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EPA's purpose is to ensure that:

- all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work;

- national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;

- federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;

- environmental protection is

an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;

- all parts of society -- communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments -- have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;

- environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and

- the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

Is your city or state featured in our updated 2022 RE-Powering America's Land Initiative project tracking matrix? 🤔 RE-P...
12/30/2022

Is your city or state featured in our updated 2022 RE-Powering America's Land Initiative project tracking matrix? 🤔

RE-Powering America’s Land is an initiative that encourages development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites when such development is aligned with the community’s vision for the site!

Our RE-Powering Tracking Matrix tracks completed projects where renewable energy systems have been installed. This resource is for informational purposes only and may not be comprehensive, but in our updated tracking matrix, you will find more than 500 renewable energy projects with over 2.4 GW of electricity, situated on contaminated lands across the U.S. See it at: www.epa.gov/re-powering/re-powering-tracking-matrix

EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program is delighted to recognize our partners’ 2022 accomplishments through ...
12/30/2022
RAD Leadership Awards | US EPA

EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program is delighted to recognize our partners’ 2022 accomplishments through our third annual Leadership Awards 🏆

The Leadership Awards celebrate partners’ achievements at recovering insulation foam, boosting rates of recycling refrigerated appliances according to best environmental practices, and advancing sustainability. ♻️

Congratulations again to the 2022 RAD Leadership Award Winners! 🎉 Join EPA in appreciating these award winners and their commitment to sustainability ⬇️

The RAD Leadership Awards Program recognizes high-achieving RAD Partners for their accomplishments in reducing emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and greenhouse gases (GHG) through insulation foam recovery.

12/29/2022

Don’t throw your live Christmas tree in the trash, tree-cycle it instead! 🎄♻️

Check your local municipality to learn about their recycling program.

epa.gov/perspectives/green-your-holiday-season

It's the season of celebration and reflection on the year we leave behind. In 2022, we're especially grateful for the   ...
12/24/2022

It's the season of celebration and reflection on the year we leave behind. In 2022, we're especially grateful for the who dedicate their time and passion to protecting the planet for our future generations!

Happy Holidays from EPA!

Whether you spot a partridge in a pear tree, or a cardinal 🐦 in a longleaf pine – sharing your bird sightings with Natio...
12/23/2022

Whether you spot a partridge in a pear tree, or a cardinal 🐦 in a longleaf pine – sharing your bird sightings with National Audubon Society's informs EPA's climate change indicators: https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/climate-change-indicators-bird-wintering-ranges

Learn more about the Christmas Bird Count (which dates back to 1900) – and how you can take part in this participatory science opportunity on public lands. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
https://www.fws.gov/story/tis-season-christmas-bird-count

📸: Grace Stern, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency--Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, USVI)

We’re dreaming of a green holiday season. ♻️ 🎁 🥧  So we’re sharing tips to help you celebrate sustainably. Preventing fo...
12/22/2022

We’re dreaming of a green holiday season. ♻️ 🎁 🥧

So we’re sharing tips to help you celebrate sustainably. Preventing food waste is one of the easiest and most powerful ways you can lower your climate change footprint.

Graphic 1: Illustration of a person standing on recycling bins to decorate a tree. Reads: We're dreaming of a green holiday season.

Graphic 2: Illustration of a refrigerator. Reads: Celebrate sustainably and prevent food waste. Plan your meals a week ahead and only buy the things needed for those meals. Properly store fruits and vegetables for maximum freshness. Befriend your freezer and freeze meat, bread, sliced fruit, and leftovers.

Photos from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency--Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, USVI)'s post
12/21/2022

Photos from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency--Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, USVI)'s post

Join EPA Administrator Michael Regan live at 10am ET for a big announcement on heavy-duty vehicle standards – the first ...
12/20/2022

Join EPA Administrator Michael Regan live at 10am ET for a big announcement on heavy-duty vehicle standards – the first update to these clean air standards in +20 years!
https://youtu.be/9TnceRleAOQ

Photos from EPA Community Revitalization's post
12/19/2022

Photos from EPA Community Revitalization's post

12/16/2022

This holiday season, look for cleaning products with the best kind of packaging – sustainable packaging! Products with the Safer Choice label meet EPA's high standards for sustainability, ingredient safety and performance.

Search for -certified products: https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/products

International cooperation is essential for us to ensure that ALL people have a healthy and safe environment to live in. ...
12/14/2022

International cooperation is essential for us to ensure that ALL people have a healthy and safe environment to live in. EPA Administrator Michael Regan joined global leaders at the to discuss advancing at home and abroad.

12/12/2022

Did you know gas is taking newer vehicles farther? 🚗🚙 Since model year 2004, the average fuel economy in the U.S. has increased by 32%, or 6.1 miles per gallon! Visit our 2022 Automotive Trends Report to learn how vehicles are getting more efficient ⬇️ epa.gov/automotive-trends

12/12/2022

We are so excited to host the first webinar of our 3-part series at 4:30pm ET today, where you can learn about upcoming ASPPH , including the environmental health program with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & rural health program with U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Register at https://aspph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NKY-e6c3QCqk_p4yOFr5ew

12/12/2022

Finding cleaning and other household products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment should be easy — that's why we created the label.

Learn more about what’s behind the label: https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice.

Sustainability is the gift that never goes out of style! Wrap your presents in recycled or reused wrapping paper – or ev...
12/10/2022

Sustainability is the gift that never goes out of style! Wrap your presents in recycled or reused wrapping paper – or even newspaper! 🎁♻️ 📰

And don’t forget to save or recycle used wrapping paper for next year.

