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Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

April 2013 Newsletter

Talking Trash

recycling binRegional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld has been joining others – on KQED’s Forum program and on a panel at the Commonwealth Club – to discuss the importance of reducing the garbage we send to landfills. As communities and organizations around the nation work to achieve zero waste, consumers are learning how to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost, and are experiencing the challenges and benefits of the new approaches to managing waste.

Greening the Government

Federal Green Challenge

The Federal Green Challenge is a national initiative, challenging government agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the government's environmental impacts. This year, facilities in California and Hawaii were recognized for their accomplishments in reducing waste going to landfills, reducing electricity use, conserving water, and improving energy efficiency.

Progress in the Pacific Southwest

Progree report cover

Each year, near Earth Day, the Pacific Southwest office publishes an annual Progress Report, featuring the accomplishments and challenges of the past year.  This year’s report highlights a number of efforts underway in the San Joaquin Valley, a critically important region of the nation. 

Cleaning up Groundwater Contamination

B.F. Goodrich Corporation must spend at least $21.5 million to clean up contaminated groundwater and soil in Rialto, Calif., as part of a recent agreement.  The comprehensive cleanup of the Superfund site could take up to 30 years and may cost responsible parties as much as $100 million.

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