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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.

EPA Awards $270K for Environmental and Health Projects in New England Communities (11/07/2016)
BOSTON - EPA has awarded 12 grants across New England under its 2016 Healthy Communities Grant Program, totaling approximately $270,566, to fund community projects addressing environmental and public health issues. The projects will reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health, and improve the quality of life for communities and residents across New England.

Seven Substances Added to 14th Report on Carcinogens (11/07/2016)
oday's release of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 14th Report on Carcinogens includes seven newly reviewed substances, bringing the cumulative total to 248 listings. The chemical trichloroethylene (TCE), and the metallic element cobalt and cobalt compounds that release cobalt ions in vivo, are being added to the list, as well as five viruses that have been linked to cancer in humans. The five viruses include human immunodeficiency virus type 1, human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1, Epstein-Barr virus, Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, and Merkel cell polyomavirus.

Go Easy on the Landfill: A Holiday Guide (11/03/2016)
For many people, November is the gateway month to the holiday season and there's never enough time, there's always too much traffic, and the most convenient solutions usually turn out to be the most wasteful--leaving what's left of your New Year's resolutions in tatters.

Building Chemical Safety Into Climate Change Resiliency Planning (10/26/2016)
Through a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) is offering funding to Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs) to sponsor workshops designed to build awareness and educate city officials, community leaders, Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and businesses about the toxic chemicals stored, used and transported through their communities. The trainings will build models for incorporating toxics use reduction into community and regional emergency preparedness and climate resiliency planning and supply toxics users with the tools they need to prevent industrial accidents.

Plastic substitutes and other breakthroughs from 25 years of green chemistry (10/12/2016)
This year, green chemistry celebrates its 25th birthday. The science of finding more sustainable and less toxic chemicals was once a revolutionary idea, but has since become a part of the consumer product landscape. From removing carcinogens from furniture to banning ineffective antibacterial chemicals, the struggle to create a healthier and more sustainable chemical landscape continues to attract widespread attention.


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