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December 11, 2018
Learn more about the results of a study that evaluated the technical and economic viability of utilizing woody biomass to generate energy at 30 industrial and institutional sites in the Appalachian and Foothills region of North Carolina. In conducting this study, utility data from the sites were used to model the cost of using locally and/or regionally-sourced woody biomass to meet their thermal loads. For some facilities, biomass Combined Heat and Power systems ability to provide both thermal and electric energy were evaluated. The cost of energy using biomass was compared to existing fuels used at each site.
December 10, 2018
Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) Planning to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species is a structured process that assesses a natural resource management activity, identifies possible risks, and facilitates removal or reduction of non-target species. Using practical examples, a case study, and hands-on exercises, participants will develop real-life HACCP plans specifically tailored for natural resource management. The primary intent of this course is to prepare participants to develop and implement HACCP for field and station activities to identify and control non-targets species that may become a threat to the natural resource. This course is offered by U.S. FWS National Conservation Training Center.
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to revise certain ethylene oxide emissions standards under the Clean Air Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (Congressional Record; 28 November 2018 [Senate] pages S7190-7191).
December 07, 2018
REMINDER: This webinar will focus on three Federal Facilities that have successfully implemented green infrastructure projects for stormwater management. The speakers include Robert Michalik, VA Central Western Mass Healthcare System, Leeds, MA, John Richardson, 104th Fighter Wing, Mass Air National Guard, Westfield, MA, and Michael Brown, U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, CT. Speakers will discuss green infrastructure projects such as rain gardens and impervious pavement as well as their lessons learned. Registrants will be given to an Adobe Connect link that provides access to the webinar. For further information, contact Anne Fenn, fenn.anne@epa.gov, or Myra Schwartz, schwartz.myra@epa.gov.
Federal Green Challenge partners are invited to this annual refresher webinar that provides a step-by-step demonstration on how to enter FY18 facility results into the Federal Green Challenge online database found on www.re-trac.com. The six reporting areas include energy, waste, water, electronics, purchasing and transportation. The presentation will also discuss how to submit an awards nomination for successful "green" projects related to Innovation, Education, and Leadership. The 40-minute demonstration will be followed by a Q&A session to answer your specific questions. If you have any questions about the webinar, contact Anne Fenn (fenn.anne@epa.gov ) or Rob Guillemin (guillemin.robert@epa.gov).
December 06, 2018
A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. These conditions can present unique challenges for stormwater management and green infrastructure implementation. In this EPA webcast, Ann Carrol and Aimee Storm from EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization and Anna Withrow from the West Virginia Water Research Institute will discuss the role green infrastructure can play in transforming brownfield sites.
USFWS is proposes to designate critical habitat for the Sonoyta mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale). In total, approximately 12.28 acres (4.97 hectares) in Pima County, Arizona, located entirely within Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. USFWS will accept comments on the proposed rule or draft economic analysis that are received or postmarked on or before February 4, 2019. POC: Field Supervisor, USFWS, Arizona Ecological Services Field Office, Fish and Wildlife Office, 9828 North 31st Ave. #C3, Phoenix, AZ 85051-2517; tel 602-242-0210. (Federal Register; 6 December 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 62778-62794)
Join the EPA E-manifest team for a review of the top questions about e-manifesting.
This is workshop 1 of 2 offered in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO). The theme of day 1 is "Climate Science & Vulnerability Assessment." The theme of day 2 is "GHG, Energy & Water Management."
This is workshop 2 of 2 offered in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO). The theme of day 1 is "Governance, Law & Policy." The theme of day 2 is "Materiality, Risk Management & Economics."
December 04, 2018
A bill to repeal the Waters of the United States rule and amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. (Congressional Record; 29 November 2018 [House], page H9742-H9743).
ACS Green Chemistry Institute is hosting a joint conference. The joint conference is focused on advancing sustainable science and bringing the global green chemistry community together.
