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July 02, 2020
A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to streamline the environmental review process for major projects. (Congressional Record: 8 June 2020 [House] Pages H2375-H2377)
July 01, 2020
REMINDER: The primary audience for this webinar are National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permittees that are required to submit discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that have been in violation recently due to reporting errors, are new to DMR reporting or that simply want to improve their understanding of the DMR preparation and reporting process. EPA is presenting a series of technical assistance webinars to highlight best practices at small wastewater treatment systems. This orientation level webinar will present helpful information for NPDES permittees on how to calculate typical permit parameters from sampling data, including weekly and monthly averages, monthly flow and pollutant load. It will also cover common issues such as how to use non-detects, round numbers, and proper unit conversions. The second part of the webinar will be helpful to permittees in the 26 states that submit their data using NetDMR. This section will cover common issues in setting up and maintaining a CDX account and familiarize participants with useful resources.
DOE proposes to establish procedures for the issuance of DOE guidance documents in accordance with Executive Order 13891-Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents dated 9 October 2019. The proposed rule would establish internal agency requirements for the contents of guidance documents, and procedures for providing notice of, and soliciting public comment on, certain guidance documents. The proposed rule would also establish procedures for the public to petition DOE to modify or withdraw guidance documents. This NOPR also resolves a petition for rulemaking submitted by the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) and responds to comments submitted on that petition. DOE will accept comments regarding this NOPR on or before 31 July 2020. POC is Mr. Matthew Ring, DOE, Office of the General Counsel, Forrestal Building, GC-33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, Tel: (202) 586-2555, Email: Guidance@hq.doe.gov. (Federal Register: 1 July 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 29495-39503)
Earlier this month, more than 2,000 people attended this year's Virtual Leadership Symposium. Leaders from across the U.S. shared their expertise, insight, and experience as they engaged with attendees on topics including workforce development, healthy buildings, project financing, resilience, and more. View your favorite sessions from the 2020 Summit – or check out one you may have missed. Each recording is accompanied by a downloadable slide deck and transcript.
Representatives from USACE collectively share management strategies, lessons learned, local challenges, and the importance of partnerships and strategic planning when controlling wild pig populations.
HQUSACE Environmental Division distributes the monthly Environmental Community of Practice report for common situation awareness on environmental topics. The report is compiled from biweekly accounts from around USACE, including Environmental Division, Army Regional Environmental and Energy Offices, Environmental and Munitions Center of Expertise, divisions, districts, and other HQ directorates and offices.
June 30, 2020
USFWS designate critical habitat for the elfin-woods warbler (Setophaga angelae) under the ESA of 1973. In total, approximately 27,488 acres (11,125 hectares) in the Maricao, San Germán, Sabana Grande, Yauco, Río Grande, Canóvanas, Las Piedras, Naguabo, Ceiba, Cayey, San Lorenzo, Guayama, and Patillas municipalities in Puerto Rico fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. The effect of this regulation is to extend the Act's protections to the elfin-woods warbler's critical habitat. This rule is effective on 30 July 2020. POC is Marelisa Rivera, Deputy Field Supervisor, USFWS, Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, P.O. Box 491, Road 301 km 5.1, Boquerón, PR 00622; tel: 787-851-7297. (Federal Registry: 30 June 2020 [Rule] Pages 39077-39095)
USFWS designate critical habitat for the elfin-woods warbler (Setophaga angelae) under the ESA of 1973. In total, approximately 27,488 acres (11,125 hectares) in the Maricao, San Germán, Sabana Grande, Yauco, Río Grande, Canóvanas, Las Piedras, Naguabo, Ceiba, Cayey, San Lorenzo, Guayama, and Patillas municipalities in Puerto Rico fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. The effect of this regulation is to extend the Act's protections to the elfin-woods warbler's critical habitat. This rule is effective on 30 July 2020. POC is Marelisa Rivera, Deputy Field Supervisor, USFWS, Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, P.O. Box 491, Road 301 km 5.1, Boquerón, PR 00622; tel: 787-851-7297. (Federal Registry: 30 June 2020 [Rule] Pages 39077-39095)
USFWS designate critical habitat for the elfin-woods warbler (Setophaga angelae) under the ESA of 1973. In total, approximately 27,488 acres (11,125 hectares) in the Maricao, San Germán, Sabana Grande, Yauco, Río Grande, Canóvanas, Las Piedras, Naguabo, Ceiba, Cayey, San Lorenzo, Guayama, and Patillas municipalities in Puerto Rico fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. The effect of this regulation is to extend the Act's protections to the elfin-woods warbler's critical habitat. This rule is effective on 30 July 2020. POC is Marelisa Rivera, Deputy Field Supervisor, USFWS, Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, P.O. Box 491, Road 301 km 5.1, Boquerón, PR 00622; tel: 787-851-7297. (Federal Registry: 30 June 2020 [Rule] Pages 39077-39095)
What do roads, boundary lines and beavers have in common? They all require management and maintenance on a regular basis to ensure sustainability of working forests. This webinar will address best practices for maintaining forest roads to protect water quality, boundary line maintenance and how to address beaver issues with special emphasis on the North Carolina program through USDA-APHIS called BMAP or Beaver Management Assistance Program.
