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Jan. 11, 2012
(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 10, 2012) – Two companies face significant penalties for violating federal lead paint disclosure laws at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine and the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.
Jan. 3, 2012
Monthly environmental news for DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3.
Dec. 22, 2011
This is the third annual sustainability report. Dated September 2011, the report describes the continued integration of sustainability into operations at all organizational levels.
Dec. 21, 2011
(WASHINGTON, December 21, 2011) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first national standards to protect American families from power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium, and cyanide. The standards will slash emissions of these dangerous pollutants by relying on widely available, proven pollution controls that are already in use at more than half of the nation's coal-fired power plants.
Dec. 21, 2011
(Boston, Mass. – Dec. 20, 2011) – This week the Rhode Island Army National Guard (RIARNG) has begun installation of a Corrosion Control Treatment System to comply with the requirements of the federal Lead and Copper Rule at its base located in Coventry, R.I. This past October the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency entered into an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) with the RIARNG to resolve violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act at its Coventry facility. EPA entered into the AOC with the RIARNG due to the failure to install optimal corrosion control treatment and comply with the sampling requirements identified in the Lead and Copper Rule. The failure to install optimal corrosion control treatment has caused the facility to exceed the action levels established under the Safe Drinking Water Act for lead and copper.
Dec. 19, 2011
The Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) was selected for top recognition for environmental stewardship and for reducing energy, water and paper usage at the DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) recently selected CBFO for a Bronze Award under their Green Zia Environmental Leadership Program, which recognized New Mexico businesses or organizations for their commitment towards environmental stewardship by implementing pollution prevention practices and for excellence and long-term environmental and economic sustainability.
Dec. 15, 2011
The Fall 2011 issue of Natural Selections, the DoD Natural Resources Program quarterly newsletter, is attached. With a focus on the operational benefits of natural resources management, the issue provides examples from the OSD, command, and installation level on efforts to sustain and enhance training and stewardship.
Dec. 8, 2011
DOE has released the latest version of its building energy modeling software EnergyPlus, which calculates the energy required to heat, cool, ventilate, and light a building. EnergyPlus is used by architects and engineers to design more efficient buildings, by researchers to investigate new building and system designs, and by policymakers to develop energy codes and standards. The advanced physics calculations within EnergyPlus allows it to model a wide range of residential and commercial buildings and HVAC system types, including passive building designs and low-energy systems.
Dec. 2, 2011
Monthly environmental news for DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3.
Nov. 22, 2011
EPA is requesting public nominations of scientific experts for appointment to EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee. The primary purpose of this new committee is to review chemical assessments. The exact number for new committee members has not yet been determined. EPA will also consult with the committee on questions regarding the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program.
Nov. 16, 2011
(WASHINGTON, November 16, 2011) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information that can help them choose a more efficient new vehicle that saves them money and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. While fuel efficient vehicles come in a variety of fuel types, classes, and sizes, many new advanced technology vehicles debut on this year's annual list of top fuel economy performers. Fuel economy leaders within each vehicle category – from two-seaters to large SUVs – include widely available products such as conventional gasoline models and clean diesels.
Nov. 15, 2011
EPA and 16 partner organizations have entered into a MOU to work collaboratively at the national level to improve decentralized performance and our nation's public health and water resources. EPA initiated this MOU partnership in 2005 through an MOU with eight public and private sector organizations; the MOU was then expanded in 2008 to 14 partners and again in November 2011 to 16 partners, with the addition of both the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and NSF International. The 2011 MOU renews the commitment of EPA and its partner organizations to working together to encourage proper management of decentralized systems and increase collaboration among EPA, state and local governments, and decentralized system practitioners and providers.
Nov. 7, 2011
Energy Star's Portfolio Manager, an online energy measurement and tracking tool, will now include the updated hospital methodology. The updated Energy Star national energy performance scale methodology for hospitals now includes data inputs for the number of MRI machines and personnel and adjustments to weather normalization to reflect the amount of energy used to cool the building. Additionally, the methodology's 5 million square foot size cap was removed, allowing larger hospitals to take advantage of the online tool.
Nov. 4, 2011
University of Central Florida (UCF) is the winner of EPA's 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In its second year, the competition featured teams from 245 buildings across the country in a head-to-head battle to save energy, reduce costs, and protect people's health and the environment.
Nov. 4, 2011
(WASHINGTON, November 4, 2011) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that it is reinstating Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide. This action is part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's ongoing efforts to provide Americans with helpful information on chemicals they may encounter in their daily lives.
