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Th e Southern Review publishes environmental and energy related developments for DOD/Army leaders and installation staff. Covering the eight states in Federal Region 4, the Southern Review gives early notice of legislative and regulatory activities relevant to DOD interests. For install ations that implement an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 specifications, the content of the Review may help them identify emerging requirements. The Review is published under contract to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The information in this publication is derived from a variety of sources and is not created by USACE. To read back issues of this or other Army REEO Reviews or to receive a monthly electronic copy, send an email request E FFICIENT F EDERAL O PERATIONS President Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13834, Efficient Federal Operations 17 MAY 18. The new EO establishes streamlined goals for federal energy and water efficiency, high performance buildings, renewable energy consumption, purchasing, and other aspects of managing agency operations. It revokes and replaces EO 13693 of March 2015, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. requirements related to energy and environmental performance of executive departments and agencie overall operations. It is the policy of the United States that agencies shall meet such statutory requirements in a manner that increases efficiency, optimizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources, and protects the environment. In implementing this policy, each agency shall prioritize actions that reduce waste, cut costs, enhance the resilience of Federal infrastructure and operations, and enable more effective accomplis Among the goals for federal agencies are to: Achieve and maintain annual reductions in building energy use and implement energy efficiency measures that reduce costs; Meet statutory requirements relating to the consumption of renewab le energy and electricity; Reduce potable and non potable water consumption; Use performance contracting to achieve energy, water, building modernization, and infrastructure goals; Ensure that new construction and major renovations conform to energy effic iency requirements for buildings and sustainable design principles; Implement waste prevention and recycling measures; Track and report on energy management activities, performance improvements, cost reductions, greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water savings, and other performance measures. Guidance and resources for federal agencies from the Office of Federal Sustainability are available here T ABLE OF C ONTENTS Alabama ................................ ................................ 2 Florida ................................ ................................ ... 2 Georgia ................................ ................................ 4 Kentucky ................................ ............................... 5 Mississippi ................................ ............................. 5 North Carolina ................................ ...................... 5 South Carolina ................................ ....................... 6 Tennessee ................................ ............................. 7 Federal Activity ................................ ...................... 8 DOD Activity ................................ ........................ 1 3 Professional Development ................................ .... 1 4 Staff Directory ................................ ..................... 1 8 The U.S. Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office June 2018


Page 2 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office 2018 L EGISLATIVE S ESSION : 9 JAN THROUGH 24 APR There are no significant legislative activities to report P ROPOSED R ULE 2018 A MBIENT A IR M ONITORING P LAN The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) requested public input on the 2018 Ambient Air Monitoring Plan T h e plan covers ambient air monitoring activities to be perform ed by ADEM. ADEM issued a no tice for public input 24 MAY 18. Comments are due 22 JUN 18. 201 8 L EGISLATIVE S ESSION : 8 JAN THROUGH 7 MAR There are no significant legislative activities to report P ROPOSED R ULES A MENDMENTS TO W ATER S HORTAGE P LAN The St. Johns River Water Management District (WMD) proposed amend ments to the d The a mendment s: 1) add, delete, and modify definitions; 2) revise the hydrologic indicators and data used in monitoring and evaluating water conditions ; 3) clarify noticing of the declaration of a water shortage and associated water use restrictions ; 4) repeal certain general use restrictions ; 5) repeal certain mo nitoring requirements; and 6) clarify the water use restrictions and other measure s implemented during each water shortage phase The Florida Department of Environmental Protection ( FDEP ) issued a notice of proposed rule 9 MAY 18. U PDATES TO R EGULATED P LANT I NDEX The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) proposed updates to the Regulated Plant Index that were recommended by the Endangered Plant Advisory Council The updates revise FDACS consistent (FWS) Endangered Species List. FDACS issued a notice of proposed rule 30 APR 18. 404 P ROGRAM P ERMIT FOR R EGULATED E NTITIES FDEP requested public input on a draft rule regarding the 404 Program Permit for Regulated Entities. The draft rule amend s Chapter 62 330, F.A.C. to streamline and clarify language for regulated entities that would require a state 404 Program Permit. FDEP issued a notice of development of rulemaking 11 MAY 18. R EVISIONS TO A BOVEGROUND AND U NDERGROUND S TORAGE T ANK S YSTEM R ULES FDEP propos es to revise both the aboveground and underground storage tank system rules The re visions update definitions and reference guidelines; For more information or to comment on any state issue in Region 4, please contact Dave Blalock REEO S Regional Counsel, (404) 545 5655.


Page 3 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office clarify and update certain forms; and add clarifying language to multiple sections. FDEP issued a notice of development of rulemaking for aboveground tank systems and a separate notice of rule development for underground tank systems 31 MAY 18. A workshop will be held 20 JUN 18. A DMINISTRATIO N OF F EDERAL D REDGE AND F ILL P ERMIT P ROGRAM IN C ERTAIN W ATERS FDEP request ed public input on a draft rule regarding the assumption of admin istration of the federal dredge and fill permit program (404 program) in certain waters Section 404 of the Clean Wa ter Act allows states the option of assuming admin istration of the federal dredge and fill permit program in certain waters. By obtaining 404 assumption, Florida will be able to provide a streamlined permitting procedure where an applicant will obtain both the Environmental Resource Permitting and 404 authorizations from the state FDEP issued a notice of development of rulemaking 1 1 MAY 18. W ATER Q UALITY M ONITORING IN L IEU OF I MPLEMENTING B EST M ANAGEMENT P RACTICES FDEP proposed a new rule regarding w ater q uality m onitoring in l ieu of i mplementing best management practices ( BMP s ) Nonpoint source dischargers within a basin management action p lan must demonstrate compliance with required pollutant reductions by either implementing applicable, adopted BMPs or conducting prescribed water quality monitoring. The proposed rule provides procedures for nonpoint source dischargers who choose to undert ake water quality monitori ng, consistent with a FDEP approved sampling and analysis plan, instead of implementing adopted BMPs required by a basin management action plan. The proposed rule also sets forth related verification and enforcement procedures. FD EP issued a notice of proposed rule 4 MAY 18. G EMINI S PRINGS AND D E L EON S PRING B ASIN M ANAGEMENT A CTION P LANS FDEP requested public input on the draft Gemini Springs and DeLeon Spring basin management action plans ( BMAPs ) BMAPs are the means for implementation of the adopted t otal m aximum d aily loads (TMDLs). The meeting is to discuss and receive comments on the draft BMAP documents prior to submi ssion for adoption. FDEP issued a notice of meeting 10 MAY 18. S ANTA F E R IVER BMAP FDEP requested public input on revisions to the Santa Fe River BMAP. FDEP issued a notice of meeting 2 MAY 18. S ILVER S PRING AND R AINBOW S PRING BMAP FDEP requested public input on the draft Silver Spring and Rainbow Spring BMAP. FDEP issued a notice of meeting 10 MAY 18. U PPER W AKULLA R IVER AND W AKULLA S PRINGS BMAP. FDEP requested public input on the draft Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP. FDEP issued a notice of meeting 4 MAY 18. W ACISSA S PRINGS BMAP FDEP requested public input on the Wacissa Springs BMAP. FDEP issued a notice of meeting 2 MAY 18. W EKIWA S PRING AND R OCK S PRINGS BMAP FDEP requested public input on t he draft Wekiwa Spring and Rock Springs BMAP. FDEP issued a notice of meeting 10 MAY 18. F INAL R ULE C ONDITIONS FOR I SSUANCE OF P ERMITS The St. Johns River WMD adopted amendments to Rule 40C 3.021, F.A.C. The amendments: 1) clarify that wells, which supply water to public water systems not covered or included in the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act, are included in the definition of Public Water Supply Well; and 2) require applicants or water well contractors applying for a permit to submit well completion reports, which will allow the WMD to more efficiently and effectively protect and manage the water resources. The district published a notice of rule filing 17 APR 18.


