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As the largest employment sector in the U.S., the Federal community plays a vital role in ensuring that our environment is kept clean and safe. Like private industry, Federal environmental managers are responsible for compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations. FedCenter works hand-in-hand with Federal agencies to help provide public and private communities with th

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10/25/2021

Notification of Regional Roundtable Discussions Regarding “Waters of the United States” (Draft) https://go.usa.gov/xeqQB
#draftregs #environmentalcompliance #watersoftheus #epa #usace #cwa
On 9 June 2021, the EPA and the Army announced their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” under the CWA through two rulemakings—first, a foundational rule that will propose to restore longstanding protections, and a second rulemaking process that builds on that regulatory foundation. On 30 July 2021, the agencies announced stakeholder engagement opportunities, including the agencies' intent to host ten regionally focused roundtables. EPA and Army are announcing a process for stakeholders to submit nomination letters to the agencies to potentially be selected for one of these ten geographically focused roundtables. Each roundtable should include diverse perspectives and highlight the experience of individual participants with the definition of “waters of the United States.” The agencies intend to livestream each roundtable to make them available for public viewing. Nomination letters for the roundtables must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on 3 November 2021. POC is Kate Balasa, Office of Water, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (312) 886-6027; email: [email protected]. (Federal Register 25 October 2021 [Proposed Rule] Page 58829-58830)

10/25/2021

PFAS Analytic Tools Version 3.0 (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xeqQk
#training #webinar #pfas #tools #environmentalcompliance #echo #epa
October 26, 2021
2:30-4:00 PM (Eastern)
EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance announces Version 3.0 release of PFAS Analytic Tools – an application for Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies to analyze spatial and temporal data related to Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the United States. Please register using your EPA, state, or local government email address - this webinar is for governmental employees only. For those not able to make the training, we plan to record it and post

10/25/2021

National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls https://go.usa.gov/xeqQ8
#environmentaljustice #epa #meeting #lead #drinkingwater
October 26, 2021
November 9, 2021
EPA invites Environmental Justice advocates and the public to participate in the upcoming National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls aimed at engaging with communities on all aspects of EJ. The purpose of these calls is to inform the community and other stakeholders about EPA's EJ work and enhance opportunities to maintain an open dialogue with EJ advocates. As environmental justice continues to be integrated into EPA programs, policies, and activities, the Agency hopes these calls will help reaffirm EPA’s continued commitment to work with community groups and other stakeholders to strengthen local environmental and human health outcomes. This call will focus on the Justice40 initiative on EPA’s Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund Reducing Lead in Drinking Water programs, and also on the EPA Strategic Plan’s Goal 2 -- EJ and Civil Rights.

10/25/2021

National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls https://go.usa.gov/xeqQN
#environmentaljustice #epa #meeting #superfund
November 9, 2021
EPA invites Environmental Justice advocates and the public to participate in the upcoming National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls aimed at engaging with communities on all aspects of EJ. The purpose of these calls is to inform the community and other stakeholders about EPA's EJ work and enhance opportunities to maintain an open dialogue with EJ advocates. As environmental justice continues to be integrated into EPA programs, policies, and activities, the Agency hopes these calls will help reaffirm EPA’s continued commitment to work with community groups and other stakeholders to strengthen local environmental and human health outcomes. This call will focus on the Justice40 initiative on EPA’s Superfund Remedial Program, and also continue the conversation about the EPA Strategic Plan’s Goal 2 -- EJ and Civil Rights.

10/25/2021

DoD Cultural Resources UPDATE Newsletter - Fall 2021 https://go.usa.gov/xeqQq #culturalresources #climatechange #dod The Fall 2021 edition of the DoD Cultural Resources Program newsletter, "Cultural Resources Update," is attached. Highlights include the Carlisle Barracks Disinterment Project, DoD Plan of Action on Tribal Consultation, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Climate Action Team on detail to the DoD, an introduction to the new Legacy Program Analyst, announcements, training, and more.

10/21/2021

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Narrow-headed Gartersnake (Final) https://go.usa.gov/xMJDS
#finalregs #esa #naturalresources #habitat #wildlife
USFWS designated critical habitat for the narrow-headed gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus) under the ESA. In total, 23,785 acres (9,625 hectares) in Greenlee, Apache, Yavapai, Gila, and Coconino Counties, Arizona, and Grant, Hidalgo, and Catron Counties, New Mexico, fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation for the narrow-headed gartersnake. This rule extends the Act's protections to the narrow-headed gartersnake's designated critical habitat. This rule is effective 22 November 2021. POC is Jeff Humphrey, 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 21 October 2021 [Rule] Pages 58474-58523)

10/21/2021

Navigating Federal Funding for Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xMJDz
#training #webinar #sustainability #p2 #acquisition #greeninfrastructure
November 2, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Eastern)
During this webcast, members of the Green Infrastructure Federal Collaborative will discuss funding and technical assistance opportunities that advance the implementation of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions. Attendees will learn how federal programs are helping build vibrant and resilient communities with programs that support the design, construction, and maintenance of green infrastructure. Breakout sessions hosted by Collaborative members will provide attendees with the opportunity to pose questions and interact directly with relevant federal agencies.

