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December 12, 2017
NAHMMA is an established group of hazardous materials management professionals whose purpose is to advance education, foster communication, encourage policy development, recognize exemplary programs and provide professional development opportunities. They are dedicated to pollution prevention and reducing the toxicity of municipal waste streams. Conference topics include, but are not limited to: Climate Change, Water Quality, Green Building, Environmental Health, Disaster Planning and Response, and Pollution Prevention.
Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), The theme of the 6th CI Summit is The Future is Now - Implementing Construction Innovation in the Changing World. The Summit's technical program will provide insights on the latest techniques, technologies, and strategies used by owners, engineers, and contractors to manage risk and to successfully deliver their projects.
This includes 42 specific and detailed recommendations to streamline and improve the Superfund program. The Superfund Task Force was commissioned on 22 May 2017, and includes leaders from EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of General Counsel, EPA Region 3 (as the lead region for the Superfund program), as well as other offices. The 42 Superfund Task Force recommendations are organized into five goals: 1. Expediting Cleanup and Remediation; 2. Re-invigorating Responsible Party Cleanup and Reuse; 3. Encouraging Private Investment; 4. Promoting Redevelopment and Community Revitalization; and 5. Engaging Partners and Stakeholders.
Using trees in landscape design provides a multitude of environmental benefits, particularly when they are used in a new and retrofitted stormwater management installations. This webinar will introduce a new free interactive web-based tool developed by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Council of Governments and the U.S. Forest Service that will help you maximize the value of trees in stormwater management. Join WEF, National Municipal Stormwater Alliance, National Association of Regional Councils, and national experts in green infrastructure design for an introduction to this exciting new tool that enables strategic placement of trees to improve stormwater management.
December 11, 2017
REMINDER: Tom Burke, GSA Sustainability Program Manager for Region 2 (New York, Northern New Jersey and Puerto Rico) will discuss program efforts to improve building performance at over 60 major facilities. Topics include how to best implement Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings (EO 13693), such as DOE Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) and waste diversion issues and methods. Rob Guillemin from EPA's Federal Green Challenge Program will also demonstrate how to use Re-TRAC Connect, an online database used by Federal Green Challenge for end of year reporting. To register, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
EPA is taking direct final action to modify the use conditions required for use of three flammable refrigerants, isobutane (R-600a), propane (R-290), and R-441A, in new household refrigerators, freezers, and combination refrigerators and freezers under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. The use conditions, which address safe use of flammable refrigerants, are being revised to reflect the incorporation by reference of an updated standard from Underwriters Laboratories. This rule is effective on 12 March 2018 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by 25 January 2018. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-7768; email: farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 11 December 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 58122-58129).
A bill to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 5 December 2017 [Senate], page S7848).
FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. 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 in the session, you will need to 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 (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. 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 in the session, you will need to 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.
December 08, 2017
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 6 June 2017. 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. Thus, the revisions in this update include 21 additions, 10 deletions, and 7 corrections to the Docket since the previous update. At the time of publication of this notice, the new total number of Federal facilities listed on the Docket is 2,349. This list is current as of 10 November 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; 8 December 2017 [Notices], pages 57976-57981).
December 07, 2017
This version (8.1), released November 28, 2017, replaces the previous MS Excel workbook (8.0) released in September 2017. The worksheet and description of the 8.0 workbook can still be found here. This update consolidates corrections addressing many issues since release of the initial version 8.0. Information and updates relating to this release can be found on the FEMP website at http://energy.gov/eere/femp/federal-facility-consolidated-annual-reporting-requirements.
Added Instructions for Reporting attachment 2017-12-07.
December 06, 2017
EPA Region 9 is proposing to issue a general NPDES permit for discharges from facilities with discharges classified as low threat located in the Navajo Nation (Permit No. NNG990001) and a general NPDES permit for discharges from bulk fuel storage facilities located in Guam (Permit No. GUG000001). These are new proposed permits which will be issued upon completion of the notice and comment period and after due consideration has been given to all comments received. Comments on the proposed permits must be received or postmarked no later than 5 February 2018. POC is Gary Sheth, EPA Region 9, NPDES Permits Section, Water Division (WTR-2-3), 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105-3901; tel: 415-972-3516 (Federal Register; 6 December 2017 [Notice], pages 57598-57599).
December 05, 2017
The webinar will showcase the innovative, city-wide green infrastructure projects that have addressed flooding and stormwater issues in urban neighborhoods in New Haven, Connecticut. Key partners have included the Yale School of Forestry, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, and EMERGE Connecticut, Inc. (a transitional work training program). To date, more than 30 bioretention systems have been installed strategically throughout the city with plans to install many more in the next two years in the downtown central business district. This innovative approach has produced measurable results and effectively leveraged federal, state and municipal funding. Webinar speakers include: Giovanni Zinn, P.E., City Engineer and Dawn Henning, P.E., Project Manager, New Haven Engineering Department, New Haven, Connecticut. Register here.
December 04, 2017
This conference attracts 600-800 attendees annually which includes a wide variety of representation from state and federal agencies, military, industry (including railroad, petroleum, transportation, and utilities), environmental engineering and consulting, and academia. A strong and diverse technical program is developed each year in concert with a variety of educational, social, and networking opportunities. Live equipment demonstrations augment the exhibition hall, bringing real world application to the technical theory presented in the sessions. Focused day and evening workshops provide attendees with practical information for immediate application.
