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May 22, 2020
The State Dashboard provides summary trends of EPA and state enforcement and compliance activity, such as how many inspections were performed, how may violations were identified, and how many enforcement actions were taken. It allows the public to see trends and allows EPA and states to review data quality and to see how states are doing with program implementation. The new platform provides a dynamic interface which allows users to customize their view to best examine the data and trends they are interested in. The Dashboard covers data for five program areas: Air, Drinking Water, Hazardous Waste, Pesticides, and NPDES.
The EPA is revising its response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. EPA, which held that the EPA erred by not considering cost in its determination that regulation under section 112 of the CAA of HAP emissions from coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs) is appropriate and necessary. This rule is effective 22 May 2020. POC is Mary Johnson, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; tel: (919) 541-5025; email: johnson.mary@epa.gov. [Federal Register: 22 May 2020 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 31286-31320)
May 21, 2020
This years theme is Leveraging Experience to Manage Diverse Lakes, Landscapes and People. Topics will include: lake management spanning 40 years, shallow lakes, invasive species, carp management, wild rice, harmful algal blooms, climate change, public engagement in planning, urban lakes/stormwater, waterfowl management, fisheries management, aquatic plant management, linkage between lakes and watersheds, and more.
The EPA's RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) Public Involvement Toolkit provides a broad range of tools and activities that community involvement practitioners, permitting agencies, public interest groups, community leaders, and facility owners/operators can use to empower communities to become more actively involved in the permit and cleanup decision-making processes at hazardous waste management facilities. This resource complements the 2016 edition of the RCRA Public Participation Manual and was designed as an online resource to help users identify opportunities and methods for engagement throughout the RCRA public participation process.
May 20, 2020
WETO plans to exhibit alongside DOE National Laboratories at the AWEA Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference, September 20–October 1, 2020. If you're at the conference, stop by the DOE booth to learn about DOE-funded R&D to better understand and mitigate wind's impacts on wildlife and air traffic, weather, and defense radars. DOE will also share community siting resources and information and demonstrate a range of tools. Register on the American Wind Energy Association's website.
EPA continues its focus on taking concrete action to address PFAS and protect public health. Building on the work outlined in the February 2019 PFAS Action Plan, the agency is expanding its research efforts and capabilities by launching its PFAS Innovative Treatment Team (PITT).
EPA's PFAS Action Plan outlines concrete steps the agency is taking to address PFAS and to protect public health. EPA's website provides basic information, tools, and resources regarding PFAS.
USFWS determined endangered species status under the ESA for the Southern Sierra Nevada Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of fisher (Pekania pennanti). This DPS occurs in California. The effect of this regulation will be to add this DPS to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This rule is effective 5 June 2020. POC is Jenny Ericson, Field Supervisor, Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office, telephone: 530-842-5763. (Federal Register: 15 May 2020 [Rule] pages 29532-29589)
A bill to amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 to require the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force to develop a priority list for reducing, mitigating, and controlling invasive species within the South Florida ecosystem. (Congressional Record: 5 May 2020 [Senate] Page S2241)
This webinar will provide an overview of the data in ECHO and guide users through using the site to answer environmental compliance and enforcement questions. The focus of this session will be a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward new and infrequent users. We will demonstrate the capabilities of the ECHO Facility Search to answer questions such as: how do I search for a specific facility, how do I search for facilities in my community, and how do I search for facilities releasing a pollutant?
The ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture is the single largest gathering of landscape architects and allied professionals. The conference attracts more than 6,000 attendees and 350 exhibitors.
Mitigating climate change is more urgent than ever, and we need major leaps in systems and behaviors to address this critical issue. For more than a decade, BECC has presented behavioral research on nudging people and organizations to make these changes. Now is the time to move from nudges to leaps. Presentation topics will include how to encourage behavior change for energy and carbon reduction, evaluate these programs, understand why individuals and groups change, and make these transitions in fair and equitable ways. Researchers, academics, businesses, utilities, governments, and nonprofits come together to learn and network at this unique conference.
