EPA News You Can Use - May 2020
IN THIS ISSUE:
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En español: Spanish Features
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter
EPA RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
EPA's Coronavirus website provides key EPA resources and links to additional information about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Read the most up-to-date information about EPA actions, disinfectants, drinking water and waste water, and other resources.
EPA continues to provide critical information to the American public about safe disinfectant use. EPA now has nearly 400 products that have qualified to be effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This week the agency also published an overview of its actions and resources related to disinfection against the novel coronavirus. "EPA is dedicated to its mission of protecting human health and we want all Americans to have access to effective and approved surface disinfectant products," said Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
More about disinfectant use: https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/disinfectant-use-and-coronavirus-covid-19
EPA calls on Bay Area-based tech giants to address fraudulent COVD-19 disinfectants. EPA is advising eight technology companies that unscrupulous dealers are using their platforms to sell illegal disinfectant products. The companies EPA is advising include Facebook, Ebay, Alibaba, Shopify, Qoo10, JoyBuy.com, Wish.com and banggood.com. "Unregistered disinfectants can put consumers at risk, as they may be ineffective against the virus that causes COVID-19," said Susan Bodine, EPA Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. "EPA is working hard to stop the sale of these illegal products. We also urge consumers to see EPA's list of approved disinfectant products, available on our website at epa.gov/coronavirus."
EPA Celebrates 50th Earth Day At Home and Online. EPA marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a nation-wide effort, led by agency employees, to create window displays honoring the occasion. EPA Earth Day celebrations also include a day-long digital series on activities and educational discussions. "What began as a movement 50 years ago by 22 million Americans has grown into a global day of action for our planet," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "I could not be more proud of 50 years of work EPA staff have done, and continue to do, to make our nation a leader in clean air, clean water, and clean land progress."
VIDEO: EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's message for Earth Day 2020.
Read more recent news from EPA: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/search
WHAT YOU CAN DO, WHAT YOU CAN USE
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, to be aware of the increased risk of ground-level ozone and fine particle air pollution (when combined: "smog"), and take health precautions when air quality is a concern. May is Asthma Awareness Month. Sign up for air quality alerts where you live:
Reminder to Bee Safe with Pesticides. It's that time of year when gardening gets underway ... and if you use pesticides where bees are present, please: always READ THE LABEL and follow the label directions. Be sure you are using pesticides or other garden chemicals safely and correctly. What you can do to help protect bees and other pollinators:
Prepare for extreme storms before they strike. 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 3-9 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week.
National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness
10-year Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. EPA joined other federal partners to commemorate the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig led to the largest marine oil spill in American history. Eleven men lost their lives and 17 other individuals were injured. EPA is honoring the lives lost and injured, acknowledging the damage done to the ecosystem and Gulf Coast, and applauding the incredible restoration that has happened in the Gulf of Mexico.
More information: https://www.epa.gov/deepwaterhorizon
Science Month. In addition to Earth Day, April is also Science Month! EPAers discuss why they dedicated their careers to protecting the environment. Read more about 50 Years of science at EPA:
More news and announcements from EPA: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/search
EN ESPAÑOL: SPANISH FEATURES
Enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Esta es una situación emergente que evoluciona rápidamente y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades entregarán información actualizada a medida que esté disponible, además de orientación actualizada. Este sitio web proporciona recursos clave de la EPA acerca de la enfermedad del coronavirus (COVID-19).
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.
Mayo es el mes de la concienciación sobre el asma. Aprenda más sobre cómo el medioambiente puede afectar el asma y lo que usted puede hacer para ayudar a proteger a su familia.
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Aprenda más en español: https://espanol.epa.gov
VIDEOS - April releases
Earth Day 2020. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's message for Earth Day 2020.
Deepwater Horizon 10th Anniversary - learn how the DWH Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council works to restore natural resources.
Find more EPA videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov/videos
BLOG - April posts
Happy Memories of EPA's Earth Days Past
Read more EPA blog posts: https://blog.epa.gov
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Asthma Awareness Month, https://www.epa.gov/asthma
American Wetlands Month
National Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
3-9 National Hurricane Preparedness Week
3-9 Public Service Recognition Week
4-8 Air Quality Awareness Week, https://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware
5 World Asthma Day
27 Rachel Carson's birthday
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