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November 15, 2019
EPA is holding a public meeting on December 10, 2019, to engage with interested stakeholders on the implementation of EPA's Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) New Chemicals program. At the meeting, EPA will provide an overview of EPA's updated "Working Approach" document, demonstrate how EPA has used concepts in the Working Approach to reach conclusions and make determinations, update confidential business information process improvements and clarifications, and discuss its progress on transparency in the TSCA New Chemicals program.
November 14, 2019
The EPA is finalizing amendments to the Standards of Performance for Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines. This final action revises the emission standards for particulate matter (PM) for new stationary compression ignition (CI) engines located in remote areas of Alaska. The final rule is effective on November 13, 2019. For questions about this action, contact Melanie King, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; tele: (919) 541-2469; and email: king.melanie@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 13 November 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 61563-61568)
EPA proposes regulatory revisions to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for lead and copper under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This proposed rule provides more effective protection of public health by reducing exposure to lead and copper in drinking water. This proposed rule also strengthens procedures and requirements related to health protection and the implementation of the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in the following areas: Lead tap sampling; corrosion control treatment; lead service line replacement; consumer awareness; and public education. Comments must be received on or before January 13, 2020. (Federal Register: 13 November 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 61684-61774) POC is Erik Helm, Standards and Risk Management Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Mail Code 4607M, Washington, DC 20460; tele: (202) 566-1049 (TTY 800-877-8339); email: Helm.Erik@EPA.gov.
This annual event for Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners and other key stakeholders provides the opportunity for professionals to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in7 energy and water efficiency. Attendees take part in interactive sessions with industry experts and market leaders as well as multiple opportunities to network with peers.
November 13, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 45-day public comment period associated with release of the Systematic Review Protocol for the perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), perfluorohexanesulfonate (PFHxS), and perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments. This protocol document presents the methods for conducting the systematic reviews and dose response analyses for these assessments as well as summarizes the Agency's problem formulation activities. Public input will help to inform the subsequent development of draft assessments for these per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. The 45-day public comment period ends 23 December 2019. For technical information on the protocol, contact Dr. James Avery, Center for Public Health & Environmental Assessment; tel: 202-564-1494; or email: avery.james@epa.gov.
The 2020 DOE Lighting R&D Workshop will be co-sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society, leveraging the long-term partnership between DOE and IES to advance the quality and efficiency of lighting through science and engineering. Join DOE and IES in San Diego January 28–30 for a gathering of top lighting scientists and industry experts, to share the latest on lighting science and technology advances.
November 12, 2019
USFWS proposes additions to the November 28, 2018, proposed rule to update the List of Migratory Birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The proposed revisions in this document consist of further updates to taxonomy and distribution published in 2019. The net increase of 8 additional species (10 added and 2 removed) to the November 28, 2018, proposed rule would bring the total number of species protected by the MBTA to 1,093. USFWS is requesting public comments on the revisions. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 12, 2019. POC is Eric L. Kershner, Chief of the Branch of Conservation, Permits, and Regulations; Division of Migratory Bird Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: MB; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; (703) 358-2376. (Federal Register: 12 November 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 60998-61002).
Education credit certificates are now available to be picked up for anyone who registered at the 2019 Symposium event in Bethesda, MD, and attended at least one session.
November 11, 2019
The presentations from the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium held on October 30-31, 2019 at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, are now available for viewing or download at https://www.fedcenter.gov/symposium2019-proceedings.
November 08, 2019
occidentalis occidentalis) as an endangered or threatened species under the ESA. USFWS found that it is not warranted at this time to list the California spotted owl. However, they ask the public to submit to them at any time any new information relevant to the status of the subspecies or its habitat. The finding in this document was made on November 8, 2019. POC is Josh Hull, tel: 916-414-6742, email: josh_hull@fws.gov. (Federal Register: 8 November 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 60371-60372)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 45-day public comment period associated with release of the Systematic Review Protocol for the perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), perfluorohexanesulfonate (PFHxS), and perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments. This protocol document presents the methods for conducting the systematic reviews and dose response analyses for these assessments as well as summarizes the Agency's problem formulation activities. Public input will help to inform the subsequent development of draft assessments for these per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. Comments must be received on or before December 23, 2019. POC is For technical information on the protocol, contact Dr. James Avery, Center for Public Health & Environmental Assessment; tel: 202-564-1494; or email: avery.james@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 8 November 2019 [Notices] Pages 60393-60395)
EPA recognized six groups and individuals for their innovative work on clean air projects. The 2019 Clean Air Excellence Awards are given to state, local, tribal, and private sector programs that educate the public in improving air quality or reducing harmful air pollutants that threaten health and the environment.
