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EPA Reaches Agreement with Manufacturer to Stop Use of TCE in Spray Fixative Products Used on Arts and Crafts (08/03/2015)
WASHINGTON --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with a manufacturer to voluntarily phase-out the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) in an aerosol arts and crafts spray fixative product as part of EPA's ongoing efforts to reduce the public's exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. "We are pleased that a company's voluntary efforts to eliminate TCE from their aerosol fixative product used for arts and crafts will soon mean that all consumer products of this type are TCE-free," said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "We are also proposing a rule that will give EPA the opportunity to review and, if necessary, block introduction, including imports, of new TCE spray fixative and other consumer products before re-entry into the marketplace. This will ensure a level playing field for American companies who step up and do the right thing. In addition, we are pursuing regulatory action to reduce the risks from exposure to TCE in other products that are not voluntarily addressed."

124 New England Buildings Compete in EPA's Sixth Annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings (07/22/2015)
BOSTON -- Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 2015 ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings. Nationwide, more than 6,500 buildings of all types and sizes, and 125 teams nationwide are competing head to head to reduce their energy and water use. In the six New England states, 124 buildings have joined the competition. In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which calls for businesses to cut waste and become at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020, the competition specifically targets wasted energy in commercial buildings and motivates organizations to improve energy efficiency, reduce harmful carbon pollution, and save money.

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