EPA News You Can Use – April 2019
IN THIS ISSUE:
Special: Response to Coronavirus
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En español: Spanish Feature
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter
EPA RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19).
EPA’s Coronavirus website provides key EPA resources and links to additional information about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Read the most up-to-date information about EPA actions, disinfectants, drinking water and waste water, and other resources.
Disinfectants that meet EPA’s criteria for use against coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). When purchasing a disinfectant product, check if its EPA registration number is included on this list. If it is, you have a match and the product can be used against SARS-CoV-2.
- List of Disinfectants for use Against Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Disinfectants for use Against Coronavirus
- TWEET: EPA’s list of disinfectants for use against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is searchable, sortable, and contains more than 350 products.
Information on drinking water and wastewater. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and drinking water and wastewater
- Flush Only Toilet Paper! Flushing only toilet paper helps ensure that the toilets, plumbing, sewer systems, and septic systems will continue working properly.
Resources related to COVID-19 in other languages:
- Español: https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/enfermedad-del-coronavirus-2019-covid-19
- Other languages: https://www.epa.gov/lep
Administrator Wheeler Meets with Disinfectant Manufacturers Highlighting Agency Work to Fight Coronavirus. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler hosted a series of conference calls with large and small disinfectant manufacturers, discussing the agency’s expanded and expedited work in response to the outbreak under the Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides. “Today’s calls were extremely productive and demonstrate the importance of public and private sector collaboration, not only in times of great stress, but every day,” said Administrator Wheeler. “Our collaboration is critical to slowing the spread of this virus, keeping us safe and healthy. By expediting reviews – both in labeling familiar products, and by approving new products for market – we’re aiding American families and communities across America.”
- View the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
2019 Year in Review. EPA released the 2019 Year in Review outlining major accomplishments and environmental progress during the Trump administration. “Under President Trump, we have fulfilled many promises to the American people to address some of our most important environmental and human health challenges while unleashing the economy and fostering innovation,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Among FY 2019 EPA accomplishments: finalizing 16 deregulatory actions, saving Americans more than $1.5 billion in regulatory costs; inviting 38 new projects in 18 states to apply for WIFIA loans totaling $6 billion dollars to help finance over $12 billion dollars in water infrastructure investments and create up to 200,000 jobs; and much more.
PFAS Action Plan: Program Update. EPA has made significant progress under the PFAS Action Plan to help states and local communities address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and protect public health. “The Trump Administration’s efforts under the PFAS Action Plan over the past year represent the first time in EPA’s 50-year history that we have tapped all of our program offices to address an emerging contaminant of concern like PFAS — and our EPA staff efforts have been unprecedented,” said Administrator Wheeler.
More news from EPA: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/search
WHAT YOU CAN DO, WHAT YOU CAN USE
Earth Day is April 22 – learn about the first Earth Day in 1970, and how EPA’s mission helps protect health and the environment today.
Go Green-Scaping. Spring can still be chilly but it’s also when we begin to think of the spaces around our homes — pruning trees, mowing lawns, and other outdoor chores. Get ideas and useful tips on environmentally friendly practices to improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden.
- Reducing waste: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-waste-what-you-can-do
- Pesticide safety: https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol
- Soak Up the Rain: https://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain
Annual Automotive Trends Report. We released the annual Automotive Trends Report, which provides a single source of information about new light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, fuel economy, technology data, and auto manufacturers’ performance in light of the agency’s GHG emissions standards. The report finds that Model Year (MY) 2018 vehicle fuel economy was 25.1 miles per gallon, slightly higher than the 24.9 miles per gallon MY 2017. Since MY 2004, when the fleet averaged 19.3 mpg, fuel economy and CO2 emissions have improved in twelve out of fourteen years.
Read the report: https://www.epa.gov/automotive-trends/download-automotive-trends-report
Protect your family from accidental poisoning. Kids are at home and one of the things that all parents know is, little kids can move fast. Kids are always curious to explore their world. For this reason, EPA encourages parents and care givers to always keep potentially harmful products in a high cabinet – well out of the reach of children. Poison Prevention Week in March is a reminder to protect against accidental poisoning.
TRI Updated. EPA released the annual report and analysis which showcases industry practices for managing waste and reducing pollution at nearly 22,000 facilities that submitted TRI data for calendar year 2018. EPA encourages facilities to learn from their counterparts’ best practices and adopt additional methods for reducing pollution.
Read the national analysis: https://www.epa.gov/trinationalanalysis
Enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Esta es una situación emergente que evoluciona rápidamente y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades entregarán información actualizada a medida que esté disponible, además de orientación actualizada. Este sitio web proporciona recursos clave de la EPA acerca de la enfermedad del coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Aprenda más: https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/enfermedad-del-coronavirus-2019-covid-19
- Lista de desinfectantes para usar contra el coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) y el agua potable y aguas residuales:
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Abril es el Mes del Tierra. Encuentre cosas que puede hacer en línea o dondequiera que se encuentre. Busque ideas para proyectos y planes de estudio. Ayude a los estudiantes a aprender más sobre el medioambiente y el Día del Tierra en el hogar o en la escuela.
En español: https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/recursos-para-estudiantes-y-maestros
El Día del Tierra (en inglés): https://www.epa.gov/earthday
VIDEOS – Recent releases:
National Water Reuse Action Plan. The Plan will Action Plan will help strengthen the sustainability, security and resilience of our nation’s water resources by creating new partnerships, providing accountability and promoting communication and transparency with a new online platform.
- EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s Remarks.
- Action Plan Announcement event.
- EPA and Partners Announce Collaborative Implementation.
EPA Science Flashback: Air Quality Impacts on Public Health. An historical glimpse into the research by scientists and engineers at EPA to protect public health and the environment.
Pollution Prevention and Wastewater Pretreatment successes at VT and NH breweries. How EPA worked with Vermont and New Hampshire on pollution prevention at breweries.
Improving EPAʼs websites. Ways EPA’s “web-wellness” team is improving epa.gov.
More EPA videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov/videos
BLOG – Recent posts:
Increasing Innovation and Access to Information on New Chemicals
By Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator , Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
Taking Action to Improve Pennsylvania Streams
By Dana Aunkst, Director, Chesapeake Bay Program Office
Mid-Atlantic Farmers Bring Food to the Table
By Cosmo Servidio, Regional Administrator of EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
National Gardening Month
7, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas born
22, Earth Day
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