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June 21, 2018
This free annual workshop, held in partnership with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), will provide in-depth information and training on various solutions and strategies for handling small drinking water system challenges. The workshop is primarily designed for state personnel responsible for drinking water regulations compliance and treatment technologies permitting; however, others may also benefit, including system owners and operators, local and tribal government personnel, academics, design engineers, technical assistance providers, and consultants.
How do you test for something when you don't even know it's there? EPA researchers are developing new ways to do just that in order to protect human health and the environment. The objective of non-targeted analysis methods is to identify unknown chemicals in water, soil and other types of samples, without having a preconceived idea of what chemicals are present.
June 20, 2018
Eleven years ago the U.S. Senate's unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as "National Pollinator Week" marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. This year, June 18 – 24, 2018 is the designated week. Check out the Pollinator Partnership website for events and resources.
This webinar is part of a series of monthly webinars hosted by EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW) to discuss challenges and treatment solutions for small drinking water and wastewater systems. See the website for details on the topic and to register for the webinar.
CEQ is considering updating its implementing regulations for the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Over the past four decades, CEQ has issued numerous guidance documents but has amended its regulations substantively only once. Given the length of time since its NEPA implementing regulations were issued, CEQ solicits public comment on potential revisions to update the regulations and ensure a more efficient, timely, and effective NEPA process consistent with the national environmental policy stated in NEPA. Comments should be submitted on or before 20 July 2018. POC is Edward A. Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality, 730 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20503. Tel: 202-395-5750.(Federal Register; 20 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 28591-28592).
June 19, 2018
REMINDER: This national, interactive map can help you save money, feed people, and keep food out of landfills. The map identifies more than 500,000 potential generators of excess food (e.g. correctional facilities, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, hospitality industry, food manufacturers and processors, and food wholesalers and distributors) and estimated generation quantities, as well as over 4,000 potential recipients of excess food (e.g. anaerobic digestion and composting facilities, food banks). The map can help users identify potential sources of food for rescue; potential feedstocks for compost and anaerobic digestion; potential infrastructure gaps for managing excess food; and, alternatives to sending food to landfill. This resource is intended to give users the tools to understand the potential magnitude of excess food in their communities, and help make connections between generators and recipients such that more food is diverted from landfills and put toward beneficial uses.
This FEMP/WBGD course will first provide an introduction to key lighting and energy terms. The bulk of the course will focus on the options including TLEDs, retrofit kits, and new fixtures. A review of the three types of TLEDs, installation features and concerns, and energy savings potential of TLEDs will be discussed. Retrofit kit options and installation details will reviewed.
This seminar provides an overview of operations and maintenance best practices with a focus on corrective, preventive, and predictive infrastructure requirements and commissioning for existing buildings.
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 recording of the 13 June 2018 EPA webinar about the impact of implementing e-manifesting on hazardous waste generators is now available. The webinar also addresses common questions from generators.
Topics covered in this EPA Watersense webinar will include viewing stormwater as a resource, managing stormwater onsite, reducing pollutant loads, and supporting multi-functional infrastructure.
The "Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter" is published monthly by EPA's Office of Water. It highlights current information about fish and shellfish -- providing a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, publications, awarded research, and future meetings and conferences.
June 18, 2018
PHMSA issues this rulemaking in response to appeals submitted to a previously-published final rule. On 2 June 2016, PHMSA published a final rule that made miscellaneous amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations. This final rule specifically responds to appeals to extend the effective date of certain nitric acid packaging and emergency response telephone number amendments as previously adopted. This final rule also clarifies amendments associated with the trigger date of the 10-year test period for certain MC 331 cargo tanks in dedicated propane service and corrects editorial errors. This final rule is effective 8 July 2018. POC is Michael Ciccarone, Standards and Rulemaking Division, (202) 366-8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. DoT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001 (Federal Register; 18 June 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 28162-28168).
June 15, 2018
Summary of DOE sustainability support personnel.
On 14 June 2018 EPA recognized federal facilities for conserving resources and saving taxpayers' money as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). These efforts across the federal government have not only resulted in approximately $22 million in cost savings in the last year, but also further the goals of the President's17 May 2018, EO Regarding Efficient Federal Operations.
