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June 25, 2019
A bill to require transparency in reporting the greenhouse gas impacts of products procured by certain Federal agencies. (Congressional Record: 13 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S3475-S3477)
A bill to amend title 40, United States Code, to require the Administrator of General Services to procure the most life-cycle cost effective and energy efficiency lighting products and to issue guidance on the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of those products. (Congressional Record: 13 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S3475-S3477)
June 24, 2019
A bill to amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to prohibit the use of neonicotinoids in National Wildlife Refuges. (Congressional Record: 13 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S3475-S3477)
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to improve Federal energy and water performance requirements for Federal buildings and establish a Federal Energy Management Program. (Congressional Record: 13 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S3475-S3477)
June 21, 2019
A bill to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the flexibility, efficiency, and reliability of the electric grid, to increase the competitiveness of the United States economy, to protect consumers, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government. (Congressional Record: 5 June 2019 [Senate] (Pages S3250-S3252).
A bill to establish a cost of greenhouse gases for carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide to be used by Federal agencies. (Congressional Record: 5 June 2019 [Senate] (Pages S3250-S3252).
A bill to clarify that noncommercial species found entirely within the borders of a single State are not interstate commerce or subject to regulation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 or any other provision of law enacted as an exercise of the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce. (Congressional Record: 10 June 2019 [Senate] Pages S3283-S3284)
June 20, 2019
The Environmental and Energy Management Institute at George Washington University is offering an online professional development course about the electric vehicle market. Students will learn about the types of electric vehicles, the market and factors driving market growth, barriers to growth and how the market may overcome potential barriers, EV charging structures, and charging station deployment. The course is designed for educators, consultants, government and corporate decision makers and automobile dealers. The course is organized into twenty-three 30-minute videos compiled into three modules plus three interactive weekly webinars to answer student questions. Government employees use code – GOVED - for a 20% discount to the course fee.
This webinar will provide a basic primer on environmental justice (EJ) methodologies, which can be used by state practitioners during National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and other environmental impact assessments. It will also build on this foundation with presentations regarding the State of Alaska's efforts to address health issues in environmental impact assessment and the State of Kentucky's efforts to address transportation-related community impacts.
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal facilities. (Congressional Record: 4 June 2019) [House] Pages H4312-H4313).
A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense to prohibit the use of firefighting foam containing perfuoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances. (Congressional Record: 12 June 2019 [House]Pages H4626-H4628).
June 19, 2019
The 22nd Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum will bring together 30+ businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
On July 16th and 17th 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protections are, with the assistance of the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, hosting an environmental compliance training for Federal facilities (Ask the Inspector Workshop). The workshop will be held at the EPA regional offices.
The World Energy Engineering Conference is a chance to learn about the latest developments from business, industry and government sectors. The conference will provide multiple opportunities for networking with peers, or meeting with potential vendors and business partners.
The USDA, Forest Service (Agency) is proposing revisions to its NEPA regulations. The Agency proposes these revisions to increase efficiency in its environmental analysis while meeting NEPA's requirements and fully honoring its environmental stewardship responsibilities. The Agency is requesting public comment on the revisions in the proposed rule. Comments must be received in writing by 12 August 2019. POC: Christine Dawe; Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination, tele: 406-370-8865. (Federal Register: 13 June 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 27544-27559)
The EPA is amending the release notification regulations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) to add the reporting exemption for air emissions from animal waste at farms provided in section 103(e) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). This final rule is effective 15 July 2019. POC: Sicy Jacob, EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tele: (202) 564-8019; email: jacob.sicy@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 13 June 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 27533-27542)
June 18, 2019
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to modify the definition of "renewable biomass" under the renewable fuel program. (Congressional Record: 22 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S3058-S3060)
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance record keeping with respect to exposure by members of the Armed Forces to certain occupational and environmental hazards while deployed overseas. (Congressional Record: 23 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S3104-S3106)
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal facilities. (Congressional Record: 4 June 2019 [Senate] Page S3215)
June 17, 2019
A bill to establish National Wildlife Corridors to provide for the protection and restoration of certain native fish, wildlife, and plant species. (Congressional Record: 16 May 2019) [Senate] Pages S2923-S2925).
A bill to include certain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the toxics release inventory. (Congressional Record: 16 May 2019) [Senate] Pages S2923-S2925).
A bill to establish an integrated national approach to respond to ongoing and expected effects of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, managing, and conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of the United States, and to maximize Government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and Tribal governments and other entities. (Congressional Record: 15 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S2883-S2884).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to update and modernize the reporting requirements for contaminants, including lead, in drinking water. (Congressional Record: 22 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S3058-S3060).
June 13, 2019
A bill to establish an integrated national approach to respond to ongoing and expected effects of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, managing, and conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of the United States, and to maximize Government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and Tribal governments and other entities. (Congressional Record: 15 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S2883-S2884).