Learn about environmental impact analysis, cultural resource management, and historic preservation responsibilities and relationships. Assess practical applications for effectively integrating the analyses required by the National Environmental Policy Act, related environmental regulations, and the National Historic Preservation Act. This seminar is offered by the National Preservation Institute.
December 03, 2018
EPA is announcing an updated and validated way to test for an additional four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, including the GenX chemical, hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid (HFPO-DA).
The next live Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) webinar is on Tuesday, 18 December 2018, from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST. This webinar will provide an overview of the data in ECHO and guide users through using the site to answer environmental enforcement and compliance questions. The focus of this session will be a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward new and infrequent users.
The "Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter" is published monthly by EPA's Office of Water. It highlights current information about fish and shellfish -- providing a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, publications, awarded research, and future meetings and conferences. Click here for the October edition.
The EPA is announcing that the amendments to the Risk Management Program under the Clean Air Act put forward in a final rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 are in effect. The rule amends 40 CFR part 68 is effective December 3, 2018. POC: James Belke, EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20460; tel: (202) 564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov.(Federal Register; 3 December 2018 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 62268-62269).
AWWA's Annual Conference provides an opportunity to connect with global water experts in every segment of the water industry. This is a chance to explore innovative, real-time solutions and new insights to help solve today's water challenges.
November 30, 2018
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to revise certain ethylene oxide emissions standards under the Clean Air Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. (Congressional Record; 28 November 2018 [House], page H9690-H9691).
The National Adaptation Forum is a diverse group of professional adaptation practitioners from the private and public sectors concerned about the need to anticipate and prepare for the potential impacts of climate change. The Forum represents a collective effort to enhance the resilience of the Nation's communities, natural systems, and economy in the face of a changing climate, through open participation from actors across the country.
EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of the nation's most contaminated land and responding to environmental emergencies, oil spills and natural disasters. To protect public health and the environment, the Superfund program focuses on making a visible and lasting difference in communities, ensuring that people can live and work in healthy, vibrant places. As Superfund communities plan for redevelopment, many are incorporating innovative green infrastructure projects to naturally manage stormwater and improve site sustainability and resiliency. In this EPA webcast, Carlos Pachon from EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management, RoseMarie Caraway from EPA Region 9, and Maureen Maupin from Skeo Solutions will introduce attendees to the Superfund program, highlight examples of successful green infrastructure implementation, and discuss how green infrastructure practices are changing how public stakeholders view the long term potential of contaminated sites.
November 29, 2018
AWEA WINDPOWER 2019 is the wind industry's North American event with wind and renewable energy professionals from all over the world gathering in one place. It's the most effective way for attendees to expand their knowledge base and business network.
November 28, 2018
Template for submitting a success story for the DOE sustainable acquisition community.
The next Greenbuild will be held in Atlanta, GA November 20 – 22, 2019. To view the details on priority topics and session styles visit the website. The call for proposals closes on 4 January 2019.
This EPA webinar includes a presentation about EPA's "Flood Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities" which has a user-friendly layout, embedded videos, and flood maps. The webinar also includes information on "EPA's Drought Response and Recovery Guide" which brings together lessons learned from small- to medium sized drinking water systems across the country that have dealt with drought. The guide provides water utilities with best practices and key actions that can be taken when planning for, responding to, or recovering from drought, and helps utilities dealing with drought impacts by outlining practical actions that can increase their overall drought resilience. This webinar was originally presented as part of the EPA Small Systems Monthly webinar on 25 September 2018.
To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to provide for water pollution control activities. Signed on October 23, 2018. (Public Law 115-270) (Congressional Record; 13 November 2018 [Daily Digest], page D1166).
The EPA is taking final action to revise the regulatory definition of volatile organic compounds (VOC) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This final action adds HFO-1336mzz-Z to the list of compounds excluded from the regulatory definition of VOC on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone (O3) formation. POC: Dr. Souad Benromdhane, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Mail Code C539-07, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; Tel: (919) 541-4359; email: benromdhane.souad@epa.gov. (Federal Register; 28 November 2018 [Rules and Regulations], Pages 61127-61134).
