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August 17, 2018
The new report, "Our Nation's Air: Status and Trends Through 2017" documents the considerable improvements in air quality across America over more than 45 years.
During this EPA webinar, an overview will be presented of the annual air quality report and the EPA will also demonstrate the AirNow real-time air quality system. AirNow uses the Air Quality Index (AQI) to tell you how clean or polluted your outdoor air is, along with associated health effects that may be of concern. The AQI translates air quality data into numbers and colors that help people understand when to take action to protect their health. Call in Number: 1-866-299-3188; Conference Code: 919-541-5265. For questions regarding this webinar, please contact Lena (Vickey) Epps-Price at epps-price.lena@epa.gov or 919-541-5573.
August 16, 2018
A bill to suspend proposed rulemaking signed by former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [House], page H7734).
A bill to amend the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to move the enforcement office to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to increase the civil monetary penalties for failure to follow the processes established by that Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [House], page H7734).
A bill to amend the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to move the enforcement office to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to increase the civil monetary penalties for failure to follow the processes established by that Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [House], page H7734).
August 15, 2018
The biennial EEA Program recognizes outstanding transportation projects, processes, and partners that use FHWA funding sources to go beyond "business as usual" to achieve environmental excellence. Nominations are accepted from any project, process, group, or individuals involved in a project or process that has used FHWA funding sources to make an outstanding contribution to transportation and the environment. Any organization, agency, group, or individual in the public, private, or non-profit sectors may submit a nomination for the 2019 EEAs. Nominations will be accepted from August 1 – September 14, 2018. The 2019 EEA Program represents a joint effort among three FHWA offices: the Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, Office of Natural Environment, and Office of Human Environment. The Program features a range of categories including: Adaptation and Resilience; Applied Environmental Research; Cultural and Historic Resources; Ecosystems, Habitat, and Wildlife; and Wetlands, Watersheds, and Water Quality.
The Symposium will highlight SERDP & ESTCP's recent efforts to enhance mission capabilities, reduce costs in times of increasing fiscal constraints, and improve environmental and energy performance. The Symposium brings together environmental and energy researchers and technology developers with the defense user and regulatory communities to showcase cutting edge environmental technologies and ideas. The 2018 Symposium will offer 16 technical sessions, a number of short courses, more than 450 technical poster presentations, and exhibitors from funding and partnering organizations.
Sponsored by the Climate Change: Impacts & Responses Research Network, the special focus of the 2019 conference is Coastal Resilience.
This webinar is a part of EPA's Small Systems Workshop and EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW) monthly webinars to discuss challenges and treatment solutions for small drinking water and wastewater systems.
This webinar is a part of EPA's Small Systems Workshop and EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW) monthly webinars to discuss challenges and treatment solutions for small drinking water and wastewater systems.
The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions provides current information on government affairs, energy and environment relevant to Department of Defense interests in the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5. The Review is intended to be a tool useful to DoD and Army leaders, planners, and program managers in carrying out their responsibilities. The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions monitors and targets proposed and final regulations and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations. See attached.
August 14, 2018
The Southern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, 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. See attached.
August 13, 2018
This new SFTool section is dedicated to integrative design and collaborative construction practices. Construction project teams using integrative design approaches and collaborative practices save time and money by reducing the number of hand-offs between the design team and builder, creating a sense of mutual trust among the project team, and increasing stakeholder partnerships throughout the project. The new section presents real-world examples from GSA capital construction projects featuring four project role perspectives and how they used collaborative strategies to deliver high-performance buildings on time and on budget.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), a species that occurs almost exclusively in Brazil and marginally in Bolivia and Paraguay. This rule adds this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. FWS is also establishing a rule pursuant to section 4(d) of the Act to further provide for the conservation of the hyacinth macaw. This rule is effective 12 September 2018. POC is Don Morgan, Chief, Division of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES, Falls Church, VA 22041; tel: 703-358-2444 (Federal Register; 13 August 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 39894-39916).