A bill to reestablish the Office of Noise Abatement and Control in the Environmental Protection Agency. (Congressional Record: 23 May 2019 [House] Pages H4160-H4165)
June 12, 2019
A bill to amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to prohibit the use of neonicotinoids in a National Wildlife Refuge. (Congressional Record: 20 May 2019 [House] Pages H4009-H4010).
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. (Congressional Record: 13 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S2786-S2787).
June 11, 2019
During this webinar, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.
June 10, 2019
Executive Order 13868 directs EPA to propose new rules modernizing the agency's CWA Section 401 implementing regulations by August 8, 2019. The agency intends to propose regulations that may help further clarify and streamline CWA Section 401 certifications.
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require continued and expanded monitoring of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water. (Congressional Record: 16 May 2019) [House] Pages H3923-H3924).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to set maximum contaminant levels for certain chemicals. (Congressional Record: 15 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S2883-S2884).
June 07, 2019
A bill to establish an integrated national approach to respond to ongoing and expected effects of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, managing, and conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of the United States, and to maximize Government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and Tribal Governments and other entities. (Congressional Record: 15 May 2019 [House] Pages H3840-H3842).
June 06, 2019
USFWS recently published a proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, and announced the opening of a 60-day public comment period on the proposed action, ending May 14, 2019. USFWS then extended the comment period by 60 days, ending July, 15, 2019, to allow all interested parties additional time to comment on the proposed rule. USFWS is announcing a public information open house and public hearing on their proposed rule and, notifying the public of the availability of the final peer review report containing the individual peer reviews of their proposal and information on the peer review process. POC: Don Morgan, Chief, Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Headquarters Office, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803. (Federal Register: 6 June 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 26393-26394).
As part of the U.S. EPA's July 25, 2017, Superfund Task Force Report (Report) Recommendation 30, EPA revised its 1997 "Policy Towards Landowners and Transferees of Federal Facilities." Recommendation 30 directed the revision as part of the Report's Goal 3, "Encouraging Private Investment." Formerly, the 1997 policy indicated that prospective purchaser agreements would not be necessary for landowners and transferees of federal facilities. In addition, it did not encourage the use of various tools, such as comfort letters, to give transferees confidence that EPA would generally not take CERCLA enforcement action against them. The revised policy is intended to encourage reuse and redevelopment of federal property. It supports the use of tools such as comfort letters and other agreements to address potential liability concerns of landowners and transferees who acquire federal property, and aims to alleviate uncertainty regarding potential enforcement by EPA for contamination existing as of the date of property acquisition. EPA developed the policy in coordination with two state organizations, ECOS and ASTSWMO, and other federal agencies. Susan Bodine, EPA's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, issued the revised policy on May 17, 2019. See attachment.
June 05, 2019
The Green Electronics Council (GEC), the organization that manages the EPEAT ecolabel, recognized the 2019 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners at an evening celebration held on May 22nd in Portland, Oregon. Fifty-nine organizations, including cities, states, US Federal agencies and companies from around the globe were honored for their decision to purchase sustainable IT products.
June 04, 2019
EPA Regions issued a final modification to the 2017 NPDES general permit for stormwater discharges from construction activities, also referred to as the ``2017 Construction General Permit (CGP)' or ``2017 CGP,' which became effective on February 16, 2017. The modified permit, hereinafter known as the ``modified 2017 CGP' or ``final modified permit,' replaces several conditions in the original 2017 CGP and relevant fact sheet sections. For further information on the permit, contact the appropriate EPA Regional office. (Federal Register: 28 May 2019 [Notices] Pages 24503-24506).
USFWS designated critical habitat for the spring pygmy sunfish (Elassoma alabamae) under the Endangered Species Act. In total, approximately 10.9 kilometers (6.7 miles) of streams and 1,330 acres (538 hectares) in Limestone and Madison Counties, Alabama, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. POC: William Pearson, Field Supervisor, USFWS tele: 251-441-5184. (Federal Register 30 May 2019 [Rules and Regulations]Pages 24987-25009).
May 30, 2019
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to improve testing and inspections for lead on military installations, in Department of Defense housing and schools, and in military dependent children. (Congressional Record: 11 April 2019 [Senate] Pages S2432-S2435).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to establish a procedure for approval of certain settlements. (Congressional Record: 13 May 2019 [Senate] Pages S2786-S2787).
May 29, 2019
A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to enhance the readiness of the Department of Defense to challenges relating to climate change and to improve the energy and resource efficiency of the Department. (Congressional Record: 15 May 2019 [House] Pages H3840-H3842).
A bill to establish National Wildlife Corridors to provide for the protection and restoration of certain native fish, wildlife, and plant species. (Congressional Record: 16 May 2019) [House] Pages H3923-H3924).
May 28, 2019
GSA's online resource for professional development of federal buildings management personnel. This tool includes resources, links to training and a self-assessment function designed to help develop an individual's potential throughout their career.
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