REC Update September 2012 1 GENERAL INTEREST 2 FEDERAL NEWS 15 AIR 15 CHESAPEAKE BAY 16 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS 17 REGION 1 19 CONNECTICUT 19 MAINE 20 MASSACHUSETTS 22 NEW HAMPSHIRE 24 RHODE ISLAND 25 VERMONT 26 REGION 2 27 NEW JERSEY 27 NEW YORK 28 REGION 3 30 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 30 DELAWARE 31 MARYLAND 32 PENNSYLVANIA 33 VIRGINIA 34 WEST VIRGINIA 36 REGION 4 38 NORTH CAROLINA 38 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOP MENT 39 CONFERENCES 39 TRAINING 42 MEET THE REC 48 STAFF 48 LINK HELP 49 SUBSCRIBE! 49 Monthly environmental news for DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3
REC Update September 2012 2 GENERAL INTEREST Navy S tudies Potential of Fuel Cells to Run Unmanned Vehicles By Heather Clancy ZD Net The U.S. Navy has signed a $3.8 million contract with FuelCell Energy, one of the leading developers in this slice of the energy storage space. The research and development effort covered under the agreement will test applications for a Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell battery system that can run unmanned undersea vehicles on missions of up to 70 days, according to the information released by FuelCell. That's about 1,800 kilowa tt hours of electricity. The sorts of vessels supported by the battery system are typically submerged vessels left to their own devices that can provid e intelligence and information about the underwater area they are monitoring. The official name for this class is Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle. FuelCell's technology was picked for the project because it minimizes the use of both stored fuel and oxygen These fuels must be stored within the confines of the vehicle. There are several other teams that will be working with the company on the project, including Versa Power Systems, the Energy Systems Division of the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Yardney Technical Products, Naval Underwater Warfare Center and the Pacific Northwest Natio nal Laboratory. The first phase of the project will be 18 months long. The Navy project is yet another example of how fuel cells and other advanced energy storage technologies might be at least part of the answer when it comes to develop clean energy sour ces. There are also plenty of pilot projects under way to study how energy storage might help back up intermittent renewable energy technologies, such as solar or wind generators. One example is the test of how lithium ion batteries might supplement solar in a development near Sacramento, C A A growing number of businesses, notably Whole Foods, are using fuel cells to help provide a source of backup power -grocery stores are usually one of the first places restored during community power outages but many companies are seeking an even higher degree of potential grid independence. The fuel cell industry overall has been experiencing sporadic growth over the past 12 months, according to a new analysis by Pike Research, a division of Navigant Energy. In 2011, unit shipments broke 20,000 for the first time, but certain sectors experienced growing pains. For example, Pike says that shipments of portable fuel cells fell 16 percent and a number of companies exited the market. The other two major application ar eas are transportation and stationary power sources. DTS 72 Hour Air Reservation Auto Cancellatio n Beginning 1 OCT 12, any travel authorization that includes air travel must be approved and ticketed at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled flight departure to avoid airline reservations from being cancelled. This new policy applies to domestic City Pair and noncontract government flights that are either booked through DTS or through a Commercial Travel Office (CTO). Those travelers making travel plan s at least 72 hours of departure must have their authorization approved and tickets issued within 24 hours of creation to avoid cancellation. If making plans within 24 hours of departure, authorizations must be approved and ticketed at least 6 hours prior to flight departure time to avoid cancellation. While the reservation may exist, it is not purchased (known as "ticketed") until the Authorizing Official (AO) approves the travel authorization and the Commercial Travel Office (CTO) tickets the reservation This means that if a travel authorization is not approved at least 72 hours in advance of travel, the traveler will arrive at the
REC Update September 2 012 3 airport without a ticket or a reservation in the airline's system. If airline reservations are cancelled, a traveler will be notified via email or phone by their Commercial Travel Office. If a traveler's airline reservations are cancelled, he/she should follow their normal ticketing process to rebook the flight. Please do not rebook at the airline counter. Often, counter ag ents are not familiar with GSA's City Pair Program and may book the traveler on a full priced fare at a much higher cost. Travelers should take their travel itinerary with them to the airport because it provides contact information for their Commercial Tr avel Office (CTO) as well as reservation details to help them rebook. Monitoring the status of travel documents and ensuring that travel authorizations are approved is the best way to avoid unnecessary costs and stress associated with rebooking travel. September is National Preparedness Month September is National Preparedness Month, a monthlong awareness and activism campaign to improve the nations emergency preparedness. It is important to stress that preparedness is important for all hazards, whether natural or man made. This years theme is Pledge to Prepare. By pledging, yo u will become part of the national preparedness coalition. Visit www.ready.gov to take the pledge and access exclusive resources addressing individual and family readiness. September 2012 is National Wilderness Month Through Proclamation 8856 on 31 A UG 12, President Obama declared September 2012 as National Wilderness Month. For more information, go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the pressoffice/2012/08/31/presidential proclamationnational wilderness month2012?CFID=1792844&CFTOKEN=12558060 N ational Hispanic Heritage Month Runs from 15 SEP to 15 OCT Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from 15 SEP to 15 OCT by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. This year's them e for National Hispanic Heritage Month is "Diversity United, Building America's Future Today". The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30day pe riod starting on 15 SEP and ending on 15 OCT. It was enacted into law on 17 AUG 88 on the approval of Public Law 100402. The day of 15 SEP is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on 16 SEP and 18 SEP respectively Also, Columbus Day or D a de la Raza, which is 12 OCT, falls within this 30day period. The strength of our Navy and na tion is derived from the diversity of our people and Hispanic sailors play a critical role in our Navy. Today, nearly 50,000 Hispanic sailors and officers serve in the United States Navy, participating in every facet of Naval Operations. Four Hispanic ad mirals and 172 Hispanic master chiefs lead our Navy from the front, providing unique perspectives and experiences that enhance our culture and improve our mission readiness. The Presidential Proclamation can be viewed at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the pressoffice/2012/09/14/presidential proclamation national hispanic heritagemonth 2012
REC Update September 2 012 4 SETi Wins $1.6 Million Contract t o Purify Water with AlGaN LEDs By Compound Semiconductor Magazine Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. (SETi) has been awarded a program from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop a self contained portable water purification system for warfighters. The system will incorporate SETi's UV LED technology for water quality monitoring and disinfection. The aim of the program is to develop a portable unit that can provide a small team of warfighters with a self sustainable source of potable water from any f resh water source. Stand alone UV LED water disinfection efficacy has already been demonstrated at SETi through a program funded by the National Science Foundation. However, this demonstration was designed for commercial use and will not meet the needs of the warfighter. In order to achieve compliance with the rigorous standards of NSF P 248, SETi has teamed up with Cascade Designs, Inc (CDI) of Seattle, Washington, to combine novel mechanical filtration technologies with the effective disinfection of UV L EDs. The system will also use SETis UV LEDs to monitor the water quality, optimising the system efficiency and effectiveness. Through funding this program ONR has demonstrated its commitment to a new type of water purification system that will benefi t from the UV LED advantages, making it smaller, more robust and more efficient than anything available today It will also reduce the need for chemical disinfectants such as chlorine and iodine. The system has major implications for improving the self sufficiency of warfighters in mobile operations. Modern warfighters assume many risks on the battlefield; drinking contaminated water should not be a concern says Cody Reese, Program Manager at ONR. Just as visiblelight LEDs have changed the face of li ghting, ultraviolet LEDs have the potential to revolutionize water disinfection at all scales with a marked improvement in safety, durability, and energy consumption from the mouth piece of an individual drink tube all the way to commercial scale water t reatment plants. SETi, recently announced eight fold efficiency improvements of LEDs operating in the germicidal wavelength range, through a DARPA development program. SETi is extremely excited to start this development program through ONR said Remis G aska, President and CEO of SETi I t will lead on from our successes in DARPA and other military programs to develop a military application based on this new technology. During the project CDI will be focusing on designing novel filtration techniques to complement SETis UV LED disinfection reactor. Other members of the development team include the University of Colorados D epartment of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and the Institute of Applied Research at Vilnius University, Lithu ania. The team at University of Colorado is focused on research related to advanced treatment technologies for water The UC team will assist in modeling water flow and light distribution from the LEDs to optimize the efficacy of the UV chamber. Vilnius University will assist in the development of an optical water quality monitor that will measure the microbial level in the water and adjust the system accordingly. Navy A nnounces Suicide Prevention Awareness Month By Navy Personnel Command Public Affai rs September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the Navy is using the month as a launch pad to focus on Navy's ongoing suicide prevention efforts, officials announced in NAVADMIN 259/12 released 27 AUG 12. During each week of the month res ources will be available to guide discussion on stress navigation and suicide prevention concepts. The weekly concepts to be explored are: building resilience, navigating stress, encouraging bystander intervention to A C T (Ask Care Treat), and reducing b arriers for seeking support through counseling. The tools and resources are available on www.suicide.navy.mil and www.navynavstress.com These tools emphasize t he themes of dedication, optimism, determination and humor. For more information, go to: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=69267
REC Update September 2 012 5 NAVFAC Atlantic Change of Command Rear Admiral Douglas G. Morton, CEC, USN, relieved Rear Admiral Kevin R. Slates, CEC, USN, as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Atlantic, in a ceremony held on the front lawn at NAVFAC Atlantic's Lafayette River Complex, Norfolk, V A on 9 AUG 12. Rear Admiral Christopher Mossey, CEC, USN, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Chief of Civil Engineers, presided over the ceremony and was the guest speaker. For more information, go to: https://portal.navfac.navy.mil/portal/pls/portal/APP_PAO.PRESS_RELEASE_FULL_DYN.show?p_arg_names= newsid&p_arg_values=6467 NAVFAC Mid Atlantic H olds Chang e of Command By Tom Kreidel Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid Atlantic Public Affairs Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid Atlantic held change of command ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk on 24 AUG 12. Capt. John Korka relieved Capt. Mark Libonate as commanding officer. In his remarks, Libonate thanked the 3,400 men and women of NAVFAC Mid Atlantic for their hard work and accomplishments. During the ceremony, guest speaker Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, commander Navy Region Mid Atl antic praised Libonate for his work as commanding officer and regional engineer. Capt. Libonate will now report to NAVFAC headquarters. Capt. Korka comes to NAVFAC Mid Atlantic after serving as commanding officer, Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center, and 31st Seabee Readiness Group. "I feel greatly privileged and will do my utmost over the next two years to confirm the faith of those who selected me and to be the type of commanding officer that our people and supported commands deserve" said K orka. For more information, go to: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=69254 Labs21 Energy Resources FEMP has gathered this collection of guidance documents, tools, and other resources to support energy efficiency in laboratories. The Labs21 Tool Kit is a collection of resources to support the design, construction, and operation of highperformance laboratories. The tools include design guides, case studies, a performance rating system, a video, and other products that are planned or under development. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/_kd/go.cfm?destination=ShowItem &item_id=22077 Solar Project Aims to Help Wean Army off the Grid By A my Joi ODonoghue Deseret News A celebratory fanfare with gushes of awe and respect dominated the groundbreaking of a $10.8 million, 1.5megawatt solar project at the Tooele Army Depot. A glistening PowerDish standing 21 feet tall was one reason for the rush of excitement, and the presence of Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the other. He told them that projects like the Stirling Solar Array, wh ich when finished will feature a field of 430 PowerDishes on 17 acres, exemplifies the innovative and new direction the military has to embrace to meet the needs of the country. The military is on a path to have its armed services branches produce 3 gigaw atts of energy to help wean military installations off the electrical grid as much as possible, and Tooele Army Depot is marching quickly toward the goal of being one of 16 Army commands in the country to become "net zero," or practically off the grid. De pot officials said the solar field, in addition to a wind turbine installed in 2010, will get them to nearly 60 percent of their power derived from renewables. For more information, go to: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865560881/Solar project aims to helpwean Army off grid.html?pg=all
REC Update September 2 012 6 GSA Freezes Per Diem Rates at 2012 Levels By Kellie Lunney Government Executive Government t ravel per diem rates will not change in fiscal 2013, according to the General Services Administration. GSA announced that it will freeze fiscal 2013 travel reimbursement rates for lodging and other related expenses at fiscal 2012 levels. The move is part of the Office of Management and Budget's directive to agencies to reduce all travel spending in fiscal 2013 by 30 percent compared to fiscal 2010. For more information, go to: http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/08/gsa freezesdiem rates2012 levels/57409/?oref=topstory Treasury May Revamp Flexible Spending Account Rule By Meghan McCarthy Government Executive A little noticed bull etin from the Treasury Department could have a big impact on the roughly 155 million Americans who use flexible spending accounts to cover out of pocket health care expenses. The government's notice, sent out in May, included a surprise in what otherwise might have been a dry announcement on the implementation of the President's health care reform law. In addition to detailing a new spending cap, the federal government asked for comment on whether it should scrap the "use it or lose it" rules associated w ith the tax free health care spending accounts known as FSAs. For more information, go to: http://www.govexec.com/paybenefit s/2012/08/treasury may revamp flexible spendingaccount rule/57375/?oref=skybox Pall Corporation Awarded Contract to Design Water Treatment System for US Navy By 4traders Magazine Pall Corporation announced that the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has contracted with Pall for a multiphase project to develop an advanced shipboard desalination system specifically for the challenging operations in coastal waters. Pall will create a detailed design for Navy ship water treatment that will increase the vol ume and reliability of fresh water generation while reducing energy and maintenance requirements. Whether participating in active maneuvers or returning to shore, military vessels require highly reliable water treatment systems to meet the demand for fresh water. In addition to being energy and resource intensive, traditional sea water desalination technologies are often unreliable. Further, coastal sea water can be especially difficult to treat due to high concentrations of suspended solids and biologic al / organic contaminants. The Navy also limits chemical usage on ships, creating restrictions to approaches used in land based desalination plants. The system to be provided to the Navy will address these concerns by employing hollow fiber microfiltration (MF) and reverse osmosis (RO) membrane technologies During the first six month phase of the project, Pall scientists will adapt the latest membrane technologies to design a solution capable of producing 4,000 gallons per day of potable water. In the ye ar long second phase of the program, a prototype system will be developed and tested on land. In the final 18month phase, a fully compliant system will be tested for six months on a naval ship. USCG Cutter Completes Voyage on Biofuel By Adam Stone De fense News A U.S. Coast Guard cutter has completed a trip of 3,500 nautical miles on alternative fuel in an effort to help the Navy expand its understanding of potential renewable fuel sources. The 175foot coastal buoy tender Henry Blake and its crew of 28 sailed a round trip from Puget Sound to Juneau, Alaska, on a 5050 blend of petroleum F 76 and hydroprocessed renewable diesel fuel derived from algal oil. The Navy supplied the fuel for the operational evaluation, which lasted from 21 JUN to 1 AUG 12. The Coast Guard is examining alternative fuels in preparation for an eventual changeover in the military pipeline, said Sam Alvord, Energy Fuel Section Chief for the Coast Guards Office of Energy Management. What we dont want i s to have that fuel out there and we not know what it would mean in terms of our assets, he said.
