Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) gives EPA the authority to control hazardous waste from the "cradle-to-grave." This includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA also set forth a framework for the management of non-hazardous solid wastes. The 1986 amendments to RCRA enabled EPA to address environmental problems that could result from underground tanks storing petroleum and other hazardous substances.
The Federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) are the 1984 amendments to RCRA that focused on waste minimization and phasing out land disposal of hazardous waste as well as corrective action for releases. Some of the other mandates of this law include increased enforcement authority for EPA, more stringent hazardous waste management standards, and a comprehensive underground storage tank program. For more information, click here.
For access to the RCRA Online Database, click here. The RCRA Online Database is designed to enable user to locate documents, including publications and other outreach materials, covering a wide range of RCRA issues and topics.
Departmental Goals – Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan
Engaging in waste prevention and recycling activities are a key part of the Department's Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP). In accordance with Executive Order 13693 the Department will:
Report in accordance with the Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986,
Divert at least 50 percent of non-hazardous, excluding construction and demolition materials and debris,
Divert at least 50 percent of non-hazardous, construction and demolition materials and debris, and
Reduce or minimize the quantity of toxic and hazardous chemicals and materials used, acquired or disposed of.
The resources below cover a number of various categories associated with solid waste management practices. These resources are intended to target a variety of solid waste management topics in order to increase diversion rates across the Department.
This source includes basic information, training, success stories, and waste management related initiatives.
Federal Green Challenge
The Federal Green Challenge is a voluntary partnership program challenging federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 5% in a year by managing their electronics, energy, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water.
WasteWise is a free EPA partnership program through which governments businesses and non-profit organizations can find methods to reduce municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes. WasteWise uses a number of techniques to encourage the reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste. Organizations can join WasteWise as a partner, endorser, or both depending on the goal of the organization. Benefits of joining WasteWise include:
Free technical assistance.
Access to web-based data management tracking tool (WasteWise Re-TRAC).
Opportunity to receive WasteWise Awards that recognize outstanding achievements.
Public recognition in WasteWise publications, case studies, and meetings.