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2010 TRI National Training Conference

Aug 31 2011

Launch of a National Research Council Report: Sustainability and the U.S. EPA

Science and Technology for Sustainability Program Special Event Launch of a National Research Council Report Sustainability and the U.S. EPA Thursday, September 15, 2011 2:30 – 4:00pm Marian Koshland Science Museum Corner of 6th and E Street NW Washington DC Metro: Judiciary Square (Red Line) or Gallery Place-Chinatown (Yellow/Green Line) A new report from the […]


Aug 04 2011

National Academy of Sciences Report Offers Framework To Guide EPA On Incorporating Sustainability In Its Decision Making

Date:  Aug. 2, 2011 WASHINGTON – A new report from the National Research Council presents a framework for incorporating sustainability into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s principles and decision making.  The framework, which was requested by EPA, is intended to help the agency better assess the social, environmental, and economic impacts of various options as […]


Jul 21 2011

Funding Opportunity for Community-based Projects

For your information, the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently implemented its North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program. The objective of the NAPECA program is to empower and build the capacity of local peoples and organizations to improve their health and environmental quality. The NAPECA program seeks to support efforts […]


Apr 22 2011

EPA Seeks Comment on Petition for Bilingual Pesticide Labels

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EPA has received a petition from the Migrant Clinicians Network, Farmworker Justice, and other farm worker interest groups asking the Agency to require that manufacturers to make their pesticide product labels available in both English and Spanish. EPA is seeking public comment from all interested groups and members of the public before responding to the petition.

How to Comment

EPA is accepting comment on the petition until June 28, 2011. Responses to the questions below would be especially useful. The petition and EPA?s March 30, 2011 Federal Register notice announcing it are available in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0014 at

Please submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0014, by one of the following methods:

Federal Rulemaking Portal: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001.

Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket?s normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). The Docket facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

For more information on the petition or to view the specific questions for comments, use the link below. regulating/labels/biling ual-pesticide-labels.html


At present, EPA allows pesticide manufacturers to add labeling in other languages, in addition to providing pesticide product labels in English. For agricultural products subject to the Worker Protection Standard, EPA requires that certain parts of the pesticide label include words or phrases in Spanish. In response to the petition request, EPA is considering whether to more broadly require bilingual labeling in English and in Spanish for more or all pesticide products. The Agency would like to receive public comment on the potential benefits and costs or disadvantages of a bilingual pesticide labeling requirement, and on the potential scope of such a requirement. Some options regarding the potential scope include requiring bilingual labeling for:

  • Certain types of pesticides
  • Certain use sites
  • Products containing certain active ingredients
  • Products in particular acute toxicity categories
  • Certain parts of pesticide labels


Apr 20 2011

EPA Seeks Applicants for Environmental Justice Green Jobs Development Pilot Projects

(DALLAS – April 19, 2011) To support underserved populations, the EPA Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting applications for a $100,000 grant for projects that promote Green Job Training and Green Job Placement. An eligible applicant MUST BE:

  • an incorporated non-profit organization;
  • a Native American tribal government (Federally recognized); or
  • Intertribal Consortium or Consortia.

In addition, an eligible applicant must be located within the same state, territory, commonwealth, or tribe that the proposed project will be located and able to demonstrate that it has worked directly with the affected community.

An underserved population, for the purposes of this Request for Application, is a community, including minority, low-income, or indigenous populations or communities, that is disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks and has a local environmental and public health issue that is identified in the proposal. Projects must be performed in one of the following Region 6 states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and/or Texas.

Environmental justice means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process. Environmental justice issues often involve multiple sources of contamination, like pollution from several industrial facilities within one neighborhood, environmental hazards at the workplace or home, or contamination resulting from the consumption of fish or other subsistence foods.

Applications must be postmarked by May 10, 2011. For more information, including eligibility requirements, purposes, goals, and general procedures, please visit

More about activities in EPA Region 6 is available at

EPA audio file is available at


Apr 05 2011

2010 Environmental Justice Small Grants – An Overview

In 2010 ECOS, through the U.S. EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory Program (EPA TRI), focused its outreach efforts on assisting the Environmental Justice (EJ) community. ECOS raised awareness of EJ-TRI related issues through a small grants program. As such, ECOS awarded three grants under its current five-year TRI Cooperative Agreement with U.S. EPA. These grants supported EJ efforts as they relate to TRI, with particular emphasis on addressing local environmental issues in communities around the United States. Each of these three grantees presented their findings at the 2010 National Training Conference on the TRI and Environmental Conditions in Communities and their power point presentations are provided below, as well as some useful documents produced under their grants.