The National Outdoor Recreation Conference, hosted each year by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP), showcases innovative and creative approaches to outdoor recreation research, planning, and management. This year's theme is titled "Storytelling in Outdoor Recreation: People, Places, Landscapes, Cultures".
Join colleagues from across the A/E/C industry and joint engineer community for three days of education, training and networking opportunities. The Annual Meeting will also offer numerous awards and recognition activities to celebrate the contributions and excellence of the Society's Posts and members in supporting the SAME mission "to lead collaborative efforts to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges."
November 27, 2018
This report is published in response to mandates established in The Global Change Research Act of 1990. The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) fulfills that mandate in two volumes. This report, Volume II, draws on the foundational science described in Volume I, the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) [issued in 2017]. Volume II focuses on the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability for 10 regions and 18 national topics, with particular attention paid to observed and projected risks, impacts, consideration of risk reduction, and implications under different mitigation pathways. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) served as the administrative lead agency for the preparation of this report. A Federal Steering Committee, composed of representatives from U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) agencies, oversaw the report's development.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. Comments must be received by 28 January 2019. POC: Steven Webb, International Program or Aaron Wiener, International Program, tel: (202) 366-8553, PHMSA, USDOT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, East Building, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001. (Federal Register, 27 November 2018 [Proposed Rules], Pages 60970-61070).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to prohibit sewage dumping into the Great Lakes, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 15 November 2018 [Senate], page S7050).
A bill to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, as required by section 112(d)(6) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7412(d)(6)), to review and revise as necessary the emissions standards for sources of ethylene oxides, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 20 November 2018 [House], page H9573).
The NAEP Annual Conference is an opportunity for environmental professionals from across the United States to learn about new projects, share technical knowledge, network with other industry professionals. This year's topics are focused on "The Environmental Landscape in the Age of Infrastructure Modernization".
The annual NAFA Institute and Expo provides both new and veteran fleet managers to get the tools they need to succeed. Attendees can network with thousands of fleet professionals, experience the latest services and products on the Expo floor, and receive cutting-edge training and education.
This year's conference theme is Conservative Innovation. The conference will bring together leaders in landscape ecology who are dedicated to preserving and protecting our natural resources, including educators and practitioners in the fields of geology, ecology, biology, geography, urban and regional planning, and landscape preservation and design.
November 26, 2018
Agenda for the Interagency Forum on Climate Risks, Impacts & Adaptation to be held on November 30, 2018, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at NASA HQ in Washington DC.
November 21, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined endangered species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the candy darter (Etheostoma osburni), a freshwater fish species from Virginia and West Virginia. This rule adds this species to the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This rule is effective 21 December 2018. POC is John Schmidt, Field Supervisor, West Virginia Ecological Services Field Office, 694 Beverly Pike, Elkins, WV 26241-9475; tel: 304-636-6586 (Federal Register; 21 November 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 58747-58754).
To reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris. Signed on October 11, 2018. (Public Law 115-265)(Congressional Record; 13 November 2018 [Daily Digest], page D1166).
November 20, 2018
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have received USDA's Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards for Fiscal Year 2018 for testing and adopting biobased products within their operations. See the press release for details on the steps taken at these labs.
November 19, 2018
Recorded (.MP4) proceedings of the RCRA Non-Compliance at Federally-Owned Medical Facilities webinar conducted October 23, 2018 by EPA. 88MB.
Recorded (.MP3) audio-only proceedings of the RCRA Non-Compliance at Federally-Owned Medical Facilities webinar conducted October 23, 2018 by EPA. 57MB.