Nov. 3, 2011
EPA is proposing revisions to strengthen the 1988 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment.
Nov. 2, 2011
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) today announced Federal winners of the 2011 GreenGov Presidential Awards for exceptional efforts to promote sustainability in agency operations. The eight winners, in six award categories, represent Federal agency teams and individual employees from across the country. The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Executive Order (EO) 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance.
Oct. 27, 2011
Monthly environmental news for DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3.
Oct. 19, 2011
(WASHINGTON, D.C., October 19, 2011) – The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) today announced the keynote speakers and plenary session panelists who will kickoff the 2011 GreenGov Symposium, to be held October 31 – November 2, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Nancy Sutley, Chair of CEQ, will deliver welcoming remarks, and Jack Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will deliver the first keynote address of GreenGov 2011. The first day plenary session will feature clean energy and green leaders, including award-winning journalist and associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Simran Sethi, and renowned explorer, social entrepreneur, and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau Jr. among others to discuss how they see the Federal Government can lead by example in sustainability.
Oct. 6, 2011
Summer 2011 edition of the DoD Chesapeake Bay Program Journal, published quarterly and sponsored by the DOD/Navy Chesapeake Bay Program Office.
Oct. 4, 2011
EPA has approved a plan and committed to clean up the Northeast Church Rock Mine, the largest and highest priority uranium mine on the Navajo Nation. The cleanup will include removal of approximately 1.4 million tons of radium and uranium contaminated soil and will employ the most stringent standards in the country. The cleanup will place the contaminated soil in a lined, capped facility. The multi-year cleanup will be conducted in several phases.
Oct. 4, 2011
At a ceremony 30 September 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the U.S. Air Force, Sacramento County and McClellan Business Park, highlighted the first time that a private party has completed a cleanup at a military Superfund site in the nation.
Oct. 4, 2011
Contains information on October and November 2011 webinar and classroom training from the National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI).
Sep. 30, 2011
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the release of a new mapping feature in EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. As part of EPA's ongoing effort to improve transparency, the EPA and State Enforcement Actions Map will allow the public to access federal and state enforcement information in an interactive format and to compare enforcement action information by state. The map will be refreshed monthly to include up to date information about the enforcement actions taken to address violations of air, water, and waste laws.
Sep. 28, 2011
Monthly environmental news for DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3.
Sep. 21, 2011
The U.S. EPA announced 21 Sep 2011 that it has signed an agreement with the DOD to remediate Joint Base Andrews (formerly Andrews Air Force Base) located in Clinton, Md. The federal facility agreement ensures that cleanup actions proceed with EPA oversight within an enforceable framework, in a manner that protects the community and the environment. The agreement will also give the EPA and the Air Force the framework for investigating new and evolving contamination at the base as it is discovered.
Sep. 20, 2011
The Fort Wainwright Army base will pay over $79,000 for failing to shut down three banned motor vehicle disposal wells by the closure deadline, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Sep. 19, 2011
U.S. Army Garrison in Fort Belvoir has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $33,076 and complete a project costing at least $310,000 to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws. The settlement addresses storage and record-keeping violations related to hazardous waste, underground storage tanks, and clean air requirements.
Sep. 19, 2011
In accordance with Section 5(b) of E.O. 13514, CEQ has issued Instructions for Implementing Sustainable Locations for Federal Facilities. These instructions provide direction to Federal agencies seeking to acquire or develop owned or leased space as well as anticipated moves, expansions or consolidations that significantly impact the overall built environment and community, such as transportation (i.e., vehicle miles traveled, commuting time, congestion), infrastructure, economic development, water and air quality. These instructions will improve Federal agency sustainability performance by ensuring a balanced consideration and evaluation of land use, the built environment, cost, security, mission need and competition on facility location decision-making.
Sep. 15, 2011
(WASHINGTON, September 15, 2011) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding 15 hazardous waste sites that pose risks to people's health and the environment to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. EPA is also proposing 11 sites to be added to the list. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country with the goal of protecting people's health and the environment through long-term and short-term cleanup activities.
Sep. 13, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the Air Force has signed an agreement with EPA and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to clean up Air Force-owned property at Air Force Plant 44, part of the Tucson International Airport Area Superfund Site in Tucson. Under the terms of the federal facility agreement, the Air Force will work with the EPA and ADEQ to clean up areas impacted by Air Force Plant 44 south of Los Reales Road. Groundwater at the site is contaminated with volatile organic compounds and other chemicals.
