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EPA News You Can Use - April 2019

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



Earth Day is April 22 - learn about the first Earth Day in 1970, and how EPA's mission helps protect health and the environment today.



Administrator Wheeler's Remarks on Global Water Issues. "Water issues are the largest and most immediate environmental and public health challenges affecting the world right now." --EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Read the Administrator's full remarks:
Watch video of remarks:

2018 Annual Superfund Accomplishments. EPA released Superfund's annual report covering major accomplishments and environmental progress during fiscal year 2018. The Superfund program is a top priority for EPA under President Trump, and the agency is making great strides in accelerating sites through remediation and back to productive use. "We are proud to report that in Fiscal Year 2018 EPA deleted all or part of 22 sites from the National Priorities List, the largest number of deletions in one year since 2005," said Administrator Wheeler.

TRI Data Show Improved Environmental Performance by Manufacturing Sector as Economy Grows. 2017 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis. Results of this publicly available database show that since 2007, releases of TRI chemicals in the U.S. manufacturing sector have declined while the economy has grown. Industrial facilities have reduced releases of TRI chemicals by taking action to prevent pollution. "By communicating TRI data in a clear and consistent manner, EPA is utilizing the power of transparency to notify the public of important public health information and simultaneously encourage industry to improve environmental outcomes," said EPA's Andrew Wheeler. "The latest TRI analysis confirms that under President Trump the U.S. continues to improve its air quality while growing its economy."

EJ Training for States. Over the next year, EPA will conduct a national webinar series to build the capacity of states to integrate environmental justice into their decision-making process. "From reducing lead exposure to cleaning up contaminated lands, EPA is prioritizing underserved communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental and public health risks," said Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "This new training will help states identify, prioritize, and address the needs of at-risk communities facing immediate environmental and public health challenges." The five national online training webinars will be a resource for state staff and others interested in developing their environmental justice knowledge and expertise.



April is Earth Month. Find things you can do online or wherever you are. Get ideas for projects or lesson plans. Help students learn about Earth Day at home or at school.

National Farmworker Awareness. Worker Protection Standard protects the health and welfare of our nation's farmworkers. We depend on farmworkers to help provide the fruits and vegetables we feed our families. Worker Protection Standard helps make sure food is produced in a way that protects the health of farmworkers. Farmworker Awareness Week is in March each year.

BANNED: Consumer Sales of Methylene Chloride Paint Removers. Do you have methylene chloride in paint stripper at home? EPA issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use. EPA has taken this action because of the acute fatalities that have resulted from exposure to the chemical. Acute (short-term) exposures to methylene chloride fumes can rapidly cause dizziness, loss of consciousness, and death due to nervous system depression.

Make the Safer Choice. Time for spring cleaning? Remember to look for the Safer Choice label on cleaning products when shopping. Safer Choice helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and are safer for human health and the environment. Look for the label -- springtime and all year 'round.

NSmart webinars. EPA and NutrientSmart (NSmart) are hosting an interest and information webinar to introduce a proposed voluntary recognition program for POTWs, WWRFs, communities, and others working to reduce nutrient loadings to streams, rivers, lakes, and other surface waters. There are two opportunities to participate in the webinar:
- Wednesday, April 10, 1 pm ET
- Thursday, April 11, 3 pm ET
Sign up at:
Learn more about nutrient pollution:

Fiat Chrysler Emissions Recall. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has agreed to voluntarily recall of 862,520 vehicles in the United States. This recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations conducted by EPA and in-use testing conducted by FCA as required by EPA regulations. Owners of affected vehicles will receive notification from FCA when parts are available for them to bring their vehicle into be repaired, and owners can continue to drive their vehicles in the meantime. Owners who live in locations subject to inspection and maintenance may be required to have the recall performed prior to having the inspection performed.

Women's History Month. Here at EPA, women serve in numerous leadership roles and play an integral part in the agency's decision-making. Thanks to the work and dedication of our scientists, rule-makers, lawyers, and specialists, we're able to fulfill our mission and make the Earth a better place. We hope the profiles will inspire others to work towards a healthier and more sustainable environment.


New England Environmental Merit Nominations (starts in April). Know of someone in New England who's worked to help protect the environment? You can nominate teachers, citizen activists, business leaders, scientists, or others in New England who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of New England's public health and natural environment. Nominations can be submitted starting April 22.

PIAEE Application Period Extended (due April 5). The application period has been extended for EPA's Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Applications are now due April 5. Learn more about the extensions and the PIAEE award.



Abril es el Mes del Planeta Tierra. Encuentre cosas que puede hacer en línea o dondequiera que se encuentre. Busque ideas para proyectos y planes de estudio. Ayude a los estudiantes a aprender más sobre el medioambiente y el Día del Planeta Tierra en el hogar o en la escuela.
En español:
El Día del Planeta Tierra (en inglés):

Más información en español:



VIDEOS - March releases:

Highlight Video of the EPA-Hosted 2018 Recycling Summit. EPA's Andrew Wheeler convened the first-ever EPA Recycling Summit, bringing together leaders from industry and all levels of government.

Anhydrous ammonia safety in ice rinks. About the safe management and use of anhydrous ammonia in ice skating rink refrigeration systems.

EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge and the 2018 Award Winners. Thanks to the winners and participants of the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

Farming for the Future. How EPA is working with local, state, and federal partners to protect drinking water sources in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

More EPA videos:




National Gardening Month

20-28, National Park Week (free admission)

7, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas born
22, Earth Day



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