REC Update September 2 012 7 The Blake evaluation could be especially important since the vessels mission encompasses so many variables. For example, the cutter moves at full throttle through open water but m aneuvers at slow speeds for buoy tending duties. That creates a different load profile and a different operational tempo, Alvord said. In the same vein, operators put all of the ships systems to the test by carrying out the entire mission on alternative fuel, as opposed to past exercises that had run on both conventional and alternative fuels. In this case, it was a full load of alternative fuel, so all systems got exposed: t he engines, the fuel handling equipment, the purification equipment, the piping , Alvord said. With a successful demonstration across all systems, it means you can burn the alternative fuel without changing any of your systems or processes. The Coast Guard is especially keen to understand the effects of alternative fuels due to ne gative experiences in the past. In 2009, a supply chain error caused a medium endurance cutter to be fueled with a 20 percent blend of fatty acid methyl esters. As a result of environmental factors, the fuel turned to gel clogging the fuel filters and c hoking off fuel flow to the engines. In that case, we were surprised by it and we dont want to be surprised again, Alvord said. This recent evaluation looked for distinguishing differences across the boards between the biofuel mix and conventional fu el, Alvord said. Variables included engine temperature and pressure, fuel injector performance and uneven wear of engine parts. These measurements will be compared against previous Navy findings in similar evaluations. All the other tests that have be en done by the Navy have seen no discernible difference and we fully expect this to be the same thing, Alvord said. There were no leaks, no uneven wear, nothing that would raise any eyebrows. It was very short and sweet. Inside the Militarys Multibil lion Dollar Push for Renewables By Kristine A. Wong Greenbiz As the largest consumer of energy in the world, the Department of Defense has a long way to go before becoming a sustainable operation. But a recent push to purchase 3 gigawatts (GW) of locall y generated renewable energy is opening up billions of dollars in market opportunities -and it's not just energy companies that stand to benefit. Companies that can finance these deals also stand to carve out a substantial piece of this pie. The militar y's goal is t o become more energy independent. By diversifying our installation energy sources to include sustainable, reliable energy, we improve our ability to fulfill our mission during energy interruptions and to better manage price volatility, said Katherine Hammack, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army for installations, energy & environment. Plans are underway for the Army, Navy and Air Force to each deploy 1 GW of renewable energy on U.S. bases by 2025, an effort announced in April. The 3 GW goal is tied to a 2007 DOD initiative to source 25 percent of its energy from renewables by 2025. Its one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, according to the White House. Three gigawatts are equivalent to the amount needed to power 750, 000 homes, said Hammack. The military will purchase the power generated through privately owned solar, wind, geothermal or biomass facilities under power purchase agreements. Companies can build their facilities on military bases or on some of the 16 mill ion acres of military land recently opened for renewable energy development. They will be expected to own and maintain the facilities, as well as arrange private sector financing for its construction and operation. One aim of the effort is to develop ener gy security on U.S. military bases, according to DOD spokeswoman Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan. "Together with smart microgrid and storage technologies, renewable and other forms of onsite energy will allow a military base to maintain its critical operations off grid' for weeks or months if necessary, said Morgan.
REC Update September 2 012 8 A Solar Powered Army of Energy Masters By Tina Cas e y Clean Technica A dustup over the U.S. Navys biofuel program hogged the media spotlight this spring but under the radar, the Army has been pur suing an ambitious alternative energy program of its own. Aside from $7 billion in cutting edge and utilityscale projects, the Armys initiatives include a modest but critical experiment in energy conservation at base camps. The Army had been slowly but steadily introducing portable solar power and other new energy equipment at forward operating bases on a piecemeal basis. The new initiative, called SAGE for Smart and Green Energy at Base Camps, steps it up a notch with an integrated, camp wide approach that relies on a heavy dose of user engagement. SAGE got underway last summer at the Base Camp Integration Laboratory at Fort Devens in Massachusetts. The 150 person camp consists of a 10acre compound that includes energy efficient shelters and other bu ildings, waste reduction systems, solar power for hot water, graywater recycling, and a power management system that includes a microgrid and energy storage. Affordability and portability also factored into equipping the camp. The whole thing relies on off the shelf technologies that can be shipped in a single C 17 Globemaster III aircraft and set up in four hours. The goal of the SAGE experiment is to test whether energy savings of up to 60 percent are possible at camps of up to 3,000 soldiers. Alternat ive energy and conservation are literally life and death issues for the Army, as described in a recent issue of Stand To, the Armys online leadership newsletter. The whole page is worth a read but here are a few key points: The Army is looking at power a nd energy in everything it does, making every soldier, civilian, and family member an Energy Manager. Supplying power and energy to our troops around the world is an increasingly challenging, expensive and dangerous undertaking. The Army must include ene rgy security as a prime consideration in all activities to reduce demand, increase efficiency, obtain alternative sources of energy and create a culture of energy conservation. Innovative and adaptive leaders, seeking ways to increase energy efficiency an d implement renewable and alternate sources of energy, are the key to saving lives and increasing the Armys flexibility by reducing costs. The need to transition to a culture of energy is something that environmental organizations have been hammering aw ay at forever so the Armys full on engagement in this issue will go a long way toward mainstreaming more responsible stewardship of the Earths resources. GSA Seeks More Savings in Travel Spending By Eric Katz Government Executive Magazine Jo int Base Pearl Harbor Hickam When the General Services Administration announced a freeze on travel reimbursement rates, it was just the first step in reducing travel spending by federal employees. The agency is now developing a long term strategy to calculate per diem rates for federal travelers and will be consulting with experts through a federal advisory committee to determine the most costeffective approach moving forward, according to Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. GSAs initiative is in response to th e Obama administrations call for federal agencies to reduce all travel spending in fiscal 2013 by 30 percent compared to fiscal 2010. The per diem freeze will save $20 million, according to GSA, and is among several strategies the agency is pursuing to cut costs. For more information, go to: http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/08/gsa seeksmore savings travel spending/57593/?oref=topst ory
REC Update September 2 012 9 New Roadmap Envisions Electronic Record Keeping by 2020 By Jack Moore Federal News Radio A new White House directive provides a roadmap for agencies to phase out the use of paper record keeping by the end of the decade. By Dec. 31, 2019, feder al agencies will be required, "to the fullest extent possible," to manage records electronically including digital forms of communication, such as email according to a directive from the Office of Management and Budget and the National Archives and Records Administration. For more information, go to: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/247/3007048/New roadmapenvisions electronic record keepi ngby2020 Periscopes Up on Navy Plan to Expand Training Area By William H. McMichael The News Journal With its eye on likely future threats, the Navy wants to increase mine warfare and anti submarine training and gain approval for all training acro ss a wide stretch of the North Atlantic Ocean. Delaware's environmental officials and special interest groups say the jury's still out on whether that's a good idea. The concerns range from whether closer to shore training could interfere with ship naviga tion or wind farm development or, in deeper waters, could interfere with the harvesting of sand for beach replenishment or harm migrating marine mammals. The Navy has filed a draft Environmental Impact Statement that makes its case for the enlarged trainin g area and spells out how the service will balance that need with environmental stewardship. Training has occurred all over the North Atlantic, but recent directives have created additional demands for environmental compliance. For more information, go to: http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120828/DW01/208280332 NAVFAC Proudly Building on 170Year Heritage By Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs The Naval Facilit ies Engineering Command (NAVFAC) celebrated 170 years of naval history on 31 AUG 12. The 13th Secretary of the Navy, Abel P. Upshur officially established NAVFAC's predecessor, the Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks in 1842, to execute the design, construct ion, and maintenance of Navy yards and a few other shore stations around the eastern seaboard of the United States. Eventually the Bureau and its responsibilities would grow into the global enterprise known as NAVFAC, which was officially established in M ay 1966. With 16 commands located in the United States, Europe, Southwest Asia and the Far East, NAVFAC is the Navy systems command that delivers and maintains high quality, sustainable facilities, acquires and manages capabilities for the Navy's expediti onary combat forces, enables energy security and environmental stewardship, and provides humanitarian and contingency engineering response. NAVFAC's signature is visible on every Navy and Marine Corps installation around the globe. Nearly every pier, runw ay, building, gymnasium, barracks, road, utility plant, and other facilities on shore has been constructed or acquired by NAVFAC. For more information, go to: http://www.navy.mil/submit/d isplay.asp?story_id=69319 NPS Researchers Apply the Latest Battery Chemistries to Power the Fleet By Kenneth Stewart Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Systems Students and faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) are planning to design and build a battery using technologies that have already been called a potential game changer. U.S. Army Capt. Andrew Drew Johannes of Stillwater, Okla., along with thesis advisors Assistant Professor Sebastian Osswald of the NPS mechanical and aerospace en gineering and physics departments, and Visiting Professor Joseph Farmer of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have begun working on a Semi Solid Flow Cell (SSFC) battery, which they believe has the
REC Update September 2 012 10 potential to radically change the way the military po wers everything from forward operating bases in Afghanistan to warships at sea. Johannes, currently pursuing his doctorate at the university, came to NPS after spending a year building combat outposts in Afghanistan. A s his studies progressed, Johannes be came intrigued by SSFC technology, envisioning its application in a power system that could significantly cut down on FOB logistical requirements and reduce the energy footprint and noise signature produced by large generators. There are basic energy req uirements for a base. The Army runs on generators, they are loud and they often run all night, said Johannes. What if you could have an energy storage mechanism where you could run generators during the day, but turn them off at night and still have power? The SSFC battery system in development could make this a clear advantage for FOBs a reality, allowing the bases to maintain a more tactical posture at night. Its implications to Navy ships are just as advantageous, allowing for efficient energy stor age that can be used when needed to power critical ship systems. What makes SSFC batteries work is a substance cleverly dubbed, Cambridge Crude because of its development by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Cambridge Crude was created at MIT utilizing lithium based chemistry T he NPS team sought to utilize a similar concept but based it on traditional, low cost battery chemistries such as the lead acid or nickel metal hydride formulations found in the majority of batteries used today. We have been using lead based batteries for a very long time lead is cheaper, safer and its known To put it in automotive terms, you dont always need a V6 to get the job done when a V4 will work. And the V4 is also more affordable to a larger crowd, and requires lower operating costs, he added. Whether based on lithium, lead or nickel, the crude is an electroactive material, part liquid and part solid, consisting of small pieces of battery anodes and cathodes suspended in an electroly te solution. When this slurry of positive and negatively charged materials flows over an electrode, electricity can be stored or created. Beyond a new method of energy storage, SSFC technologies are also much more efficient as well, especially when the batteries are not in use. Traditional lead acid batteries degrade over time because the lead and lead dioxide inside the battery are in contact with the electrolyte solution, Johannes says. SSFC batteries have the potential to overcome this problem by giv ing the engineer flexibility to separate these components. With an SSFC, you have access to whats inside the battery, they are not just these sealed boxes that you throw away after their cycle life is up. You can engineer your batteries so that you can get inside, separate the materials or add materials as needed, said Johannes. For more information, go to: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/93916/nps researchersapplylatest battery chemistriespower fleet Lockheed Gambles on Green Generators for the US Military By William Pentland Forbes Lockheed Martin, the multinational security and aerospace conglomerate based in Bethesda, Maryland, is de veloping solid oxide fuel cell generators that will replace reliance on traditional battlefield power solutions and potentially reduce the fuel required for tactical generation of electric power by half or more. The fuel cell technology, which is being dev eloped with support of the U.S. Office of Naval Research, will be tailored to integrate with solar PV panels, which will reduce the amount of fuel needed to support forward operating military bases. In the near future Lockheed plans to demonstrate and d eliver a multi kilowatt JP 8 compatible Fuel Cell Efficient Power Node for evaluation by the U.S. Marines. The vulnerability of fuel supply lines is notorious. But this is not the only problem with diesel generators, the primary solutions used to support FOBs. Diesel gensets are dirty, noisy and inefficient. The cost of delivered diesel fuel for FOBs ranges from $40 per gallon to $400 per gallon. The steep maintenance costs associated with diesel generators is like adding insult to injury.
