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August 16, 2017
2nd REMINDER: Join EPA's National Webinar on Clean Air Act Stationary Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) requirements and learn about the public health impacts of stationary RICE and emergency generators, why EPA regulates these engines, and your specific regulatory requirements as a federal facility. EPA recently settled two enforcement cases with significant penalties against federal facilities for violating the RICE regulations. EPA is conducting this webinar in order to help other regulated federal facilities better understand their responsibilities under the RICE rules. This is your opportunity to learn, and also ask EPA staff questions about these requirements. To register for the webinar, click here.
A bill to decrease the incidence of food waste, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (Congressional Record; 31 July 2017 [Senate], page S4620).
Introducing Green Value, a tool being adapted for use in the USA by its developers, the Earth Innovation Institute (EII) and the USDA Forest Service. Dr. Shoana Humprhies and Dr. Thomas Holmes will introduce webinar participants to this tool designed to support the needs of family forestland owners and conservation land managers. It will also be of benefit to consultants or agency personnel assisting private landowners.
August 15, 2017
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6575).
This webinar is a part of the monthly webinar series hosted 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.
This 25 July 2017 webinar review methods to reduce non-revenue water with practical and cost-effective water loss management. It also provides information on the latest innovations for the rehabilitation of water mains, primarily focused on trenchless technologies. This webinar was part of the monthly webinar series hosted 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.
August 14, 2017
A bill to achieve domestic energy independence by empowering States to control the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas on all available Federal land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6573).
A bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to authorize grants to Indian Tribes to further achievement of Tribal coastal zone objectives, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6575).
A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6575).
August 11, 2017
A bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a coastal climate change adaptation preparedness and response program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6572).
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.
August 10, 2017
EPA is announcing that it is withdrawing the 1-year extension of the deadline for promulgating initial area designations for the ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) that were promulgated in October 2015. Thus, unless and until the Administrator takes additional final action, the 2-year deadline for promulgating designations provided in the Clean Air Act (CAA) applies. The deadline for the EPA to promulgate initial designations for the 2015 ozone NAAQS is 1 October 2017. POC is Carla Oldham, Air Quality Planning Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Mail Code C539-04, EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3347; email: oldham.carla@epa.gov (Federal Register; 10 August 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 37318-37319).
August 09, 2017
Asset management is a process that allows local decision-makers to decide how to invest, protect, and operate water infrastructure. U.S. EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water and USDA Rural Development are hosting a webinar to discuss "Successfully Protecting Your Investment in Drinking Water Infrastructure: Best Practices from Communities and Local Experts." Two case studies from the document will be highlighted. Larry Paine (Hillsboro, KS) and Mario Leone (Monaca Borough, PA) will discuss some of the challenges faced by their water systems and how asset management provided them with solutions and benefits for their communities.
This 1/31/2017 webinar sponsored by the U.S. EPA reviewed the history of distribution system chlorine monitoring siting, provided an overview the diversity in state regulations/guidance, and presents a case study demonstrating an evaluation of chlorine monitoring locations. This webinar also described how to develop a monitoring plan that is representative of the overall distribution system, collect samples to accurately characterize water quality, and understand interference and limitations of commonly used field methods.
August 08, 2017
This webinar details results from SERDP and ESTCP research efforts on zinc-nickel replacement technologies for cadmium in dipping and brush plating operations.
Webinars offered by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) to promote the transfer of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions developed through projects funded in five program areas. The webinar series targets Department of Defense and Department of Energy practitioners, the regulatory community and environmental researchers with the goal of providing cutting edge and practical information that is easily accessible at no cost.
August 07, 2017
This years awards recognize 18 projects from across the country that go beyond environmental compliance to achieve environmental excellence. The award recipients excelled in a wide range of environmental areas, such as improving stormwater management, enhancing ecosystems around roadways, and preserving cultural and historic resources. These projects not only meet environmental requirements such as those in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act, but they also excel in advancing innovations and best practices that protect and enhance the natural and human environment and help accelerate project delivery.
