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October 2019

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October is Children's Health Month. Children are often more vulnerable to pollutants than adults. Children's Health Month is a reminder to learn more about children's health, the environment, and what you can do.




Trump Administration Announces One National Program Rule on Federal Preemption of State Fuel Economy Standards. The U.S. DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and EPA took an initial step towards finalizing the proposed Safer, Affordable, Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule by issuing a final action entitled the "One National Program Rule," which will enable the federal government to provide nationwide uniform fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for automobiles and light duty trucks.

A top priority for President Trump, when finalized, the proposed SAFE Vehicles Rule standards would establish attainable fuel economy and GHG vehicle emissions standards that will help ensure that more Americans have access to safer, more affordable, and cleaner vehicles that meet their families' needs. "Today, we are delivering on a critical element of President Trump's commitment to address and fix the current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "One national standard provides much-needed regulatory certainty for the automotive industry and sets the stage for the Trump Administration's final SAFE rule that will save lives and promote economic growth by reducing the price of new vehicles to help more Americans purchase newer, cleaner, and safer cars and trucks."

EPA, U.S. Army Repeal 2015 Rule Defining "Waters of the United States" Ending Regulatory Patchwork. EPA's Andrew Wheeler and Army Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James announced that the agencies are repealing a 2015 rule that impermissibly expanded the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act - ending a regulatory patchwork that required implementing two competing Clean Water Act regulations, which has created regulatory uncertainty across the United States. "Today, EPA and the Department of the Army finalized a rule to repeal the previous administration's overreach in the federal regulation of U.S. waters and recodify the longstanding and familiar regulatory text that previously existed," said Wheeler.

Administrator Wheeler Signs Memo to Reduce Animal Testing, Awards $4.25 Million to Advance Research on Alternative Methods to Animal Testing. Administrator Wheeler signed a directive to prioritize efforts to reduce animal testing. Administrator Wheeler also announced $4.25 million in funding to five universities to research the development and use of alternative test methods and strategies that reduce, refine, and/or replace vertebrate animal testing. "Today's memo directs the agency to aggressively reduce animal testing, including reducing mammal study requests and funding 30% by 2025 and completely eliminating them by 2035," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

2019 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award Winners. At a ceremony in Washington D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing 14 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners across 12 states and the District of Columbia for outstanding achievement in 2018 for the design, manufacture, selection, and use of products with safer chemicals for use in households and facilities nationwide. The Safer Choice program helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and are safer for human health and the environment. "The 2019 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards recognize the leadership contributions of Safer Choice partners and stakeholders who, over the past year, have shown outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, selection, and use of products with safer chemicals," said EPA Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn.

2019 Gulf Guardian Winners. EPA's Gulf of Mexico Division announced this year's Gulf Guardian award winners for projects that help improve water quality, habitat and environmental education in the gulf. "Protecting the Gulf of Mexico requires innovative approaches and proactive measures," said EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker. "The Gulf Guardian award winners are paving the way for ‘out of the box' thinking and replicable practices." EPA's Gulf of Mexico Division facilitates collaborative actions to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico consistent with the economic well-being of the region.
VIDEOS - ABOUT THE WINNERS: https://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov/videos

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Now that you're back in school...

Protecting America's coral reefs story map. "Protecting America's Coral Reefs" story map informs users of the importance of coral reefs, where they are located, the issues they face, and what EPA is doing in response. Users can interact with embedded GIS maps, including "Meet America's Coral Reefs," "Impacts on Coral Reefs," and "EPA's Coral-Related Projects." Learn what EPA is doing to protect coral reefs and to go to the story map:

New car shopping? If you're shopping for a new-model car this fall, check out and compare the fuel economy of new cars. The fuel economy website provides estimates for hundreds of vehicle makes and models.

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15. Join us in honoring scientists, lawyers, journalists, and many other Hispanics in EPA who inspire and help us to protect our health and our planet. Read more about Hispanics at EPA.

Upcoming opportunities:

  • Campus RainWorks Challenge (due October 15). EPA is launching its eighth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition that is open to colleges and universities across the country. EPA seeks to engage with students to design innovative green infrastructure solutions for stormwater management, showcasing the environmental, economic, and social benefits of these practices, and win cash prizes. Registration is open now and closes October 15. Registrants must submit their entries by December 17 and winners will be announced next spring.
  • Harmful Algal Bloom Video Challenge (due January 3). Do you know high school students in the central or mountain states of the US? EPA's Regions 7 and 8* announced the launch of the "See a Bloom, Give It Room" High School Video Challenge. The competition is calling for videos from high school students (grades 9-12) that promote public awareness of harmful algal blooms through creative filmmaking, on how to spot harmful algal blooms and how people and their pets should be safe around them. Cash prizes total $6000 divided among the winners. Learn more about this competition, eligibility, and how to enter.
    *EPA Regions 7 and 8 include Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming; public, private and tribal high schools, and home school programs.




Octubre es el Mes de la Salud Infantil. Los niños son frecuentemente más vulnerables a los contaminantes que los adultos. El Mes de la Salud Infantil es un recordatorio para aprender más acerca de la salud de los niños, el medioambiente y lo que usted puede hacer.

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




VIDEOS - September

EPA Announces One National Program Rule on Federal Preemption of State Fuel Economy Standards. DOT, EPA issued a final action enabling the federal government to provide nationwide uniform fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for automobiles and light duty trucks.

Getting the Lead Out of Drinking Water by Replacing Residential Lead Service Lines. How two communities in New England are using creative ways to finance the removal of lead service lines.

Gulf Guardian Award Winners. Individuals and groups recognized for their efforts to help improve water quality, habitat and environmental education in the Gulf of Mexico:

BLOG POSTS - September

Celebrating Pollution Prevention Week
by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

Senior Administration Officials Connect with Southern California Water Projects that Highlight Water Reuse Solutions

More on the EPA blog: https://blog.epa.gov






7, National Child Health Day


20-26, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
23-27, Stormwater Awareness Week


Children's Health Month, https://www.epa.gov/children
Rule your Attic (EnergyStar), http://Energystar.gov/ruleyourattic
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15)

Read more at EPA's history site: https://www.epa.gov/history




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