REC Update September 2 012 11 For nearly a decade, the U.S. Department of Defense has been trying to reduce the amount of energy required to support socalled forward operating bases (FOBs), which include everything from an austere, platoon sized base on the tactical edge to division sized enduring bases [so large that they] sell flat screen televisions from their Post Exchange. One of the few things virtually all FOB s have in common is onsite electric power generation. For example, in Ir aq, the FOB Al Asad FOB generated 32 megawatts (MW) of continuous electric power to support 20,000 people, 6,771 facilities and an internal bus system on 18 square miles. Meanwhile, the FOB Naray in Afghanistan supported about 500 soldiers with a single generator that supplied power for the camps communications systems and three computers. US Navy Plans to Test a Ship Mounted Laser Weapon By Doug Richardson HIS Janes The U S Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) is looking for industry proposals to develop and demonstrate an affordable solidstate laser weapon prototype for shipboard use, it stated in a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) published on 14 A UG 12. "We are in the process of developing a laser weapon prototype for the naval surface fleet to counter small, unmanned aerial vehicles and small boat threats," said Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder. The ONR hosted an industry day in May to provide the research and development community with information about its planned SolidSt ate Laser Technology Maturation (SSL TM) program. Feedback gleaned from industry has now been incorporated into the BAA. The SSLTM program builds upon earlier ONR developments in kilowattscale lasers, including the Maritime Laser Demonstration. This p roof of concept technology was tested at sea in 2011 aboard a decommissioned USN ship and found to disable a small boat target. During the first week of August the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), ONR and Navy Air and Missile Defense Command (NAMDC) sponsored a series of successful laser weapon concept development tests aboard a US Navy destroyer operating off the California coast. The service intends to use the technical data collected from these tests to assess the potential for developing an operat ional laser weapon system. The program proposed in the BAA is intended to demonstrate the technical maturity of a solidstate laser weapon system able to engage surface and air targets during realistic encounters that will involve representative ranges fro m the ship to target. Performance must be demonstrated at sea and while firing in conditions described as "a representative maritime environment". The selected contractor will be expected to build and test a prototype laser weapon that can be used on a mo ving ship representative of a naval surface combatant at combat speeds, in what are described as "combat like" conditions and with threat representative targets. The prototype laser weapon system is expected to use the ship's available power and cooling and be connected to the ship's combat control and support systems. Prior to combatant ship installation, prototypes may first need to be extensively tested at sea on other available naval test assets to ensure that technical maturity has been achieved bef ore the USN commits itself to modifying an operational warship. Prototype hardware for a maritimebased beam director is likely to be installed on a USN warship or test vessel for periods of at least six months and will preferably be left unattended. "Thi s will require careful thought and planning regarding the development of stored configurations, start up sequences with and without a laser subsystem, as well as unattended aperture maintenance," the BAA stated. There should be no requirement for ship's personnel to adjust, clean, or examine either interior or exterior optics in the entire laser weapon system. As a result, health monitoring of the optical train is essential, as is the need for having unattended operations for verification and cleaning of external apertures. Other critical technical milestones will be to demonstrate the laser's propagation in the marine environment to relevant target ranges in realistic at sea weather conditions, the collection of scientific atmospheric propagation data an d the validation of predicted lethality against mission critical targets. External power distribution and
REC Update September 2 012 12 cooling auxiliary systems will have to be developed and tested along with interfaces to the test platform's own systems. Although the required powe r and cooling capabilities may vary widely between land based test sites and a shipboard installation, the contractor will be expected to identify the power and cooling requirements needed in order to successfully field test the proposed prototype. At pres ent, the warship classes likely to be primary candidates for initial shipboard installation of any resulting operational weapon have not been officially identified but the Arleigh Burke class destroyer and littoral combat ship are likely candidates. Kiwi Wave Energy Device G ets US Trial By Ben Chapman Smith New Zealand Herald A New Zealand designed device which generates electricity by ocean wave power is one step closer to breaking into the massive US energy market. The Wave Energy TechnologyNZ (Wet NZ) converter will be tested off the Oregon coast over the next two months. It is a major milestone for the eight year project which was collaboration between Industrial Research Ltd (IRL), a Crown Research Institute, and private Wellington company Power Projects Ltd. Success with the trial would mean the possibility of full scale commercialization in the US, said Gavin Mitchell, IRL general manager of industry engagement. "This US deployment is a great opportunity to promote New Zealand technology in one of the world's most important energy markets." The device was designed to extract as much energy as possible from three different types of wave motion. A half scale, 18.4 metre long version would be moored to the sea floor off Oregon in an upright posit ion It would convert wave movement into energy by a system of on board hydraulics. Mitchell said the next step after this test would be to get further funding from the US government to develop and trial a full scale version of the device. That would ne ed to be tested in bigger, more powerful waves in another part of the country, he said. The designers had also applied to the US Navy to be considered for a 12month test in Hawaii. "That's to allow the N avy to evaluate energy devices to look at rolling it out at their bases worldwide." Waveenergy technology was still in its early stages both in New Zealand and internationally, Mitchell said. "Imagine where wind turbines were 15 years ago there were early trials and then suddenly there was a mass adoption. At the moment, there are only one or two devices as advanced as ours." Wet NZ technology use s wave power rather than tidal power, he said. Getting the project to this testing point was possible due to a US$2 million grant from the US Department of Energy and a partnership with US Company Northwest Energy Innovations. The New Zealand Government had also provided funding to get the project scaled up from proof of concept to prototype. Wet NZ had been refined based on the results of extensive tank te sting and deployments at various sites around New Zealand IRL is a Crown Research Institute with the task of supporting New Zealand industry. Green Crude: Sapphire Energy Extracts Oil from Algae By Brook Stockberger and Matt Robinson Las Cruces Sun News Bryn Davis was succinct and on point. "Our goal: make oil, make a lot of it," said Davis, operations manager with Sapphire Energy as he gave a tour of the company's research facility in Las Cruces. San Diego based Sapphire works to extract oil from algae that can then be refined and made into fuel. In addition to the Las Cruces location, the company has what it calls a green crude farm near Columbus, south of Deming. The idea is to make a renewable crop that can produce fuel. "We say over and over: this is farming," Davis said. The process starts in California. "A lot of the biology takes place in San Diego," Davis said. "Then it is shipped over here in petri dishes." But the Las Cruces folks are very open to finding other strains from southern New Mexico. "We sample algae from all over," he said. What i f something does not work? "There is no failure, just knowledge," Davis said.
REC Update September 2 012 13 Chris Meenach, a scientist at the Las Cruces facility, said that they put some of their effort into trying to "gro w the bad guy." The idea is that, if they can identify and grow species that are harmful to algae, they can learn how to defeat it. Thus they pay attention "if something blows into a pond and tries to eat it." Davis said that the process, from the lab t o harvesting to production of oil, takes a little bit more than a month. "The finished product is very similar to crude oil (from the ground,)" said Veronica Madwell, who also works in Las Cruces. Currently, the Columbus team is growing algae in 30 acres of ponds with the help of 35 full time employees, 32 of whom are New Mexicans. The process entails growing algae in one and two acre ponds, then pumping the water through devices that separate the algae from the water. The algae is extracted and turned in to green crude Th e company says this "is a dropin replacement for crude oil, compatible with existing refineries that produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel It can be blended seamlessly into oil and gasoline pipelines and run in today's engines with out modification." The first phase of the Columbus facility is now operational. Sapphire reports that it harvested its first crop in June without any system difficulties and has since harvested 21 million gallons of algae biomass totaling 81 tons. The c ompany's short term goal is to begin producing 100 barrels of green crude per day by 2014. Long term, the company plans to develop a 5,000to 10,000barrel per day facility with commercial production by 2018. If successful, the facility would produce mor e than one billion gallons of green crude per year. Navy Surveys Industry for High Power Energy Storage Called Hybrid Energy Storage Module (HESM) By John Keller Military and Aerospace Electronics US Navy researchers are reaching out to industry to fin d companies able to build prototype high power energy storage technology called hybrid energy storage module (HESM) E xperts say it has the potential to enhance fuel efficiency for future high power weapons and sensor systems on existing and future vehicl es, aircraft, ships, and submarines. HESM technology involves energy storage with high energy density, variable charge and discharge rates, and in modular reconfigurable packages for future military power microgrids and vehicles. For more information, go to: http://www.militaryaerospace.com/articles/2012/09/onr energy storage.html Guide to Integrating Renewable Energy in Federal Construction This guide is offere d by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). The FEMP guide walks users through renewable energy options to help select appropriate types of renewable energy technologies and integrate these technologies into all phase s of new construction or major renovation projects. This Guide also provides introductory information on why Federal agencies should consider renewable energy, specific guidance on major renovations, and guidance and resources for training and outreach for projects that use renewable energy. For more information, go to: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/reconstructionguide/ Bio Possibilities: Researchers Turn Waste into Fuel By Nick L owery San Diego State Collegian In a small lab at the back of Agriculture Engineering, a new method for creating biofuels without the use of grain has been tested and proven, at least on a small scale. Dr. Lin Wei, an assistant professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been developing a new method of producing biofuels for two years. That method uses a process called pyrolysis to turn biomass like corn stover and sawdust, which today is often considered waste, into biocrude oil. The oil is then refined into fuels that can drop in to traditional gasoline, diesel or JP 8 jet fuel. Wei said his research has been funded to the tune of about $2 million by three U.S. government agencies: the Department of Transportation, the Department of E nergy and the Department of Defense. The DODs interest centers around the Navys green fleet program. That program seeks to reduce the Navys use of petroleum fuels 50 percent by 2020. The Navy also plans to sail what it calls The Great Green Fleet a carrier strike group that will use, in addition to nuclear power, at least 50 percent biobased fuels by 2016.
