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EPA News You Can Use

July 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
Social Media, Multimedia, and More
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter

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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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RECENT NEWS

EPA Finalizes Affordable Clean Energy Rule, Ensuring Reliable, Diversified Energy Resources while Protecting our Environment. The Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule replaces the prior administration's overreaching Clean Power Plan with a rule that restores the rule of law and empowers states to continue to reduce emissions while providing affordable and reliable energy for all Americans. Today's actions are the culmination of a review of the CPP, which was done in response to President Trump's Executive Order 13873 - Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. "Today, we are delivering on one of President Trump's core priorities: ensuring the American public has access to affordable, reliable energy in a manner that continues our nation's environmental progress," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-finalizes-affordable-clean-energy-rule-ensuring-reliable-diversified-energy

New lead dust standards to protect children's health. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced new, tighter standards for lead in dust on floors and window sills to protect children from the harmful effects of lead exposure. "EPA is delivering on our commitment in the Trump Administration's Federal Lead Action Plan to take important steps to reduce childhood lead exposure," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. To protect children's health and to continue making progress on this important issue, EPA is lowering the dust-lead hazard standards from 40 micrograms of lead per square foot (µg/ft2) to 10 µg/ft2 on floors; and from 250 µg/ft2 to 100 µg/ft2 on window sills. The more protective dust-lead hazard standards will apply to inspections, risk assessments, and abatement activities in pre-1978 housing and certain schools, child care facilities, and hospitals across the country.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-takes-important-step-further-protect-children-exposure-lead-contaminated-dust-0

Over $73 Million for Brownfields Cleanups:

  • 149 Communities to Receive $64.6 Million for Brownfields Cleanups. These funds, through the Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup grant program, will aid under-served and economically disadvantaged communities in Opportunity Zones and other parts of the country in assessing and cleaning up abandoned industrial and commercial properties. "These grants fulfill several of President Trump's top priorities simultaneously: helping communities in need transform contaminated sites into community assets that not only create jobs and jumpstart economic development but also improve public health and the environment," said EPA's Andrew Wheeler.
    https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-selection-149-communities-receive-646-million-funding-brownfields
  • $9.3 Million in Supplemental Funds to Clean Up and Reuse Brownfield Sites. The supplemental funds are going to 24 grantees that have demonstrated success in using their Revolving Loan Funds to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. The funds will be used to continue their progress in reusing vacant and abandoned properties and turning them into community assets. "This Brownfields supplemental funding will provide additional resources to 24 communities with a proven track record of success so they can continue their progress revitalizing their local economy and improving the health and wellbeing of their community," said Administrator Wheeler.
    https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-93-million-supplemental-funds-clean-and-reuse-brownfield-sites

EPA Prepares the Public for the 2019 Hurricane Season by Focusing on Waste Mitigation. The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1 and is a reminder to the public to prepare now for natural disasters to aid recovery efforts. "EPA's response to natural disasters is one of the many ways that we protect human health and the environment," said Administrator Wheeler. "We want to inform the public of how they can prepare for hurricane season and help protect their communities, the environment, and first responders by mitigating hazardous waste and securing potential harmful debris before storms strike."
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-prepares-public-2019-hurricane-season-focusing-waste-mitigation

More EPA news releases: https://www.epa.gov/newsroom

 

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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
  • Increase 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: 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

Green Interns Program (open now). Know any recent graduates? Starting September 30, 2019, EPA's new Green Interns Program will provide recent graduates with an opportunity to serve their country through a career in the federal government while gaining valuable work experience and knowledge of environmental issues. To be eligible for the program, candidates must have earned associate's, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degrees or certificates from qualifying institutions and programs within the previous two years; veterans within six years. Accepting applications now for employment beginning in September.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-launches-green-interns-program-fall-2019

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Dodder, EPA scientist! We're especially pleased to note that EPA's own Dr. Rebecca Dodder is among the 2018 recipients of the prestigious Arthur S. Flemming Award. Dr. Dodder pioneered new ways to examine the environmental and health impacts of energy use. She also developed a board game, "Generate," to help educate people about the environmental effects of energy production, and used by thousands of students and teachers worldwide. The Arthur S. Flemming award goes back over six decades and recognizes outstanding men and women in the federal government.

 

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EN ESPAÑOL: SPANISH FEATURE

Obtenga la aplicación móvil del Índice UV, ahora disponible en español. Tome medidas para mantenerse seguro bajo el sol y limite su exposición a los rayos dañinos del sol. La nueva aplicación móvil del Índice UV en español le facilita verificar cuándo debe practicar medidas de seguridad bajo el sol. El índice de rayos ultravioletas (UV) predice los niveles de radiación ultravioleta en una escala del 1 al 11+. El índice UV proporciona un pronóstico diario de la intensidad esperada de la radiación UV del sol.

Las islas de calor. ¿Trabaja en la planificación urbana? ¿Sabía que algunas comunidades en áreas urbanas son más vulnerables a las repercusiones nocivas para la salud del calor extremo y las islas de calor? Ademas, ciertas comunidades, como las hispanohablantes, podrían no tener suficiente información disponible en español para prepararse o responder al calor. Tenemos nuevas páginas web con información en español sobre las islas de calor y estrategias para que las comunidades puedan mantenerse frescas.
https://espanol.epa.gov/la-energia-y-el-medioambiente/las-islas-de-calor

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

 

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MULTIMEDIA

VIDEOS - JUNE RELEASES

EPA Finalizes Affordable Clean Energy Rule. Ceremony to sign the rule.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMIax6lHJ_s

EPA Administrator Honors Allied forces on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqw__ScL1ew

Ensuring the Safety of Chemicals in our Everyday Lives. An overview of how EPA works to ensure the safety of chemicals.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3khHQytzco

EPA Chief Scientists: Keeping our oceans safe and clean. Learn how EPA's Ocean Dumping Program manages designated disposal sites.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmOBI-TBIxk

Striving to Make Great Beer and a Difference for the Environment, Vermont Green Brewery Partnership. Learn how this project works to increase energy efficiency, reduce water usage, and minimize waste generation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bw47PCmhf8

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

 

EPA BLOG - JUNE POSTS

EPA Celebrates National Pollinators Week.
by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, AA, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
https://blog.epa.gov/2019/06/20/epa-celebrates-national-pollinators-week

Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: Three Years of Safer Chemicals.
by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, AA, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
https://blog.epa.gov/2019/06/17/lautenberg-chemical-safety-for-the-21st-century-act-three-years-of-safer-chemicals

Other EPA blog posts: https://www.epa.gov/blog

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

JULY

UV Safety Month
National Water Gardening Month

 

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