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EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List, Adding Nearly 200 Additional Products
Monday, 16 March 2020 13:24

(Lenexa, Kan., March 16, 2020) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing an expanded list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list contains nearly 200 additional products—including 40 new products that went through the agency’s expedited review process. The agency also made key enhancements to the web-based list to improve its usefulness.

“During this pandemic, it’s important that people can easily find the information they’re looking for when choosing and using a surface disinfectant,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “With this expanded list, EPA is making sure Americans have greater access to as many effective and approved surface disinfectant products as possible and that they have the information at their fingertips to use them effectively.”

While disinfectant products on this list have not been tested specifically against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, they are expected to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 because they have been tested and proven effective on either a harder-to-kill virus or against another human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2.

The product list has also been updated to include the product’s active ingredient and the amount of time the surface should remain wet to be effective against the given pathogen.

To make the list more consumer friendly, information in the table is now sortable, searchable and printable, and can be easily viewed on a mobile device.

These additions make it easier for consumers to find surface disinfectants and instructions for using them effectively against SARS-CoV-2.

To view the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

 
Beer waste saves Montana town $1 million on water treatment
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 08:24

Beer waste saves Montana town $1 million on water treatment
Brewery waste can throw off the microbes that wastewater plants rely on to remove nitrogen and phosphorus. At least two communities in Montana are using it strategically to treat their water.

Read in NPR: 
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/12/804586191/beer-waste-saves-montana-town-1-million-on-water-treatment

 
U.S. drinking water widely contaminated with 'forever chemicals'
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 07:47

U.S. drinking water widely contaminated with 'forever chemicals': report
The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made "forever chemicals" is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group.

Read in Reuters: 
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-water-foreverchemicals/u-s-drinking-water-widely-contaminated-with-forever-chemicals-report-idUSKBN1ZL0F8

 

The Houston Ship Channel reopened Sunday as crews continued to clean up the scene of a collision Friday between two vessels, which spilled an estimated 9,000 barrels of gasoline blend into the busy waterway.

Read the full Houston Chronicle article

 
Notre Dame's melted roof leaves astronomical lead levels
Friday, 10 May 2019 06:07

Notre Dame Cathedral's melted roof has left astronomically high lead levels in the plaza outside and adjacent roads.

Read full story at SF Gate


 
Maine Bans Styrofoam Containers, Becoming the First State to Do So
Tuesday, 07 May 2019 05:57

Maine became the first U.S. state to ban plastic foam containers, commonly referred to as Styrofoam, with a bill signed into law Tuesday, April 30th.

The new law prohibits businesses such as convenience stores, grocery stores and restaurants from selling or distributing plastic foam containers, which are made out of a substance called polystyrene. The list of banned items includes cups, take-out containers, plates and bowls.

Read the full article at Weather.com

 
Study estimates 15,000 cancer cases could stem from chemicals in California tap water
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 07:44

Study estimates 15,000 cancer cases could stem from chemicals in California tap water
A new study finds that chemicals in tap water like arsenic, hexavalent chromium, and uranium are hidden cancer threats in our faucets.

Read in CNN.

 
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