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EPA News You Can Use - April 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



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.



EPA announced $800K in funding to the University of North Carolina to examine lead in well water and its potential impact on children's developmental health. "Childhood lead exposure is a serious health concern across the country," said Administrator Scott Pruitt.  "Addressing childhood lead exposure from drinking water sources is a top EPA priority, and this important research will advance our goal to help all communities, including those serviced by private water wells."

EPA plans to host a National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. to take action on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. PFAS is a category of man-made chemicals that have been widely used to make products because of their stain-resistant, waterproof and/or nonstick properties.
"EPA's leadership summit will bring together stakeholders from across the country to build on the steps we are already taking and to identify immediate actions to protect public health," said Administrator Pruitt.


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.

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.

Protect your family from accidental poisoning. One of the things that all parents know is, little kids can move fast and young children frequently put their hands in their mouth. Kids are always curious to explore their world. For this reason, EPA encourages parents and care givers to always keep potentially harmful products in a high cabinet – well out of the reach of children. Poison Prevention Week in March is a reminder to protect against accidental poisoning.

P3 Expo (April 7-8).  If you're in the Washington DC area in early April, stop by the 14th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo. This year, the Expo features 31 student teams from around the country in the 2017 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) and their research projects to develop innovative health and environmental solutions that benefit people, promote prosperity, and protect the planet.

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 are expected to begin in April.



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.
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VIDEOS - March releases:

Surviving the Quake. This awareness video helps community planners learn about building earthquake resilience for water and wastewater facilities.

Watersense Bath Hacks:  It doesn't have to be hard to get your better bathroom. Learn how little changes can lead to big savings – of water and utility bills.

Creating Jobs and Economic Opportunity on Contaminated Lands: Romic, CA cleanup site. EPA's selected remedy is designed to allow for flexibility during construction on the site.

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National Gardening Month

21-29, National Park Week (free admission!)

7, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas born
22, Earth Day



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