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EPA Report Shows Progress on E-Recycling and Identifies Opportunity to Advance G7's Recognition of Circular Economy (06/18/2015)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Facts and Figures report showing progress in consumer electronics recycling in the United States. Consumer electronics recycling went up from 30.6 percent in 2012 to 40.4 percent in 2013, the same year EPA launched the SMM Electronics Challenge to promote responsible donation and recycling of used electronics. Through EPA's Sustainable Materials Management program, the agency seeks the most productive and sustainable use of materials across their life cycle, minimizing the amounts of materials involved and all associated environmental impacts. Earlier this month, the G7 committed to ambitious action to advance the efficient use of natural resources throughout their life cycle.
 
EPA Releases Environmental Mapping Tool (06/16/2015)
WASHINGTON -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN's simple to understand color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience. "EJSCREEN provides essential information to anyone seeking greater visibility and awareness about the impacts of pollution in American communities," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "EJSCREEN has been a valuable resource for EPA to advance our commitment to protect Americans most vulnerable to pollution. I'm excited to share this tool with the public to broaden its impact, build transparency, and foster collaboration with partners working to achieve environmental justice.
 
Minnesota Lawmakers Strike Deal On Flame Retardant Ban (06/16/2015)
Minnesota is one step closer to enacting the nation's strictest ban on fire retardant chemicals. Proponents, however, lamented that a deal struck by lawmakers severely curbed the original list of banned substances.
 
EPA Takes First Steps to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft (06/10/2015)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to find under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial aircraft contribute to the pollution that causes climate change endangering the health and welfare of Americans. At the same time, the agency is releasing information about the international process already underway by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for developing carbon dioxide (CO2) standards for aircraft and EPA's participation in that process. EPA is now seeking public input to inform future steps by the agency.
 

 

 

 

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