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EPA Announces Availability of $26 Million to Clean Up Diesel Engines Nationwide
EPA announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines. Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. For more information and to access the Request for Proposals, visit

EPA Issues Draft Risk Assessment for Chemical used in Spray Adhesives, Dry Cleaning and Degreasing
EPA released for public comment and peer review a draft risk assessment for 1-Bromopropane (1-BP) used in spray adhesives, dry cleaning (including spot cleaners) applications, and degreasing uses. Additional information on the 1-BP draft Risk Assessment and other Work Plan Chemicals can be found at:

EPA Releases Small Lot Tool for Construction General Permit. EPA recently released a new tool to assist small residential lot builders in developing their required stormwater pollution prevention plan, or SWPPP document, for EPA's Construction General Permit (CGP). Learn more:

Free Green Building Safety Curriculum and Mobile App for Tool Box Talks Available. CICA is pleased to announce the addition of two educational resources promoting safety on green buildings. The curriculum gives safety professionals the opportunity to learn about the what, when, where and why of green building systems, supporting stronger preventative action when setting up site safety plans. Developed by a grant, these resources are available for free. Click here to check them out on CICA’s Safety and Health page.

REMINDER: Re-certify your RRP firm. Under the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule, if it’s been five years since you last certified your firm, it’s time to re-certify your firm. To complete the certification application and to pay online, click here. The firm certification is separate from renovator certification. You can find more information here.

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