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December 11, 2019
NCSE 2020 will explore the various ways that science serves and contributes to the decision-making process, highlighting cases in which science has helped improve environmental decisions, as well as examples in which a lack of science has compromised the efficacy of decisions and policies. The Annual Conference will bring together scientists, decision-makers, industry leaders, and subject-matter experts to effectively bridge the cultures of science and policymaking toward a more resilient and sustainable future and societal well-being.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 99th Annual Meeting will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2020 meeting: A Century of Progress: Foundation for the Future.
The Public Lands Alliance Convention and Trade Show brings together nonprofits, land management agencies and companies to learn, network and engage on public lands issues.
December 10, 2019
EPA is adding hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. This change will benefit the wide variety of establishments generating and managing hazardous waste aerosol cans, including the retail sector, by providing a clear, protective system for managing discarded aerosol cans. The streamlined universal waste regulations are expected to ease regulatory burdens on retail stores and others that discard hazardous waste aerosol cans; promote the collection and recycling of these cans; and encourage the development of municipal and commercial programs to reduce the quantity of these wastes going to municipal solid waste landfills or combustors. This final rule is effective on February 7, 2020. POC is Laura Stanley, Office of Land and Emergency Management (5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tele: 703-308-7285; email: stanley.laura@epa,gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-25674
December 09, 2019
USFWS proposes to list Pectis imberbis (beardless chinchweed), a plant species from southern Arizona and northern Mexico, as an endangered species and to designate critical habitat for Beardless chinchweed. In total, USFWS propose to designate approximately 10,604 acres (4,291 hectares) in southern Arizona as critical habitat for this plant. In addition, USFWS proposes to list Graptopetalum bartramii (Bartram's stonecrop), a plant species from southern Arizona and northern Mexico, as a threatened species. USFWS is not proposing to designate critical habitat for Bartram's stonecrop because we find that a designation is not prudent. Comments received or postmarked on or before 4 February 2020 will be accepted. POC is Jeff Humphrey, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Arizona Ecological Services Field Office, 9828 North 31st Avenue, #C3, Phoenix, AZ 85051-2517; tele: 602-242-0210. https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-26210
FEMP recently presented its 39th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards honor federal personnel and highlight their outstanding achievements related to energy and water cost savings, optimized energy and water use, and distributed energy at our nation's federal facilities.
December 06, 2019
EPA is soliciting information from the public as EPA considers proposing a future rule on adding certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). Comments must be received on or before 3 February 2020. POC is Daniel R. Bushman, Toxics Release Inventory Program Division (7410M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tele: (202) 566-0743; email: bushman.daniel@epa.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-26034
NMFS has determined that a designation of critical habitat for the Giant Manta Ray is not prudent at this time. Based on a comprehensive review of the best scientific data available, NMFS finds that there are no identifiable physical or biological features that are essential to the conservation of the giant manta ray within areas under U.S. jurisdiction. NMFS also finds that there are no areas outside of the geographical area occupied by the species under U.S. jurisdiction that are essential to its conservation. As such, NMFS finds that there are no areas within the jurisdiction of the United States that meet the definition of critical habitat for the giant manta ray. This finding is made on December 5, 2019. POC is Maggie Miller, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, (301) 427-8403. https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-26265
December 05, 2019
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to update the Federal purchase requirement to ensure the use of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. (Congressional Record: 18 November 2019 [House] Page H8958)
A bill to assist Tribal governments in the management of buffalo and buffalo habitat and for the reestablishment of buffalo on Indian lands. (Congressional Record: 18 November 2019 [House] Page H8958)
A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish Tribal Wildlife Corridors (Congressional Record: 19 November 2019 [House] Pages H9056-H9057)
Water program integration and green infrastructure solutions in urban-to-agricultural settings can aid in resilience to flooding, drought, water contamination, erosion, urban heat island, and airborne dust particulates. This webinar will provide tools to help integrate water protection planning (e.g., water quality protection, watershed planning, source water protection) into hazard mitigation planning, provide an overview for hazard mitigation specialists and watershed planners on how to align program goals and activities, and illustrate how planning efforts can be enhanced through a cooperative, coordinated approach.