May 19, 2020
The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) is pleased to host the RCRA Corrective Action Conference. The Conference's theme, "RCRA Corrective Action: 2020 and The Road Ahead", acknowledges 2020 as the milestone year for achieving RCRA corrective action goals and the work that remains beyond 2020. Session topics will reflect the theme. On June 3, the Conference will be open only to State and Territorial (State) members and EPA Headquarters and Regional staff for discussions of regulators' issues. On June 4-5, ASTSWMO is pleased to invite, in addition to State members and EPA, officials from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal government agencies, industry, and other entities.
San Francisco is the ideal place for scientists, practitioners, and companies from around the world to share ideas and develop solutions for current and future environmental issues. It is against this backdrop ofA&WMA's ACE 2020 Virtual Conference will allow you to stay up to date on timely and critical topics – all within an online environment that can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. The same great information and knowledge in our technical program will be available, with enhanced online features so you can connect with presenters, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.
How can you set meaningful energy performance goals for your buildings? How can you be sure they're realistic? What about emissions targets? Join us to hear about the technical approaches that three ENERGY STAR partners use to estimate the energy efficiency improvement potential of a building and set effective goals. This webinar is featuring ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award winners including: Boston Properties who will share how they used a scientific method for setting performance goals for targets to make them realistic and achievable; CommonWealth Partners will talk about how they provided guidance on tracking emissions through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to all their properties and established science-based emissions targets; and Hudson Pacific Properties will discuss how they set performance goals and updated targets for their buildings, and how to incorporate carbon reduction goals into a program.
EPA took the next step to implement an important per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) requirement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA added 172 PFAS to the list of chemicals required to be reported to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and established a 100-pound reporting threshold for these substances. The agency is publishing a final rule that officially incorporates these requirements into the Code of Federal Regulations for TRI. Per the NDAA requirements, the PFAS additions became effective as of January 1, 2020. Reporting forms for these PFAS will be due to EPA by July 1, 2021, for calendar year 2020 data.
May 18, 2020
USACE, as part of an interagency effort with the EPA, the FWS and the NRCS, is announcing the availability of the final 2018 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The NWPL provides plant species indicator status ratings, which are used in determining whether the hydrophytic vegetation factor is met when conducting wetland delineations under the Clean Water Act and wetland determinations under the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. The list will become effective on 18 May 2020 and will be used in any wetland delineations performed after this date. Delineations completed prior to this date may still use the 2016 NWPL. POC is Brianne McGuffie, Headquarters, USACE, Operations and Regulatory Community of Practice, Washington, DC 20314-1000; tele: 202-761-4750; email: brianne.e.mcguffie@usace.army.mil. (Federal Register 18 May 2020 [Final Rule] Pages 29689-29691)
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to continue to update and make publicly available EJScreen or an equivalent tool (Congressional Record: 6 May 2020 [Senate] Pages S2289-S2290)
This annual conference has helped to bring the environmental science community closer together by providing a forum to facilitate the exchange of information of technological advances, new scientific achievements, and the effectiveness of standing environmental regulation programs.
PastForward, the National Preservation Conference, brings together a community of professionals and volunteers passionate about saving places, creating an unmatched opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired.
May 15, 2020
The Corps Environment is an online quarterly news magazine published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is intended to provide information about USACE and Army environmental initiatives, policies and technologies. This edition highlights protecting and preserving the environment, in support of Environmental Operating Principle #4. The content within this issue showcases the extraordinary environmental stewardship efforts across the Army. Content includes: Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Alex Beehler's Army Earth Day message; highlights the five installations and three teams recognized as winners in the 2020 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards program; and celebrates some of our environmental heroes, who have spent their careers championing environmental stewardship across different disciplines, including scientific research and geology.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the 2020 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards winners. The awards recognize installations, teams, and individuals for their accomplishments in innovative and cost-effective environmental management strategies supporting mission readiness.
