LENEXA, KANSAS (January 8, 2020) — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a settlement agreement with Selby Enterprises LLC of Moline, Illinois, for its alleged failure to provide proper lead-paint disclosure to tenants at two residential properties in Davenport, Iowa.

LENEXA, KANSAS (November 4, 2019) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two proposed regulations — one that applies to the management of coal combustion residuals (CCR) from electric utilities and one that revises a portion of the regulations (known as effluent guidelines) affecting wastewater-management from steam-electric power-plants.

LENEXA, KANSAS (October 15, 2019) — Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking seeking additional comment on the recently-proposed rule to establish the cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable-fuel volumes for 2020 and the biomass-based diesel-volume for 2021 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

LENEXA, KANSAS (October 8, 2019) — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored six Iowa top performers in the freight industry with its annual SmartWay Excellence Awards today at the 2019 American Trucking Association’s Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, California. Awardees are shippers, carriers, and logistics-providers that excel at saving fuel and shrinking their emissions footprints.

LENEXA, KANSAS (September 25, 2019) — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching its eighth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition that is open to colleges and universities across the country. EPA seeks to engage with students to design innovative green infrastructure-solutions for stormwater-management, showcasing the environmental, economic, and social benefits of these practices.

LENEXA, KANSAS (September 19, 2019) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product that helps protect public health and the environment.

LENEXA, KANSAS (September 10, 2019) — HyVee, a Des Moines-based supermarket chain, was recognized with three awards by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their achievements in protecting the environment through noteworthy refrigerant-management. HyVee received a “Superior Goal Achievement” award for voluntarily setting and achieving their challenging corporate goal for reducing refrigerant-emissions.

WASHINGTON DC (August 29, 2019) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed updates to the prior administration’s national standards for the oil and natural-gas industry. The proposal would remove regulatory duplication and saves the industry millions of dollars in compliance-costs each year — while maintaining health and environmental regulations on oil and gas sources that the agency considers appropriate.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cautioning homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of the safety hazards related to the use of pr...

(Kansas City, Kan., May 25, 2012) - The sunny days of spring and summer represent an entirely different dynamic for people in the Midwest.  While large numbers of people are heading for camp sites, parks and beaches that flourish throughout our region, it also means that the agriculture community - our farmers and ranchers - are hard at work in the fields and on rangeland. This means that the risk will increase for those spending more time in the sun.

 

Several agencies have designated Friday, May 25, 2012, as "Don't Fry Day" as a way to highlight sun safety. EPA has joined the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Park Service (NPS) to emphasize the dangers of skin cancer and has provided simple steps Americans can take to protect themselves. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day "Don't Fry Day" as a way to highlight sun safety.

Farmers and ranchers face a range of occupational hazards--from machinery accidents to chemical exposures from fertilizers and pesticides, to injuries from working with animals. A less-visible danger comes from the sun's ultraviolet rays, which can damage skin, leading to skin cancer, premature aging of the skin, and suppression of the immune system.

 

"Ultraviolet radiation is a serious threat to our health and especially to the health of those who make a living outside in the fields and on the rangeland in our region," EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said. "The increased threat faced during the long and hot summer days of the heartland makes it imperative that we remember sun safety this summer."

 

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the most common cancer among 20 to 30 year-olds. It's estimated that one American dies every hour from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Approximately 76,000 new cases of melanoma will occur this year.

To help protect people's health, EPA's SunWise program, one of the nation's largest environmental and health education programs, encourages kids and their caregivers to practice safe sun habits and raises awareness about UV sunlight that penetrates the Earth's ozone layer.

Here are some tips to help Americans continue to exercise, get outside and be SunWise this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer:

Check the UV Index app: Check the ultraviolet (UV) index anytime by downloading EPA's app (epa.gov/enviro/mobile) to help plan outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. UV rays from the sun (and from artificial light sources such as tanning beds) can lead to skin cancer.

Apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing: Apply a palm-full of sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to exposed skin about 15 minutes before heading outdoors. Reapply every two hours. Wearing protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses also prevents sun damage.

Seek shade, not sun: The sun's UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so seek shade during this time.

Although less common in individuals with darker complexions, skin cancer does not discriminate and is more often fatal for individuals with darker skin. Overexposure to the sun also causes immune suppression and up to 90 percent of wrinkles, brown spots, leathering of the skin and sagging.

EPA's SunWise program offers factsheets online that have state-specific information (epa.gov/sunwise/statefacts.html ).

 

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