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November 6, 2012

1) EPA Website on Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery Now Online
2) Registration Open for December 4 Symposium on the Importance of Water to the U.S.
3) EPA Releases Support Guide for Water Utilities on Containment and Disposal of Large Amounts of Contaminated Water
4) WaterSense and its Partners Encourage Americans to Shower Better
5) Introduction to the Toxics Release Inventory for Communities


1) EPA Website on Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery Now Online
EPA has launched a website on Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery. To find information on the latest EPA updates and for answers to frequent questions on flooding, mold, and drinking water, visit http://epa.gov/sandy/

2) Registration Open for December 4 Symposium on the Importance of Water to the U.S.
Economy EPA is conducting a study on the importance of water in the U.S. economy to better understand how water contributes to the economic welfare of the nation and plays a critical role in many sectors of the U.S. economy. On December 4, EPA and American University will host a public symposium in Washington, D.C. with speakers that represent a diverse array of industries including agriculture, food and beverage production, manufacturing, recreation, tourism and fishing. EPA will also release a draft report on the importance of water to the U.S. economy. To register to attend the symposium, click here.

Additionally, EPA held a workshop on September 19, in Washington, D.C. to present the findings from background papers and to engage a diverse mix of analysts and decision-makers from different regions and sectors of the economy in a discussion. Topics included challenges that private and public sector decision-makers face in managing and using water resources, methods and tools analysts use to generate information to support decision-making, and gaps in information that would improve management and use of water resources.  Click here for materials from the workshop

For more information, contact John Powers (powers.john@epa.gov or 202-564-5776).

3) EPA Releases Support Guide for Water Utilities on Containment and Disposal of Large Amounts of Contaminated Water
EPA has released the Containment and Disposal of Large Amounts of Contaminated Water: A Support Guide for Water Utilities. The guide serves as a reference document for the preparation and response to a contamination event when rapid decision making is needed. It provides recommendations primarily to drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities following an all-hazard chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) contamination event. Secondary users of the guide are decision makers involved with planning and disposal at the federal, state, local and tribal levels. Click here for the guide.

4) WaterSense and its Partners Encourage Americans to Shower Better
What if there was a better way to shower? There is, thanks to WaterSense-labeled showerheads. You can experience superior shower performance and save water, energy, and money simply by replacing your showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled model this fall. Showerheads that have earned the WaterSense label are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and meet EPA's performance criteria for spray force and water coverage, which means you really will shower better. What's more, installing a WaterSense-labeled showerhead can save the average family the amount of water it takes to wash more than 70 loads of laundry each year. Because energy is required to heat the water coming to your shower, your family can also save enough electricity to power your home for 13 days per year and cut utility bills by nearly $70 annually. To learn more about WaterSense-labeled showerheads, click here.

5) Introduction to the Toxics Release Inventory for Communities
On Thursday, November 8, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST, EPA and the Environmental Council of the States will present a webinar for community groups and those who serve as community leaders about how to access and use EPA's Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI). TRI can help address local community concerns about toxic chemical emissions and associated environmental impacts. Webinar participants will learn about TRI basics, as well as about EPA's recent pilot projects with four communities, and will also hear from a grassroots group which, as a result of the pilot project, is now using TRI data to build on its ongoing efforts to protect the community from industrial pollution. For more information, please visit: http://www.ChemicalRight2Know.org. Click here to register. For questions on the webinar, contact Brian Shipley (bshipley@ecos.org) or Christine Arcari (arcari.christine@epa.gov).

 


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