May 13, 2014
Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, has posted a blog on EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program that was recently featured at Walmart’s Sustainable Products Expo, which featured a range of speakers and attendees who came together to share information, learn about sustainability initiatives, and build a network for constructive collaboration and leadership.
Below is a link to the blog on EPA’s Homepage. You can also find the blog on the DfE Facebook page, which recently surpassed 5K “likes”. Please feel free to share these with your organization’s existing communications channel or with those who might be interested. Please also take a moment to “like” the DfE page as we continue to spread the word about the Safer Product Labeling Program.
EPA Seeking Public Comment on Enhancing Transparency for Chemicals and Mixtures Used in Hydraulic Fracturing
May 13, 2014
WASHINGTON — EPA announced today that it will seek public comment on what information could be reported and disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining this information, including non-regulatory approaches. EPA is also soliciting input on incentives and recognition programs that could support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraulic fracturing. A public process through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) will help inform EPA’s efforts to promote the transparency and safety of unconventional oil and gas activities while strengthening protection of our air, water, land and communities.
“Today’s announcement represents an important step in increasing the public’s access to information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing activities,” said James Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “EPA looks forward to hearing from the public and stakeholders about public disclosure of chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing, and we will continue working with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to ensure that we complement but not duplicate existing reporting requirements.”
EPA’s ANPR includes a list of questions for stakeholders and the public to consider as they develop their comments. Following the 90-day comment period, the agency will evaluate the submitted comments as it considers appropriate next steps. Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemakings are intended to engage the public and solicit comments and/or information from the public for EPA’s consideration in addressing a particular issue, including information that EPA could consider in developing non-regulatory approaches or a proposed rule.
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
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.
• 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/
March 19, 2014
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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.
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.
January 29, 2014