A week-long Harvard Kennedy School executive program convening U.S. and international policymakers and corporate leaders to analyze different types of policy solutions that can be negotiated at the international, national, and sub-national level. The program fee includes tuition, housing, course materials, and most meals.
August 10, 2018
A bill to improve energy performance in Federal buildings, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 26 July 2018 [House], page H7722).
August 09, 2018
A bill to authorize certain long-term contracts for Federal purchases of energy; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 25 July 2018 [House], page H7687).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to make changes with respect to water quality certification, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [Senate], page S5517).
A bill to suspend proposed rulemaking signed by former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [Senate], page S5518).
August 08, 2018
On 11 December 2017, the EPA published a direct final rule and an accompanying notice of proposed rulemaking entitled "Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revision to References for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector To Incorporate Latest Edition of Certain Industry, Consensus-based Standards." EPA proposed to modify the use conditions required for use of three flammable refrigerants--isobutane (R-600a), propane (R-290), and R-441A--in new household refrigerators, freezers, and combination refrigerators and freezers under the SNAP program to reflect an updated standard from Underwriters Laboratories. Because EPA received adverse comment, EPA withdrew the direct final rule through a separate notice. In this action, EPA is addressing relevant comments and finalizing the proposed use conditions with no changes. This rule is effective on 7 September 2018. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-7768; email: farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 August 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 38969-38976).
August 07, 2018
The "Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter" is published monthly by EPA's Office of Water. It highlights current information about fish and shellfish -- providing a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, publications, awarded research, and future meetings and conferences. Click here for the June edition.
A bill to improve energy performance in Federal buildings, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 30 July 2018 [Senate], page S5423).
This series of free webinars are designed to provide clean water utilities with the latest insights and analysis on key clean water legal issues and offer a great opportunity to keep up with the most important developments in clean water law. Whether new to the clean water arena or a seasoned professional, this webinar series is for you. This webinar is sponsored by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The webinar is free for NACWA members.
Co-sponsored by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the conference highlights the latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case studies, and research in all aspects of utility management.
August 06, 2018
EPA is making conforming changes to the EPA office and address to which paper documents concerning imports and exports of hazardous waste and conditionally excluded cathode ray tubes must be sent. The change in address is needed to reflect the reorganization of hazardous waste import-export functions on April 29, 2018, from the Office of Federal Activities' International Compliance Assurance Division, in EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, to the International Branch within the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery's Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, in EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management. This rule is effective on 6 August 2018. POC is Laura Coughlan, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery(5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-0005; email address: coughlan.laura@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 August 2018 [Rules and Regulations; pages 38262-38263).
Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ), this conference is designed to promote meaningful engagement with business professionals in discussion surrounding the topic of sustainability, by addressing the triple bottom line – people, planet, and profit. The target audience for this event is businesses and their sustainability professionals, environmental health and safety coordinators, communications staff, environmental engineers and staff, academics and students studying sustainability related topics, materials scientists, research and development professionals, and anyone interested in learning how to advance and communicate their organization's sustainability efforts.
This summit will bring together top leaders from across the redevelopment industry with key decision makers in Washington, D.C. Hear the latest in redevelopment policies, programs, and funding opportunities and interact directly with leading federal agency personnel. The Summit is the can't-miss opportunity of the year for redevelopment professionals from across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
Each year, the National Council for Science and the Environment brings together scientists, educators, policy-makers, business leaders, and officials at all levels of government to discuss how to use science in environmental policy and decision-making. The Annual Conference provides a platform for a diverse community to learn from each other, collaborate, and build long-lasting relationships. NCSE 2019 will focus on the theme Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience.
August 03, 2018
On the 1-year anniversary of the initial Superfund Task Force report, this new report highlights the accomplishments of the 2018 efforts and outlines next steps for the recommendations that remain open. The ongoing recommendations, to be completed by September 2019, demonstrate a continued commitment by EPA to engage partners and stakeholders at all levels in making cleanup and land revitalization decisions that will provide future generations with a cleaner and healthier environment.
