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For the First Time in 40 Years EPA to Put in Place a Process to Evaluate Chemicals that May Pose Risk (01/13/2017)
WASHINGTON--The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving swiftly to propose how it will prioritize and evaluate chemicals, given that the final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law's enactment, or before June 22, 2017. "After 40 years we can finally address chemicals currently in the marketplace," said Jim Jones, EPA's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "Today's action will set into motion a process to quickly evaluate chemicals and meet deadlines required under, and essential to, implementing the new law."
EPA Moves to Ban Certain Aerosol Degreasers and Dry Cleaning Spot Removers as the First Major Regulatory Action Under Chemical Reform Law (12/15/2016)
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban certain uses of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used as a degreaser and a spot removal agent in dry cleaning. "For the first time in a generation, we are able to restrict chemicals already in commerce that pose risks to public health and the environment," said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "Once finalized, today's action will help protect consumers and workers from cancer and other serious health risks when they are exposed to aerosol degreasing, and when dry cleaners use spotting agents. I am confident that the new authority Congress has given us is exactly what we need to finally address these important issues."
Keep your holiday spirit out of the landfill: 3 easy ways (12/08/2016)
We get it. You don't need another thing to focus on in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We're here to show you how easy it is to cut a lot of the waste out of shopping, decorating, and throwing a party.
EPA Announces $1.3 Million to Small Businesses to Support the Nation's Green Economy (12/08/2016)
WASHINGTON -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1.3 million to 13 small businesses nationwide to develop and commercialize technologies to help solve current environmental issues. "The 13 businesses we are funding today are producing innovative and creative solutions for our country's environmental problems," said Thomas Burke, EPA science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development. "Small businesses play an integral role in creating technologies that will help ensure a sustainable future for our country.
High levels of mercury found in South Florida dolphins (12/01/2016)
Bottlenose dolphins swimming off the Florida Everglades, beloved for zipping alongside lonely boaters in the remote bays and rivers chiseled out of the vast marshes, have the highest levels of mercury ever documented in the mammals, researchers have found. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article118077923.html#storylink=cpy
EPA proposes adding NPEs to community list of toxic chemicals (11/28/2016)
The US EPA has proposed adding nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) to its list of toxic chemicals, subject to reporting requirements under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). If added to the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), facilities that manufacture, process or use the short- and long-chain NPEs, covered by the proposal, would be required to report environmental releases and other waste management measurements.
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