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01/09/2024

3-2-1 Action: Transforming Climate Plans into Action (Web-based)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41739

January 30, 2024
11:00 AM -12:00 PM (Eastern)
Climate goals and aspirational plans are a valuable first step in the climate planning process. Actionable pathways and milestones are key next steps to make those plans a reality. Join this webinar to learn how organizations across sectors are employing strategies such as building prioritization, technology pilots, collaboration, and financing to de-risk progress in implementing and adapting climate plans to address the urgency of climate change.

01/09/2024

Clarifying the Scope of “Applicable Requirements” Under State Operating Permit Programs and the Federal Operating Permit Program (Draft)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41738

The EPA proposes to update its title V operating permit program regulations to more clearly reflect the EPA's existing interpretations and policies concerning when and whether “applicable requirements” established in other CAA programs should be reviewed, modified, and/or implemented through the title V operating permits program. Specifically, this action clarifies the limited situations in which requirements under the NSR preconstruction permitting program would be reviewed using the EPA's unique title V oversight authorities. Additionally, this action clarifies that requirements related to an owner or operator's general duty to prevent accidental releases of hazardous substances are not “applicable requirements” for title V purposes and are not implemented through title V. Comments must be received on or before 11 March 2024. POC is Mr. Matthew Spangler, Air Quality Policy Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (C504–05), Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC; tele: (919) 541–0327; email: [email protected]. (Federal Register 9 January 2024 [Proposed Rule] Pages 1150-1189)

01/08/2024

The (Not So) Shocking Shift Towards Industrial Electrification (Web-based)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41737&pge_prg_id=44063

January 23, 2024
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Industrial Electrification is a key pillar of DOE's Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap and provides multiple benefits to manufacturers. Join this webinar to learn from industry leaders about successful electrification strategies and explore new Better Climate Challenge tools and resources like the Electrification Assessment Framework.

01/08/2024

ESTCP FY 2025 Solicitation Announcement
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Announcements/index.cfm?id=41736

The Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) released a solicitation on 4 January 2024, requesting proposals for demonstrations of environmental and installation energy technologies.
The DoD Call for Proposals requests pre-proposals related to:
• Environmental Restoration
• Resource Conservation and Resilience
• Weapons Systems and Platforms
• Analysis of Material and Non-Material Heat Island Resilience Solutions
• Acquisition, Operation, and Sustainment of DoD-owned Microgrids
• Efficient Building HVAC and Water Heating Systems
• Energy Resilience on DoD Installations
• Water Infrastructure Mapping and Composition
• Innovative Solutions to Improve Building Energy Efficiency and Performance
• Scalable Design for Deep Energy Retrofits
• Solutions to Support Heat Pump and Heat Pump Water Heater Deployment
• Technology Demonstrations to Accelerate Deployment of Energy and Water Efficiency and Resilience Solutions
• Water Resilience on DoD Installations
• Munitions Response in Underwater Environments
The due date for all pre-proposals is 7 March 2024 by 2:00 p.m. ET. More information about the solicitation, including instructions and deadlines, is available on the ESTCP website.

01/05/2024

NPDES Permit Overview and Reporting Requirements for POTWs: What Does Your Permit Say? (Web-based)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41735

January 22, 2024
1:00 – 2:30 PM (Eastern)
Attendees of this webinar will learn how to read and understand a NPDES permit, and things permittees should do to ensure that permit requirements are met. The presentation will also include a discussion of some of the most common reporting requirements in NPDES permits.

01/04/2024

Monarchs and the Military: Collaboration on DoD Installations East of the Rocky Mountains (Web-based)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41734

January 10, 2024
1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern)
Through partnerships and funding from the DoD Legacy Resource Management Program, installations have a unique opportunity to work with experts in monarch conservation. This collaboration offers valuable benefits, including technical assistance, site-specific guidance, educational resources, and more. The NMFWA Pollinator Working Group is eager to share updates on the project's progress and provide information on accessing assistance.

01/04/2024

EPA’s Chemical Data Reporting Tool (Web-based)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41715

January 18, 2024
2:00 - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
The CDR regulation requires manufacturers (including importers) of chemicals listed on the Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory that meet specific production volume thresholds, generally 25,000 pounds or more at any single site, to report information on the manufacture (including import), processing, and use of those chemicals. Information reported in 2024 will cover activities from 2020 to 2023, with a submission period of June 1 - September 30, 2024.
The 2024 reporting tool is an updated version of the 2020 reporting tool that addresses the issues data reporters experienced with the previous version. This webinar is intended for people interested in learning about how to participate in the testing period for the 2024 CDR tool that is planned for January 29 - February 9, 2024. Pre-registration for the testing period is required and participation is limited to 30 test accounts. Feedback from this testing period will help inform EPA about additional changes to improve the tool’s functionality, provide understandable onscreen guidance, and address any concerns involving the tool that participants identify. These contributions will help EPA update the tool to provide a smooth reporting experience for entities regulated by CDR.