The NEPA Application Course (CIN: A-4A-0077) is offered by the Navy. It is presented in a 3-day seminar, provides participants with the legal requirements, Navy policy, procedures and techniques for implementing NEPA, and is the foundation for more advanced NEPA coursework. This course focuses on: selecting the proper document; levels of analysis; public involvement; review process; and impact analysis required under the law. Lectures, case studies and hands-on workshops involving Navy scenarios are part of this in-depth study of NEPA analysis process. The course focuses on documentation and sufficiency requirements for the Categorical Exclusion and Environmental Assessment. The course is taught by an experienced planning practitioner with additional legal support by the Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel. The target audience is: DoN, (Navy with Marine Corps and others as space permits) personnel who work with environmental issues in the following areas: Weapon systems acquisition programs; Shore facility operations and management; Real Estate & Facilities Planning; Operational exercises and training; Realignment and base closure actions; Construction Projects; and Range Management.
This class offered by the Navy will provide attendees with the necessary tools and information to make remedy selection decisions and achieve site closeout. The attendees will learn the components of the Record of Decision, Remedial Action Operation (RAO)/Long Term Management (LTMgt) optimization strategies, and site closeout requirements. Factors such as contaminant and media impacts, transfer mechanisms, applicable technologies and lifecycle design considerations will be emphasized. This course has been comprehensively updated for 2019, Target audience is Installation Restoration Program RPMs, BRAC Environmental Coordinators, UST EIC's and Navy personnel responsible for Navy Hazardous Waste sites.
November 16, 2018
This action amends certain existing testing regulations to reflect corrections, updates, and the addition of alternative equipment and methods for source testing of emissions. These revisions will improve the quality of data and provide flexibility in the use of approved alternative procedures. The revisions do not impose any new substantive requirements on source owners or operators. The final rule is effective on 14 January 2019. POC is Ms. Lula H. Melton, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division (E143-02), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2910; fax: 919-541-0516; email: melton.lula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 November 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 56713-56734).
November 15, 2018
REMINDER: Federal employees and sponsored contractors are invited to attend the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium, to be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH Bethesda Campus on August 20-21, 2019. The theme of the event will be Federal Facilities Leading Environmental Change, and it will bring together federal staff and their contractors to discuss environmental regulations, success and challenges. The event is FREE so mark your calendar and stay tuned to FedCenter for more information in the coming weeks! See attached flyer.
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.
November 14, 2018
This 8-hour course focuses on environmental concerns related to the handling and disposition of hazardous wastes. The curriculum includes a general review of hazardous waste regulations as they relate to the waste handler's job; identification and labeling requirements; health hazards; storage compatibility; spill response; safety data sheets (SDS); and hazardous waste classification. The course is intended to satisfy the requirement of yearly RCRA update training for hazardous waste handlers. The Inter-service Environmental Education Review Board (SEERB) has designated this course a Joint Service course to train all DOD personnel in hazardous waste compliance. DoD CAC needed to access the training schedule in the Army Logistics University, Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) for Course number 9E-F51/322-F35 (MT).
The course includes the following topics: DOD Environmental Policy; hazardous terminology; Pollution Prevention (P2); identification and classification of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes; health effects and personal safety; packaging, labeling, handling, storage, and transportation procedures; contingency planning and release response; and hazardous materials and waste laws, regulations, and policies. It provides the attendees with fundamental information to handle hazardous waste as required by the RCRA regulations (40 CFR 260-265), by appropriate state and local requirements, and DOD policy. This course fulfills the general training requirements initially required for hazardous waste handlers by RCRA regulations (40 CFR 264.16 and 265.16), the Hazardous Communications Program (29 CFR 1910.1200), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Material Training (49 CFR 172.704). The Inter-service Environmental Education Review Board has designated this course a Joint Service course to train all DOD personnel in hazardous waste compliance. DoD CAC needed to access the training schedule in the Army Logistics University, Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) for Course number 9E-F50/322-F34 (MT).
Pollinators are a key part of the economy and vital to the production of many of our favorite foods. In 2014 federal facilities were directed to help reverse pollinator losses and restore populations for this crucial group of animals. Since receiving this direction many federal facilities have been working to increase their pollinator habitat and reporting their successes to the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). This FGC webinar recorded on 18 July 2018 will help facilities focus on increasing the amount of milkweed available for monarchs though the use of new mapping tools and a case study from a federal facility that has increased the amount of milkweed on its landscape.
