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EPA News You Can Use - March 2019
https://www.epa.gov/newsroom/gogreen

IN THIS ISSUE:

Enviro-Tip of the Month
Recent News
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En español: Spanish Feature
Multimedia
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter

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ENVIRO-TIP OF THE MONTH

Protect children from accidental poisoning by household substances. Lock up household pesticides, cleaners, and chemicals in a high cabinet out of the reach of children. March 17-23 is National Poison Prevention Week.
https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/reduce-your-childs-chances-pesticide-poisoning

 

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RECENT NEWS

First-Ever Comprehensive Nationwide PFAS Action Plan. EPA released the Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, which responds to extensive public interest and input the agency has received over the past year and represents the first time EPA has built a multi-media, multi-program, national communication and research plan to address an emerging environmental challenge like PFAS. "The PFAS Action Plan is the most comprehensive cross-agency plan to address an emerging chemical of concern ever undertaken by EPA," said EPA's Andrew Wheeler. "For the first time in Agency history, we utilized all of our program offices to construct an all-encompassing plan to help states and local communities address PFAS and protect our nation's drinking water."
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-acting-administrator-announces-first-ever-comprehensive-nationwide-pfas-action-plan
- Video of the announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaRgWcwwmXc
- Learn more about PFAS: https://www.epa.gov/pfas

WIFIA Water Loan. A $202 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan will help finance water infrastructure upgrades that will better protect public health and water quality for 1.8 million Baltimore residents. "This WIFIA loan will help Baltimore modernize its wastewater infrastructure, protect human health, and prevent sewage and polluted runoff from entering the Chesapeake Bay," said EPA's Andrew Wheeler. "Through WIFIA, EPA is playing a leading role in President Trump's efforts to upgrade our nation's infrastructure, create jobs, and safeguard public health and the environment."
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-provides-202-million-loan-modernize-baltimores-wastewater-infrastructure

2018 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results. EPA worked with state and tribal programs to assure compliance with federal environmental laws. "In fiscal year 2018, we continued our focus on expediting site cleanup, deterring noncompliance, and returning facilities to compliance with the law, while respecting the cooperative federalism structure of our nation's environmental laws," said Susan Bodine, Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-2018-annual-environmental-enforcement-results

 

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WHAT YOU CAN DO, WHAT YOU CAN USE

Go Green-Scaping. March can still be cold but it's when we begin to think of spring -- pruning trees, mowing lawns, and other outdoor chores. Get ideas and useful tips on environmentally friendly practices to improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden.
- Reducing waste: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-waste-what-you-can-do
- Pesticide safety: https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol
- Soak Up the Rain: https://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain

2019 Enviro Ed Nominations (due Mar 8). Know a teacher who teaches about the environment? The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who use innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. The nomination period is open thru March 8.
https://www.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators

 

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EN ESPAÑOL: SPANISH FEATURE

Proteja a los niños de los envenenamientos accidentales por sustancias caseras. Guarde los pesticidas, limpiadores, y sustancias químicas domésticas en un gabinete alto fuera del alcance de los niños. Del 17 al 23 de marzo es la Semana Nacional de Prevención de Envenenamientos.
https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/prevenga-los-envenenamientos-en-su-hogar

 

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MULTIMEDIA

VIDEOS - FEBRUARY RELEASES

EPA Acting Administrator Announces First-Ever Comprehensive Nationwide PFAS Action Plan. EPA's plan identifies solutions for addressing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaRgWcwwmXc
News release: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-acting-administrator-announces-first-ever-comprehensive-nationwide-pfas-action-plan

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

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

March

Week
10-16 National Groundwater Awareness Week (20th anniversary)
17-23 National Poison Prevention Week

Day
20 First day of spring (vernal equinox)

 

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