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03/15/2022

White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) Public Meeting (Virtual) https://go.usa.gov/xzUrJ
#meeting #environmentaljustice #epa #whejac
March 30 and 31, 2022
3:00 – 7:30 PM (Eastern)
The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) will hold a free public meeting that is open to all members of the public. Individual registration is required. The WHEJAC will hear from as many registered public commenters as possible during the time specified on the agenda. Read the Draft Agenda for the WHEJAC public meeting

03/14/2022

Webinar Series for Federal Contractors on Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Federal Procurement (Web-based, On-Demand) https://go.usa.gov/xznga
#training #webinar #ghg #epa #federalfacilities #airemissions #eo14057
A series of webinars for federal contractors on managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is now available on YouTube. The webinars were developed by EPA and the General Services Administration (GSA) to help federal contractors aid the federal government in meeting its goal of net-zero emissions from procurement by measuring and publicly disclosing their GHGs, setting science-based targets and identifying opportunities to reduce climate impacts. Read more about the Biden-Harris administration’s goals for sustainable procurement in Executive Order 14057 and the accompanying Federal Sustainability Plan.

03/11/2022

Public Listening Sessions Draft Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (Multiple-Sessions) https://go.usa.gov/xz5fN
#meetings #environmentaljustice #justice40 #epa #ceq #cejst
March 22, 2022
4:00 PM (Eastern)
April 15, 2022
4:00 PM (Eastern)
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced two public listening sessions on the beta version of the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST). The CEJST will help Federal agencies identify disadvantaged communities for the purposes of the Justice40 Initiative—a signature initiative of the Biden-Harris Administration that seeks to provide 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments to disadvantaged communities. The current version of the tool is in a public beta form and will be updated based on public feedback and research. Public Listening Sessions on beta version of CEJST. The beta version of the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool

03/11/2022

Training Webinars on Draft Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (Web-based, Multiple Offerings) https://go.usa.gov/xz5fR
#training #webinar #environmentaljustice #justice40 #epa #ceq #cejst
March 16, 2022
4:00 PM (Eastern)
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced two training webinars on the beta version of the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST). The CEJST will help Federal agencies identify disadvantaged communities for the purposes of the Justice40 Initiative—a signature initiative of the Biden-Harris Administration that seeks to provide 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments to disadvantaged communities. The current version of the tool is in a public beta form and will be updated based on public feedback and research. The beta version of the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool.

03/10/2022

EPA Restores California’s Authority to Enforce Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Cars and Light Trucks https://go.usa.gov/xzXKA
#environmentalcompliance #ghg #transportation #caa #epa
EPA reinstated California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to implement its own greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards and zero emission vehicle (ZEV) sales mandate. This action concludes the agency’s reconsideration of 2019’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule Part One: One National Program Rule (SAFE-1) by finding that the actions taken under the previous administration as a part of SAFE-1 were decided in error and are now entirely rescinded. With this action, EPA is also withdrawing the SAFE-1 interpretation of the Clean Air Act that would prohibit other states from adopting the California GHG emission standards. As a result, other states may choose to adopt and enforce California’s GHG emission standards in lieu of the Federal standards, consistent with section 177 of the Clean Air Act.

03/10/2022

Mainstreaming Green Chemistry in Metal Finishing Operations: Finding the Indicators (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xzXKf
#training #webinar #p2 #greenchemistry #epa
March 21, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Sponsored in part by EPA’s P2 program, this webinar will cover how green chemistry can help metal finishing operators develop metrics and improve their environmental performance. The webinar will focus on prevention, one of the 12 principles of green chemistry, and share insights from the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3).

03/09/2022

EPA Releases New Memo Outlining Strategy to Equitably Deliver Clean Water Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law https://go.usa.gov/xz8GJ
#environmentaljustice #potablewater #epa #drinkingwater #justice40
EPA issued a memorandum to guide collaborative implementation with state, local, and Tribal partners of $43 billion in water infrastructure funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. President Biden, with bipartisan support from congress, is providing the single largest investment in water the federal government has ever made. EPA’s memo is a key implementation step that outlines requirements and recommendations for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to ensure the country is working together to deliver clean and safe water and replace lead pipes for all Americans, especially disadvantaged communities. Working collaboratively, the SRF programs and EPA can make progress towards Justice40, which aims to ensure that federal agencies deliver at least 40% of benefits from certain investments to disadvantaged communities. EPA will host national webinars on 10 March and 16 March 2022.

