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EPA News You Can Use - January 2018
https://www.epa.gov/newsroom/gogreen

IN THIS ISSUE:
Enviro-Tip of the Month
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En español: Spanish Features
Multimedia
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter

 

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ENVIRO-TIP OF THE MONTH

January is National Radon Action Month. Test your home for radon, an invisible radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Testing is the only way to know whether your home contains high radon levels.
https://www.epa.gov/radon

 

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RECENT NEWS

Next Steps for the Proposed Clean Power Plan Repeal - The Agency will solicit public input as it considers the next regulatory steps to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. "Today’s move ensures adequate and early opportunity for public comment from all stakeholders about next steps the Agency might take to limit greenhouse gases from stationary sources, in a way that properly stays within the law, and the bounds of the authority provided to EPA by Congress." -- EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Comments are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-next-steps-after-proposed-clean-power-plan-repeal

EPA Cross-Agency Effort to Address PFAS - The Agency launched a cross-agency effort to address Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) including PFOA, PFOS, and GenX. These substances are a diverse group of compounds resistant to heat, water, and oil that are persistent in the environment and resist degradation. "Protecting public health is EPA's highest priority and through these efforts we are taking the lead to ensure that communities across the country have the tools they need to address these chemicals." -- Administrator Scott Pruitt.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-launches-cross-agency-effort-address-pfas

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO, WHAT YOU CAN USE

After the holidays:

Burnwise to Burn Better - Whether you’re using a woodstove, pellet stove, or fireplace, smoke from your chimney means your fire isn’t burning as well as it could. Burn only dry, seasoned wood and start a fire with dry kindling. Never burn plastic, or painted or treated wood which releases toxic chemicals. Get more tips for safe, efficient (and enjoyable!) wood burning.
https://www.epa.gov/burnwise/burn-wise-what-you-can-do
VIDEO: Tips how to dry firewood for better burning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo1--Zrh11s

2018 Fuel Economy Guide - If you're shopping for a new car, the Fuel Economy Guide will help you compare and choose vehicles that save money at the pump and pollute less.
http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.shtml

Nominations and Recognition:

  • PEYA Nominations Open (due Mar 1) - Your project - or one you are sponsoring - could be an award winner. Apply or encourage a student you know to apply for PEYA and see what a difference they can make for the environment with an award-winning project. Applicants from all 50 states and U.S. territories are eligible to compete for a regional certificate of special recognition and a national Presidential award. The application period for the PEYA program is now open. Applications are due by March 1.
    https://www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award
  • P3 Applications Open (due Feb 7) - It's the 14th annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition!  Under P3, college teams apply for grants to develop and display innovative solutions for a sustainable future, offering students hands-on experience with classroom learning. The P3 application period is now open. Applications are due by February 7.
    https://www.epa.gov/P3
    What is P3? Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URGEUcDtaMA

Fish Consumption Newsletter - The Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter highlights current information about fish and shellfish, such as recent announcements, workshops or other events, research, and other related links. Read recent newsletters and how you can subscribe.
https://www.epa.gov/fish-tech/fish-and-shellfish-program-newsletter

 

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EN ESPAÑOL: SPANISH FEATURES

Enero es el Mes Nacional de Acciõn contra el Radõn. Haga la prueba en su hogar.  El radõn es un gas radio activo invisible que ocasiona cancer de los pulmones. El hacer la prueba es la ũnica manera de saber si su hogar contiene niveles elevados de radõn.
https://espanol.epa.gov/cai/acerca-del-radon

¡El monõxido de carbon es mortal! Siempre use los generadores afuera bien lejos de  puertas, ventanas y respiraderos. Nunca use un generador al interior de su hogar.
https://espanol.epa.gov/cai/monoxido-de-carbono

Aprenda más sobre la EPA en español: https://espanol.epa.gov

 

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MULTIMEDIA

VIDEOS -- DECEMBER RELEASES

Gulf Guardian Awards - recognizes positive steps that help keep the Gulf of Mexico healthy, beautiful, and productive. More about the 2017 Gulf Guardian awards:
https://www.epa.gov/gulfofmexico/2017-gulf-guardian-award-winners

More EPA videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov/videos

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

January

Month
National Radon Action Month

Day
Jan 1 - Anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

 

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