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June 28, 2017
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will be offering training opportunities for beginner and intermediate audiences on Monday, August 14, the day before the Energy Exchange 2017. These in-depth sessions bring additional value to the Energy Exchange experience.
Recently added: Federal Fleet Management 101 Workshop, Monday August 14, 1-4:30pm. To register, please contact Connie Aaron at vehicle.policy@gsa.gov or call 202-208-7634.
Join in to hear how numerous partners and communities were brought together to learn about low impact development and watershed-level green infrastructure approaches that have the potential to improve local resilience to flooding and drought impacts. This webinar will focus on a regional approach used by the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network (RTWN) in the Taunton River watershed in SE Massachusetts. The presenters will talk about how they used GIS at a regional level to identify priority areas for green infrastructure sites and how they used a localized web-based tool to promote sustainable development through smart bylaws and regulations.
This course is being offered July 24, August 15, or August 30, 2017 and registration is required. The Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) is offering a training webinar on the recent "Pre-CERCLA Screening Guidance" issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2016. This guidance is used by EPA, State, and Tribal Superfund site assessment staff and support contractors when deciding if a new site should be added to the Superfund "active site inventory" for more thorough pre-remedial site evaluation. The training webinar will cover all elements of the guidance, from planning the screening to approving the recommended course of action based on the screening. It includes an in-depth discussion of the Pre-CERCLA Screening Checklist/Decision Form that must be completed for each Pre-CERCLA screening. The webinar provides opportunities for participation by the audience, including a section for questions and answers. The recommended audience is EPA, State, and Tribal staff and managers and contractor support staff who are involved with planning, conducting, reviewing, and approving Pre-CERCLA screening activities.
Institutional controls (ICs) are administrative or legal restrictions that provide protection from exposure to contaminants on a site. When ICs are jeopardized or fail, direct exposure to human health and the environment can occur. While a variety of guidance and research to date has focused on the implementation of ICs, ITRC's Long-term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls (IC-1, 2016) guidance and this associated training class focuses on post-implementation IC management, including monitoring, evaluation, stakeholder communications, enforcement, and termination. The ITRC guidance and training will assist those who are responsible for the management and stewardship of Ics. ITRC has developed a downloadable tool that steps users through the process of planning and designing IC management needs. This tool can help to create a long lasting record of the site that includes the regulatory authority, details of the IC, the responsibilities of all parties, a schedule for monitoring the performance of the IC, and more. The tool generates an editable Long Term Stewardship (LTS) plan in Microsoft Word.
The ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance Web-Based Document, Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management (PVI-1, 2014) and this associated Internet-based training provides regulators and practitioners with consensus information based on empirical data and recent research to support PVI decision making under different regulatory frameworks. The PVI assessment strategy described in this guidance document enables confident decision making that protects human health for various types of petroleum sites and multiple PHC compounds. This guidance provides a comprehensive methodology for screening, investigating, and managing potential PVI sites and is intended to promote the efficient use of resources and increase confidence in decision making when evaluating the potential for vapor intrusion at petroleum-contaminated sites. By using the ITRC guidance document, the vapor intrusion pathway can be eliminated from further investigation at many sites where soil or groundwater is contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons or where LNAPL is present.
This event will bring water industry professionals from around the world to discuss the most important and challenging issues associated with both direct and indirect potable reuse. The event is designed to engage attendees not simply as listeners in the audience, but also as active participants in facilitated discussions intended to foster collaboration, the exchange of ideas, andthe advancement of the global discourse. This event is co-sponsored by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
June 27, 2017
This spreadsheet is a compilation of sustainable acquisition training resources developed or hosted by federal agencies that are available to government employees, businesses and non-governmental organizations. The courses listed have been compiled by the interagency Federal Sustainable Acquisition & Materials Management Practices Workgroup (SAMM) as of 26 June 2017.