This report highlights the accomplishments of the 2018 Superfund Task Force efforts and outlines next steps for the recommendations that remain open. The ongoing recommendations, to be completed by September 2019, demonstrate a continued commitment by EPA to engage partners and stakeholders at all levels in making cleanup and land revitalization decisions that will provide future generations with a cleaner and healthier environment.
August 02, 2018
Water use in restrooms and laundries can account for nearly 40 percent of water use within a facility. Join us to learn about water-efficient operation and maintenance practices and retrofit and replacements options that can help reduce water and energy use in public and private bathrooms and commercial laundries. Find out how using WaterSense labeled and ENERGY STAR qualified products in these areas can significantly reduce your facility operating costs.
EPA's 1-100 water score allows users tracking water through Portfolio Manager to gauge how their properties compare against similar ones across the country. This webinar will cover how to generate the score in Portfolio Manager and discuss how multifamily owners can use this new water performance metric to identify opportunities for water savings. Finally, learn about some of the best practices and tools to start saving water and improving your property's score.
August 01, 2018
This document was developed to assist and educate field workers, supervisors and managers in making decisions that help the project team meet sustainable project goals. The field guide is designed to fill a significant void in available information for sustainable construction methods. It systematically draws together and organizes information on many aspects of construction that can assure the sustainability of a facility. Simple methods and suggested practices are presented for the major phases of construction in the field guide.
This website offers case studies featuring federal agencies that have successfully implemented project financing options and energy- and water-efficient measures and technologies into their buildings and operations.
Includes answers to common questions about using the Greenhosue gas reporting tool, guidance on rules and proposals related to GHG reporting , and guidance specific to industrial categories.
July 31, 2018
This document summarizes the theoretical and empirical literature addressing benefit-cost and impact assessment of the cleanup and reuse scenario. When possible, recommendations are provided for conducting economic analysis of land cleanup and reuse sites and programs.
EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register on 30 May 2018 to request public comment on several proposed changes to the final Risk Management Program Amendments rule (Amendments rule) issued on 13 January 2017. This document is being issued to correct technical errors in the Regulatory Impact Analysis and the Notification of Data Availability and Extension of Comment Period for the proposed rule. Comments on the proposed rule (83 FR 24850, 30 May 2018), as extended by the Notification of Data Availability and Extension of Comment Period (83 FR 34967, 24 July 2018) must be received by 23 August 2018. POC is James Belke, U. S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 31 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 36837-36838).
July 30, 2018
On 17 April 2015 EPA promulgated national minimum criteria for existing and new coal combustion residuals (CCR) landfills and existing and new CCR surface impoundments. In March 2018, EPA proposed a number of revisions to the 2015 CCR rule and requested comment on additional issues. EPA is adopting two alternative performance standards that either Participating State Directors in states with approved CCR permit programs or EPA where EPA is the permitting authority may apply to owners and operators of CCR units. EPA also revised groundwater protection standards (GWPS) for 4 constituents without an established MCL. EPA extended the deadline by which facilities must stop the placement of waste in CCR units closing for cause in 2 situations: Where the facility has detected a statistically significant increase above a GWPS from an unlined surface impoundment; and where the unit is unable to comply with the aquifer location restriction. Proposed rule revisions not addressed in this rule will be addressed later. Final rule is effective on 29 August 2018. POC is Kirsten Hillyer, Office of RCRA, EPA, 5304P, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (03-347-0369; email: hillyer.kirsten@epa.gov (Federal Register; 30 July 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36435-36456).
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has approved amendments to the Program Comment for the U.S. GSA that sets forth the way in which GSA complies with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for select repairs and upgrades to windows, lighting, roofing, and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems within historic public buildings. The amendments extend the life of the Program Comment through 1 August 2033, and update its reporting requirements. The amendments took effect on 27 July 2018. POC is Kirsten Kulis, Office of Federal Agency Programs, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 401 F Street NW, Suite 308, Washington, DC 20001 (Federal Register; 27 July 2018 [Notices], pages 35672-35674).