The proposed amendments address an issue related to monitoring pressure relief devices (PRDs) on containers. This issue was raised in a petition for reconsideration of the amendments to the OSWRO NESHAP finalized in 2015 based on the residual risk and technology review (RTR). Among other things, the 2015 amendments established additional monitoring requirements for all PRDs, including PRDs on containers. For PRDs on containers, these monitoring requirements were in addition to the inspection and monitoring requirements for containers and their closure devices, which include PRDs that were already required by the OSWRO NESHAP. This proposed action would remove the additional monitoring requirements for PRDs on containers that resulted from the 2015 amendments because we have determined that they are not necessary. Comments must be received on or before 21 September 2017. POC is Ms. Angie Carey, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2187; fax: 919-541-0246; email: carey.angela@epa.gov (Federal Register; 7 August 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 36713-36719).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to beach monitoring, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Federal Register; 24 July 2017 [Senate], page S4136).
The EPA is taking action to correct an omission in revisions requested to Performance Specification 2 in the "revisions" rule published 30 August 2016. Effective date is 7 August 2017. POC is Mrs. Lula H. Melton, Air Quality Assessment Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (E143-02), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2910; fax: 919-541-0516; email: melton.lula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 7 August 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36688-36689).
August 04, 2017
A bill to transition away from fossil fuel sources of energy to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Natural Resources, Appropriations, Agriculture, Small Business, and Science, Space, and Technology, 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; 19 July 2017 [House], page H6041).
August 03, 2017
The DoD Cultural Resources UPDATE is sponsored by the DoD Cultural Resource Program. This edition highlights several current initiatives, provides an overview of new and ongoing training opportunities, and features information on recently published reports relevant to the DoD CRM community. See attached.
Provides information on the impacts of road salt on the environment, implementation of TMDLs involving road salt, successful reduction strategies used by states, and possible groundwater impacts.
Developed by EPA, this is a library of webcasts related to stormwater permits, management, and pollution prevention.
This EPA training module escribes the universal waste program, found in 40 CFR 273 and defines which hazardous wastes may be handled under these streamlined regulations.
This is a collection of EPA webinars on energy efficiency for water and wastewater utilities.
August 02, 2017
Drought creates the potential for invasive plant species to increase in diversity and abundance in a variety of ecosystems, often mediated by the occurrence of disturbances (wildfire, insect outbreaks). Because the frequency and magnitude of droughts will increase in a warmer climate, scientific information on drought effects is needed to inform management and planning to ensure long-term sustainability of forest and rangeland ecosystems. This webinar will explore (1) current issues related to the effects of drought on invasive species, (2) examples of drought-related impacts on ecosystems, and (3) management options for increasing resilience. This webinar is sponsored by the USDA.
August 01, 2017
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.
This five day class is based on two guides: Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice and Considering Multiple Futures and Scenario Planning to Address Uncertainty in Natural Resource Conservation. The first half of the course refers to the climate-smart conservation guidance and is designed to demystify climate adaptation for application to on-the-ground conservation. It will provide guidance in how to carry out adaptation with intentionality, how to manage for change and not just persistence, how to craft climate-informed conservation goals, and how to integrate adaptation into on-going work. The second half of the course refers to the scenario planning guidance and introduces the core elements of scenario planning. It will expose participants to a range of approaches and give them hands-on experience with specific scenario development techniques that integrate quantitative information and creative thinking to produce narratives. It will also demonstrate how to apply the scenarios to address climate-related management challenges. Additionally, participants will learn how to assess the appropriateness of scenario planning for their needs and ways in that the process can support existing planning and decision frameworks. The course is offered by U.S. FWS.
July 31, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve public water systems and enhance compliance with such Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 25 July 2017 [House], page H6397).
July 28, 2017
In order to reduce impairment, EPA has developed the National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) to help support local, state and national stormwater management objectives and regulatory efforts to reduce runoff through infiltration and retention using green infrastructure (infrastructure based on natural processes) practices as low impact development (LID) controls. The primary focus of the SWC is to inform site developers on how well they can meet a desired stormwater retention target with and without the use of green infrastructure. It can also be used by landscapers and homeowners. The SWC is a Windows-based desktop program that requires an internet connection. A mobile web application version that will be compatible with all operating systems will be released this fall.
July 27, 2017
This year's free workshop is held in partnership with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA). Attendees will be provided with 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.
