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EPA News You Can Use - February 2019

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

Information in this GoGreen! includes content from December and January. Due to the government shutdown, there was no January issue of GoGreen!.



National Radon Action Month. Test your home for radon, an invisible radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Testing is the only way to know whether your home contains high radon levels. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year in the US.

National Radon Action Month, each January, is a reminder to test your home. Learn more about radon and how to test your home:



2018 Year in Review. EPA released a report outlining major accomplishments and environmental progress during the Trump Administration. "Over the past year, the Trump Administration has continued to deliver on its promise to provide greater regulatory certainty while protecting public health and the environment," said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "Over the past year, we finalized 13 major deregulatory actions, deleted all or part of 22 sites from Superfund's National Priorities List — the largest number of deletions in one year since FY 2005 — and continued to safeguard our nation's water supply as well as make historic improvements in air quality. These represent a few of the many accomplishments the Agency achieved under President Trump's direction. America is on a path to a stronger, safer, and cleaner future."

Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan unveiled the Trump Administration's Federal Lead Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts. "The Federal Lead Action Plan will enhance the Trump Administration's efforts to identify and reduce lead contamination while ensuring children impacted by lead exposure are getting the support and care they need," said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

New "Waters of the United States" Definition Proposed. EPA and the Department of the Army proposed a clear, understandable, and implementable definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act. The straightforward definition would result in significant cost savings, protect the nation's navigable waters, help sustain economic growth, and reduce barriers to business development. "Our proposal would replace the Obama EPA's 2015 definition with one that respects the limits of the Clean Water Act and provides states and landowners the certainty they need to manage their natural resources and grow local economies," said EPA's Andrew Wheeler.

Revisions to New Source Standards Proposed to Advance Clean Energy Technology. EPA proposed to revise the standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new, modified, and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired power plants. "Consistent with President Trump's executive order promoting energy independence, EPA's proposal would rescind excessive burdens on America's energy providers and level the playing field so that new energy technologies can be a part of America's future," said Acting Administrator Wheeler.

RE-Powering America's Land Initiative. EPA announced updates to a mapping tool under its RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, that will help communities, developers, and other stakeholders site renewable energy on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites. "EPA is not only helping communities across the country clean up contaminated sites, but we are also helping them redevelop those sites for renewable energy production," said EPA's Andrew Wheeler.
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Burnwise to Burn Better - Whether you're using a woodstove, pellet stove, or fireplace, smoke from your chimney means your fire isn't burning as well as it could. Burn only dry, seasoned wood and start a fire with dry kindling. Never burn plastic, or painted or treated wood which can release toxic chemicals. Get more tips for safe, efficient (and enjoyable!) wood burning.

Power Profiler Updated - Check out the sources of electricity where you live. EPA's Power Profiler is an online tool that lets you look at the fuels and emissions for electricity generated in your region of the country. The updated Power Profiler web site now includes interactive graphs and multiple options for selecting a region, and more links to related information.

2019 Fuel Economy Guide - If you're shopping for a new car, the Fuel Economy Guide will help you compare and choose vehicles that save money at the pump and pollute less.

Reminder: PEYA Nominations due - The nomination deadline for the President's Environmental Youth Award is March 8. For more information and how to apply. 



Enero es el Mes Nacional de Acción contra el Radón. Haga la prueba en su hogar.  El radón es un gas radioactivo invisible que ocasiona cáncer de los pulmones. El hacer la prueba es la única manera de saber si su hogar contiene niveles elevados de radón.

¡El monóxido de carbón es mortal! Siempre use los generadores afuera bien lejos de puertas, ventanas y respiraderos. Nunca use un generador al interior de su hogar.

Aprenda más sobre la EPA en español:




EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler Opening Statement to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. January 16, 2019 - links to video and text transcript

EPA and Army Propose New "Waters of the United States" Definition.  Learn about the proposed rulemaking and comments by event attendees.

EPA Proposes 111(b) Revisions to Advance Clean Energy Technology. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler introducing the proposal to revise the New Source Performance Standards greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants

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Tribal Partnerships: EPA and Indian nations share a common goal of protecting the environment, and critical to that is finding ways Indian nations and federal agencies can work together. Listen to three new podcasts featuring discussion guests from:

  • the Tuscarora Nation,
  • the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe,
  • the Shinnecock Indian Nation.




National Wild Bird Feeding Month

2, World Wetlands Day



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