The U.S. FWS is withdrawing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Compensatory Mitigation Policy, published 27 December 2016 (ESA-CMP). In the document of November 6, 2017 we requested additional public comments regarding the policy's overall mitigation planning goal of net conservation gain. FWS is now withdrawing this policy. The Service does not have authority to require "net conservation gain" under the ESA, and the policy is inconsistent with current Executive branch policy. Except as otherwise specified, all policies or guidance documents that were superseded by ESA-CMP are reinstated. Withdrawal effective on 30 July 2018. POC is Craig Aubrey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Environmental Review, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2442 (Federal Register; 30 July 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36469-36472).
The U.S. FWS is withdrawing the Mitigation Policy published 21 November 2016, which guides Service recommendations on mitigating the adverse impacts of land and water developments on fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. In the FWS document of 6 November 2017, FWS requested additional public comments regarding this policy's overall mitigation planning goal of net conservation gain. FWS is now withdrawing this policy as it is no longer appropriate to retain the "net conservation gain" standard throughout various Service-related activities and is inconsistent with current Executive branch policy. Until further notice, all policies that were superseded by the 2016 Mitigation Policy are reinstated, including the Fish and Wildlife Service Mitigation Policy (46 FR 7644-7663) published in the Federal Register on 23 January 1981. Withdrawal effective on 30 July 2018. POC is Craig Aubrey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Environmental Review, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2442 (Federal Register; 30 July 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36472-36475).
July 26, 2018
A bill to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to make supplemental funds available for the management of fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need, as determined by State fish and wildlife agencies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 17 July 2018 [Senate], page S5003).
July 25, 2018
FWS and NMFS propose to amend portions of their regulations that implement section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The Services are proposing these changes to improve and clarify the interagency consultation processes and make them more efficient and consistent. FWS and NMFS will accept comments from all interested parties until 24 September 2018. POC is Craig Aubrey, U.S. FWS, Division of Environmental Review, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2442; or Cathy Tortorici, ESA Interagency Cooperation Division, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, tel: 301-427-8495 (Federal Register; 25 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 35178-35193).
The U.S. FWS and the NMFS propose to revise portions of their regulations that implement section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The proposed revisions to the regulations clarify, interpret, and implement portions of the Act concerning the procedures and criteria used for listing or removing species from the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants and designating critical habitat. Multiple technical revisions are also proposed to update existing sections or to refer appropriately to other sections. Comments will be accepted from all interested parties until 24 September 2018. POC is Bridget Fahey, U.S. FWS, Division of Conservation and Classification, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2171; or Samuel D. Rauch, III, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, tel: 301-427-8403 (Federal Register; 25 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 35193-35201).
The U.S. FWS proposes to revise their regulations extending most of the prohibitions for activities involving endangered species to threatened species. For species already listed as a threatened species, the proposed regulations would not alter the applicable prohibitions. The proposed regulations would require the Service, pursuant to section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act, to determine what, if any, protective regulations are appropriate for species that the Service in the future determines to be threatened. Comments will be accepted on or before 24 September 2018. POC is Bridget Fahey, U.S. FWS, Division of Conservation and Classification, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2171 (Federal Register; 25 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 35174-35178).
July 24, 2018
U.S. Department of Energy Sustainable Acquisition Support
The DoD Legacy Resource Legacy Program is reaching out to all Federal agencies for proposal addressing multi-Service, national, regional cultural resources projects which benefit DoD installations. All projects must address one of the defined Areas of Emphasis (AOEs) and support DoD mission-related priorities. Pre-proposals must be submitted no later than 17 August 2018. A copy of the official Request for Pre-proposals (RFP) and pre-proposal guidelines can be found on the DENIX website.