Page 4 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office 2018 L EGISLATIVE S ESSION : 8 JAN THROUGH 2 9 MAR G EORGIA HB 332 L AND C ONSERVATION This bill creates the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund and funding mechanisms for the protection of conservation lands. The bill establishes procedural requirements for approval of project proposals and reporting requirements ; it establishes a board of trustees for the trust fund, with terms of office, meeting requirements, and guidelines for prioritizing project applications. Signed by the governor 7 MAY 18. G EORGIA HB 785 S OLID W ASTE M ANAGEMENT This bill amends Code Section 12 8 22 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA), relating to definitions associated with solid waste management, to modify certain definitions and enact new definitions. It specifically c distinct from solid waste handling and thermal treatment of recovered materials. Signed by the governor 8 MAY 18. G EORGIA HB 792 S OLID W ASTE S URCHARGES AND H AZARDOUS W ASTE F EES This bill amends Chapter 8 of Title 12 of the OCGA, relating to waste management, to extend the sunset date for certain solid waste surcharges and hazardous waste fees Signed by the governor 3 MAY 18. G EORGIA SB 385 S OLID W ASTE D ISPOSAL F EES This bill amends code section 12 8 39 of the OCGA, relating to cost reimbursement fees and surch arges, to change the surcharge imposed by host local governments regarding solid waste disposal facilities operated by private enterprises; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes Signed by the governor 3 MAY 18. G EORGIA SB 395 G EORGIA J OINT D EFENSE C OMMISSION This bill amends Article 10 of Chapter 7 of Title 50 of the OCGA, relating to the Defense Community Economic Development Fund, to create the Georgia Joint Defense Commission; to provide for the membership and purposes of such commission; to provide for related matters; and to repeal conflicting laws. Signed by the governor 3 MAY 18. P ROPOSED R ULES G EORGIA D RAFT 2018 A MBIENT A IR M ONITORING P LAN The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has announced its intent to issue the 2018 Ambient Air Monitoring Pl an to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established 17 OCT 06. The draft is open for public comment. Comments were due 15 JUN 18. G EORGIA H AZARDOUS S ITE R ESPONSE EPD has proposed to amend Rules 391 3 19 .02, 391 3 19 .04, 391 3 19 .06 through 391 3 19 .09, and Appendices III and IV. The primary basis for the amendments is to modernize the state soil and groundwater cleanup standards (risk reduction standards) to reflect the most current risk assessment methodology and st andard industry practices. The amendments are intended to provide a streamlined, consistent, scientifically sound and defensible risk assessment framework while allowing more flexibility and options in complying with risk reduction standards. Other ame ndments include clarifying the b ro wnfield s notification exemption, allowing the EPD d irector to designate EPA removal actions as compliant with Type 5 cleanup standards, and providing appropriate deed language for properties needing correction action and those with continuing obligations. A hearing is scheduled for 21 JUN 18 and comments are due 6 JUL 18.


Page 5 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office 2018 L EGISLATIVE S ESSION : 2 JAN THROUGH 13 APR There are no significant legislative activities to report P ROPOSED R ULES 2018 A MBIENT A IR M ONITORING N ETWORK P LAN The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has invited public comment on the 2018 Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan. Comment s are due 23 JUN 18. W ATER Q UALITY P ERMITS (401 KAR 5). The Kentucky Division of Water has proposed changes to regulation in 401 KAR Chapter 5 to ensure that issued permits are legally sound and in compliance. Changes to the regulations will be subject to approval by EPA. All of the regulations will remain consistent with Clean Water Act, Section 402, and 40 CFR Part 122, and will not be more stringent than the federal regul ations. A hearing is scheduled for 26 JUN 18 and comments are due 30 JUN 18 F INAL R ULE C ROSS S TATE A IR P OLLUTION R ULES ( 401 KAR 51:240 ; 51:250 ; 51:260 ) DEP has filed regulations regarding the Cross State Air Pollution Rule Nitr ogen Oxide (NOx) Annual Trading Program ; the NOx Ozone Season Group 2 Trading Program ; and the Sulfur Dioxide (SO 2 ) Group 1 Trading Program. 2018 L EGISLATIVE S ESSION : 2 JAN THROUGH 2 APR There are no significant legislative or regulatory activities to report 201 8 L EGISLATIVE S ESSION : 10 JAN THROUGH 1 JUL N ORTH C AROLINA SB 99 A PPROPRIATIONS A CT OF 2018. This bill now contains provisions regarding per and pol y fluoro alkyl substances (PFAS) that were considered in other North Carolina bills of the 2018 session. The provisions were the subject of negotiations among state, industry, and other stakeholders; the final language was included in this Appropriations Ac of promulgated state standards or EPA health advisory levels. Enforcement also includes authority to require violators to provide a permanent replac ement of water supply. Legislators also appropriated funds to study emerging contaminants and further develop state regulatory programs targeting such contaminants. Enrolled 01 JUN 18; vetoed by the governor 6 JUN 18 ; veto overridden by the Senate 7 JUN 18 and House 12 JUN 18. P ROPOSED R ULES 2018 A MBIENT A IR M ONITORING N ETWORK P LAN The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality ( DEQ ) has requested public input regarding the 2018 Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan Comments are due 25 JUN 18.