On 29 June 2020 FEMP issued a Federal Agency Call titled, "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2020." The AFFECT 2020 FAC (DE-EE0002329) will provide funding to strengthen energy and water infrastructure across federal agencies. Projects will improve the energy efficiency of federal operations while stimulating economic development and creating jobs in construction, building trades, and other sectors.
June 29, 2020
The purpose of this memorandum, dated January 17, 2017, is to update the sustainable design and development (SDD) policy for Army construction activities. This policy applies to all infrastructure planning, design, sustainment, restoration, modernization, and construction activities on Army installations regardless of funding source.
This webinar will discuss issues surrounding the management of mixed pine-hardwood stands in the southeastern United States. Experts from silviculture, forest economics, wildlife biology, and rural sociology will be taking and asking questions in a panel discussion. The audience is also invited to ask questions to our panel and provide insight into the conversation. Discuss the potential opportunities mixed stands provide, delve into the potential pitfalls of managing mixed stands, highlight areas of current research, identify unknown issues surrounding managing mixed stands, and answer questions from the audience.
Hurricanes winds and associated storm surge are impacting coastal forests, while southern pine beetle outbreaks and other disturbances are increasing across the region. The USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) has been established to increase forest resiliency to these and other stresses. Presentation will focus on tools and other products developed by SERCH to improve southeast forest resilience to various disturbances.
June 26, 2020
The P2 case studies featured on this website can help identify methods and ideas for implementing P2 initiatives across different industries. Database can be searched by keyword, title, year, sector, and process used in achieving results.
The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program collects information to track industry progress in reducing waste generation and moving towards safer waste management alternatives. These tools and resources can help identify effective environmental practices and highlighting pollution prevention successes. Use the TRI Pollution Prevention Search to learn how facilities have reduced releases of toxic chemicals to the environment and compare how different facilities have managed their toxic chemical waste. Database can be searched by industry sector, chemical, geography or parent company, and compare environmental performance.
Outdoor water use peaks during the summer, raising water bills and straining water supplies. Learn how to design and maintain attractive, healthy landscapes while minimizing irrigation and water losses during the dry summer months and throughout the year. This webinar will highlight a case study implementing Irrigation Insight software on the Hewlett-Packard campus to monitor water usage from city and reclaimed water sources daily to maximize available recycled water and minimize domestic water costs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for conducting energy treasure hunts that usually involve teams of people roaming around a facility. But despite social-distancing and other safety requirements, some companies are developing ways to conduct treasure hunts using remote & virtual techniques and modifying how hunts are done on site. This session will examine strategies for conducting treasure hunts during Covid-19 and feature speakers from companies who have adapted their treasure hunts for the current times.
June 25, 2020
How's My Waterway 2.0 is a tool that assembles publicly available water quality data into a user-friendly package of information on the quality of our nation's waters. The information the tool provides may help identify areas of need where green infrastructure can improve water quality, assist in the ecological restoration of water bodies, and have a positive impact on aquatic resources and recreational opportunities.
EPA Administrator signed a proclamation designating the week of June 22 as National Pollinator Week. Administrator Wheeler is the first EPA Administrator to sign such a proclamation – joining leadership from the DOI, the USDA, all 50 Governors and hundreds of governments and organizations around the world.