01/03/2024

EPA Issues Draft Risk Evaluation for Flame Retardant TCEP
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Announcements/index.cfm?id=41714

EPA released its draft risk evaluation for the flame retardant Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) (CASRN 115-96-8) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for public comment. EPA has used the best available science to preliminarily determine that this chemical poses unreasonable risk to human health and the environment. This is the first draft risk evaluation EPA has released for the 20 High-Priority Substances prioritized in 2019. EPA has incorporated improvements to the risk evaluation process announced in 2021 into this risk evaluation including an assessment of exposure to potentially exposed and susceptible subpopulations like workers, children, and subsistence fishers.

01/02/2024

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Nassau Grouper (Final)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41713

NMFS, designate critical habitat for the threatened Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) pursuant to section 4 of the ESA. Specific areas designated as critical habitat contain approximately 2,384.67 sq. kilometers (km) (920.73 sq. miles) of aquatic habitat located in waters off the coasts of southeastern Florida, Puerto Rico, Navassa, and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). They have considered positive and negative economic, national security, and other relevant impacts of the critical habitat designation, as well as all public comments that were received. This rule becomes effective 1 February 2024. POC is Orian Tzadik, NMFS Southeast Region, [email protected], 813–906–0353. (Federal Register 2 January 2024 [Final] pages 126-176)

01/02/2024

S. 3435. Port Modernization and Supply Chain Protection Act (Draft)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41712

A bill to repeal the requirements of the Foreign Dredge Act of 1906 with respect to dredging and dredged material. (Congressional Record: 7 December 2023 [Senate] Pages S5851-S5852)

S. 3434. Incentivizing the Expansion of U.S. Ports Act (Draft)https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41711     ...
01/02/2024

S. 3434. Incentivizing the Expansion of U.S. Ports Act (Draft)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41711

A bill to eliminate certain requirements with respect to dredging and dredged material. (Congressional Record: 7 December 2023 [Senate] Pages S5851-S5852)

A bill to eliminate certain requirements with respect to dredging and dredged material. (Congressional Record: 7 December 2023 [Senate] Pages S5851-S5852)

12/28/2023

S. 3433. Dredging to Ensure the Empowerment of Ports Act (Draft)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41710

A bill to require the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to propose a new nationwide permit under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for dredging projects. (Congressional Record: 7 December 2023 [Senate] Pages S5851-S5852)

12/28/2023

S. 3366. Farmers Freedom Act of 2023 (Draft)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41709

A bill to require the Environmental Protection Agency and the Corps of Engineers to use a certain definition for the term ``prior converted cropland'', and for other purposes. (Congressional Record: 30 November 2023 [Senate] Pages S5692-S5693)

12/28/2023

Endangered Status for Black-Capped Pearl (Final)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41708

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) determines endangered species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the black-capped petrel ( Pterodroma hasitata), a pelagic seabird species that nests on the island of Hispaniola and spends the rest of its life at sea. The species forages in high concentration off the coast of North Carolina; however, the marine range extends across much of the western Atlantic (Nova Scotia to Venezuela) and into the Caribbean Sea and northern Gulf of Mexico. This rule extends the protections of the Act to the black-capped petrel. This rule is effective 29 January 2024. POC is Jose Cruz-Burgos, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, USFWS, Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, tele: 786-244-0081 email: [email protected]. (Federal Register 28 December 2023 [Rule] Pages 89611-89626)

12/27/2023

H.R. 6546. Endangered Species Act Amendment (Draft)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41707

A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to allow certain activities to be carried out with regard to certain fish held in captivity or a controlled environment. (Congressional Record 1 December 2023 [House] Pages H6079-H6080)

12/22/2023

EPA Publishes 2023 Mercury Inventory Report
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Announcements/index.cfm?id=41705

EPA published the 2023 Mercury Inventory Report on the supply, use, and trade of mercury in the U.S. This is the second inventory report published after finalizing the 2018 mercury inventory reporting rule, adding to the suite of completed mandates related to elemental mercury and mercury compounds per the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The 2023 report is the first report that reflects the January 1, 2020, effective date of the 2016 TSCA amendment to prohibit the export of five mercury compounds. The data in the 2023 report will further assist the U.S. in its implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. High exposure to mercury can cause kidney damage, respiratory failure, and death. Other health effects include difficulty breathing, headaches, muscle weakness, memory loss, and mood swings. Additionally, mercury does not biodegrade and can build up in the environment.