REC Update September 2 012 14 So far Wei has successfully created drop in fuels from three different types of feedstock: corn stover, sawdust and nonfood vegetable oil. Biofuels produced from vegetable oil have been of particular interest to the Navy as a supplement to JP 8, which is used in everything from jets to trucks. What we do here is upgrade vegetable oil to dropin fuel, similar to what we do with corn stover, so that we can directly blend it with petroleum aviation fuel, or we can just send it to the refinery to blend it all together, Wei said. Weis method of producing biofuel is still in the laboratory scale phase and produces only about a quarter of a gall on of fuel per day. Wei said that within a year, though, his research could move on to the next step toward commercial production the pilot scale phase, which could produce about 26 gallons per day. Then it will go to live demonstration scale, for ex ample, in one or two more years. I would say within five years maybe we can go to commercial scale, Wei said. Navy Shore Installations to Realign Facilities By Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs Commander, Navy Installations Command (C NIC) released a message on 30 AUG 12 outlining possible service level reductions at Navy shore installations worldwide. Continuing fiscal demands have resulted in FY13 budget reductions across all CNIC programs. As a result, service levels in facility se rvices may need to be reduced to meet revised budget controls. "These reductions in facilities services are driven by our budget controls," said CNIC Director, Facilities and Environmental, Capt. J. P Rios. "Reductions in trash and recycling pick up, lan dscaping maintenance, or restroom cleaning may be a result of these reductions. These changes should not impact our day to day operations." Though most facility services are provided by contractors, there is no plan for service responsibilities to transfe r to Sailors or civilian personnel. The following are exempt from facility service reductions: Joint bases/regions subject to DoD Supplemental Guidance for Implementing and Operating a Joint Base and DoDI 4001.01B "Installation Support"; Advanced educati on review board institutions (U.S. Naval Academy, Naval War College, Naval Postgraduate School); Child Development Centers (CDCs). CNIC continues to evaluate future service standards and business rules. Navy Region and Installation Commanders shall coordi nate with their Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Engineering Facilities Command (FEC), Public Works staffs and affected tenant commands to plan for direct cost reduction measures. The reduction of facilities services is anticipated to begin i n FY13. For more information, go to: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=69356 Maritime Administration Ends use of Ships as Artificial Reefs The U.S. Maritime Administrati on (MARAD) adopted, effective May 2012, a policy against sinking for use as reefs any ships built before 1985. The policy is targeted at curtailing PCBs that, before 1985, often were found in ship wiring, insulation, gaskets and paint. Currently, all 38 s o called nonretention ships that are designated for disposal in MARAD s National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF), mostly made up of ex naval vessels, were built before 1985 and will thus all go to domestic recyclers. MARAD had not publically announced the policy until the Basel Action Network posted a media release on their website. The Basel Action Network has joined with the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity in a suit filed December 7, 2011 against the EPA for continuing to allow the Navy SINKEX program to sink vessels at sea in target practice exercises: http://www.ban.org/wpcontent/uploads/2011/12/2027complaint formatted 12 7 11.pdf
REC Update September 2012 15 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 Standards of Performance for St ationary Gas Turbines and Stationary Combustion Turbines (Draft) On 6 J UL 06 the EPA promulgated amendments to the new source performance standards for stationary combustion turbines. On 5 S EP 06, the Utility Air Regulatory Group filed a petition for rec onsideration of certain aspects of the promulgated standards. The EPA is proposing to amend specific provisions in the NSPS to resolve issues and questions raised by the petition for reconsideration, and to address other technical and editorial issues. T he proposed amendments would increase the environmental benefits of the existing requirements because the emission standards would apply at all times. The proposed amendments would also promote efficiency by recognizing the environmental benefit of combined heat and power and the beneficial use of low energy content gases. Comments should be submitted to your DoD REC representative who will, in turn, submit comments to email@example.com These comments must be received on or before 24 O CT 12 so that the REC can compile and organize the comments before the submission date. The proposed regulation can be found at: (Federal Register; 29 August 2012 [Proposed Rules], page 52554 http://www.fedcenter.gov/_plugins/programs/remotelink/rlink.cfm?dest=http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR 20120829/html/201220524.htm Enhanced GSA Carbon Footprint Tool Simplifies Measuring, Managing Tracking, and Sharing of GHG Emissions Data The General Services Administration (GSA) has released a new version of the GSA Carbon Footprint Tool The tool is intended to assist a ll federal agen cies as they compile their annual comprehensive GHG inventory and help them track progress towards achieving their GHG reduction goals. There continues to be no charge to use this tool. New advanced analytics features will help users to verify the validi ty of data, identify areas for improvement and take corrective actions. The redesign was based on extensive internal user experience, feedback from focus groups, and input from over 30 federal agencies. The redesigned GSA Carbon Footprint Tool is easier to navigate, helps users find and share key information faster, and offers better support for mobile devices. The redesign focuses on helping agencies save time and money associated with implementing GHG reductions under Executive Order 13514. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/Announcements/index.cfm?id=22105 Federal Appeals Court Blocks EPA Ruling on Cross State Pollution By Matthew L. Wald N ew York Times A federal appeals court has overturned a federal rule that laid out how much air pollution states would have to clean up to avoid incurring violations in downwind states. The decision sends the EPA and perhaps even Congress, back to the drawing board in what has become a long and paralyzing argument over how to mesh a system of statebystate regulation with the problem of industrial smokestacks pumping pollutants into a single atmosphere. In a 2 1 ruling, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals f or the District of Columbia said the EPA had exceeded its authority in the way it apportioned the cleanup work among 28 upwind states. For more information,
REC Update September 2 012 16 go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/science/earth/appeals court strikesdown epa rule on cross statepollution.html?_r=1 Industry Groups Challenge GHG Tailoring Rule Step 3 (10 SEP 12) A number of industry groups including the American Petroleum Institute, the American Fuel & Petrochemicals Manufacturers, the National Association of Manufacturers and National Oilseed Processers Association filed a petition for review of EPAs Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Tailoring Rul e Step 3 (77 Federal Register 41051). In American Petroleum Institute v. EPA (No. 121376), the groups ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the final Step 3 rule, which was promulgated on 12 JUL 12 and retains exist ing GHG permitting thresholds under the Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V permitting programs. For further information go to: http://members.4cleanair.org/rc_files/5435/step3.lawsuit.pdf Chromium Electroplating and Anodizing NESHAP (40 CFR 63 Subpart N) The EPA has finalized the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for hard and decorative chromium electroplating and chromium anodizing tanks. EPA has determined emissions limits and surface tension limits that are moderately lower than the limits in the current regulation for new and existing hard chromium electroplating, decorative chromium electroplating, and chromium anodizing sources. This action also includes housekeeping requirements to minimize fugitive emissions from affected sources and eliminates the use of fume suppressants that contain perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS). EPA responded favorably to most o f the housekeeping measure revisions recommended by the DOD Services to make the application of the requirements more reasonable. Finally, this action amends the requirements for testing, monitoring, reporting, and recordkeeping for consistency with the o ther requirements of the NESHAP. As required by court order, EPA signed the final amendments on 15 AUG 12 T his final action became effective on 19 SEP 12. CHESAPEAKE BAY Bay Pollution Trading Could Hurt the Poor and Minorities By Tim Wheeler The Ba ltimore Sun Trading pollution "credits" to reduce the cost of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay risks endangering the health of the region's poor and minority communities, a new report warns. The report by the Washingonbased Center for Progressive Reform co ntends that without explicit safeguards, water quality trading programs being launched in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia could result in localized concentrations of nutrient pollution, most likely in urban areas with already degraded waters. All thre e states have set up market oriented trading programs aimed at reducing nutrient pollution fouling the bay. Farmers can earn "credits" by reducing largely unregulated runoff from their fields, which they can then sell to municipalities and industries that are under government orders to curb their discharges of the same pollutants. Advocates contend trading programs can ease the fiscal burden municipalities face in trying to reduce pollution washing off their streets and seeping out of household septic tank s. Less costly cleanup options are needed, proponents say, as local governments face estimated cleanup costs in the hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars. But the center warns that allowing municipalities and industries to pay farmers to redu ce nutrient pollution elsewhere in the bay watershed could result in degraded "hot spots" where water quality gets worse or at the least, does not improve. For more information, go to: http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/green/blog/balbmg group warns of chesapeakebaypollutiontradinginequities 20120815,0,5654003.story
REC Update September 2 012 17 Virginia Leads in 2011 Ch esapeake Watershed Restoration By Associated Press Virginia restored more wetlands than any other state in the Chesapeake Bay watershed last year. The Chesapeake Bay Program says 3,775 acres of wetlands were restored in 2011, led by Virginia which restore d 1,653 acres. Maryland was second with 750 acres and New York third with 625. West Virginia restored 369 acres, Pennsylvania 254, and Delaware 123. The regional partnership that coordinates bay restoration efforts says wetlands help filter pollutants an d sediments from storm runoff, thereby keeping it from harming bay water quality Restoration is needed because only 5 percent of bay waters met program goals last year. Wetlands also provide habitat and protect against flooding and erosion. The bay program says 14,795 acres were established between 1998 and 2010, nearly half the 30,000acre restoration goal of the six bay states. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS US Na vy Settles Hazardous Waste Violations The U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a $32,800 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations and underground storage tank (UST) regulations at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story facility in Virginia Beach, V A. The EPA cited the U S Navy for violating the Resource Conservat ion and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/Announcements/index.cfm?id=22106 Amendment to Hazardous M aterials Transportation Regulations (Draft) These amendments are to maintain alignment with international standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the Hazardous Materials Regulations with recent changes made to the Internation al Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods -Model Regulations and sub sequently address a petition for rulemaking. Comments should be submitted to your DoD REC representative who will, in turn, submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org These comments must be received on or before 10 OCT 12 so that the REC can compile and organize the comments before the submission date. The proposed regulation can be found at: ( Federal Register; 15 August 2012 [Proposed Rules], pages 4916749276 http://www.fedcenter.gov/_plugins/programs/remotelink/rlink.cfm?dest=http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR 20120815/html/201218431.htm Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): Revisions to Manifesting Regulations EPA has issued a direct final rule to align the manifesting requirements for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act with rules for hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The RCRA manifest regulations are in 40 CFR Parts 262, 263, and 264 and the existing PCB regulations are in 40 CFR Part 761. These changes are needed because PCB wastes are manifested using the RCRA Uniform Hazardous Waste Man ifest, and PCB waste handlers and generators need to adhere to the more recent RCRA hazardous waste manifest regulations, while still accounting for certain unique PCB manifest regulations. The modifications will also incorporate 40 CFR 262.20(f), which i s the manifesting exemption for the transport of waste on a public or private rightof way within or along the border of contiguous property, into the PCB regulations. Furthermore, to
REC Update September 2 012 18 simplify the use of both the RCRA and PCB manifest regulations, sections under Part 761 are being reorganized and renumbered to parallel the similar sections under Parts 262 through 264. EPA is publishing this rule as a direct final rule because the Agency views this action as noncontroversial and EPA anticipates no adverse comments since these changes are only meant to update the PCB manifest regulations for the sake of consistency between the PCB manifest and the RCRA manifest. This direct final rule will be effective 5 DEC 12 without further notice unless EPA receives adverse written comments by 5 NOV 12. The Federal Register document can be accessed at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR 2012 09 06/html/201221674.htm Regulation Concerning Certif ied Lead Contractors Notification, Lead Project Permits, and Permit Fees The Safety and Health Codes Board of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry has given notice that it intends to consider amending 16VAC2535, Regulation Concerning Certified L ead Contractors Notification, Lead Project Permits, and Permit Fees. This NOIRA (Notice of Intended Regulatory Action) was published in the Virginia Register on 27 AUG 12. The purpose of the proposed action is to provide both increased protection to empl oyees and employers performing lead based paint abatement projects by requiring that licensed lead contractors submit written notification for all lead projects, as defined in 16VAC2535 10, regardless of the contract price for the lead project. The Agency intends to hold a public hearing on the proposed action. The public comment period ends on 26 SEP 12. The agency contact is Mr. John J. Crisanti ( email@example.com ), Planning and Eval uation Manager, Department of Labor and Industry, (804) 7864300. NOIRA in the Virginia Register http://legis.state.va.us/codecomm/register/vol28/iss26/v28i26.pdf#page=5 16VAC2535 http://www.doli.virginia.gov/leadasbestos/pdfs/LeadRegulations.pdf OSHA Issues Two Bulletins on Mercury Exposure from Fluorescent Bulb Recycling On 3 1 J UL 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued two new bulletins to help protect workers from mercury exposure while crushing and recycling fluorescent bulbs. The shift to energysaving fluorescents, which contain mercury, calls for more attention to workers who handle, dispose, and recycle used fluorescent bulbs. The OSHA fact sheet explains how workers may be exposed, what kinds of engineering controls and personal protective equipment they need, and how to use these controls and equipment properly. In addition, the OSHA Quick Card alerts employers and workers to the hazards of mercury and provides information on how to properly clean up accidentally broken fluorescent bulbs to minimize workers' exposures to mercury.