03/09/2022

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Stationary Combustion Turbines; Amendments (Final) https://go.usa.gov/xz8Gu
#finalregs #neshap #airemissions #environmentalcompliance
EPA is finalizing amendments to the NESHAP for Stationary Combustion Turbines. This final action removes the stay of the effectiveness of the standards for new lean premix and diffusion flame gas-fired turbines that was promulgated in 2004. The final rule is effective on 9 March 2022. 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; telephone: (919) 541-2469; and email: [email protected]. (Federal Register 9 March 2022 [Rule] Pages 13183-13192)

03/09/2022

Official State Greenhouse Gas Inventories https://go.usa.gov/xz8GS
#ghg #ghginventories #epa #lessonslearned
Across the United States, many states are developing and publishing state level GHG inventories on a regular basis. This website provides official state ghg inventories where available.

03/09/2022

State Inventory and Projection Tool https://go.usa.gov/xz8Gh
#ghg #ghginventories #epa #lessonslearned
EPA's State Inventory and Projection Tool is an interactive spreadsheet model designed to help states develop greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories and was developed to lessen the time it takes to develop an inventory (collecting data, identifying emission factors, etc.). The tool has two components: the state inventory tool and the projection tool. tool.

03/09/2022

U.S. State-level Non-CO₂ GreenhouseGas Mitigation Potential: 2025-2050 https://go.usa.gov/xz87q
#ghg #ghginventories #epa #lessonslearned

This report is a follow-on to the 2019 EPA technical report, Global Non-CO₂ Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Projections & Mitigation Potential: 2015-2050. This report provides U.S. domestic technical and economic mitigation estimates of non-CO₂ GHGs from anthropogenic sources at the state-level. The analysis provides information that can be used to understand sub-national contributions of GHG emissions and mitigation opportunities. This web-based summary is intended to provide analysis of the abatement potential and costs of implementing specific abatement technologies. The analysis and accompanying dataset provides information that can be used by state and local-policymakers to understand mitigation opportunities in areas that may have not received the same attention as electricity generation and transportation.

03/08/2022

Commercial and Industrial: State of the Market and Solar Lease Best Practices (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xzKzk
#training #webinar #energy #solarenergy #renewableenergy
March 15, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Join this webinar to learn more about the state of solar in the commercial and industrial (C&I) market. Industry experts will share solar lease practices that ensure both building owner and system owner get the biggest bang for their buck and optimize roof space for solar potential. You'll also learn how Community Solar can be scaled to accommodate large C&I portfolios.

03/08/2022

DOE Projects Zero Emissions Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks Will Be Cheaper than Diesel-Powered Trucks by 2035 https://go.usa.gov/xzKzU
#transportation #climateadaptation #ghg #federalfleet #doe
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a study showing that by 2030, nearly half of medium- and heavy-duty trucks will be cheaper to buy, operate, and maintain as zero emissions vehicles than traditional diesel-powered combustion engine vehicles. Published by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the study finds that continued improvements with zero emission vehicle and fuel technologies will enable clean trucks to become cheaper and more readily available over the next decade. Increased use of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) within the trucking industry will support the decarbonization of America’s transportation sector and advance President Biden’s goals to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, address the climate crisis, and bolster domestic manufacturing.

03/07/2022

e-Manifest Webinar (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xzBA4
#webinar #training #environmentalcompliance #epa
March 30, 2022
2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern)
EPA hosts monthly webinars to share the Agency's progress on the e-Manifest initiative. Updates are also provided through the e-Manifest team's quarterly newsletter, which is sent out on our ListServ.

