REC Update August 2012 1 GENERAL INTEREST 2 FEDERAL NEWS 11 AIR 11 WATER 12 CHESAPEAKE BAY 12 HAZARDOUS M ATERIALS 12 REGION 1 13 CONNECTICUT 13 MAINE 13 MASSACHUSETTS 15 NEW HAMPSHIRE 16 RHODE ISLAND 16 VERMONT 18 REGION 2 19 NEW JERSEY 19 NEW YORK 21 REGION 3 23 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 23 DELAWARE 24 MARYLAND 25 PENNSYLVANIA 26 VIRGINIA 30 WEST VIRGINIA 31 REGION 4 33 NORTH CAROLINA 33 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOP MENT 36 CONFERENCES 36 TRAINING 40 MEET THE REC 43 STAFF 43 LINK HELP 44 SUBSCRIBE! 44 Monthly environmental news f or DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3
REC Update August 2012 2 GENERAL INTEREST Navy s Green Strike Group is All That and Energy Efficient Too By Tina Casey Clean Technica Biofuel fans have been following the biopowered ships and aircraft of the Navys Green Strik e Group as it tools around the Pacific in this years Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise, but advanced biofuel isnt the only green innovation on display. The Navy is also using the Green Strike Group to show off its new energy efficiency technologies a t RIMPAC, which is the largest exercise of its kind in the world. Three of the ships in the Green Strike Group earned prizes for energy efficiency before they even set off for RIMPAC through a program called Incentivized Energy Conservation. i ENCON is ba sed on rewarding behavior changes that lead to energy conservation, and rewarding innovation from the bottom up. Aside from saving energy, this kind of approach can have a ripple effect that improves well being. One recent example is the replacement of th e humming, flickering old fluorescent bunk lights with highquality LED lighting. That program began when a Sailor reported that the old lights were interfering with rest T he new lights have been credited with providing a more healthful environment. The i ENCON program launched in 1993 and continued under the Bush administration. Under President Obama, it has expanded to embody the energy warrior mindset that is beginning to emerge throughout the armed services. Other key energy efficiency elements in the Navys Great Green Fleet program are a smart Energy Dashboard system that enables the crew to respond more quickly to changing energy demands and a Smart Voyage Planning Decision Aid that advises ships on routes that combine safety with energy eff iciency. A new compressor maintenance system will eliminate the need to burn fuel when engines are shut down and restarted, and ship hulls have been modified to reduce drag and turbulence. Incandescent bulbs are also on the way out (sorry, Michele!), as s hips in the Green Fleet will have lighting provided by energyefficient LEDs, with a particular focus on replacing incandescent lights as well as older, lessefficient fluorescent lights. The Navy has been field testing biofuels with great success over th e past year but RIMPAC marks the first major demonstration that military operations can be carried out using biofuel with no loss of performance. The RIMPAC tests have been conducted on a biofuels s upplied by the Solazyme company and by Dynamic Fuels (a T yson Foods venture with Syntroleum Corporation). In addition to the performance of biofuels in aircraft and ships, the RIMPAC tests have also been designed to demonstrate the integrity of the fuel infrastructure on biofuel. That includes refueling a destr oyer under way, refueling aircraft both in flight and on deck, and landing biofuel powered aircraft on a carrier in a marine environment. In a statement announcing the successful tests, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said that the ability to use fuels other tha n petroleum is critical to our energy security because it will increase our flexibility and reduce the services vulnerability to rapid and unforeseen changes in the price of oil. EPA Needs Better Information on New Source Review Permits A Government A ccounting Office (GAO) Review found the E PA does not maintain complete information on New Source Review (NSR) permits issued to fossil fuel electricity generating units. State and local permitting agencies track the NSR permits they issue but EPA does not maintain complete or centralized information on
REC Update August 2012 3 permits, despite a 2006 recommendation by the National Research Council that it do so. EPA maintains several databases that compile data on draft and issued NSR permits but these sources are incomplete and thus cannot be used to identify all of the NSR permits that have been issued nationwide. In addition, EPA has the opportunity to review and comment on every draft NSR permit issued by state and local permitting agencies but it does not compile data on whe ther the permitting agencies address EPAs comments in final permits. The absence of more complete information on NSR permitting makes it difficult to know which units have obtained NSR permits or to assess how state and local permitting agencies vary fro m EPA in their interpretations of NSR requirements. For more information, go to: http://www.gao.gov/assets/600/591820.pdf Navy Aiming for Grid Independence By T ravis Mitchell Fierce Energy Th r ough the creation of regional smart grids and the development of new demand response programs, the Navy's Smart Power Partnership Initiative is working to improve grid reliability and efficiency of Southern California's power grid The SPPI was conceived in 2011 and sparked in part by the 8 SEP 11 blackouts that swept across the San Diego area. On that day, the Navy was asked by local utility San Diego Gas & Electric to take its ships off the grid in order to provide about 60MW of power back to the communit y. More recently, the Navy's Twentynine Palms base suffered a prolonged power outage that interrupted personnel deployment training and preparation. The SPPI pilot is based in San Diego, a city home to the 51ship Pacific Fleet and a high concentration of Naval bases. The Marine Corps Installation West and San Diego Gas & Electric are also involved in developing the project. In addition to increasing energy security within the Navy, the hope is to increase energy security throughout the surrounding community. "This initiative is a regional smart grid initiative," said Tom Hicks, deputy assistant secretary for the Navy for energy, adding that it will "fundamentally change how we get and rely on power. For us, as we look at energy security, energy securit y improves as we prioritize our critical loads," he said, in an interview with FierceSmartGrid. Specifically, the SPPI will bring together Navy and Marine Corps installations with the intention of sharing power. The project is being financed from existing investments and there are plans to identify financing needs going forward. In March 2012, the Navy began real time tests on the pilot program in order to assess its benefits. "What we found in the testing that we did in March was that there was some benefit that we derived from our demand response activities," Hicks said. "It gave us a sense that things are succeeding and moving forward, and we are going to continue with the effort." In April, the Navy met with California government officials about con tinuing the project build out. Hicks said the Navy was able to implement the project within six to nine months, without needing to start from scratch. The Navy is in the process of rolling out 27,000 smart meters and already has in place its industry con trol systems and other reporting capabilities. All of this is helping quicken the project's development. With successful tests completed, the Navy is continuing towards the ultimate goal of integrating renewables into its grid and plans to involve utility representatives and surrounding community in the process. Hicks added that other areas such as Norfolk, VA could be targeted for future pilots but that there are currently no plans to expand the initiative. US, Australian Navies to Cooperate on Biofue l Research By Nigel Pittaway Defense News The Royal Australian Navy will observe biofuel development undertaken by the US Navy following the signing of an historic Statement of Co operation aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz on 19 JUL 12. Following the agreement, signed by Australian Navy Chief Vice Adm. Ray Griggs and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, an Australian Seahawk helicopter was refueled with a biofuel blend aboard Nimitz and subsequently made the first biofuel powered flight by an Australian Na vy helicopter.
REC Update August 2012 4 The US Navy has a requirement to meet half of its fuel needs from alternative sources by 2020 and is planning to sail a fleet across the Pacific to Australia sometime in 2016 as a demonstration of sustainable fuels use. The demonstration wi ll commemorate the arrival of the Great White Fleet in Sydney harbor in 1907 and will then take on biofuels made in Australia for the return journey. All of us have a responsibility to be more environmentally aware. As things stand today, biofuel remains too costly to use across our fleet; however, this project could lead to a cheaper alternative fuel, said Australian Navy Fleet Commander Rear Adm. Tim Barrett. We are making sure that we look to the future so that we can continue to operate with the U S Navy as we do in company around the world, he said. Susan Pond, adjunct professor with the U.S. Studies Centres Dow Sustainability Program at the University of Sydney, said the agreement between the two countries is welcome. The U S Navy initiatives t o find affordable and sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels should be encouraged. Alternatives include advanced biofuels. These are fuels that are produced from nonfood biomass sources, interchangeable with petroleum in existing supply lines, ships, a ircraft and all other vehicles, at price parity to petroleum, and have lower ground to tail pipe greenhouse gas emissions, she says. Demand by customers such as the U S Navy and the A ustralian Navy sends a strong signal to the emerging advanced biofue ls industry as it continues along the trajectory toward production at commercial scale. In working with the U.S. Navy, the Australian Navy will ensure its interoperability with its U S counterpart, she said. It will also foster the development of a stron g Australian advanced biofuels industry and the associated benefits of increased fuel security, regional development and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Resident Energy Conservation Program Continues to Succeed By Commander, Navy Installations Com mand Public Affairs Office Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) has found a proven way to conserve energy and save money through their Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) pilot program in Hawaii. The RECP pilot on Hawaii is a successful en ergy conservation program. Public/private venture (PPV) residents on average are reducing their utility consumption and improving the sustainability of the project by reducing operating costs. The vast majority of the savings from the RECP project returns to the project to fund housing and neighborhood requirements. "The success of RECP in Hawaii is directly related to our service members and their families becoming more aware of the amount of electricity they were consuming," said Vice Admiral William Fr ench, Commander, Navy Installations Command. "As their awareness increased, families made a conscious choice to curb their utility usage without affecting their quality of life." Hawaii residents who have already begun live billing will see their allowabl e bandwidth decrease from 20 percent to 10 percent above or below the average normal usage rate beginning on 1 OCT 12 RECP began as a pilot program for PPV housing in Navy Region Hawaii on 1 JAN 11. The program transfers the responsibility for payment of utilities from the PPV project to the residents whose homes are individually metered, which is consistent with OSD policy. Since Hawaii's launch of RECP, the Navy PPV project has saved: 7,775 Megawatt hours (MWH) of electricity approximately 10% saving s $1,537,060 (dollar value of the saved electricity) Over 5,300 tons of greenhouse gases. "The Navy could not have achieved these savings if it were not for the cooperation of our PPV residents my hats off to them," said Corky Vazquez, CNIC Housing Prog ram Manager. "Our residents got onboard with RECP and realized that their quality life did not change while reducing consumption. The money the project does not have
REC Update August 2012 5 to expend on excess utility charges will be reinvested back into our PPV housing communi ties to improve the quality of homes and neighborhoods." The schedule for the RECP Navy wide rollout will be in phases. All PPV projects will begin live billing in 2013. The tentative rollout schedule for live billing is shown by Region of the country as follows (check with the local housing office for more details): New Orleans: January 2013 Northwest, Midwest, Southeast: April 2013 Southwest: July 2013 Mid Atlantic and Northeast: October 2013 The Navy RECP program was initiated in response to an Office of the Secretary of Defense established requirement for PPV projects to transfer responsibility for payment of utilities to the residents. The program requires homes to be individually metered for utilities and initially will focus on electricity and gas usage. CNIC research indicates residents reduce utilities usage when they are responsible for the payment of utilities separate from their rent. A gencies Buying Energy Credits to Meet Mandates By Andy Medici Federal Times Cash strapped agencies are tu rning increasingly to renewable energy credits to meet energy mandates. A renewable energy credit (REC) represents the environmental benefits of one megawatt hour of clean energy. Agencies purchase RECs to lay claim to those benefits and report the energ y toward their renewable energy goals. More than 77 percent of the renewable energy that agencies claimed to use last year was in the form of RECs, according to the Energy Department. In fiscal 2011, agencies spent $2.5 million on 2.4 million megawatt hours of RECs helping most agencies reach a goal to get 5 percent of their facility energy from renewable sources. By 2013, agencies must get 7.5 percent of their facilities energy needs from renewable sources. One megawatt hour is enough to power one hom e for a month. A renewable energy credit can cost around $1 per megawatt hour. The Energy Department purchased 452,000 megawatt hours in 2011 accounting for 8 percent of its electricity consumption. Since 2009, the Energy Department has almost tripled its use of RECs, according to the agency. The Agriculture Department increased its purchase of RECs almost tenfold, from 10,700 megawatt hours in 2009 to 104,000 megawatt hours in 2011. The agency said decisions to purchase RECs are made annually and are budget based. But some agencies are trying to buck the trend and reduce their reliance on RECs. The Interior Department said it plans to build more renewable energy projects and purchase fewer RECs. For example, the National Park Service plans to instal l solar panels on top of its visitor station at Assateague Island, in Berlin, Md. We anticipate a reduced reliance on RECs to meet mandated renewable energy goals, spokesman Drew Malcomb said. The Defense Department intends to buy fewer RECs and instead invest money in onsite projects. For more information, go to: http://www.federaltime s.com/article/20120722/FACILITIES02/307220006/Agencies buyingenergycreditsmeet mandates?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE Dealing with Waste aboard an Aircraft Carrier By Sabrina Rodriguez KTXL Fox Sacramento An aircraft carrier like the U SS John C. Stennis is massive but any space on the ship is critical. Cmdr. Steven
REC Update August 2012 6 Johnson is an Auxiliary Officer aboard the Stennis and he says when there are 6,000 people on a ship thats a thousand feet long, they have to be smart about space It can get pretty crowded pretty fast with all the stuff. After being underway for only five days at sea, the Stennis had quite a collection of packed up cardboard, and thats with only having 3,000 people on board. Half the people still means plenty of waste but they have ways to deal with it and stay environmentally friendly. With plastic products, Johnson explained, its shredded up into small pieces, put into a compressor melt unit, and turned into what they call a puck. The puck is a 5 lbs. plastic dis k thats compact and stackable. The pucks stay onboard until the ship pulls into port or can give it to another ship. As for paper products those take a trip to the incinerator. The resulting ash is mixed with water form a paste and that is discharged fr om the ship. Thats not the only waste item that goes into the sea. Johnson said food items are mulched and discharged, making the carrier very popular with sea life. The work to get rid of waste is nonstop, but without it, Wed have bags and bags and bags, said Johnson, It would be unwieldy for a ship this size. EPA Identifies Substitutes for Toxic Flame Retardant Chemical In its quest to identify possible substitutes for a toxic flame retardant chemical known as decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE ), the EPA has released a draft report on alternatives. This comprehensive assessment, developed with public participation under EPAs Design for the Environment (DfE) program, profiles the environmental and human health hazards on 30 alternatives to deca BDE, which will be phased out of production by December 2013. DecaBDE is a common flame retardant used in electronics, vehicles, and building materials. It can cause adverse developmental effects, can persist in the environment and can bioaccumulate in p eople and animals. This technical assessment can help manufacturers identify alternatives to decaBDE. In addition, EPA will continue to work with manufacturers to investigate both chemical and nonchemical alternatives for flame retardants. The alternati ves to decaBDE characterized in the report are already on the market and will be used increasingly as decaBDE is phased out. The alternatives have differing hazard characteristics and are associated with tradeoffs. For example, some alternatives that ap pear to have a relatively positive human health profile may be more persistent in the environment. Some alternatives appear to be less toxic than decaBDE. Preliminary data suggests that these flame retardants may have a lower potential for bioaccumulatio n in people and the environment. It is important to understand that these health and environmental profiles are largely based on computer model generated estimates, and that the models are limited in their ability to predict concern. Laboratory testing a nd ongoing environmental monitoring is necessary to fully understand the potential for concern associated with these chemicals. Forms and procedures for Submitting Compliance Reports (Final) EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) is announ cing that compliance reports submitted or due on or after 31 A UG 12 must be submitted via EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX). This notice affects parties subject to reporting requirements under 40 CFR 80, including requirements pertaining to reformulated g asoline, anti dumping, gasoline sulfur, ultra low sulfur diesel, benzene content, and the renewable fuel standard. This notice also affects parties subject to greenhouse gas reporting requirements related to coal based liquid fuels and petroleum products under 40 CFR 98, subparts LL and MM. The reporting procedures described in this notice are effective starting with reports due or submitted to EPA on or after 31 A UG 12. For more information, go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR 2012 07 27/html/201218377.htm?CFID=1464947&CFTOKEN=17289228 Naval Energy Efficiencies Fact Sheets Supporting SECNAVs energy goals, the Department of the Navy is pur suing science and technology investments in energy distribution and control, energy storage, and power generation and loads all with an eye toward enhancing our war fighting capability. Below are just five of the new technologies the Navy is showcasing with the Great Green Fleet demonstration in 2012.