REMINDER: New England Federal Facility "Race To Recycle Competition"- Webinar 6/29/2017- 1:00pm to 2:00PM EST- Do you work at a Federal Facility? Is your facility in New England? Your facility is ELIGIBLE for this competition !! During this webinar you will hear from EPA and GSA representatives about how to register and participate in this eight week "Race To Recycle" competition. EPA and GSA offer this annual competition to boost recycling and compost rates and minimize landfill waste. Last year competitors increased their diversion rates up to 15% and won the coveted Race To Recycle Cup.
To connect to the webinar: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/racetorecycle/.
For information and to register for the Race To Recycle: https://gsa.gov/portal/content/162894.
A bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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; 20 June 2017 [House], page H4993).
"Peer-to-Peer Partnership ... Solving Today's Utility Challenges Together" is the theme for the conference. Explore the leadership and management challenges facing utilities of all sizes – small, medium, and large – and the creative ways, including peer-to-peer partnership, in which they can be addressed.
Sponsored by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), this archive of quarterly webinars address topics ranging from water recycling and endangered species challenges, permitting options for small MS4s, and CWA rule litigation updates.
June 26, 2017
LandGEM is an automated estimation tool with a Microsoft Excel interface that can be used to estimate emissions rates for total landfill gas, methane, carbon dioxide, nonmethane organic compounds, and individual air pollutants from municipal solid waste landfills. It is available from the EPA's Clean Air Technology Center.
This is a correction to rule document 2017-12338, beginning on page 27154 of the Federal Register, in the issue of Wednesday, 14 June 2017 (Federal Register; 26 June 2017 [Rules and Regulations], page 28777).
A bill to direct Federal departments and agencies to perform certain functions to ensure that climate change-related impacts are fully considered in the development of national security doctrine, policies, and plans, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Science, Space, and Technology, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), 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; 15 June 2017 [House], page H4936).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify when the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to prohibit the specification of a defined area, or deny or restrict the use of a defined area for specification, as a disposal site under section 404 of such Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 15 June 2017 [House], page H4937).
While written for MS4 permit writers and aficionados, each compendium has examples of permits with some provisions that include green infrastructure. The first two compendia ("Six Minimum Control Measure Provisions" and "Post-Construction Standards") feature examples from existing MS4 permits of clear, specific and measurable requirements. For Part 3, "Water Quality-Based Requirements" EPA reviewed existing state and EPA permits and identified different ways of implementing TMDLs through quantitative requirements or pollutant-specific management measures such as green infrastructure, or a combination of both.
June 23, 2017
This workshop, sponsored by the National Groundwater Association, will focus on these major topics: overall vulnerability of groundwater under current stormwater regulations; desire to keep stormwater "local"/water rights; and subsurface treatment capability of shallow groundwater.
Join us to discuss current LED technologies and controls for interior and exterior lighting applications. After we take a brief look back at where LED performance has been; we'll review current trends in performance, costs and practical solutions. We'll touch on the DesignLights Consortium, as well as available rebates and the consortium's impact on lighting product choices.
Upon completion of the training, attendees will have a firm understanding of how to simply and confidently comply with federal, state, and local regulatory requirements for stormwater management on construction sites. NWETC's 2-day CESCL course is a dynamic interaction between traditional classroom style and hands-on exercises.
CESCL certification is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology, Construction Stormwater General Permit for personnel responsible for monitoring stormwater at construction sites disturbing one or more acres of land, or are part of a larger common plan of development. NWETC's 2-day CESCL course is a dynamic interaction between traditional classroom style lecture and hands-on field exercises. Interactive dialogue between the attendees and the trainers is also promoted, to encourage a shared learning environment.
This course examines the most up-to-date techniques in the management of sediment and construction sites. Students who complete the course will receive a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) card, good for three years. CESCL certification is required in the state of Washington by the Washington State Department of Ecology for personnel responsible for construction stormwater inspections and sampling at construction sites. Participants will also benefit from a dynamic interaction between traditional lectures and hands-on exercises. The course covers the essentials of being a certified lead and includes information on how new regulations will impact CESCL job functions. Upon completion, students will know how to simply and confidently comply with federal, state, and local regulatory requirements of stormwater management.