Experts will explore advancements in the development of standardized test methods and efforts to leverage existing data through retrospective analyses with a consideration of both pesticide exposure and effects.
FEMP developed a web-based resource guide that provides federal agencies with best practices and technical clarifications for meeting the renewable electricity requirement, as directed by the CEQ in the Implementing Instructions for EO 13834. The guide provides three options that federal agencies may use to develop a strategy to meet the renewable electricity requirement: Install on-site renewable electricity, Purchase renewable electricity, and Purchase renewable energy certificates. Federal agencies can use these options to develop strategies that enable on-site generation, enhance energy resilience of federal facilities, and reduce costs.
June 24, 2020
Reducing childhood lead exposure is a priority for EPA. As part of EPA's efforts to reduce childhood lead exposure, backed by the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children, EPA evaluated the current dust-lead clearance levels (DLCL). Clearance levels are currently defined as the maximum amount of lead permitted in dust on a surface following completion of an abatement activity. Surface dust is collected via dust wipe samples that are sent to a laboratory for analysis. The post-abatement dust-lead levels must be below the clearance levels. The DLCL have not changed since they were issued in 2001. EPA is now proposing to lower the DLCL from 40 micrograms of per square feet (µg/ft2) and 250 µg/ft2 to 10 µg/ft2 and 100 µg/ft2 for floors and window sills, respectively. Comments must be received on or before 24 August 2020. POC is Claire Brisse, National Program Chemicals Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-9004; email: brisse.claire@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 24 June 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 37810-37819)
June 23, 2020
USFWS designated critical habitat for the Sonoyta mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale) under the ESA. In total, 12.28 acres (4.97 hectares) in Pima County, Arizona, located entirely within the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. This rule extends the Act's protections to this subspecies' designated critical habitat. This rule is effective on 23 July 2020. POC is Jeff Humphrey, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Ecological Services Field Office, 9828 North 31st Ave. #C3, Phoenix, AZ 85051-2517; 602-242-0210. (Federal Register: 23 July 2020 [Rule] Pages 37576-37590).
The Disaster Debris Recovery Tool is an interactive mapping tool of 12 types of recovery facilities, recyclers, and landfills that manage disaster debris. This tool provides information and locations of over 20,000 facilities throughout the U.S. Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands. The tool can be used by disaster response, recovery and planning experts to advance safe recovery, recycling, and disposal of disaster debris.
Integrating sustainable green infrastructure practices as part of Brownfields cleanup and site remediation practices can be a challenging endeavor. This webinar will showcase the planning, design, and implementation of green infrastructure practices at the Ferrous Site in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Planning and implementation strategies for site remediation, green infrastructure, and climate adaptation will be presented, as well as the City of Lawrence's efforts to foster inclusive public engagement and collaboration.
June 22, 2020
This document provides recommendations and guidelines for documentation and implementation of acceptable Quality Systems for Federal agencies.
The Restoration Systems and Strategies specialty area provides guidance for developing cleanup exit strategies, implementing effective remediation, and optimizing performance. Environmental Restoration Technical Support Branch, or CZTE, subject matter experts and specialists working in this specialty area collaborate with other Air Force personnel to assure that technical expertise in restoration is applied directly to Air Force cleanup responsibilities.
This award is given to recognize efforts to protect human health and the environment by cleaning up identified DoD sites in a timely, cost-efficient, and responsive manner. These are annual awards celebrating the previous years' accomplishments/innovations. Nominations are typically accepted until March and the awards given in June.
This document, dated May 2011, describes the process for accomplishing remedial action completion, construction completion, site completion, partial deletion and site deletion for National Priorities List sites. This document also provides recommended format and content for relevant close out documents. The documents addressed by this guidance are the Remedial Action Report, Preliminary Close Out Report, Final Close Out Report, Notice of Intent to Delete (or Partially Delete), and Notice of Deletion (or Partial Deletion). This is OSWER Directive 9320.2-22.
The DoD's EC program was initiated in 2006 by the by the Office of Deputy Under Secretary Defense for Installations and Environment. The program is operated by personnel within DoD's Environmental Readiness and Safety Directorate with contractor and staff support from the U.S. Army Public Health Command, Institute for Public Health. EC program staff are continuously scanning information sources to identify emerging contaminants, that is, chemicals or materials that either lack human health standards or have an evolving science and regulatory status to determine which of these chemicals and materials DoD uses, how DoD uses them and how any regulatory changes may impact DoD personnel, the environment or DoD's mission.