EPA continued its progress on a suite of actions to address ethylene oxide by announcing proposed amendments to the Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), known as MON, to reduce hazardous air pollutants, including ethylene oxide. EPA is also continuing work to address ethylene oxide from commercial sterilizers; working closely with other federal partners such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address medical device supplies; and providing an update on its work to better understand ethylene oxide – in particular, work to characterize air concentrations of this chemical.
November 07, 2019
Proceedings of the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium.
Training certificate pickup for 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium participants.
USFWS notified the public that they are making changes to our October 7, 2014, proposed rule to list the West Coast Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of fisher (Pekania pennanti) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). Based on new information since 2014 and a reconsideration of the best available information in our files (including all comments received to date), USFWS are revising the proposed rule to list the DPS as a threatened species under the Act. USFWS is also proposing a concurrent rule under section 4(d) of the Act for this DPS. USFWS are reopening the comment period to allow comments on the new information presented in this document relevant to the changes and proposed 4(d) rule described below. If USFWS finalizes this listing rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections to this DPS and, accordingly, add this DPS to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 9, 2019. POC is Jenny Ericson, Field Supervisor, Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office, telephone: 530-842-5763. Direct all questions or requests for additional information to: WEST COAST DPS FISHER QUESTIONS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office, 1829 South Oregon Street, Yreka, CA 96097.(Federal Register: 7 November 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 60278-60305)
The Clean Water Act has led to tremendous improvements in water quality since it was first conceived of decades ago. But, does today's Clean Water Act provide the necessary flexibility sufficient to address the challenges presented by diffuse pollution sources and the plethora of emerging contaminants that defy conventional control strategies? NACWA's 2020 Winter Conference, Chasing Zero: How Today's Policies are Shaping the Future of Clean Water will explore how a new statutory and regulatory framework will need to emerge to deal with 21st century water quality issues and the critical role the public clean water community plays in ensuring the continued protection of human health and the environment.
November 06, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to cancel the final designation of an ocean dredged material disposal site (ODMDS) pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, as amended (MPRSA). The ODMDS is in the Atlantic Ocean offshore Wilmington, North Carolina. This proposed action is being taken because this site has been replaced by another permanent site. Comments must be received by December 23, 2019. 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: 6 November 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 59744-59746)
November 05, 2019
USFWS announced the removal of the Colorado butterfly plant (Oenothera coloradensis, currently listed as Gaura neomexicana ssp. coloradensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants (List) due to recovery. This final rule also removes the currently designated critical habitat for the Colorado butterfly plant. This rule is effective December 5, 2019. POC is Tyler A. Abbott, Field Supervisor, telephone: 307-772-2374. Direct all questions or requests for additional information to: COLORADO BUTTERFLY PLANT QUESTIONS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming Ecological Services Field Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Suite 308A, Cheyenne, WY 82009.(Federal Register: 5 November 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 59570-59588).
A bill to provide that the Federal Communications Commission and communications service providers regulated by the Commission under the Communications Act of 1934 shall not be subject to certain provisions of the NEPA and the NHPA with respect to the construction, rebuilding, or hardening of communications facilities following a major disaster or an emergency declared by the President. (Congressional Record: 18 October 2019)] [House] Pages H8257-H8259)
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit the taking for a trophy of any endangered or threatened species of fish or wildlife in the United States and the importation of endangered and threatened species trophies into the United States. (Congressional Record: 23 October 2019 [House] Pages H8455-H8457)
The Federal Energy Management Program's Water Project Screening Tool enables federal agencies to quickly screen sites for water efficiency opportunities. General information related to a site's water use is entered into the tool and recommendations on potential water efficiency projects are provided. The tool provides a qualitative score that indicates low to high water savings potential for nine end-uses.
November 04, 2019
A bill to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider greenhouse gas emissions related to natural gas pipelines. (Congressional Record: 11 October 2019 [House] Pages H8110-H8112)
Join this webinar to get a better understanding of how terrain and hydrology derivatives can be used for Resource Assessment. Simple applications will be presented that can be easily accessed where LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation data is available in the NRCS Elevation Web Services. It includes tools to process the LiDAR-based digital elevation models for hydrologic analysis, which then allows a series of prioritization, riparian classification, and conservation-practice placement tools to be used.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized 28 individuals and teams across the federal government for exceptional energy and water cost savings at the 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. This year's winners include those serving in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Defense Logistics Agency, Marine Corps, and Navy; the departments of Agriculture, Commerce; Energy, Interior, Justice, and Veterans Affairs; and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Many of the winning efforts focused on improving the federal government's energy efficiency and resilience through optimized operations and replicable cost-effective projects.
