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EPA Aging Initiative Listserve: Public Health Week Begins on April 4th and Earth Day is April 22nd
March 11, 2011, 11:22 am
Filed under: News

The theme for Public health Week is safety. Two thought come to mind from an environmental point of view that can benefit persons of all ages.

First, the built environment is critical for engineering safe streets for persons walking, biking or walking.  One resource to examine is the national Complete Streets Coalition.  The Coalition states “States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.”    http://www.completestreets.org/  

Secondly, the issue of managing risks from chemicals.   EPA manages risks from existing chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and encourages pollution prevention under the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) through both regulatory and voluntary programs. On September 29, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced that EPA is initiating a comprehensive approach to enhance the Agency’s current chemicals management program within the limits of existing authorities. Read about all the efforts that are part of Enhancing Existing Chemicals Management Under TSCA.http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/existingchemicals/pubs/enhanchems.html  http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/existingchemicals/pubs/enhanchems.html

The Administrator issued a set of principles that are essential for chemical management reform. http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/existingchemicals/pubs/principles.html

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