03/07/2022

Now Available: Latest Update to the TSCA Inventory https://go.usa.gov/xzBA2
#chemicalmanagement #tsca #epa
The latest TSCA Inventory is now available on EPA’s website. The TSCA Inventory is a list of all existing chemical substances manufactured, processed, or imported in the U.S.
This biannual update to the public TSCA Inventory is part of EPA’s regular posting of non-confidential TSCA Inventory data. The next regular update of the Inventory is planned for summer 2022. The Inventory contains 86,631 chemicals of which 42,039 are active in U.S commerce. Other updates to the TSCA Inventory include new chemical substance additions, commercial activity data and regulatory flags, such as polymer exemptions, TSCA section 4 test orders and TSCA section 5 significant new use rules (SNURs).

03/04/2022

National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Call https://go.usa.gov/xzDzk
#environmentaljustice #publicparticipation #tri #epcra #airtoxics
March 15, 2022
2:00- 4:00 PM (Eastern)
EPA invites Environmental Justice (EJ) advocates to participate in the next National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Call. These calls are free and open to the public. 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. Agenda includes: Leadership Updates; TRI National Analysis Report: Highlighting updates to TRI data; Air Toxics Screening Assessment (AirToxScreen): Introducing EPA’s latest tool to assess risks to the public from air toxics; and Listening Session and Dialogue: Q&A about ongoing EJ initiatives.

03/04/2022

New Toxics Release Inventory Data Show Decline in Releases of Certain Toxic Chemicals https://go.usa.gov/xzDzB
#chemicalmanagement #tri #epa #epcra
EPA released its 2020 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, which shows that environmental releases of TRI chemicals by facilities covered by the program declined by 10% between 2019 and 2020. The 2020 TRI National Analysis summarizes TRI chemical waste management activities, including releases, that occurred during calendar year 2020. More than 21,000 facilities report annually on over 800 chemicals they release into the environment or otherwise manage as waste. EPA, states, and tribes receive TRI data from facilities in industry sectors such as manufacturing, mining, electric utilities, and commercial hazardous waste management. EPA is hosting a public webinar on 23 March 2022, highlighting the findings and trends from the 2020 TRI National Analysis and explaining the interactive features of the National Analysis website. Register for the webinar.

03/03/2022

Why Do We Care About Air Pollution Toxicity? (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xzjpY
#training #webinar #airemissions #pm #airquality #epa
March 15, 2022
3:00 - 4:15 PM (Eastern)
EPA has an active research program dedicated to understanding the impacts of air pollution on human health. The agency’s toxicological approaches provide reliable comparisons of the relative toxicity of air pollution sources that in turn guide air quality management and policy strategies designed to mitigate exposure to the most offending sources. Toxicological approaches are also critical for addressing urgent unanticipated issues, such as the health impacts of inhaled World Trade Center dust and emerging concerns, such as wildland fire smoke. This webinar will present an overview of some the US EPA’s seminal particulate matter (PM) toxicology studies as well as recent findings, including the assessment of health effects observed in experimental models that mimic healthy and potentially susceptible populations (children, elderly, and pre existing disease), and the utility of such data in establishing the scientific basis that informs regulatory actions.

03/03/2022

Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Western Fanshell and “Ouachita” Fanshell and Designation of Critical Habitat (Draft) https://go.usa.gov/xzjp4
#draftregs #naturalresources #habitat #esa #threatenedspecies
USFWS proposes to list the western fanshell (Cyprogenia aberti), a freshwater mussel species from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, and the “Ouachita” fanshell (Cyprogenia cf. aberti), a freshwater mussel species from Arkansas and Louisiana, as threatened species and to designate critical habitat for these species under the ESA. This document also proposes a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (4(d) rule) for these mussel species and serves as our 12-month finding on a petition to list the western fanshell. The proposed critical habitat designation for the western fanshell totals approximately 360 river miles (579 kilometers for the habitat designated “Ouachita” fanshell totals approximately 294 river miles (474 kilometers). They also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the western fanshell and “Ouachita” fanshell. If finalized this rule as proposed, it would add these species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act's protections to these species and their designated critical habitats. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 2 May 2022. POC is Karen Herrington, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Missouri Ecological Services Field Office, 101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65203-0057; tel 573-234-2132. (Federal Register 3 March 2022 [Proposed Rule] Pages 12338-12384)