REC Update August 2012 7 Stern Flaps A Stern Flap is an extension of the hull bottom surface which extends aft of the transom. It is a relatively small steel plate appendage that is welded to the transom. Stern Flaps modify the flow field under the hull afterbody, decreasing flow velocity and increasing pressure, resulting in reduced drag, reduced turbulence, and thus, reduced hull resistance. Stern Flaps have been proven, at sea, to increase propulsion efficiency and reduce exhaust emissions to foster significant fuel cost savings while increasing both ship speed and range. Stern Flaps decrease the strain on main engines, decrease propeller loading, cavitation, vibration and noise, and thereby increase the interval between engi ne overhauls and extend the service life of the propulsion machinery. Stern Flaps are currently installed (or being installed) on Cruisers (CG 47 Class), Destroyers (DDG 51 Class), and certain amphibious ships (LPD 4/17 Classes, LHD 1 Class, and LSD 41/49 Classes). Gas Turbine Online Water Wash Currently, U S Navy surface ship gas turbine generators and main propulsion engines are periodically shutdown and washed to improve compressor performance and extend operating life. The online water wash system al lows the compressor wash to be performed while the engine is in operation. This extends the period between offline washes and improves performance in the interim. For affordability, the online waterwash system utilizes and augments the existing offline w ash equipment architecture. For each Ship Service Gas Turbine Generator (SSGTG) and Gas Turbine Main (GTM) engine, it consists of a set of nozzles, hoses and an automated 3 way diverter valve to send wash fluid to either online or offline nozzles. Online water wash will reduce maintenance, improve starter life and reduce fuel consumption by extending the time between offline washes and keeping the compressor section of the gas turbine cleaner in the interim. This system has been i nstalled on USS Prebble ( DDG 88). Smart Voyage Planning Decision Aid Smart Voyage Planning Decision Aid (SVPDA) is a computer software application that will be used by the Navys Fleet Weather Centers in Norfolk and San Diego to push optimized ship routes to all Navy ships for both maximum fuel efficiency and safety. SVPDA reduces energy consumption by exploiting real time knowledge of the physical environment including: Weather Waves, Currents and Ship specific hydrodynamic and propulsion data SVPDA capitalizes on real time data and computing power to plot routes with the potential to save 3% across the Fleet in annual fuel costs. Solid State Lighting Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are replacements for incandescent and fluorescent lighting fixtures. SSL lamps are arrays of i ndividual LEDs producing light at the same quality and brightness as legacy lamps with an increased lifespan. All SSL replacements are engineered to meet military specification for lighting (MIL DTL 16377) and are in the process of being qualified for shi pboard use. Incandescent and berth lights will be replaced with fixture form fitfunction SSL bulbs, and legacy fluorescent tubes will be replaced with SSL tubes. SSL improves energy efficiency, saves fuel at sea, and saves shore power in port. SSL also improves lamp lifespan and drives down maintenance and sparing costs. Removal of mercury containing fluorescent tubes drives down handling and storage costs. Shipboard Energy Dashboard Energy Dashboard is a shipboard tool that provides the Sailor with real time situational awareness of the energy demand associated with equipment lineups and mission. Energy Dashboard uses the Integrated Condition Assessment System (ICAS) to collect data from shipboard equipment. The Energy Dashboard includes the Fuel M anagement System (FMS), which assists preunderway planning by recommending efficient equipment lineups. Energy Dashboard calculates and instantly displays daily energy consumption rates. Energy Dashboard will raise awareness of how certain plant lineups and equipment affect fuel consumption rates. It will also build ownership in energy conservation efforts by showing how the actions of ships force can instantly and dramatically affect fuel consumption.
REC Update August 2012 8 Hydrogen Fuel Station is a Model for Others By Alan Yonan, Jr. Honolulu Star Advisor An innovative hydrogen production and vehicle fueling station jointly developed by the military and the state of Hawaii over the past six years is ready for prime time. The concept, proved successful during a demon stration project at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, will be emulated in projects planned in the coming months for Schofield Barracks and Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Hickam fueling station is powered by photovoltaic panels and produces enough hydrogen to support a fleet of 30 fuel cell vehicles, including an aircraft tug used to tow F 22 fighter jets to and from the flight line. The hydrogen is extracted from water using electrolysis and then stored in tanks. The hydrogen is pumped into the vehicles unde r pressure. The fuel cell then converts the hydrogen into electricity to power the vehicle's electric motor. The Hickam project is overseen by the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, an arm of the staterun High Technology Development Corp. It is the largest hydrogen production and vehicle fueling program in the Department of Defense, said Tom Quinn, HCATT director. The prototype facility, which can be stored in three shipping containers, is designed to be modular and deployable, Quinn said. "If you can make fuel on site and not have to deal with the logistics burden, that's a tremendous cost savings," he said. "Conceptually that's what we're demonstrating here." The original facility, built in 2006 at a cost of $1.1 million, used tw o electrolyzers capable of producing 50 kilograms of hydrogen a day. HCATT later installed a single electrolyzer with a maximum output of 65 kilograms a day. The General Motors Equinox hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being used by the military on Oahu hold 4.2 kilograms of pressurized hydrogen and can travel up to 200 miles on a single tank. The military is building a similar facility at Schofield Barracks with a 65 kilogram production capacity. The project planned for Marine Corps Base Hawaii will have a 12 kilogram capacity. Both projects are scheduled to be completed before year's end, Quinn said. "Someday they will be able to take it anywhere in the world," Quinn said. "Go to the Middle East, go to the desert. Envision dropping this equipment out, lay ing it out on the sand. You throw a hose in the Persian Gulf and you start sucking up water and making fuel. I'm really simplifying it, but conceptually that's what we're talking about," Quinn said. The major cost at this point in the development of hydr ogen fuel cell technology is the fuel cell stack that converts the hydrogen into electricity, he added. One of the hydrogen fuel cell buses that ferry airplane passengers to and from the flight line costs $1 million, almost as much as the hydrogen product ion facility itself, Quinn said. "Having said that, most of the major car manufacturers by 2015 will be producing hundreds if not thousands of vehicles for the average consumer," he said. "It's extremely encouraging to me when I know that fuel cells are s tepping out of development and are ready for production." Some private industry players in Hawaii also are preparing for the eventual arrival of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Officials at The Gas Co. say the company plans to be a major supplier of hydrogen which it generates as part of its production of synthetic natural gas. The utility could deliver hydrogen to fueling stations on Oahu via the company's network of 1,000 miles of underground pipelines. Hydrogen could be delivered to the neighbor islands in tanks. Jeff Kissel, president and chief executive officer of The Gas Co., has said the company would be able to produce enough hydrogen to power the equivalent of up to 10,000 vehicles annually. Defense Department, Department of the Interior Seek t o Speed Renewables on Military Lands By Ben German The Hill The Pentagon and Interior Department have inked an agreement aimed at developing green electricity projects to feed power thirsty military bases, a plan that officials said would help ensure ene rgy for bases if the commercial grid is disrupted.
