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EPA News You Can Use - December 2018

Enviro-Tip of the Month
Recent News
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En español: Spanish Features
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
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Give the gift of energy savings. Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany electronic gifts and consider giving a battery charger as well. When you choose ENERGY STAR electronics, appliances and other products, your gift will have the latest features, save energy and money, and also protect the environment. Shop for great ENERGY STAR gifts.



Oil and Gas MOU signed. EPA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the non-profit, multi-stakeholder, educational organization known as STRONGER. The name, STRONGER, is an acronym for State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations. "This MOU will provide more opportunities for EPA and STRONGER to work together to improve both environmental protections and economic outcomes," said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "By collaborating with STRONGER, we can enhance our enforcement and compliance efforts while ensuring America's historic energy production under President Trump continues.

Cleaner Trucks Initiative. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler launched the Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI) to further decrease nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from on-highway heavy-duty trucks and engines. CTI will include a future rulemaking that will update the existing NOx standard which was last set in 2001 while also streamlining compliance and certification requirements. "The Cleaner Trucks Initiative will help modernize heavy-duty truck engines, improving their efficiency and providing cleaner air for all Americans," said Wheeler.

$614 Million Loan for Pure Water project. EPA issued a $614 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the City of San Diego, Calif., to help finance its Pure Water project. The project will produce 30 million of gallons per day of high-quality drinking water, save the city money through reduced imported water costs, benefit the environment through reduced ocean discharges, and provide a reliable, sustainable, water supply for future generations. "Through WIFIA, EPA is playing a leading role in President Trump's efforts to upgrade our nation's water infrastructure, create well-paying jobs, and ensure all Americans have access to clean drinking water," said EPA's Andrew Wheeler.

America Recycles. EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler convened the first-ever EPA Recycling Summit bringing together leaders from industry and all levels of government to discuss opportunities to advance and strengthen the domestic recycling industry and markets. In addition, a Memorandum Of Understanding with the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program will reduce mercury air emissions. "During today's historic summit, a wide array of industry, government, and non-profit leaders advanced ideas and solutions to enhance our recycling infrastructure, create new markets for recycled materials, and improve public education regarding recycling," said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "Enhancing the domestic recycling industry not only improves the environment, but it also saves local governments valuable resources and provides high-quality materials for American manufacturers."



Green Your Winter and Your Holidays. It's never too late to have your home heating serviced to keep it efficient. Make sure your fireplace or wood stove is working properly and burns smoke-free indoors. Prepare for snow and ice storms.

Fish Consumption Advisories. Fish and shellfish are high in nutrients and a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and children's development. However, some fish and shellfish may contain chemicals that could pose health risks. When contaminant levels are unsafe, EPA issues consumption advisories that may recommend that people limit or avoid eating certain species of fish and shellfish caught in certain places.

PEYA Nominations Open (due Feb 1) - Your project - or one you are sponsoring - could be an award winner. PEYA recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth, promoting awareness of our nation's natural resources and encouraging positive community involvement. Winners of this year's awards will be invited to a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Learn more about PEYA and how to apply. Nominations are due by February 1.

Reminder: P3 Applications Open (due Dec 11). Applications are due December 11 for the annual People, Prosperity, and the Planet P3 Student Design Competition. For more information:



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Videos - November releases

EPA Signs MOU with the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations. The signing ceremony of the MOU between EPA and STRONGER.

Pride and Perseverance: Community Engagement and EPA Cleanup of the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site. Summary of the cleanup and beneficial reuse of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site.

EPA Provides $614 Million WIFIA Loan to the City of San Diego. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signing ceremony for San Diego's Pure Water project.

EPA Launches Cleaner Trucks Initiative. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler launched the Cleaner Trucks Initiative to further decrease nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from on-highway heavy-duty trucks and engines.

Celebrating America Recycles Day by Diverting Waste. The importance of diverting waste from landfills by recycling, reusing, or composting materials that are not trash.

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