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2022-11-22CAMEO Use Survey
NASTTPO is conducting a survey to understand the current use and relevance of the Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO®) software suite. Information collected during this survey will be used to provide recommendations on the future direction of the software to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). You should take this survey if you are a member of the emergency planning and response community. This includes people who are emergency planners or responders, work at a fire department, work in private industry or the regulated community, are private consultants or contractors, or are a member of a Local or Tribal Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC or TEPC) or a State or Tribal Emergency Response Commission (SERC or TERC). [ full text ]

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2022-11-22Model Recycling Program Toolkit
The Model Recycling Program Toolkit is an interactive collection of EPA and other materials. Toolkit materials can help states, territories, local governments, tribes, schools, nonprofit organizations, companies, and public-private partnerships create effective programs for recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion, reuse, repair and waste reduction. Materials in the toolkit can help communities increase participation in recycling programs and reduce contamination in the recycling stream. [ full text ]

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2022-11-18EPA publishes Fifth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has published the Final Fifth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 5) — a major step in identifying and regulating contaminants. In total, the latest list includes 66 chemicals, three chemical groups, and 12 microbes. Importantly, CCL5 lists the entire chemical group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). [ full text ]

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2022-11-18Midwest Climate Collaborative Climate Asset Map
The Midwest Climate Collaborative envisions a carbon neutral, climate resilient, interconnected Midwest region. We seek to leverage what’s working in the region and share important resources to accelerate research and action. To that end, with support from the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, we are creating the Midwest Climate Asset Map (CAM), a map and interactive database of midwestern climate work. The CAM will be an online tool to identify what assets exist in the region to assist researchers and practitioners to meet their climate goals, covering topics related to climate mitigation, adaptation, resilience, and justice. We anticipate sharing links to resources such as data sets, sample policies, funding sources, reports, online tools, and lists of experts. It will also serve as a tool for funders and the media to find local experts and resources and better understand who is doing what on climate in the region. [ full text ]

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2022-11-18Fed up young climate activists: ‘Adults aren’t listening’
The climate change generation is saying officials are talking too much, listening too little and acting even less. With decades of warmer and extreme weather ahead of them, young climate activists envision a future that has them frustrated and anxious, according to more than 130 activists questioned by The Associated Press. Most of them said they think their strikes and protests are effective. But lately in high-profile, attention-grabbing actions, a handful of activists have gone beyond skipping school to targeting art work, tires and fossil fuel depots. [ full text ]

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2022-11-10Inside Baltimore’s groundbreaking plan to study climate change in the city
For a five-year period starting this month, a team of scientists will study how atmospheric, climatic, and environmental factors interact across Baltimore and develop adaptation strategies to make the city climate-change resilient, and equitable. [ full text ]

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2022-11-10Supply Chain Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities
The Supply Chain Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities provides actions to prepare for, or respond to, both equipment and water treatment chemical supply chain challenges. Through best practices, utility case studies, and EPA resources, the Guide provides information that utilities can use to mitigate the impacts of a future supply chain disruption. [ full text ]

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2022-11-10Unequal airborne exposure to toxic metals associated with race, ethnicity, and segregation in the USA
Persons of color have been exposed to a disproportionate burden of air pollution across the United States for decades. Yet, the inequality in exposure to known toxic elements of air pollution is unclear. Here, we find that populations living in racially segregated communities are exposed to a form of fine particulate matter with over three times higher mass proportions of known toxic and carcinogenic metals. While concentrations of total fine particulate matter are two times higher in racially segregated communities, concentrations of metals from anthropogenic sources are nearly ten times higher. Populations living in racially segregated communities have been disproportionately exposed to these environmental stressors throughout the past decade. [ full text ]

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2022-11-10NOAA unveils new training guides for the nation's climate adaptation workforce
NOAA and partners released "Implementing the Steps to Resilience: A Practitioner's Guide," a handbook for national climate resilience. The book, with accompanying online resources, is designed to help climate adaptation practitioners work with local governments and community organizations to incorporate climate risk into equitable, long-term decision-making. With this user-friendly guide, resilience and adaptation professionals can learn how to implement the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit’s Steps to Resilience. [ full text ]

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2022-11-10Biden-Harris Administration Announces Selection of 29 EPA Environmental Finance Centers to Help Communities Access Funds for Infrastructure Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of 29 Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) that will help communities across the country access federal funding for infrastructure and greenhouse gas reduction projects that improve public health and environmental protection. The EFCs will deliver targeted technical assistance to local governments, states, Tribes, and non-governmental organizations to protect public health, safeguard the environment, and advance environmental justice. [ full text ]

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