12/22/2023

Administration Announces $600M to 11 Grantmakers to Fund Thousands of Environmental Justice Projects Across the Nation as Part of Investing in America Agenda
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Announcements/index.cfm?id=41704

The Administration announced $600 million for 11 selected Grantmakers under EPA’s Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking program, created by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, the largest investment in climate action in history. This new grant program, which will make it easier for small community-based organizations to access federal environmental justice funding, responds to community feedback about the need to reduce barriers to federal funds and improve the efficiency of the awards process to ensure communities that have long faced underinvestment can access the benefits of the largest climate investment in history. Communities will be able to apply to a Grantmaker for a subgrant to fund a range of different environmental project activities, including (but not limited to) small local clean ups, local emergency preparedness and disaster resiliency programs, environmental workforce development programs for local jobs reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fenceline air quality and asthma related projects, healthy homes programs, and projects addressing illegal dumping.

12/22/2023

Threatened Species Status for Coal Darter With Section 4(d) Rule (Draft)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41703

USFWS propose to list the coal darter (Percina brevicauda), a small, benthic freshwater fish native to the Mobile River Basin in Alabama, as a threatened species under the ESA. This determination also serves as their 12-month finding on a petition to list the coal darter. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, they find that listing the species is warranted. Accordingly, they propose to list the coal darter as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (“4(d) rule”) to provide for the conservation of the species. If finalize this rule would add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act's protections to the species. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 20 February 2024. POC is William Pearson, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alabama Ecological Services Field Office, 1208 Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526; tel 251–441–5181. (Federal Register 21 December 2023 [Proposed Rule] Pages 88338-88359)

12/22/2023

Endangered Species Status for West Virginia Spring Salamander and Designation of Critical Habitat (Draft)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Articles/index.cfm?id=41702

USFWS proposes to list the West Virginia spring salamander (Gyrinophilus subterraneus), an amphibian species from Greenbrier County, West Virginia, as an endangered species and to designate critical habitat under the ESA. This determination also serves as our 12-month finding on a petition to list the West Virginia spring salamander. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing the species is warranted. They also propose to designate critical habitat for the West Virginia spring salamander under the Act. In total, approximately 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. They announced the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the West Virginia spring salamander. If finalized this rule would extend the Act's protections to the species and its designated critical habitat. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 20 February 2024. POC is Jennifer Norris, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, West Virginia Ecological Services Field Office, 6263 Appalachian Highway, Davis, WV 26260; tel 304–866–3858. (Federal Register 20 December 2023 [Proposed Rule] Pages 88012-88035)

12/20/2023

Webinar on the Draft Policy for Public Participation in Agency Decision-Making Processes
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Announcements/index.cfm?id=41698

EPA announced the release of the draft policy, Achieving Health and Environmental Protection Through EPA’s Meaningful Involvement Policy, that outlines updates on how the Agency will engage with the public and provide meaningful public involvement in all of its programs and regions. This policy is grounded in the acknowledgment that EPA's actions further strengthen health and environmental protections when they are informed by individuals with lived experience. The draft policy is available until January 16, 2024. EPA will be hosting three public informational webinars to provide an overview of the policy and to allow the public to ask questions. The webinars are scheduled for the following dates and times:
December 20, 2023 from 7 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. (ET)
January 10, 2024 from 5 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. (ET)
January 11, 2024 from 6 p.m.- 7:00p.m. (ET

12/20/2023

ESTCP and Defense Innovation Unit Partner to Advance Remediation of PFAS at U.S. Defense Installations
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Announcements/index.cfm?id=41697

The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a cohort of prototype projects to demonstrate treatment technologies for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS)-impacted media. PFAS are very stable in the environment, due to their unique chemical structure, and are relatively resistant to natural breakdown processes. Spread across three DoD-identified installations, these efforts will demonstrate new technologies targeting these chemicals through a partnership with the DoD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), the Air Force, the Navy, and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). Ten companies have been awarded prototype contracts under this effort. The ESTCP and DIU Environmental Remediation & Restoration from PFAS Initiative combines and compares methods that concentrate and destroy PFAS both on and off-site. The selected projects consist of three discrete actions for PFAS-impacted media: water source remediation, soil treatment, and PFAS destruction.

12/20/2023

Activating Health Professionals to Lead Climate Action (Web-based, On-Demand)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Bookmarks/index.cfm?id=41694


The National Academy of Medicine, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Health Care Without Harm, and Practice Greenhealth invited health care leaders, professionals of all disciplines, people working in education and health care, and anyone interested in climate and health care to attend a webinar, Activating Health Professionals to Lead Climate Action.

12/19/2023

Boots on the Ground: Saving Species, Supporting the Mission (Web-based)
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Announcements/index.cfm?id=41693


The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment announces the release of Boots on the Ground: Saving Species, Supporting the Mission—a video that showcases the Department of Defense’s (DoD) success in maintaining its national defense and security mission, while conserving military lands and the species that call them home. Filmed at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California this seven-minute video tells a story of the unique balance between the vital military testing, training and operational mission and the extraordinary work, commitment, and dedication of the DoD to the conservation of at-risk species.