Literacy for Environmental JusticeLiteracy for Environmental Justice (LEJ)

- Literacy for Environmental Justice an environmental education and youth empowerment organization, was created to address the ecological and health concerns of communities of southeast San Francisco. LEJ’s Youth With A Plan program positions young people to take leadership roles in understanding and responding to the land use decisions of today. Under this grant this group learned how to access the TRI database and used this data to contribute to the public review process of the San Francisco Public Utility Commissions Sewer System Draft Master Plan. They also created a pamphlet specifically for communities unaware of TRI. The pamphlet describes the justification for the TRI database, how to access it, and walks users through a simple zip code search.

World Resources InstituteWorld Resources Institute (WRI) - World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental think tank, identified key barriers to accessing information from TRI for individuals and groups within the EJ community. This effort was completed under WRI’s Access Initiative, which seeks to expand information availability, public participation, and access to justice in matters affecting the environment. As part of this grant, WRI developed policy goals for an integrated approach to better serving EJ communities. WRI’s findings and recommendations are highlighted in the latest edition of the ECOS Green Report.

Louisiana Bucket BrigadeLouisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB) - Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB) is an environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor the state's oil refineries, chemical plants and other industrial sites. In 2007 the organization began a program called the Refinery Efficiency Initiative. The program works with neighbors of the state’s 17 oil refineries. Under this grant, LABB incorporated information about TRI into this program. An important part of this project was their collaboration WRI. Staff member from WRI were on hand to observe its methods as they presented TRI data to community members. Their techniques and approaches to dissemination of this data were analyzed by WRI with a goal of developing a method for how people understand and use the data.


Mar 28 2011

The 26th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management

March 27-30, 2011
Philadelphia, PA


Mar 24 2011

EPA Proposes First National Standard for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants

Mercury and air toxics standards represent one of strongest health protections from air pollution since passage of Clean Air Act

Release date: 03/16/2011

Contact Information: Enesta Jones,, 202-564-7873, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – In response to a court deadline, today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution from power plants. The new power plant mercury and air toxics standards – which eliminate 20 years of uncertainty across industry – would require many power plants to install widely available, proven pollution control technologies to cut harmful emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases, while preventing as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks a year. The new proposed standards would also provide particular health benefits for children, preventing 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms and about 11,000 fewer cases of acute bronchitis among children each year. The proposed standards would also avert more than 12,000 emergency room visits and hospital admissions and 850,000 fewer days of work missed due to illness.

Read the rest of the EPA News Release at the EPA web site.


Mar 14 2011

Conference Follow-up

Recommendations Document: During the two public days of the 2010 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities, numerous suggestions and recommendations were provided by conference presenters and attendees. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) staff captured all of those recommendations and compiled them into the attached document. Additionally, recommendations were gathered from comment cards collected over the course of the conference and from a portion of the conference evaluation and are included in the attached document. The recommendations are loosely organized by the following topic areas: Communication and Data Analysis, Data Access Tools, Enforcement, Guidance and Rulemaking, International Collaboration, National Analysis, and Outreach and Training.

The opinions and recommendations in this document do not reflect the views and intentions of the US EPA or the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS). Mention of product, vendor or company names or services in this document does not constitute US EPA or ECOS endorsement. These recommendations are a compilation of what was suggested during the two public days of the conference and were not solicited by US EPA or ECOS. Additionally, they are not a commitment for action by US EPA or ECOS. US EPA and ECOS will be considering these recommendations as they plan future activities to the extent appropriate.


Feb 22 2011

Request Facilities To Report Toxics Release Inventory Information Electronically or Complete Fill-and- Print Reporting Forms

Just in case you didn't notice in the January 14th Federal Register - the EPA's TRI division publish a notice encouraging facilities to submit their TRI forms electronically and alerts everyone of the availability of fill-and-print forms are now available through the TRI website at  Once at the Reporting Forms and Instructions page click on the link in the gray box at the bottom that is titled Reporting Forms and Instructions by Reporting Year to access the fill-and-print forms.

A copy of the Federal Register announcement is attached.