EPA is adding 172 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). EPA is also setting a manufacture, processing, and otherwise use reporting threshold of 100 pounds for each PFAS being added to the list. These actions are being taken to comply with section 7321 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 enacted on 20 December 2019. As this action is being taken to conform the regulations to a Congressional legislative mandate, notice and comment rulemaking is unnecessary, and this rule is effective immediately. This rule is effective 22 June 2020. POC is Daniel R. Bushman, Toxics Release Inventory Program Division, Mailcode 7410M, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: (202) 566-0743; email: bushman.daniel@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 22 June 2020 [Rule] Pages 37354-37364).
June 19, 2020
Part of the CAMEO suite, MARPLOT® is a mapping application that people can use to quickly create, view, and modify maps. Users can create their own objects in MARPLOT (e.g., facilities, schools, response assets) and display them on top of a basemap. (There are three basemaps to choose from: standard map files, aerial photos, and topographical maps.) Users can also link objects they've created in MARPLOT to the CAMEO database to store additional information about the objects. For example, users might create an object for a chemical facility in MARPLOT, and then link it to the facility record in CAMEO in order to quickly get info about the facility's chemical inventory during an emergency response.
WASHINGTON (June 18, 2020) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final action regarding the regulation of perchlorate under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Considering the best available science and the proactive steps that EPA, states and public water systems have taken to reduce perchlorate levels, the agency has determined that perchlorate does not meet the criteria for regulation as a drinking water contaminant under the SDWA. Therefore, the agency is withdrawing the 2011 regulatory determination and is making a final determination to not issue a national regulation for perchlorate at this time.
Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period and notification of public hearing. On 11 June 2020, the EPA published the proposed rulemaking "Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process." The comment period for the proposed rulemaking published 11 June 2020 (85 FR 35612), is extended. The EPA must receive comments on the proposed action on or before 3 August 2020. The EPA will hold a virtual public hearing on 1 July 2020. POC is Leif Hockstad, Office of Air Policy and Program Support, Office of Air and Radiation, EPA, Mail Code 6103A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; (202) 343-9432; email: hockstad.leif@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 19 June 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 37057-37059).
GSA website dedicated to providing guidance for returning to GSA facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance topics include entry and screen services, signage, HVAC, face coverings, and cleaning and disinfection. Additional tools and resources are provided for the workforce that include federal employee support guidance and telework basics, and the workspace that include reopening decision tree and strategies for returning to the facilities.
Defense and State Memorandum of Agreement program was established to expedite environmental restoration at DoD installations through enhanced partnership with states, territories and the District of Columbia. This portal provides information regarding the program. Registration is required and limited to Department of Defense and State Government users.
June 18, 2020
This January 2009 guidance reduces the Drinking Water Equivalent Level set in 2006 by setting an Interim Drinking Water Health Advisory for exposure to 15 parts per billion.
This memorandum, dated 17 March 2006 and assigned the number OSWER Directive 9208.2, EPA enforcement and superfund program officials have directed regional offices to apply the agency's "enforcement first" policy to ensure that institutional controls are implemented effectively at superfund sites. The memo clarifies a 2002 directive asking regions to redouble their attention to the agency's "enforcement first" policy that potentially responsible parties should conduct remedial actions whenever possible.
This policy memorandum, dated 1 August 2011, describes management controls that will be implemented to ensure that the recommendations in the Five-Year Review reports are tracked, monitored and implemented; provides guidance to Remedial Project Managers to ensure that the reviews are completed on time; outlines how EPA makes an independent decision on protectiveness; and confirms that Five-Year Reviews are generally enforceable under Federal Facility Agreements.
Issued by EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), the purpose of this document is to provide guidance to support Five-Year Reviews (FYRs) under CERCLA, as amended, where institutional controls (ICs) are included as components of site remedies. FYRs generally are conducted where the chosen remedy leaves waste in place and does not allow for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure(UU/UE) at a site. This guidance supplements OSWER's 2001 Comprehensive Five-Year Review Guidance (FYR Guidance) and provides recommendations for conducting FYRs for the IC component of remedies in a manner similar to the review of engineering or other remedy components.