The U.S. has many different climate zones and topographic and geographic features. Each state and even areas within states differ in their ability to support different plant species without the need for supplemental water and fertilizers. The plant lists on this website will help you identify plants appropriate for your location.
Choosing the right plants, supporting soil health, and proper maintenance are all keys to water-smart landscapes. Consider these suggestions to create a landscape that has curb appeal and is easy to maintain.
June 22, 2017
Participate in this training to learn about native thistles and ways to conserve them. This webinar will highlight the wide diversity of native thistles and the 130+ pollinator species and other beneficial insects known to visit native thistle flowers. Learn how native thistles can be propagated and incorporated into conservation plantings, along with management practices to reduce intrusion of invasive thistles. Current biological control programs and other land management practices aimed at invasive non-native thistles threaten native thistles, with some at risk of extinction.
June 21, 2017
This 5 hour eTraining outlines the necessary steps for directing on-going or new operation of photovoltaic (PV) systems for the life of the project across a variety of system types, sizes, and environments. It is designed for personnel looking to plan and direct an operations and maintenance (O&M) program for a variety of PV systems. The course is part of FEMP's four-course Solar Energy: Photovoltaics Certificate Series, which discusses solar PV fundamentals for both small- and large-scale applications and operations and maintenance best practices for small-scale systems.
Renewable energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications. This 1 hour FEMP course will introduce learners to renewable energy system integration (ESI) from the building to the utility level. This course addresses how increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy generation can be controlled to realize energy cost savings and improve system reliability.
In Part 2 of this webinar series you will learn how the EPA designates areas that are meeting or not meeting NAAQS. Specifically, this session will discuss the designations process, the different categories (i.e., attainment, nonattainment, and unclassifiable), and what it means if your area does not meet the NAAQS and what role the community can play in the designations process. You do not need to register in advance to attend this webinar. To participate, please click on the webinar link at the date and time shown. Audio for the webinar will be delivered through the phone line at the dial-in number: (800) 309-5450; Conference ID: 31308775. It is recommended that you call in 15 minutes before the webinar's start time to ensure your participation.
In Part 3 of this webinar series you will learn how EPA works with areas to meet and maintain NAAQS. Specifically, this session will discuss how to attain & maintain the NAAQS and what role the community can play in the implementation process. You do not need to register in advance to attend this webinar. To participate, please click on the webinar link at the date and time shown. Audio for the webinar will be delivered through the phone line at the dial-in number: (800) 309-5450; Conference ID: 31308775. It is recommended that you call in 15 minutes before the webinar's start time to ensure your participation.
June 20, 2017
EPA is taking direct final action to amend the Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries to update an existing reference to a standard practice recently revised by ASTM International. Specifically, this direct final rule amends the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule to reference ASTM International's E2247-16 "Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property" and allow for its use to satisfy the statutory requirements for conducting all appropriate inquiries under CERCLA. This rule is effective on 18 September 2017, without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by 20 July 2017. POC is Patricia Overmeyer, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (5105T), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460-0002, 202-566-2774, or overmeyer.patricia@epa.gov (Federal Register; 20 June 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 28009-28012).
This presentation available will outline why federal food purchasing matters, how to include food recovery into strategic planning and food service contracts and leases, and provide examples of how federal and concessioner partnerships successfully contribute to food recovery.
Plenary sessions at this conference will feature national and state-level experts who will address the national security and community-building aspects of resiliency, as well as highlight the economic value to both governments and corporations of adopting resiliency measures in their policies and operations.
Developed by Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota Department of Health this tool incorporates a series of indicators that address community health factors and aims to streamline project decision-making process by providing a framework for stakeholders to identify and prioritize redevelopment goals. Designed as a self-guided tool by those who influence and work on brownfield projects, the Brownfield Health Indicator Tool's framework supports existing project decision-making processes.
Join with successful sustainable federal facilities to participate in the EPA's Federal Green Challenge. After a brief overview and updates for upcoming FY18, you will hear from two of our consistently top performing participants and their pathways to Federal Green Challenge success. Featured speakers include: George Johnson, Green Environmental Management Systems Coordinator for the VA Minneapolis Health Care System, and Molly Hatfield, Sustainability Program Analyst for the DOE Bonneville Power Administration. Register here.