REC Update August 2012 9 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Defense Secretary Leon Panettas plan calls for several steps to steer industry investment in wind, solar and other projects towards 16 million acres of Interior lands that have previously been withdrawn for use by military installations. Developing renewable energy is the right thing to do for national security as well as for the environment and our economy, Panetta said in a statement. Renewable energy projects bu ilt on these lands will provide reliable, local sources of power for military installations; allow for a continued energy supply if the commercial power grid gets disrupted; and will help lower utility costs. Its also aimed at helping to develop offshor e wind projects to power Defense Department sites along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the Gulf of Mexico and Hawaii. The MOU details several joint efforts, such as a pilot process to authorize solar projects at the Air Forces Barry Goldwater Range East in Arizona, the Armys Fort Irwin Front Gate in California and other sites. Administration officials say developing more green power in concert with so called micro grid technology can help reduce the militarys $4 billion annual utility bill while incr easing security. There are large amounts of untapped solar, wind, geothermal and biomass resources on and around U.S. military sites, the agencies said. Dorothy Robyn, the deputy under secretary of Defense for installations and environment, said reliance on the commercial power grid is risky. Right now, she said, the department has large numbers of backup generators. They are expensive, they are not particularly environmentally friendly. We want to be in a position where we can rely more on the combo of micro grids, which is game changing technology we are helping to pioneer, with renewable energy, she told reporters on a conference call. Robyn reiterated comments she has made about grid security in congressional testimony. DoD installations are almo st entirely dependent on a commercial power grid that is vulnerable to disruption due to aging infrastructure, weather related events and (potentially) direct attacks. According to the Defense Science Board, DoDs reliance on a fragile grid to deliver elec tricity to its bases places critical missions at risk, she said in testimony to a Senate Appropriations Committee panel in March. The memorandum adds to other green energy programs at Interior and the Pentagon. Each of the military branches is seeking deploy a total of one gigawatt of renewable energy on or near its installations by 2025. N AVFAC Hawaii Adds 36 Electric Vehicles to JBPHH Inventory By Thomas Obungen Navy News Service Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam's (JBPHH) has added 36 electric Slow Mo ving Vehicles (SMVs) to its inventory According to CAPT John Coronado, NAVFAC Hawaii commanding officer "These SMVs offer a safer and smarter alternative to the smaller, outdated neighborhood electric vehicles that have been in use for the past 10 years. A range of 40 miles and maximum speed of 25 mph make them perfect for commuting in and around JBPHH, transporting people, tools, and supplies to keep our fleet ready." The models, manufactured by Vantage Vehicle International, Inc., include twoand fou r passenger trucks and cargo vans and have virtually the same capability as full size automobiles. They also have hard doors, windshield wipers, air conditioning/heat, radio, and instrument gauges, which other SMVs do not. Vantage SMVs use conventional 110volt charging cables; however, each one is also equipped with a roof mounted solar panel to reduce charging time and resources at the charging station, while extending battery life and usage. Distribution of the new vehicles will first be to commands th at already have SMVs and power stations in place. NAVFAC Hawaii plans to purchase more vehicles in the future to keep up with the president's fossil fuel reduction mandate. In addition, new charging stations supplemented by photovoltaic systems on their roofs are on track for installation at NAVFAC Hawaii's main transportation compound off USS Russell Avenue within the next year. The SAVE Award On 10 JUL 12, the President launched t he Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award. This program began in 2009 and it encourages federal employees to submit ideas for innovative ways to reduce spending within their respective agencies and departments. Since 2009, federal employees have submitted more
REC Update August 2012 10 than 75,000 ideas. These ideas h elp sav e millions of dollars, root out redundancy and waste, and promote a more efficient, effective, and accountable way of doing business. The period for submitting ideas for the 2012 SAVE Award is now closed. If you have an idea to submit please keep it in mind for next year. Any questions about the SAVE Award should be directed to DoDSAVEAwward@osd.mil US Navy Veterans Urge Congress to Fund Critical Green Fleet Program By Suzanne Goldenberg The Guardian Hundreds of military veterans joined the fight to keep the US N avy's "green fleet afloat, calling on the White House and Congress to f und military research on alternative fuels. A letter, signed by about 380 retired generals, admirals and other military officials, urges Congress to drop plans to bar the navy from research on biofuels or from buying fuels which cost more than traditional diesel or jet fuel. Republicans in Congress are demanding the N avy scrap its research on biofuels, arguing the fuels are pr ohibitively expensive and a diversion from more urgent security needs. The veterans, pushing back, said such research was critical to national security. "As a country, we must support efforts inside and outside the department of defense to reduce dependen ce on fossil fuels, deploy clean energy technology and move our nation toward energy independence," the letter said. "It is vital to our national security, our economic security, and our obligation to the brave men and women in uniform who serve in missi ons around the world." Two former marine generals, meeting a small group of reporters at the Pew P roject on N ational S ecurity, E nergy and C limate, argued the research was in line with a core Pentagon priority of reducing the military's use of fossil fuel. Military strategists have argued for a decade that fuel convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan exposed US forces to great risk from IEDs and ambushes. John Warner, a former navy secretary and the Republican chair of the Senate armed services committee, said the biofuels project should be viewed as a top security priority. He also said the N avy needed just $11 m illion over the next year to see how military equipment runs on the fuel. "The department of defense should be looking at the widest possible diversity o f fuel sources," he said. "W should continue to allow the department to move ahead with its innovation." The Pentagon has been working to green its bases and operations for a number of years by installing solar panels on wind turbines on bases and testin g energy saving measures on the battlefields of Afghanistan. But the Navy's testing of biofuels in its jet fighters and ships became politically toxic late last year when it emerged that it was paying $15 per gallon to blend used chicken fat and algae wit h conventional fuels. The N avy successfully deployed a strike force powered on a 5050 mix of conventional fuels, used cooking oil and algae. Republicans said such projects are wasteful. But General John Castellaw, C hief of S taff at Central Command duri ng the Iraq W ar, argued the demonstration voyage proved the new fuels were a viable alternative to diesel and jet fuel. The N avy's demand for such fuels would eventually create economies of scale, bringing down prices. "Many have criticized the military for moving out to alternative fuel ," he said. "This is something that is going to get traction as long as we stay on the gli de path that gets us to the end of the decade where we should be on a commercial scale when it comes to biofuels production." GS A Announces New Discount Airfares for Feds Beginning 1 OCT 12 The General Services Administration announced airfares beginni ng 1 OCT 12 under its City Pairs program. Federal travelers can save up to 73 percent off commercial airfare under the program, GSA said. For more information, go to: http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20120809/TRAVEL02/308090003/GSA announces new discount airfaresfeds beginning Oct 1?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE
REC Update August 2012 11 FEDERAL NEWS Notice: With regard to any regulation or legislation, installation staff is requested to contact their respective component REC with information on mission or installation impacts, questions, or comments. AIR Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Greenhouse gasses Tailoring Rule Step 3 and GHG Plantwide Applicability Limits (Final) This regulation promulgates the third step (Step 3) of EPA's phase in approach to permitting sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that E PA committed to do in the GHG Tailoring Rule. This rule completes Step 3 by determining not to lower the current PSD and title V applicability thresholds for GHG emitting sources established in the Tailoring Rule for Steps 1 and 2. EPA is also promulgating regulatory revisions for better implementation of the federal program for establishing plantwide applicability limitations (PALs) for GHG emissions, which will improve the administration of the GHG PSD permitting programs. This action is effective on 13 A UG 12. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/_plugins/programs/remotelink/rlink.cfm?dest= http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR 20120712/html/201216704.htm Method 16C for the Determination of Total Reduced Sulfur from Emissions Sources (Final) This action promulgates Method 16C for measuring total reduced sulfur (TRS) emissions from stationar y sources. Method 16C offers the advantages of real time data collection and uses procedures that are already in use for measuring other pollutants. Method 16C will be a testing option that is used at the discretion of the tester. This final rule is effe ctive on 30 J UL 12. For more information, go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR 2012 0730/html/201218513.htm?CFID=1464983&CFTOKEN=53807900 Northeast Regulators Sound Warning on Diesel Generators By Gabriel Nelson Greenwire There may be as many as 30,000 backup generators in the Northeast. All together, they could produce 10 gigawatts of electricity, says the Northeast States for Coordinat ed Air Use Management, or NESCAUM, which represents the six New England states, New York and New Jersey. Generator owners typically only run them for testing and emergencies but they are increasingly signing contracts with demand response companies that g et paid to reduce the number of megawatts that power companies must send onto the grid. NESCAUM says that is a problem. These engines tend to produce far more air pollution than conventional power plants and, even if they only run for a few dozen hours pe r year in the summertime, the spikes in diesel emissions would "occur at the worst possible times for air pollution," the report says. Older generators produce a disproportionate amount of the chemicals that form smog and soot, as well as toxic chemicals l ike benzene, said Paul Miller, the group's deputy director. Most worrying, he said, is that they tend to be located where people live and work. For more information, go to: http://www.eene ws.net/public/Greenwire/2012/08/02/2
REC Update August 2012 12 WATER E xpedited Approval of Alternative Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants under the Safe Drinking Water Act; Analysis and Sampling Procedures Th e EPA announces the approval of alternative testing m ethods for use in measuring the levels of contaminants in drinking water and determining compliance with national primary drinking water regulations. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) authorizes EPA to approve the use of alternative testing methods throug h publication in the Federal Register. EPA is using this streamlined authority to make 10 additional methods available for analyzing drinking water samples required by regulation. This expedited approach provides public water systems, laboratories, and pr imacy agencies with more timely access to new measurement techniques and greater flexibility in the selection of analytical methods, thereby reducing monitoring costs while maintaining public health protection. For more information, go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR 2012 06 28/html/201215727.htm CHESAPEAKE BAY What You Can Do to Help the Chesapeake Bay We can all do something to help restore and maintain the Chesapeake Bay E veryday actions from fertilizing our lawns and using water to driving our cars to work and school can have a major impact on the Bay By making simple changes in our lives, everyone can take part in restoring the Bay Simple things like fixin g leaky toilets and faucets to prevent wasting water to washing your car on a grassy area so that the detergents and grime do not run directly into a storm sewer are easy ways to help the Bay. For many more tips, go to: http://www.chesapeakebay.net/takeaction/howtotips HAZARDOUS MATERIALS 2011 Toxics Release Inventory Preliminary Data The EPA released the 2011 TRI preliminary dataset used to allow the public to review what toxic chemica ls are being produced and used at industrial facilities, including federal facilities, in their local area and how they are being managed. The 2011 TRI preliminary dataset contains the most current TRI data available and reflects toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities that occurred at TRI facilities during the 2011 calendar year. The data are available in Envirofacts, EPA's environmental information center, and in downloadable files on the TRI website. Individual TRI reports, by fac ility, by year and by chemical are available for review. The dataset is not complete but will change as the TRI Program continues to process TRI submissions. The TRI Program provides this dataset annually in late July to give the public an opportunity to see the most recent TRI information prior to the publication of the TRI National Analysis report in December. Additional TRI Program information and National Analysis reports from previous years, are available at http://www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/tri10/nationalanalysis/index.htm The dataset is available at http://www.epa.gov/enviro/facts/tri/search.html Further Informat ion: TRI Information Center, (800) 5537672 Full Text Document Location: http://www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/preliminarydataset/?CFID=1372581&CFTOKEN=55127369
REC Update August 2012 13 REGION 1 CONNECTICUT Note: The Connecticut General Assembly convened on 8 FEB 12 and adjourned on 9 MAY 12. Proposed L egislation No new environmental legislation of signifi cant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules Notice Of Tentative Determination To Renew A National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit For T he Following Discharges Into The Waters Of The State Of Connecticut The Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection hereby gives notice of a tentative determination to renew for two years without modification the General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems under section 22a430b of the Connecticut General Statutes for discharges of stormwater from municipal separate storm sewer systems into the waters of the state. MAINE Note: The Maine General Assembly convened on 4 JAN 12 and adjourned on 18 APR 12. Proposed Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified dur ing this reporting period. Proposed Rules Surface Coating Facilities The Department of Environmental Protection has proposed amendments to Ch. 129, Surface Coating Facilities. The C lean Air Act (CAA) requires states to implement or update their regulations to require control technology on certain sources of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions which contribute to the formation of groundlevel ozone. This proposal amends the VOC limits for miscellaneous metal parts and products coating operations and expands the categories covered by the rule. In addition, miscellaneous plastic parts and products are covered by the proposed amendments. The compliance date for the rule is Januar y 1, 2014. This rule will be submitted to EPA as a revision to Maines State Implementation Plan.