On 23 June 23, 2016, the EPA promulgated its final response to petitions for reconsideration of the final NSPS and emission guidelines (EG) for CISWI units that were promulgated on 21 March 2011, and revised 7 February 2013. EPA is proposing amendments to address requests from industry stakeholders and implementing agencies to clarify various issues with implementation of the standards. In addition, the EPA is addressing certain testing and monitoring issues and inconsistencies within the rules that required further clarification or correction. Comments must be received on or before 30 July 2018. POC is Dr. Nabanita Modak Fischer, Fuels and Incineration Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5572; fax: 919-541-0516; email: modak.nabanita@epa.gov (Federal Register; 15 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 28068-28137).
June 14, 2018
A recording of the 13 June 2018 EPA webinar about the impact of implementing e-manifesting on hazardous waste generators is now available. The webinar also addresses common questions from generators.
A bill to reauthorize and amend the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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; 5 June 2018 [House], page H4775).
A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act to further the conservation of prohibited wildlife species; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 5 June 2018 [Senate], page S2991).
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 that Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 6 June 2018 [Senate], page S3035.)
A bill to establish an innovative water technology grant program and to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to encourage the use of innovative water technology, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 6 June 2018 [Senate], page S3035.)
The national e-Manifest system for tracking hazardous waste shipments electronically will begin June 30, 2018. This system will modernize the nation's hazardous waste tracking process while saving valuable time, resources, and dollars for industry and states. Wastes defined as hazardous under federal and state regulations, as well as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) wastes, are required to be shipped using a hazardous waste manifest. Those who use the hazardous waste manifest will be subject to this rule.
The national e-Manifest system for tracking hazardous waste shipments electronically will begin June 30, 2018. This system will modernize the nation's hazardous waste tracking process while saving valuable time, resources, and dollars for industry and states. Wastes defined as hazardous under federal and state regulations, as well as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) wastes, are required to be shipped using a hazardous waste manifest. Those who use the hazardous waste manifest will be subject to this rule.
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.
June 13, 2018
EPA promulgates regulations under authority provided in the federal environmental statutes such as the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and many others. Most statutory provisions require or allow some consideration of cost and benefits when setting pollution standards, but there is variation in terminology and specificity regarding the nature and scope of the cost and benefit considerations. In this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), EPA is soliciting comment on whether and how EPA promulgates regulations providing a consistent and transparent interpretation relating to the consideration of weighing costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions in a manner consistent with applicable authorizing statutes. EPA is also soliciting comment on whether and how these regulations could also prescribe specific analytic approaches to quantifying the costs and benefits of EPA regulations. This ANPRM does not propose any regulatory requirements. Comments must be received on or before July 13, 2018. POC is Elizabeth Kopits, National Center for Environmental Economics, Office of Policy, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 1809T, Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202-566-2299; kopits.elizabeth@epa.gov ( Federal Register; 13 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 27524-27528).
The event brings together hundreds of UST/LUST professionals, including tank inspectors; cleanup specialists; state, tribal, and territorial employees; federal regulators; and industry representatives to network and learn about emerging issues, policy, equipment, and many other topics. The event is hosted by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), EPA, and others.
This newsletter informs state, tribal, territorial, and federal UST regulators, consultants, contractors, and tank owners about UST and LUST activities, cleanup-fund issues, spill remediation, and prevention technologies. This newsletter is produced by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC).
June 12, 2018
EPA is adding a nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) category to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of EPCRA and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). EPA is adding this chemical category to the EPCRA section 313 list because EPA has determined that NPEs meet the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(C) toxicity criteria. EPA has determined that short-chain NPEs are highly toxic to aquatic organisms and longer chain NPEs, while not as toxic as short-chain NPEs, can break down in the environment to short-chain NPEs and nonylphenol, both of which are highly toxic to aquatic organisms. This final rule is effective 30 Nov 2018. This final rule will apply for the reporting year beginning 1 Jan 2019 (reports due 1 Jul 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; tel: 202-566-0743; email: bushman.daniel@epa.gov (Federal Register; 12 June 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 27291-27296).
On 25 June 2018, the U.S. EPA will kick off the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) community engagements in Exeter, New Hampshire with a two-day public event. This event allows EPA to hear directly from New England communities, state, local, and tribal partners to take action on PFAS. Both days will be open to the public and the press. The public is invited to speak during the June 25th listening session. Those interested in attending or speaking can sign up for a three-minute speaking slot on the website.