REC Update September 2 012 19 REGION 1 CONNECTIC UT Note: The Connecticut General Assembly convened on 8 FEB 12 and adjourned on 9 MAY 12. Proposed L egislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules Notice of Tentative Determination to Renew a General Permit for Discharge of Stormwater and Dewatering Wastewaters from Construction Activities The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has g iven notice of a tentative determination to renew for one year without modification the General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater and Dewatering Wastewaters from Construction Activities under section 22a 430b of the Connecticut General Statutes for di scharges of stormwater from construction activities into the waters of the state. R egulation s Historic Tax Credit Voucher The Department of Economic and Community Development has adopted amendments concerning tax credits for the rehabilitation of histor ic commercial, industrial, institutional, former municipal, state or federal government property, cultural building or residential property of more than four units for residential use. The purpose of these amendments is to establish amended DECD applicatio n requirements, standards and procedures for application review and approval to determine owner eligibility for the historic tax credit voucher administered by the DECD under C.G.S. 10416a. This regulation was passed and became effective on 2 AUG 12. Hi storic Tax Credit Voucher Mixed Residential and Nonresidential Use The Department of Economic and Community Development has adopted amendments concerning tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic commercial, industrial, institutional, former munic ipal, state or federal government property, cultural building, institutional or mixed residential and nonresidential property for mixed residential and nonresidential or nonresidential use. The purpose of these amendments is to establish amended DECD appli cation requirements, standards and procedures for application review and approval to determine owner eligibility for the historic tax credit voucher administered by the DECD under C.G.S. 10416b. This regulation was passed and became effective on 2 AUG 12 EPA and Navy Announce Final Record of Decision on Cleanup at Sub Base New London Superfund Site The EPA, the Navy, and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced approval of the thirteenth Record of Decision (ROD) at the Naval Submarine Base New London Superfund site
REC Update September 2 012 20 in Groton, CT. In signing the ROD, the EPA has formally accepted the Navy s cleanup plan to address contamination at the submarine base. The signing of the ROD will enable the Navy to move forward on the remedial design and cleanup action in the area known as the Lower Submarine Base. The cleanup is expected to commence in November 2013. The Lower Submarine Base, which covers approximately 102 acres, is located in the southwestern portion of the si te. Over many years, various ship maintenance activities took place in this area. Lead acid battery maintenance and overhaul activities occurred in this area until the mid 1950 s and an incinerator operated at the site until 1967. In 2011, the Navy compl eted a remedial investigation in the Lower Submarine Base to characterize the nature and extent of contamination. The contaminants of concern in this area include polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), lead, metals, and pestic ides. Based on the outcome of the remedial investigation the Navy looked at various options for cleanup known formally as a Feasibility Study. The cleanup plan in the Lower Submarine Base will focus on contamination in soil and sediments. The Navy propos ed no action in surface water and groundwater in the area under this ROD because levels of contamination for contaminants regulated under federal standards are at very low concentrations and therefore do not pose an unacceptable health or ecological risk. EPA concurred. In addition to this federal cleanup, the Navy will also address state requirements for the cleanup of stateregulated petroleum wastes within the area. The Lower Submarine Base area is divided into seven zones. The selected remedies in th ese zones are as follows: Zone 1: Land use controls and monitoring of soils. Zones 3 and 7: Maintaining soil covers, land use controls and monitoring of soils. Zones 2, 5, and 6: No further action. Zone 4: Excavation, monitoring, and land use controls of s oils D redging of the sediment, land use controls, and monitoring in the Thames River. Land use controls and monitoring of sediments around Outer Pier 1. The 711 acre Naval Submarine Base New London Superfund site is located along the Thames River in t he towns of Groton and Ledyard, C T. The submarine base contains piers, berths, maintenance facilities a nd administrative offices. After contamination was discovered at the Base, the Naval Submarine Base was listed on the USEPA National Priorities List in August 1990 for cleanup under Superfund program. After the base was listed, the EPA, Connecticut DEEP and the Navy signed a formal agreement known as a Federal Facility Agreement which is a procedural framework for addressing cleanup at the site. For m ore information go to: http://www.epa.gov/region1/superfund/sites/newlondon 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 during this reporting period.
REC Update September 2 012 21 Proposed Rules Board of Pesticides Control Rules The D epartment of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Board of Pesticides Control has proposed rulemaking regarding the Board of Pesticides Control Rules. (1) The amendments to Ch. 10 will incorporate interpretive policies to the definitions of Commercial Ap plicator, Custom Application, Distribute and Spray Contracting Firm. A definition of Government Employee is also added, to clarify the intent of Title 22, 1471 D(9). (2) The repeal of Ch. 21 is necessary because the statutory mandate for a restricted use p esticide container deposit system was repealed by PL 2011, Ch. 510. (3) The amendments to Ch. 27 are to address weaknesses and incorporate improvements that were identified during an evaluation of the rule requested by the Legislature in Resolve 2011, Ch. 59. (4) The amendments to Ch. 50 will remove the reporting requirements associated with the restricteduse pesticide container deposit system which will no longer be necessary because of the repeal of Ch. 21 (above). Regulations Classification of Air Quality Control Regions The Department of Environmental Protection has adopted amendments to its Ch. 114 Classification of Air Quality Control Regions rule, to reflect Maines attainment status for the 8hour ozone NAAQS and clarify that only the Moosehorn Wilderness Area located in Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge is a Class I area (the entire refuge is not a Class I area). In addition, the amendments clarify that when redesignating an area, the requirement to hold a public hearing in the area being redesignated applies only for prevention of significant deterioration purposes, thereby aligning the hearing requirement with statute at 38 MRSA B. These amendments will be submitted to EPA for in corporation in the Maine State Implementation Plan. This regulation passed and became effective on 29 AUG 12. Operator Training for Oil and Hazardous Substance Storage Facilities Th e Department of Environmental Protection has adopted a rule which establishes training requirements for operators of underground oil storage facilities regulated under 38 MRSA 561 et seq. and underground hazardous substance storage facilities regulated under rules adopted pursuant to 38 MRSA 1364(2). The training requirements specified in the proposed rule are modeled after guidelines provided by USEPA (Grant Guidelines to States for Implementing the Operator Training Provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (August 2007)). The rule establishes two operator classes (A/B and C) and sets out the specific training requirements for each class of operators. The rule also requires the department to develop and administer operator training and testing require ments. The rule tracks recently enacted Maine law that requires certification to be renewed every 2 years unless there is a change in the leak detection system or a finding of non compliance. The rule provides that if facility operators choose to re certif y each year the operators will not be required to re certify upon a finding of non compliance. The rule also provides that third party training programs may be approved for use and identifies the content of third party training programs and a process for o btaining approval. The rule requires that underground tank operators become trained by the federally established deadline of 8 AUG 12. This regulation passed and became effective on 4 AUG 12. Maine DEP and Maine Board of Pesticides Control Sponsor Free P esticides Disposal for Maine Homeowners, Family Farms Maines Board of Pesticide Control (BPC) and its Department of Environmental Protection are partnering to provide homeowners a free opportunity this F all to dispose of old pesticides that may be stockpiled on their properties. Required registration the deadline for which is 28 SEP 12 is now open for the disposal day which will give owners of homes family farms and greenhouses the opportunity to safely and legally get rid of pesticides that have become caked, frozen, or otherwise rendered unusable, including those that are banned in the state.
REC Update September 2 012 22 Its not uncommon for new owners of older homes or farms in Maine to discover they have inherited hazardous waste in the form of pesticides with old chemicals like DDT, lead arsenate, 2,4,5T and chlordane left behind in barns, basements or garages. While disposing of these chemicals can seem daunting, its important that they are dealt with properly and not tossed in the trash or down the drain where they can cont aminate land and water resources such as drinking water. We urge people holding these chemicals to contact us immediately to register, says BPC Public Education Specialist Paul Schlein. There will be four sites throughout the state where preregistered participants will be able to bring their obsolete pesticides and dispose of them conveniently and at no cost. The collected chemicals go to out of state disposal facilities licensed by the EPA where they are incinerated or reprocessed. Due to safety and regulatory requirements, disposal dropins are not allowed ; therefore, registration by the 28 SEP 12 deadline is necessary. The BPC will contact registrants several weeks prior to th e event to inform them of their local collection date and location. T o register, get additional details or learn important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to http://www.thinkfirstspraylast.org or call the BPC at 287 2731. 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 contracts 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. Massachuse tts Bill Seeks to Reduce Particulate Emissions from Diesel Engines The purpose of MA HB 2749 is to minimize diesel particulate from on road mobile sources by requiring engines to be retrofitted with emission control devices and use ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. On behalf of the services, DOD REC 1 and 3 submitted formal comments to State Representative Cheryl A. Coakley Rivera, the author of the bill. The letter summarized the adverse impacts on training and maintenance that would result with retrofitting Military Tactical Equipment. We requested that Military Tactical Equipment be added to the exemptions list based on EPAs previous determination that the population military equipment and engines represent a very small portion of the total market and do not have a significant environmental impact. Additionally, we requested that Military Tactical Equipment be exempt from the ultra low sulfur diesel highway fuel requirement per 40 CFR 80.606 which explicitly exempts fuel used for military tactical vehicle s from low sulfur fuel standards.