Page 6 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office C LASSIFICATIONS AND S TANDARDS FOR P ROTECTION OF S URFACE W ATERS (15A NCAC 02B .0100 .0300). The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission has proposed to amend several rules cited in 15A NC AC 02B .0100, mandated by the federal Clean Water Act. Hearings are scheduled for 11 and 16 JUL 18 and comments are due 16 JUL 18. O N S ITE W ASTEWATER T REATMENT S YSTEM R ULES ( 15A NCAC 18E .0101 .0105, .0201 .0207, .0301 .0305, .0401 .0403, .0501 .0510, .0601 .0602, .0701 .0703, .0801 .0806,.0901 .0 911, .1001 .1002, .1101 .1106, .1201 .1207, .1301 .1307, .1401 .1406, .1501 .1505, .1601 .1603, .1701 .1713) DEQ has proposed a reorganization and clarification of current rule interpretations and existing knowledge of advanced technologies, and previousl y excluded products. This rule will also update and simplify terminology, and reflect significant improvement in consistency and clarity. Comments are due 2 JUL 18. S OURCE W ATER P ROTECTION P LANNING ( 15A NCAC 18C .1305). The North Carolina Commission for Public Health has proposed rulemaking in response to a legislative mandate to protect public drinking water (S.L. 2014 41). This rule presents a standardized process that improves emergency and source water protection planning for public water systems treating and furnishing water from surface supplies. A hearing is scheduled for 19 JUN 18 and comments are due 16 JUL 18. W ATER Q UALITY P ERMITTING R ULES AND W ATER S UPPLY W ATERSHED R ULES ( 15A NCAC 02B, 15A NCAC 02H ). DEQ has proposed rules regarding effluent limitations, surface water monitoring, water quality management plans, and discharges. Comments are due 2 JUL 18. F INAL R ULE S T ARTUP S HUTDOWN AND M ALFUNCTION (SSM) S TATE I MPLEMENTATION P LAN (SIP) C ALL R ULE R EVISIONS ( 15A NCAC 02D .0535, 15A NCAC 02D .0545). DEQ has adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 02D .0535 and the adoption of 15A NCAC 02D .0545 relating to SSM operations. On 22 M AY 15, EPA issued a final action to ensure states have plans in place that are fully consistent with the Clean Air Act and recent court decisions concerning SSM emission limit ds to the Sierra Club Petition and with the Clean Air Act and recent court decisions It also finalizes findings that the SSM provisions in SIPs of 36 states do not meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and accordingly issues a 2018 L EGISLATIVE S ESSION : 9 JAN THROUGH 7 JUN S OUTH C AROLINA HB 4304 O FFSHORE W IND R ESOURCES P ROVISIONS This bill defines offshore wi nd resource development activities to mean initiatives undertaken by or on behalf of an electrical utility for the long term advancement of economic development and clean energy benefits resulting from offshore wind. It allows the Public Service Commission (PSC) to adopt procedures that encourage electrical utilities to invest in offshore wind resource development activities if the procedures would be in the best interest of ratepayers of this state. It also identifies the activities that may be undertaken by an electrical utility relating to offshore wind resource development. Requires PSC to obtain written concurrence from applicable authorities that proposed offshor e wind projects do not comprise a portion of the military training areas bordering South Ca rolina or Georgia. Failed upon adjournment. S OUTH C AROLINA HB 4644 S OLID W ASTE E MERGENCY F UND This bill establishes the solid waste emergency fund to be administered by the S outh Carolina D epartment of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Specifies that funds can


Page 7 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office be spent to address a substantial release or threat of substantial release into the environment of any pollutant from a regulated solid waste facility. Signed by the governor 3 MAY 18. S OUTH C AROLINA HB 4683 B EACHFRONT M ANAGEMENT R EFORM A CT This bill establishes procedures for department decisions involving the issuance, denial, rene wal, suspension, or revocation of permits, licenses, or other actions of DHEC that may give rise to a contested case, except a decision to establish a baseline or setback line. Signed by the governor 3 MAY 18. S OUTH C AROLINA HB 4727 C ONSERVATION B ANK T RUST F UND This bill establishes requirements for conservation easements. It authorizes the South Carolina conservation bank to develop conservation criteria to advance and support federal, state, and local conservation goals and prohibits the award of a grant or loan unless the funds are presently available in the trust fund. Establishes a grant review committee and specifies grant appli cation requirements. Authorizes the bank to award additional grant funds to certain agencies for the acquisition of fee simple title to land and to establish application and reporting requirements. Signed by the governor 3 MAY 18. S OUTH C AROLINA SB 109 A ERIAL V EHICLE This bill provides that it is unlawful to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle within a certain distance of a state or federal military installation and it provides for penalties. Failed upon adjournment. P ROPOSED R ULE A MBIENT A IR M ONITORING P LAN DHEC is requesting public comment on the draft annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network P lan. The plan covers the last half of calendar year 2018 and all of 2019. When finalized, the plan will be submitted to EPA. Comments are due 21 JUN 18. The draft plan is available here F INAL R ULE E MERALD A SH B ORER AND B ENGHAL D AYFLOWER The South Carolina State Crop Pest Commission has adopted new regulations that govern th e designation, monitoring, and control (including quarantine areas), of the plant pests e merald a sh b orer ( Agrilus planipennis ) and Benghal d ayflower ( Commelina benghalensi ) in South Carolina. The final rule was effective 25 MAY 18. The final rule text is available here 201 8 L EGISLATIVE S ESSION : 9 JAN THROUGH 16 APR T ENNESSEE HB 1782 M OTOR V EHICLE I NSPECTION R EQUIREMENTS This bill limits authorization for vehicle inspection and maintenance programs under the Tennessee Air Qu ality Act to only programs mandated by federal law and programs located in a county that has a local air pollution control program and operates its own program. It requires that any new contract between the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservat ion (TDEC), or a local government, and a contractor providing inspection services; any new contract between a local government and the department relative to the inspection and maintenance program ; and any renewals of such contracts occurring after this am endment's effective date must include a provision stating that the contract must conform to any changes in state law. E xisting contracts also must be amended to include a provision stating that the contract must conform to any changes in state law. Signed by the governor 15 MAY 18. P ROPOSED R ULE S A MBIENT A IR M ONITORING P LAN The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is requesting public comment on the Ambient Air Monitoring Plan. When finalized, the plan will be submitted to EPA. A public hearing is scheduled for 25 JUN 18. Comments are due 3 JUL 18. The d raft Tennessee Ambient Air Monitoring Plan 2018 is