Every community deserves access to reliable, safe water. EPA Administrator Michael Regan heard from community members in...
12/07/2022

Every community deserves access to reliable, safe water. EPA Administrator Michael Regan heard from community members in McDowell County, West Virginia on the longstanding challenges they face with inadequate drinking water and wastewater systems — and saw their resilient, innovative solutions to make up for a lack of resources.

Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and EPA's joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap), we are partnering with this community - and rural communities across the country - to make needed improvements in water infrastructure.

Currently our Toxics Release Inventory – a public database tracking the management of toxic chemicals – includes a looph...
12/06/2022
EPA Proposes Rule to Enhance Reporting of PFAS Data to the Toxics Release Inventory | US EPA

Currently our Toxics Release Inventory – a public database tracking the management of toxic chemicals – includes a loophole that allows facilities to avoid reporting info on PFAS when used in small concentrations.

EPA has proposed a rule that would close this loophole, so we can better confront the health risks of PFAS.

EPA News Release: EPA Proposes Rule to Enhance Reporting of PFAS Data to the Toxics Release Inventory

Today EPA Administrator Michael Regan is in McDowell County, West Virginia –the next stop on his   tour. He’ll hear firs...
12/06/2022

Today EPA Administrator Michael Regan is in McDowell County, West Virginia –the next stop on his tour. He’ll hear firsthand from communities impacted by drinking water and wastewater inequities, discuss solutions, and further EPA’s commitment to bring clean water to all Americans.

12/05/2022

We have $100 million in recycling grants! ♻️

Are you interested in applying? Applications are now open, so get a head start and check out these tips for writing a grant application. ⬇

https://www.epa.gov/rcra/prepare-grant-application

Photos from U.S. EPA Region 8's post
12/01/2022

Photos from U.S. EPA Region 8's post

12/01/2022

Quality is vital to our work at EPA, and we rely on quality assurance managers to make sure the data we collect is accurate.

Meet Dr. Sala Senkayi, our acting Regional Quality Assurance Manager for Region 6. A native of Uganda, Dr. Senkayi is responsible for providing QA guidance to regional staff. Learn more about Sala’s work here: https://www.epa.gov/quality.

Good for the environment and your health? That’s a win-win! 🥳 And that’s exactly what EPA’s Design for the Environment p...
11/30/2022

Good for the environment and your health? That’s a win-win! 🥳

And that’s exactly what EPA’s Design for the Environment program is all about. We evaluate products (both packaging and ingredients) that minimize health risks and pollution.

So, we’re excited to announce that Amazon.com’s Climate Pledge Friendly program will now include disinfectants and sanitizers certified by our Design for the Environment program!

Products that are certified by our Design for the Environment program have this newly updated logo – helping you find products that meet EPA’s high standards for human 👩‍👦‍👦 and environmental 🌍 health.

Learn more about our announcement, EPA Safer Choice and our Design for the Environment program: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epas-design-environment-program-highlighted-amazons-climate-pledge-friendly-program

Have you ever thought about what happens to the rainwater or melted snow after a storm? 💧🌧️❄️  We call it "stormwater" —...
11/29/2022

Have you ever thought about what happens to the rainwater or melted snow after a storm? 💧🌧️❄️

We call it "stormwater" — and if it's not properly managed, stormwater can collect various pollutants (like trash or chemicals) and bring this pollution to nearby waters.

If there's too much stormwater, it can also lead to sewage overflowing into communities or waterways during heavy storms.

Managing this runoff is a complex environmental challenge, and some stormwater systems are aging and overwhelmed by increased stress from climate change.
That's why EPA is investing $52 million for communities to improve stormwater infrastructure — helping to reduce flooding and prevent polluted waterways.

We're committed to working with states to ensure the grants reach communities who need it most.

https://www.epa.gov/cwsrf/sewer-overflow-and-stormwater-reuse-municipal-grants-program

Are you making the safer choice when shopping for cleaning and other household products? Learn what’s behind the   label...
11/29/2022

Are you making the safer choice when shopping for cleaning and other household products?

Learn what’s behind the label. ⬇️

https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice

11/28/2022

Pets are a part of the family. 🐕 😺 -certified pet care products and other cleaners are made with ingredients that are safer for your furry family members and for you.

https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/products

Don’t toss those holiday food scraps…compost them. ♻️🌽🥕 We've got you covered if you're not sure how to get started.
11/25/2022
Composting At Home | US EPA

Don’t toss those holiday food scraps…compost them. ♻️🌽🥕 We've got you covered if you're not sure how to get started.

Benefits and instructions about how to compost at home.

We’re   for our incredible team of EPA employees! Our mission is made possible by   working hard to protect communities ...
11/24/2022

We’re for our incredible team of EPA employees!

Our mission is made possible by working hard to protect communities and families like yours.

Wishing all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Grab your popcorn 🍿 — the star-studded awards season has started! Tune in tonight at 8pm ET to celebrate the Samuel J. H...
11/23/2022

Grab your popcorn 🍿 — the star-studded awards season has started!

Tune in tonight at 8pm ET to celebrate the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal awarded to EPA’s own star 🌟 Cindy Newberg, our Director of the Stratospheric Protection Division!

📽️ https://servicetoamericamedals.org

There’s no better way to celebrate than celebrating winner: our very own Cindy Newberg in EPA's Office of Air and Radiation! She led the international effort to phase down the use of climate-damaging HFCs.
https://servicetoamericamedals.org/honorees/cindy-newberg/

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