REC Update September 2 012 23 Final Revision to Massachusetts Region Haze State Implementation Plan Under Section 169A of the federal Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires each state to submit a Regional Haze State Imp lementation Plan (SIP) that includes state measures for improving visibility conditions in certain national parks and wilderness areas, and addresses Best Available Retrofit Technology requirements for certain air pollution sources. On 30 DEC 11, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) submitted a Regional Haze SIP to EPA for approval. On 17 FEB 12, MassDEP proposed a revision to its Regional Haze SIP to address Best Available Retrofit Technology requirements and other emission reduction commitments for electric generating units. MassDEP held two public hearings and the public comment period closed on 9 APR 12. On 9 AUG 12, MassDEP submitted the Final Revision to the Regional Haze SIP to EPA for approval. Comments submitted an d MassDEP's responses are in Appendices D 16 through D 31 of the Final SIP Revision. For more information about the Final Paln, go to: http://www.mass.gov/dep/air/priorities/sip.htm#h aze Navy Has a Plan to Clean Southfield By Kristine A. Wong Wicked Local The Navy intends to inject a strong chemical oxidant into the ground under a hangar at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station to nullify the effects of contaminants used by maintenance crews to clean aircraft years ago. Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Coordinator David Barney said a lot of hazardous materials were used for maintaining aircraft in Hangar 2, or Building 82, and the forthcoming cleanup is based on y ear of studies done by consultants. The floor drain system probably received petroleum fluids, Barney said during a recent Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) public hearing. The base was closed in 1997 and the Navy stored excess vehicles in the building. A summary description of the proposed cleanup states the Navy cleaned floor drains and gas trap manholes in the hangar during 1998. Navy officials also studied soil samples to determine the level of contaminants in the ground during 2000 to 2002 and comp leted ground borings under the hangar to analyze how chemicals impacted the dirt. Barney said a remedial investigation of the hangar site revealed low risks to human health from the contaminants in the soil and groundwater. We looked at the ecological i mpact to the site and there is no impact to the quality of wildlife, he said. Barney said the Navy prefers having land use controls near the hangar that involve monitoring the ground and injecting chemicals into the soil to treat the contaminants. We lo oked at landuse controls and monitoring to see if it would clean itself up over time, he said. We want to look at the costs. According to the summary, t he chemical treatment approach would involve injecting a strong oxidant into the soil to treat the contaminants and ongoing monitoring of the site. The chemical oxidation into the ground changes it (contaminants) into a benign compound, Barney said. The summary states ongoing five year reviews of the ground near the hangar would be done if contamina tion levels dont allow an unrestricted use of the site. EPA and Mass National Guard Reach Agreement on 2011 Firing Range Violation Allegations at Camp Edwards On 30 AUG 12, the EPA issued a Consent Agreement and Final Order with the Massachusetts Nati onal Guard to resolve EPA allegations of violations of operations and maintenance requirements by the Guard in managing three firing ranges at Camp Edwards. Camp Edwards is located on the northern portion of the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) a 22,000acre property that has been used for military training activities since 1935. The base is located over an aquifer that is the sole source of drinking water for residents of Cape Cod. Two environmental cleanup programs (one implemented by the Army, the other by the Air Force) are addressing the areas of soil and groundwater contamination that have resulted from activities on site. The Air Force is addressing contamination from the Otis Air Force Base primarily in the southern portion of MMR under the
REC Update September 2 012 24 Federal Superfund Program. The Army is addressing contamination at Camp Edwards in the northern portion of MMR as required by EPA under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). In 1997 and 2000, EPA issued to the Guard a series of administra tive orders under SDWA to protect the sole source groundwater aquifer underlying MMR. One of those orders prohibited Guard training with live ammunition to protect the sole source Cape Cod Aquifer. The Guard had since petitioned EPA to resume small arms training with lead ammunition at three firing ranges, known as J, K and T Ranges. Following the petitions, EPA consented to the training with particular safeguards, including use of bullet capture systems and compliance with Operation, Maintenance and Mo nitoring Plans (OMMPs) developed for each of the three ranges. In 2011, EPA identified that the Guard had not complied with OMMP requirements related to the bullet capture systems at the three firing ranges. Specifically, the Guard failed to pump and dispose of water that was collecting in the bullet capture systems and also failed to notify EPA of issues associated with water collection and disposal. Following EPAs identification of the alleged violations, EPA and the Guard conducted pre enforcement negotiations and settled on a Safe Drinking Water Act Consent Agreement and Final Order. The agreement includes a $27,500 cash penalty and the performance of a Supplemental Environmental Project by the Guard that will remove 14 acres of impervious surface at MMR. The estimated value of the project is just over $100,000. The Supplemental Environmental Project will assist the groundwater underlying MMR and will enhance protection of state listed threatened and endangered species. EPAs action will result in the restoration of 14 acres of sandplain grassland habitat, which is critical for rare plants, moths, butterflies, and birds such as the upland sandpiper, grasshopper sparrow, vesper sparrow, and northern harrier, said Mary Griffin, Commissioner of th e Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game. We are pleased that the EPA and Massachusetts National Guard have agreed to this important habitat restoration project under the Consent Agreement. EPA and the Guard continue to work together on a large number of cleanup actions pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Act on MMR. For m ore information, go to: http://www.epa.gov/region1/mmr/index.html NEW HAMPSHIRE Note: The NH General Court conven ed 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 Recovery of Gasoline Vapors The Department of Environmental Services has proposed rulemaking relating to recovery of gasoline vapors. The existing rules, Env Wm 1404, regulate emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from gaso line storage tanks, gasoline dispensing facilities, bulk gasoline plants, and cargo truck in accordance with 2(b)(3) and of the Clean Air Act, as amended. (These rules originally were adopted as Env A 1205 but were moved to the Env Wm subtitle whe n the vapor recovery program was merged with the underground storage tank program to achieve greater efficiencies.) These rules are due to expire on 21 AUG 12,
REC Update September 2 012 25 and are proposed to be readopted with amendment so as to continue the vapor recovery program. Pursuant to RSA 541A:14 a, I, the existing rules (Env Wm 1404) will continue in effect for the duration of this readoption proceeding. The amendments are primarily intended to (1) clarify existing requirements; (2) align the rule with federal standards th at were not yet reflected in the rules; (3) remove bulk gasoline loading terminals as defined in Env A 1202.22 and bulk gasoline plants as defined in Env A 1202.23, as they are subject to Env A 1217; and (4) redesignate the rules into the Env Or (Oil and R emediation) subtitle. Some additional recordkeeping, reporting, and testing requirements are also proposed. R egulation s Ambient Air Quality Standards The Department of Environmental Services has adopted changes to the state ambient air quality standards for particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and lead to make them consistent with recently revised national ambient air quality standar ds, as required by the CAA. Specifically, DES has adopted the following substantive changes: Env A 303, Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter (PM): The annual primary and secondary standards for PM10 are revoked, and the 24hour primary and secondary standards for PM2.5 are strengthened from 65 to 35 micrograms per cubic meter (/m3); Env A 304, Ambient Air Quality Standards for Sulfur Dioxide The 24hour and annual primary standards are revoked; they are replaced by a more protective 1 hour primary standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb); Env A 306, Ambient Air Quality Standards for Nitrogen Dioxide: A new 1hour primary standard of 100 ppb is added; Env A 307, Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: The 1hour primary and secondary standard s are revoked, and the 8hour primary and secondary standards are strengthened from 0.08 to 0.075 parts per million (ppm); and Env A 308, Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead: The primary and secondary standards are strengthened from 1.5 g/m3 to 0.15 g /m3. This regulation was passed and became effective on 1 SEP 12. RHODE ISLAND Note: The RI General Assembly convened on 3 JAN 12 and adjourned on 13 JUN 12. Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was ident ified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules No new environmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identified during this reporting period.
REC Update September 2 012 26 VERMONT Note: The Vermont General Assembly convened on 3 JAN 12 and adjourned on 5 MA Y 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 identified during this reporti ng period.
REC Update September 2012 27 REGION 2 NEW JERSEY The New Jersey Legislature meets throughout the year. Proposed Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules Air Administrative Procedures and Penalties The Department of Environmental Protection has proposed amendments regarding air administrative procedures and penalties. The amended rules wil l continue to encourage compliance and discourage noncompliance with the State's air pollution control laws and regulations. DEP Announces Pilot Program to Identify Hazards in Abandoned Buildings On 29 AUG 12 the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announce d a new state pilot program called "Boots on the Ground" that will locate and identif y hazardous materials in abandoned urban buildings to help protect firefighters and other responders in the event of fire or emergency situation. The effor t was launched as a result of a series of fires in abandoned buildings in Camden last year. NJ Officials Urge Residents to Take Precautions against Mosquitoes, West Nile Virus The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health are ur ging state residents to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoborne West Nile Virus by taking some simple steps to reduce populations of the insect on their own properties. Late summer and early fall are typically the most critical times of the year to be aware of the potential for the dangers of contracting West Nile Virus from mosquito bites. Mosquito activity can continue until late October. Mosquitoes also can become more active throughout the entire day at this time of year. Concerns are elevated this year because of increased mosquito activity due to weather conditions that have been ripe for mosquito breeding, and which could increase the risk of mosquitoborne diseases, including West Nile virus. According to New Jersey Department of H ealth Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd, "Residents should protect themselves by using repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and avoiding the outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active." Additional personal protection measures include: M aintaining screen doors and windows Using insect netting on infant carriers and strollers and Taking action to limit mosquitoes on personal property The DEP offers the following tips on how to limit mosquitoes on your property: Dispose of tin cans, plas tic containers, ceramic pots or similar water holding containers that have accumulated on your property.
REC Update September 2 012 28 Pay special attention to discarded tires that may have accumulated. The used tire has become the most important domestic mosquito producer in this coun try. Drill holes in the bottom and elevate recycling containers that are left out of doors. Clean clogged roof gutters on an annual basis, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters are easily over looked but can produce millions of mosquitoes each season. Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. A wading pool becomes a mosquito producer if it is not used on a regular basis. Turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in bird bat hs. Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left untended can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhoodwide complaints. Be aware mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers. Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts more than four days. Maintain mechanical barriers, such as window and door screens, to prevent mosquitoes from entering buildings. Barriers over rain barrels or cistern and septic pipes will deny female mosquitoes the opportunity to lay eggs on water. If you have problems controlling mosquitoes, contact your county mosquito control agency by calling 888666 5968. In recent weeks, the number of human West Nile cases identified in the United States has risen dramatically, with the nation exper iencing the highest number of cases reported since 1999, when the virus was first detected in the United States. NJ DOH has identified eight human cases of West Nile Virus in New Jersey so far this year. They were in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middle sex, Monmouth and Ocean counties. The majority of individuals infected with the virus will show no symptoms. Some people will have mild to moderate symptoms of West Nile fever, which may include fever, headache, rash, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and swoll en lymph nodes. Symptoms appear within 2 to 15 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito. Older adults and immune compromised individuals are at higher risk of developing severe illness. If a person thinks they may be infected, they should visit their health care provider for further evaluation and potential testing. There is no treatment for West Nile Virus and mild to moderate infections usually resolve within 7 to 10 days. More severe infections may require hospitalization and supportive treatment For more information from the NJ DEP go to: www.nj.gov/dep/mosquito For more information from the NJ DOH, go to: www.state.nj.us/health/cd/westnile NEW YORK The New York State Legislature meets throughout the year.
REC Update September 2 012 29 Proposed Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was ide ntified during this reporting period. Legislation On 13 APR 11, Assemblyman Thiele introduced NY AB 7119 which r elates to the establishment, extension, powers and expenses of watershed protection improvement districts. This bill was signed by the Governor on 17 AUG 12. On 30 MAR 12, Senator Grisanti introduced NY SB 6858 which would requ ire the publication of laws relating to the control of invasive species. This bill was signed by the Governor on 1 AUG 12. On 8 JUN 12, Senator Lanza introduced NY S B 7637 which would do the following: Enact the Internet system for tracking over prescribing (I STOP) act and create a prescription monitoring program registry (part A); relate to prescription drug forms, electronic prescribing and language assistance (pa rt B); relate to schedules of controlled substances (part C); relate to continuing education for practitioners and pharmacists in prescription pain medication awareness and the duties of the pain management awareness workgroup (part D); and relate to the s afe disposal of controlled substances (part E). This bill was signed by the Governor on 27 AUG 12. Proposed Rules No new environmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identified during this reporting period.
REC Update September 2 012 30 REGION 3 DISTRICT O F 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 Regulations to Implement the Lead Hazard Prevention and Elimination Act of 2008 and the Lead Hazard Prevention and Elimination Amendment Act of 2010 The Department of the Environment has proposed rulemaking to implement the Lead Hazard Prevention and Elimination Act of 2008 and the Lead Hazard Prevention and Elimination Amendment Act of 2010. The proposed rules will allow DDOE to fulfill the intent of the Acts in a manner that is effective and protective of public health, without unduly burdening the regulated community. These proposed rules implement provisions of the Acts, which require all dwelling units, common areas of multifamily properties, and child occupied facilities constructed b efore 1978 to be maintained free of lead based paint hazards. EPA Proposes Air Permit for Capitol Power Plant A proposed permit for the Capitol Power Plant in Washington, D C would provide the facility with the flexibility to begin using more efficient nat ural gas rather than coal as its main source of energy. The Capitol Power Plant was built in the early 1900s and provides steam for heat and chilled water for cooling to nearby federal buildings, including the U.S. Capitol. The proposed Plant wide Applica bility Limit permit reduces the permitting burden for the plant in exchange for limiting its ability to increase emissions. The permit would establish a site wide emissions cap for greenhouse gases, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter at the power plant. EPA prepared the permit in response to an application submitted by the Architect of the Capitol, which oversees the Capitol Power Plant. According to the application, the Capitol Power Plant intends to install two natural gas fired co generation unit s to provide steam and electricity to the Capitol and nearby buildings. This permit does not authorize construction of the project, but it does streamline the permitting process, which is handled by the D.C. Department of Environment. This co generation project will allow the Capitol Power Plant to generate its own electricity, which has not been done since 1951. The co generation units would also improve energy efficiency. The proposed permit is subject to a public comment period beginning 29 AUG 12 an d concluding with a public hearing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 1 OCT 12 at the Washington Council of Governments, 777 North Capitol Street, NE, # 300. A copy of the draft permit is available online at http://www.ep a.gov/reg3artd/
REC Update September 2 012 31 DDOE Director Terminated; Interim Director Named The director of the District s Department of the Environment has been terminated City Administrator Allen Lew announced the firing of Christophe Tulou. Keith Anderson, who had been T ulou's chief of staff, will lead the agency on an interim basis while the city searches for a permanent replacement. DELAWARE Note: The Delaware General Assembly convened on 10 JAN 12 and adjourned on 30 JUN 12. Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules Lead Based Paints Hazards The Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Health Systems Protection, has proposed revisions to the State of Delaware Regulations Governing Lead Based Paints Hazards. The proposed revisions establish standards for the regulation of lead based paint hazard control activities for abatement firms, workers, and training programs. The revisions also correct technical errors and inconsistencies; clarify current requirements, such as the Secretarys authority to conduct on site investigations and the recertification of firms; incorporate minor changes resulting from new Federal training requirements; add necessary definitions; and provide increased flexibilities for individual training, recertification and utilization of electronic methods of communication. Due to the extensive number of amendments the Division has concluded that the current regulations should be repealed and replaced in their entirety with the proposed regulations being published. Regulations Clarification of the Definition of "Subject to Regulation" The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has adopted a revision of Section 1.9 Definitions of 7 DE Administrative 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 tailoring rule. This new language can be read to provi de 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 regulation 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 necessary to enable the EPA to approve this SIP revision This regulation passed and became effective on 11 AUG 12.