Page 8 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office available here The d raft Local Programs Ambient Air Monitoring Plan 2018 is available here To view the Tennessee air quality monitoring website, click here A QUATIC R ESOURCE A LTERATION DEC is proposing to substantially revise regulations in Chapter 0400 40 07, which governs aquatic resource alteration permits (ARAPs). The proposed revisions clarify that ARAPs are required only for alterations of streams and wetlands and remove references to wet weather conveyances, because they are governed b y other statute, Title 69 Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) Chapter 3 Section 108 ( TCA 69 3 108 ). Current ARAP rules require only that a permit applicant consid er avoidance and minimization and submit an alternatives analysis. The proposed rule would require implementation of any practicable alternatives that have less adverse impact on resource values. A public hearing is scheduled for 27 JUN 18. Comments are du e 9 JUL 18. T RIENNIAL R EVIEW S URFACE W ATER Q UALITY C RITERIA AND U SE C LASSIFICATIONS DEC is proposing to align state surface water quality standards for ammonia and selen ium with recently revised federal standards and to amend the narrative nutrient criterion for fish and aquatic life. The amendments to the narrative criteria are intended to more clearly state the original intent of that rule. The department is also propos ing to revise use classifications in response to recently revised federal criteria for waters classified for recreational use. Some of the new criteria are more stringent than previous standards, and some are less so. This rulemaking proposes to apply EPA' s recommended criteria, but at an order of magnitude less stringent for carcinogens, consistent with DEC 's long standing policy regarding risk levels. A public hearing is scheduled for 27 JUN 18. Comments are due 9 JUL 18. Information about federal water q uality standards is available here A IR NAAQS R EVIEW P ROCESS /P OLICY S HIFT EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a to for reviewing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) The memorandum calls for EPA to 1) meet statutory deadlines; 2) address all CAA provisions; 3) streamline and standardize the process for development and review of key policy relevant information; 4) differentiate science and policy judgments; and 5) iss ue timely implementation regulations and guidance. The memorandum indicates a policy shift whereby EPA intends, when setting new or revised NAAQS, to consider adverse economic effects, as provided by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. A press rel ease announcing the memorandum is available here R ISK M ANAGEMENT P ROGRAM EPA is reconsidering the 2017 final Risk Management Plan Amendments ( 83 FR 24850 ). EPA is proposing to rescind amendments relating to safer technology and alternatives analyses, third party audits, incident investigations, information availability, and several o ther minor regulatory changes. EPA is also proposing to modify amendments relating to local emergency coordination and emergency exercises, and to change the compliance dates for these provisions. A public hearing wa s scheduled for 14 JUN 18. Comments are due 30 JUL 18. S ULFUR O XIDES EPA announced the availability of two final documents, Risk and Exposure Assessment (REA) for the Review of the Primary NAAQS for Sulfur Oxides and Policy Assessment (PA) for the Review of the Primary NAAQS for Sulfur Oxides ( 83 FR 22479 ). The REA describes the quantitative analyses of sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ) exposures and health risks in th e NAAQS review. Building on the 2017 Integrated Science Assessment for Sulfur Oxides Health Criteria the retain or revise the existing primary NAAQS for SO 2 For more information about the SO 2 standards, click here


Page 9 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office R EGULATORY D EFINITION OF V OLATILE O RGANIC C OMPOUNDS EPA is proposing to revise the regulatory definiti on of volatile organic compound (VOC) under the CAA ( 83 FR 19026 ) EPA is propos ing to add cis 1,1,1,4,4,4 hexafluorobut 2 e ne (also known as HFO 1336mzz Z ) to the list of compounds excluded from the regulatory definition of VOC on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation. Comments are due 2 JUL 18. P ROTECTION OF S TRATOSPHERIC O ZONE EPA annou nced the release of the draft document, The U.S. Phaseout of HCFCs: Projected Servicing Demand in the U.S. Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Fire Suppression Sectors (2020 2030) ( 83 FR 19757 ) The document contains inf ormation that revises estimates of potential future market demand for HCFC 123 and HCFC 124 based on current uses in air conditioning, refrigeration, and fire suppression equipment and considers the availability of recovered hydrochlorofluorocarbons ( HCFCs ) This information may be relevant to an upcoming rulemaking regarding allowances for consumption and production of HCFC 123 and HCFC 124 for the 2020 2029 regulatory period. Comments are due 18 JUN 18. G EORGIA A IR P LAN A PPROVAL R EGIONAL H AZE P LAN AND V IS IBILITY P RONG EPA is approving the portion of Georgia's 26 JUL 17 State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal changing reliance from the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) to the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) for certain regional haze requirements ( 83 FR 19637 ) EPA is also converting the previous limited approval/limited disapproval of G eorgia's regional haze plan to a full approval and removing the Federal Implementation Plan which replaced reliance on CAIR with reliance on CSAPR. Finally, EPA is converting the conditional approvals to full approvals for the visibility prong of Georgia's infrastructure SIP submittals for the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter (PM 2.5 ), 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO 2 ), 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO 2 ), and 2008 8 hour Ozone NAAQS Th e rule became effective 4 JUN 18. S EWAGE S LUDGE I NCINERATION R EGULATORY A UTHORITY D ELEGATION EPA is providing notice of and is codifying its prior approval of requests submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) and the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency (WNCRAQA) for delegation of authority to imp lement and enforce the f ederal plan for existing affected s ewage s ludge i ncineration (SSI) units ( 83 FR 19184 ) The f ederal plan establishes emission limits and monitoring, operating, and recordkeeping requirements for SSI units constructed on or before 14 OCT 10 NCDEQ and WNCRAQA representatives signed Memoranda of Agreement (M OAs) on the delegation of authority each effective upon signature by the Regional Administrator on 2 APR 18. These MOAs constitute the mechanism for the transfer of authority from the EPA to the respective agency and they delineate policies, responsibili ties, and procedures by which the f ederal plan will be administered and enforced by the NCDEQ and WNCRAQA, respectively, as well as the authorities retained by the EPA. C LEANUP M EMORANDUM C LEANUP AND R EUSE OF S UPERFUND S ITES In April, EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum to EPA Regional Offices encouraging them to consider more frequen t use of site specific agreements with third parties at sites on the Superfund National Priorities List. EPA and DOJ are reviewing two types of site specific model agreements to identify provisions in those agreements that should be revised. EPA is also st reamlining processes to encourage use of site specific agreements and other tools that address site specific liability concerns of third parties 2017 Superfund Task Force Recommendations C LIMATE C HANGE C LIMATE C HANGE S TUDY In May, the National Park Service released a final report, Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Projections for the National Park Service The report provides sea level rise and storm surge projections for coasta l area national parks using information from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and storm surge scenarios from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) models. The research is the first to analyze IPCC and NOA A projections of sea level and storm surge under climate change scenarios for U.S. national parks. Results illustrate potential inundation and storm surge under four greenhouse gas emissions scenarios and multiple time