The focus of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was leak prevention and included a provision for States to annually report the sources and causes of UST releases. The average percentage of unknown release sources was approximately 40% and the average percentage of unknown release causes was approximately 60% based on most recent available EPA Public Record reports posted on State websites. This webinar, recorded April 2020, discusses the currently available source and cause information nationally, the impacts of source and cause at the State level, and corrosion/degradation related issues internally and externally for UST systems. The webinar will also present a State example of how one can document source and cause more thoroughly for future national leak prevention analysis efforts.
Meeting materials for the Eighteenth Annual Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy on Nuclear Weapons Waste Cleanup held by the National Governor's Association. The NGA is the representative gubernatorial body to identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state, national and global levels as well as provide resources to the governors and their staff.
June 17, 2020
Join this conference to share ideas, initiatives, practices and policies to optimize building performance and sustainability. Don't miss a compelling program, focusing on a new topic each day--resilience, technology and the workforce.
When it comes to energy and water management, efficient-resilient-secure operations are the goal of every federal agency and the mission of the 2020 Energy Exchange. This comprehensive, 3-day training and trade show event helps agencies optimize their facility and fleet operations. This year's event includes onsite demonstrations of cutting edge technologies, FEDS Spotlight recognition of the most innovative and successful projects, and opportunities to drive innovation with the help of DOE and FEMP subject matter experts.
The 2020 Power Conference brings the world's leading technical research and applications forum, invited presentations, technical sessions, workshops, panel discussions, posters and exhibition with collaboration between industry, researchers and government. Increase your network and learn best practices in products, materials, systems and services used in the energy industries.
The 2020 ITE Meeting and Exhibition theme is Celebrating the Past Shaping the Future. The theme celebrates both the history of where we have been as a profession and sets the stage for the next century of transportation. The program for the National Rural ITS Annual Conference will be integrated into this meeting with a track focusing specifically on topics relating to rural intelligent transportation systems.
Join fellow environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) industry professionals at the AHMP 2020 National Conference to learn about the latest developments in the management of hazardous materials. The conference will include 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.
The International Low Impact Development Conference highlights interdisciplinary practice, research, and implementation of Low Impact Development (LID), Green Infrastructure (GI), Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and Water Sensitive Urban Designs (WSUD). The focus will be on using our past and present understanding of LID to tune management programs, design practice, and operation and maintenance into the future.
ChemHAT, the Chemical Hazard and Alternatives Toolbox, is an internet database designed to offer up easy to use information that we can use to protect ourselves, our families and our co-workers against the harm that chemicals can cause. ChemHAT was created to answer two questions: "Can this chemical in my workplace affect my health?" and "Are there safer alternatives?" You can look up a chemical from a product or an SDS either by its chemical name or Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS) registration number.
June 16, 2020
The PFAS team will be hosting the first in a series of "Ask the Experts" roundtable discussions to provide environmental and public health professionals the opportunity to communicate with ITRC's internationally recognized PFAS experts and ask their most pressing questions. This is an interactive discussion responding to questions received through registration. Participants of the first roundtable discussion on will learn about: the naming conventions for PFAS compounds; the history of the use of PFAS compounds and sources of PFAS releases to the environment; and PFAS sampling techniques and analytical procedures. Participants are highly encouraged to review the Guidance Document (specifically Chapters 2 and 11), and review the associated ITRC video training modules prior to attending the Roundtable Session.
The Power and Pollinators webinar will examine how planting for pollinators on RE-Powering sites benefits cleaning up contaminated sites while beautifying communities. Planting for pollinators can help protect caps, control runoff, and provide habitat for struggling pollinator communities. The webinar explores the relationship between solar installations, contaminated lands and landfills, and pollinators. The Commonwealth of Virginia will discuss how the solar power industry has an extraordinary opportunity to impact the landscape by encouraging native plants at solar facilities. Solar facilities located on brownfields, landfills and other contaminated lands present a unique opportunity to benefit the local community by cleaning up the property and redeveloping the site according to the community's goals. The Commonwealth will highlight the Virginia Pollinator-Smart Solar Program which is designed to provide incentives and tools for solar industry to adopt a native plant strategy to meet soil and water control regulations, community needs, and the needs of our biosphere.