A bill to authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to ocean acidification; to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (Federal Register; 12 June 2017 [House], page H4853).
June 19, 2017
Lighting technology is changing rapidly and the federal government continues to lead by example in efficient lighting applications. This eTraining core course provides an comprehensive overview of exterior lighting systems, including types of technologies, lighting controls, key applications, and emerging technologies. Course instruction also details government purchasing and agency requirements for interior lighting systems. By completing this course, learners will be able to: -Identify various types of exterior lighting sources and their applications -Select proper lighting controls for exterior lighting systems -Comply with agency exterior lighting configuration requirements -Determine energy savings opportunities in exterior lighting systems
Lighting technology is changing rapidly and the federal government continues to lead by example in efficient lighting applications. This eTraining core course provides a comprehensive overview of interior lighting system applications, including types of technologies, lighting controls, opportunities for savings, and emerging interior lighting technologies and trends. It also details government purchasing and agency requirements for interior lighting systems. By completing this course, learners will be able to: -Identify various interior lighting source features and applications -Select proper lighting controls for interior lighting system -Comply with agency interior lighting configuration requirements -Determine energy savings measures for interior lighting systems
Lighting technology is changing rapidly and the federal government continues to lead by example in efficient lighting applications.This eTraining core course provides a comprehensive overview of lighting systems, including lighting sources, lighting controls, and types of LED technologies, and identifies cost-effective LED applications. In addition, course instruction details federal requirements and procurement resources. By completing this course, learners will be able to: -Identify various lighting types and their key applications -Evaluate key factors in LED retrofit and replacement -Select proper lighting control configurations -Choose cost-effective LED products.
Federal buyers are required to purchase energy-efficient products by statute and executive order. In addition, energy-efficient procurement offers substantial energy and financial savings potential throughout the federal government. This course offers federal contracting officers a concise introduction to the process of procuring energy-efficient products and includes actionable guidance as it applies throughout the contracting process. Learning Objectives By completing this course you will learn to: -Understand the benefits of energy-efficient product procurement -Understand federal requirements to purchase energy-efficient products -Identify covered product categories subject to efficiency requirements in product and service contracts -Write compliant contracts that effectively communicate efficiency requirements to vendors -Verify the delivery of energy-efficient products -Utilize Federal Energy Management Program and ENERGY STAR web material to support these activities.
This webinar will focus on a regional approach by the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network (RTWN) in the Taunton River watershed in SE Massachusetts. The network coordinated with numerous partners and communities to manage stormwater, reduce flooding, and minimize drought impacts. The presenters are Eric J. Walberg, AICP, Senior Program Leader, Climate Services Program, Eric was the Administrator of the Physical and Environmental Planning Department in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he focused on climate change adaptation in southeastern Virginia and oversaw the development of the first Regional green infrastructure plan in the State. Stefanie Covino, from Mass Audubon has a Masters of Environmental Science and Policy. Her work with Mass Audubon's award-winning "Shaping the Future of Your Community Program" informs, empowers, and connects people to create smart development and targeted natural resource protection.
*Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1841615289487445249.
For questions about the webinar series or ideas for additional webinar topics, please email to soakuptherain@epa.gov.
June 15, 2017
UPDATED 06/15/2017: Publication now includes proposed Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD)amendment for Georgia Rules for Hazardous Waste Management, Chapter 391-3-11. See additional attachment.
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.
A bill to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize certain recycled water projects, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 7 June 2017 [House], page H4700).
June 14, 2017
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.
EPA is promulgating technology-based pretreatment standards under the CWA to reduce discharges of mercury from dental offices into municipal sewage treatment plants known as publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). This final rule requires dental offices to use amalgam separators and two best management practices recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). The final rule is effective on 14 July 2017. The compliance date, meaning the date that existing sources subject to the rule must comply with the standards in this rule is 14 July 2020. After the effective date of the rule, new sources subject to this rule must comply immediately with the standards in this rule. POC is Ms. Karen Milam, Engineering and Analysis Division (4303T), Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-566-1915; email: milam.karen@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 June 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 27154-27178).
