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January 23, 2020
Document includes FY11-FY17 DOE GreenBuy Award winners
A bill to direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to revise the policy of the Agency to address the threats of climate change, to include considerations of climate change in the strategic plan of the Agency. (Congressional Record: 16 January 2020 [Senate] Pages S276-S277)
During this session, 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.
This webinar will provide an overview of the data in ECHO and guide users through using the site to answer environmental compliance and enforcement questions. The focus of this session will be a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward new and infrequent users.
January 22, 2020
A bill to provide for the protection of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and interconnected Federal lands and waters, including Voyageurs National Park, within the Rainy River Watershed in the State of Minnesota. (Congressional Record: 14 January 2020 [House] Page H238)
A bill to extend the withdrawal and reservation of certain public land in the State of Nevada for the continued use of the Nevada test and training range, to designate certain land in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, [Congressional Record: 15 January 2020 [House] Page H299)
Desert National Wildlife Refuge and Nevada Test and Training Range Withdrawal and Management Act A bill to provide for the accurate reporting of fossil fuel extraction and emissions by entities with leases on public land. (Congressional Record: 16 January 2020 [House] Pages H324-H325)
USFWS proposes to reclassify the humpback chub (Gila cypha) from an endangered species to a threatened species on the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, due to partial recovery. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 23, 2020. POC is Tom Chart, Director, USFWS, Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, P.O. Box 25486, DFC, Lakewood, CO 80225; tele: 303-236-9885. (Federal Register: 22 January 2020 [Proposed Rules] Pages 3586-3601)
This document advises the public that USFWS intends to gather information necessary to develop a proposed rule to expand management of double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) throughout the United States, and prepare a draft environmental review pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. USFWS is furnishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking to advise other agencies and the public of our intentions; obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to include in the environmental review; and announce public scoping webinars to occur in 2020. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 9, 2020. POC is Jerome Ford, Assistant Director, Migratory Birds, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at 202-208-1050. (Federal Register: 22 January 2020 [Proposed Rules] Pages 3601-3603)
EPA announced that it issued eight Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) enforcement orders to federal facilities in Fiscal Year 2019. The SDWA enforcement orders were issued to ensure public health protection through compliance with federal drinking water standards at public water systems operated by federal facilities. EPA issued five orders to federal facilities for violations of the public water system requirements. These orders addressed different violations at each facility and include orders to monitor lead and copper, nitrate and total coliform bacteria; to lower copper levels; and to address system deficiencies. EPA also issued three orders to federal facilities for imminent and substantial endangerment. An order was issued to one facility to address a main water break, to another facility to address an e-coli positive sample; and a third facility to repair and replace piping in imminent danger of failing. EPA continues to work with these federal facilities to address violations of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations and ensure public health protection. EPA has identified protection of drinking water as a National Compliance Initiative (NCI), indicating that it is an enforcement and compliance priority.
January 21, 2020
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act to prevent a species that is not native to the United States from being listed as an endangered species or a threatened species, to prohibit certain types of financial assistance. (Congressional Record: 16 January 2020 [House] Pages H324-H325)
A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Transportation to set aside not less than 5 percent of certain funds for certain active transportation projects and activities from the Federal lands transportation program and Federal lands access program. (Congressional Record: 16 January 2020 [House] Pages H324-H325)
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: 16 January 2020 [House] Pages H324-H325)
A bill to prohibit Federal agencies from purchasing or leasing new vehicles that are not zero-emission vehicles. (Congressional Record: 17 January 2020 [House] Pages H329-H330)
January 17, 2020
This law (Title 54 U.S.C 3125) directs federal agencies to notify the secretary of the interior when they find that any federal construction project or federally licensed activity or program may cause irreparable loss or destruction of significant scientific, prehistoric, historical, or archaeological data. It also provides criteria for funding historical and archaeological protection for such projects. https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title54/subtitle3/divisionB/node489/chapter3125&edition=prelim
A bill to provide for greater county and State consultation with regard to petitions under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. (Congressional Record: 13 January 2020 [House] Page H207)
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.(Congressional Record: 13 January 2020 [House] Page H207)
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for consideration of the totality of conservation measures in determining the impact of proposed Federal agency action. (Congressional Record: 13 January 2020 [House] Page H207)
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to add requirements to the designation of areas as critical habitats. (Congressional Record: 13 January 2020 [House] Page H207)
FEMP has announced more than $5 million in funding for 11 projects to catalyze the adoption of energy and water efficiency and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the Federal Government. Agencies will use FEMP's Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding in conjunction with external, leveraged funding, such as ESPCs, to amplify the projects' impacts. Projects will advance energy affordability, integrate technologies that increase the resilience of a site and that are not commonly part of a leveraged project, and support the deployment of integrated energy systems that allow for standardized and streamlined practices to save energy and promote the safety, health, and operations of federal facilities. Cost-shared with industry, the total investment in energy and water efficiency could reach more than $140 million.