REC Update September 2 012 32 MARYLAND Note: The Maryland General Assembly convened on 11 JAN 12 and adjourned on 9 APR 12. Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identifie d during this reporting period. Regulations Ambient Air Quality Standards The Department of the Environment has adopted the amendment of Regulation .03 and the repeal of Regulations .04 .09 under COMAR 26.11.04 Ambient Air Quality Standards. The purpose of this action is to adopt the following revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as required by Section 2302 (c) of the Environment Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland: The 2006 revised NAAQS for particulate matter (PM) and update the definitions, reference conditions, and methods of measurement as specified in 40 CFR Parts 50, 53, and 58. The 2010 revised NAAQS for sulfur dioxide (SO2) and update the definitions, reference conditions, and methods of measurement as specified in 40 CFR Parts 50, 53 and 58. The 2008 NAAQS for groundlevel ozone (O3) and update the definitions, reference conditions, and methods of measurement as specified in 40 CFR Parts 50 and 58. The 2010 revised NAAQS for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and update the defini tions, reference conditions, and methods of measurement as specified in 40 CFR Parts 50 and 58. The 2008 NAAQS for lead (Pb) and update the definitions, reference conditions, and methods of measurement as specified in 40 CFR Parts 50, 51, 53 and 58. This r egulation was passed and became effective on 17 SEP 12. Control of Incinerators Emergency Action The Department of the Environment has granted emergency status to amendments to Regulation .082 under COMAR 26.11.08 Control of Incinerators. This emerg ency rule passed and became effective on 2 JUL 12 and expires on 30 NOV 12. Expansion Planned for UAVs at Webster Field By Nicole Clark Sou t hern Maryland N ewspapers Maryland Army National guardsmen have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan where they f lew unmanned aircraft (UAVs) that helped them outwit their enemies. But some 15 to 20 Maryland guardsmen have been doing the high tech maintenance and training for unmanned aircraft work in a tent and in a trailer at Webster Field. Big changes are in the works for the facilities, and those changes will help them do their jobs. On 29 AUG 12 the Maryland National Guard broke ground on a 10,000 square foot, $4.3 million unmanned aircraft facility. The new site will include runway access roads, hangar apron s, a maintenance bay, offices, and classroom space. Construction is expected to be completed next summer. The Navy also broke ground at Webster Field on 29 AUG 12 for a n 18,000 square foot electronics and communications facility, according to a release fr om Gary Younger, public affairs officer at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The Navy site will be home to the Special Communications Requirements Division. The group develops tests, installs and maintains equipment used by the Navy, Army, Air Force, Join t Special Operations Forces and other government agencies. The $9.6 million center will include secure offices and laboratories and spaces for mechanical engineering. Construction is expected to be complete next August.
REC Update September 2 012 33 For more information, go to: http://www.somdnews.com/article/20120829/NEWS/708299734/1074/expansionplannedfor uavs at webster field&template=so uthernMaryland PENNSYLVANIA Note: The Pennsylvania General Assembly meets throughout the year. Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules No new env ironmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identified during this reporting period. DEP Urges Consumers to Prepare for New Electronics Recycling Law The DEP is advising consumers and businesses of new rules for recycling electronic devic es that will take effect on 24 JAN 13. Enacted in 2010, the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act mandates that consumers not dispose of covered devices such as computers, laptops, monitors, and televisions with their trash. This means that trash hau lers will no longer be able to take covered devices unless the municipality has a curbside electronics collection program that ultimately sends the devices to an electronics recycler. For more information, go to: http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=23124&SubjectID = PA Mussels Used to Help Restore Streams in Other States A joint effort between federal an d state agencies has resulted in the successful collection and relocation of approximately 4,000 state and federal endangered northern riffleshell mussels from a site on the Allegheny River along the border of Forest and Venango counties. The mussels col lected over a two day period from 2122 AUG were expected to be adversely affected by the Hunter Station Bridge replacement project, located along State Route 62 in Tionesta, Forest County. The project will require the construction of cofferdams and cause ways in the river and the old bridge will be dropped. These actions would likely have killed thousands of the mussels but the salvage efforts have been able to save the resource and put it to use in other states. The mussels have been transported to Illi nois, Ohio, and West Virginia, where they will be used to strengthen existing northern riffleshell populations and to establish new populations in some of the waterways where they historically occurred, said PFBC biologist Jordan Allison, who assised with the recovery. These efforts are being monitored carefully to ensure that the reintroductions are successful, and the information gathered will be used to further species recovery efforts in the future. Mussels are an integral part of a healthy ecosystem providing humans and other animals with many services free of charge. Mussels are filter feeders, meaning they obtain food by taking in gallons of water per day to filter out suspended particles leaving the water in our streams and rivers clearer. Live and dead mussel shells provide many aquatic organisms with habitat that is necessary for their survival. Mussels also serve as food for some species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish.
REC Update September 2 012 34 VIRGINIA The Virginia Legislature convened on 12 JAN 12 a nd adjourned on 10 MAR 12. Proposed L egislation 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 identified during this reporting period. Virginia Issues Nutrient Trading Certification Regulations By LCDR Mark Nevitt MIDLANT REC Counsel and Sarah Diebel Chesapeake Bay Working Group The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has proposed regulations relating to Virginias recently passed Nutrient Trading Act. It requires the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board to adopt regulations for the purpose of establishing statewide procedures for the certification by the Board of nutrient credits. The end result of this regulation is to establish a registry of credits as part of an enforceable market based trading program that will involve the exchange of pollution allocations between sources. As a general matter, the expenditure of public funds such as the pur chase of nutrient trading credits outlined in the Nutrient Trading Act is proper only when established by Congress. As a baseline, there must be an obligation for DoD to participate in Virginias nutrient trading program that was properly appropriated by Congress. Executive Order 13508 entitled Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed discusses the utilization of a next generation of tools and actions to restore water quality in the Chesapeake. While these tools could reasonably include participation in programs such as a state initiated nutrient trading, there has not been an identified Congressional appropriation for DoD to participate in such a program. Hence, at this time, DoD lacks the fiscal authority to participate in the Virginia Nutrient Trading Act and its subsequent implanting regulations. This regulation has no impact to DoD and is provided for information purposes only. NALF Fentress Runway Project Nearing End The Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) Fentress Airfield runway project in Chesapeake is nearing completion and that is music to the ears of Beach residents living in the Seatack neighborhood. Renovations to the 8,000foot runway at NALF Fentress are nearing completion less than a year after the project began. "Fentress reconstruction is on track and on schedule," Capt. Bob Geis with Oceana said. "Everything is going according to the plan, and the plan is for it to be completed by Oct. 15 of this year." For more information, go to: http://www.wavy.com/dpp/military/fentress runwayproject nearing en d Navy Settles Hazardous Waste Violations at Facility in Virginia Beach The Navy has agreed to pay a $32,800 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations and underground storage tank (UST) regulations at the Joint Expediti onary Base Little Creek Fort Story facility in Virginia Beach, V A The EPA cited the Navy for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment and avoid costly cleanups by requiring the safe, environmentally sound
REC Update September 2 012 35 storage and disposal of hazardous waste. In addition, RCRA regulates underground storage tanks with the emphasis on preventing releases fr om USTs which can cause serious contamination to our nation's groundwater. The facility, which provides housing and training for the nations expeditionary forces, allegedly violated RCRA by failing to determine if the waste was hazardous, storing hazardous waste at the facility, failing to label containers with date and contents failing to have functioning spill and over fill equipment for two USTs and failing to notify the state when a new oil containing UST was installed. The settlement penalty reflect s the Navy's compliance efforts, and its cooperation with EPA in the investigation and resolution of this matter. The facility has made significant improvements to come into compliance such as removing an underground storage tank, providing personnel trai ning, and implementing better management practices. As part of the settlement, the Navy has neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations but has certified its compliance with applicable RCRA requirements. For more information about ha zardous waste, USTs and RCRA, visit http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/index.htm and http://www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/underground_st orage.htm Revision and Reissue of VA General Permit (GP) for Non Contact Cooling Water (NCCW) The current permit e xpires on 1 MAR 13 and applies to NCCW and cooling equipment blowdown discharges of 50,000 GPD or less. Proposed changes were advertised and the comment period ended on 6 JUL 12. DOD had no comments. DOD facilities should be aware that the reissued perm it will contain effluent limitations for copper, zinc and silver. The limits would become effective during the fifth year of the permit term. Facilities with these discharges to surface waters will need to meet the new effluent limitations, divert the dis charges to a sanitary sewer (and meet any associated requirements), or terminate the discharge. It is anticipated that industrial stormwater permits authorizing NCCW discharges will also change, probably upon reissuance, to include effluent limitations fo r NCCW corresponding to those in the revised GP. Scanning ID Cards at the Gate at Naval Station Norfolk Naval Station Norfolk has been selected by Commander, Nav y Installations Command ( CNIC ) to conduct a pilot program testing the capability to scan and authenticate Common Access Cards (CAC) an d Teslin cards (Dependents and Retirees) at Entry Control Points. NACMS scanners are the same scanners currently used to authenticate NCACS (RAPIDGate) cards but with a software upgrade to conduct a query of the DEERS database. The pilot program will begi n on 24 SEP 12 and it will run until 31 OCT 12. During the pilot, all ID cards (CAC, NCACS, Dependent, and Retiree) will be scanned at the entry gates but the results of the scan will not be used for an access decision. Security will follow the same proc edures they do now when they examine a card if based upon a visual inspection, they check to see if it is expired appears to have been tampered with or is otherwise i nvalid T hey will handle invalid cards just as they do now O therwise they will gra nt access even if the system indicates an issue. Security will notify the cardholder if their scan would have resulted in denial to Naval Station Norfolk so they have an opportunity to fix the card before the start of the full implementation phase where t he scan will determine access. This date is tentatively scheduled for 1 DEC 12. During the pilot phase, base security personnel will be able to train on the system as well as educate the public on this new access control system. Base security will also be able to collect data on the numbers of cards rejected and why This will assist in validating the system and may influence the decision o n when and how the system is deployed. The process will take 2 to 8 seconds per customer on the initial scan and su bsequent scans on the same card should require less verification time. The guard will scan your ID card at the gate and he/she will see one of the following messages on the scanner : Credential Authenticated (Access granted to the installation)
REC Update September 2 012 36 Credential failed to authenticate (Card confiscated, individual directed to obtain an escort for access) Failed to complete transaction (Card physically verified by sentry and access granted) Unknown Credential (Card confiscated if CAC/Teslin/NCACS, card holder detai ned and NSF requested for investigation) Unable to determine authentication (Card physically verified by sentry and access granted) When fully implemented, 100% of ID cards (CAC, NCACS, Dependent and Retiree) will be scanned at all gates. Cards will be confiscated if prompted to do so and access will be denied. During the pilot program, please take your initial indications seriously and investigate any problems with your cards. Navy will study Wallops island for Plane Tests By Carol Vaughn Delmarvanow.com The US Navy is asking the public to comment on a draft environmental assessment of two potential sites where it is considering conducting landing practice for two types of aircraft. One is at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The second site is EmporiaGreensville Regional Airport. The Navy is looking for an additional location to train its pilots in touch andgo landings of two types of twinengine, turboprop aircraft the E 2C/D Hawkeye and the C 2A Greyhound. For more information, go to: http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120917/ESN/309170010 WEST VIRGINIA The West Virginia Legislature convened on 11 JAN 12 and adjourned on 13 MAR 12. Legislation No new environme ntal legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed Rules No new environmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identified during this reporting period. WVDEP Sponsoring Free Stormwate r Workshop A free two day workshop to help West Virginia communities better educate citizens about the effects of stormwater on the states streams and rivers is scheduled for 1617 OCT 12 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center in Huntington. The workshop, titled Water Words That Work, is being sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection and features Eric Eckl, a nationally known expert on successful messaging skills for environmental topics. The training is geared toward officials in communities and jurisdictions who operate Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4), but is open to any organization with an environmental message. Seating for the workshop is limited to 50 people. The sessions run from 0815 to 1600 on 16 OCT and from 0830 to 1545 on 17 OCT To register for the workshop, send an email to the DEPs Sherry Wilkins at Sherry.L.Wilkins@wv.gov with your name, phone number, address, organization, and emai l address. You can also call her at 3049260499, ext. 1048.
