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July 16, 2019
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve transparency under the national primary drinking water regulations for lead and copper. (Congressional Record: 10 July 2019 [House] Pages H5583-H5584).
PastForward brings together a community of professionals and volunteers passionate about saving places. The conference creates an opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired. Combining both the practical and the aspirational, PastForward is the place to ask questions, share ideas, and push the envelope toward a wider and more effective preservation practice. Topics this year include: celebrating women's history, revitalizing small communities, and saving urban neighborhoods.
July 15, 2019
FINAL REMINDER: On July 16th and 17th 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protections are, with the assistance of the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, hosting an environmental compliance training for Federal facilities (Ask the Inspector Workshop). The workshop will be held at the EPA regional offices.
Greenbuild's conference and expo is dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community are displayed at Greenbuild's conference. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Greenbuild is a perfect opportunity to meet with green building colleagues, network with leading industry professionals and learn from international representatives from around the world.
July 12, 2019
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances as toxic pollutants under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. (Congressional Record: 2 July 2019) [House] Pages H5268-H5269)
July 11, 2019
A bill to establish the Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Initiative to facilitate the installation of zero-emissions vehicle infrastructure on National Forest System land, National Park System land, and certain related land. (Congressional Record: 27 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S4627-S4629)
The Clean Water Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) authority to regulate "waters of the United States" (WOTUS). Science, politics and the law all present issues that make a clear definition difficult. Regulatory agencies initially defined the term. Then the courts stepped in. Several United States Supreme Court cases, often in the context of wetlands, have failed to clarify the issue and have, in fact, created more confusion. The latest Supreme Court pronouncement, in 2006, has proved particularly difficult to implement. This webinar briefly explores the history of WOTUS. The various rulemaking attempts since the 2006 United States Supreme Court decision are discussed. The webinar then analyzes the present situation and outlines areas of consensus and areas of fierce debate. Finally, likely next steps in the process are summarized.
July 10, 2019
A bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to establish a renewable electricity standard. (Congressional Record: 26 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S4565-S4566)
A bill to amend the FAST Act to improve the Federal permitting process, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (Congressional Record: 26 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S4565-S4566)
July 09, 2019
EPA evaluated the current dust-lead hazard standards (DLHS) and the definition of lead-based paint (LBP). Based on this evaluation, this final rule revises the DLHS from 40 [micro]g/ft\2\ and 250 [micro]g/ft\2\ to 10 [micro]g/ft\2\ and 100 [micro]g/ft\2\ on floors and window sills, respectively. EPA is also finalizing its proposal to make no change to the definition of LBP because insufficient information exists to support such a change at this time. This final rule is effective January 6, 2020. POC: John Yowell, National Program Chemicals Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tele: 202-564-1213; email: yowell.john@epa.gov.(Federal Register: 9 July 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 32632-32648).
Registration is now open for the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium. Federal employees and sponsored contractors are invited to attend the Symposium, to be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH Bethesda Campus on October 30-31, 2019. The theme of the event is Federal Facilities Leading Environmental Change, and it will bring together federal staff and their contractors to discuss environmental regulations, successes and challenges, and, much more. The event is FREE and registration will end Friday, September 13, 2019, so mark your calendar and register now. For more information, please see the Symposium website at https://www.fedcenter.gov/fes2019.
July 08, 2019
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is amending the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (Guidelines) to add 30 sections that will designate the product categories within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by Federal agencies and their contractors. These 30 product categories contain finished products that are made, in large part, from intermediate ingredients that have been designated for Federal procurement preference. Additionally, USDA is amending the existing designated product categories of general purpose de-icers, firearm lubricants, laundry products, and water clarifying agents. This rule is effective August 5, 2019. POC: Karen Zhang, USDA, Office of Procurement and Property Management, Room 1640, USDA South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250; tele: 919-765-9969; email: biopreferred_support@amecfw.com. Federal Register: 5 July 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Page 32015).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing three separate and distinct rulemakings. First, the EPA is repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) because the Agency has determined that the CPP exceeded the EPA's statutory authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Second, EPA is finalizing the Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE), consisting of Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Existing Electric Utility Generating Units (EGUs) under CAA section 111(d), that will inform states on the development, submittal, and implementation of state plans to establish performance standards for GHG emissions from certain fossil fuel-fired EGUs. In ACE, the Agency is finalizing its determination that heat rate improvement (HRI) is the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for reducing GHG--specifically carbon dioxide (CO2)--emissions from existing coal-fired EGUs. Third, the EPA is finalizing new regulations for the EPA and state implementation of ACE and any future emission guidelines issued under CAA section 111(d). Effective date is September 6, 2019. POC: Mr. Nicholas Swanson, Sector Policies and Programs Division (Mail Code D205-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; tele: (919) 541-4080; email: swanson.nicholas@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 8 July 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 32520-3258
WASHINGTON (June 19, 2019) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule – replacing the prior administration's overreaching Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a rule that restores the rule of law and empowers states to continue to reduce emissions while providing affordable and reliable energy for all Americans.
