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    EPA to Launch Sustainability Web Portal for Retailers

    The portal should help streamline the retail industry's green efforts, said the trade group RILA, a partner in the project.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is committed to launching a retail-specific Web portal that will streamline information gathering on environmental sustainability and compliance issues, according to the Retail Industry Leaders Association. 

    RILA, along with other retail industry trade groups, has worked with the EPA over the past several months to create the portal, which is set to launch later this year.

    "Sustainability is a key issue and a top concern for RILA and our member companies," said RILA's s.v.p. for retail operations, Casey Chroust. "This portal will serve as a clearing-house for information to further advance the industry's efforts to apply sustainable practices."

    "The EPA provides a wealth of environmental compliance and sustainability information related to the retail sector; [and we are] working with the retail sector to make this information easily accessible through a single Web portal," said Jim Edward, EPA's compliance assistance and sector programs division director.

    The Web portal is designed to centralize information regarding environmental compliance, sustainability, and pollution prevention practices that is relevant to the retail industry. It will also provide easy access to all retail-related environmental compliance information within the EPA's Web site.

    The industry-specific portal is the product of ongoing dialogue between the EPA and retailers, including members of the RILA Sustainability Initiative.

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