May 14, 2020
This action proposes to update the EPA existing gasoline, diesel, and other fuels programs to improve overall compliance assurance and maintain environmental performance, while reducing compliance costs for industry and EPA. EPA is proposing to streamline its existing fuel quality regulations by removing expired provisions, eliminating redundant compliance provisions (e.g., duplicative registration requirements that are required by every EPA fuels program), removing unnecessary and out-of-date requirements, and replacing them with a single set of provisions and definitions that will apply across all gasoline, diesel, and other fuels programs that EPA currently regulates. This action does not propose to change the stringency of the existing fuel quality standards. Comments must be received on or before 29 June 2020. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), comments on the information collection provisions are best assured of consideration if the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) receives a copy of your comments on or before 15 June 2020. POC is Nick Parsons, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division, EPA, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; tel: 734-214-4479; email: parsons.nick@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 14 May 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 29034-29162)
EPA released its List N Tool, a new web-based application that allows smart phone users and others to quickly identify disinfectant products that meet EPA's criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These products are for use on surfaces, NOT humans.
May 13, 2020
The I2SL Annual Conference and Technology Fair is the leading international conference focused on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in laboratories and related facilities. Through technical sessions, demonstrations, and exhibits, lab owners, operators, designers, engineers, safety managers, and users exchange information covering the life cycle of the laboratory from design to use to disposal of products and packaging.
The Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy attracts attendees from state and federal agencies, military, industry (including railroad, petroleum, transportation, and utilities), environmental engineering, environmental consulting, and academia. Live equipment demonstrations augment the exhibition hall, bringing real world application to the technical theory presented in the sessions. The conference promises to be an exciting opportunity for all those concerned with the challenge of developing creative, cost-effective assessments and solutions that can withstand the demands of regulatory requirements.
At the Water Infrastructure Conference learn about water infrastructure issues and discuss solutions to these challenges, including the latest cost-effective strategies to manage aging infrastructure, control water loss, protect critical infrastructure, and finance capital projects and operation and maintenance activities. At the Water Infrastructure Exhibit Hall attendees will learn about the latest available products and technologies in water infrastructure support, asset management, water loss, cyber security, and emergency management
The American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Convention is the Society's premiere membership event. It is the single annual opportunity where the entire Society joins together reflecting the diversity that ASCE encompasses. The Convention program is designed to have integrated, multi-disciplinary, technical, and educational components to meet the needs of the profession.
May 12, 2020
The 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium, is a conference devoted to sharing the latest information on water reuse technology, operations, policy, research, and public outreach. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation's premier conference on water recycling – attracting water professionals from around the nation for four days of knowledge-sharing, and networking. The 2020 Symposium is being planned in collaboration with The Water Research Foundation and will include presentations on the latest reuse-related research.
The 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium, is a conference devoted to sharing the latest information on water reuse technology, operations, policy, research, and public outreach. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation's premier conference on water recycling – attracting water professionals from around the nation for four days of knowledge-sharing, and networking. The 2020 Symposium is being planned in collaboration with The Water Research Foundation and will include presentations on the latest reuse-related research.
WaterPro is the annual conference of the National Rural Water Association and is designed to bring together water and wastewater utility systems – large and small, municipal and rural – for sessions in operations, management, boardsmanship and governance.
The conference is a chance to learn about the latest developments from business, industry and government sectors. It also provides attendees with multiple opportunities for networking with peers, or meeting with potential vendors and business partners. The expo is composed of a wide range of industry-leading companies presenting and demonstrating energy efficient products, energy management services, and solutions.
Interim guidance for conducting Superfund community involvement work at sites during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 11, 2020
The Wildlife Society (TWS) conference is where wildlife students and professionals meet with their colleagues, present groundbreaking science and enhance their interdisciplinary skills. This conference is your opportunity to learn, network and engage live with other members from across North America and beyond. TWS continues to place emphasis on their educational and training program, this year's event facilitates even greater learning avenues for students and professionals alike.
CitiesAlive is North America's leading forum to discuss benefits and strategies of green roof and wall design, installation, and maintenance. This interdisciplinary conference features presentations on research, design, and policy. Every year this conference focuses on a specific sustainability topic that can be addressed with green roofs and walls. This event also serves as host to the annual Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence program, celebrating outstanding green roof and wall design projects, ground-breaking research, influential sustainability advocates, and supportive organizations.
