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February 17, 2017
Issued by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) August 2016, this strategy document and describes how recent innovations in policy, finance, and technology are facilitating significant growth in private and philanthropic investment in natural resources restoration and preservation. See attached.
EPA issued two proposed rules under section 6 of the TSCA to prohibit the manufacture (including importers), processing, and distribution in commerce of trichloroethylene (TCE) for use in aerosol degreasing, for use in spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities, and for use in vapor degreasing; to prohibit commercial use of TCE for aerosol degreasing, for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities, and for use in vapor degreasing; to require manufacturers (including importers), processors, and distributors, except for retailers of TCE for any use, to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require limited recordkeeping. This document extends the comment periods for both proposed rules by an additional 30 calendar days each. The comment period of the proposed rule published in the FR of 16 December 2016 (81 FR 91592) is extended to 16 March 2017, and the comment date of the proposed rule published in the FR of 19 January 2017 (82 FR 7432) is delayed to 19 April 2017. POC is Toni Krasnic, Chemical Control Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-0984; email: krasnic.toni@epa.gov (Federal Register 15 February 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 10732).
February 16, 2017
The four themes of the conference are: Scientific Evidence; Assessing Impacts in Divergent Ecosystems; Human Impacts and Impacts on Humans; and Technical, Political, and Social Responses.
A bill to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to facilitate the establishment of additional or expanded public target ranges in certain States; 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; 1 February 2017 [House], page H875).
A bill to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand coverage under the Act, to increase protections for whistleblowers, to increase penalties for high gravity violations, to adjust penalties for inflation, to provide rights for victims or their family members, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Congressional Record; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1080).
A bill to control the export of electronic waste in order to ensure that such waste does not become the source of counterfeit goods that may reenter military and civilian electronics supply chains in the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Congressional Record; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1080).
A bill to clarify that a State has the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within the boundaries of the State; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy and Commerce, 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; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1080).
A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1081).
February 15, 2017
This is a continuing education symposium featuring presentations from top experts in the fields of climate science, planning, and green infrastructure finance. The Collider, a not-for-profit innovative climate solutions space, is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) to allow planning professionals to earn up to eight CM credits. Participants will: Learn about the future climate and what types of weather events planners should be preparing for now. Be exposed to conceptual and practical approaches to achieving climate adaptation and resiliency that are transferable to their own communities. Understand the resources that are available and can be utilized to facilitate climate adaptation and resiliency planning.
Join broad consortium of agencies and organizations in highlighting the threat of invasive species and the steps being taken against them. This website highlight activities in Washington D.C, and throughout the U.S. associated with National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
This action temporarily delays until 21 March 2017, the effective date of the rule entitled Uniform National Discharge Standards for Vessels of the Armed Forces--Phase II Batch One, published in the Federal Register on 11 January 2017. The effective date of the regulation titled Uniform National Discharge Standards for Vessels of the Armed Forces--Phase II Batch One, published in the Federal Register on 11 January 2017, at 82 FR 3173, is delayed from 10 February 2017 to a new effective date of 21 March 2017. POC is Katherine B. Weiler, Marine Pollution Control Branch (4504T), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; Tel: 202-566-1280; weiler.katherine@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 February 2017 [Rules and Regulations], page 9682).
The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990 through 2015 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) emissions. Submit comments by 17 March 2017. Comments should be submitted to GHG Inventory at: Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Division (6207A), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, Fax: (202) 343-2338. You are welcome and encouraged to send an email with your comments to GHGInventory@epa.gov. POC is Ms. Mausami Desai, EPA, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, 202-343-2338, desai.mausami@epa.gov (Federal Register; 15 February 2017 [Notices], page 10767).
February 14, 2017
A bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 2 February 2017 [Senate], page S655).
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.
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.
February 13, 2017
Developed by FEMP, this document is intended to reduce project development and operational risks while increasing the speed at which projects are completed; two necessary components to reach the scale required to meet mandates and achieve cost savings for taxpayers. This guide is intended to act as a living document where lessons learned from the increasing number of projects can be incorporated and provide guidance for efforts.
In this report EPA identifies the chemical substances that will undergo risk evaluation during 2017, those for which risk evaluation will be initiated and those for which risk evaluation will be completed, including status and schedules.
February 10, 2017
A bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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; 2 February 2017 [House], page H944).
February 09, 2017
A bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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; 2 February 2017 [House], page H944).
January 2017 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.
February 08, 2017
A bill to facilitate efficient State implementation of ground-level ozone standards, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 1 February 2017 [Senate], page S594).
February 07, 2017
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal facilities, and for other purposes (Congressional Record; 30 January 2017 [House], page H742).
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal facilities, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 30 January 2017 [Senate], page S489).
February 06, 2017
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.
February 03, 2017
A bill to amend the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to authorize assignment to States of Federal agency environmental review responsibilities, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 January 2017 [House], page H469).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require review of the economic cost of adding a species to the list of endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 27 January 2017 [House], page H702).
A bill to provide for consideration of the extension under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of nonapplication of No-Load Mode energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms or surveillance systems, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 23 January 2017 [Senate], page S399).
February 02, 2017
Topics include issues related to hazardous materials and hazardous waste management.
February 01, 2017
Sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), topics include Netzero, green buildings, sustainability, national security, contingency engineering and facility management.
Topics planned for this 1-day forum include: Climate Resiliency and Population Health; Funding High Impact Energy Projects; and Supply Chain Impacts on Financial and Environmental Bottom Line. See attachment.
January 31, 2017
Participate to learn how beaver-assisted restoration techniques can be applied as a low cost alternative for restoring riparian areas.
The overarching theme of the conference in 2017 will be "Making Our Way to a Sustainable Tomorrow." The conference invites scientists and leaders from all sectors to come together to address critical topics such as the design of sustainable chemicals, flexible chemical manufacturing, more efficient processes, green chemistry curricula, circular economy considerations, sustainable materials, academic-industry collaborations, chemicals policy and more.
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.
January 30, 2017
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for an integrated planning and permitting process, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 12 January 2017 [House], page H469).
This webinar will discuss the impact weather and climate have on forest health and productivity. It will discuss short- and long-term impacts of droughts, floods, winds, and ice on insect and fungal populations and damage in southern forests.
January 27, 2017
Agenda for the Interagency Forum on Climate Change Impacts & Adaptations held on January 12, 2017, from 1:00-4:00pm at NASA HQ in Washington DC.
January 26, 2017
Document includes FY11-FY16 DOE GreenBuy Award winners
In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of 20 January 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review," this action temporarily delays until 21 March 2017, the effective date of the regulations listed in the table below. EPA identified 30 regulations that meet those criteria. This regulation is effective January 26, 2017. The effective date of each regulation listed is delayed to a new effective date of 21 March 2017. POC is Sarah Rees, Director, Office of Regulatory Policy and Management, Office of Policy, Mail code 1804, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20460; 202-564-1986; rees.sarah@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 January 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 8499-8501).
January 24, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the improvement of consumer confidence reports, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 10 January 2017 [House], page H298).
A bill to improve the ability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard, and coastal States to sustain healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems by maintaining and sustaining their capabilities relating to oil spill preparedness, prevention, response, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 9 January 2017 [Senate], page S154).
January 23, 2017
A bill to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices designed to be connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-emitting diodes providing illumination from energy conservation standards for external power supplies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 13 January 2017 [House], page H543).
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