Page 10 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office scenarios (2030, 2050, and 2100). The se results are intended to inform park planning and adaptation strategies for resources managed by the National Park Service. The report indicates that sea level change and storm surge pose considerable risks to infrastructure, archeological sites, lightho uses, forts, and other historic structures in coastal units of the national park system. To learn more, click here E NERGY DOE R ELEASES 2018 B ETTER B UILDINGS P ROGRESS R EPORT Th e U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the 2018 Better Buildings Progress Report sector organizations capture important benefits of energy efficiency. Through participat ion in the Initiative more than 900 public and private sector organizations are driving energy efficiency in the U.S. economy. The newly released report highlights this progress in the commercial, industrial, residential and public sectors to improve energ y productivity. R EFORM OF G ENERATOR I NTERCONNECTION P ROCEDURES AND A GREEMENTS The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission amended the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Procedures and the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Agreement applicable to generators with a capacity of more than 20 megawatts ( 83 FR 21342 ). The amendments are intended to improve certainty, promote more informed interconnection, and enhance interconnection processes. The final rule is effective 23 JUL 18. D ISTRIBUTED E NERGY R ESOURCES AND B ULK P OWER Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC ) convened a technical conferenc e 10 11 APR 18 to discuss the participation of distributed energy resource (DER) aggregations in Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) and Independent System Operator (ISO) markets and to discuss the potential effects of DERs on the bulk power system ( 83 FR 19745 ) FERC invites a ll interested parties to file post technical conferen ce comments on the topics discussed during the technical conference, including the questions listed in the s upplemental n otices issued in this proceeding on 29 MAR 18 and 9 APR 18 In addition, FERC staff is interested in comments on several follow up topi cs and questions. Attached to this notice are the topics and questions related to Panels 4 and 5 from the two previous notices, as well as FERC staff's follow up questions related to those panels. A notice inviting post technical conference comments on the topics and questions concerning DER aggregation proposal related to Panels 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 is being concurrently issued ( 83 FR 19746 ) Comments must be submitted on or before 60 days from the date of this notice. W IND E NERGY D ATASET U PDATE The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a major update to its Wind Integration National Dataset also known as the WIND Toolkit. The NREL data can be used to understand how strong breezes tend to blow across a particular area and how energy from the wind can be integrated into the electrical grid. The WIND Toolkit provides barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, relative humidity, temperature, and air density data from 2007 to 2013. These seven years of data provide a detailed view of the U.S. wind resource and how it varies minute to minute and year to year. HAZMAT E MERGENCY R ESPONSE G UIDEBOOK The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is soliciting input on ways to improve the Em ergency Response Guidebook as it de velops the 2020 edition ( 83 FR 23996 ). PHMSA is particularly interested in input from emergency services personnel who have experience using the 2012 and 2016 versions of t he Emergency Response Guidebook to respond to hazardous materials transportation incidents. M ISCELLANEOUS S TRENGTHENING T RANSPARENCY IN R EGULATORY S CIENCE EPA is extending the public comment period on its 30 APR 18 proposed rule Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science ( 83 FR 24255 ). The comment period is extended to 16 AUG 18. A public hearing is scheduled for 17 JUL 18 in Washington, D.C.


Page 11 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office EPA R EGULATORY A GENDA C HANGES EPA is withdrawing severa l proposed pesticide rules identified in the Regulatory Agenda ( 83 FR 20004 ). The agency no longer intends to pursue these regulatory efforts. The withdrawn rules are: Plant Incorporated Protectants In 1994 EPA proposed two rules to exempt certain plant incorporated protectants from Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act regulation. Groundwater and Pesticide Management Plan Rule. In 1996 EPA proposed, through the use of State Management Plans, to provide states with the flexibility to restrict use of certain pesticides to protect groundwater. Registration for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products. In 1999 EPA proposed registration and labeling requirements for antimicrobial p esticides E NHANCED E MPLOYMENT S UPPORT FOR M ILITARY S POUSES President Trump issued EO 13832, Enhancing Noncompetitive Civil Service Appointments for Military Spouses ( 83 FR 22343 ). The EO states that agencies will indicate in job opportunity announcements (JOAs) that they will consider candidates under the military spouse hiring authority in addition to candidates identified on the competitive or merit promotion cer tificate for position s, as well as candidates identified through any other hiring authority a JOA indicates an agency will consider. P OLICY S TREAMLINING R EGULATIONS ON C OMMERCIAL U SE OF S PACE President Trump issued Space Policy Directive 2, Streamlining R egulations on Commercial Use of Space ( 83 FR 24901 ). Among other things, the policy requires the Secretary of Defense, the S ecretary of Transportation, and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to coordinate examination of all existing U.S. Government requirements, standards, and policies associated with commercial space flight launch and re ent ry operations from f ederal launch ranges and, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to minimize those requirements, except those necessary to protect public safety and national security, that would conflict with the efforts of the Secretary of Transportation in implementing the Secretary's responsibilities. The policy also seeks to create within the Department of Commerce an entity to administer regulation of commercial space flight activities. N ATURAL R ESOURCES M IGRATORY B IRD I NCIDENTAL T AKE P ERMITS FWS announced that it is no longer considering preparation of a P rogrammatic E nvironmental I mpact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of a proposed rule to authorize incidental take of migratory birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act ( 83 FR 24080 ) The announcement was made 24 MAY 18. T HREATENED AND E NDANGERED S PECIES S OUTHEASTERN S PECIES FWS initiated five year status reviews for 35 species in the Southeast ( 83 FR 20092 ). FWS is request ing any new information concerning the status of any of the 35 species. Information is due 6 JUL 18. T OXICS P ER AND P OLYFLUOROALKYL S UBSTANCE S In May, EPA held a two day meeting on per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The meeting included representatives from more than 40 states, tribes, and territor ies; 20 federal agencies; congressional staff; associations; industry groups; and non governmental organizations. According to a press release issued after the meeting, EPA will: Initiate steps to evaluate the need for a maximum contaminant level for p erfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and p erfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS); and Begin the necessary steps to propose designating PFOA and PFOS a s hazardous substances through one of the available statutory mechanisms, including potentially under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Section 102.