December 04, 2019
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to reform the renewable fuel program under that Act. (Congressional Record: 14 November 2019 [Senate] Pages S6604-S6605)https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s2873is/pdf/BILLS-116s2873is.pdf
A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish Tribal Wildlife Corridors (Congressional Record: 19 November 2019 [Senate] Page S6669)https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s2891is/pdf/BILLS-116s2891is.pdf
A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to provide for the consideration of climate change. (Congressional Record: 19 November 2019 [Senate] Page S6669)https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s2893is/pdf/BILLS-116s2893is.pdf
A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to delist certain endangered species and threatened species.(Congressional Record: 14 November 2019 [House] Pages H8877-H8879)
December 03, 2019
USFWS proposes to remove the Nashville crayfish (Orconectes shoupi), a relatively large crayfish native to the Mill Creek watershed in Davidson and Williamson Counties, Tennessee, from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (List). USFWS announces the availability of a draft post-delisting monitoring (PDM) plan for the Nashville crayfish. USFWS seeks information, data, and comments from the public regarding this proposal to remove the Nashville crayfish from the List (i.e., "delist" the species) and regarding the draft PDM plan. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before January 27, 2020. POC is Lee Andrews, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office, 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, TN 38506; tele: 931-528-6481. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-26/html/2019-25548.htm
USFWS proposes to remove Bradshaw's lomatium (Bradshaw's lomatium, also known as Bradshaw's desert parsley), a plant found in western Oregon and southwestern Washington, from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants due to recovery. USFWS requests information and comments from the public regarding this proposed rule and the draft post-delisting monitoring plan for Bradshaw's lomatium. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before January 27, 2020. POC is Paul Henson, State Supervisor, USFWS, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97266; tele: 503-231-6179.https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-26/html/2019-25545.htm
USFWS proposes to designate critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell (Medionidus walkeri) under the ESA. The Suwannee moccasinshell is a freshwater mussel species from the Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia. In total, approximately 306 kilometers (190 miles) of stream channels in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, and Union Counties, Florida, and Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. If USFWS finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections to this species' critical habitat. USFWS will accept comments on the proposed rule or draft economic analysis that are received or postmarked on or before January 27, 2020. POC is Sean M. Blomquist, Acting Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Panama City Ecological Services Field Office, 1601 Balboa Avenue, Panama City, FL 32405; by tele: 850-769-0552. https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-25598
NMFS announces the extension of the public comment period on the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the Central America, Mexico, and Western North Pacific distinct population segments (DPSs) of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). The deadline for receipt of comments is extended to January 31, 2020. A public hearing will be held on January 6, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time) in Petersburg, Alaska. POC is Lisa Manning, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8466. https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-25759
EPA is proposing corrections to existing regulatory language for the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program. EPA is proposing corrections that will update identifiers, formulas, and names for certain TRI-listed chemicals and updates to the text that identifies which chemicals the 0.1 percent de minimis concentration applies to in order to remedy a cross-reference to a no-longer-accurate Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulatory citation. Comments must be received on or before January 28, 2020. POC is Daniel Bushman, Toxics Release Inventory Program Division, Mailcode 7410M, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tele: (202) 566-0743; email: bushman.daniel@epa.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-25356
December 02, 2019
USFWS proposes to reclassify the June sucker (Chasmistes liorus) from endangered to threatened under the ESA, due to substantial improvements in the species' overall status since its original listing as endangered in 1986. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before January 27, 2020. POC is Larry Crist, Field Supervisor, tele: 801-975-3330. Direct all questions or requests for additional information to: JUNE SUCKER QUESTIONS, USFWS; Utah Ecological Services Field Office; 2369 Orton Circle, Suite 50; West Valley City, Utah 84119. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-26/html/2019-25549.htm.
November 26, 2019
USFWS determined threatened species status under the ESA, for the meltwater lednian stonefly (Lednia tumana) and the western glacier stonefly (Zapada glacier), both aquatic species from alpine streams and springs. Meltwater lednian stoneflies are found in Montana and Canada, and western glacier stoneflies are found in Montana and Wyoming. The effect of this regulation will be to add these species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. USFWS finalized a rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of these species. We have also determined that designation of critical habitat for these species is not prudent. This rule becomes effective December 23, 2019. POC is Jodi Bush, Office Supervisor, USFWS, Montana Ecological Services Field Office, 585 Shepard Way, Suite 1, Helena, MT 59601, by tel: 406-449-5225. (Federal Register: 21 November 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 64210-64227)
A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to establish within the National Park Service the U.S. African-American Burial Grounds Network. (Congressional Record: 7 November 2019 [Senate] Pages S6474-S6475)
A bill to establish the Office of Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs within the Environmental Protection Agency. (Congressional Record: 14 November 2019 [Senate] Pages S6604-S6605)
November 22, 2019
Water and wastewater managers and professionals will gather to hear the latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case studies, and research in all aspects of utility management. Over the past 30 years, members of AWWA and WEF have established The Utility Management Conference. Come prepared to share your experiences and learn from others in similar situations as we respond to the most pressing management issues of the day.
The annual Climate Leadership Conference is dedicated to addressing the climate crisis through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Hosted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry, the conference brings together forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community to explore energy and climate solutions and opportunities, and to showcase climate leadership.
November 21, 2019
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Fiscal Year 2019 Environmental Justice Progress Report highlighting the agency's progress in advancing environmental justice for minority, low-income, tribal, and indigenous communities across the country. EPA is committed to assisting vulnerable communities to become cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous places to live, work, learn and play. The FY 2019 Report shows how EPA is collaborating with partners, supporting communities, and ensuring that EJ is integrated into the work of every EPA programs and regional office. EPA is also working to align programs, policies and investments to support economically distressed communities, including those in Opportunity Zones.
Also, EPA, USDA and FDA are working together through their Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative - see YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5AJwIfytZA&feature=youtu.be.