10/21/2021

Draft Strategic Plan to Address Climate Change and Advance Environmental Justice and Equity https://go.usa.gov/xMJDe
#environmentaljustice #climateadaptation #climatechange #epa #federalfacilities #eo14008

The Strategic Plan outlines seven goals and four cross-agency strategies. The strategies articulate essential ways of working to accomplish EPA’s mission outcomes — instilling scientific integrity in decision making; considering children’s environmental health protection; advancing organizational excellence and workforce equity; and strengthening partnerships, including early, meaningful involvement with Tribes and states and on-the-ground engagement with communities. The plan also includes a suite of measures that will help the agency monitor progress and ensure accountability for achieving its priorities to protect human health and the environment. The plan builds on work already begun under President Biden’s Executive Orders 13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government and 14008: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.

10/20/2021

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Southern Sierra Nevada Distinct Population Segment of Fisher (Draft) https://go.usa.gov/xMzuv
#draftregs #naturalresources #habitat #esa #wildlife
USFWS proposes to designate critical habitat for the federally endangered Southern Sierra Nevada distinct population segment (DPS) of fisher (Pekania pennanti) under the ESA. In total, they propose to designate approximately 554,454 acres (ac) (224,379 hectares (ha)) in six units in California as critical habitat for the Southern Sierra Nevada DPS of fisher. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 20 December 2021. POC is Michael Fris, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Rm. W-2605, Sacramento, CA 95825; tel 916-414-6600. (Federal Register 19 October 2021 [Proposed Rule] Pages 57773-57801)

10/20/2021

Green and Nature-Based Infrastructure Solutions for Economic Recovery in New England (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xMzuw
#training #webinar #sustainability #p2 #wastewater
October 27, 2021
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Eastern)
Join the AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues for a webinar examining green and nature-based infrastructure solutions for the New England region. Developed in consultation with the FEMA Region 1, panelists from NOAA, EPA, and USACE, as well as the Trust for Public Lands will explore various opportunities, processes, and access points available to communities for the equitable planning and implementation of green and nature-based infrastructure in New England. The two-hour webinar will highlight collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches to support green and nature-based infrastructure solutions and address: Why green infrastructure? The scientific evidence and co-benefits of green infrastructure; How to identify opportunities and resources for the equitable planning and implementation of green and nature-based infrastructure solutions to address long term economic and climate resilience; and Planning a nature-based infrastructure project: workshopping Mystic River coastal resilience planning.

10/20/2021

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Webinar for Federal Facilities (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xMzu7
#training #webinar #spcc #storagetanks #environmentalcompliance #epa #federalfacilities
November 9, 2021
2:00 – 5:00 PM (Eastern)
The EPA is conducting a free training webinar on the SPCC Rule for federal facilities. This training is designed to allow federal facility personnel and other environmental professionals the opportunity to learn about the SPCC requirements, the inspection process, and common violations. The training will assist federal facilities to maintain and/or improve compliance with SPCC requirements. The objective of this training is to assist federal facilities with the implementation of their SPCC programs designed to prevent oil discharges from impacting navigable waters. The training is targeted for facilities with oil: storage, processing, refining, transferring, and activities or equipment using/consuming oil and oil products. The course will provide an SPCC 101 overview, a “deeper dive” into the SPCC rules, their applicability and requirements (e.g. containment, tank integrity, plan updates, etc.) for federal facility operators and certifying Professional Engineers (PEs). The US EPA SPCC inspection process and expectations will be discussed. An in-depth pictorial review of typical noncompliance found during EPA inspections will be provided. The webinar will conclude with a question-and-answer session. Additionally, please submit questions prior to the training so that the presenters can research answers in advance.