EPA is delaying the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) Amendments for an additional 20 mo, to allow EPA to conduct a reconsideration proceeding and to consider other issues that may benefit from additional comment. The new effective date of the rule is 19 February 2019. The RMP Amendments were published in the Federal Register on 13 January 2017. On 26 January 2017 and on 16 March 2017, EPA published two documents in the Federal Register that delayed the effective date of the amendments until 19 June 2017. The EPA proposed in an 3 April 2017 Federal Register action to further delay the effective date until 19 February 2019 and held a public hearing on 19 April 2017. This action allows the Agency time to consider petitions for reconsideration of the RMP Amendments and take further regulatory action, as appropriate, which could include proposing and finalizing a rule to revise or rescind these amendments. The effective date of the rule amending 40 CFR part 68 published at 82 FR 4594 (13 January 2017), as delayed at 82 FR 4594 (26 January 2017) and 82 FR 13968 (16 March 2017), is further delayed until 19 Feb 2019. POC is James Belke, United States EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Mgt, 1200 Penn. Ave. NW., (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: (202) 564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 June 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 27133-27144.)
June 13, 2017
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program under which the Administrator shall defer the designation of an area as a nonattainment area for purposes of the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard if the area achieves and maintains certain standards under a voluntary early action compact plan; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 23 May 2017 [Senate], page S3097).
A bill to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to equalize liability and financial assurance requirements for onshore pipeline facilities that could discharge oil into the Great Lakes system with such requirements for offshore pipelines, to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue an emergency order directing pipeline owners to comply with existing pipeline operating agreements or acquire sufficient resources to appropriately respond to possible oil spill incidents, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 24 May 2017 [Senate], page S3146).
To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture, and for other purposes (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [Senate], page S3212).
A bill to require the Office of Pipeline Safety to consult with the Environmental Protection Agency or the Coast Guard in the event the Federal on-scene coordinator has concerns about the ability of a pipeline operator to respond to a worst case discharge; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [Senate], page S3212).
June 12, 2017
Update 06/12/2017: New attachment added -- Energy Exchange overview presentation.
The Energy Exchange is an educational and networking forum for those seeking to expand their knowledge of building operations, energy management, and sustainability in the federal sector. Training sessions explore the challenges and opportunities in and across civilian agencies and the military, including funding, designing, and operating energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The trade show features cutting-edge technologies for improving outcomes and reducing costs at project sites.
Since 1988, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has maintained a Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket under Section 120(c) of the CERCLA. Section 120(c) requires EPA to establish a Docket that contains certain information reported to EPA by Federal facilities that manage hazardous waste or from which a reportable quantity of hazardous substances has been released. This notice identifies the Federal facilities not previously listed on the Docket and also identifies Federal facilities reported to EPA since the last update on 24 October 2016. In addition to the list of additions to the Docket, this notice includes a section with revisions of the previous Docket list and a section of Federal facilities that are to be deleted from the Docket. This list is current as of 10 March 2017. POC is Benjamin Simes (Simes.Benjamin@epa.gov), Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket Coordinator, Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Mail Code 5106R), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460 (Federal Register; 6 June 2017 [Notices], pages 26092-26096).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn potential environmental issues into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. The Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners will be honored on June 12 at a ceremony in Washington, DC. Find out more about the winners and their innovative technologies at this website.
A bill to limit the applicability of the final rule entitled ``Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2`` to the extent such final rule relates to trailers that do not themselves emit greenhouse gases in connection with a propulsion system; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [House], page H4604).
A bill to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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 May 2017 [House], page H4606).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to beach monitoring, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 26 May 2017 [House], page H4614).
June 09, 2017
EPA has produced a guide to encourage partnerships between park agencies and stormwater agencies to promote the use of green infrastructure on park lands. Green infrastructure can help to maximize the environmental, economic, and social benefits of parks. By building strong partnerships, agencies can improve park lands and access to parks, better manage stormwater, increase community resiliency to shifting weather patterns, and provide funding to implement and maintain park enhancements that benefit the community.