November 20, 2019
WASHINGTON (November 20, 2019) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the rest of the federal government, released the Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and Regulatory Plan (Fall Regulatory Agenda and Annual Regulatory Plan), which provides updates to the public about regulatory activity. "EPA's Fall Regulatory Agenda and Annual Regulatory Plan continue to advance the agency's core mission of protecting human health and the environment through regulatory reform and modernization," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "Under President Trump, EPA has finalized 47 deregulatory actions, saving Americans nearly $5 billion in regulatory costs. By creating a climate of regulatory certainty, we're able to breathe new life into local economies around the country." EPA's Fall Regulatory Agenda includes information on the agency's regulatory and deregulatory activities under development within the next 12 months. The Agenda includes 56 actions that are expected to be deregulatory and 37 actions appearing for the first time. The Annual Regulatory Plan includes EPA's statement of regulatory priorities and additional information about 34 priority actions that the agency plans to propose or complete in the coming year.
FedFleet 2020 is open to all federal fleet professionals at no cost (valid federal ID required). FedFleet 2020 is an unique, one-stop educational experience that assembles fleet management, and automotive procurement professionals, in one place for three days of training. FedFleet 2020 registration allows you access to over 40 training sessions, the Fleet Computer Lab, opportunities to engage with over 50 industry-specific fleet vendors and exclusive access to the 2020 Washington Auto Show.
November 19, 2019
A bill to authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct research on wildfire smoke.(Congressional Record: 30 October 2019 [House] Pages H8677-H8678)
November 18, 2019
This handbook provides an overview of the federal hazardous waste regulations and helps small-business owners and operators understand how best to comply with federal hazardous waste management regulations. It was updated in October 2019 to incorporate new requirements from the 2016 Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, the 2018 e-Manifest Rule, the 2019 Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule, and other recent rulemakings.
November 2019 version of the quarterly publication of "The Corps Environment" newsletter published by the USACE Environmental Community of Practice. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information about USACE and Army environmental actions, issues, policies and technologies. This edition highlights how the Corps fosters sustainability as a way of life, in support of Environmental Operating Principle #1. Content includes commentary from Col. Isaac Manigault, Commander of U.S. Army Environmental Command, about setting conditions for Army readiness. This edition also highlights a variety of projects and initiatives from across the Army enterprise that are setting conditions for a sustainable future.
November 14, 2019
The EPA is finalizing amendments to the Standards of Performance for Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines. This final action revises the emission standards for particulate matter (PM) for new stationary compression ignition (CI) engines located in remote areas of Alaska. The final rule is effective on November 13, 2019. For questions about this action, contact Melanie King, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; tele: (919) 541-2469; and email: king.melanie@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 13 November 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 61563-61568)
EPA proposes regulatory revisions to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for lead and copper under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This proposed rule provides more effective protection of public health by reducing exposure to lead and copper in drinking water. This proposed rule also strengthens procedures and requirements related to health protection and the implementation of the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in the following areas: Lead tap sampling; corrosion control treatment; lead service line replacement; consumer awareness; and public education. Comments must be received on or before January 13, 2020. (Federal Register: 13 November 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 61684-61774) POC is Erik Helm, Standards and Risk Management Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Mail Code 4607M, Washington, DC 20460; tele: (202) 566-1049 (TTY 800-877-8339); email: Helm.Erik@EPA.gov.
This annual event for Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners and other key stakeholders provides the opportunity for professionals to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in7 energy and water efficiency. Attendees take part in interactive sessions with industry experts and market leaders as well as multiple opportunities to network with peers.
November 13, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 45-day public comment period associated with release of the Systematic Review Protocol for the perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), perfluorohexanesulfonate (PFHxS), and perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments. This protocol document presents the methods for conducting the systematic reviews and dose response analyses for these assessments as well as summarizes the Agency's problem formulation activities. Public input will help to inform the subsequent development of draft assessments for these per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. The 45-day public comment period ends 23 December 2019. For technical information on the protocol, contact Dr. James Avery, Center for Public Health & Environmental Assessment; tel: 202-564-1494; or email: avery.james@epa.gov.
The 2020 DOE Lighting R&D Workshop will be co-sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society, leveraging the long-term partnership between DOE and IES to advance the quality and efficiency of lighting through science and engineering. Join DOE and IES in San Diego January 28–30 for a gathering of top lighting scientists and industry experts, to share the latest on lighting science and technology advances.
November 12, 2019
USFWS proposes additions to the November 28, 2018, proposed rule to update the List of Migratory Birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The proposed revisions in this document consist of further updates to taxonomy and distribution published in 2019. The net increase of 8 additional species (10 added and 2 removed) to the November 28, 2018, proposed rule would bring the total number of species protected by the MBTA to 1,093. USFWS is requesting public comments on the revisions. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 12, 2019. POC is Eric L. Kershner, Chief of the Branch of Conservation, Permits, and Regulations; Division of Migratory Bird Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: MB; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; (703) 358-2376. (Federal Register: 12 November 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 60998-61002).
Education credit certificates are now available to be picked up for anyone who registered at the 2019 Symposium event in Bethesda, MD, and attended at least one session.
November 11, 2019
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