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EPA Highlights Green Sports Initiatives at Killington Resort (01/30/2015)
KILLINGTON, VT -- This week EPA is focused on how to reduce environmental impacts of our favorite sports. EPA toured the Killington Resort to highlight green operations that got Killington named Vermont's Overall Greenest Resort in 2014 by Ski Vermont, and EPA highlights Killington's green operations. Last year, was the hottest year on record, and each of the last three decades has been hotter than the last. In mountain towns that depend on winter tourism, the realities of climate change really impact local economies. Shorter, warmer winters mean a shorter season to enjoy the winter sports we love--and a financial hit for local economies that depend on winter sports. Skiing, snowboarding and other types of winter recreation add $67 billion to the economy every year, and they support 900,000 jobs.

EPA Helps 22 Communities to Meet their Sustainability Goals and Foster Economic Development (01/29/2015)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that 22 communities will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that support smart growth and sustainability goals and encourage local economic development. EPAselected this year's recipients from among 121 applicants to the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. EPA staff and national experts will conduct one to two-day workshops in the communities that focus on the specific sustainability tool each community requested in its application to EPA.

EPA, States and Automotive Industry to Reduce Copper in Motor Vehicle Brake Pads (01/22/2015)
Summary Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the automotive industry and the states signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5 percent by 2021 and 0.5 percent by 2025. This voluntary initiative also calls for cutting the amount of mercury, lead, cadmium, asbestiform fibers and chromium-6 salts in motor vehicle brake pads. These steps will decrease runoff of these materials from roads into the nation's streams, rivers and lakes, where these materials can harm fish, amphibians and plants.

EPA Releases 2013 Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis (01/20/2015)
From 2012 to 2013, the amount of toxic chemicals managed as waste by the nation's industrial facilities increased by 4 percent. This increase includes the amount of chemicals recycled, treated, and burned for energy recovery, as well as the amount disposed of or otherwise released into the environment. In TRI, a "release" generally refers to a chemical that is emitted to the air, water, or placed in some type of land disposal. Most of these releases are subject to a variety of regulatory requirements designed to limit human and environmental harm. "We all have a right to know what toxic chemicals are being used and released into our environment, and what steps companies are taking to reduce their releases to the environment or, better yet, prevent waste from being generated in the first place." said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "The TRI Program tracks this information and makes it accessible to citizens and communities. And I'm pleased to see that TRI data show such a commitment to release reductions and pollution prevention on the part of many industrial facilities."

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