The National Transportation in Indian Country Conference (NTICC) provides information and resources for all who are committed to improving the transportation infrastructure of Indian country and the safety of those who live, work and travel the roadways of Alaska Native and Native American Lands. The NTICC is a "one-stop-shop" for Tribes to access relevant training and to engage with federal officials regarding Tribal transportation issues and challenges.
FEMP offers webinars, classroom training, and on-demand training addressing issues such as lighting, energy efficient products, fleet management, renewable energy, greenhouse gases, and water efficiency.
May 08, 2020
The purpose of this guide is to provide information on effective energy and water metering strategies, relevant metering technologies and communications, how to collect and use metered data, and how to develop a metering plan. This guide is designed to serve as a resource for facility, energy, and water management and technical staff. It does not try to represent the universe of metering-related material.
WEFTEC offers water quality professionals from around the world with the best water quality education and training available today. WEFTEC offers an opportunity to learn and network with water quality leaders and draws buyers and representatives of the foremost water and wastewater companies from around the world
May 07, 2020
NAHMMA's national conference is the foremost gathering of North America's hazardous waste management industry. Attendees get to connect with peers from around the nation, share their knowledge and experiences with others, and learn from some of the leading experts in the industry.
EPA is announcing the following interim guidance regarding public meetings and hearings in the RCRA process during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This interim guidance provides alternative approaches, recommendations and resources to help ensure public participation when in-person interactions are not possible. EPA regards public meetings as an important opportunity for communities and other stakeholders to ask questions, discuss issues, and become involved in local RCRA-related activities.
May 06, 2020
The International Low Impact Development Conference highlights interdisciplinary practice, research, and implementation of Low Impact Development (LID), Green Infrastructure (GI), Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and Water Sensitive Urban Designs (WSUD). The focus will be on using our past and present understanding of LID to tune management programs, design practice, and operation and maintenance into the future.
May 05, 2020
EPA is announcing that a virtual public hearing will be held for the proposed action titled, "Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter," which was signed on 14 April 2020. The hearing will be held 20 and 21 May 2020. Based on its review of the air quality criteria and the NAAQS for PM, the EPA is proposing to retain both the primary and secondary PM standards, without revision. Comments on the proposed action must be received on or before 29 June 2020. POC is Ms. Regina Chappell, EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) (Mail Code C304-03), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: (919) 541-3650; email: chappell.regina@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 5 May 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 26634-26635).
USFWS determined endangered species status under the ESA, for the island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) and designate critical habitat. In total, approximately 812 acres (329 hectares) on the south end of San Juan Island, San Juan County, Washington, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. This rule is effective 4 June 2020. POC is Brad Thompson, Acting State Supervisor, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, 510 Desmond Drive, Suite 102, Lacey, WA 98503; tel: 360-753-9440. (Federal Register: 5 May 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 26786-26820).
Join fellow environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) industry professionals at the AHMP 2020 National Conference to learn about the latest developments in the management of hazardous materials. The conference will include a comprehensive technical program; numerous networking opportunities; an awards recognition program; workshops; an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products, services, and resources; a full-scale emergency response scenario; and exciting tours.
Given the uncertainties and challenges we all face during this pandemic, ITEP has decided not to hold an in-person Tribal Lands and Environment Forum this year. However, considering the need to continue professional development and the connection to the community, they are offering an online event - TLEF: A Virtual Gathering. This series of events will feature live online events, on-demand prerecorded sessions, and virtual field trips. In addition, there will be opportunities to join online and live group discussions with mentors, presenters and colleagues.
May 04, 2020
Based on the EPA's review of the air quality criteria and the NAAQS for PM, the Administrator has reached proposed decisions on the primary and secondary PM NAAQS. With regard to the primary standards meant to protect against fine particle exposures (i.e., annual and 24-hour PM2.5 standards), the primary standard meant to protect against coarse particle exposures (i.e., 24-hour PM10 standard), and the secondary PM2.5 and PM10 standards, the EPA proposes to retain the current standards, without revision. Comments must be received on or before 29 June 2020. POC is Dr. Scott Jenkins, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA, Mail Code C504-06, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: (919) 541-1167; email: jenkins.scott@epa.gov. (Federal Register 30 April 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 24094-24144).