03/03/2022

Reclassification of the Relict Darter From Endangered to Threatened (Draft) https://go.usa.gov/xzjpT
#draftregs #naturalresources #wildlife #threatenedspecies #habitat #esa
USFWS proposes to reclassify (downlist) the relict darter (Etheostoma chienense) from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended ESA. The relict darter is a fish species that occupies the Bayou de Chien stream system in western Kentucky. Their evaluation of the best available scientific and commercial information indicates that the species' status has improved such that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, but that it is still likely to become so in the foreseeable future. They also propose a rule under section 4(d) of the Act that provides for the conservation of the relict darter. In addition, they announce the availability of the draft recovery plan for the relict darter. The draft recovery plan includes specific recovery objectives and criteria based on the species status assessment. They request review of this proposal and of the draft recovery plan and comment from local, State, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, and the public. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 2 May 2022. POC is Lee Andrews, Field Supervisor USFWS, Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office, 330 West Broadway, Suite 265, Frankfort, KY 40601; tel 502-695-0468. (Federal Register 3 March 2022 [Proposed Rule] Pages12056-12073)

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#EPA Finalizes #GreenhouseGas Standards for Passenger #Vehicles, Paving Way for a #ZeroEmissions Future https://go.usa.gov/xezqd WASHINGTON (Dec. 20, 2021) – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the most ambitious federal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks ever. The final standards, for Model Years (MY) 2023 through 2026, leverage advances in clean car technology to unlock $190 billion in net benefits to Americans, including reducing climate pollution, improving public health, and saving drivers money at the pump. The final rule also delivers more net benefits to consumers than the proposed rule showcasing how zero-emission vehicles are more affordable and more efficient for consumers.
#EPA Announces Nationwide Monitoring Effort to Better Understand Extent of #PFAS in #DrinkingWater https://go.usa.gov/xezqX WASHINGTON (Dec. 20, 2021) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5) to establish nationwide monitoring for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and lithium in drinking water. This action is essential to addressing the public health and environmental risks of PFAS in drinking water and marks a significant milestone in EPA's PFAS Strategic Roadmap.
H.R. 6168. Future Generations Protection Act (Draft) https://go.usa.gov/xetGk #draftlegs #airemissions #ghg #climatechange #climateadaptation #environmentaljustice A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the emission of any greenhouse gas in any quantity from any new electric utility steam generating unit. (Congressional Record 7 December 2021 [House] Pages H7260-H7262)
Review of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation: Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (Final) https://go.usa.gov/xeMe9 #finalregs #npdwr #swda #lcrr #epa #drinkingwater On 16 June 2021, EPA published decision to delay the effective and compliance dates of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR), published on 15 January 2021, to allow time for EPA to review the rule in accordance with Presidential directives issued on 20 January 2021, to the heads of Federal agencies to review certain regulations, and conduct important consultations with affected parties. EPA has completed its review. The agency's review included virtual public engagements to hear directly from a diverse set of stakeholders. This document describes the comments conveyed by stakeholders, EPA's decision to proceed with a proposed rule that would revise certain key sections of the LCRR while allowing the rule to take effect, and other non-regulatory actions that EPA and other Federal agencies can take to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water. The effective date of the LCRR published on 16 June 2021, in the Federal Register (86 FR 31939), continues to be 16 December 2021, and the compliance date continues to be 16 October 2024. Primacy revision applications are due on 18 December 2023. POC is Jeffrey Kempic, Standards and Risk Management Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Mail Code 4607M, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (202) 564-4880; email address: [email protected]. (Federal Register 17 December 2021 [Rule] Pages 71574-71582).
DOE Announces $13 Million For Energy Efficiency Technologies at Federal Buildings https://go.usa.gov/xeMTp #energy #energyefficiency #federalfacilities #waterefficiency #hpb #sustainability The DOE announced $13 million in funding for 17 projects to implement energy and water efficiency, renewable energy, and climate resilience technologies at federal facilities across the country. These projects will lower energy costs and enhance resilience to climate events of all federal energy-management systems. The projects will use energy performance contracts at no additional up-front cost to the government and will lower energy and water utility bills by more than $30 million annually while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 200,000 metric tons. As the single largest energy consumer in the nation, reducing the carbon footprint of the federal government is critical to achieving President Biden’s goal of a net zero-emission economy by 2050.
