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NASCAR Green/E3 Challenge Kicks Off in Virginia

April 23, 2014

Today GENEDGE, in cooperation with the US EPA and NASCAR Green announced the kickoff of their NASCAR Green/E3 Challenge. The announcement of the Challenge on this Earth Day, April 22, is to underscore the sustainability efforts that the E3 (Energy, Economy, Environment) Initiative has been making in Virginia and plans to move their sustainability efforts forward with the help of NASCAR Green. Manufacturers participating in the Virginia E3 Initiative (VA E3) will be eligible to compete by demonstrating the changes each company has implemented to become more sustainable. Participating manufacturers will compete for a NASCAR VIP Experience to be bestowed in fall 2014.

The VA E3 Initiative assists manufacturers in operating in a more efficient, competitive, and sustainable manner resulting in a more profitable business. E3 manufacturers begin by participating in assessments and training. During this time, E3 participants are provided with recommendations on how to: reduce their environmental impact, improve efficiency, generate measurable cost savings, and support sustainability through educational awareness.

“EPA applauds the leadership of the Commonwealth of Virginia and NASCAR to advance sustainable manufacturing through their E3 Challenge,” said Jim Jones, EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We are pleased to work with NASCAR to help manufacturers save money, increase productivity, reduce the use of energy and materials, create jobs, and better position their businesses to compete in the global marketplace.”

An independent review committee will select the winner of the Virginia NASCAR Green/E3 Challenge. The committee may be comprised of E3 partners’ local utilities, the EPA, VA Department of Environment Quality, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The E3 Challenge for Virginia begins at the end of April 2014 and continues through August 2014.

For more information on the Virginia NASCAR Green/E3 challenge, visit https://www.genedge.org/newsroom/press-release-archives/april-22-2014-earth-day

Climate Change and Green Chemistry

April 23, 2014

Today, as we celebrate Earth Day, Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, posted a blog on Climate Change and Green Chemistry Technologies. The blog also highlights the April 30, 2014, deadline for the submittal of nominations for EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Below is a link to the blog, the Agency’s earlier press release on the Green Chemistry Awards, and several tweets. Please feel free to share these with your organization’s existing communications channel or with those who might be interested.

Jim Jones Blog: http://blog.epa.gov/epaconnect/2014/04/climate-change-and-green-chemistry-technologies/

Blog Tweets:
• Cold water detergents help with climate change/save money; submit a green chemistry technology by 4/30
• Help reduce carbon pollution – wash clothes with cold-water detergents #greenchemistry
• Can washing clothes with cold-water detergents help reduce carbon pollution/save money?

EPA’s March 18, 2014, press release on the Call for 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Nominations: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/a543211f64e4d1998525735900404442/d254df17485a87f885257c9f00543618!OpenDocument

EPA Announces E-Reporting Option for Substantial Risk Notices and FYI Reporting under TSCA Section 8(e)

March 25, 2014

EPA is making available an electronic reporting option for those who file substantial risk notifications and voluntary “For Your Information” (FYI) submissions with EPA pursuant to section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). These submissions may now be filed using EPA’s electronic document submission system, the Central Data Exchange (CDX). Use of this electronic reporting option will streamline and reduce the administrative costs and burden of submitting paper-based notifications. All information sent via the internet using CDX will be transmitted securely to protect Confidential Business Information (CBI).

Read the notice. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-19/pdf/2014-06050.pdf
Learn more about Substantial Risk Notifications and FYI submissions. http://www.epa.gov/oppt/tsca8e/

NPPR Saudi Aramco EMS Project

March 19, 2014

Arabian Sun EMS Article

2014 EPA-States P2 Dialogue

March 4, 2014

Meeting Minutes

Patrick Administration Announces Statewide Mercury Level Reductions in Freshwater Fish

February 18, 2014

MassDEP Research Study Connects Mercury Emission Regulations to Drop in Fish Contamination

BOSTON – The Patrick Administration today announced a significant drop in toxic mercury levels in two types of freshwater game fish that is linked to the Commonwealth reducing mercury emissions by more than 90 percent from waste incinerators, power plants and other sources in Massachusetts. The drop in mercury levels is reflected in recently published data.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/news/releases/mercury-levels-down-in-freshwater-fish.html

Extension of Public Comment Period on Draft Green Purchasing Guidelines

February 10, 2014

Based on stakeholder requests, EPA intends to extend the comment period on its proposed Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement. The public comment period is extended from February 25, 2014, to April 25, 2014. The proposed Draft Guidelines are intended to help federal purchasers select greener products and meet sustainability purchasing goals. EPA will soon issue a Federal Register Notice, but wanted to inform you about this extra time as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest in EPA’s draft Guidelines for product environmental performance standards and ecolabels.

http://www.epa.gov/epp/draftGuidelines/

P2 Press: January 2014

January 29, 2014

P2Press January 2014

Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program – Request for Proposal

January 24, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the availability of approximately $4.1 million in total award funding to fund pollution prevention grants to state agencies, instrumentalities of a state (e.g., colleges/universities), federally-recognized tribes, and intertribal consortia. Grant dollars are authorized to support state and tribal technical assistance programs that aim to reduce or eliminate pollution by businesses across environmental media (air, water and land). Proposals are due Thursday, March 20, 2014. To access the solicitation, please go to: http://epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/ppis/2014rfpp2grant.pdf.

Passing of Fred Granek

January 3, 2014

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7bxC_0Zv1_ydy1sWi1IbV93TUk/edit?usp=sharing

It is with sorrow that we pass along the sad news of Fred Granek’s death earlier this week. We will make more information available as we receive it from his family.

NPPR is asking for write-ups and tributes to Fred that we can share with his family to memorialize his dedication and accomplishment in the area of P2. It might about being with him at an event or about something that you remember best about him. So many of us were touched by his passion for P2.

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