Sep. 9, 2011
(New York, NY, September 7, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Naval Weapons Station Earle to achieve a number of environmentally-beneficial goals. The agreement, signed by EPA and the U.S. Navy, commits the naval facility to participate in various EPA environmental stewardship programs, and promises technical assistance and support from EPA.
Sep. 8, 2011
A formal permit modification request by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the General Services Administration (GSA) for the Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City, Mo., represents a significant step forward in resolving the property's long-term environmental issues under a single, comprehensive plan, officials of EPA Region 7 and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) said 2 September 2011.
Aug. 31, 2011
Monthly environmental news for DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3.
Aug. 30, 2011
FedCenter has added "Ports and Harbors" to its Facility Regulatory Tour, outlining the regulatory requirements that pertain to a variety of activities which take place in and around ports and harbors throughout the United States that impact the environment.
Aug. 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (August 22,2011) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a comprehensive settlement with the Department of the Interior (DOI) to address alleged violations of waste, water, air, toxics and community right-to-know laws at schools and public water systems in Indian Country owned, operated, or the legal responsibility of DOI's Indian Affairs Office. The settlement will protect students' health and the health of communities in Indian Country by reducing potential exposure to environmental hazards.
Aug. 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (August 22, 2011) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching a new tool to allow 28 industrial sectors to submit their 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution data electronically. Prior to being finalized, more than1,000 stakeholders, including industry associations, states and NGOs tested the electronic GHG Reporting Tool (e-GGRT) to ensure clarity and user-friendliness.
Aug. 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (August 15, 2011) – After a careful review of the science, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is affirming the current national air quality standards for carbon monoxide (CO). The science shows that the current standards protect public health, including those who are most susceptible, and the environment. Since 1980, levels of CO in the air have fallen by 80 percent, mostly as a result of motor vehicle emissions controls.
Aug. 12, 2011
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4, in conjunction with the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), will host a meeting at Clark Atlanta University for students and community members to discuss environmental justice (EJ) concerns with representatives of numerous federal agencies. The meeting follows-up on the commitment the federal government made last year when EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson reconvened the EJ Interagency Working Group for the first time in more than a decade to combat pollution in overburdened communities.
Aug. 12, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as small entity representatives (SERs) for a small business advocacy review (SBAR) Panel. This panel will focus on the agency's development of a rule that proposes to regulate the amount of perchlorate, a potentially harmful chemical, in drinking water. Federal law requires agencies to establish an SBAR Panel for rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.
Aug. 9, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) seeks to develop a voluntary National Asset Rating Program for Commercial Buildings (AR Program). The AR Program would establish an Asset Rating system for commercial buildings based on a national standard and would evaluate the physical characteristics and as-built energy efficiency of these buildings. It would also identify potential energy efficiency improvements. The goal is to facilitate cost-effective investment in energy efficiency and reduce energy use in the commercial building sector. DOE seeks comments and information related to the development of the AR Program. POC is Mr. Cody Taylor, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 202-287-5842. E-mail: Cody.Taylor@ee.doe.gov (Federal Register: August 8, 2011 [Notices], 48152-48158).
Aug. 9, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks information and comments related to the analytical treatment of ``smart' appliances in the development of DOE's energy conservation standards, as well as in test procedures used to demonstrate compliance with DOE's standards and qualification as an ENERGY STAR product. POC is Ms. Ashley Armstrong, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 202-586-6590. E-mail: Ashley.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov (Federal Register: August 5, 2011 [Notices], Pages 47518-47520).
Aug. 9, 2011
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) concerning the standardized permit for RCRA hazardous waste management facilities. This ICR is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. POC is Jeff Gaines, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, (5303P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 703-308-8655; fax number: 703-308-8617; e-mail address: gaines.jeff@epa.gov(Federal Register: August 9, 2011 [Notices], Pages 48857-48859).
Aug. 8, 2011
(WASHINGTON, August 4, 2011) – Building on its commitment to ensuring strong protection from environmental and health hazards for all Americans, the Obama Administration today announced Federal agencies have agreed to develop environmental justice strategies to protect the health of people living in communities overburdened by pollution and provide the public with annual progress reports on their efforts. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder were joined by agency heads across the Administration in signing the "Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898" (EJ MOU).
