GoGreen! US EPA Newsletter August 2020


EPA News You Can Use – August 2020

EPA Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Enviro-Tip of the Month
Recent News & EPA at 50
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
En español: Spanish Features
Multimedia and More
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter



EPA’s Coronavirus website provides key EPA resources and links to additional information about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Read the most up-to-date information about EPA actions, disinfectants, drinking water and waste water, and other resources.

More resources related to COVID-19 response:



Composting at home. Instead of bagging, leave the cut grass on the lawn to decompose and return to the soil, helping your lawn stay healthy. Get more backyard composting ideas:



$6 Billion in New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects. EPA announced the 2020 notice of funding availability under its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program, including funding for the new State infrastructure financing authority WIFIA (SWIFIA) program. This year’s funding will provide up to $6 billion to support $12 billion in water infrastructure projects while creating more than 35,000 jobs and improving public health and environmental protection in communities across the country. “This new round of $6 billion in funding comes in time to help communities that are trying to recover from the health and financial stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and, for the first time, includes funding expressly available to states,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS):

  • Trump EPA Continues to Aggressively Address PFAS on the Federal, State, and Local Level. Aggressively addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continues to be an active and ongoing priority for EPA. In July alone, EPA made significant progress implementing the PFAS Action Plan – the most comprehensive cross-agency plan ever to address an emerging chemical of concern. “With federal technical assistance efforts underway across the country, the Trump Administration is bringing much needed support to state, tribal, and local governments as part of the agency’s unprecedented efforts under the PFAS Action Plan,” said Administrator Wheeler.
  • PEPA, Federal Family, and the National Academies Collaborate on Public Workshop to Review Federal Research on PFAS. EPA and other federal agencies have engaged the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to coordinate a “Workshop on Federal Government Human Health Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Research.” As outlined in EPA’s PFAS Action Plan, this collaborative workshop will ensure coordination of PFAS research across the federal government. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-federal-family-and-national-academies-collaborate-public-workshop-review-federal

$4.3 Million for Tribes to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water in Schools. A new grant program will help protect children in tribal communities from lead in drinking water at schools and childcare facilities. Grantees will use the EPA’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water guidance to implement lead testing programs and develop monitoring, maintenance and/or sampling plans that protect children from lead exposure now and in the future. “This new funding helps tribes further reduce lead in drinking water by boosting testing for lead in schools and childcare centers. This, in turn, will increase the health and wellbeing of the coming generation,” said U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

More EPA news releases: https://www.epa.gov/newsroom

EPA at 50:

Improving and Increasing Recycling Across the Nation to Preserve Resources and Land. As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, the agency is highlighting progress the nation has made on recycling and how EPA is working with its partners to address today’s challenges. Recycling benefits communities, the environment, and the American economy, accounting for nearly 757,000 jobs and $36.6 billion in wages.

Transforming and Revitalizing Communities by Cleaning Up Brownfields. The agency’s Brownfields program has been successful in revitalizing underserved and economically disadvantaged communities. Over the past three years alone, EPA has assessed 6,572 properties, completed cleanups at 638 properties, and made 2,900 properties ready for anticipated reuse.

Managing Waste Across the Nation. Signed into law in 1976, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) set standards for responsible solid waste management and established safeguards for hazardous wastes, from generation to transportation, treatment, storage and disposal.

Transforming Communities: Cleaning Up America’s Most Hazardous Land Contamination. We’re highlighting how EPA’s cleanup programs have transformed communities by cleaning up some of the country’s most hazardous and uncontrolled waste sites and spills. This year is also the 40th anniversary of CERCLA, commonly known as Superfund, America’s signature land contamination cleanup program.

Read more about EPA at 50: https://www.epa.gov/50



Preparing for hurricanes or flooding. Make any preparations that can minimize injury and property damage when severe storms are predicted.


Summer Vacation – Protect yourself and your family whether you’re away on a vacation or at home on a staycation. Here are just a few ideas:

DANGER: Recharge Air Conditioners Properly. If your home or vehicle air conditioner needs to be recharged, be sure correct, approved refrigerants are used. Avoid recharging with unacceptable substitute refrigerants which can pose serious risks to your health, safety, or the environment, including toxicity, flammability, ozone depletion potential, or others. Learn more:

Indoor airPLUS Builder or Rater. Are you a home builder looking for a rater to certify homes? Or maybe you’re a potential homeowner looking for a certified builder to build your home. Use our interactive tool to select your state and search for local builders, raters, and incentives near you. Check out our Indoor Air Partner Locator at:

Reducing lead in plumbing. A new “Lead-Free” regulation significantly limits the lead content allowed in plumbing materials such as pipes, fittings, fixtures, etc.; and that manufacturers or importers will need to certify within three years that their products meet the requirements. Note: the rule does not require that you change plumbing materials in your home, school, or other facility. However for repairs or new installations of plumbing materials, the pipes, fittings, or fixtures must be in compliance with these requirements. Learn more about this rule:

More EPA news releases: https://www.epa.gov/newsroom



¡Las chinches, los mosquitos y otras plagas son una molestia! Aprenda lo que puede hacer para protegerse y a su familia.

Peligro: Recargue los sistemas de aire acondicionado adecuadamente. Si su hogar o vehículo tiene un aire acondicionado que necesita ser recargado, asegúrese de utilizar los refrigerantes correctos y aprobados. Evite recargar las unidades con refrigerantes sustitutos inaceptables que puedan presentar riesgos a su salud, a la seguridad o al medioambiente, incluyendo toxicidad, inflamabilidad, o potencial para el agotamiento de ozono, y otros. Aprenda más (en inglés): https://www.epa.gov/snap/unacceptable-substitute-refrigerants

Página principal en español: https://espanol.epa.gov



VIDEOS – June Releases

2020 National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Award. Recognizing innovative work among federal agencies, states, tribes, local partners, and developers that led to noteworthy restoration and reuse of federal facility sites.

EPA Administrator Wheeler Congratulates 2020 PEYA/PIAEE Award Winners. The awards recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth; and by educators using innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning.

Why is Coco Orange? Video to help kids (of all ages!) understand asthma and air quality.
More publications (including Coco’s book!) about kids and asthma:

More EPA videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov/videos


Tips for Greener, Healthier Lawns and Gardens (originally published in 2019)
by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention



All Year
EPA turns 50 this year! Join us as we celebrate 50 years of environmental protection.

National Water Quality Month



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