An introduction to the influence of the urban forest has on storm water flows and water quality. Focus will be on the science that extension agents can deliver in cities to affect storm water through specific urban forestry practices. This webinar is part of the series, Understanding Urban and Community Forests: An Extension Webinar Series. The series was developed by Southern Regional Extension Forestry, with input from southeastern US urban forestry Cooperative Extension experts.
June 11, 2018
EPA has announced the availability of $2.0 million in grant funding for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects. Under this grant competition, each applicant may request up to $800,000 in federal funding. EPA anticipates awarding up to eight tribal assistance agreements. Projects may include replacing, upgrading or retrofitting school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, energy production generators or other diesel engines. Proposals from tribal applicants must be received by 6 September 2018.
EPA publishes the Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions online at http://www.reginfo.gov and at www.regulations.gov to update the public. This document contains information about: Regulations in the Semiannual Agenda that are under development, completed, or canceled since the last agenda; and reviews of regulations with small business impacts under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. POC for the Semiannual Agenda is Caryn Muellerleile; email:(muellerleile.caryn@epa.gov; tel: 202-564-2855(Federal Register; 11 June 2018 [Unknown Section], pages 27197-27203).
EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for asbestos (including as part of an article). The rule is manufacturing (including importing) or processing for certain uses identified by EPA as no longer ongoing. The following uses are subject to this proposed SNUR: Adhesives, sealants, and roof and non-roof coatings; arc chutes; beater-add gaskets; extruded sealant tape and other tape; filler for acetylene cylinders; high-grade electrical paper; millboard; missile liner; pipeline wrap; reinforced plastics; roofing felt; separators in fuel cells and batteries; vinyl-asbestos floor tile; and any other building material (other than cement). Persons subject to the SNUR would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before starting any manufacturing or processing of asbestos for a significant new use. Manufacturing and for the significant new use may not begin until after EPA has reviewed the notice, made an appropriate determination, and taken required actions in association with that determination. Comments must be received on or before 10 August 2018. POC is Robert Courtnage, National Program Chemicals Division (Mail Code 7404T), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-566-1081; email: courtnage.robert@epa.gov (Federal Register; 11 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 26922-26933).
This EPA tool supports nationwide diversion of excess food from landfills. The interactive map identifies and displays facility-specific information about potential generators and recipients of excess food in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors and also provides estimates of excess food by generator type. The map can help users identify potential sources of food for rescue; potential feedstocks for compost and anaerobic digestion; potential infrastructure gaps for managing excess food; and, alternatives to sending food to landfill.
June 08, 2018
Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) review of the air quality criteria addressing human health effects and the primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for sulfur oxides (SOX), the EPA is proposing to retain the current standard, without revision. Comments must be received on or before 23 July 2018. POC is Dr. Nicole Hagan, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Mail Code C504-06, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3153; fax: 919-541-0237; email: hagan.nicole@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 26752-26785).
The FWS proposes to remove the Colorado butterfly plant (Oenothera coloradensis, currently listed as Gaura neomexicana ssp. coloradensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants (List) due to recovery. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that the threats to the Colorado butterfly plant have been eliminated or reduced to the point that it has recovered, and that this plant is no longer likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future and, therefore, no longer meets the definition of a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This proposed rule, if made final, would also remove the currently designated critical habitat for the Colorado butterfly plant. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 7 August 2018. POC is Tyler A. Abbott, Field Supervisor, tel: 307-772-2374 (citationFederal Register;; 8 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 26623-26640). https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-08/html/2018-12409.htm
Learn how EPA's Recommendations can help federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally preferable products. The Recommendations currently include over 40 private sector certifications/standards/ecolabels in 22 key purchase categories. From cleaning products, to construction, to electronics, and more!
Curious how your multifamily property stacks up against others in terms of water efficiency? EPA's 1-100 water score allows users tracking water through Portfolio Manager to gauge how their properties compare against similar ones across the country. This webinar will cover how to generate the score in Portfolio Manager and discuss how multifamily owners can use this new water performance metric to identify opportunities for water savings. Finally, learn about some of the best practices and tools to start saving water and improving your property's score.
