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EPA News You Can Use - September 2018

Enviro-Tip of the Month
Recent News
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En español: Spanish Feature
Social Media, Multimedia, & More
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
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Prepare for emergencies. Find out what you can do to reduce risks from environmental hazards before, during, and after a natural disaster. September is National Preparedness Month and the average annual peak of hurricane activity.

Prepárese para emergencias. Infórmese acerca de lo que puede hacer para reducir los riesgos de los peligros ambientales antes, durante y después de un desastre natural. Septiembre es el Mes Nacional de Preparación y tradicionalmente es el mes de mayor actividad de huracanes.



EPA Proposes Affordable Clean Energy Rule. A new rule was proposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired electric utility generating units and power plants across the country. This proposal, entitled the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, establishes emission guidelines for states to use when developing plans to limit GHGs at their power plants. "The ACE Rule would restore the rule of law and empower states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide modern, reliable, and affordable energy for all Americans," said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "Today's proposal provides the states and regulated community the certainty they need to continue environmental progress while fulfilling President Trump's goal of energy dominance."

EPA's Superfund Task Force Continues to Ensure Cleanups Remain a Top Priority.  EPA commemorated the 40th anniversary of Love Canal, a tragedy that spurred a law to clean up hazardous waste and give voice to communities across the country. "The 40th anniversary of Love Canal is a reminder of both the devastating consequences of environmental disasters and the power of concerned citizens to spur change nationwide," said Wheeler. "The Superfund program is a top priority at EPA, and we are making tremendous progress cleaning up contaminated sites, protecting public health, and ensuring a tragedy like Love Canal never happens again."
Podcast by EPA Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez:

Fuel Economy Proposal for 2021-2026 Vehicles. EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a proposed rule to correct the national automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards to give the American people greater access to safer, more affordable vehicles that are cleaner for the environment. "We are delivering on President Trump's promise to the American public that his administration would address and fix the current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards," said Acting Administrator Wheeler. "Our proposal aims to strike the right regulatory balance based on the most recent information and create a 50-state solution that will enable more Americans to afford newer, safer vehicles that pollute less."




  • Students and teachers. Get homework resources, classroom project ideas, and more.
  • Healthier schools app. The School IAQ Assessment mobile app is a "one-stop shop" for accessing EPA's comprehensive school IAQ management guidance and detailed walkthrough assessment checklists that address critical building-related environmental health issues.
  • Campus RainWorks Challenge (due Sept 30). Are you in college? We're launching the 2018 Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition open to colleges and universities across the country. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, interdisciplinary student teams design an innovative green infrastructure solution that addresses stormwater pollution and that benefits the larger campus community by adding ecological and aesthetic value. Registration for the 2018 Challenge opened September 1. Read more about the challenge, prizes, and how to enter:

Wildfires. Do you live downwind from a wildfire area? The biggest health threat from smoke is from fine particles produced when wood and other organic materials burn. Find out if you are at risk from exposure to smoke or other particle pollution, and what health effects can be caused by particles. Check the air quality where you live:

Air Toxics Assessment. EPA released the sixth National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA), which provides technical information on potential health risks from hazardous air pollutants. The information in this release is based on emissions for the calendar year 2014. NATA is intended to help EPA, state, and local or tribal air agencies better understand potential risks to public health from air pollution. NATA does not estimate any person's individual risk. Learn more about the 2014 NATA:



El Mes de la Hispanidad es del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre. Únase a nosotros en honrar a los científicos, abogados, socorristas, comunicadores y muchos otros hispanos en EPA quienes sirven de inspiración y nos ayudan a proteger nuestra salud y nuestro planeta. Lea más acerca de hispanos en la EPA.

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Love Canal 40th Anniversary. EPA Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez commemorates the 40th anniversary of Love Canal, highlighting its significance in the passage of the Superfund law.


Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler's Remarks to NEJAC. The first meeting of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council since new members were announced in March 2018.

EPA Research at your Fingertips. A short introduction to EPA science and technical information, tools, databases, and other resources available online.

Radon Awareness: Pacific Northwest and Alaska. learn what radon is and what you can do about it.

Region 1 Asthma Awareness. Learn about asthma in New England and awareness for asthma suffers.

More EPA videos:




National Preparedness Month


15-22, National Estuaries Week
17-23, National Pollution Prevention Week


8 Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day
15 International Coastal Cleanup Day
18 World Water Monitoring Day
21 Zero Emissions Day
22 National Public Lands Day
27 "Silent Spring" (published 1962)
30 World Rivers Day

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