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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.

P2Press: December 2013

December 29, 2013

P2Press December 2013

P2Press: November 2013

December 12, 2013

P2Press November 2013

U.S. EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

November 21, 2013

EPA announced today the proposal of draft guidelines that will help the federal government buy greener and safer products. The draft guidelines were designed to assist federal purchasing decision makers in more consistently using existing non-governmental product environmental performance standards and ecolabels. In response to broad stakeholder interest, EPA is seeking public input on these draft Guidelines and a potential approach to assessing non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in the marketplace which can help federal purchasers identify and select products that are greener and safer for the environment. The draft guidelines were developed by EPA, the General Services Administration, and others following several listening sessions with a wide range of stakeholders on how the federal government can be more sustainable in its purchasing and how it can best meet the numerous federal requirements for the procurement of sustainable and environmentally preferable products and services.

Below are links to a blog from Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention; the Agency’s press release; and draft social media posts that are you are free to share.

Jim Jones Blog: Making Federal Government Purchasing Greener at http://blog.epa.gov/epaconnect/2013/11/greening-federal-purchasing/

Press Release:
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/b932f9e55dc3170c85257c29006e7e8c!OpenDocument (RELEASE)

Social Media:

Facebook:

Did you know that the federal government is the largest buyer of goods and services - in the world? We’re releasing new draft guidelines today that will help the federal government buy more sustainable products - from furniture to cleaning products. This means your taxpayer dollars will be put to greener, more efficient use.
http://go.usa.gov/WVj9

Tweets:

We now have draft guidelines to help the federal government buy greener products. http://go.usa.gov/WVj9 #GreenGov

Tweet 2: We’re helping government buy and increase market demand for green products with new draft guidelines. http://go.usa.gov/WVj9 #GreenGov

EPA Electronic Web Submission System Beta Outreach

November 21, 2013

EPA is developing a fully electronic, Web-based submission system to handle the receipt of responses to future Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) test orders. The Agency is currently beta testing the e-Submission of EDSP data that will be accessible via the EPA-established Central Data Exchange (CDX).

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, EPA will be conducting a Web-based walk through of the EDSP submission module currently under development and seeking input from potential industry users of the system. Please note that the focus of the session is on the functionality of the system, and that specific requirements for test orders will not be discussed during the demonstration.

Attendees must use an operator- assisted conference for these sessions (Within the U.S. dial 866-900-8984; outside the U.S. dial706-679-4304, Conference ID: 11138289). Please try to dial in at least 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the web demonstration*. Access the session: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/edspdemo/

Those interested in participating may include: 1) Any chemical manufacturers/importers (e.g. anyone who manufactures, imports or processes chemical substances); 2) any pesticide and agricultural- related chemical manufacturers/importers (e.g., anyone who manufactures, imports or processes pesticides, fertilizers, and agricultural chemicals); and/or 3) any pesticide or chemical manufacturer who previously received an EDSP Order or Data Call-in notice from the Agency and would like to electronically submit to the Agency.

For those industries participating, EPA is very interested in obtaining feedback on the test order response module. This feedback will be key to the successful development of this and future electronic submission systems. For those unable to participate in this session, EPA will post copies of the slides and audio file at: http://www.epa.gov/endo/.

*Prior to logging into the session, ensure your Web browser is configured to allow pop-ups and enable Adobe flash so you will be able to view the session. If you have any questions about your browser configuration, please contact your help desk.

P2Press: October 2013

October 30, 2013

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Project Manager for the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2)

October 28, 2013

The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) is seeking a Project Manager for the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2). The IC2 is an association of state, local, and tribal governments that promotes a clean environment, healthy communities, and a vital economy through the development and use of safer chemicals and products. The goals of the IC2 are to:

• Avoid duplication and enhance efficiency and effectiveness of agency initiatives on chemicals through collaboration and coordination
• Build governmental capacity to identify and promote safer chemicals and products
• Ensure that agencies, businesses, and the public have ready access to high quality and authoritative chemicals data, information, and assessment methods

The functions of the IC2 include:
• Supporting health and environmental agencies with development and implementation of programs to promote use of safer chemicals and products
• Supporting the development of alternatives assessment methods and identification of safer alternatives
• Sharing data and information on use, hazard, exposure, and alternatives
• Sharing strategies and outcomes on chemicals prioritization initiatives
• Building the capacity of agencies by sharing materials, strategies, and trainings
• Assisting agencies in meeting the relevant information needs of businesses, consumers, and the public

IC2 membership consists of Members (state, local, and tribal governments) and Supporting Members (non-governmental organizations, businesses, labor organizations, and academic programs). The IC2 is a program of NEWMOA. NEWMOA provides management and staff support for the Clearinghouse and serves as its fiscal agent.

For more information, please visit http://www.newmoa.org/about/careers.cfm

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