Page 12 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office In addition, EPA maintains a website that identifies actions the agency has taken or intends to take regarding PFAS. According to the website, EPA intends to: Develop human health toxicity values for GenX and p erfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS) in summ er 2018; Update EPA Drinking Water Treatability Database for multiple PFAS in July 2018; Develop groundwater cleanup recommendations for PFOA/PFOS in September 2018 ; and Develop a PFAS Management Plan in fall 2018. In a related matter, the intergovernment al Organization for Economic and Co operation and Development released an updated database of PFAS, identifying 4,730 PFAS that have at least one perfluoroalkyl moiety. N U CLEAR R EGULATORY C OMMISSION R ETROSPECTIVE R EVIEW The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is initiating a retrospective review of administrative requirements to identify outdated or duplicative administrative requirements that may be eliminated without adverse effect on public health or safety, common defense and security, protection of the environment, or regulatory efficiency and effectiveness ( 83 FR 19464 ) NRC is seeking public comment on the criteria it will use to identify administrative regulations for possible elimination. Comments are due 2 JUL 18. B ERYLLIUM S TANDARDS C LARIFYING A MENDMENTS The Occupational Safety and Health Administrat ion (OSHA) issued a direct final rule to clarify its 2017 general industry standard for exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds ( 83 FR 19936 ). The final rule clarifies OSHA's intent with respect to certain terms in the standard, including the definition of B eryllium Work Area, the definition of emergency, and the meaning of the terms dermal contact and beryllium contamination. The rule also clarifies OSHA's intent regarding provisions for disposal and recycling and provisions that the a gency intends to apply only where skin can be exposed to materials containing at least 0.1 percent beryllium by weight. The final rule is effective 6 JUL 18, unless the agency received adverse comment by 6 JUN 18. B IOLOGICAL O PINION ON C HLORPYRIFOS D IAZINON AND M ALATHION EPA extended the public comment period on the National Marine Fisheries Service biol ogical opinion on chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion ( 83 FR 22480 ) Comments are due 23 JUL 18. W ASTE D EFINITION OF S OLID W ASTE EPA revised regulations associated with the definition of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Ac t (RCRA) ( 83 FR 24664 ) The revisions 1) r emov e the 2015 Verified Recycler Exclusion and r einstate the 2008 Transfer Based Exclusion, w ith m odifications ; and 2) remove the 2015 Factor Four in the d efinition of Legitimate Recycling and reinstate the 2008 Factor Four The revisions implement vacaturs ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colum bia Circuit on 7 JUL 17 as modified on 6 MAR 18 The final rule became effective 30 MAY 18. C HINA S USPENDS U.S. S CRAP I MPORTS FOR O NE M ONTH According to a notice from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries the Chinese government effectively halted shipments of scrap from the U.S. to China from 4 MAY 18 through 4 JUN 18 by suspending the ability of China Certification and Inspection Group North America (CCIC NA) to inspect scrap shipments and issue pre shipment certificates. CCIC NA is believed to be the only pre shipment inspection company to receive a license to import scrap into China since the recently enacted waste import ban and contamination standard A news brief about the ban is available here F EDERAL A GENCY H AZARDOUS W ASTE C OMPLIANCE D OCKET EPA released the 33 rd update to the Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket ( 83 FR 20813 ). The docket contains information on federal facilities that manage hazardous waste or fro m which a reportable quantity of hazardous waste has be released. The update include s five additions, two deletions, and one correction.


Page 13 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office W ATER F INAL 2016 E FFLUENT G UIDELINES P ROGRAM P LAN EPA released the Final 2016 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan which identifies new or existing industrial categories selected for effluent guideline rulemakings and provides a schedule for the rulemakings ( 83 FR 19281 and pretreatment standards, and inc pretreatment standards. The final plan identifies one new rulemaking and its schedule for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category. The plan also announce s that EPA is initiating three new studies. One study will evaluate the management of oil and gas extraction wastewater from onshore facilities; the other studies will address term goal of these studies is to identify the ext ent to which t he pollutants are discharged from industrial categories. For more information, click here F RESHWATER S USTAINABILITY T RENDS A new study published in the Nature International Journal of Science, quantified 34 trends in in terrestrial water storage observed by National Atmospheric and Space Administration (NA SA) satellites during 2002 2016 lead author Matthew Rodell of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He said the results show a "clear human fingerprint" on global freshwater availability. Of the 34 areas with prominent changes in freshwater availability, 14 were attributed to human activities, such as pumping groundwater for crops; eight were attributed to climate change; and the remaining 12 areas with changes were attributed to natural v ariability. A news article about the study is available here F IVE YEAR R EVIEW OF 2012 RWQC EPA has released its five year review of the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria (RWQC), as federally required. The review report describes the state of the science since the release of the 2012 RWQC, related to the protection of human health in water bodies designated for primary contact recreation (e.g., swimming). velopments in the available science, EPA has decided not to revise the 2012 RWQC during this review cycle. GAO R EPORT ON DOD E XCESS C APACITY The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on excess DOD infrastructure, finding that DOD need s to improve the accuracy of its excess capacity estimates ( GAO 18 230 ). The National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA ) for Fiscal 2016 required DOD to submit, among other things, a force structure pla n and a categorical infrastructure inventory of worldwide military installations. The infrastructure capacity report was submitted to Congress in October 2017. The NDAA also included a provision for GAO to evaluate DOD's report for accuracy and analytical sufficiency. GAO reviewed DOD's 2017 report and compared it with the statutory requirements and generally accepted research standards. GAO recommended DOD update the baseline, use reasonable assumptions, and develop guidance to improve its methods for esti mating excess capacity. DOD concurred with one recommendation, partially concurred with two recommendations, and plans to incorporate them into any future capacity analysis. P ROTECTING M ILITARY B ASES FROM R ECURRING F LOODS U.S. Senate Bill S. 2766 Protecting Our Military Installations from Recurrent Floods Act of 2018 was introduced in April 2018. According to a press release from the bill sponsors, the bill would protect military bases from flooding by making sure facility planners are aware of recurrent flo od risks in certain areas and consider those risks when building or designing facilities. The bipartisan legislation would: Require DOD to disclose when a proposed military construction project will be sited within or partially within a 100 year floodplain according to the most recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood hazard data; Require DOD to establish a process for delineating the 100 year floodplain using the same risk analysis and standards that FEMA uses when there is no flood hazard data for a proposed military construction site; and