January 16, 2020
A bill to codify a final rule of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service relating to endangered and threatened species. (Congressional Record: 8 January 2020 [House] Page H63)
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for improved precision in the listing, delisting, and downlisting of endangered species and potentially endangered species.[Congressional Record: 10 January 2020 [House] Pages H179-H180)
A bill to codify certain rules issued by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce relating to endangered species and threatened species.[Congressional Record: 10 January 2020 [House] Pages H179-H180)
January 15, 2020
This action proposes editorial and technical revisions to the EPA's Method 23. Proposed revisions include incorporating isotope dilution for quantifying all target compounds and changing the method quality control from the current prescriptive format to a more flexible performance-based approach with specified performance criteria. EPA is also proposing revisions that will expand the list of target compounds of Method 23 to include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The proposed revisions will improve the accuracy of Method 23 and will provide flexibility to stack testers and analytical laboratories who measure SVOC from stationary sources while ensuring that the stack testing community can consistently implement the method across emissions sources and facilities. Comments must be received on or before 16 March 2020. POC is Dr. Raymond Merrill, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division (E143-02), Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tele: (919) 541-5225; email: merrill.raymond@epa.gov.(Federal Register: 14 January 2020 [Proposed Rules] Pages 2234-2277)
While policy and manufacturing can at times dominate the headlines, AWEA also understand the importance of siting and environmental compliance. Understanding all the aspects involved with siting and compliance is a critical component for both individual wind projects and a robust industry. AWEA's Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance conference is the place where industry leaders, experts and external stakeholders gather to learn from each other and discuss the most challenging issues of the day.
By attending I&E, fleet professionals experience cutting-edge products, network with hundreds of fleet professionals from all industry segments, learn about strategies and solutions to today's fleet concerns, and gain a better understanding of how to best prepare for the future of fleet. There will be more than 45 peer-led education sessions and scheduled networking opportunities throughout the conference.
January 14, 2020
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations regarding disposal of materials containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or aqueous film forming foam.(Congressional Record: 7 January 2020 [House] Pages H11-H12)
A bill to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to affirm that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act's prohibition on the unauthorized take or killing of migratory birds includes incidental take by commercial activities, and to direct the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to regulate such incidental take.(Congressional Record: 8 January 2020 [House] Page H63)
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to ensure that vehicles in Federal fleets comply with certain low greenhouse gas emission standards. (Congressional Record: 8 January 2020 [House] Page H63)
WASHINGTON (January 14, 2020) -- Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its 50th anniversary theme, "EPA at 50: Progress for a Stronger Future." "For fifty years, EPA employees and our many partners have worked together to fulfill the agency's mission to protect human health and the environment. Today, Americans enjoy cleaner land, air and water than ever before," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "I look forward to celebrating the agency's accomplishments throughout the year, and I hope that we can inspire the next generation of environmental leaders to continue building on our progress for the next 50 years." Throughout 2020, EPA will commemorate the agency's many achievements and continued progress, culminating in a 50th Anniversary celebration on Dec. 2, 2020. During the month of January, EPA will be highlighting the agency's efforts to create a cleaner, healthier environment for all Americans.
January 13, 2020
In this action, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing to update its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This proposed rule would modernize and clarify the regulations to facilitate more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA reviews by Federal agencies in connection with proposals for agency action. The proposed amendments would advance the original goals of the CEQ regulations to reduce paperwork and delays, and promote better decisions consistent with the national environmental policy set forth in section 101 of NEPA. If finalized, the proposed rule would comprehensively update and substantially revise the 1978 regulations. CEQ invites comments on the proposed revisions. CEQ must receive comments by 10 March 2020. See Federal Register for pubic hearing locations and dates. POC is Edward A. Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act, or Viktoria Z. Seale, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, 202-395-5750, NEPA-Update@ceq.eop.gov. (Federal Register: 10 January 2020 [Proposed Rules] Pages 1684-1730)
This conference focuses on trail planning and design, construction and maintenance, marketing and management, assessment, project implementation, partnerships, and fundraising. The conference provides access to the world's highest quality trail professionals. The 2020 Sustainable Trails Conference will provide the knowledge, skills, and professional networking to help you and Professional Trail Builders Association A achieve the mission of continually improving the trails industry.
January 10, 2020
A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to issue a final rule relating to the delisting of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. (Congressional Record: 19 December 2019 [Senate] Pages S7207-S7208)
The International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management conference is where researchers, educators, government officials, consultants, managers, community leaders and others meet to present and discuss topics covering landfills, recycling, waste-to-energy, waste reduction, policy and economics, composting, waste collection and transfer, municipal waste, industrial waste, residual waste and other waste management and technology subjects.