Military Munitions Policy Webinar is a two-hour webinar course that provides an overview of the Department of Defense (DoD) Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP), munitions policies, and how the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) is applied to munitions sites. By taking this course, participants will achieve the following objectives: learn about DoD MMRP; understand the CERCLA process as applied to a munitions site; understand munitions policies; and, explore EPA Munitions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Federal Facility Five-Year Review Webinar is a two-hour webinar course that provides an overview of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) five-year reviews. By taking this course, participants will achieve the following objectives: understand Five-Year Review purpose and regulatory context; learn how to prepare and conduct a five-year review; identify the information and data needed to support a protectiveness statement; address emerging contaminants and options available to ensure that the federal agencies address these contaminants; identify the different scenarios when EPA makes an independent finding of the protectiveness of the remedy; learn about similarities and differences between federal and private site five-year reviews.
June 15, 2020
A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense to phase-in zero-emission non-tactical vehicles and reduce the petroleum consumption of the Department of Defense Federal fleet. (Congressional Record 19 May 2020 [House] pages H2268-H2270)
This E.O. instructs agencies to take all appropriate steps to use their lawful emergency authorities to respond to the COVID-19 national emergency and to facilitate the Nation's economic recovery. As set forth in the E.O., agencies should take all reasonable measures to speed infrastructure investments and to speed other actions in addition to such investments that will strengthen the economy and return Americans to work, while providing appropriate protection for public health and safety, natural resources, and the environment, as required by law. Certain reporting requirements are due within 30 days of the date of this order (June 4, 2020).
June 11, 2020
EPA cancels the final designation of the original Wilmington, North Carolina Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS), referred to as the 1987 Wilmington ODMDS, pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), as amended. The 1987 Wilmington ODMDS, which was designated in 1987, is in the Atlantic Ocean offshore Wilmington, North Carolina. This action is being taken because the 1987 Wilmington ODMDS was previously replaced in 2002 by the existing New Wilmington ODMDS and is no longer needed. In addition, this action changes the name of New Wilmington ODMDS to the Wilmington, North Carolina ODMDS. This rule is effective 13 July 2020. POC is Gary W. Collins, EPA, Region 4, Water Division, Oceans and Estuarine Management Section, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303; tel: (404) 562-9395; email: collins.garyw@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 11 June 2020 [Rule] pages 35564-35566)
EPA is proposing processes that it would be required to undertake in promulgating regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to ensure that information regarding the benefits and costs of regulatory decisions is provided and considered in a consistent and transparent manner. This proposed rulemaking addresses, issues raised in the 13 June 2018 advance notice of proposed rulemaking, "Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Costs and Benefits in the Rulemaking Process," and proposes how the concepts described in that advance document would be implemented in rulemakings conducted by the EPA using its authorities under the CAA. The EPA is proposing to establish procedural requirements governing the development and presentation of benefit-cost analyses (BCA), including risk assessments used in the BCA, for significant rulemakings conducted under the CAA. Together, these requirements would help ensure that the EPA implements its statutory obligations under the CAA, and describes its work in implementing those obligations, in a way that is consistent and transparent. Comments must be received on or before 27 July 2020. POC is Leif Hockstad, Office of Air Policy and Program Support, Office of Air and Radiation, EPA, Mail Code 6103A,1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; (202) 343-9432; email: hockstad.leif@epa.gov (Federal Register: 11 June 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 35612-35627)
USFWS are removing the Borax Lake chub (currently listed as Gila boraxobius), a fish native to Oregon, from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife on the basis of recovery. This final rule is based on a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the threats to the Borax Lake chub have been eliminated or reduced to the point where the species no longer meets the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the ESA. This rule is effective 13 July 2020. POC is Paul Henson, State Supervisor, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97266; tel: 503-231-6179. (Federal Register: 11 June 2020 [Rule] pages 35574-35594)
The Pollution Prevention Waste Management Workshop is a cooperative effort with UTA, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide industry leaders with current information and professional development in the various aspects of pollution prevention.