Economic contribution reports vary widely in the scope of the forest sector, IMPLAN modeling, results presentation and interpretation. This webinar covers practical guidelines for report users to better understand the terms and numbers in those reports, so that they can communicate the economic importance of the forest sector to their clienteles. Specifically, we will discuss the terminology of input-output modeling, aspects of IMPLAN software and modeling, and interpretation of numbers in the reports.
November 01, 2019
EPA is proposing changes to its test procedures required to be used by industries when analyzing the chemical, physical, and biological properties of wastewater and other environmental samples for reporting under the EPA's NPDES permit program. The CWA requires the EPA to promulgate these test procedures for analysis of pollutants. The EPA anticipates that these proposed changes will provide increased flexibility for the regulated community in meeting monitoring requirements while improving data quality. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before December 23, 2019. POC: Meghan Hessenauer, Engineering and Analysis Division (4303T), Office of Water, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-566-1040; email: Hessenauer.Meghan@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 22 October 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 56590-56624)
USFWS proposes to remove the inland population of the least tern (Interior least tern) (Sterna (now Sternula) antillarum), from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The Interior least tern is a bird that nests adjacent to major rivers of the Great Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft post-delisting monitoring (PDM) plan for the Interior least tern. USFWS seek information, data, and comments from the public regarding this proposed rule and the associated draft PDM plan. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before December 23, 2019. POC: Stephen Ricks, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, MS 39213; tel: (601) 321-1122. (Federal Register: 24 October 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 56977-56991)
The Commission is revising its Policy Statement on Consultation with Indian Tribes in Commission Proceedings by adding a specific reference to treaty rights; a statement that the Commission addresses tribal input in its NEPA documents and orders, and consultation with Alaska Native Corporations. Effective date is 25 November 2019. POC: Elizabeth Molloy, Office of the General Counsel, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426; tel: 202-502-8771; email: elizabeth.molloy@ferc.gov. (Federal Register: 24 October 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 56940-56942)
October 29, 2019
PDF version of the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium Program Book, containing symposium schedule, abstracts, bios, tour information, much more. Please consider the environment when deciding to print or view online only.
October 28, 2019
USFWS determined endangered species status under the ESA for the Barrens topminnow (Fundulus julisia), a freshwater fish species from Cannon, Coffee, Dekalb, and Warren Counties, Tennessee. This rule adds this species to the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This rule is effective 20 November 2019. POC: Lee Andrews, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office, 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, TN; tel: 931-525-4973. (Federal Register: 21 October 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 56131-56136)
EPA and the Department of the Army are publishing a final rule to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule: Definition of "Waters of the United States" which amended portions of the CFR, and to restore the regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 Rule. The agencies will implement the pre-2015 Rule regulations informed by applicable agency guidance documents and consistent with Supreme Court decisions and longstanding agency practice. This rule is effective on December 23, 2019. POC: Michael McDavit, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (202) 566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 22 October 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 56626-56671)
October 24, 2019
A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and for other purposes. (Congressional Record: 26 September 2019 [Senate] Pages S5747-S5748)
October 23, 2019
A bill to establish a Global Climate Change Resilience Strategy, to authorize the admission of climate-displaced persons. (Congressional Record: 26 September 2019 [Senate] Pages S5747-S5748)
October 22, 2019
A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to prohibit the importation, exportation, transportation, sale, receipt, acquisition, and purchase in interstate or foreign commerce, or in a manner substantially affecting interstate or foreign commerce, of any live animal of any prohibited wildlife species. (Congressional Record: 26 September 2019 [Senate] Pages S5747-S5748)
October 21, 2019
Since 1995, EPA's Audit Policy has provided penalty mitigation and other incentives to qualifying regulated entities that self-police and self-disclose violations of environmental laws. EPA's eDisclosure portal makes self-reporting even easier. See how your federal facility may qualify under this policy.
The overarching goal of the National Compliance Initiatives is to increase compliance using EPA's full range of compliance assurance tools. The goal of the NPDES National Compliance Initiative (Initiative) is to reduce by half the rate of significant noncompliance across the country, while assuring that the worst violations are timely and appropriately addressed. EPA is making federal facilities aware of this Initiative so they can take steps to address any significant noncompliance.
A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species. (Congressional Record: 26 September 2019 [Senate] Pages S5747-S5748)
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