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April 25, 2019
A bill to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to set a health-protective numerical emission limitation for hydrogen cyanide under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7412). (Congressional Record: 4 April 2019 [House] Pages H3099-H3100).
April 24, 2019
Federal Community and Federal Green Challenge Members: You are invited to attend the 2019 Spring WasteWise Forum on May 1, 2019 in Boston, MA (8:30AM to 12:00PM) and participate in the accompanying EPA Region I Federal Green Challenge meeting (12:30PM-1:30PM). The events will be held at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave, Boston, MA. The WasteWise Forum is an annual educational event to help businesses and institutions increase their solid waste diversion. The event will focus on procurement strategies and partnerships that consider the end-life of materials and aim to reduce waste. The Federal Green Challenge Meeting will feature an update on federal recycling and source reduction policies. Click here for more information and to register.
April 23, 2019
EPA is issuing an Interpretative Statement addressing whether the CWA NPDES permit program applies to releases of a pollutant from a point source to groundwater. This Interpretative Statement reflects the EPA's consideration of the public comments received in response to its February 20, 2018 Federal Register notice. EPA concludes that the CWA is best read as excluding all releases of pollutants from a point source to groundwater from NPDES program coverage, regardless of a hydrologic connection between the groundwater and jurisdictional surface water. Concurrently with issuing its interpretation of the CWA, the Agency is soliciting additional public input regarding what may be needed to provide further clarity and regulatory certainty on this issue. Comments must be received or postmarked on or before June 7, 2019. POC: Scott Wilson, Office of Wastewater Management, Water Permits Division (MC4203M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; tele: (202) 564-6087; email: wilson.js@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 23 April 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 16810-16826).
April 22, 2019
REMINDER: LESS THAN 10 DAYS REMAINING! The Federal sustainability community is cordially invited to attend the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium, October 30-31, 2019, hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Natcher Center campus in Bethesda, MD. This year's theme is Federal Agencies Leading Environmental Change, for the purpose of sharing best practices, success stories, partnerships, and challenges and achievements of the federal practitioner community. The event schedule, registration dates, call for presentation abstracts (now open), and continuous updates to the event can be found on the conference website.
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list Northern California (NC) summer-run steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) as an Endangered distinct population segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NMFS find that the petition presents substantial scientific information indicating the petitioned action may be warranted. NMFS will conduct a status review of NC summer-run steelhead to determine if the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, NMFS is soliciting scientific and commercial information pertaining to this species from any interested party. POC: Gary Rule, NMFS West Coast Region, at gary.rule@noaa.gov, (503) 230-5424. (Federal Register: 22 April 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 16632-16636).
April 19, 2019
This is the second webinar series on the "Air Pollution Mitigation Using Passive Techniques in the Built Environment: Sharing International Best Practice". EPA is participating in the international webinar series, which aims to bring together experts to collaborate in a community forum on best practices around passive mitigation of air pollution in the built environment. Experts will provide their unique experiences for gathering evidence on passive techniques to mitigate air pollution, such as green infrastructures, solid barriers and urban design.
April 18, 2019
Following requests for clarification of its June 2016 final action, the EPA published proposed amendments to several provisions of the 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Emission Guidelines (EG) for Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration (CISWI). This action finalizes the proposed amendments, which provide clarity and address implementation issues in the final CISWI NSPS and EG, as well as correcting inconsistencies and errors in these provisions. This final rule is effective on April 16, 2019. Dr. Nabanita Modak Fischer, Fuels and Incineration Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; tele: (919) 541-5572; email: modak.nabanita@epa.gov. ( Federal Register: 16 April 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 15846-15918).
April 17, 2019
The purpose of the webinar is to discuss data needs for hydrodynamic, watershed, and water quality models. The webinar will present how and where to obtain data from various sources. Several tools that are available to acquire, process, manipulate, and visualize data will be presented. Lastly, the webinar will discuss how to organize and manage data in preparation for transferring to models.
