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EPA Takes Action to Protect Consumers from Harmful Chemicals That Can Cause Reproductive and Developmental Harm (12/15/2014)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to protect the public from seven ethylene glycol ethers or glymes chemicals that can cause health effects including birth defects and blood toxicity. "Today's action is part of our continuing efforts to help ensure that chemicals in products we use every day are safe for the American public," said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. "Finalizing this action could prevent an increase in the use of these chemicals and reduce human exposure through ingestion and inhalation."
New Tool Measures Corporate Progress Towards Safer Chemicals (12/15/2014)
group of corporate and NGO leaders today released a new tool for assessing leadership in corporate chemicals management. The Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) provides the first-ever common metric of its kind for publicly benchmarking corporate chemicals management and profiling leadership companies. "You can't manage what you don't measure," said Dr. Mark Rossi, Co-Director of the nonprofit Clean Production Action and Chair and Founder of BizNGO, who released the Chemical Footprint Project today with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and Pure Strategies. "The CFP finally establishes a meaningful measurement of overall corporate performance to safer chemicals in products and supply chains. We look forward to engaging business leaders in tracking and disclosing their Chemical Footprints."
EPA Rule Promotes Responsible Hazardous Materials Recycling, Protects Communities (12/11/2014)
WASHINGTON- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized new safeguards that promote responsible recycling of hazardous secondary materials and demonstrate a significant step forward in promoting recycling innovation, resulting in both resource conservation and economic benefits, while strengthening protections for environmental justice communities. "Americans do not have to choose between a clean environment and economic prosperity," said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. "This important rule gives communities a voice in the decisions that impact them, promotes safe and responsible recycling of hazardous secondary materials and conserves vital resources, while protecting those most at risk from the dangers of hazardous secondary materials mismanagement. This innovative rule demonstrates that protecting communities and leveraging economic advantages for sustainable recycling and materials manufacturing can go hand-in-hand."
Christie Administration Recognizes New Jersey Environmental Leaders at 15th Annual Awards Ceremony at State Museum (12/09/2014)
(14/P133) TRENTON -- The Christie Administration is recognizing environmental, academic, business, government, civic and citizen leaders from across New Jersey for their commitment to protect and enhance the state's environment. These leaders were honored with the Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards at a ceremony today at the New Jersey State Museum. Morris County government was honored for an ambitious flood buyouts program approved by the county freeholders, while Earth Friendly Products of Parsippany won the annual Healthy and Sustainable Businesses Award for its efforts to make its operation a model environmental facility.
Safer Product Labeling Program Partner of the Year Awards (12/08/2014)
The first annual Safer Product Labeling Program (SPLP) Partner of the Year Awards recognizes program participants for advancing the goal of chemical safety through exemplary participation in or promotion of our Safer Product Labeling Program. Apply by January 30, 2015 for a chance to be among the first awardees! Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in late spring of 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Environmental Education (EE) Grants (12/01/2014)
Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year supporting more than 3,600 grants.





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