Aug. 2, 2011
The Southern Region Review, published by the U.S. Army's Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Southern (REEO-S), is designed to provide current information to environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers regarding environmental actions and events throughout Federal EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Information listed may be relevant to the U.S. Army and other Military Services' activities and operations.
Jul. 26, 2011
Monthly environmental news for DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3.
Jul. 26, 2011
The Robert J. Dole Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wichita, Kan., has agreed to pay a $17,979 civil penalty to the United States to settle a series of hazardous waste violations on its campus. The penalty is the result of RCRA violations identified during an April 2010 inspection.
Jul. 20, 2011
Obama Administration Officials and Industry Leaders Unveil Federal Strategy to Promote U.S.-Based Electronics Recycling Market and Jobs / Dell Inc., Sprint and Sony Electronics sign agreement with EPA to encourage certified recycling, protect public health, and support best practices in electronics stewardship.
Jul. 12, 2011
By user request, FedCenter has added a new topic to its program area lineup - Water Efficiency. This area provides tools, techniques, and approaches federal environmental managers and facility managers can use for improving water use efficiency for both potable and non-potable water resources. Stop back often for updates, or, if you are a FedCenter member, subscribe to receive e-mail notifications of new information posted to this topic area through our daily newsletter service.
Jul. 11, 2011
The Southern Region Review, published by the U.S. Army's Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Southern (REEO-S), is designed to provide current information to environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers regarding environmental actions and events throughout Federal EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Information listed may be relevant to the U.S. Army and other Military Services' activities and operations.
Jun. 28, 2011
EPA and USCG have signed a MOU stating that they will that jointly enforce U.S. and international air pollution requirements for vessels operating in U.S. waters. The requirements establish limits on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions and require the use of fuel with lower sulfur content, protecting people's health and the environment by reducing ozone-producing pollution, which can cause smog and aggravate asthma. The most stringent requirements apply to ships operating within 200 nautical miles of the coast of North America. Under the MOU, both the USCG and EPA will perform inspections and investigations, and will take appropriate enforcement actions if a violation is detected.
Jun. 27, 2011
Monthly environmental news for DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3.
Jun. 16, 2011
The six awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence within the Corps in making the Nation sustainable. The six awards are modeled after the categories in the GreenGov Presidential Awards program.
Jun. 14, 2011
EPA and NOAA will partner with local governmental entities to improve the sustainability of waterfront communities and protect coastal ecosystems, including anticipating and reducing impacts of climate change. EPA and NOAA will provide technical assistance and training to implement more sustainable construction and land use practices, develop Innovative, web-based tools to better provide the public and local government with essential scientific and technical information, collaborate on the development of the National Coastal Condition Assessment and Reports which depict the condition of the nation's coastal waters based on data collected and analyzed by state agencies, and support place-based projects focused on equitable development and climate adaptation in coastal urban watersheds.
Jun. 14, 2011
In an effort to save money, the Federal government is working with GSA to identify and get rid of excess properties.
Jun. 9, 2011
FedCenter has added a new topic to its program area lineup - Climate Change Adaptation. This area includes the latest guidance and information resources to help Federal agencies facilitate climate adaptation planning.
Jun. 7, 2011
The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive's GreenGov Leader newsletter for Summer 2011.
Jun. 1, 2011
The EPA and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have reached another cleanup decision regarding a former military training and contractor testing area at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR). This decision marks a final cleanup strategy for MMR's J1 Range and its two affiliated "northern and southern" groundwater plumes. Three plumes and multiple soil areas on Camp Edwards await final cleanup decisions.
May. 25, 2011
On May 25, 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new fuel economy labels that will help consumers take advantage of the increased efficiency standards achieved under the Obama Administration that will save families money at the pump starting this year. The new labels, which are the most dramatic overhaul to fuel economy labels since the program began more than 30 years ago, will provide more comprehensive fuel efficiency information, including estimated annual fuel costs, savings, as well as information on each vehicle's environmental impact.
May. 24, 2011
On May 24, 2011, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, General Services Administrator Martha Johnson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced a major step in moving the Federal fleet further towards advanced vehicles and decreased petroleum consumption, while also cutting costs associated with fuel consumption. Furthering the Administration's goals to cut oil imports by one-third by 2025 and to put one million advanced vehicles on the road by 2015, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum today directing agencies to implement governmentwide fleet management practices that will ensure the Federal Government is leading by example in fuel efficiency and innovative technology. Implementation of these new requirements will move the government to purchasing 100 percent alternative fuel vehicles by 2015 and drive agencies to meet the required 30 percent decrease in petroleum consumption by 2020 under Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance signed by President Obama in October 2009.