This conference is focused on understanding individual and organizational behavior and decision-making related to energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and sustainability.
December 01, 2017
This course is intended for design and construction professionals interested in green building rating systems. It provides an overview of the Green Globes rating system with a primary focus on the Sustainable Interiors (SI) program, which is based on an ANSI Standard (ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings). This is a free, 90-minute webinar approved for 1.5 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare credits.
November 30, 2017
On 15 December 2016, EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on whether revision to the current size standards for small manufacturers and processors, which are used in connection with reporting regulations under TSCA section 8(a), is warranted. This document describes EPA's final determination that revision to the current size standards is warranted. POC is Lynne Blake-Hedges, Chemistry, Economics, and Sustainable Strategies Division (7406M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-8807; email: blake-hedges.lynne@epa.gov (Federal Register; 30 November 2017 [Notices], pages 56824-56826).
The theme of the congresss is "Protecting and Securing Water and the Environment for Future Generations."
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.
November 28, 2017
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. From the opening keynote to the closing session, the Energy Exchange actively supports the development of federal energy efficiency champions by offering a comprehensive selection of training sessions and a technology-focused trade show.
A comprehensive event where you can fully assess the "big picture" and see exactly how the economic and market forces, new technologies, regulatory developments and industry trends all merge to shape critical decisions, as well as define what specific steps are needed to achieve optimum energy efficiency and performance within any organization.
This forum provides a venue for presentations on, and discussions about, current environmental issues impacting tribal lands.
This event highlights recent advancements in laboratory efficiency and performance, providing the laboratory and high-performance facility community with a unique forum for information exchange and education. The event features workshops, technical presentations, symposia, roundtable discussions, exhibits, and local tours highlighting the latest in sustainable laboratory, data center, hospital, and related high-tech facility innovations.
November 27, 2017
The overall design of both product and service pages have been improved. Photos have been added for each product improving the visual appeal of the pages. In addition, product descriptions have been provided for each GPC product giving users a better understanding of each product. In particular, for products with EPA Recommended Standards, Specifications and Ecolabels, the "Procurement Info" section has been updated with the additional tiered requirements; the schedules listed under "Where to Buy" are now hyperlinked allowing you to go directly from the GPC to GSA eLibrary where you can find additional procurement information; mobile phones have been added to the GPC under "Office Electronics" with an EPEAT requirement; and you can now find Products by Environmental Program via the Environmental Programs page
A bill to amend section 1018 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 to make violators of such section liable to residents and invitees of target housing for such violations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Financial Services (Congressional Record; 16 November 2017 [House], page H9424).
Agenda for the Interagency Forum on Climate Risks*, Impacts & Adaptation to be held on December 1, 2017, from 9:00 am - 12 noon at NASA HQ in Washington DC.
November 22, 2017
EPA and the Department of the Army (the 'agencies') are proposing to add an applicability date to the "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States'" (the "2015 Rule") to 2 years from the date of final action on this proposal. On 9 October 2015, the Sixth Circuit stayed the 2015 Rule nationwide pending further action of the court, but the Supreme Court is currently reviewing the question of whether the court of appeals has original jurisdiction to review challenges to the 2015 Rule. On 28 February 2017, the President signed an Executive Order, "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." With this proposed rule, the agencies intend to maintain the status quo by proposing to add an applicability date to the 2015 Rule and thus provide continuity and regulatory certainty for regulated entities, the States and tribes, agency staff, and the public while the agencies continue to work to consider possible revisions to the 2015 Rule. Comments must be received on or before 13 December 2017. POC is Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, tel: 202-566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, tel: 202-761-5903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Register; 22 November 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 55542-55547).
November 21, 2017
This conference features educational sessions covering all aspects of sustainable design, construction and operations practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment, and the economy both domestically and globally.Submit a session proposal for Greenbuild 2018 by Friday, January 5 at 5 p.m. EST.
By statute, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is required to publish scorecards on Federal agency performance on energy efficiency and sustainability. The scorecards available on this site assess agencies' fiscal year (FY) 2016 performance toward statutory and Executive Order goals, which were in place prior to the beginning of the current Administration. The information upon which the scorecards are based includes data, metrics, and scoring criteria that were developed in accordance with existing statutory and Executive Order requirements applicable in FY 2016.
November 15, 2017
Agenda for the Interagency Forum on Climate Risks*, Impacts & Adaptation held on November 02, 2017, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at NASA HQ in Washington DC.
In the Federal Register of 17 August 2017, EPA published both a direct final rule and a proposed rule to update the list of NAICS codes subject to reporting under the TRI to reflect the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2017 NAICS code revision. As noted in the direct final rule, if EPA received relevant adverse comment on the proposed update, the Agency would publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register informing the public that the direct final action will not take effect. The Agency did receive a relevant adverse comment on the proposed update, and is therefore withdrawing the direct final rule and will instead proceed with a final rule based on the proposed rule after considering all public comments. Effective 14 November 2017 the direct final rule published 17 August 2017 (82 FR 39038) (FRL-9964-77) is withdrawn. POC is Stephanie Griffin, TRI Program Division (7410M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-1463; email: griffin.stephanie@epa.gov ([Federal Register; 14 November 2017 Rules and Regulations], pages 52674-52675).
November 14, 2017
A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to eliminate human exposure to asbestos, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 November 2017 [Senate], page S7001).
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.
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