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EnviRN News – April 20, 2017 – EPA Regulations Budget Water Lead Shoelaces Conferences Webinars Dates Workgroups


Drive it like you stole it. I have no idea what that phrase is from. Since I overheard it from my young adult children it must be from a movie or a song. But I like the energy when it pushes me to get involved. Here is a nice summary of some EPA things to contact your elected officials. Water, Enforcement, Superfunds, Vehicles, and more. Go to: EPA.


From the EPA web site – “EPA is seeking input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” You can make your comments at Regulations. Personally, I subscribe to Proverbs for Paranoids #3 – If they get you asking the wrong question, they don’t have to worry about the answers. My comments are of the form – why reduce something that is helping.

Federal Budget

There will be much happening in the federal budget over the next few months. This is a good time to remind ourselves how the federal budget process unfolds. A brief primer is at Budget.


For your continuing list of places to not go near the water, add New Bedford, Mass. Go toPCBs.


See the section with Webinars and Courses below. We will regularly provide a list for you to peruse. We owe deep gratitude to all those who have worked hard to reduce our exposure to lead over the decades. Now add the Jonas Center and for this training opportunity available to June 13. Go to Lead.


OK, it has nothing to do with the environment. We were happy a number of years ago to read how the brazil nuts always rise to the top of the can. Now another mystery solved. Some things just make us happy. Go to Shoelaces.


Clean Med Conference May 16-18  –  Clean Med
ANHE Conference June 12th and 13th  –  ANHE

Webinars and Courses

Course – Eliminate Children’s Lead Exposure – Lead
Webinar – Bed Bugs – May 9th – Bugs
Webinar – EPA Rules and Children – Archived
Webinar – Mental Health and Climate – Archived

Other Dates

March for Science April 22nd  –  Science March
Climate March April 29th  –  CC March

ANHE Workgroups

ANHE has a number of workgroups. Education, Practice, Research, Policy, and Climate. If you are interested in one of them, send me a note and I will forward it to the group leader, I am at (

Be Well!

Tom Engle
Newsletter Ed.