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EPA News You Can Use

October 2020

https://www.epa.gov/newsroom/gogreen

IN THIS ISSUE:

EPA Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Enviro-Tip of the Month
Recent News
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En español: Spanish Feature
Social Media, Multimedia, & More
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.
https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus

Schools and Universities encouraged to use EPA-approved products and disinfectants to keep students safe. EPA is reminding school districts and state and local officials to remain vigilant when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting school buildings and facilities by using only products found on EPA's List N.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-encourages-schools-and-universities-use-epa-approved-products-and-disinfectants

More resources related to COVID-19 response:

 

ENVIRO-TIPS OF THE MONTH

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. https://www.epa.gov/children

 

RECENT NEWS

New EPA Office to Effectively Address Abandoned Mine Lands, Accelerate Cleanup Across the West. EPA announced the creation of the Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains located in EPA's office in Lakewood, Colo. This western lands-focused office will address cross-cutting issues unique to the region, and more effectively leverage existing EPA staff, expertise and resources in hardrock mining cleanup. "Under President Trump's leadership, this new office will provide effective solutions, and achieve important milestones in the cleanup of hardrock mining Superfund sites in the American West as well as foster great partnerships with states, tribes and local communities. Done are the days of a one-size-fits-all approach to remediation" said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/trump-epa-launches-office-mountains-deserts-and-plains-effectively-address-abandoned

$1.5 Billion Settlement with Daimler AG Over Emissions Cheating in Mercedes-Benz Diesel Vehicles. EPA, DOJ, and California Air Resources Board announced a proposed settlement with German automaker Daimler AG and its American subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA resolving alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and California law associated with emissions cheating. Under the proposed settlement Daimler will recall and repair the emissions systems in Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles sold in the United States between 2009 and 2016, pay over $900M in penalties, extend the warranty period for certain parts in the repaired vehicles, and more. "The message we are sending today is clear. We will enforce the law. We will protect the environment and public health. And if you try to cheat the system and mislead the public, you will be caught," said EPA Administrator Wheeler.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/us-reaches-15-billion-settlement-daimler-ag-over-emissions-cheating-mercedes-benz

25 Years of Success with the National Environmental Performance Partnership System. EPA celebrated the 25th anniversary of NEPPS, highlighting progress made with this unique partnership program that is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness between EPA, states, and tribes. “Across the nation, EPA works hand in hand with our state and tribal partners to address human health and environmental concerns efficiently and effectively,” said Associate Deputy Administrator Doug Benevento.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-celebrates-25-years-success-national-environmental-performance-partnership-system

2020 Green Power Leaders. EPA announced the 20th annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 12 Green Power Partners across the country. This year's 12 recipients are using approximately 11.7 billion kWh of green power, enough to power nearly 1.1 million average American homes for a year. "The 2020 Green Power Leadership Award winners are leaders in spurring innovation and promoting growth in the U.S. renewable energy market," said Anne L. Austin, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation. "We commend their efforts, which help protect our environment and improve our air quality."
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-honors-2020-green-power-leaders

Read more EPA news: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/search

 

EPA at 50:

For 50 years, EPA has prepared for, responded to, prevented, and mitigated natural or manmade disasters, and supported response efforts by federal, state, and local governments and tribes.

Read more about EPA at 50: https://www.epa.gov/50

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO, WHAT YOU CAN USE

For students and teachers - at home, online, or in a classroom, check out our homework resources, classroom project ideas, and more related to the environment.

 

Be SepticSmart! EPA kicked-off its eighth annual SepticSmart Week to encourage homeowners, wastewater professionals, and local officials to design and maintain effective septic systems to safeguard public health, protect the environment and save money. SepticSmart offers educational resources and tips (Think at the Sink! Don't Overload the Commode!) to homeowners, local organizations and government leaders to explain how septic systems work and provide tips on how to properly maintain them.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epas-eighth-annual-septicsmart-week-safeguard-your-familys-health-protect-environment

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 mileage estimates for hundreds of vehicle makes and models.
http://fueleconomy.gov

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.
https://www.epa.gov/careers/profiles-hispanics-epa

Read more EPA news: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/search

 

EN ESPAÑOL: SPANISH FEATURE

Mes de la Herencia Hispana, el 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre. Únase a nosotros para honrar a los científicos, abogados, periodistas y muchos otros hispanos en la EPA que inspiran y nos ayudan a proteger nuestra salud y nuestro planeta. Lea más sobre los hispanos en la EPA. https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/perfiles-de-hispanos-en-la-epa

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.
https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/como-proteger-los-ninos-de-los-riesgos-ambientales

  • ¿Su hijo es asmático? Infórmese sobre los desencadenantes ambientales del asma:

https://espanol.epa.gov/cai/acerca-del-asma

  • Proteja a los niños del envenenamiento por plomo:

https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/plomo

  • Proteja a sus hijos de envenenamientos en su hogar:

https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/prevenga-los-envenenamientos-en-su-hogar

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

 

MULTIMEDIA & MORE

VIDEOS - September releases

NEPPS 25th Anniversary Celebration. EPA works with states and tribes to provide clean and safe air, water, and land for all Americans.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjiIOnBVK6A

Administrator Wheeler Delivers Remarks on EPA's 50th Anniversary at the Nixon Presidential Library. The past and the next 50 years environmental protection.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xNdr6w9qbc

50 Years of Protecting Human Health and the Environment. A timeline of a few significant milestones to mark EPA's 50th anniversary.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFuKg-JlpH8

EPA's new Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains. Announcement of a new
western lands-focused office to address cross-cutting issues unique to the region.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm6-ruExtLo

Watch more EPA videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov/videos

 

BLOG - September posts

Celebrating 25 Years of Success: National Environmental Performance Partnership System
by Douglas Benevento, Associate Deputy Administrator
https://blog.epa.gov/2020/09/24/celebrating-25-years-of-success-national-environmental-performance-partnership-system/

30 Years of Pollution Prevention Builds Stronger, More Sustainable Businesses
by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
https://blog.epa.gov/2020/09/21/30-years-of-pollution-prevention-builds-stronger-more-sustainable-businesses

Celebrating Ozone Layer Protection Milestones of the Clean Air Act
by Anne L. Austin, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation
https://blog.epa.gov/2020/09/16/celebrating-ozone-layer-protection-milestones-of-the-clean-air-act

Homeland Security in 2020: How EPA Prepares for Modern Threats to Our Nation.
by Paul Kudarauskas, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Homeland Security
https://blog.epa.gov/2020/09/09/homeland-security-in-2020-how-epa-prepares-for-modern-threats-to-our-nation

Advancing Chemical Safety by Listening to You.
by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
https://blog.epa.gov/2020/09/02/advancing-chemical-safety-by-listening-to-you

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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

All Year

EPA turns 50 this year! Join us as we celebrate 50 years of environmental protection.
https://www.epa.gov/50

October

Day
5, National Child Health Day

Week
25-31, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/national-lead-poisoning-prevention-week
21-25, Stormwater Awareness Week

Month
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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