August 2015 Pacific Southwest Newsletter

EPA Pacific Southwest - Region 9
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Acting on Climate Change

The Clean Power PlanIn August 2015, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants. The plan takes real action on climate change.

Honoring an Environmental Educator

James PowellThe Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education has been awarded to James Powell, a science teacher from California, who spread environmental literacy in his classroom through outdoor teaching. His award was presented in a ceremony at the White House recognizing environmental educators who use innovative, hands-on, experiential approaches.

Safer Choice - Choices for All

EPA's Safer Choice program helps consumers and commercial buyers identify and select products with safer chemical ingredients. PRIDE Industries of California, one of the nation's largest nonprofit employers of people with disabilities, has been recognized for its prominent use of the Safer Choice label on its products and for emphasizing the importance of safer products to sensitive populations.

Enforcement Update

Enforcement UpdateProtecting Communities from Oil Spills

EPA has resolved a series of cases under the Clean Water Act for violations of federal oil pollution prevention regulations. The settlements will help to ensure that companies that store oil comply with federal standards and are prepared to respond to a worst case oil discharge emergency.