May. 17, 2011
EPA is hosting this webcast on 24 May 2011 which will introduce owners and operators of construction sites, members of the public, and State or Tribal permitting authorities to the new requirements of the proposed CGP. There will also be time dedicated to answering questions posed from the webcast participants.
May. 6, 2011
The Southern Region Review, published by the U.S. Army's Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Southern (REEO-S), is designed to provide current information to environmental decision makers, planners, and program managers regarding environmental actions and events throughout Federal EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Information listed may be relevant to the U.S. Army and other Military Services' activities and operations.
May. 3, 2011
The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive's GreenGov Leader newsletter for Spring 2011.
Apr. 29, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new strategy to promote the use of green infrastructure by cities and towns to reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes our nation's streams, creeks, rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Green infrastructure decreases pollution to local waterways by treating rain where it falls and keeping polluted stormwater from entering sewer systems. In addition to protecting Americans' health by decreasing water pollution, green infrastructure provides many community benefits including increased economic activity and neighborhood revitalization, job creation, energy savings and increased recreational and green space.
Apr. 27, 2011
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Pacific Southwest Region has launched the West Coast Federal Green Challenge. The campaign kicked off during Earth Week and celebrates the commitment of 34 federal agencies, representing more than 150,000 federal employees doing their part to reduce their environmental impact. Under this new initiative, federal government facilities pledge to reduce their carbon emissions by 5% or more per year in at least two of six areas: waste, water, energy, transportation, electronics, and purchasing.
Apr. 25, 2011
(04/20/11) HONOLULU – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Navy have completed a compliance agreement that sets out a schedule of upgrades the Navy will make at its Naval Base Guam to the Navy's Apra Harbor wastewater treatment plant and sewer system.
Apr. 22, 2011
The Army has released a list of installations that are participating in an energy-conserving pilot program to only use as much energy as they create by 2020. The initiative, called Net Zero, will focus on energy as well as water and waste usage procedures, explained Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.
Apr. 22, 2011
The Review is published quarterly by the U.S. Army's Northern Regional Environmental Energy Office, and contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests.
Apr. 19, 2011
The Department of Defense has announced the winners of the 2011 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. A panel of judges representing federal and state agencies, academia, and the public has selected the following installations, teams, and individuals as the winners of this year's awards: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Sustainability – Non-Industrial Installation The Exchange Corporate Sustainability Program, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Texas Sustainability – Individual/Team U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany Environmental Quality – Overseas Installation Sustainable Painting Operations for the Total Army, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Environmental Excellence in Weapons Systems Acquisition – Small Program 88th Air Base Wing Civil Engineering Directorate, Environmental Branch, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Cultural Resources Management - Installation Cultural Resources Management Team, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Cultural Resources Management – Individual/Team Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Environmental Restoration - Installation Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Natural Resources Conservation – Large Installation Defense Supply Center, Richmond, Va. Environmental Quality - Industrial Installation A ceremony honoring the 2011 winners is planned for June 8, 2011, at the Pentagon.
Apr. 19, 2011
(WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its fiscal year 2010 scorecard on sustainability and energy performance. EPA is meeting or exceeding all the federal goals to decrease energy use per square foot; reduce potable water use per square foot; lessen fleet petroleum use; establish inventories of direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions; incorporate sustainable building practices; and increase renewable energy use. The agency's energy consumption has dropped by 22.8 percent compared with the 18 percent required federal target. Water usage has gone down by 18.7 percent vs. the six percent target. Petroleum usage in the agency's vehicle fleet has declined by 24.9 percent measured against the 10 percent target. Additionally, EPA purchases 100 percent green power for all of its electric power needs. EPA was the first agency to submit greenhouse gas targets and agency inventory to the meet the requirement of Executive Order 13514. "The scorecard is an important tool for us to develop targets for waste reduction and energy efficiency for our facilities at EPA," said Craig Hooks, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Administration and Resources Management. "EPA is doing what the President envisioned us to do, 'lead by example,' by being good stewards of the environment, all the while realizing substantial savings to the government."
