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EPA Seeks Input for Potential Rule Banning or Restricting the Use of Two Paint and Coating Removal Chemicals (NMP and Methylene Chloride)
EPA is seeking nominations from individuals who represent small businesses, small governments, and small not-for-profit organizations to provide input to a federal panel that will explore risk reduction in the use of NMP and methylene chloride for paint or coating removal.

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EPA Adds Two, Proposes Six Hazardous Waste Sites to Superfund’s National Priorities List
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding two hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites, reducing health impacts, including protecting infant health, and encouraging economic revitalization of a formerly toxic site. In addition, the agency is proposing to add six additional sites to the list.

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Improving Regulations Through Periodic Retrospective Reviews
All federal agencies are required to develop plans for periodically reviewing existing regulations to determine whether any should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed.

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EPA Releases New Edition of Liability-Focused Handbook for Local Governments
"Revitalizing Contaminated Sites: Addressing Liability Concerns (The Revitalization Handbook)"(2011 Edition) summarizes the federal statutory provisions and EPA policy and guidance documents that address the potential liability concerns of parties involved in the cleanup and revitalization of contaminated sites.

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EPA Construction General Permit
Stormwater discharges from construction activities (such as clearing, grading, excavating, and stockpiling) that disturb one or more acres, or smaller sites that are part of a larger common plan of development or sale, are regulated under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater program.

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Most Recent Guidelines for Energy Star Homes
Last updated in June of 2013, this 43-page ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management contains a step-by-step road map for continuous improvement, based on best practices from the nation's leaders in energy management.

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Issue Summary

Environmental compliance ensures that local governments can protect and improve the health safety and welfare of their communities. The resources below provide information on programs, publications, and organizations that can assist local governments' compliance efforts.


Resources

U.S. EPA

The Sector Notebook series is a unique set of profiles containing information for specific government operations. Unlike other resource materials, which are organized by air, water and land pollutants, the Notebooks provide a holistic approach by integrating processes, applicable regulations and other relevant environment information.

Training for federal, state and tribal environmental enforcement agencies:
This training is offered through the National Enforcement Training Institute via NETI Online. It is open only to regulatory or law enforcement professionals of Federal, state, local or tribal governments. Examples include government investigators, inspectors, attorneys, case developers and technical staff.

Environmental Finance Center Network
The EFCs provide state and local officials and small businesses with advisory services; education, publications, and training; technical assistance; and analyses on financing alternatives.

Compliance Assistance Centers
Compliance Assistance Centers help businesses, local governments, and federal facilities understand and comply with federal environmental requirements and save money through pollution prevention techniques. The Centers offer easy access to plain-language materials and other resources on environmental compliance.