July 05, 2019
The Symposium will address the partnership between local knowledge and scientific innovation and include the following topics areas: atmospheric deposition, impacts of climate change, citizen science, water level management, lake remote sensing, sentinel lakes, regional monitoring, lake bioindicators, cyanobacteria and algal blooms, nutrient pollution, flooding and extreme events, and aquatic invasive species.
July 03, 2019
A bill to amend the renewable fuel program under the Clean Air Act to account for small refinery exemptions in past calendar years. (Congressional Record: 21 June 2019 [House] Pages H5035-H5037) .
A bill to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce unnecessary permitting delays by clarifying associated procedures to increase economic development and support coastal restoration programs. (Congressional Record: 21 June 2019 [House] Pages H5035-H5037) .
July 02, 2019
A bill to amend the renewable fuel program under the Clean Air Act to account for small refinery exemptions. (Congressional Record: 21 June 2019 [House] Pages H5035-H5037).
EPA is reintroducing a heating degree day (HDD) adjustment into the scoring process, which results in more equitable scores for office properties in all climates. Some office buildings in colder climates will see score increases with the final model (and no buildings will see decreases). This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn more about the review period, including an overview of the comments we received, our analysis, and the resulting adjustment that will increase scores for some office buildings in colder climates. In addition, you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the office model and our findings.
July 01, 2019
Join the Green Electronics Council (GEC) as they explore the hidden impacts, opportunities and challenges associated with smart cities and the technologies that make them possible. This free five-part webinar series takes an uncompromising look at whether a city can be smart, sustainable, and resilient; if in the rush to be smart, cities are ignoring the potential consequences of the proliferation of technology; how cities of any size can ensure that their vulnerable populations do not get left behind in the smart city revolution; what are the necessary human components that make a smart city prosper; and concludes with identifying leaders who are making the "smart cities" we want to live in.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invite waste management industry members that handle lithium batteries (battery and electronics refurbishers and recyclers, household hazardous and solid waste programs) and other related businesses, such as certification program auditors, to participate in free three-hour workshops. Participants will learn how to prevent, reduce or eliminate risks of fire or explosions from the improper packaging, marking, labeling, or recycling of lithium batteries.
June 28, 2019
EPA created the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, energy savings, and economic impacts from several different waste management practices. WARM calculates and totals these impacts from baseline and alternative waste management practices--source reduction, recycling, anaerobic digestion, combustion, composting and landfilling.
Join EPA on to better understand the available construction and demolition materials recycling and reuse end use markets, methodologies and strategies for planning, and implementing deconstruction and building material reuse programs.
A bill to amend the public participation requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980. (Congressional Record: 20 June 2019 [House] Pages H5005-H5006).
June 27, 2019
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to ensure that publicly owned treatment works monitor for and report sewer overflows. (Congressional Record: 19 June 2019 [House] Pages H4916-H4918)
This act (16 USC 1431-1445) authorizes NOAA, through Dept. of Commerce, to designate and protect areas of the marine environment with special national significance due to their conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, scientific, cultural, archeological, educational or esthetic qualities as national marine sanctuaries.