10/19/2021

PFAS Strategic Roadmap – EPA’s Commitments to Action: 2021-2024 (Web-based, Multiple Offerings) https://go.usa.gov/xMzrd
#training #webinar #epa #pfas #federalfacilities #guidance #policy
October 26, and November 2, 2021
2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern)
EPA released its PFAS Strategic Roadmap on October 18, 2021. The roadmap lays out EPA’s whole-of-agency approach to tackling PFAS and set timelines by which the Agency plans to take concrete actions during the first term of the Biden-Harris Administration. The Roadmap fills a critical gap in federal leadership, provides a basic floor of federal protection, and supports states’ ongoing efforts to address PFAS. Join members of EPA’s PFAS Council – senior policy and technical leaders from across the Agency – to learn more about the actions EPA plans to take in the coming months and years to protect public health and the environment from the impacts of PFAS.
October 26
November 2

10/19/2021

EPA Administrator Regan Announces Comprehensive National Strategy to Confront PFAS Pollution https://go.usa.gov/xMzrw
#pfas #epa
EPA announced the agency’s comprehensive Strategic Roadmap to confront PFAS contamination nationwide. The Roadmap is the result of a thorough analysis conducted by the EPA Council on PFAS that Administrator Regan established in April 2021. EPA’s Roadmap is centered on three guiding strategies: Increase investments in research, leverage authorities to take action now to restrict PFAS chemicals from being released into the environment and accelerate the cleanup of PFAS contamination.

10/19/2021

PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA's Commitments to Action 2021-2024 https://go.usa.gov/xMzrf
#pfas #federalfacilities #epa
The roadmap sets timelines by which EPA plans to take specific actions and commits to bolder new policies to safeguard public health, protect the environment, and hold polluters accountable. The actions described in the PFAS Roadmap each represent important and meaningful steps to safeguard communities from PFAS contamination. Cumulatively, these actions will build upon one another and lead to more enduring and protective solutions.

10/19/2021

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Launches Plan to Combat PFAS Pollution Fact Sheet https://go.usa.gov/xMzr7
#pfas #federalfacilities #guidance #waterpollution #waterquality
Eight Agencies Announce Steps, including New EPA Roadmap, to Take Comprehensive Approach to Addressing PFAS & Advancing Clean Air, Water, and Food. To safeguard public health and protect the environment, the efforts outlined in this fact sheet will help prevent PFAS from being released into the air, drinking systems, and food supply, and the actions will expand cleanup efforts to remediate the impacts of these harmful pollutants.

10/18/2021

Addition of Certain Chemicals; Community Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting (Draft) https://go.usa.gov/xMe2e
#draftregs #epcra #chemicalmanagement
In response to a petition filed under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), EPA is proposing to add 12 chemicals to the list of toxic chemicals subject to the reporting requirements under EPCRA and the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). EPA believes that each of the 12 chemicals meets the EPCRA criteria. In addition, based on the available bioaccumulation and persistence data, EPA believes that one chemical should be classified as a persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemical and designated as a chemical of special concern with a 100-pound reporting threshold. Comments must be received on or before 17 December 2021. POC is Daniel R. Bushman, Toxics Release Inventory Program Division (7410M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: (202) 566-0743; email: [email protected]. (Federal Register 18 October 2021 [Proposed Rule] Pages 57614-57629)

10/18/2021

Reclassification of the Humpback Chub from Endangered to Threatened with a Section 4(d) Rule (Final) https://go.usa.gov/xMe2S
#finalregs #naturalresources #threatenedspecies #esa #wildlife
USFWS are reclassifying the humpback chub (Gila cypha) from endangered to threatened under the ESA, due to substantial improvements in the species' overall status since its original listing as endangered in 1974. This action is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information available, which indicates that the humpback chub no longer meets the definition of an endangered species under the Act. The humpback chub will remain protected as a threatened species under the Act. They are also finalizing a rule under section 4(d) of the Act that provides for the conservation of the humpback chub. This rule is effective 17 November 2021. POC is Tom Chart, Director, tele: 303-236-9885. (Federal Register 18 October 2021 [Rule] Pages 57588-57610)

10/15/2021

Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, East Coast (San Diego, CA) https://go.usa.gov/xMF29
March 14-17, 2022
San Diego
March 2022 will mark the thirty-first annual gathering of environmental professionals for the Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air. For the past thirty years, this annual conference has helped bring the environmental science community closer together by providing a forum to facilitate the exchange of information of technological advances, new scientific achievements, and the effectiveness of standing environmental regulation programs. The 31st International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air and AEHS Foundation Semi-Annual Meeting offers attendees an opportunity to exchange findings, ideas, and recommendations in a professional setting. The strong and diverse technical program is customized each year to meet the changing needs of the environmental field.

10/15/2021

North American Lake Management Society (Virtual) https://go.usa.gov/xMF28
November 15-19, 2021
Virtual
Our mission is a simple, but powerful one: to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs … for today and tomorrow.
NALMS is not focused on professionals, academic researchers, or any smaller interest group alone; rather, NALMS is a melting pot, welcoming anyone interested in lakes.

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