Page 14 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office Require DOD to exceed the baseline elevation of the 100 year floodplain when designing a facility to mitigate future flood risk. This requirement would codify how DOD already complies with a prior EO, whi ch recognized that storm surge and compound flood events often result in flood waters that are higher than what facility planners anticipate based on the 100 year floodplain maps. According to a January 2018 DOD infrastructure vulnerability survey of more than 3,500 worldwide sites, nearly 1,000 reported vulnerability due to flooding, including non storm surge related flooding, such as rain, snow, slee t, river overflow; and flooding due to storm surge. H EALTH I MPACTS S TUDY AT F ORMER P EASE A IR F ORCE B ASE According to a press rel ease the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) plans to conduct a study at Pease International Tradeport to examine the health impacts of PFAS. The study is part of a broader national study authorized by section 316 of the 2018 NDAA on the human health implications of PFAS contamination in drinking water, ground water, and any other sources of water and relevant exposure pathways, including the cumulative human health implications of multiple types of PFAS contamination at levels above and below health advisory levels. previous site work that assess ed PFAS chemicals in the area. The new methods and analyses, as well as mitigate any challenges to implementation prior to rolling out the st udy to multiple sites across the country. C HEMICAL S URETY The Army released a major revision of Army Regulation (AR) 50 6 Chemical Surety. The regulation se ts policies and procedures for the Army Chemical Surety Program. It applies to Schedule 1 chemicals (also called chemical agents) as defined by the Chemical Weapons Convention. Appendix B identifies the specific applicability of the regulation to the types of Schedule 1 chemicals. Also, the regulation pertains to chemical stockpile storage facilities. S OUTHERN C ALIFORNIA O FFSHORE W IND D EVELOPMENT At the request of California Gov ernor Jerry Brown, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management established an in tergovernmental task force to research opportunities to develop wind projects offshore California. DOD was asked to provide its assessment of the compatibility of offshore wind development with its military mission, and in 2017 the Navy released a map using the colors of a traffic light green for no restrictions, yellow for site specific stipulations wanted no wind development The map was updated in 2018 A news article about wind development offshore California i s available here DOD T RAINING S OURCES US A RMY C ORPS OF E NGINEERS PROSPECT T RAINING (C LASSROOM ). USACE announces course availability for the FY 20 1 8 PROSPECT (i.e., Proponent Sponsored Engineer Corps Training ) program. Courses are open to federal, state, county, and city employees and contractors. There are different registration processes for each entity. Please refer to the course catalog and list of classes and schedule for details. Environmental courses include, but are not limited to: CERCLA/RCRA Process (Course Control Number (CCN) 356 ) Environmental Laws and Regulations (CCN 170 ) Environmental Regulations Practical Application Cou rse (CCN 398 ) Environmental Remediation Technologies (CCN 395 ) Hazardous Waste Manifesting / DOT Certification (CCN 223 ) Hazardous Waste Manifesting 16 Hour DOT Recertification Course (CCN 429 )


Page 15 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office Hazardous/Toxic an d Radioactive Waste Construction Inspection (CCN 141) Radioactive Waste Transport (CCN 441 ) The Complete RCRA Course (Hazardous Waste Generation, Management, and Corrective Ac tion) (CCN 226 ) N AVY C IVIL E NGINEER C ORPS O FFICERS S CHOOL T RAINING The Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officers School (CECOS) offers training on environmental management, pollution prevention, environmental compliance, environmental conservation and planning, and environmental restoration. Energy course offerings include Leadership in Energy and Environmen tal Design, Energy Information Administration, and Energy Technology Information. Click here for information on course offerings and times. Courses offered by CECOS are avail able to all military and civilian employees of the U.S. government, free of charge. Travel costs are borne by the student. A IR F ORCE C IVIL E NGINEERING S CHOOL T RAINING The Air Force Civil Engineer School offers a va riety of environmental management courses and seminars, including Interservice Environmental Education Review Board (ISEERB) offerings. Courses are available to all military and civilian employees of the U.S. government, free of charge. Travel costs are bo rne by the student. D EFENSE AND F EDERAL E NVIRONMENTAL T RAINING /A WARENESS The Army offers numerous environmental training courses (classroom and online). Explore training opportunities on the U.S. Army Environmental Command website which has links to training provided by DOD organizations. S TRATEGIC E NVIRONMENTAL R ESEARCH AND D EVELOPMENT P ROGRAM ( SERDP ) AND E NVIRONMENTAL S ECURITY T ECHNOLOGY C ERTIFICATION P ROGRAM ( ESTCP ) W EBINAR S ERIES (O NLINE ) DOD environmental research and development funding programs ( SERDP and ESTCP ) launched a webinar series to promote the tra nsfer of innovative, cost effective and sustainable solutions developed using SERDP and ESTCP funding. Live webinars are offered every two weeks on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. Eastern for 90 minutes. Most webinars feature two 30 minute presentations and int eractive question and answer sessions on topics targeted for DOD and DOE audiences. Prior presentations are archived for viewing any time. Recently archived webinars, available on demand here include: Management of Novel Hawaiian Ecosystems New Resource Conservation Insights to Desert Environments REPI W EBINAR S ERIES (O NLINE ) webinars on best practices, tutorials, and knowledge sharing on partnerships that support the military mission and accelerate the pace and rate of land conservation. S USTAI NING M ILITARY R EADINESS C ONFERENCE The conference, Restoring Readiness through Planning and Partnerships will be held in St. Louis, MO, 13 16 AUG 18. Lessons learned and best practices to support military rea diness and enhance DOD capabilities will be shared. F EDERAL T RAINING S OURCES F EDERAL F ACILITIES E NVIRONMENTAL S TEWARDSHIP AND C OMPLIANCE A SSISTANCE C ENTER (O NLINE ). is the federal government's home for comprehensive environmental stewardship, compliance assistance, and professional development information. provides a wide variety of information, such as: Program development (e.g., environmental management systems, green procurement program); Federal and state regulatory requirements for various facility activities; Access to environmental assistance ; Access to free, FedCenter sponsored courses ; and Partnerships