Can your federal facility go green and save money? With the cost of solar energy declining, more federal facilities can add on-site solar for less than the cost of grid-based electricity. Learn how a team from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and EPA's Region 9 office can provide project implementation assistance. The team is called the Affordable Power Infrastructure Partnership (APIP). APIP assists federal agencies to explore the potential for on-site renewable energy projects and supports agencies through the project implementation process. This Federal Green Challenge (FGC) webinar was recorded 10 October 2018.
This action amends certain existing testing regulations to reflect corrections, updates, and the addition of alternative equipment and methods for source testing of emissions. These revisions will improve the quality of data and provide flexibility in the use of approved alternative procedures. The revisions do not impose any new substantive requirements on source owners or operators. The final rule is effective on 14 January 2019. POC is Ms. Lula H. Melton, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division (E143-02), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2910; fax: 919-541-0516; email: melton.lula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 November 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 56713-56734).
November 13, 2018
This course is a one-day overview course for early-career cultural resources practitioners as well as managers/decision makers from federal agencies, State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations, applicants in the Section 106 process, and others. Through small group exercises and knowledge checks, a participant will apply the four-step Section 106 review process to example undertakings from your own experience, practice identifying consulting parties and planning to involve the public, describe an Area of Potential Effect, identify strategies to avoid adverse effects, and practice documenting a mitigation commitment in a sample agreement stipulation. This course is offered by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).
Many federal land management units – including bases, campuses, buildings, forests, and parks – benefit from Section 106 Programmatic Agreements that establish efficiencies for routine projects and maintenance, repair, and operations activities. In this webinar, Program Analysts Katharine Kerr and Chris Daniel will identify the pros and cons of pursuing such a PA and provide practical advice to program managers on how to develop one. This webinar is offered by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).
Many federal land management units – including bases, campuses, buildings, forests, and parks – benefit from Section 106 Programmatic Agreements that establish efficiencies for routine projects and maintenance, repair, and operations activities. In this webinar, Program Analysts Katharine Kerr and Chris Daniel will identify the pros and cons of pursuing such a PA and provide practical advice to program managers on how to develop one. This webinar is offered by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).
This free online e-Learning course from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is a short introduction to Section 106, explaining what the requirement means and how any citizen can learn more about federal projects and agencies' historic preservation planning responsibilities. The cost is free and the course length is 15 minutes. To access the class users must register on ACHP's e-Learning Portal.
This online e-Learning course from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is designed to answer questions applicants for federal funding, permits, licenses, or other assistance may have about the review process required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. . The cost is $50.00 and the course length is 45 minutes. To access the class users must register on ACHP's e-Learning Portal.
Building on the basic concepts and vocabulary presented in the "Basics of NEPA and Section 106 Integration," this online e-Learning course from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) builds skills in identifying and taking advantage of coordination opportunities when a federal project, program, or activity is subject to concurrent NEPA and Section 106 reviews. Through case examples and challenge questions, learners will apply the concepts in scenarios where an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Assessment (EA) is prepared, or where a Categorical Exclusion (CE or CatEx) may apply. The cost is $50.00 and the course length is 45 minutes. To access the class users must register on ACHP's e-Learning Portal.
This free online e-Learning course from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is a short introduction to all stakeholders to the basic concepts and vocabulary presented in the 2013 NEPA and Section 106 Handbook and a foundation for stakeholder expectations in the review of federal projects, programs, and activities that may affect historic properties, including high priority infrastructure projects and other federal undertakings. The cost is free and the course length is 15 minutes. To access the class users must register on ACHP's e-Learning Portal.
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.
The "Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter" is published monthly by EPA's Office of Water. It highlights current information about fish and shellfish -- providing a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, publications, awarded research, and future meetings and conferences. Click here for the September edition.
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