REC Update August 2012 14 Regulations Auxiliary Power Units The Department of Environmental Protection has adopted rule making concerning auxiliary power units (APU). Currently Ch. 127 requires APUs installed on heavyduty diesel trucks to meet California standards. Diesel truck owners who need to have continuous power to their vehicle even when resting, use APUs rather than idle the main truck engine. The amendment allows for the installation of a Federal Tier IV certified APU, a lower cost alternative to the California certified APU. This regulation passed and became effective on 29 JUL 12. Incorporation of National Ambient Air Quality Standards The Department of Environmental Protection has adopted amendments to its Ch. 110 Ambient Air Quality Standards to explicitly incorporate the national ambient air quali ty standards (NAAQS) and ambient increments for prevention of significant deterioration (PSD). In addition to the explicit establishment of the NAAQS, the adopted amendments also update the ambient increments to establish an increment for PM2.5, and repea l the state standard for chromium (there is no NAAQS for chromium or chromium compounds). These amendments will be submitted to EPA for incorporation in the Maine State Implementation Plan. This regulation passed and became effective on 6 AUG 12. Priority Toxic Chemical Reporting and Pollution Prevention Planning The Department of Environmental Protection has adopted the Priority Toxic Chemical rules CMR 81 and 82 as promulgated by Maines Pr iority Toxic Chemical Use Reduction laws, 38 MRSA 2321 to 2330. These rules encourage the reduction of the use of priority toxic chemicals in the commercial and industrial sectors. Ch. 81 designates substances as priority toxic chemicals pursuant to Mai nes Priority Toxic Chemical Use Reduction laws that, as a result of use, subject certain facilities to reporting and pollution prevention planning requirements. Ch. 82 details the reporting requirements for commercial and industrial facilities that use chemicals designated in state law as priority toxic chemicals under Maines Priority Toxic Chemical Use Reduction laws, and sets forth the pollution prevention planning requirements and reduction goals for commercial and industrial facilities using those chemicals in excess of quantities established in this rule. This regulation passed and became effective on 6 AUG 12. Reduction of Regulatory B urdens The Department Of Conservation has adopted rule making concerning Ch. 10 rules which establish land use standards for lands under the jurisdiction of the Land Use Regulation Commission. The goal of this rule making is to reduce the regulatory burden on applicants and reduce staff time and paperwork for small projects with little or no impact. These rule changes will allow the construction of accessory structures less than 750 square feet in size in certain subdistricts without a permit subject t o certain standards and conditions. Th is regulation passed and becam e effective on 28 JUL 12. Siting of Oil Storage Facilities The Department of Environmental Protection has adopted amendments to Ch. 692. This regulation protects against contamination of drinking water supplies through restrictions on the siting of oil storage facilities. The department has amended the chapter to specify the conditions under which a diesel fuel supply tank for refueling heavy equipment in a borrow pit may be installed in an area that is mapped as a significant sand and gravel aquifer by the Maine Geological Survey. This practice is prohibited under current rules. The chapter was also amended to streamlin e the process for demonstrating that the proposed site of an oil storage facility was erroneously mapped as a significant aquifer and therefore is not subject to the siting restrictions of the rule. Th is regulation passed and became effective on 23 JUL 12 Snow Dumps: Best Management Practices for Pollution Prevention The Department of Environmental Protection has adopted a rule amendment (repeal and replace) to define siting criteria and best management practices for pollution prevention associated with snow dumps that, when followed, will not result in a discharge of pollutants and will not require a waste discharge permit. Further, the rule will specify that the owner or operator of a snow dump facility that cannot meet the siting criteria and best management practices may apply for a general permit, when available. A general permit scheme of permitting snow dumps will expedite the
REC Update August 2012 15 permitting process and have lower annual permit fees. This r egulation passed and became effective on 29 JUL 12. Surface Water Quality Criteria for Toxic Pollutants The Department of Environmental Protection has adopted rulemaking relating to surface water quality criteria for toxic pollutants. The surface waters of the State are managed to prevent contamination from toxic pollutants in toxic amounts in order to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act and Maines water quality standards. Toxic compounds may not be discharged in amounts that may cause toxic impacts on aquatic organisms or affect human health. This rule revision changes the cancer risk level, statewide fish consumption rate, bioconcentration factor, and establishes a percent inorganic factor for inorganic arsenic for use in calculating ambient water quality (human health) criteria. It also establishes revised inorganic arsenic criteria accordingly. Further, this revision updates Maines ambient water quality and human health criteria fo r pollutants for which USEPA has updated criteria since Maines last revision in 2005, using Mainespecific parameters where applicable. This regulation passed and became effective on 29 JUL 12. MASSACHUSETTS Note: The Massachusetts General Court meets throughout the year. Proposed Legislation On 30 JUL 12, an unsponsored bill was introduced. MA HB 4347 would au t horize governmental bodies to enter into c ontracts for the inspection, maintenance, repair or modification of water storage facilities. On 30 JUL 12 the Senate Committee on Ways and Means introduced MA SB 2403 which is one of several bills that seeks to reduce phosphorus runoff. Proposed Rules No new environmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identified during this reporting period. Allowable Sulfur Content of Fuels is Lowered Amendment s 310 CMR 7.00 and 7.05: Fuels All Districts lowers the allowable sulfur content of distillate oil and residual oil combusted at stationary sources to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions and the formation of fine particle pollution. These amendments will reduce regional haze a nd protect public health, and increase existing heating equipment efficiency, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions. This regulation became effective on 3 AUG 12. For more information, go to: http://www.mass.gov/dep/air/laws/regulati.htm#705 Proposed Amendments to the Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program The proposed amendments to 310 CMR 7.40, the LEV program regulations, would adopt the latest revisions to the California Air R esources Board (ARB) regulations known as the "Advanced Clean Cars Program," also known as the "CA LEV" These proposed amendments include three parts: 1) more stringent tailpipe and evaporative motor vehicle standards for model year (MY) 20152020 vehicl es at 310 CMR 7.40(2)(a)5; 2) more stringent GHG emission standards for MY 20172025 vehicles at 310 CMR 7.40(2)(a)10; and 3) requirements for
REC Update August 2012 16 the placement of increasing numbers of advanced technology vehicles (e.g., electric vehicles) in Massachusetts st arting in MY 2016 at 310 CMR 7.40(13)(b) and (c). For more information, go to: http://mass.gov/dep/service/regulations/newregs.htm#740 NEW HAMPSHIRE Note: The NH Gener al Court convened on 4 JAN 12 and adjourned on 27 JUN 12. Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules Hazardous Waste Amendments re: Permits, Generators, Transporters, Facility Owners/Operators, Recycling, HW Cleanup Fund, Universal Waste The Department of Environmental Services has proposed rule changes to (1) correct out dated citations, (2) clarify certain provisions, (3) exclude additional materials from regulation as hazardous wastes, (4) align the rules with federal requirements that have changed since the rules were last adopted, and (5) move telephone numbers to an Appendix so they can be quickly updated as needed. Hazardous Waste Definitions The Department of Environmental Services has proposed amendments to EnvHw 1 00 to (1) clarify the definitions of full quantity generator and small quantity generator; (2) adopt definitions for household waste and pharmaceutical; (3) update the definition of spent material to reflect a statutory change; and (4) add synthetic oil to the definition of used oil to mirror the federal definition. RHODE ISLAND Note: The RI General Assembly convened on 3 JAN 12 and adjourned on 13 JUN 12. Legislation On 8 FEB 12, Representative Slater introduced RI HB 7412 which would provide further regulation of the use of former hazardous waste sites for new construction This bill was signed by the Governor on 8 JUN 12.
REC Update August 2012 17 On 28 FEB 12, Representative Handy introduced RI HB 7803 pertaining to soil erosion and sediment control. It would establish guidelines for the use of alternative paving materials for nonresidential driveways and parkin g lots under the soil erosion and sediment control model ordinance. This act would provide that city and town ordinances and regulations may require compliance with the Rhode Island stormwater design and installation standards manual for any development, redevelopment, or land disturbance. This act would take effect upon passage. This bill was signed by the Governor on 13 JUN 12. On 18 JAN 12, Senator Ruggerio introduced RI S B 2083 relating to the proper management of unused paint. It would create a program by which the disposal of unused paint products would be managed by a paint trade organization created for that purpose and funded by a tax on retail paint products. This bill was signed by the Governor on 25 JUN 12. Proposed Rules Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Program (Red Book) S ection 210.2 The Coastal Resources Management Council has proposed changes to the management plans, policies, procedures and regulations of the agency regarding planning and management of the coastal resources of the State relative to Chapter 46 23 of t he State of Rhode Island. Revisions to Section 210.2 modify prohibitions regarding vehicles and walkover structures on barriers, add standards for limited parking areas, and reformat Table 4 list of CRMC designated barriers. Rules and Regulations for Asbestos Control The Department of Health has proposed amendments to the Rules and Regulations for Asbestos Control to remove the specific dollar value of all fees for licensing, laboratory and administrative services provided by the Department of Health and reference all such fees to a new consolidated fee regulation (to be promulgated separately). Rules and Regulations for Lead Poisoning Prevention The Department of Health has proposed amendments to the Rules and Regulations for Lead Poisoning Prevention to remove the specific dollar value of all fees for licensing, laboratory and administrative services provided by the Department of Health and reference all such fees to a new consolidated fee regulation (to be promulgated separately). Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Fee Structure for Laboratory Services Provided by the Department of Health Laboratory The Department of Health has proposed Rules and Regulati ons Pertaining to the Fee Structure for Licensing, Laboratory and Administrative Services Provided by the Department of Health [R23 1 17 Fee]. These Regulations are proposed pursuant to general authority set forth in 1 3(b), 1 17 and 1 54 of the Rhode Island General Laws, as amended, and the authority to establish the specific licensing, laboratory or administrative fee contained in the individual statute(s) cited in these Regulations. The purpose of the proposed regulations is to adopt a consol idated fee schedule for licensing, laboratory and administrative services provided by the Department. Regulation s Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Program (Red Book) Section 210.1 The Coastal Resources Management Council has adopted changes to the management plans, policies, procedures and regulations of the agency regarding planning and management of the coastal resources of the State relative to Chapter 4623 of the State of Rhode Island. The following changes are adopted: Revise Section 210.1.C Coastal Beaches/Policies; add new Section 210.1.C.4(b)(10) to add vehicular management requirements on coastal beaches in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wild life Service management and protection efforts for federally protected beach nesting bird species, specifically Piping Plovers and Least Terns. This regulation passed and became effective on 16 AUG 12.
REC Update August 2012 18 Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Program Management Procedures The Coastal Resources Management Council has adopted changes to the management plans, policies, procedures and regulations of the agency regardi ng planning and management of the coastal resources of the State relative to Chapter 46 23 of the State of Rhode Island. The following changes are adopted: Revise Section 4.3 Schedule of Fees; add new Section 4.3.10 to require an annual fee for active tr ansatlantic cables making landfall in Rhode Island in accordance with R.I.G.L. 4623 1(f)(2). This regulation passed and became effective on 16 AUG 12. Rules for the Discharge of Non S anitary Wastewater and Other Fluids To or Below the Ground Surface The Department of Environmental Management has adopted amendments to the Underground Injection Control Program Rules and Regulations. The primary purpose of the amendments is to incorpor ate required federal language associated with the Underground Injection Control Program in order to retain State primacy of the program. The language does not change the existing requirements of the UIC Program, but sets them more clearly in writing. Addit ionally, the requirements for Groundwater Quality Certification, under Section 17 of the Groundwater Quality Rules, have been incorporated with the UIC Rules in order to establish a single comprehensive set of rules for nonsanitary discharges to groundwat er. The rules also clarify requirements for stormwater infiltration practices. The new title of the amended rules is Rules for the Discharge of Non Sanitary Wastewater and Other Fluids To or Below the Ground Surface. The amendments are intended to make the State requirements for nonsanitary discharges to groundwater easier to understand and follow for rule compliance purposes. This regulation passed and became effective on 12 JUL 12. VERMONT Note: The Vermont General Assembly convened on 3 JAN 12 and adjourned on 5 MAY 12. Proposed Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules No new environmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identifie d during this reporting period.
REC Update August 2012 19 REGION 2 NEW JERSEY The New Jersey Legislature meets throughout the year. Proposed Legislation On 3 0 J UL 12, Assembly woman McHose intr oduced NJ AB 3218 which seeks to modify the "inherently beneficial use" definition for purposes of zoning variance to discourage siting of wind and solar energy facilities on agricu ltural land and open space. On 30 JUL 12, Assemblyman Burzichelli introduced NJ ACR 157 which states that DEP rules and regulations concerning requirement of domes on certain storage tanks are inconsistent with legislative intent. Proposed Rules Draft General Permit (GP 009A) for Boilers and Indirect Fired Process Heaters, Each Greater Than or Equal to 10 MMBTU/h r and Less Than 50 MMBTU/hr The Department of Environmental Protection, Air Quality Program has given notice that it is seeking public comment on a draft new general permit for certain boilers and heaters. The general permit will replace GP 009, Boiler (s) & Other Indirect Fired External Combustion Equipment [>= 10 MMBTU per hour & < 50 MMBTU per hour]. GP 009A allows for the construction, installation, reconstruction, modification and operation of: a single boiler and/or indirect fired process heater wi th a maximum gross rated heat input to the burning chamber of greater than or equal to 10 million BTU/hr (MMBTU/hr) and less than 50 MMBTU/hr; or multiple boilers and/or indirect fired process heaters, each with a maximum rated gross heat input to the burn ing chamber of greater than or equal to 10 MMBTU/hr and less than 50 MMBTU/hr. Boilers and heaters with a maximum gross heat input of less than 10 MMBTU/hr do not qualify for GP 009A, but may qualify under existing GP 017 or GP 018, which apply to boilers and heaters with a maximum gross heat input less than 10 MMBTU/hr. GP 009A is applicable to boilers and/or indirect fired process heaters burning only natural gas or propane as the regular fuel. No. 2 fuel oil may be used during periods of gas curtailment Soil Erosion and Sediment Control on Land Disturbance Activities The Department of Agriculture has proposed rule amendments relating to soil erosion and sediment control on land disturbance activities. The Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act of 1975, N.J.S.A. 4:2439 et seq., as amended, requires the approval of applications for development where more than 5,000 square feet of land surface area is disturbed. The approval is c onditioned upon certification of a plan for soil erosion and sediment control by the local soil conservation district where the soil disturbance occurs. In addition, the Soil Restoration Act (P.L. 2010, c. 113) requires the development of standards to provide for cost effective restoration of the optimal physical, chemical, and biological functions for specific soil types and intended land use. The State Soil Conservation Committee (SSCC) is empowered and required to promulgate technical and administrativ e standards for such controls for Statewide implementation. The proposed amendments establish revised and new Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (Standards) as the basis for design and installation of vegetative and engineering practices appl icable to construction, mining, and other related land disturbance activities.