The EPA and the Dept. of the Army ("the agencies") are publishing this proposed rule to start the first step in a comprehensive, two-step process intended to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) consistent with the Executive Order signed 28 Feb 2017. This first step proposes to rescind the definition of WOTUS in the CFR to re-codify the definition of WOTUS, which currently governs administration of the CWA, pursuant to a decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit staying a definition of WOTUS promulgated by the agencies in 2015. The agencies would apply the definition of WOTUS as it is currently being implemented, that is informed by applicable agency guidance documents and consistent with Supreme Court decisions and longstanding practice. In a second step, the agencies will pursue notice-and-comment rulemaking in which the agencies will conduct a substantive re-evaluation of the definition of WOTUS. Comments must be received on or before 28 August 2017. POC is Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, 1200 Penn Ave NW., Wash., DC 20460; tel: (202) 566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), USACE, 441 G Street NW., Wash., DC 20314; tel: 202-761-5903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Register, 27 July 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 34899-34909).
U.S. EPA is approving alternative testing methods for use in measuring the levels of contaminants in drinking water and determining compliance with national primary drinking water regulations. The SDWA authorizes EPA to approve the use of alternative testing methods through publication in the Federal Register. EPA is using this streamlined authority to make 17 additional methods available for analyzing drinking water samples. This expedited approach provides public water systems, laboratories, and primacy agencies with more timely access to new measurement techniques and greater flexibility in the selection of analytical methods, thereby reducing monitoring costs while maintaining public health protection. This action is effective 27 July 2017. POC is Glynda Smith, Technical Support Center, Standards and Risk Management Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (MS 140), EPA, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268; tel: 513-569-7652; email: smith.glynda@epa.gov (Federal Register; 27 July 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 34861-34870).
July 26, 2017
Based on the EPA's review of the air quality criteria addressing human health effects of oxides of nitrogen and the primary national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), the EPA is proposing to retain the current standards, without revision. Comments must be received on or before 25 September 2017. POC is Ms. Breanna Alman, 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: 919-541-2351; fax: 919-541-0237; email: alman.breanna@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 July 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 34792-34834).
July 25, 2017
This conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Energy, Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Energy, Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development.
Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the focus of this international conference is on the operation and maintenance of stormwater control measures, including both green and gray infrastructure.
Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and New Buildings Institute (NBI), attendees will share perspectives on the growth of ZE, discuss the policies driving new projects, engage in best practices for successful outcomes and collaborate on opportunities for ZNE to transform the built environment.
July 24, 2017
This determination of acceptability expands the list of acceptable substitutes pursuant to the U.S. EPA Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. This action lists as acceptable additional substitutes for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector and the cleaning solvents sector. This determination is applicable on 21 July 2017. POC is Gerald Wozniak, U.S. EPA, Mail Code 6205T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. Tel: 202-343-9624, email: wozniak.gerald@epa.gov (Federal Register; 21 July 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 33809-33825).
The focus is on what is new and what is now in architecture.
A bill to encourage water efficiency; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, and Ways and Means, 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; 14 July 2017 [House], page H5884).
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to extend the eligibility for certain hydroelectric production and efficiency incentives; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 14 July 2017 [House], page H5884).
A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 12 July 2017 [Senate], page S3961).
July 20, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require quarterly reporting, improvement of consumer confidence reports, establishment of a nation consumer confidence report, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 13 July 2017 [House], page H5758 ).
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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 (citation).
The DoD Chesapeake Bay Program has released the 2017 Summer Journal highlighting stewardship activities conducted by Department of Defense installations throughout the watershed.
The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program provides a preliminary dataset each July to give the public an opportunity to see the most recent TRI information prior to the annual publication of the TRI National Analysis in January.
This quarterly newsletter highlights stewardship activities conducted by Department of Defense installations throughout the watershed.
July 19, 2017
This webinar will focus on using the ECHO water pollutant search tools.
Tracks for the 2018 conference include: Air Quality; Climate Change; Cultural and Historic Resources; Ecological Restoration; Endangered Species; Energy; National Environmental Policy Act; Remediation, Brownfields, and Emerging Contaminant Issues; Stormwater and Low Impact Development; and Transportation.
Sponsored by the NAFA Fleet Management Association, this institute and expo is targeted for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, law enforcement vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe.
Topic tracks will be river values that underpin efforts to protect them, as well as means to manage them wisely: scenery, recreation, geology, culture, history, fish, wildlife and more.
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