Recorded Webinar by EPA's Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water and Empire State Realty Trust discussing water quality risks in buildings with low or no use due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as guidance for re-populating buildings. (May take time to load)
June 10, 2020
USFWS proposes to designate critical habitat for the Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus) under the ESA. Approximately 598,261 hectares (ha) (1,478,333 acres (ac)) in portions of 10 Florida counties fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. If finalized this rule as proposed, would extend the ESA protections to this species' critical habitat. USFWS will accept comments on the proposed rule or draft economic analysis that are received or postmarked on or before 10 August 2020. POC is Roxanna Hinzman, Field Supervisor, USFWS, South Florida Ecological Services Field Office, 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960-3559; tel: 772-562-3909. (Federal Registry 10 June 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 35510-35544)
For 50 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has maintained its commitment to protecting public health by improving air quality and reducing air pollution. This annual report, titled Our Nation's Air, summarizes the nation's air quality status and trends through 2019. Sections of this report convey information across different time periods, depending on the underlying data sources. While some are consistently available since 1970, like growth data, our longer-term trends for air quality concentrations start in 1990, when monitoring methodologies became more consistent.
EPA has developed guidance on maintaining water quality while closed and steps for reopening.
June 09, 2020
This webinar presents tools to assess conservation efforts and endangered species communities on DoD installations. Specifically, investigators will discuss efforts to evaluate cross-boundary habitat crediting programs and summarize experiments using environmental DNA as a method of documenting pollinator communities.
This webinar discusses approaches to better characterize per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) fate and transport in the subsurface, as well as a novel technology for PFAS destruction. Specifically, investigators present results of experiments, mathematical modeling, and decision tool development to further understand PFAS fate and transport in the subsurface as well as a novel technology to treat PFAS in water and other high moisture content wastes.
June 08, 2020
Search for energy-efficient covered product categories. Includes a link to download a full list of covered product categories and the related programs.
This entry-level course presents a broad overview of the major aspects of air pollution control. The lessons include information about pollutants, pollutant sources, effects of pollution, dispersion of pollutants, measurement and control of emissions, laws and regulations pertaining to air pollution control, and other related topics.
On January 2, 2011, GHG emissions from the largest stationary sources were included in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Operating Permit Programs. These permitting programs were prudent vehicles for reducing GHG emissions. However, the thresholds in the Clean Air Act for determining whether a source is subject to these permitting programs--100 and 250 tons/year of emissions--were based on traditional pollutants. They were not intended to be applied to GHGs. This recorded webinar provides an overview of the GHG Permitting Guidance, issued by EPA in November 2010 (and updated in March 2011). The webinar provides the basic knowledge permit writers need to address GHG emissions in permits.
This guide produced by the National Association of State Procurement Officials helps procurement officials develop their own environmentally preferable purchasing programs.
Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. Website provides purchasing guides for a variety of items (bottled water, paint, food service ware, rechargeable batteries, etc.) designed to save money, conserve resources, reduce waste, and improve efficiency.
Training and Resources from the USDA BioPreferred program. This includes general training for contracting officers, contractors, as well as training on specific sectors.
This Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course describes key developments in the field of energy and sustainability planning, and emphasizes the importance of master planning to integrate energy and sustainability factors.
A library of live, recorded, and self-guided training on energy management for buildings, including the portfolio manager tool.
June 05, 2020
USFWS proposes to establish a new permit for State and federally recognized Tribal (hereafter "Tribe" or "Tribal") wildlife agencies for the management of double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus; hereafter "cormorants"). The new permit would authorize specific take activities that are normally prohibited and are intended to relieve or prevent impacts from cormorants on lands within State or Tribal jurisdictions to address conflicts related to the following issues: wild and publicly stocked fish stocked by State agencies or Tribes; Tribal- and State-owned or operated aquaculture facilities (including hatcheries); human health and safety; State- or Tribal-owned property and assets; and threatened and endangered species (listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, or identified in State- or Tribal-specific legislation as threatened or endangered). The Service would retain ultimate authority for regulating the take of cormorants. States and Tribes would have the discretion to determine whether, when, where, and for which of the above purposes they would conduct lethal take within limits and allocations set by the Service. Submit written comments on this proposed rule by 20 July 2020. POC is Jerome Ford, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, (202) 208-1050.(Federal Registry: 5 June 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 34578-34588)
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