A bill to require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promulgate an emergency temporary standard to protect employees from occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2. (Congressional Record: 21 April 2020 [House] Pages H1898-H1900)
A list of resources from the Better Building partners, affiliates, and other organizations to assist building owners, plant managers, and employees in dealing with COVID-19.
May 01, 2020
WASHINGTON (05/01/20) -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the winners of the third annual National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse awards. These awards recognize the innovative thinking and cooperation among federal agencies, states, tribes, local partners and developers that have led to noteworthy restoration and reuse of federal facility sites. The Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Awards cover four categories of federal facilities: (1) National Priorities List (NPL) sites, (2) NPL Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) sites, (3) non-NPL BRAC sites, and (4) non-NPL sites.
April 30, 2020
If you're just focusing on energy, you may be leaving money on the table. Join EnergyStar to learn how to incorporate water into your energy management activities by assessing your facility's water use and identifying areas of water waste. Find out what it takes to make your building more water-efficient from simple, low-cost changes to larger-scale improvements and how WaterSense tools can help you start maximizing your savings and building performance.
DOE has released a notice of intent to issue the "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2020" Federal Agency Call, which will help fund the development of federal energy efficiency, resilience, and security projects that use energy performance contracting
GSA is taking several measures to enhance safety and health in federally occupied spaces in response to COVID-19. GSA has posted a FAQ page on the federal response to COVID-19, addressing questions about real estate, procurement, and other topics
April 29, 2020
Ensure the safety of your building water system and devices after a prolonged shutdown.
Presentation will cover the following RCRA topics: cradle to grave waste management, operating permits, cleanup requirements, and enforcement tools to ensure compliance.
Guidance document to help protect the health of workers performing work on plumbing and HVAC systems.
EPA continues efforts to provide critical information on surface disinfectant products that can be used to protect the health of all Americans throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency. EPA now has nearly 400 products that have qualified to be effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
April 28, 2020
USFWS is revising the proposed designation of critical habitat for the northern Mexican gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops) and narrow-headed gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus) under the ESA. In total, approximately 27,784 acres (11,244 hectares) in La Paz, Mohave, Yavapai, Gila, Cochise, Santa Cruz, and Pima Counties in Arizona, and in Grant County in New Mexico, fall within the boundaries of the revised proposed critical habitat designation for the northern Mexican gartersnake; and 18,701 acres (7,568 hectares) in Greenlee, Graham, Apache, Yavapai, Gila, and Coconino Counties in Arizona, as well as in Grant, Hidalgo, and Catron Counties in New Mexico, fall within the boundaries of the revised proposed critical habitat designation for the narrow-headed gartersnake. USFWS requests comments from all interested parties on this revised proposed rule. USFWS will accept comments that are received or postmarked on or before 29 June 2020. POC is Jeff Humphry, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Arizona Ecological Services Field Office, Fish and Wildlife Office, 9828 North 31st Ave #C3, Phoenix, AZ 85051-2517; tel: 602-242-0210. (Federal Register: 28 April 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 23608-23668).
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations establishing emission standards for emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft. (Congressional Record: 23 April 2020 [House] Pages H1956-H1957)
A bill to amend the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 to require an emergency notification meeting in the event of the release of an extremely hazardous substance from a facility. (Congressional Record: 17 April 2020 [House] Pages H1892-H1894).
April 27, 2020
USFWS proposes to remove Cumberland sandwort (Arenaria cumberlandensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants. They also announce the availability of a draft post-delisting monitoring (PDM) plan for the Cumberland sandwort. They seek information, data, and comments from the public on this proposed rule and on the associated draft PDM plan. If this proposal is finalized, the Cumberland sandwort will be removed from the List. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 26 June 2020. POC is Lee Andrews, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office, 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, Tennessee, 38501; tel (931) 528-6481. (Federal Register: 27 April 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 23302-23315).
Presentation will cover the following topics related to NPDES: statutory and regulatory framework, key definition, permits and regulated entities, and State program authorization.
Presentation will cover the following stormwater topics: impacts of runoff, regulatory framework, regulated discharges (construction activities, industrial activities, and MS4), enforcement actions, and green infrastructure approaches.
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