EPA is supplementing the record for the proposed Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration rule published on 30 May 2018. The November 2017 version of the RMP database containing risk management plans submitted to EPA has been placed into the rulemaking docket. EPA used this version to support analysis of changes in the RMP reporting facility universe discussed in the Regulatory Impact Analysis of the proposed Reconsideration rule. To afford the public an opportunity to comment on the updated RMP database and its impacts on the proposed Reconsideration rule, EPA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule. Comments and additional material must be received on or before 23 August 2018. POC is James Belke, USEPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 24 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 34967-34968).
The Southern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, 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. See attached.
July 23, 2018
Executive Order (EO) 13834, Efficient Federal Operations, was signed by President Trump on 17 May 2018.
The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions provides current information on government affairs, energy and environment relevant to Department of Defense interests in the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5. The Review is intended to be a tool useful to DoD and Army leaders, planners, and program managers in carrying out their responsibilities. The Northern Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions monitors and targets proposed and final regulations and legislation that may affect Army or DoD operations. See attached.
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for improved precision in the listing, delisting, and downlisting of endangered species and potentially endangered species; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for greater certainty and improved planning for incidental take permit holders; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to increase State and local involvement in management plans; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6174).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to update and modernize the reporting requirements for contaminants, including lead, in drinking water, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 11 July 2018 [Senate], p[age S4916).
This guide provides information about new ways to connect green infrastructure and public health as well as tools to promote that connection.
Industry leaders will share their stories, expertise, and strategies for successfully navigating the avenues of Tribal transportation. Meet with over 500 Tribal transportation professionals from 100+ Native American and Alaska Native communities, the Federal Highway Administration TTP and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The theme of the conference is "Soaring to New Heights in EH&S."
EPRC is a unique, interdisciplinary conference that integrates energy research from engineering, economics, law, political science, and other policy relevant fields. We bring together scholars, students, and practitioners from academia, industry, government, and nonprofits to discuss their research with a diverse and engaged audience.
July 20, 2018
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to encourage voluntary conservation efforts; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to provide for greater county and State consultation with regard to petitions under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for consideration of the totality of conservation measures in determining the impact of proposed Federal agency action; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit designation as critical habitat of certain areas in artificial water diversion or delivery facilities; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to define petition backlogs and provide expedited means for discharging petitions during such a backlog; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
July 19, 2018
EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets located in areas designated as having poor air quality. Further, priority for funding will be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage affected communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those which can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. Eligible entities include tribal governments (or intertribal consortia) and Alaska Native Villages, which have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. The closing date is 6 September 2018.
On 20 June 2018, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) titled ``Update to the Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.' The CEQ is extending the comment period on the ANPRM, which was scheduled to close on 20 July 2018, for 31 days until 20 August 2018. The CEQ is making this change in response to public requests for an extension of the comment period. Comments should be submitted on or before 20 August 2018. POC is Edward A. Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality, 730 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20503. Tel: 202- 395-5750 (Federal Register; 11 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], page 32071.)
The purpose of this supplemental notice is for EPA and the Department of the Army (agencies) to clarify, supplement and seek additional comment on an earlier proposal, published on 27 July 2017, to repeal the 2015 Rule Defining Waters of the United States ("2015 Rule"), which amended portions of the CFR. As stated in the agencies' 27 July 2017 NPRM, the agencies propose to repeal the 2015 Rule and restore the regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 Rule, as informed by guidance in effect at that time. If this proposal is finalized, the regulations defining the scope of federal CWA jurisdiction would be those portions of the CFR as they existed before the amendments promulgated in the 2015 Rule. Those preexisting regulatory definitions are the ones that the agencies are currently implementing in light of the agencies' final rule published on 6 February 2018, adding a 6 February 2020 applicability date to the 2015 Rule, as well as judicial decisions preliminarily enjoining and staying the 2015 Rule. Comments must be received on or before 13 August 2018. POCs are Michael McDavit, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA,; tel: 202-566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), USACE, tel: 202-761-6903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Registger; 12 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 32227-32252).
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