REC Update August 2012 20 Regulations Schedule of Rates, Charges and Debt Service Assessments for the Sale of Water from the Raritan B asin System The New Jersey Water Supply Authority has adopted amendments to its Schedule of Rates, Charges and Debt Service Assessments for the Sale of Water from the Raritan Basin System (System), to cover expenses for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, commencing 1 JUL 12. The amendments to specific aspects of the rate structure proposed in this rulemaking will result in no change to the overall rate of $ 231.00 per million gallons (MG). This regulation passed and became effective on 2 JUL 12. Uniform Construction Code Rules International Energy Conservation Code The Department of Community Affairs has adopted amendments to Subchapters 2, 4, and 9 of the Uniform Construction Code rules, N.J.A.C. 5:23. Amendments pertain to updating the reference to the Int ernational Energy Conservation Code, requirements for the installation of a photovoltaic system and forms. This regulation passed and became effective on 16 JUL 12. EPA Region 2 Removes Fort Dix Landfill Superfund Site from the National Priorities List E PA Region 2 is publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Fort Dix Landfill Superfund Site (Site), located in Pemberton Township, New Jersey, from the NPL. This direct final deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of New Jersey, through the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, and five year reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does no t preclude future actions under Superfund. This direct final deletion is effective 24 S EP 12 unless EPA receives adverse comments by 24 A UG 12. DoD personnel are reminded that official comments should be submitted through their REC representative. For m ore information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/_plugins/programs/remotelink/rlink.cfm?dest=http://www.gpo. gov/fdsys/pkg/FR 20120725/html/201218136.htm NJ DEP Reached Milestone with Statewide Sewer Mapping Complaince For the first time, updated sewer maps have been proposed for all 21 counties statewide to provide clear direction on where sewer service and potential development is appropriate, while protecting nearly 210,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands and better safeguarding the state's water quality, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced. Counties and munic ipalities across the state worked with the DEP since January to meet a 15 JUL 12 deadline set by the Legislature to submit to the DEP either a sewer service area map or full wastewater management plans. Sewer service area maps steer development to areas su ch as those identified by the State Planning Commission as suitable for growth and away from environmentally sensitive areas. They are part of overall Water Quality Management Plans that counties are required to update under state law. The maps, which the DEP is currently reviewing, will protect large, contiguous areas of ecologically sensitive lands such as wetlands, stream corridors, endangered species habitats and natural heritage priority sites. Sixteen counties met the July 15 legislated deadline to submit sewer service area maps or full wastewater management plans. In Warren County, municipalities have complied by submitting individual maps by the deadline. Substantial portions of four other counties Union, Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic already were in compliance prior to the Legislature's establishment of the deadline. The DEP has determined that all submitted maps and plans are in compliance with regulatory requirements. The next phase will be a public comment period, with hearings to be schedul ed for each county's plan. The DEP expects the maps to be formally approved this year. For more information, please visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/wqmp/wmpnotices.html
REC Update August 2012 21 NEW YORK The New York State Legislature meets throughout the year. Proposed Legislation On 13 JUN 12, Senator LaValle introduced NY SB 7670 which is an act to amend the environmental conservation law in relation to special groundwater and surface water protection areas. On 15 JUN 12, Senator Fuschillo introduced NY SB 7724 which would require the NY Department of Environmental Conservation to establish groundwater standards, for Nassau and Suffolk counties, limiting nitrogen to no more than 2 mg per liter. Legislation On 25 MAY 11, Assemblyman Sweeney NY AB 7988 which would establish the seagrass protection act, define terms, and outline the Department of Environmental Conservation's responsibilities in developing seagrass management areas. The bill was signed by the Governor on 31 JUL 12. On 7 JUN 12, the Rules Committee introduced NY AB 10585 the "sewage pollution right to know act" that would require publicly owned treatment works to report discharges of untreated or partially treated sewage. The bill was signed by the Governor on 9 AUG 12. On 8 APR 11, Senator Marc Grisanti introduce d NY SB 4522 which would exempt minimal risk pesticides from pesticide applicator certification requirements. The bill was signed by the Governor on 1 AUG 12. Proposed Rules Permitting and Registration Requirements for Stationary Emission Sources The Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed rule making concerning permitting and registration requirements for stationary emission sources. The purpose of this rule making is to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments by establishing a comprehensive statewide air permit program. Regulations Open Fires The Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted emergency rule making relating to open fires to expand the high fire risk burn ban period until 10 OCT 12. This regulation pas sed and became effective on 13 JUL 12. Analysis of Environmental Justice Issues Associated with the Siting of Major Electric Generating Facilities The Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted rule making to promulgate regulations for the analysis of environmental justice issues associated with the siting of a major electric generating facility. This regulation passed and became effective on 12 JUL 12.
REC Update August 2012 22 Pollution Prevention Progra m Expanded throughout the State After a successful pilot program that saw dramatic increases in compliance with environmental laws in small regulated facilities, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has expanded Operation ECO Q uality to include the South Bronx in New York City, Wyandanch on Long Island, and specific neighborhoods in the cities of Buffalo and Albany. This program combines enhanced outreach, consultation, and community environmental policing activities to help pr event pollution in some of the state's most environmentally burdened communities. Operation ECO Quality was successfully piloted in three Westchester County communities in 2010 and the compliance rate more than doubled in two of the locations. View DEC's report on the pilot program Environmental conservation officers (ECOs) will conduct enforcement activities such as addressing excessive emissions from idling trucks. Informed by relevant public health data, including asthma hospitalization rates and input about local environmental problems and priorities, officers will also patrol communities to determine whether any enforcement action is needed in low income and minority areas.
REC Update August 2012 23 REGION 3 DIS TRICT OF COLUMBIA Note: The Council of the District of Columbia meets twice per month throughout the year. Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules Limited Modification to NPDES Permit DC0000221 The Director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) hereby gives notice that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a limited modification to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit DC0000221 issued to the Government of the District of Columbia for discharges from its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), issued o n 30 SEP 11. EPA has submitted the proposed draft MS4 Permit to DDOE for certification that the draft permit modifications will not violate the Districts water quality standards. The proposed modifications are intended to provide: additional public noti ce and input on the Districts development of its Consolidated TMDL Implementation Plan; additional clarity and accountability for specific water quality related outcomes; and clarity that the Government of the District of Columbia is the sole permittee. Stormwater Management, and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control The Department of the Environment has proposed rulemaking to amend chapter 5 (Water Quality and Pollution) of title 21 (Water and Sanitation) of the Distri ct of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), comprehensively amending the stormwater regulations and the soil erosion and sediment control regulations. The Department also gives notice of its intent to adopt a revised Stormwater Management Guidebook (SWMG ). DDOE has updated and expanded the SWMG to be consistent with and provide guidance on compliance with the proposed regulatory amendments. This includes design specifications for stormwater management practices that can be used to achieve compliance. Up dated Version of Federal Regulations Governing Generation, Transportation, and Disposal of Hazardous Waste The Department of the Environment has announced its notice of intent to adopt the most updated version of federal regulations governing generation, transportation and disposal of Hazardous Waste. The proposed adoption would repeal and replace the existing incorporations by reference in the Hazardous Waste Management Regulations found in Title 20 DCMR Chapter 42 and incorporate, by reference, the mos t current corresponding federal Resource Recovery and Conservation Act (RCRA) regulations, published at 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 124, 260 through 266, 268, 270, 273 and 279. The existing District rules are patterned after the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations in 40 CFR Parts 260 through 266, 268, 270, 273, 279, and the procedural regulations in 40 CFR Part 124.
REC Update August 2012 24 Regulation s Amend District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Pretreatment Fees The Water and Sewer Authority has adopted rulemaking to amend pretreatment fees. The rulemaking involves the following fees: Waste Hauling Annual Fee per Vehicle; Industrial User Permitting Fee; and Industrial User Annual Compliance Fees. This regulation passed and becomes effective on 1 OCT 12. Amend Water and Sanitary Sewer Service Rates, Impervious Surf ace Area Charge, Right of Way Occupancy Fee, and Payment in Lieu of Taxes Fee The Water and Sewer Authority has adopted rulemaking to amend sections 4100, "Rates for Water Service," and 4101, "Rates for Sewer Service," of chapter 41, "Retail Water and S ewer Rates," and section 112, "Fees," of chapter 1, "Water Supply," of title 21, "Water and Sanitation," of the DCMR. This regulation passed and becomes effective on 1 OCT 12. Impervious Surface Area Charge Billing Frequency for Impervious Only Properties The Water and Sewer Authority has adopted rulemaking to amend the impervious surface area charge billing frequency for impervious only properties. This regulation passe d and becomes effective on 1 OCT 12. DELAWARE Note: The Delaware General Assembly convened on 10 JAN 12 and adjourned on 30 JUN 12. Legislation On 28 JUN 12, Representative Wilson introduced DE HB 402 which authorizes the department of natural resources and environmental control to designate and manage non native wildlife species such as coyotes through regulation and order. The b ill was signed by the Governor on 20 JUL 12. Proposed Rules State Implementation Plan (SIP) Revision to address the Clean Air Act Section 110 Infr astructure Elements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is proposing to revise the SIP to address the implementation, maint enance, and enforcement of the 2008 8hour Ozone NAAQS. On 27 MAR 08, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a new NAAQS for the pollutant ozone. The level of the NAAQS was lowered from 0.08 parts per million (ppm) to 0.075 ppm, based on 8hour average concentrations. Pursuant to sections 110(a)(1) and 110(a)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), each State is required to submit to EPA a SIP to provide for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of a newly promulgated or revised NAAQS. This SIP fulfills this requirement relative to the 2008 ozone NAAQS. The SIP document consists of a determination and certification that Delaware has reviewed its SIP and determined that all elements required in CAA 110(a)(2) for the 0.075 ppm ozone NAA QS have been met through earlier SIP submissions in connection with previous ozone standards, dated 13 DEC 07, and 16 SEP 09 In addition, a more detailed
REC Update August 2012 25 demonstration detailing how Delaware complies with the requirements of 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) of the CAA is included. Regulations Clarification of the Definition of "Subject to Regulation" The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Cont rol has adopted a revision of Section 1.9 Definitions of 7 DE Admin. Code 1125 to clarify the definition of Subject to Regulation. This language was added to 1125 as part of the December 2010 revisions made to implement the EPAs greenhouse gas tailor ing rule. This new language can be read to provide that Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) review is required only for pollutants that are emitted in major amounts. This change will clarify that a major source for any pollutant subject to regu lation under the CAA is subject to PSD review for all pollutants emitted at greater than the significance level. The December 2010 revisions were submitted to the EPA as a revision to Delawares State Implementation Plan (SIP). This clarification is nece ssary to enable the EPA to approve this SIP revision. This regulation was passed and became effective on 11 AUG 12. Regulations Governing Hazardous Substance Cleanup The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has adopted changes to the Regulations Governing Hazardous Substance Cleanup. The Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act was enacted in 1990, and the Regulations implementing t he Act were completed in 1996. There was a revision in 2002 that established criteria for designating a Brownfield property. Since 1996, new protocols, investigatory techniques, legal requirements and the enactment of the Brownfields Development Program have occurred. These changes in the last sixteen years have mandated reviews and changes to meet current practices. Major issues include, but are not limited to, participation in the new brownfields program, consultant certifications, notification requir ements, investigation procedures, long term stewardship, facility closure, and natural resource damage assessment. This regulation passed and became effective on 11 AUG 12. MARYLAND Note: The Maryland General Assembly convened on 11 JAN 12 and ad journed on 9 APR 12. Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules Control of Incinerators The D epartment of the Environment has proposed an amendment to COMAR 26.11.08.082 and the 111(d) Plan pertaining to the compliance schedule for hospital, medical, infectious and medical waste (HMIWI) incinerators and the HMIWI requirement 111(d) Plan. Based on testing and analysis conducted by affected sources, flexibility in meeting the interim compliance dates is needed to better accomplish and optimize the required level of control and achieve compliance by 6 OCT 14. The proposed amendment allows a source t o propose and follow an alternate plan and schedule for meeting the 6 OCT 14 compliance date.
