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GO GREEN!

EPA News You Can Use - January 2017
https://www.epa.gov/newsroom/gogreen

IN THIS ISSUE:
Enviro-Tip of the Month
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En español: Spanish Features
Social Media & Multimedia
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter

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ENVIRO-TIP OF THE MONTH

January is 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.
https://www.epa.gov/radon

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WHAT YOU CAN DO, WHAT YOU CAN USE

After the holidays:

Volkswagen Update - Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche have agreed to recall 83,000 model year 2009 - 2016 3.0 liter diesels vehicles alleged to be equipped with "defeat devices" to cheat emissions tests.  Consumers with affected vehicles can submit a claim and sign up for email notifications for when options become available. Eligible consumers will have until September 1, 2018, to submit a claim.
Read the news release: http://go.usa.gov/x9xFU
CLAIMS AND NOTIFICATIONS: https://www.vwcourtsettlement.com

2016 Enforcement Results - During the 2016 fiscal year - October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016 - EPA secured $13.7 billion in investments by companies for projects to control pollution, and commitments for the proper treatment or disposal of an estimated 62 billion pounds of hazardous waste. Read more about the 2016 enforcement results:
http://go.usa.gov/x9rHd
INTERACTIVE MAP: https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/enforcement-annual-results-concluded-cases-map-fiscal-year-2016

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 releases toxic chemicals. Get more tips for safe, efficient (and enjoyable!) wood burning.
https://www.epa.gov/burnwise/burn-wise-what-you-can-do
VIDEO: Tips how to dry firewood for better burning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo1--Zrh11s

Water Storymap - We all depend on clean and reliable water - our families, our communities, our businesses, our society. Since 2009, EPA and partners have made giant strides to advance clean water protection. Explore a story map to learn how EPA has protected waters near you.
https://www.epa.gov/waterdata/protecting-americas-waters-story-map
BLOG POST: https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2016/12/water-challenges-are-actually-opportunities

Nominations and Recognition:

  • PEYA Nominations Open (due Mar 1) - Apply or encourage a student you know to apply for the President's Environmental Youth Award. Applicants from all states and territories are eligible to compete for a regional certificate of special recognition and a national.
    https://www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award
  • P3 Applications Open (due Feb 3) - It's the 14th annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition!  Under P3, college teams apply for grants to develop and display innovative solutions for a sustainable future, offering students hands-on experience with classroom learning. Read more about the P3 competition and how to apply:
    https://www.epa.gov/P3
    What is P3? Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URGEUcDtaMA
  • New England Environmental Merit Nominations (due Feb 10) - Know of someone in New England who's worked to help protect the environment? You can nominate teachers, citizen activists, business leaders, scientists, and others in New England who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of the region's public health and natural environment. Learn more:
    https://www.epa.gov/environmental-merit-awards-new-england
  • Environmental Champions (due Feb 3) - EPA is seeking nominations of environmental stewards within New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations who have gone above and beyond for environmental change in local communities. Winners will be honored a ceremony in spring of 2017. Learn more:
    https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-seeks-nominations-environmental-champions

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EN ESPAÑOL: SPANISH FEATURES

Enero es el Mes Nacional de Acciõn contra el Radõn. Haga la prueba en su hogar.  El radõn es un gas radio activo invisible que ocasiona cancer de los pulmones. El hacer la prueba es la ũnica manera de saber si su hogar contiene niveles elevados de radõn.
https://espanol.epa.gov/cai/acerca-del-radon

¡El monõxido de carbon es mortal! Siempre use los generadores afuera bien lejos de  puertas, ventanas y respiraderos. Nunca use un generador al interior de su hogar.
https://espanol.epa.gov/cai/monoxido-de-carbono

Blog Hispano de la EPA: https://blog.epa.gov/blog/category/espanol

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SOCIAL MEDIA & MULTIMEDIA

Share your thoughts on recent EPA blog posts:

EPA blogs: https://blog.epa.gov

EPA videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov/videos

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

January

Month
National Radon Action Month

Day
Jan 1 - Anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

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