Achieving significant water savings can often require going beyond the low-hanging fruit. Find out how to take the information collected during a facility water assessment to evaluate and prioritize larger-scale projects to maximizing water, energy, and cost savings. Get the information you need to include water efficiency in capital improvements through equipment retrofits and replacements during a renovation or when designing a new facility or space.
This CEQ website links to relevant U.S. codes, public laws, guidance, and resources to assist agencies in implementing E.O. 13834.
June 07, 2018
Efficient Federal Operations
17 May 2018
It is the policy of the United States that agencies shall meet such statutory requirements in a manner that increases efficiency, optimizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources, and protects the environment. In implementing this policy, each agency shall prioritize actions that reduce waste, cut costs, enhance the resilience of Federal infrastructure and operations, and enable more effective accomplishment of its mission. This EO rescinds EO 13693.
June 06, 2018
Energy Exchange is the Federal Energy Management Program's flagship event that brings together subject matter experts from a wide range of technical disciplines to share their knowledge of government best practices with the federal energy management community. For 2018, the Department of Energy is bringing together the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio August 21st-23rd, creating the largest and most exciting DOE training, trade show, and peer event of the year. Thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors will convene to accelerate the adoption of energy/water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions. The combined Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit will feature technical training sessions, interactive panels, and learning opportunities from public and private sector market leaders. Click for the event agenda and schedule. Early bird registration ends June 15, 2018.
June 04, 2018
President Trump issued Proclamation 9757 designating June 2018 as Great Outdoors month . This website from the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable provides ideas and encourages us to all get outdoors.
This rule establishes initial air quality designations for certain areas in the United States, including areas of Indian country, for the 2015 primary and secondary NAAQS for ozone. On November 6, 2017, the EPA designated about 85 percent of the country as attainment/unclassifiable and 3 counties as unclassifiable. EPA is now designating all remaining areas, except for 8 counties in the San Antonio, TX metropolitan area. Areas are being designated as either nonattainment, attainment/unclassifiable, or unclassifiable. Areas designated as nonattainment are also being classified by operation of law according to the severity of their air quality problems. The classification categories are Marginal, Moderate, Serious, Severe, and Extreme. In addition, five nonattainment areas in California are being voluntarily reclassified to a higher classification. The effective date of this rule is 3 August 2018. POC is Denise Scott, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Mail Code C539-01, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Tel: 919-541-4280; email: scott.denise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 4 June 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 25776-25848).
June 01, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is removing the plant Trichostema austromontanum ssp. compactum (Hidden Lake bluecurls) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants on the basis of recovery. This action is based on a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the threats to T. a. ssp. compactum have been eliminated or reduced to the point where it no longer meets the definition of an endangered species or a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. This rule also announces the availability of a post-delisting monitoring plan for T. a. ssp. compactum. This rule becomes effective 2 July 2018. POC is G. Mendel Stewart, Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250, Carlsbad, CA 92008; tel: 760-431-9440; fax 760-431-5901 (Federal Register; 1 June 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 25392-25404).
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to revise labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 16 May 2018 [House], page 4138).
The theme of the conference is "Independence & Interdependence." The conference topics include: Clean & Affordable Energy; Consumption, Production & Waste; Climate Change; Oceans & Seas; and Terrestrial Ecosystems.
May 31, 2018
A bill to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 18 May 2018 [House], page H4242).
FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will present demonstration sessions on eProject Builder (ePB), the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's IDIQ contracts. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking, and reporting processes. To participate, log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov
FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will present demonstration sessions on eProject Builder (ePB), the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's IDIQ contracts. In the advanced webinar, they will cover the M&V module and analysis and reporting features. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking, and reporting processes. To participate, log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.
May 30, 2018
A bill to implement the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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; 10 May 2018 [House], page H3929).
A bill to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 8 May 2018 [Senate], page S2552).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to modify provisions relating to international border areas, marginal areas, and rural transport areas, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 10 May 2018 [Senate], page S2623).
The Environmental Protection Agency is revising regulations associated with the definition of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. These revisions implement vacaturs ordered by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit), on 7 July 2017, as modified on 6 March 2018. This final rule is effective on 30 May 2018. POC is Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, MC 5304P, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460, Tracy Atagi, at (703) 308-8672, (atagi.tracy@epa.gov) (Federal Register; 30 May 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 24664-24671).
May 29, 2018
The Office of Federal Sustainability has posted a website with resources related to the implementation of EO 13834.
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