REC Update August 2012 26 MD Accounting for Growth Draft Policy Maryland's Final Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) is almost complete. Bay watershed states, including Maryland, are required to reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment that currently enter the Bay under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The TMDL represents the maximum amount of nutrients and sediment that the Bay can receive and still maintain the water quality necessary for a healthy environment. One of the key components of the plan is to adopt policies and procedures to offset new pollutant loads in the future. Because population growth and new development add to the load, Maryland is committed to having a growth offset process in place by 2013. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has planned a series of public meetings throughout the State to present the Accounting for Growth draft policy to you. The Draft P olicy can be found at: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0017Bf _A9LqH97GXKJ5sWY2NxO8FJF0P0CpCKAHY2InRv4HWU5qkF9UC_vfRcNJ5r_n4YjDkx9iyGOy4lPWQ0K RmS2rc95KVHTOG3_drtdMnhILVz5K2u15WyAaQpQ9aQGJWMd58GO_IIOJbU0LdDT8bCsO vOtnoudLK7ZpFC2XF1gtBqoa657qdppQV HcPdSQTxJY4o0sMMIWTQ58pM2NYg34UCMuBx3 The document sets out Maryland's proposed plan for managing the pollution from both residential and nonresidential growth A series of public meetings has been set up for residents share their ideas and opinions. The proposal will be adjusted and refined as stakeholders, citizens and State agencies share ideas. Comments on the draft should be submitted in writing to the Maryland Department of the Environment no later than 1 OCT 12 by email (preferred) to: email@example.com or by post to: Paul Emmart, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore MD 212301718. MDE will consider all the comments received as the Department prepares the draft regulations, which will be subject to a public process before promulgation. Meeting Dates: Wednesday, 22 AUG 12 From 1330 to 1600 Gudelsky Environmental Education Center 1020 Old Frederick Road Woodstock, Maryland 21163 Tuesday, 11 SEP 1 2 From 1730 to 2000 Maryland Department of the Environment 1800 Washinton Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 21230 PENNSYLVANIA
REC Update August 2012 27 Note: The Pennsylvania General Assembly meets throughout the year. Legislation On 23 FEB 11, Representative Sonney introduced PA HB 807 providing for definitions, for biodiesel content in diesel fuel sold for onroad use and for cell ulosic ethanol content in gasoline; providing for blending, registration and other requirements; further providing for department authority and responsibility; providing for fees; establishing the Biofuel Development Account; and imposing penalties. The bill was signed by the Governor on 5 JUL 12. On 26 JAN 12, Sen a tor Vogel introduced PA SB 1386 repe aling control of volatile organic compounds from gasoline dispensing facilities. This bill was signed by the Governor on 5 JUL 12. Proposed Rules Commercial Fuel Oil Sulfur Limits for Combustion Units The Environmental Quality Board has proposed rulemaking relating to commercial fuel oil sulfur limits for combustion units. The draft final rulemaking establishes in Chapter 123 (relating to standards for contaminants) lower maxi mum allowable sulfur limits in commercial fuel oils used in oil burning combustion units in this Commonwealth by replacing existing area specific sulfur content limits with a statewide sulfur content limit. The draft final rulemaking adds two terms and rev ises definitions of eight terms in Chapter 121 (relating to general provisions). Combustion of sulfur containing commercial fuel oils releases sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, which contribute to the formation of regional haze and fine particulate matter ( PM2.5), both of which are serious human health and public welfare threats. The control measure in the draft final rulemaking is an important part of the Commonwealth's efforts to meet the 2018 reasonable progress goals for reducing regional haze established by the Commonwealth in consultation with the member states of the Mid Atlantic/Northeast Visibility Union (MANE VU). The control measure in the draft final rulemaking is also reasonably necessary to attain and maintain the National Ambient Air Quality St andards in this Commonwealth. If published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as a final form rulemaking, the regulations will be submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP). Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities (PAG 02) A summary of the revisions for the draft PAG02, 2012 amendment are as follows: long term operation and maintenance of post construction stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP), licensed professional obligations and Notice of Termination were added to become compliant with the revisions made on November 19, 2010, to 25 Pa. Code Chapter 102 (relating to erosion and sediment control); Part A includes effluent monitoring conditions and limitations for turbidity to maintain compliance with 40 CFR Part 450 (relating to construction and development point source category); Part C changes preconstruction meetings from voluntary to mandatory unless the applicant is informed by the Department or delegated conservation district that it is not necessary; Part C provides for the creation of voluntary ripari an forest buffers; Part C allows for municipal separate storm sewer systems to use the Commonwealth's Chapter 102 permitting program to satisfy their minimum control measures 4 and 5 (BMPs 12). The Department is also implementing a disturbed acreage fee ( $100 per disturbed acre) that is added to the base fee ($500) for the permit. Measurement and Reporting of Condensable Particulate Matter Emissions The Department of Environmental Protection has proposed rulemaking that would amend Chapter 139 to update and clarify what sampling and testing methods are used to demonstrate compliance with certain particulate matter (PM) emission limitations. The proposed amendment to 139.12(a) (relating to emissions of particulate matter) explains the process used for determining compliance with filterable PM emission standards in 123.11 123.13 (relating to
REC Update August 2012 28 combustion units; incinerators; and processes). The proposed amendments to 139.12(b) and (c) explain the process used for determining compliance with filterable and condensable PM emission limitations. The proposed amendment to 139.12(d) explains the compliance demonstration process. The proposed amendment to 139.53 (relating to filin g monitoring reports) specifies where monitoring reports must be filed. In addition to these substantive changes, the proposed rulemaking would amend Chapter 121 to add the following terms and definitions in 121.1 (relating to definitions): ''condensabl e particulate matter'' and ''filterable particulate matter.'' Regulations Portable Fuel Containers The Department of Environmental Protection has adopted amendments to Chapter 130 (relating to standards for products). The purpose of this final omitted rulemaking is to rescind the portable fuel container requirements in Chapter 130, Subchapter A for the sale, supply, offer for sale and manufacture of portable fuel containers and spouts for sale and for use in this Commonwealth on or after 1 JAN 03. This final omitted rulemaking rescinds 130.101130.108, which were approved as a final form rulemaking by the Board on 16 JUL 02 and published at 32 Pa.B. 4819 (5 OCT 02). Notice of proposed rulemaking is omitted under section 204(3) of the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L. 769, No. 240) (45 P.S. 1204(3)), known as the Commonwealth Documents Law (CDL). Section 204(3) of the CDL provides that an agency may omit the notice of proposed rulem aking if the agency for good cause finds that the notice of proposed rulemaking procedure is in the circumstances impracticable, unnecessary or contrary to the public interest. Omission of notice of proposed rulemaking for the rescission of 130.101130.108 is appropriate because the notice of proposed rulemaking procedure in sections 201 and 202 of the CDL (45 P.S. 1201 and 1202) is, in this instance, impracticable, unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. As more fully explained in the rule a doption notice, the portable fuel containers regulations are superseded by more stringent Federal regulations, applicable Nationwide, that were promulgated at 72 FR 8428 (February 26, 2007). Sections 59.600 59.699 of 40 CFR (relating to control of evaporat ive emissions from new and inuse portable fuel containers) apply to portable fuel, diesel and kerosene containers and spouts manufactured in or imported into the United States beginning January 1, 2009. This regulation passed and became effective on 14 J UL 12. Regulatory Agenda Executive Order 19961 requires all agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor to submit for publication an agenda of regulations under development or consideration. The following is the 33rd publication of the Administration's regulatory agenda, grouped by agency. **Subsequent agendas will be published on the first Saturdays in February and July **. The agendas are compiled to provide members of the regulated community advanced notice of regulatory activity. It is the intention of the Administration that these agendas will serve to increase public participation in the regulatory process. Agency contacts should be contacted for more information re garding the regulation and the procedure for submitting comments. This Agenda represents the Administration's present intentions regarding future regulations. The nature and complexity of an individual regulation obviously will determine whether and when a ny particular regulation listed below (as well as any considered subsequent to publication of this Agenda) is published DEP Declares Drought Watch for 15 We stern Pennsylvania Counties The Department of Environmental Protection issued a drought watch for 15 Western Pennsy lvania counties. The 15 counties under the drought watch a re Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren and Washington. A drought watch declaration is the first and least sever e level of the state's three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary five percent reduction in nonessential water use and puts large water consumers on notice to begin planning for the possibility of reduced water supplies. Precipitation deficits over the past 90 days are as great as 5.5 inches below normal in Beaver County and 4.9 inches below normal in Lawrence and Mercer counties.
REC Update August 2012 29 DEP is notifying all water suppliers in the affected areas of the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans as necessary. DEP partners with the U .S Geological Survey to help fund a statewide network of gages to monitor groundwater levels and stream flows. This network provides the state's drought coordinator with comprehensive data that is used to determine drought classifications. In addition to precipitation, groundwater and st ream flow levels, DEP monitors soil moisture and water supply storage. This data is shared with other state and federal agencies. Residents can take a number of steps to conserve water, including: Install ing low flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on fauc ets; Check ing for household leaks. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day; Tak ing short showers instead of baths; Replac ing older appliances with high efficiency, front loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40 to 50 percent less energy; Run ning dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads; and Keep ing water in the refrigerator to avoid running water from a faucet until it is cold. For current drought conditions, visit the U.S.G.S. Pennsylvania Drought Monitoring webpage. E Waste Collection Event Set for 15 SEP 12 in Eastern Pennsylvania The PA Resources Council, E Covanta and Materials Processing Corporation are sponsoring a n electronic waste collection event in Eastern Pennsylvania on 15 SEP 12 at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge i n Philadelphia. For more information, visit PRCs E Waste webpage for Eastern PA or send an email to Jayne Young at: young@ prc org DEP Suspends Part of Stage II Vapor Recovery Mandate, But Differs From New Law The Department of Environmental Protection announced it will not enforce a requirement for new gas stations to install costly vapor recovery systems called Stage II. ( formal notice ) Current regulations require facilities in about 1,600 gasoline dispensing facilities in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Delaware, Fayette, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Washington and Westmoreland counties to maintain vapor recovery systems which are attached to gas pump nozzles to siphon off fumes while pumping gasoline. Because recent models of most vehicles include vapor recovery technology in the cars and trucks themselves, EPA is allowing states that can demonstrate widespread fleet turnover to remove from their State Implementation Plans Stage II vapor recovery requirements for gasolinedispensing facilities once state regulations are repealed. DEP Secretary Michael Krancer said, These so called Stage I I vapor recovery systems must still be operated and maintained at existing facilities until further notice We will, however, use our discretion to not enforce these requirements for any new gas station in the greater Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas bec ause the diminishing benefits do not justify the cost of installing new systems. There are also gas stations in the southeast and southwest regions of the state that could become subject to the rules for the first time because of an increase in their busi ness. Krancer explained that DEP will use the same discretion to not enforce the mandate for those stations. Gas station owners should note that DEPs enforcement discretion does not protect an owner or operator from potential legal challenges by third parties, Krancer said A notice regarding the issue has been submitted for publication in th e Pennsylvania Bulletin. DEPs action runs counter to claims made by sponsors of Senate Bill 1386 (Vogel R Beaver) signed into law by Gov. Corbett in July. The legislation would remove this now redundant and environmentally counterproductive
REC Update August 2012 30 requirement (Stage II) and reduce the financ ial burden on thousands of motorists and small businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania, said Sen. Elder Vogel in a press release in January. The bill removed specific statutory language in Section 6.7 of the state Air Pollution Control Act directing DEP to implement the Stage II program. EPA issued guidance on 7 AUG 12 that will help DEP determine what, if any, additional requirements Pennsylvania will need to implement in order to repeal the Stage II requirements and revise its State Implementation Plan For more information, go to: http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=23112&SubjectID = VIRGINIA The Virginia Legislature convened on 12 JAN 12 and adjourned on 10 MAR 12. Proposed L egislation On 2 AUG 12, Delegate Habeeb prefiled VA HJR 537 which provides that the General Assembly may suspend or nullify any or all portions of any administrative rule or regulation by joint resolution agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each house. The General Assembly may designate a joint legislative commission or pair of sta nding committees representing both houses to suspend any administrative rule or regulation during the interim that the General Assembly is not in regular session. The bill will be addressed during the upcoming 2013 Legislative Session. Proposed Rules Regulations for the Enforcement of the Endangered Plant and Insect Species Act The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has proposed amendments to its Rules and Regulations for the Enforcement of the Endangered Plant and Insect Species Act to: 1) remove one plant species from listing in these regulations, 2) add one plant species (Millboro Leatherflower) to the threatened list and 3) add two plant specie s (Valley Dolls Daisy and Virginia Quillwort) and one insect species (Thomas Cave Beetle) to the endangered list. Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) P ermit Regulations The Department of Conservation and Recreation has proposed amendments to the applicable portions of Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Boards Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit Regulations in order to reauthorize a nd amend the General Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities (4 VAC 5060 1100 et seq.) [Part XIV] (Construction General Permit). Regulations developed under the federal Clean Water Act (33 USC et seq.) and .1603.1 et seq. of the Code of Virginia require that VSMP permits be effective for a fixed term not to exceed five years [10.1 603.2:2 (B)]. The existing 5 year General Permit became effective on July 1, 2009; thus necessit ating the regulatory promulgation of a new General Permit before the June 30, 2014 expiration date.
