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EPA News You Can Use - July 2018
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
Social Media, Multimedia, and More
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter

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RECENT NEWS

500 Days of American Greatness.  Read "Promises Made, Promises Kept" a summary of accomplishments related to the environment by President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-celebrates-500-days-american-greatness

Strengthening the Dust-Lead Hazard Standards to Reduce Exposures to Children. EPA released a proposal for public comment to lower the dust-lead hazard standards, for lead in dust for floors and window sills, an important step to reduce lead exposure. "Reducing childhood lead exposure is a top priority for EPA," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "Lead-contaminated dust from chipped and peeling lead-based paint is one of the most common causes of elevated blood lead levels in children. Strengthening the standards for lead in dust is an important component of EPA's strategy to curtail childhood lead exposure."
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-proposes-strengthening-dust-lead-hazard-standards-reduce-exposures-children

Successful Partnerships in Permitting Video. In support of the Trump Administration's efforts to expedite infrastructure projects, EPA's Smart Sectors program released a video, Best Practices in Permitting, highlighting best practices in environmental permitting. "A streamlined permit process, as called for by President Trump, is beneficial for both the environment and the economy," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "The best practices outlined in this video advance the President's One Federal Decision Memorandum for critical infrastructure projects and can help American job creators save time and resources while accelerating and improving environmental protections."
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-highlights-permit-streamlining-success
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLd3k7qbut8

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ENVIRO-TIP OF THE MONTH

Don't sunburn. The UV Index predicts the strength of the sun's ultraviolet rays. Check your UV Index so you know how strong the sun's rays will be, and avoid sun overexposure. July is UV Safety month.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO, WHAT YOU CAN USE

Hot tips for a cool summer:

  • Check the air quality before you go out - to run, to play, or just to do yard work. Poor air quality can aggravate asthma or other lung conditions in sensitive individuals.
    http://airnow.gov
  • Get more energy savings. Change your air filters. Tune up your HVAC. Find out more what you can do to help reduce emissions during summer.
    http://energystar.gov/heatcool
  • Avoid extreme heat. When a heat wave is predicted, prepare for reduced air quality and increased energy use.
    https://www.epa.gov/natural-disasters/extreme-heat

Fish Advisories. Going fishin'? Fish are an important part of a healthy diet. They are a lean, low‐calorie source of protein. However, some fish may contain chemicals that could pose health risks if these fish are eaten in large amounts. Learn more about how you can select and prepare fish, so you and your family can continue to enjoy the benefits of eating fish.
https://www.epa.gov/choose-fish-and-shellfish-wisely

Great Lakes listening Sessions.  EPA and other partners plan to hold public engagement sessions to update the public on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and to seek input on future priorities. There are three sessions planned for July and two for August. Find out how to participate and when the sessions are scheduled.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-host-public-engagement-sessions-across-great-lakes-basin

 

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EN ESPAÑOL: SPANISH FEATURE

¡Protéjase!  La protección de su familia está en sus manos. Tome estos pasos sencillos para proteger su salud y la de su familia en su hogar, la escuela, el trabajo y en su comunidad.
https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/protejase

 -Related English info: https://www.epa.gov/learn-issues/learn-about-health-and-safety

 

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MULTIMEDIA

VIDEOS - JUNE RELEASES

Smart Sectors Showcase: Best Practices in Permitting. Learn about best practices in streamlined permitting, with federal, state, and other interviewees.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLd3k7qbut8

EPA Employs Innovative Approach to Addressing Nitrogen Pollution on Cape Cod. This video highlights how best management practices address the nitrogen pollution problem on Cape Cod. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiI18TYcHvk

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

JULY

UV Safety Month
National Water Gardening Month

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