Artificial Intelligence in Federal Procurement (Web-based, On Demand) https://go.usa.gov/xeMTy #training #webinar #acquisition #federalfacilities #ai GSA's IT Acquisition University (ITAU) offers an Artificial Intelligence in Federal Procurement video. This training provides an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) and what to consider when procuring emerging technologies that include AI.
EPA Announces $14.1 Million to Fund 133 Environmental Justice Grants https://go.usa.gov/xeMTm #environmentaljustice #grants #ejcps #ejsg The EPA announced $14.1 million in EJ grant funding for 133 grants selected through the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) and Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement (EJCPS) programs. Ninety-nine EJ Small Grant recipients have been selected to receive up to $75,000 each, and 34 EJCPS grant recipients have been selected to receive up to $200,000 each, following successful completion of the award process. These ninety-nine projects cover a wide array of environmental justice issues including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, air monitoring, indoor/outdoor air quality, food access, community planning, water treatment training, community agriculture, green jobs and infrastructure, emergency preparedness and planning, toxic exposures, water quality, and healthy homes projects.
Evaluating Air Quality Resource Concerns (Web-based) https://go.usa.gov/xeFcS #training #webinar #airquality #airemissions #ghg January 22, 2022 2:00-3:00 PM (Eastern) During this webinar, air quality resource concerns and resource concern components will be highlighted. The NRCS air quality resource concerns can be broadly categorized as particulate matter (such as dust or smoke) and gases that create particles in the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, odors, airborne reactive nitrogen, and ozone precursors (gases that form smog). These emissions can be produced by common agricultural sources, such as livestock and their activity; tillage, harvesting, and other field operations; irrigation engines and other combustion devices; nitrogen fertilizer use; and others. There will be an overview of the air quality resource concerns and their components, discussion of how to evaluate each component to determine if a resource concern exists, identification of the conservation practices available for addressing each resource concern component, and strategies for ensuring that air quality resource concerns are adequately addressed.
U.S. Departments of Energy and Transportation Launch Joint Effort to Build Out Nationwide Electric Vehicle Charging Network https://go.usa.gov/xeFxc #energy #sustainability #transportation #ev #climatechange U.S. Secretary of Energy and U.S. Secretary of Transportation signed a memorandum of understanding to create a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation to support the deployment of $7.5 billion from the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to build out a national electric vehicle charging network that can build public confidence, with a focus on filling gaps in rural, disadvantaged, and hard-to-reach locations. This is a critical component of the President’s plan to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, address the climate crisis and support domestic manufacturing jobs. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law directs both agencies to collaborate on new programs and initiatives, including the new joint office, that will support the transition of the nation’s transportation systems, which currently accounts for 29% of all U.S. carbon pollution, to electric vehicles and other zero-carbon technologies.
Best Practices for Site Characterization Throughout the Remediation Process (Atlanta, GA) https://go.usa.gov/xeHtd #training #cleanup #cercla #epa #bmp March 15-17, 2022 Atlanta, GA Best Practices for Site Characterization Throughout the Remediation Process is based on best management practices (BMP) implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), partnership organizations, federal and state partners, and consultants. Participants will learn how to streamline projects in a legal, technically sound, and cost-effective manner.
Remedial Process (San Francisco, CA) https://go.usa.gov/xeHtf #training #remediation #cleanup #cercla April 25-29, 2022 San Francisco, CA Remedial Process is a beginner-level training course that provides a comprehensive examination of the technical and regulatory issues that Remedial Project Managers (RPM) must address as they oversee remedial response efforts at Superfund sites.
Hazard Ranking System (Atlanta, GA) https://go.usa.gov/xeHtG #training #cleanup #cercla #hazardranking May 10 – 13, 2022 Atlanta GA Hazard Ranking System (HRS) is a 4-day training course designed for personnel who are required to compile, draft and review preliminary assessments (PA), site inspections (SI), and HRS documentation records and packages submitted for sites proposed for the National Priorities List (NPL). This course is open to EPA, federal, state, tribal and contractor personnel who support site investigation programs. The HRS course provides a detailed review of the HRS model and how the model is applied to various site conditions. The course is intended to enable staff to prepare HRS packages for the National Priorities List (NPL) and to plan and implement preliminary assessments (PA) and site inspections (SI) to address future HRS scoring issues.