REC Update August 2012 31 Regulations Virginia Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine for Enfo rcement of the Virginia Pest Law The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has adopted an amendment which extends the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. This regulation passed and became effective on 26 JUL 12. Water Quality Management Planning Regulation The Department of Environmental Quality has adopted an exempt action final regulation which amends the state s Water Quality Management Planning Regulation (9 VAC 25720). The amendment includes three Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) wasteload allocations and one TMDL modification. The amendments are to several river basins including the Chowan River Basin (9 VAC 25720100.A). The TMDLs were developed in accordance with Federal Regulations (40 CFR 130.7) and are exempt from the provisions of Article II of the Virginia Administrative Process Act. The TMDLs were subject to the TMDL public participation process an d the waste load allocations are adopted as part of 9 VAC 25 720 in accordance with Virginias Public Participation Procedures for Water Quality Management Planning. This regulation passed and became effective on 15 AUG 12. WEST VIRGINIA The West Virginia Legislature convened on 11 JAN 12 and adjourned on 13 MAR 12. Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules Control of Air Pollution from Combustion of Solid Waste The Department of Environmental Protection has proposed a rule that is necessary for the State to fulfill its responsibilities under the CAA. This r evised rule incorporates by reference the Standards of Performance for new Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incinerators, and sets for the Emission Guidelines for existing Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incinerators. Covered Electronic Device Recycling Rule The Department of Environmental Protection has proposed a rule which prohibits the disposal of Covered Electronic Devices in WV landfills. This rule also establishes requirements for commercial solid waste facilities and commercial recycling facilities handling and recycling of covered electronic devices. Rule s Governing Stormwater Utilities The Public Service Commission has proposed Rules Governing Stormwater Utilities, 150 C.S.R. 36, effective for all public service districts operating a stormwater utility. The new proposed rules provide definitions, requi re certain information to be provided to the Commission and to customers, set forth billing provisions, and provide guidance for the utility facilities, service pipes and expansion of services.
REC Update August 2012 32 Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources The Department of Environmental Protection has proposed a rule that will enable the State to continue to be the primary enforcement authority for the NSPS promulgated by the U.S. EPA. Revisions to this rule are necessary to maintain consistency with current federal regulations, and to fulfill the States responsibilities under the CAA. This revised rule incorporates by reference the following new or revised NSPS standards promulgated as of June 1, 2012: Standards of Performance for Stationary Compression Ignition and Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Engines and Standards of Performance for Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Utility, IndustrialCommercial Institutional, and Small Industrial Commercial Institutional Steam Generating Units. A few minor miscellaneous revisions are included which are stylistic in nature. Regulations Solid Waste Management Rules Department of Environmental Protection has adopted amendments to the Solid Waste Management Rules at 33 1. The revisions of this rule are to add the definition of covered electronic devices to the list of defined terms and to add covered electronic devices as unacceptable waste banned from disposal in the States landfills. This revisions is necessary due to the passage of Senate Bill 298 on March 12, 2010, which amended and reenacted W. Va. Code 22 15A 25 to ban certain electronic devic es from landfill disposal. This regulation passed and became effective on 1 JUN 12.
REC Update August 2012 33 REGION 4 NORTH CAROLINA Note: The NC General Assembly convened on 4 JAN 12 and adjourned on 3 JUL 12. Legislation On 1 APR 11, Reresentative Pridgen introduced NC HB 585 which would exempt vehicles of the three newest model years and with less than seventy thousand miles from emissions inspections. The bill was signed by the Gov ernor on 1 AUG 12. On 6 APR 11, Representative McElraft introduced NC HB 819 which would study and modify certain coastal management policies. The bill passed without the Governors signature on 3 AUG 12. On 16 MAY 12, Representative Gillespie introduced NC HB 952 which would exempt from state air toxics emissions controls those sources of emissions that are subject to certain federal emissions requirements, to direct the department of environment and natural resources to require permit conditions that eliminate unacceptable risks to human health, to direct the division of air quality to review the state air toxics program, and to require reports on the implementation of this act, as recommended by the environmental review commission. The bill was signed by the Governor on 28 JUN 12. On 7 MAR 11, Senator East introduced NC SB 229 which would, among other things, amend certain environmental and natural resources laws to (1) direct the department of environment and natural resources to report o n the integration of stormwater capture and reuse into stormwater regulatory programs; (2) direct the department of environment and natural resources to study the advisability and feasibility of reallocating water supply in john h. Kerr reservoir from hydr opower storage to water supply storage; (3) direct the department of environment and natural resources to study and evaluate degradable plastic products and their potential to contaminate recycled plastic feedstocks; (4) direct the division of public healt h in the department of health and human services to report on the administration and implementation of the leadBased paint hazard management program for renovation, repair, and painting; (5) provide that type 1 solid waste compost facilities are not requi red to obtain a national pollutant discharge elimination system permit for discharge of process wastewater based solely on the discharge of stormwater that has come into contact with feedstock, intermediate product, or final product at the facility; (6) di rect the department of environment and natural resources to accept alternative measures for stormwater control other than ponds that meet certain criteria at airports; (7) provide conditions to allow for two noncontiguous properties to be treated as a sing le contiguous property for purposes of compliance with local water supply watershed programs; (8) prohibit treatment of land within riparian buffers as land of the state or its subdivisions; and (8a) amend the neuse and tar Pamlico river basin buffer rules to allow development on existing lots under certain conditions. The bill was signed by the Governor on 1 AUG 12. On 17 MAY 12, Senator Rouzer introduced NC SB 810 which would (1) reestablish the joint legislative administrative procedure oversight committee; (1a) modify appointments to the mining and energy commission;
REC Update August 2012 34 (2a) make various technical and clarifying changes to the administrative procedures act; (2b) make conforming changes to the state personnel act; (3) extend the effective date for changes to final decision Making authority in certain contested cases; (4) limit the period during which records of unclaimed property must be maintained; (5a) direct agencie s to submit a report on notice given before auditing or examining a business to the joint legislative administrative procedure oversight committee; (5b) limit state agency identity theft reporting requirements; (5c) require the department of labor to provi de notice prior to inspections; (6) clarify that the discharge of waste into waters of the state does not include the release of air contaminants into the outdoor atmosphere; (7) authorize rather than require the commission for public health to adopt rules for the testing of water from new drinking water wells for certain volatile organic compounds; (7a) clarify application of certain nutrient rules to small wastewater discharges; (8) direct the department of environment and natural resources to track and r eport on permit processing times; (9) delay the effective date for compliance with wading pool fencing requirements from July 1, 2012, to January 1, 2013; (10) direct the commission for public health to amend the rules governing the duration of permits for sanitary landfills and the period in which those permits are reviewed; (11) amend the criteria for designation as a port enhancement zone; (12) exempt certified roadside farm markets from certain building code requirements; and (13) allow the permitting of mobile food units that meet the sanitation requirements of a commissary. The bill was signed by the Governor on 16 JUL 12. Proposed Rules Continuing E ducation Requirements, Rule Clarifications On Site Wastewater Contractors and Inspectors Certification Board has proposed the following rule changes: 21 NCAC 39 .0101 This rule change is proposed to clarify the meaning of "ancillary" as it is used in the Board's practice act. 21 NCAC 39 .0202 This rule is proposed for adoption to facilitate transition of a certified contractor to another employee. 21 NCAC 39 .0601 The proposed changes to this rule are intended to reduce continuing education require ments to reflect requirements that other industry related certifications impose, which have a long term history and are sufficient to protect the environment and the public welfare; to remove carry over of continuing education if the continuing education r equirements are reduced as proposed; to require each certificate holder to be present for a minimum amount of time at each class, to be verified by the provider. 21 NCAC 39 .1005(c)(1) This change is intended to correct a word error that was overlooked i n the current version of the rule. Mercury TMDL The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has invited comment and announced a meeting on three documents: DRAFT Statewid e Mercury Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL); DRAFT Mercury Post TMDL Permitting Strategy (for wastewater); and North Carolinas Mercury Reductio n Options for Nonpoint Sources The Draft NC Mercury TMDL was developed to meet requirements of Section 303(d) of t he Federal Water Pollution Control Act. It is subject to approval by EPA. The other two documents provide supplemental information on how the approved NC Mercury TMDL will be implemented. They are not subject to approval by EPA and will not be included i n the TMDL package that will be submitted to EPA. Regulations Amendments to Injection Well Rules The Department of Environmental and Natural Resources has adopted amendments to rules to comply with changes to applicable federal regulations, to make organizational improvements, and to make editorial changes or corrections. Organizational changes are being adopted in order to
REC Update August 2012 35 have all administrative requir ements located in a single rule and to have unique requirements for different types of injection wells located in a specific rule dedicated to each type of injection well. Amended rules are primarily to enable each allowable injection well type to have all permitting, construction, monitoring, and reporting requirements located in a unique rule dedicated to each type of allowable injection well. Some other amended rules are to be reserved for future codification in order to simplify the rulemaking process f or emerging issues. Additionally, other amended rules simply contain language of existing rules that will be relocated to new rules in order to provide a smooth organizational structure. Lastly, repealed rules consist of regulatory language that is being r elocated to the content of the amended rules. Again, this will enable an organizational structure in which each allowable injection well type to have all permitting, construction, monitoring, and reporting requirements located in a unique rule dedicated to that well type. This regulation passed and became effective on 1 MAY 12. Federal Deferral of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions from Combustion of Biomas s The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has adopted an amendment to Rule 15A NCAC 02D .0544, Prevention Of Significant Deterioration Requirements For Greenhouse Gases, to incorporate the United States Environmental Protection Agency deferr al of the application of the prevention of significant deterioration permitting requirements to biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from bioenergy and other biogenic stationary sources for three years. The deferral was promulgated on 20 JUL 11 (76 FR 43490). This regulation was passed and became effective on 1 JUL 12. Solar Panels Extend Marine Corps Green Efforts By Amanda Wilcox Jacksonville Daily News Staff Camp Lejeune is in the process of building multiple photovoltaic farms that will give the base the ability to generate up to 10 MW of instant solar energy at any time. The solar farms are popping up all over the base According to Thomas Burton, Facilities Engineer Manager for Camp Lejeune and the surrounding bases, they plan to install the energy alternatives anywhere we can put them on building rooftops, in fields that are not being used for training or other purposes and in canopyform over parking areas to double as shaded parking. The most visible farm, by the Camp Lejeune main gate, has the ability to produce 0.852 MW of instant power, or the capacity to generate enough electricity to power 100 homes over the course of a year. The Marine Corps is trying to do a lot of things with clean energy, said Burton adding that the construc tion of solar farms will lower the Corps reliance on outside energy sources. The panels are designed to generate the most electricity during the sunniest, hottest times of day, which also happen to be the times of day when air conditioning units are worki ng harder to keep buildings cool, thereby using more power. The system is designed to help offset the power demands of the base, and lower the electricity bills over time, Burton said. For more information, go to: http://www.jdnews.com/articles/solar 107386base lejeune.html
