work with its federal partners to improve coordinated activities and implement objectives of the Lead Action Plan. "The Status Report delivers on our promise to hold ourselves accountable to the public and clearly communicate the steps we are taking to implement the Lead Action Plan," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "Tracking the actions outlined in the Lead Action Plan will ensure we stay true to our commitments and take the necessary measures to protect children from lead exposure where they live, learn, and play."

Reducing Food Waste. EPA, USDA, and FDA kicked off Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month (April) by calling for greater collaboration with public, private, and nonprofit partners as well as state and local officials to educate and engage consumers and stakeholders throughout the supply chain on the need to reduce food loss and waste. "Reducing food waste and redirecting excess food to people, animals, or energy production provide immediate benefits to public health and the environment. I am proud to join President Trump and my federal partners in recognizing April as Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month," said Administrator Wheeler.

  • SEE BELOW for the "ACE THE WASTE!" student challenge for ideas to reduce food waste.

Trump Administration to Help Rural Communities Grow Recreation Economy. In support of the Trump Administration's Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, EPA joined the Forest Service and the Northern Border Regional Commission to announce assistance to help communities revitalize their economy through outdoor recreation. "Outdoor recreation not only plays an important role in the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans, but it also generates billions in economic activity and supports millions of jobs," said EPA Administrator Wheeler. "We look forward to working with communities and our federal partners on strategies that can grow the local recreation economy and revitalize main street while protecting our vital natural resources."

EPA Strengthens Regulation of Asbestos to Close Loophole and Protect Consumers. A broad new rule strengthens the agency's ability to rigorously review an expansive list of asbestos products that are no longer on the market before they could be sold again in the United States. Tis important step closes a 30-year-old loophole that allowed old asbestos uses and products to come back to the market without any reviews or restrictions from EPA. Today's action gives EPA the authority to prohibit the use of certain products or put in place restrictions to protect public health. This action does not alter the prohibitions made in a 1989 partial ban. "Prior to this new rule, EPA did not have the ability to prevent or restrict certain asbestos products from being reintroduced into the market," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Read more recent news from EPA: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/search




Air Quality Alerts: Warmer weather is coming, and EPA offers free resources that help you protect your family's health with air quality forecasts. These tools help everyone, everywhere be aware of the increased risk of ground-level ozone and fine particle air pollution (when combined, often referred to as smog), and take health precautions when air quality is a concern. May is Asthma Awareness Month.
Sign up for alerts where you live: http://www.enviroflash.info

Bee Safe with Pesticides. It's that time of year to start gardening ... and if you use pesticides where bees are present, please always READ THE LABEL. Be sure you are using pesticides or other garden chemicals safely and correctly. More about protecting bees and other pollinators:

Congratulations to Campus RainWorks! Meet the winners of EPA's seventh annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national competition that engages college students in the design of on-campus green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater pollution. This year entrants participated in the Master Plan category, which examined how green infrastructure can be broadly integrated across campus; or the Demonstration Project category, which focused on how green infrastructure can address stormwater pollution at a specific site on campus.
Learn more about the winning projects and watch videos:

Iowa Flood Areas: Report Displaced Containers. If you live in an area of Iowa affected by recent flooding, federal and state agencies are asking you to report any dangerous containers displaced by floodwaters in western Iowa. Scattered tanks, drums, cylinders, or barrels may contain hazardous materials and should only be handled by trained professionals. Iowa residents are encouraged to report displaced ("orphaned") tanks, drums, or other containers found in flood debris on the Iowa DNR Disaster Assistance website.



  • Protect animals during wildfires. To help you get ready for fire season, EPA's Airnow has two wildfire guide factsheets with tips for protecting animals. Animals - pets or livestock - can be affected by wildfire smoke in their eyes and lungs. Keep pets indoors more, and limit or postpone work animals' strenuous activities to decrease the smoke they breathe. Learn more from Airnow:
  • Are you living somewhere that is impacted by wildfire smoke? EPA has developed a two-sided infographic card with information on how to reduce exposure to wildfire smoke, how to select the correct respirator mask, and how to properly wear the mask to protect your health. You can order free print copies of the infographic to distribute to your community. You can order free print copies of the infographic to distribute to your community.



  • Student Food Waste Challenge (due May 24): As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, EPA is joining USDA and FDA to launch the Ace the Waste! challenge for students age 11-18 to submit their creative solutions to reduce food loss and waste in the United States. More than one third of food in the U.S. is lost or wasted, and food is the single largest type of waste in landfills.
    Learn how students can participate and submit their ideas, from USDA:
  • Community Grants (due May 28). EPA is making grants available for New England communities to support EPA's "Back-to-Basics" agenda to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health, and improve the quality of life. The Healthy Communities Grant Program is accepting applications for projects that will benefit one or more New England communities. EPA plans to award about 10 cooperative agreements, for a total of approximately $250,000 under this funding opportunity. The deadline to submit applications is May 28. Learn more about how your community can apply:




Prepárese para un desastre natural antes de que azote. Este es el inicio de la temporada de huracanes en Estados Unidos. Los individuos, las comunidades y los negocios pueden planificar con antelación para la seguridad, la escasez y la limpieza tras la tormenta. Del 6 al 12 de mayo se celebra la Semana Nacional de Preparación de Huracanes.
Aprenda más: https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/informacion-general-sobre-la-preparacion-y-la-respuesta-frente-desastres-naturales
Para el Servicio Nacional de Meteorología de EE.U.: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness (en inglés)

Aprenda más en español: https://espanol.epa.gov





VIDEOS - April releases

Earth Day 2019. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's message for Earth Day 2019.

On Earth Day, EPA Administrator Wheeler, Japan's Ambassador Shunsuke Sugiyama, and other officials reviewed cleanup work on the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers:

Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative. EPA and USDA released a federal inter-agency strategy to address how all levels of government can work together to reduce food waste.

$99.7 million WIFIA loan, to Miami-Dade County for advanced wastewater infrastructure upgrades.

Reducing Marine Litter. EPA Administrator's message on reducing marine litter.

EPA Research Solutions for the States. This video highlights how EPA scientists work with states and communities help solve their environmental challenges.

More EPA videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov/videos


BLOG - April posts

EPA Scientists Support Air Quality Awareness, by Wayne E. Cascio MD, FACC, Director of EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory

EPA Seeks Additional Comment on PV29 Draft Risk Evaluation, by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn,
Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

Partnering in Kentucky – Environmental Success through Cooperative Federalism, by Mary S. Walker,
Acting Region 4 EPA Administrator

Read more EPA blog posts: https://blog.epa.gov






Asthma Awareness Month, https://www.epa.gov/asthma
American Wetlands Month
National Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month


April 29 - May 3, Air Quality Awareness Week, https://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware
5 - 11, National Hurricane Preparedness Week
5 - 11, Public Service Recognition Week


7 World Asthma Day
17 Bike to Work Day, https://www.epa.gov/what-you-can-do/bike-to-work
27 Rachel Carson's birthday




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