Have you ever wanted to calculate the environmental impact of your organization's waste management practices? Have you considered making a change in how you manage your waste stream, but are unsure what the environmental impact may be? Do you have sustainability goals, but are unsure how your current waste management plan feeds into the broader goals? These are the types of questions EPA's Waste Reduction Model (WARM) can help you answer.
April 16, 2019
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April 15, 2019
The U.S. Army Regional Environmental and Energy Office – Southern Region's April 2019 State Legislative and Regulatory REVIEW for Region 4 contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests. For installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
The Central Review publishes environmental and energy related developments for DOD/Army leaders and installation staff. Covering the nine states in Federal Regions 6 and 7 the Central Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DOD interests. For installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
The southeastern United States has millions of acres of oak dominated forests that have a closed canopy with limited herbaceous and shrub understory that northern bobwhite require. However, research has demonstrated that with adequate over story thinning, and the use of frequent prescribed fire, these forests can support populations of Northern Bobwhite Quail, presenting perhaps the best opportunity for large-scale quail restoration in the region. Participants in the webinar will learn about managing oak forests and restoration efforts related to Northern Bobwhite Quail.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Green Electronics Council (GEC) Catalyst Awards that seek to inspire innovation in the design, manufacture and use of technology to advance sustainability. This year's Catalyst Awards, Leveraging Sensor Technology to Build Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities, will be awarded in two categories: Catalyzing Impact at Scale and Catalyzing Disruptive Innovation. Nominations are being accepted through June 17.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a final rule to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni) as endangered under the ESA. After reviewing the best scientific and commercial data available, including the status review and comments received on the proposed rule, NMFS have determined that the whale warrants listing as endangered. The whale is presently in danger of extinction throughout all of its range due to its small population size and restricted range, and the threats of energy exploration, development and production, oil spills and oil spill response, vessel collision, fishing gear entanglement, and anthropogenic noise. Critical habitat is not determinable at this time but will be proposed in a future rulemaking. This final rule is effective on May 15, 2019. POC: Laura Engleby, NMFS, Southeast Regional Office, tele: (727) 824-5312, or email: laura.engleby@noaa.gov (Federal Register: 15 April 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 15446-15488).
April 12, 2019
USFWS is reopening the comment period on their proposed rules to list the Bi-State distinct population segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as threatened under the ESA and designate critical habitat for that DPS. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before June 11, 2019. Determination for the DPS by USFWS will be made in the Federal Register on or before October 1, 2019. POC: Carolyn Swed, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Reno Fish and Wildlife Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Suite 234, Reno, NV 89502; tele: 775-861-6300. (Federal Register: 12 April 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 14909-14910).
The Regional Environmental and Energy Office - Northern (REEO-N), March 2019 Northern Review contains current legislative and regulatory activity pertinent to military interests. Covering the 22 states and territories in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5, the Northern Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities and for installations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements.
The Army's Region 8 Western Review contains summaries of current legislative and regulatory activity within EPA Region 8 states (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming), the Region 9 Western Review contains summaries within EPA Region 9 states (Arizona, California, Hawaii and Pacific Islands, and Nevada), and Region 10 Western Review contains summaries within EPA Region 10 states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).
April 11, 2019
DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA's Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
A compliance assistance resource for owners and operators of crude oil and natural gas extraction operations. The Environmental Compliance Information for Energy Extraction Portal provides easily accessible information to help companies comply with federal and state environmental regulations. Compliance information is organized by statute and technical topics (e.g., well production, processing).
While green stormwater infrastructure increases in popularity, we are still learning about the role of trees in these innovative practices. This webinar will discuss recent research results from studies designed to characterize the health of trees in bioretention practices and the benefits they provide to urban stormwater management. Including observations from managing bioretention and detention ponds, noting how design, installation, and maintenance practices affect tree health and water quality function. This information can help stormwater engineers, urban foresters, and landscape professionals be successful in integrating trees into stormwater management efforts.
