“Information Systems to Advance Environmental Justice”


“Information Systems to Advance Environmental Justice”

September 10, 2020 (1:00-2:30 pm EDT)

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is continuing its training webinar series to build the capacity of state environmental justice practitioners. The first webinar in 2020 “Information Systems to Advance Environmental Justice” is now open for registration.

WEBINAR: Information Systems to Advance Environmental Justice

  • When: September 10, 2020 (1:00-2:30 pm EDT)
  • Register NOW: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/information-systems-to-advance-environmental-justice-tickets-115164568324
  • About: Advancing environmental justice requires refined information on environmental emissions and exposures, health effects, and social determinants of health. This is in addition to screening level information available through EJ mapping tools from California and other states as well as EPA. For this reason, we are providing three examples of cutting-edge data systems on environment and public health, i.e., Wisconsin Department of Health?s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, Texas Council on Environmental Quality?s emission events database, and EPA?s Toxic Release Inventory.
  • Speakers:
  • Constance Bell, Health Educator, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health
  • Cynthia Gandee, Special Assistant, Coastal and East Texas Area, Office of Compliance and Enforcement, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Shelley Fudge, Environmental Justice and Tribal Coordinator, Toxic Release Inventory Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Registration is required. Registered participants will receive details on how to access the webinar closer to the date of the session.

For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice

For questions about the series, please contact: Charles Lee at lee.charles@epa.gov


EPA Moves To Reduce Animal Testing

EPA Continues Efforts to Reduce Animal Testing, Announces Guidance on Fish Testing
Guidance expected to save 240 test animals annually

WASHINGTON (July 15, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another important step toward implementing Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s directive to reduce animal testing by releasing a new guidance that reduces unnecessary testing on fish.

“This guidance will help EPA take great strides toward our goal of reducing animal testing by 30 percent in the next five years,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “It’s another example of how we can continue to protect human health and the environment and make science-based decisions about pesticide registrations without having to harm animals by testing.”

The guidance clarifies the number of treatment concentrations needed for acceptable fish bioconcentration factor (BCF) studies in the pesticide registration process. EPA routinely requires BCF studies to determine whether pesticide active ingredients can accumulate in fish, enter the food chain, and cause adverse effects in fish-eating predators. Under the new guidance, registrants can forego animal testing when there is enough additional information available to support a registration decision on outdoor pesticides. EPA expects this guidance will save an estimated 240 test animals per year as well as EPA, industry and laboratory resources.

You can find out more at  https://www.epa.gov/research/efforts-reduce-animal-testing-epa

CFE now certified as Small, Woman-Owned, Micro business in Virginia

The Commonwealth has committed to spending 42% of its budget with small businesses. CFE is formally recognized in eVA as small, woman-owned and micro qualified. We are actively looking for teaming partners as well as prime opportunities, both large and small. If you are looking for a teaming partner or an agency looking for support, please call CFE at (540)222-9594.


Carlson Foley Services for State and Federal Clients

New Money for Brownfields and Environmental Justice

“EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization is providing $6.9 million in supplemental funding for 25 current successful Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grantees. The RLF supplemental funds are being provided to communities that have demonstrated success in using their Revolving Loan program to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. The funds will be used to continue their progress in reusing vacant and abandoned properties and turning them into community assets such as housing, recreation and open space, health facilities, social services, and commerce opportunities.”

These additional funds follow on the substantial funding USEPA is providing for environmental justice communities impacted by covid-19. For more information on those program please visit https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-provides-grant-funding-support-environmental-justice-communities-impacted-covid-19

For more information on the Brownfields funds, visit https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-administrator-wheeler-announces-69-million-supplemental-funding-additional-clean

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