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EPA News You Can Use - June 2018

Enviro-Tip of the Month
Recent News
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En español: Spanish Feature
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter



Prepare for disaster before it strikes. June marks the beginning of hurricane season in the US. Individuals, communities, and businesses can plan ahead for safety, shortages, and storm cleanup.



Trump Administration Announces Assistance to Support Community Revitalization through Local Food Enterprises. EPA joined other federal partners in announcing assistance to help 16 communities revitalize downtowns, boost the local economy, improve public health, and protect the environment through local food enterprises. "America's farmers and ranchers are some of the nation's first environmentalists," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "We look forward to helping our community partners develop local food enterprises that support local farmers, improve public health, protect the environment, and grow local economies."

National Leadership Summit on PFAS. Scott Pruitt opened the National Leadership Summit on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by announcing concrete steps the Agency plans to take. EPA will initiate steps to evaluate the need for a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS. We will convene our federal partners and examine everything we know about PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.

EPA's New Office of Continuous Improvement. Administrator Pruitt met with employees and stakeholders to announce EPA's new Office of Continuous Improvement. "Through Lean Management, EPA is tracking, measuring, and improving vital agency processes, such as permitting and meeting legal deadlines on time, for the first time," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. EPA established OCI to coordinate and track important Agency actions to ensure we respond and resolve challenges quickly and thoroughly using Lean principles and tools.

17 organizations receive a total of $3.3 million in grants for environmental job training programs. Funded through the agency's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program, these grants will support programs to help local residents learn the skills needed to secure employment in the environmental field. "Through these Brownfields job training programs, we're investing in getting Americans back to work and improving local economies and the environment," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "Graduates will acquire the skill set necessary to gain full-time employment in the environmental field and help revitalize their communities."



What's biting you? Learn ways to control mosquitos, ticks, and fleas. For example, draining water where mosquitos breed, or using pesticides safely. June is Mosquito Control Month.

Help prevent asthma attacks. Take steps to reduce or avoid asthma attacks, such as identifying asthma triggers or checking the air quality where you are. One in 10 kids in America suffers from asthma, and communities of color and low-income families are disproportionately affected.
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Prepárese para un desastre con antelación. Junio es el inicio de la temporada de huracanes en Estados Unidos. Individuos, comunidades y negocios deben planificar para la seguridad, escasez, y limpieza tras la tormenta.

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¿Qué le está picando? Infórmese acerca de las maneras de controlar los mosquitos y las garrapatas. Por ejemplo, drenar el agua estancada donde los mosquitos se reproducen, o utilizar los pesticidas de manera segura. Junio es el Mes de Control de Mosquitos.

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Administrator Pruitt Signs the Proposed Risk Management Program Reconsideration Rule. The proposed rule addresses potential security concerns, reduces unnecessary regulations and regulatory costs, and maintains consistency of accident prevention requirements with the OSHA standard.

Chemical Accident Prevention. Learn how EPA is promoting safe practices for storing and using hazardous chemicals.

Boston Harbor Cleanup. EPA staff and others recount the Boston Harbor cleanup and environmental improvements.

Sanford Mill, Maine – EPA Brownfields Success Story. How redevelopment of an abandoned mill building in southern Maine created a significant community asset.

EPA New England’s Water Team. How EPA's team in New England helps states and local governments restore critical water infrastructure following major weather events.

Small Business Week 2018. How EPA advances the business, regulatory and environmental compliance concerns of small and socio-economically disadvantaged businesses.

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American Rivers Month
Perennial Gardening Month


June 26-July 3 National Mosquito Control Awareness Week


5 World Environment Day (UNEP)
8 World Oceans Day



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