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EnviroBytes, a Summary of Issues and Events for Week Ending April 9, 2010

EPA IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM

EPA is soliciting grant applications for its National Environmental Education Training Program to support the environmental education training of K-12 teachers, faculty at colleges and universities and non-formal educators across the nation. The grants will provide necessary funding to qualified applicants so they can more effectively teach about important environmental issues. The deadline to apply is July 26. 

SOLICITATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EPA'S 2010 SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH AWARDS; MD BUSINESS AWARDED $70,000 IN 2009

In 2009, EPA awarded $2.38 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBRI) program grants to 34 small businesses in 16 states to develop innovative, sustainable technologies that protect human health, improve air quality, help decrease climate change, protect water, and support green jobs.  In the mid-Atlantic region, AccuStrate, Inc. of College Park, Md. was awarded $70,000 for its enhanced solar cell power technology.  (EPD10011).  EPA is now requesting its 2010 Small Business Innovation Research (SBRI) Phase I Solicitation. The application deadline is May 11.  To apply, go to http://www.epa.gov/ncer/sbir  

LEAD-SAFE RULE CERTIFICATION HAS APRIL 22 DEADLINE

EPA expects that by April 22, more than 125,000 renovation and remodeling contractors will be trained as certified renovators in one-day lead-safe courses.  The five-year certification will enable renovators to use their training to help minimize public exposure to lead contaminated paint dust in older buildings and prevent children from ingesting/breathing deteriorated lead-based paint dust and particles.  To locate accredited training providers, go to http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_training.htm  For certification, go to http://www.epa.gov/getleadsafe  For EPA's lead poisoning prevention program, go to http://www.epa.gov/lead

EPA LAUNCHES ACID RAIN BLOGS

Although the pollutants that form acid rain, mainly sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have each been cut by more than 60 percent since 1995, acid rain continues to negatively affect our environment.  Acid rain pollutants can cause respiratory illnesses and premature death in people, damage lakes, streams, and forests and the plants and animals in these ecosystems. EPA has launched some daily blogs to help the public keep abreast of the issue in an interactive way: Whatever happened to Acid Rain? and Acid Rain and Cap and Trade  To follow the series on Facebook and Twitter, go to www.facebook.com/EPAairmarkets and www.twitter.com/EPAairmarkets

EPA TO ADD 16 CHEMICALS TO ITS TOXIC CHEMICAL LIST TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH

EPA is proposing to add 16 additional toxic chemicals to its Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) list to which industries and federal facilities must contribute when reporting their chemical releases and waste management activities. This will add to the database of nearly 650 chemicals and chemical groups from about 22,000 industrial facilities nationwide.  EPA will accept public comments on the proposal for 60 days after it appears in the Federal Register.    For information on TRI, go to http://www.epa.gov/tri

EPA TIGHTENS REGULATORY RESTRICTIONS ON TOXIC PESTICIDE

EPA is placing new restrictions and clarifying labeling on aluminum and magnesium phosphide pesticide products to better protect people, especially children, from dangerous exposure and accidental poisonings. Only specially certified and trained applicators are allowed to use the fumigant (phosphine gas) as an effective control of insects in stored grain facilities and burrowing rodents in agricultural or other outdoor non-domestic settings.   For more information, go to http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/alphosphide/. To learn how to control pests safely, go to Controlling Pests. Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety About PDF).  National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

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