Page 16 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office FedCenter also provides member assistance services such as collaboration tools for workgroups, environment al reporting tools, and daily newsletter and subscription services. B IOBASED P RODUCT T RAINING S ERIES (O NLINE ) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a series of on demand training modules about biobased products and the BioPreferred Program: Fundamentals: Biobased Products and the BioPreferred Program Sustainable Acquisition: Biobased Requirements in the New Executive Order 13693 Contractin g Officer Role in Contractor Reporting of Biobased Product Purchases BioPreferred Training for USDA Acquisition Community From Awareness to Action: The BioPreferred Federal Procurement Preference Program Products in Operations, Maintenance, and Clea ning G UIDING P RINCIPLES FOR S USTAINABLE F EDERAL B UILDINGS (O NLINE ) This training series from FEMP provides updated guidance for complying with the 2016 Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings. The series consists of five on demand courses: 2016 Guiding Principle I: Employ Integrated Design Principles and Introduction 2016 Guiding Principle II: Optimize Energy Performance 2016 Guiding Principle III: Protect and Conserve Water 2016 Guiding Principle IV: Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality 2016 Guiding Principle V: Reduce Environmental Impact of Materials and Guiding Principle VI Assess and Consider Climate Change Risks EPA S USTAINABLE M ATERIALS M ANAGEMENT A CADEMY (O NLINE ) Learn about key issues, successful projects, and a variety of best management practices for creating waste management programs, from the series of live and archived webinars Building on the familiar concept of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle sustainable materials management is a systemic approach that seeks to reduce materials use and their associated environmental impacts over their entire life cycle, starting with extraction of natural resources and product design and ending with decisions on recycling or final disposal. The format is a formal presentation followed by a question and answer session. S USTAINABLE A CQUISITION FOR F EDERAL A GENCIES (O NLINE ). The two hour course provides staff involved in specifying and purchasing with a thorough introduction to compliance requirements, processes, and tools for procuring sustainable products and services. Participants will receive specific guidance in how to meet ex ecutive order and Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements and understand how sustainable acquisition benefits their agency, community, and the environment. S USTAINABLE A CQUISITION T RAINING R ESOURCES (O NLINE ) The interagency federal Sustainable Acquisi tion & Materials Management Practices Workgroup compiled a spreadsheet of sustainable acquisition training resources developed or hosted by feder al agencies that are available to government employees, businesses, and non governmental organizations. FEMP E T RAINING C OURSES (O NLINE ) FEMP offers interactive, eTraining courses to help federal agencies develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency and renewable energy water management and sustainability requirements. FEMP is partnering with the National Institute of Building Sciences' Whole Building Design Guide to host these comprehensive, FEMP developed eTraining courses. Promotional materials are available to help federal agencies encourage the completion of FEMP's eTraining courses. E NERGY S TAR (O NLINE ). Energy Star program helps identify and promote energy efficiency in product s, homes, and buildings. EPA hosts a webinar series that covers a range of topics, from how to benchmark in Portfolio Manager to financing energy efficiency improvements to how to engag e building occupants.


Page 17 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office I NTERSTATE T ECHNOLOGY AND R EGULATORY C OUNCIL (ITRC) T RAINING (O NLINE ) ITRC is a state led coalition working with federal partners, industry, academia, and stakeholders to achieve regulatory acceptance of environmental technologies. training courses to reach a geographically dispersed audience of regulators, consultants, and other members of the environmental community. The training sessions last approximately two hours, cover technical and regulatory information specific to environmental technologies and innovative approaches, and are supported by consensus based ITRC guidance documents. here (dates subject to change). G ENERAL C ONFORMITY T RAINING M ODULES (O NLINE ) The General Conformity Rule ensures that the actions taken by federal agencies in nonattainment and maintenance areas do not interfere with a state's plans to meet national standards for air qu online training conformity training program covers all aspects of the rule and is divided into four modules. W ATER M ANAGEMENT B ASICS (O NLINE ) This FEMP online course provides a concise introduction to comprehensive water ma nagement, to include key topic areas of basic water management terminology, history of federal water mandates, current Executive Order 13693 provisions, best practices associated with comprehensive water management, and proven water conservation financing mechanisms and strategies. The three module course offers a thorough overview of water management in the federal context: Module One: Introduction to Federal Water Management Module Two: Introduction to Comprehensive Water Management Module Three: Financin g and Launching Water Management Projects C LIMATE C HANGE S CIENCE AND M ANAGEMENT W EBINAR S ERIES (O NLINE ) This U.S. Geological Survey webinar series was developed to inform scientists, land managers, and the public about potential and predicted climate change impacts on fish and wildlife and to help guide resource management decisions across the United States. Video recordings with closed captioning a re made available one to two weeks after each presentation. The next webinar is scheduled for 22 FEB 18. Information on upcoming webinars is available from the BioClimate newsletter ( click to sub scribe). W ATER /W ASTEWATER U TILITY A LL H AZARDS B OOTCAMP T RAINING (O NLINE ) Hosted by EPA, this training course is designed for water and wastew ater employees responsible for emergency response and recovery activities. It also explains why and how to implement an all hazards program and will cover prevention and mitigation preparedness response and recovery. O THER T RAINING R ESOURCES C OOPERATIVE F EDERALISM W EBINAR ( ONLINE ). The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) released a webinar available on demand, highlight ing paper on Cooperative Federalism 2.0 and offer ing a deeper look into the EPA s tate relationship.


Page 18 of 18 Southern Review June 201 8 Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office Director/DOD Region 4 REC (4 04 ) 562 5146 Regional Counsel (4 04 ) 562 5016 Region 4 Army REC (404) 562 5231 (4 04 ) 562 5023 How the Regional Offices Work for You the military and regional policymakers helps to resolve issues before they become laws and regulations. The REEOs monitor proposed state environmental and energy laws and regulations for impacts to installation missions. When legislation or a regulation important to the Army or DOD is being developed, REEOs work with the o ther military Services to assure that DOD To comment on items in the Southern Review please contact the Regional Environmental Coordinator listed at the top of page two. To be added to the Southern Review distri bution list, email the Regulatory Affairs Specialist