SNIPSNot all news needs to be covered through an extended article. But it is still
important that you know about activities and decisions that may affect your business, communities and families. To help keep you informed, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) routinely compiles a short listing of state and federal topics that we affectionately call SNIPS. If you have questions about these items or need environmental assistance, contact DCA at 800-926-8111 or

  • EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE). The assessment identified health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives.  It also identifies health risks to workers when TCE is used as a degreaser in small commercial shops and as a stain removing agent in dry cleaning.
  • Local Foods, Local Places Seeks Nominations for Assistance – Communities are invited to apply for assistance from Local Foods, Local Places, a new program supported by the EPA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Transportation, Appalachian Regional Commission and Delta Regional Authority to help create more livable places by promoting local foods. Local Foods, Local Places will provide direct technical support to selected communities to help them develop and implement action plans promoting local food and downtown revitalization.