January 09, 2020
USFWS proposes to list the Sierra Nevada Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). This DPS of the Sierra Nevada red fox occurs along the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections to this DPS. The effect of this rule will be to add this DPS to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Comments will be accepted if received or postmarked on or before 9 March 2020. POC is Jennifer Norris, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605, Sacramento, California 95825; tel: 916-414-6700.https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-28462
USFWS proposes to list the Hermes copper butterfly (Lycaena [Hermelycaena] hermes), a butterfly species from San Diego County, California, and Baja California, Mexico, as a threatened species and propose to designate critical habitat for the species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections to this species as described in the proposed rule provisions issued under section 4(d) of the Act, and designate approximately 14,249 hectares (35,211 acres) of critical habitat in San Diego County, California. Comments will be accepted if received or postmarked on or before 9 March 2020. POC is Scott Sobiech, Acting Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250, Carlsbad, CA 92008; tel: 760-431-9440.https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-28461
A bill to amend the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 to promote reforestation following unplanned events on Federal land. (Congressional Record: 19 December 2019 [Senate] Pages S7207-S7208)
January 08, 2020
WASHINGTON (Jan. 7, 2020) -- Aggressively addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is an active and ongoing priority for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Read more ....
USFWS proposes to remove the Kanab ambersnail (Oxyloma haydeni kanabensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Our review indicates that Kanab ambersnail is not a valid subspecies and therefore cannot be listed as an endangered entity under the Act. USFWS are seeking information and comments from the public regarding this proposed rule. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 6, 2020. POC is Larry Crist, Field Supervisor, tel: 801-975-3330, ext. 61912. (Federal Register: 6 January 2020 [Proposed Rules] Pages 487-492)
A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Chief of the United States Forest Service to meet certain targets for the reduction of the emission of greenhouse gases. (Congressional Record: 16 December 2019 [House] Pages H10305-H10306)
A bill to amend title 51, United States Code, to require a National Aeronautics and Space Administration initiative on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and noise emissions from aircraft. (Congressional Record: 17 December 2019 [House] Pages H10608-H10609)
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to increase transparency, to support regulatory certainty, and to reauthorize that Act. (Congressional Record: 17 December 2019 [House] Pages H10608-H10609)
A bill to direct Federal agencies to transfer excess Federal electronic equipment, including computers, computer components, printers, and fax machines, to educational recipients. (Congressional Record: 19 December 2019 [House] Pages H12289-H12290)
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to review and develop effluent standards, pretreatment standards, and water quality criteria for PFAS under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, to provide Federal grants to publicly owned treatment works to implement standards. (Congressional Record: 3 January 2020 [House] Page H12308)
January 07, 2020
This training is for wastewater lagoon owners and operators will cover methods, techniques, and strategies operators can use to get more BOD5 reduction, better TSS removal, odor control, sludge reduction, nutrient removal, and how to get more years of dependable service out of the lagoon system the community is currently using. Case studies will be presented of "how to" solutions to make lagoon operators more effective at their jobs. Attendees will learn how to fine-tune their systems using relatively simple process control tools and methods in order to optimize performance and return their system to compliance.
This training is for wastewater lagoon owners and operators will cover methods, techniques, and strategies operators can use to get more BOD5 reduction, better TSS removal, odor control, sludge reduction, nutrient removal, and how to get more years of dependable service out of the lagoon system the community is currently using. Case studies will be presented of "how to" solutions to make lagoon operators more effective at their jobs. Attendees will learn how to fine-tune their systems using relatively simple process control tools and methods in order to optimize performance and return their system to compliance.
January 03, 2020
USFWS are removing the Hawaiian hawk (Buteo solitarius) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. USFWS review of the status of this species shows that the rangewide population estimates have been stable for at least 30 years, and that the species is not currently, nor is likely to become again, an endangered species within the foreseeable future in all or a significant portion of its range. This rule is effective February 3, 2020. POC is Katherine Mullett, Acting Field Supervisor, tele: 808-792-9400. Direct all questions or requests for additional information to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 3-122, Honolulu, HI 96850. (a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-27339">https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-27339)
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.
Environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) industry professionals meet each year to learn about the latest developments in the management of hazardous materials. The conference includes a comprehensive technical program; numerous networking opportunities; an awards recognition program; workshops; an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products, services, and resources; a full-scale emergency response scenario; and exciting tours. AHMP's National Conference is an outstanding education platform for CHMMs, CHMPs, CDGPs, CDGTs, CSPs, and CIHs as well as those with engineering and geology licenses.
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