12/18/2023

National Outdoor Recreation Conference (Stateline, NV)
May 6-9, 2024
Stateline, NV
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41689
The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) is proud to present the 2024 National Outdoor Recreation Conference (NORC) – Stewarding People, Place, and Play.
The National Outdoor Recreation Conference (NORC) is the premiere conference for outdoor recreation professionals with opportunities for learning, networking, and field-based case studies. During each conference, we create a program that inspires, challenges, and empowers the broad community of outdoor recreation professionals.
NORC brings together over 400 people that include recreation resource planners, land managers, policy makers, tourism and destination stewardship partners, researchers, consultants, innovators, and leaders in outdoor recreation. And this year’s conference promises to be an engaging 4-day format filled with workshops, several tracks of concurrent sessions, and a stellar lineup of keynotes.
These are pivotal times for outdoor recreation. Our goal is to present a conference and program that is solutions-forward and equity-centric.
We hope you will join us!

12/18/2023

World Wide Energy Conference (National Harbor, MD)
April 22-24, 2024
National Harbor, MD
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41692
Expert Insights: Hear from industry experts in 100+ interactive and timely sessions on topics including petroleum supply and distribution, supply chain services, aerospace energy, installation energy, and alternative fuels.
Critical Solutions: Be the first to see the most innovative solutions and hear first-hand about the latest products and services available to assist the DoD fuels community in meeting our various missions from 100+ exhibitors.
Valuable Relationships: Connect with thousands of decision makers actively assessing the latest technologies, services, and products for today’s most critical petroleum, alternative fuels and renewable energy projects.

12/18/2023

Joint Engineering Training Conference and Expo (Orlando, FL)
May 14-16
Orlando, FL
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41691
SAME's 2024 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo is headed to Orlando, Fla., May 14-16. Save the Date!

JETC is the premier annual event to bring uniformed engineers, government civilians, industry leaders, young professionals, innovators, partners, subject matter experts, and more for Operation: Collaboration.

Your mission includes:
Enriching your career through education and training
Engaging with others to develop relationships and build trust
Advancing technical skills and capabilities of industry and warfighters
Strengthening the engineering profession in support of national security

Plan now to join your colleagues from across the A/E/C industry and joint engineering community for three days of education, training, and networking to enhance your professional future and strengthen your organization's mission. Let's do more, together.

12/18/2023

National Association of Environmental Professionals (Minneapolis, MN)
May 5-8, 2024
Minneapolis, MN
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41690
Enthusiastic environmental professionals from across the country gather each year at the NAEP Annual Conference & Training Symposium to share in the opportunity to learn about new projects, share technical knowledge, network with other industry professionals, engage with leaders in environmental technologies and practice.

12/18/2023

National Adaptation Forum (St Paul, MN)
May 14-16, 2024
St Paul, MN
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41688
The National Adaptation Forum is a bi-annual convening for adaptation professionals to innovate, network, and focus on established and emerging climate adaptation issues of the day. The Forum provides opportunities for professional development through training sessions, facilitated presentations and panels, and formal and informal networking sessions.

At its core, the Forum is cross-disciplinary, bringing together practitioners from a variety of sectors, spanning natural, built, and social systems. Participants include representatives from federal, state and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, scientists, and frontline community groups. Participants are managers, planners, and service providers. They focus on built environments and ecosystems. The Forum program covers over 25 adaptation-related topics and 12 geographic regions across the U.S. and beyond. We encourage the submission of unique ideas and attendance from adaptation-adjacent sectors – it’s only by working together will we solve the challenges posed by climate change.

The overall goal of the National Adaptation Forum is to move beyond adaptation awareness into adaptation action by highlighting the breadth of adaptation activities occurring in the United States and around the world. We aim to bring together practitioners with a variety of experiences and expertise, so as a field, we spend more time innovating rather than reinventing.

12/18/2023

Society of Architectural Historians (Albuquerque, NM)
April 17 -21, 2024
Albuquerque, NM
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41687
Join the Society of Architectural Historians in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 17–21, 2024, for an immersive conference experience that includes paper sessions, events at off-site venues, and guided architecture tours in and around the city. Attendees can look forward to sharing new research, networking with colleagues at social receptions, meeting publishers in the exhibit area, and connecting between sessions, all valued moments at the in-person conference.

12/18/2023

North America Regional International Association for Landscape Ecology (Oklahoma City, OK)
April 1-5, 2024
Oklahoma City
https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=41686
The 2024 IALE-North America Annual Meeting will be held Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5 at the Omni Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Planning is well underway for our 2024 Meeting. We invite you to join our mailing list to receive updates and reminders as the event nears.

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