Apr. 18, 2011
(WASHINGTON, April 18, 2011) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the 16th annual U.S. greenhouse gas inventory. The final report shows overall emissions during 2009 decreased by 6.1 percent from the previous year. This downward trend was attributed to a decrease in fuel and electricity consumption across all U.S. economic sectors. Total emissions of the six main greenhouse gases in 2009 were equivalent to 6,633 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. These gases include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. The report indicates that overall emissions have grown by more than 7.3 percent from 1990 to 2009. Emissions in 2009 represent the lowest total U.S. annual GHG emissions since 1995. These numbers reflect the most up to date data at the time of publication. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 tracks annual greenhouse gas emissions at the national level and presents historical emissions from 1990 to 2009. The inventory also calculates carbon dioxide emissions that are removed from the atmosphere by "sinks," e.g., through the uptake of carbon by forests, vegetation and soils.
Apr. 15, 2011
(Washington - April 15, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for public comment a draft permit that will help improve our nation's waterways by regulating the discharge of stormwater from construction sites. Stormwater discharges during construction activities can contain sediment and pollutants that harm aquatic ecosystems, increase drinking water treatment costs and pollute waters that people use for fishing, swimming and other recreational activities.
Apr. 14, 2011
On 15 April 2011 the U.S. EPA announced a settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations at 11 of its coal-fired plants in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The settlement will require TVA to invest a TVA estimated $3 to $5 billion on new and upgraded state-of-the-art pollution controls that will prevent approximately 1,200 to 3,000 premature deaths, 2,000 heart attacks and 21,000 cases of asthma attacks each year, resulting in up to $27 billion in annual health benefits. TVA will also invest $350 million on clean energy projects that will reduce pollution, save energy and protect public health and the environment.
Mar. 31, 2011
This call for nominations is for the newly established USACE Sustainability Awards Program. These awards will recognize the people and outstanding projects contributing toward our goals to increase sustainability across all business lines in six different categories. Nominations should be endorsed by the District Commander or an equivalent level and sent through the Division Commander or equivalent level. Details are in the attachment.
Mar. 30, 2011
EPA released this final version of the strategy which charts a path for meeting the nation's clean water strategic plan goals over the next several years.
Mar. 30, 2011
Through this initiative EPA is soliciting applications from states, tribes, regional governments, and communities that want to evaluate the potential development of renewable energy on potentially or formerly contaminated properties. Applications are due 20 May 2011.
Mar. 28, 2011
This public meeting, held June 14 - 15 in New Orleans, is designed to be a forum for interested stakeholders to provide input to EPA on the development of new or revised recreational water quality criteria. At this meeting, EPA will seek stakeholder feedback on EPA's evaluation, synthesis, summarization and statistical analysis of the research conducted, and on the development of options for the overall structure and content of the criteria.
Mar. 28, 2011
This data and a mapping tool is designed to help the public compare water quality trends over the last two years. The tool is a part of the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) system. The web-based, interactive map includes "state dashboards" that provide detailed information for each state, including information on facilities that are violating the Clean Water Act and the actions states are taking to enforce the law and protect people's health.
Mar. 25, 2011
The Review is published quarterly by the U.S. Army's Northern Regional Environmental Energy Office, and contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests.
Mar. 24, 2011
The Army's first-ever smart-charging micro grid powers four electric vehicles and has the ability to provide instant backup power to support three buildings for 72 hours, including the garrison headquarters. The pilot program is a prototype designed to help make the installation energy independent.
Mar. 17, 2011
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is calling on the public and Federal agencies to nominate projects that use innovative approaches to increase the efficiency of environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). As part of CEQ's efforts to modernize and reinvigorate Federal agency implementation of NEPA and encourage innovation, public engagement, and transparency, CEQ will track and publicize the progress of the selected pilot projects to identify and promote more efficient ways to do effective environmental reviews that can be replicated across the Federal Government.
Mar. 17, 2011
EPA has extended the deadline for reporting 2010 GHG data to September 30, 2011. This extension will allow EPA to further test the system that reporters will use to submit data, and give industry the opportunity to test the tool, provide feedback and have sufficient time to become familiar with it prior to reporting.
Mar. 16, 2011
Currently, there are no national limits on the amount of mercury and other toxic air pollution released from power plant smokestacks. EPA is proposing standards to limit mercury, acid gases and other toxic pollution from power plants, keeping 91 percent of the mercury in coal from being released to the air.
Mar. 16, 2011
The Department of Commerce is partnering with U.S. departments of Agriculture and Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to promote clean energy innovation and economic growth. Up to $1 million will be awarded to each of six teams around the country with the most innovative ideas to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in support of a green innovation economy, increased U.S. competitiveness and new jobs.
