EPA Releases the 2018 Plan for Chemical Risk Evaluations under TSCA

As required under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,  EPA has released the annual plan for chemical risk evaluations. The annual plan identifies the next steps for the first 10 chemical reviews currently underway and describes EPA’s work in 2018 to prepare for future risk evaluations.

Austin Looks to [Re]Verse its Waste Intake

Read the full story at Waste360. As part of Austin’s goal to reach zero waste as a community by 2040, the city has developed a social innovation program to help turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, nonprofits and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises. Named the [Re]Verse Pitch Competition …

Electronics recycling in Champaign County, Illinois

The next electronics recycling event for Champaign County, Illinois will be on Sunday, May 19. Online registration for the event will open on Monday, April 9, 2018.  Check the registration page to see which communities are participating. You can also email recycling@champaignil.gov or call 217.403.4780 with any questions. The City of Champaign has information about year-round recycling …

White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels

Read the full story in the Washington Post. The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.

Waste Management Phoenix Open aims to again be world’s largest ‘zero waste’ event

Read the full story in Waste Dive. The Waste Management Phoenix Open, which opened this week and kicks off Feb. 1 with the first round of a golf tournament, bills itself as the largest "zero waste" event in the world. The event has received third-party verification of its waste diversion from UL since 2013, according to a press release. …

Most of the EPA’s pollution estimates are unreliable. So why is everyone still using them?

Read the full story from the Center for Public Integrity. See also the Reddit AMA from the reporter who wrote the story. The EPA's emission factors have major implications for our health and climate. But, according to the EPA’s own ratings, the factors are largely unreliable and rarely updated