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August 14, 2012

1) US, Mexico Sign Agreement Addressing High Priority Border Environmental Issues
2) EPA to Hold Webinar on Sustainability Planning for Utilities
3) Blog Spotlight: EPA Seeking Feedback on Beta Tool to Address Community Environmental Issues


1) US, Mexico Sign Agreement Addressing High Priority Border Environmental Issues
Last week, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson joined Mexico's Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira Quesada to sign the Border 2020 U.S.-Mexico Environmental program agreement. The Border 2020 agreement, developed with significant stakeholder input, will work to address high priority environmental and public health problems in the 2,000 mile border region. It follows the Border 2012 environmental agreement which ends this year. The Border 2020 program works to reduce pollution in water, air, and on land, reduce exposure to chemicals from accidental releases or terrorism, and improve environmental stewardship. Over the next eight years, the Border 2020 Environmental program will work towards significant improvements that will focus on five key areas, including improving access to clean and safe water as well as improving water quality in the bi-national watersheds.  Click here for more information.

2) EPA to Hold Webinar on Sustainability Planning for Utilities
Effective planning is essential for utilities to sustainably manage their operations and ensure that water infrastructure investments are cost effective over their life cycle, resource-efficient, and support other relevant community sustainability goals. On September 13, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET, EPA will host a webinar on how water and wastewater utilities can engage with various stakeholders in the community to establish sustainability goals that reflect utility and community priorities. The webinar will feature presentations by two local leaders about projects in their communities. The webcast is free. For more information, contact Jim Horne at (202) 564-0571 or horne.james@epa.gov. Click here to register.

3) Blog Spotlight: EPA Seeking Feedback on Beta Tool to Address Community Environmental Issues
Communities and individuals are faced with exposure to many different kinds of pollution, like lead, air pollution, water pollution, and toxics in fish. EPA scientists are designing a Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST) and related research to address these challenges. C-FERST is being developed to increase the availability and accessibility of science and data for evaluating impacts of pollutants and local conditions, ranking risks, and understanding the environmental health consequences of communities. Web access to a Beta version of C-FERST is now available by request here. Click here to read the blog.

 


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