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New news from the EPA on Environmental Justice:
“Today marks an important moment in environmental justice history. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first-ever Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis (EJ Technical Guidance). This guidance represents a significant step towards ensuring the impacts of EPA regulations on vulnerable populations are understood and considered in the decision-making process.
The EJ Technical Guidance improves our ability to perform some of the most important work we do. Better integrating environmental justice in EPA’s core regulatory function is essential to ensure that all Americans, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or income level, have access to clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. Technical guidance, reinforced by the meaningful involvement of the public and key stakeholders, helps to ensure that all communities are protected from pollution as the result of EPA rules.”
Did you know that ECATTS offers our own general overview training course specific to Environmental Justice? This course serves as an introduction to Environmental Justice (EJ) and takes a look at the origins of the Environmental Justice movement, Federal actions to address EJ and policies that have already been put into action.
Check out our complete Environmental Training catalog now at http://ecatts.com/websitePDFs/CourseCatalog.pdf.
You can view the full article from EPA’s blog, at https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2016/06/ej-technical-guidance/.
Did you know that June is the start of hurricane season? Plan ahead and be prepared.
Here’s a good site from the EPA with tips on how to stay ahead of natural disasters: https://www.epa.gov/naturaldisasters
Spring has sprung and now is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy!
Did you know that April is National Gardening Month? If tending to your garden is on your “to do” list, check out these earth-friendly tips from epa.gov to help get you started:
- “Learn to compost at home. Use food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic wastes to create a compost pile. Adding the compost you make to soil increases water retention, decreases erosion, and keeps organic materials out of landfills.
- Raise the cutting height of your lawnmower during hot summer months to keep grass roots shaded and cooler, reducing weed growth, browning, and the need for watering.
- If you need large lawn and garden equipment such as tillers and chainsaws, you can reduce waste (and save money) by setting up a sharing program with your neighbors.
- When you mow, “grasscycle” by leaving grass clippings on your lawn instead of bagging then. The clippings will return nutrients to the soil instead of taking up space in landfills.
- Donate healthy plants that you want to replace to community gardens, parks and schools.
- If you have a wood burning fireplace, save your ashes instead of throwing them away. Once cooled, wood ashes can be mixed into your compost heap and provide nutrients to your garden.”
Did you know air pollution can affect heart health by triggering heart attacks or even strokes? Or that 1 in 3 Americans has heart disease which can be worsened by air pollution?
Help yourself and those around you by checking the air quality where you live. Air Quality Index basics can be found at http://cfpub.epa.gov/airnow/index.cfm?action=aqibasics.aqi.
February is American Heart Month. “Be smart & protect your heart.” http://www.epa.gov/air-research/healthy-heart-toolkit
The new year brings new resolutions. Did you make one for 2016? And are you still sticking to it?
If you made an eco resolution, or even want to now, here’s a great link to not only help pick one, but also to help keep you on track. Eco resolutions are great for both you and your environment.
Check out the below for a great “green resolution” checklist: http://www.earthshare.org/2014/12/greennewyear.html
Check out EPA’s News Release that came out today proposing improvements on hazardous waste management:
“EPA Proposes Rules to Improve Hazardous Waste Management and Better Protect our Waterways / New Rules Also Reduce Regulatory Burden on Businesses
Release Date: 08/31/2015
Contact Information: CONTACT: Julia P. Valentine (News media only), firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 564-2663, (202) 564-4355
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing two new hazardous waste rules to strengthen environmental protection while reducing regulatory burden on businesses. One of the proposed rules will protect waterways, including drinking and surface water, by preventing the flushing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and simplify the requirements for healthcare workers. The other rule will provide greater flexibility to industry while requiring new safeguards to protect the public from mismanagement of hazardous waste.
“These rules provide businesses with certainty and the flexibility they need to successfully operate in today’s marketplace,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “The proposals will improve the safety and health of our communities by providing clear, flexible, and protective hazardous waste management standards.”
The proposed hazardous waste pharmaceuticals rule will make our drinking and surface water safer and healthier by reducing the amount of pharmaceuticals entering our waterways. EPA’s proposal is projected to prevent the flushing of more than 6,400 tons of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals annually by banning healthcare facilities from flushing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals down the sink and toilet.
The proposed rule will reduce the burden on healthcare workers and pharmacists working in healthcare facilities by creating a specific set of regulations for these facilities, including hospitals, clinics, and retail stores with pharmacies and reverse distributors that generate hazardous waste.
EPA’s proposed generator rule will enhance the safety of facilities, employees, and the general public by improving labeling of hazardous waste and emergency planning and preparedness. The proposal will also reduce burden by providing greater flexibility in how facilities and employees manage their hazardous waste and make the regulations easier to understand.”
For the full article, visit EPA’s site at:
Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22. How will you celebrate? Plant a tree? Organize a clean up? Educate yourself on recycling and conservation? Make the switch to energy-efficient electronics in your home? However you choose to recognize and help on this day, your Earth will thank you.
And remember, spend the day outside and enjoy your environment!
EPA Releases New Tool for Stormwater Climate Change
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan “Virtual Climate Resilience Toolkit”, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for EPA’s Stormwater Management Model. This downloadable, online simulation model allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructures while considering future climate changes.
“The new tool will enable users to add climate projections based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s climate change scenarios to existing simulations to determine the quality of water traveling through traditional infrastructure – a system of gutters, storm drains, pipes, channels, collection tanks and storage devices. The tool also has the ability to model the performance of green infrastructure practices, including permeable pavement, rain gardens, and green roofs. Engineers and planners are able to accurately represent any combination of traditional and green infrastructure practices within an area to determine their effectiveness in managing stormwater and combined sewer overflows in their community.
Stormwater runoff is a major environmental problem resulting in flooding, erosion, and contaminated waters. Every year billions of gallons of raw sewage, trash, household chemicals, fertilizers, and urban runoff flow into our streams, rivers and lakes. Polluted stormwater runoff can adversely affect plants, animals, and people.”
If you or your company are in need of Stormwater Environmental Training, visit us ecatts.com for more information on our training courses. We offer training models ranging from general awareness to comprehensive overview and erosion and sediment control.
Quotes cited from the EPA’s News Release on the Stormwater Management Model and Climate Adjustment Tool. For more information on the tool, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/water-research/storm-water-management-model-swmm