June 26, 2019
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is publishing draft guidance on how NEPA analysis and documentation should address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. If finalized, this guidance would replace the guidance CEQ issued on August 1, 2016, titled 'Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews', which was withdrawn effective April 5, 2017 for further consideration pursuant to Executive Order 13783 of March 28, 2017, 'Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.' Comments should be submitted on or before July 26, 2019. POC: Edward A. Boling, Associate Director for the NEPA, CEQ, 730 Jackson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20503. Tele: (202) 395-5750. (Federal Register: 26 June 2019 [Notices] Pages 30097-30099)
EPA is proposing a drinking water regulation for perchlorate and a health-based Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This proposal includes requirements for primacy agencies that implement the public water system supervision program under the SDWA. This proposal also includes a list of treatment technologies that would enable water systems to comply with the MCL, including affordable compliance technologies for small systems serving 10,000 persons or less. Comments must be received on or before August 26, 2019. POC: Samuel Hernandez, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Standards and Risk Management Division (Mail Code 4607M), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tele: (202) 564-1735; email: hernandez.samuel@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 26 June 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 30524-30569)
June 25, 2019
A bill to require transparency in reporting the greenhouse gas impacts of products procured by certain Federal agencies. (Congressional Record: 13 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S3475-S3477)
A bill to amend title 40, United States Code, to require the Administrator of General Services to procure the most life-cycle cost effective and energy efficiency lighting products and to issue guidance on the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of those products. (Congressional Record: 13 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S3475-S3477)
June 24, 2019
A bill to amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to prohibit the use of neonicotinoids in National Wildlife Refuges. (Congressional Record: 13 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S3475-S3477)
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to improve Federal energy and water performance requirements for Federal buildings and establish a Federal Energy Management Program. (Congressional Record: 13 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S3475-S3477)
June 21, 2019
A bill to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the flexibility, efficiency, and reliability of the electric grid, to increase the competitiveness of the United States economy, to protect consumers, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government. (Congressional Record: 5 June 2019 [Senate] (Pages S3250-S3252).
A bill to establish a cost of greenhouse gases for carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide to be used by Federal agencies. (Congressional Record: 5 June 2019 [Senate] (Pages S3250-S3252).
A bill to clarify that noncommercial species found entirely within the borders of a single State are not interstate commerce or subject to regulation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 or any other provision of law enacted as an exercise of the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce. (Congressional Record: 10 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S3283-S3284)
June 20, 2019
The Environmental and Energy Management Institute at George Washington University is offering an online professional development course about the electric vehicle market. Students will learn about the types of electric vehicles, the market and factors driving market growth, barriers to growth and how the market may overcome potential barriers, EV charging structures, and charging station deployment. The course is designed for educators, consultants, government and corporate decision makers and automobile dealers. The course is organized into twenty-three 30-minute videos compiled into three modules plus three interactive weekly webinars to answer student questions. Government employees use code – GOVED - for a 20% discount to the course fee.
This webinar will provide a basic primer on environmental justice (EJ) methodologies, which can be used by state practitioners during National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and other environmental impact assessments. It will also build on this foundation with presentations regarding the State of Alaska's efforts to address health issues in environmental impact assessment and the State of Kentucky's efforts to address transportation-related community impacts.
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal facilities. (Congressional Record: 4 June 2019) [House] Pages H4312-H4313).
A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense to prohibit the use of firefighting foam containing perfuoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances. (Congressional Record: 12 June 2019 [House]Pages H4626-H4628).
June 19, 2019
The World Energy Engineering Conference is a chance to learn about the latest developments from business, industry and government sectors. The conference will provide multiple opportunities for networking with peers, or meeting with potential vendors and business partners.
The USDA, Forest Service (Agency) is proposing revisions to its NEPA regulations. The Agency proposes these revisions to increase efficiency in its environmental analysis while meeting NEPA's requirements and fully honoring its environmental stewardship responsibilities. The Agency is requesting public comment on the revisions in the proposed rule. Comments must be received in writing by 12 August 2019. POC: Christine Dawe; Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination, tele: 406-370-8865. (Federal Register: 13 June 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 27544-27559)
The EPA is amending the release notification regulations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) to add the reporting exemption for air emissions from animal waste at farms provided in section 103(e) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). This final rule is effective 15 July 2019. POC: Sicy Jacob, EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tele: (202) 564-8019; email: jacob.sicy@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 13 June 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 27533-27542)
June 18, 2019
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to modify the definition of "renewable biomass" under the renewable fuel program. (Congressional Record: 22 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S3058-S3060)
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance record keeping with respect to exposure by members of the Armed Forces to certain occupational and environmental hazards while deployed overseas. (Congressional Record: 23 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S3104-S3106)
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal facilities. (Congressional Record: 4 June 2019 [Senate] Page S3215)
June 17, 2019
A bill to establish National Wildlife Corridors to provide for the protection and restoration of certain native fish, wildlife, and plant species. (Congressional Record: 16 May 2019) [Senate] Pages S2923-S2925).
A bill to include certain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the toxics release inventory. (Congressional Record: 16 May 2019) [Senate] Pages S2923-S2925).
A bill to establish an integrated national approach to respond to ongoing and expected effects of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, managing, and conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of the United States, and to maximize Government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and Tribal governments and other entities. (Congressional Record: 15 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S2883-S2884).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to update and modernize the reporting requirements for contaminants, including lead, in drinking water. (Congressional Record: 22 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S3058-S3060).
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