The guide is designed to provide a stepwise approach for building relationships with potential partners, and includes information on how to identify and engage partners, build relationships, involve the community, leverage funding opportunities, and identify green infrastructure opportunities. It includes recommendations on the types of projects that are most likely to attract positive attention and funding, and which provide a wide range of benefits.

Case studies are included to illustrate the approaches presented in the guide. These real-life examples portray how partnerships between municipal stormwater agencies and parks departments have improved recreational resources in the community, enhanced environmental protection, and reduced risks and burdens.

The REC Review of Legislative & Regulatory Actions, published by the Navy Regional Environmental Coordination Office, highlights environmental and energy related developments for DoD/Navy leaders and Installation staff. Covering 20 states in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, the REC Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DoD interests. See attached.
June 08, 2017
A bill to establish an Office of Environmental Justice in the Environmental Protection Agency and to authorize an environmental justice small grants program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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 May 2017 [House], page H4604).
A bill to establish the Office of Environmental Justice in the Executive Office of the President, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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 May 2017 [House], page H4604).
In Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 190 to 259, revised as of 1 July 2016, on page 319, in Sec. 232.2, the first definition of Waters of the United States is removed ( Federal Register; 8 June 2017 [Rules and Regulations], page 26603).
In response to administrative petitions for reconsideration, the EPA proposes to postpone certain compliance dates in the effluent limitations guidelines and standards for the steam electric point source category under the CWA, published in the Federal Register on 3 November 2015. Specifically, EPA proposes to postpone the compliance dates for the new, and more stringent, best available technology economically achievable (``BAT') effluent limitations and pretreatment standards for each of the following waste streams: Fly ash transport water, bottom ash transport water, flue gas desulfurization (``FGD') wastewater, flue gas mercury control wastewater, and gasification wastewater. These compliance dates would be postponed until EPA completes reconsideration of the 2015 Rule. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before 6 July 2017. POC is Ronald Jordan, United States EPA, Engineering and Analysis Division; tel: 202-564-1003; email: jordan.ronald@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 June 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 26017-26019).
June 07, 2017
June 02, 2017
As proclaimed by President Trump on 31 May 2017, June 2017 is National Ocean Month. In his proclamation, the president encouraged Americans "to reflect on the value and importance of the oceans not only to our security and economy, but also as a source of recreation, enjoyment, and relaxation." Join NOAA's National Ocean Service in celebrating National Ocean Month.
June 01, 2017
EPA is releasing initial data collected under EPA's Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule from the 2016 CDR reporting period. This initial release of the 2016 CDR data includes national production volume, other manufacturing information, and processing and use information, but does not include information that was claimed by the submitter to be confidential business information (CBI) or information that is being withheld to protect CBI. There are a number of changes since the 2012 CDR, including new information as a result of new lower threshold for reporting chemicals subject to certain TSCA actions and changes to processing and use reporting. CDR data is collected every four years, with the latest submission period ending on 31 October 2016.
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide that nonnative species in the United States shall not be treated as endangered species or threatened species for purposes of that Act; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 23 May 2017 [House], page H4503).
A bill to advance the integration of clean distributed energy into electric grids, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 18 May 2017 [Senate], page S3041).
May 31, 2017
By a letter dated 5 May 2017, the Administrator announced the convening of a proceeding for reconsideration of certain requirements in the final rules, "Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills," and "Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills," both published on 29 August 2016. In this action, the EPA is staying subparts, which were added or revised by the two rules, for 90 days pending reconsideration. Title 40 CFR part 60, subpart Cf, and 40 CFR part 60, subpart XXX, are stayed from 31 May 2017 until 29 August 2017. POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email: airaction@epa.gov (Federal Register; 31 May 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 24878-24879).
Webinar will provide an overview of the Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers' resources available to utilities and outline a strategy for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and utility collaboration. It will also provide an update of the Air Management Package Project, which could serve as an example of a DOE-utility partnership, as well as a description of readily available resources to help achieve energy savings in data centers.
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