The DoD Cultural Resources UPDATE is sponsored by the DoD Cultural Resource Program. Highlights include military training on cultural resources at Fort Drum, a USAF case study on digital data curation, opportunities with the Corps Network, announcements, training, and more.
April 10, 2019
Region 9 is offering Federal Facility TRI Training compliance webinar sessions, free of charge, covering RY 2018 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements for Federal Facilities under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 313. This webinar will provide an overview of basic requirements and guidance on the reporting process. For more information contact info@tri-training.com.
April 09, 2019
USFWS is amending the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife by adding 16 species and by removing 1 species. They are also updating the entries for six species by adding critical habitat designation citations. POC: Sarah Quamme, Chief, Branch of Domestic Listing, USFWS MS-ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041; tele: 703-358-1796. (Federal Register: 8 April 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 13809-13813).
April 05, 2019
USFWS propose to establish a nonessential experimental population (NEP) of the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) in the Pacific Northwest, under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act. Establishment of this NEP will facilitate reintroduction of California condors to the region and provide for allowable legal incidental taking of the California condor within a defined NEP area. The geographic boundaries of the NEP would include northern California, northwest Nevada, and Oregon. POC Jesse D'Elia, Pacific Regional Office, USFWS, Ecological Services, 911 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97232, tele: 503-231-6131. (Federal Register: 5 April 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 13587-13603).
April 04, 2019
This presentation will discuss how Green Labs programs are formed and will suggest several opportunities for energy, water and waste reduction in labs. Green Lab Certification will also be addressed. This presentation will be the first of two in a series.
USFWS announced its 12-month findings on petitions to list eight species as endangered or threatened species under the ESA. After a review of the best available data, USFWS finds that it is not warranted at this time to list the Arkansas mudalia, ashy darter, Barrens darter, Chihuahua scurfpea, coldwater crayfish, Eleven Point River crayfish, Spring River crayfish, and red-crowned parrot. POC is provided by species in the register. (Federal Register: 4 April 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 13237-13242).
USFWS announced its 12-month finding on a petition to list the hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis), a salamander species, as an endangered or threatened species under the ESA. After review of the best available data, USFWS find that listing of the eastern hellbender is not warranted. However, we determined that listing is warranted for a distinct population segment (DPS) of the eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) in Missouri. POC is Karen Herrington, Field Supervisor, Missouri Ecological Services Field Office, 101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65203; tele: 573-234-2132. (Federal Register: 4 April 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 13223-13237).
April 03, 2019
The ASCE Convention provides the opportunity for the entire Society is represented together. Topics to be covered are intended to be used to define a recurring convention program that draws attendees back each year. They are intended to provide benefits to attendees and their employers on an educational and professional level.
April 02, 2019
A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue final rules relating to listing the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. (Congressional Record: 14 March 2019 [Senate] Pages S1898-S1899).
In 2010, the EPA released a life-cycle analysis of GHG emissions associated with the production and combustion of corn ethanol. Now 2018 new data allowed USDA to examine the emissions pathway corn-ethanol has actually followed since 2010.
April 01, 2019
The Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference brings together researchers, policymakers, utilities, and businesses focused on energy and behavior to advance knowledge and actionable climate solutions.
March 29, 2019
The Water Infrastructure Conference focuses on water infrastructure issues and discusses solutions to these challenges, including the latest cost-effective strategies to manage aging infrastructure, control water loss, protect critical infrastructure, and finance capital projects and operation and maintenance activities.
March 28, 2019
WaterPro is the annual conference of the National Rural Water Association and is designed to bring together water and wastewater utility systems – large and small, municipal and rural – for sessions in operations, management, boardsmanship and governance.
March 27, 2019
GSA's Policy is a comprehensive set of recommendations, with background discussion on the opportunities for federal agencies to gain the benefits of greater building-to-grid integration.
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