Mar. 16, 2011
(ATLANTA - Mar. 15, 2011) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a consent agreement and final order with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) that resolves EPA's allegations that TVA has violated the Clean Air Act at the Widows Creek Power Plant in Stevenson, Ala. TVA has fully cooperated with EPA throughout the enforcement proceedings and has agreed to pay a $450,000 civil penalty to resolve the violations.
Mar. 14, 2011
The National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) contains 2005 emissions data submitted primarily from the states for 178 pollutants. Models are used to make broad estimates of health risks for areas of the country. The tool is not designed to determine actual health risks to individuals living in these areas.
Mar. 14, 2011
As a part of EPA's "We're For Water" campaign, March 14 - 20, 2011 is "Fix A Leak Week." The intent is to encourage Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.
Mar. 11, 2011
EPA is requesting an extension to allow more time for pesticide operators to obtain permits for pesticide discharges into U.S. waters. EPA is requesting that the deadline be extended from April 9, 2011 to October 31, 2011. During the period while the court is considering the extension request, permits for pesticide applications will not be required under the Clean Water Act.
Mar. 10, 2011
Executive Order 13563 requires each agency to develop a plan to periodically conduct a retrospective review of its regulations, and determine if they are ineffective, insufficient, or overly burdensome, and then revise or repeal as warranted. EPA is developing a review plan and a list of candidate regulations for potential review, and are soliciting feedback on both the plan and the candidate list of regulations. Two listening sessions to be held on March 14th, 2011, and March 17th, 2011.
Mar. 10, 2011
EPA is requesting public comment from boaters and other stakeholders to help develop proposed regulations, as required by the 2008 Clean Boating Act, to reduce water pollution and the spread of invasive species in the nation's rivers, lakes and other water bodies. As an alternative to permits required for commercial vessels, the act directs EPA to develop and promulgate management practices for recreational vessels.
Mar. 10, 2011
Effective in September 2011, these products must be 40 percent more efficient than conventional models in order to qualify for the Energy Star label.
Mar. 7, 2011
On March 4, 2011, CEQ issued a set of implementing instructions for Federal Agency Adaptation Planning. The Instructions will inform agencies on how to integrate climate change adaptation into their planning, operations, policies, and programs, as recommended by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force in its October 2010 Progress Report to the President. A Companion Support Document has also been issued.
Mar. 3, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled an enforcement action against the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and four private parties for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at the John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House Building in Boston, Mass. The parties will collectively pay a penalty of $100,000.
Mar. 2, 2011
Furthering the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced last summer the new steps being announced today strengthen coordination and better leverage the expertise and resources of both Departments to enhance our national energy security, as well as demonstrate the Obama Administration's leadership in transitioning America to a clean energy economy. One of the primary goals of this effort is efficient energy storage.
Mar. 2, 2011
EPA, the General Services Administration, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality are requesting written comments to inform the national framework for electronics stewardship that is being developed by the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship.
Mar. 2, 2011
In March 2011, EPA issued the Second Prospective Report which looked at the results of the Clean AirAct from 1990 to 2020. According to this study, the direct benefits from the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments are estimated to reach almost $2 trillion for the year 2020, a figure that dwarfs the direct costs of implementation ($65 billion).
Mar. 1, 2011
The U.S. DOE's Clean Cities initiative today announced the expansion of the ongoing collaboration with the NPS's Climate Friendly Parks program. The goal of this new partnership is to reduce air pollution and preserve the environment and the National Parks' natural resources. The focus of the partnership is to identify options that assist national parks in reducing gasoline and diesel consumption.
Mar. 1, 2011
EPA has released the "Guidance for Conducting Risk Management Program Inspections under Clean Air Act Section 112(r)" (EPA 550-K-11-001, January 2011). This document updates and supersedes the "Guidance for Auditing Risk Management Plans/Programs under CAA Sect. 112(r)" of August 1999. The new document includes updated EPA policy on involvement of facility employees and employee representatives in EPA and delegated state agency on-site compliance inspections. Additionally, the guidance reflects the Agency's focus on inspections as a means of facility oversight, and provides additional information on CAA Section 112(r) inspection procedures. EPA's interim policy on involvement of employees and employee representatives in CAA Section 112(r) on-site compliance evaluations established in the Agency's April 2, 2010 memo is hereby superseded.
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