REC Update August 2012 36 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Conferences Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) Workshop (Classroom) (Multiple Offerings) This FEMP workshop is provided for Federal procurement teams, providing an overview of the contracting options and services available from serving utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will be walked through t he typical project process spanning the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/_kd/go.cfm?destination=ShowIte m&item_id=19437 Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) 101 (Web based, On Demand) This training provides an overview of climate change impacts and the methodology and functionality of CREAT. The CREAT software provides drinking wate r, wastewater, and storm water utilities with practical tools, training, and technical assistance to confront climate change through climate related risk assessment. For more information, go to: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/climate/creat.cfm For the online training classes, go to: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecuri ty/climate/ Waters of the United States Under the Clean Water act (Web Based, On Demand) These slides were presented in December 2011 as a part of EPA's Watershed Academy. To access the presentation, go to: http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/standardsacademy/upload/module_waters.pdf Emergency Environmental Spill Response Training (Web Based, On Demand) Produced by NOAA s Office of Response and Restorat ion, this is an online training module for individuals looking to strengthen their knowledge of spills and their effect on the environment. The scenario describes and oil spill and directs you to the references and data that you can use to determine what natural resources are at risk. For more information, go to: http://ohshub.com/free online training emergency environmental spill response/ Overview of the N ational Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program (Web Based, On Demand) These slides were presented in December 2011 as a part of EPA's Watershed Academy. To access the presentation, go to: http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/standardsacademy/upload/module_npdes.pdf 30Meter Height High Resolution Wind map for Small and Distributed Projects (Web Based, On Demand) This webinar, originally prese nted 18 July 2012, provided an introduction to the new 30meter high resolution wind maps developed for the small and distributed wind markets. Included in the discussion was the methodology behind the wind maps, how these maps leverage the learning that occurred in the development of the utility scale wind maps, and the appropriate use of the maps. For more information, go to: http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/filter_detail.a sp?itemid=3550 Reducing Your Transportation Footprint, 30 AUG 12 (Web based) This webinar will focus on transportation: federal fleet management, work travel/meetings, and commuting. Hear an overview of fleet options and resources for federal agenci es from GSA. Also, learn about calculation tools to help measure the impact of federal travel as well as a tool to help pick a meeting location that requires the fewest air miles traveled. Finally, learn about the success of a community transportation as sociation sponsored by local building owners and operators that Federal employees may take advantage of to lessen their commuting footprint. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcent er.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=21988
REC Update August 2012 37 AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit New England, 5 6 SEP 12, Portland, ME Get a comprehensive view of wind energy specific to the Northeast U.S., and delve into the most important present and forecasted issues facing th is region's wind energy development. For more information, go to: http://www.awea.org/events/AWEA Regional WindEnergy Summit New Engl and.cfm?CFID=1001764&CFTOKEN=67299649 Energy and Sustainability Materials Management, 20 SEPT 12 (Web based) Learn about the link between energy and sustainable materials management. This webinar is sponsored by EPA's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=21860 Reducing Water Consumption at Federal Facilities, 20 SEPT 12 (Web based) The focus of this webinar is the reduction of water consumption at Federal facilities. This webinar is sponsored by the Federal Green Challenge. For more information, go to: http://w ww.epa.gov/fgc/web academy.html?CFID=1440188&CFTOKEN=15724012 GreenGov Symposium 2012, 2426 SEP 12, Washington, DC The Symposium aims to bring together leaders from government, the private sector, nonprofits and academia to identify opportunities t o create jobs, grow clean energy industries, and curb pollution by incorporating sustainable practices into the Federal Governments operations. For more information, go to: http://www.greengov2012.org/ West Virginia Wind Forum 25 SEP 12, Davis, WV The West Virginia Wind Working Group promotes wind energy development for the benefit of West Virginia and hosts an annual wind forum to examine the barriers to wind energy development and potential solutions for re ducing these barriers. Updates on wind energyrelated issues around the state are also included in this forum. For more information, go to: http://www.marshall.edu/ cegas/events/wvwind/?CFID=1466636&CFTOKEN=43314370 2012 Kansas Energy Conference, 25 26 SEP 12, Manhattan, KS Planned topics include wind, solar, energy efficiency, and biofuels. For more information, go to: http://www.kansascommerce.com/index.aspx?NID=334&CFID=1001803&CFTOKEN=38722823 EcoSummit 2012, 30 SEP 5 OCT 12, Columbus, OH The theme of the conference is "Restoring the Planet's Ecosystem Services." Topics include, but are not limited to: climate change, sustainability, coastal problems from upland pollution sources, and biological invasions. For more information, go to: http://www.ecosummit2012.org/index.htm?CFID=117618&CFTOKEN=41868105 EPA Water Quality Standards 101, 4 OCT 12 (Web based) Learn how you can use Water Quality Standards (WQS) to protect water resources. This EPA sponsored webinar is aimed at a br oad audience, including states, territories, tribes, environmental groups, industrial groups, municipalities, the academic community, federal agencies, watershed groups, and any other interested parties. For more information, go to: http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/standardsacademy/index.cfm?CFID=1465431&CFTOKEN=99643715 Watershed and Stormwater Conference 2012, 8 10 OCT 12, Baltimore, MD Th e Watershed and Stormwater Conference 2012 will present the latest and emerging developments in watershed management through interactive educational sessions covering exciting themes and topics, such as stormwater management. The conference is organized by the Center for Watershed Protection. For more information, go to: http://www.cwp2012event.awsps.org/?CFID=1465381&CFTOKEN=64684269
REC Update August 2012 38 2012 Urban Water Sustainability Leade rship Conference, 15 17 OCT 12, Cincinnati, OH Join water leaders, sustainability directors, transportation directors, parks and recreation, as well as business leaders, nonprofit organizations, and U.S. EPA regulators as they meet to drive the paradigm s hift for water sustainability. For more information, go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5uje7cy32746835&llr=ueml 5fdab EPAs Plug In to eCycling SMM Challenge, 18 OCT 12 (Web based) Learn about EPA s PlugIn to eCyling SMM Challenge, hear success stories from partners, and get more information on opportunities for businesses, and state and local governments to get involved. This webinar is sponsored by EPA's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=21861 Dredging 2012, 2225 OCT 12, San Diego, CA The fourth specialty conference on dredging and dredged material disposal, Dredging 2012, will be taking place in San Diego, CA on 2225 OCT 12. Due to the length of time it has been since the last conference in 2002, many new issues have emerged and will be discussed and debated. More than 200 presenters will speak on best practices and innovation from around the world. For more information, go to: http://dredging12.pianc.us/?CFID=785596&CFTOKEN=76532006 New Approaches and Implementation Methods to Municipal Stormwater Management, 24 OCT 12, Crystal Lake, IL This course is designed to give responsible personnel upto date knowledge that w ill assist them in developing a sustainable municipal stormwater management program. Attendees will review and discuss new federal policies and initiatives that are causing a re evaluation of the current National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NP DES) permit structure and existing stormwater management programs. For more information, go to: http://www.eosalliance.org/schedule/event/new approaches andimplementation methods to municipal stormwater management?CFID=1330382&CFTOKEN=55599885 Advanced Energy 2012, 3031 OCT 12, New York, NY The conference program for Advanced Energy 2012 will feature several plenary events, an open access exhibit hall, and a poster session. The educational program will comprise a comprehensive offering of tracks and sessions that extend across all the partner conferences, and feature topic experts and tho ught leaders from every area of the energy industry. For more information, go to: http://www.aertc.org/conference2012/?CFID=1001803&CFTOKEN=38722823 NWCC Wind Wildlife Research meeting, 27 30 NOV 12, Denver, CO The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative's (NWCC) biennial Wind Wildlife Research Meeting provides an internationally recognized forum for researchers and windwildlife stakeholders to hear contributed papers view research posters, and listen to panels that synthesize the most recent wind power related wildlife research. Academics, researchers, conservation scientists, consultants, federal and state officials, NGO representatives, and industry professionals c ome together for this unique opportunity. For more information, go to: http://www.nationalwind.org/issues/wildlife/researchmeetingix.aspx?CFID= 1001891&CFTOKEN=95920556 AWEA Regional Wind Energy Sumit Southwest, 5 6 DEC 12, Houston, TX Obtain a comprehensive view of all critical aspects of wind energy in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) regions of the United States, and delve deep into the most important present and forecasted issues facing wind energy development in these regions. For more information, go to: http://www.awea.org/events/AWEA Regional WindEnergy Summit SouthCentral.cfm?CFID=1001918&CFTOKEN=30073911
REC Update August 2012 39 Globalcon 2013, 67 MAR 13, Philadelphia, PA Globlacon is designed for professionals seeking to expand th eir knowledge of fast moving developments in the energy field, explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply options, and learn about innovative and cost conscious project implementation strategies. For more information, go to: http://www.globalconevent.com/?CFID=1440188&CFTOKEN=15724012 American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exhibition 20113, 913 JUN 13, Denver, CO ACE13 provides an environment where water professionals can be leaders and learn from leaders in the water industry. Nowhere else can you find a similar gathering of water professionals from around the world intent on providing leadership and guidance for the future of safe water. For more information, go to: http://www.awwa.org/ACE13/index.cfm?ItemNumber=59012&navItemNumber=58997&showLogin=N
REC Update August 2012 40 TRAINING Only the CECOS courses offered within Regions 13 and North Carolina are listed here (with the exception of Natural Resources and Cultural Resources courses). For further information on the courses below, course offerings in other regions, and/or to register, visit the CECOS t raining website at: https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/csfe/cecos/Default.aspx CECOS Classroom Courses Beginning Date End Date Course Location 27 AUG 12 31 AUG 12 United States Mar ine Corps Facilities Management Washington, DC 27 AUG 12 31 AUG 12 Adv Pub Works Dept & Fac. Eng. Command Operations Washington, DC 11 SEP 12 13 SEP 12 Health & Environmental Risk Communication Workshop MCB Camp Lejeune, NC 17 SEP 12 21 SEP 12 Environme ntal Quality Sampling Norfolk, VA 29 OCT 12 2 NOV 12 Seabee Joint Engineer Operations Course MCB Quantico, VA 10 DEC 12 14 DEC 12 CEC Captains Leadership Seminar Washington, DC
REC Update August 2012 41 CECOS Online Courses/Web Conferences Beginning Date End Date Course Location 18 SEP 12 19 SEP 12 Pollution Prevention Awareness Web Conference Web Conference 20 SEP 12 20 SEP 12 Sustainability in the Navy: LEED Web Conference 1 OCT 10 30 SEP 12 Adv Pub Works Dept & Fac. Eng. Command Operations Web Conferenc e 22 OCT 12 25 OCT 12 Advancing an Effective EMS Web Conference 10 DEC 12 13 DEC 12 Advancing an Effective EMS Web Conference 5 NOV 12 8 NOV 12 EPCRA and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting Web Conference Various HAZWOPER for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Site Workers Refresher On Line Various Construction Technology for Non Engineers On Line NPDES Permit Writer s Training on the Web EPA has created a web based training series based on its popular National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Writer's Course. This will allow students, staff, stakeholders, and the public to access NPDES permit program training content online. The Course is a five day training session covering the key elements of NPDES permit development and is t aught by experienced instructors. These recorded presentations enable one to review the material on demand in a self paced environment to become familiar and comfortable with the concepts of the NPDES permit program. The NPDES web based training series can be found at http://www.epa.gov/npdes/training under Self Paced Web Training. CECOS EMS General Awareness: Computer Based Training (CBT) Module Available 24/7 at www.cecosweb.com under Training by Subject>EMS. A certificate is issued to all registered users upon completion. This module is designed to provide an awareness level overview of EMS to satisfy the requirement that ALL personnel have basic EMS knowledge. It is also to be taken as a quick refresher for anyone that takes the Advancing an Effective EMS and/or Integrated EMS/Compliance trainings. NAVOSH & Environmental Training Center For further information on the courses and/or to register, visit NAVOSH & Environmental Training Center website at: http:// www.safetycenter.navy.mil/training/default.htm EPA Watershed Assessment Tools Training, Various Times & Locations More information is available at: http://www .epa.gov/waterscience/basins/training.htm
REC Update August 2012 42 USDA Forest Service Continuing Education Program, Various Times & Locations More information is available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/biology/education/ E PA Online EMS Training Course The course is available at: http://www.epa.gov/osw/inforesources/ems/ems101/
REC Update August 2012 43 MEET THE REC STAFF RADM T. G. Alexander DoD Regional Environmental Coordinator (757) 3222800, DSN 2622800 Director, Regional Environmental Coordination (REC) Office (757) 3410363 REC Counsel (757) 3222938 DSN 2622938 or Deputy (757) 3222812 Cultural Resources (757) 3410372 Potable Water, Stormwater, Groundwater, Wastewa ter (757) 3410429 Air Quality, Asbestos, Radon (757) 3410386 P2, EPCRA, RCRA HW/SW (757) 3410408 Navy On Scene Coordinator Representative (757) 3410449 POL/Tanks (757) 3410453 Regional NEPA, Natural Resources (757) 3410486 Land Use, Encro achment (757) 3410232 Environmental Restoration (757) 3410394 REC Support (757) 3410430 DoD Chesapeake Bay Coordinator (757) 3410455 DoD Chesapeake Bay State Liaison PA/VA/WV (757) 3410383 DoD Chesapeake Bay State Liaison DC/MD/NY (757) 3410450
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