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REC Update September 2012 38 REGION 4 NORTH CAROLINA Note: The NC General Assembly convened on 4 JAN 12 and adjourned on 3 JUL 12. Legislation On 22 May 12, Representative Shepard introduced NC HB 1044 which would allow members of the military who have taken a comparable motorcycle safety program provided by federally certified instructors to receive the same motorcycle insu rance discount as citizens who complete the motorcycle safety instruction program, as recommended by the house select committee on military affairs. This bill was signed by the governor on 12 JUL 12 and becomes effective on 1 OCT 12. Proposed Rules No n ew environmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identified during this reporting period. Governor Issues Executive Order Protecting Military Installations On 18 AUG 12, Governor Perdue issued Executive Order 124 requiring state agencies to work with the military to avoid potential conflicts that could negatively impact military operations. State agencies will now be required to designate a Military Affairs Awareness Coordinator who is specifically responsible for making sure the needs of the military are taken into account when action is being considered that could potentially interfere with military operations or training. In addition, agencies must notify both military bases and local government officials of projects that may affect m ilitary installations. Agencies will also strive to make sure the issuance of state permits is compatible with military operations. To view the Executive Order, go to: http://www.governor.state.nc.us/NewsItems/ExecutiveOrderDetail.aspx?newsItemID=2536 NC Environmental M anagement Commissio n Groundwater Standards (NC21161) The NC Environmental Management Commission is proposing rule amendments to the groundwater standards. The proposed amendments would update the 1, 1dichloroethylene standard from 7ug/L to 350 ug/L in order to incorporate the most recent USEPA health effects information. The amendments would establish criteria to allow the Commission to establish a standard less stringent than federal maximum contaminant level (MCL) when the MCL is not established using most recent USEPA IRIS health information. The proposed amendments would modify the variance procedure to allow the Commission to consi der requests for statewide variances from the groundwater rules and make editorial corrections. The Notice of the proposed amendments is available at: http://www.oah.stat e.nc.us/rules/register/Volume26Issue21May12012.pdf Rule Development: Staff is reviewing the comments received, making changes to the proposed rules as necessary. Once adopted by the Commission, the proposed rules will go to the Rules Review Commission (RRC) for review. The RRC is an executive agency. Once approved by the RRC, the proposed rules will be published in the Administrative Code and the full text will again be published in the Register. The proposed rules will be effective on the first day of the next month following approval by the RRC
REC Update September 2012 39 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 the typical project process spanning the audit phase t o commissioning the equipment. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/_kd/go.cfm?destination=ShowItem&item_id=19437 Climate Resilience Evaluation an d 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 water, wastewater, and storm water utilities with practic al tools, training, and technical assistance to confront climate change through climate related risk assessment. For more information, go to: http://water.epa.gov/infrastru cture/watersecurity/climate/creat.cfm For the online training classes, go to: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/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 Restoration, this is an online training module for individua ls 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 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDE S) 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://wa ter.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 presented 18 July 2012, provided an introduction to the new 30 meter 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.asp?itemid=3550 Renewable Energy on Contaminate d Land: Tools for Local Governments (Web Based, On Demand) This webinar provides an overview of tools available to local governments to help them get renewable energy projects built on contaminated land in their community. Included in the webinar are dis cussions about some of the recent tools developed by EPA, including two decision trees that were created to screen potentially contaminated and underutilized sites for solar and wind potential and a draft best practice guide for siting solar on landfills. Also presenting will be representatives from DOE, the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP), and the Clean Coalitions describing available best practices guidance
REC Update September 2 012 40 and other tools. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/_kd/go.cfm?destination=ShowItem&item_id=22123 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 to 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 wi nd forum to examine the barriers to wind energy development and potential solutions for reducing 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 Choosing Safer Sanitizers and Disinfectants, 24 SEP 12 (Web based) Sanitizers and disinfectant products have become ubiquitous, but some of their active ingredients like triclosan are raising red flags with researchers and regulators. This session discusses the health and environmental impacts of triclosan and will discuss how San Francisco evaluated alternativ e disinfectant chemicals. It features advice on safer disinfection products and practices, and outline ways that local governments can take action. For more information, go to: http://www .fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=22127 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 Reducing Water Consumption at Federal Facilities, 27 OCT 12 (Web based) The focus of this webinar is the reduction of water cons umption at Federal facilities. This webinar is sponsored by the Federal Green Challenge. Also note that you will be signing up for all of the Web Academy webinars from the same link, but you can attend any of them you choose to when presented. For more i nformation, go to: http://www.epa.gov/fgc/web academy.html?CFID=1723705&CFTOKEN=73543085 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 resource s. This EPA sponsored webinar is aimed at a broad audience, including states, territories, tribes, environmental groups, industrial groups, municipalities, the academic community, federal agencies, watershed groups, and any other interested parties. For m ore information, go to: http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/standardsacademy/index.cfm?CFID=1465431&CFTOKEN=99643715 Watershed and Stormwater Conference 2012, 810 OCT 12, Baltimore, MD The 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 September 2 012 41 Future Power Summit, 10 12 OCT 12, Washington, DC This summit focuses on the research, development, and application of new and various power sources in installations and vehicle systems. It covers the integration of solar panel, fuel cell, and hybr id generator technologies into garrisons and forward operating bases. You ll learn from and mingle with a range of leaders who are deciding the future of military power by setting aggressive energy goals and the engineers who are working hard to build the capabilities to meet these goals. For more information, go to: http://www.futurepowersummit.com/?CFID=1768843&CFTOKEN=22910780 2012 Urban Water Sustainability Leadership C onference, 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 shift for water sustainability. For more information, go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5uje7cy32746835&llr=ueml5fdab 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, man y 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 will assis t 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 (NPDES) perm it structure and the existing stormwater management programs. For more information, go to: htt p://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 fea ture 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 thought lead ers from every area of the energy industry. For more information, go to: http://www.aertc.org/conference2012/?CFID=1001803&CFTOKEN=38722823 Comprehensive Polychlorinat ed Biphenyls Training, 6 8 NOV 12, Kansas City, KS The course cover s the TSCA "cradle to grave" regulation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). It identifies the many uses of PCBs, including the nonliquid forms that pose particular compliance challenges for both regulators and regulated parties. Health and environmental concerns associated with PCBs are explained and then linked to key provisions in the regulations. This course is intended for Inspectors, Regulators, Auditors or those in the field with a need for detailed and comprehensive information concerning polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regulations governing their use, management, and disposal. The course
REC Update September 2 012 42 will be held at the EPA Region 7 Headquarters. For more information, go to: http://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=22087 NWCC Wind Wildlife Research meeting, 27 30 NOV 12, Denver, CO The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (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 come 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 WindEner gy Summit SouthCentral.cfm?CFID=1001918&CFTOKEN=30073911 Globalcon 2013, 67 MAR 13, Philadelphia, PA Globlacon is designed for professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of fast moving developments in the energy field, explore promising new tec hnologies, compare energy supply options, and learn about innovative and cost conscious project implementation strategies. For more information, go to: http://www.globalconevent.c om/?CFID=1440188&CFTOKEN=15724012 American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exhibition 2013, 913 JUN 13, Denver, CO ACE13 provides an environment where water professionals can be leaders and learn from leaders in the water industr y. 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 TRAINING Only the CECOS courses offered within Regions 13 and North Carolina are listed here (with the exception of Nat ural Resources and Cultural Resources courses). For further information on the courses below, course offerings in other regions, and/or to register, visit the CECOS training website at: https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/csfe/cecos/Default.aspx
REC Update September 2 012 43 CECOS Classroom Courses Beginning Date End Date Course Location 23 OCT 12 25 OCT 12 Intro to Hazardous Waste Generation & Handling Norfolk, VA 29 OCT 12 2 NOV 12 Seabee Joint Engineer Oper ations Course MCB Quantico, VA 10 DEC 12 14 DEC 12 CEC Captains Leadership Seminar Washington, DC 11 DEC 12 12 DEC 12 Uniform Federal P olicy for Quality Assurance Project Plans Washington, DC 14 JAN 13 18 JAN 13 US Marine Corps Facilities Management Wa shington, DC 22 JAN 13 24 JAN 13 Advanced Munitions Response Site Management Norfolk, VA 11 FEB 13 15 FEB 13 Energy Management Course Washington, DC 12 FEB13 14 FEB 13 Introduction to Cultural Resource Management Laws & Regulations Scholfield Barracks, HI 25 FEB 13 28 FEB 13 Integrated EMS and Compliance Auditing Norfolk, VA 26 FEB 13 1 MAR 13 DoD P esticide Applicator Recertification Virginia Beach, VA 4 MAR 13 4 MAR 13 HAZWOPER for Uncontrolled Haz Waste Site Workers Refresher Washington, DC 5 MAR 13 5 MAR 13 HAZWOPER for Uncontrolled Haz Waste Site Workers Refresher Washington, DC 6 MAR 13 6MAR 13 HAZWOPER for Uncontrolled Haz Waste Site Workers Refresher Norfolk, VA
REC Update September 2 012 44 CECOS Classroom Courses Beginning Date End Date Course Location 7 MAR 13 7 MAR 13 HAZWOPER for Uncontrolled Haz Waste Site Workers Refresher Norfolk, VA 11 MAR 13 14 MAR 13 Integrated EMS and Compliance Auditing Washington, DC 9 APR 13 12 APR 13 Environmental Protection Washington, DC 10 APR 13 11 APR 13 Buying Green: A Mu ltifunctional Approach to Pollution Prevention Washington, DC 22 APR 13 26 APR 13 Intro to Public Works Dept & FEC Operations MIDLANT Region 23 APR 13 25 APR 13 Intro to Hazardous Waste Generation & Handling Quantico, VA 26 APR 13 26 APR 13 RCRA Hazardo us Waste Review Quantico, VA 29 APR 13 3 MAY 13 Intro to FEAD/ ROICC MIDLANT Region 29 APR 13 3 MAY 13 Intro to FMD & Production Div Operations MIDLANT Region 30 APR 13 2 MAY 13 Intro to Hazardous Waste Generation & Handling Cherry Point, NC 3 MAY 13 3 MAY 13 RCRA Hazardous Waste Review Cherry Point, NC 6 MAY 13 10 MAY 13 DoD Initial Pest Mgmt PAR/QAE and IPM Coordinator Virginia Beach, VA 7 MAY 13 9 MAY 13 Advanced Historic Preservation Law & Section 106 Compliance Ft. Belvoir, VA 21 MAY 13 24 MAY 1 3 Natural Resource Compliance MCB Quantico, VA 4 JUN 13 7 JUN 13 Adv. Environmental Law (Compliance Offering) Norfolk, VA 13 JUN 13 13 JUN 13 RCRA Hazardous Waste Review Norfolk, VA 18 JUN 13 20 JUN 13 Intro to Hazardous Waste Generation & Handling Camp Lejeune, NC
REC Update September 2 012 45 CECOS Classroom Courses Beginning Date End Date Course Location 18 JUN 13 20 JUN 13 Environmental Negotiation Workshop Norfolk, VA 19 JUN 13 19 JUN 13 HAZWOPER for Uncontrolled Haz Waste Site Workers Refresher Camp Lejeune, NC 20 JUN 13 20 JUN 13 HAZWOPER for Uncontrolled Haz Waste Site Workers Refresher Camp Lejeune, NC 21 JUN 13 21 JUN 13 RCRA Hazardous Waste Review Camp Lejeune, NC 16 JUL 13 19 JUL 13 Adv. Environmental Law (Strategic Env. Planning) Norfolk, VA 22 JUL 13 26 JUL 13 Advanced Environmental Management MIDLANT Region 19 AUG 13 23 AUG 13 US Marine Corps Facilities Management Washington, DC 26 AUG 13 30 AUG 13 Adv Public Works Dept & Fac Eng Command Operations Washington, DC 27 AUG 13 29 AUG 13 MCON Programming and B udgeting Washington, DC 9 SEP 13 9 SEP 13 National Env Policy Act (NEPA) Navy Executive Overview Norfolk, VA 10 SEP 13 12 SEP 13 National Env Policy Act (NEPA) Application Norfolk, VA 10 SEP 13 12 SEP 13 Basic Environmental Law Norfolk, VA 17 SEP 13 19 SEP 13 Environmental Negotiation Workshop (Compliance Offering) Norfolk, VA
REC Update September 2 012 46 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 Conference 22 OCT 12 25 OCT 12 Advancing an Effective EMS Web Conference 10 DEC 12 13 DEC 12 Advancing an Effec tive 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 NonEngineers 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 taught by experienced instructors. These recorded presentations enable one to review the material on dem and 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 th e 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 inf ormation on the courses and/or to register, visit NAVOSH & Environmental Training Center website at: http:// www.safetycenter.navy.mil/training/default.htm
REC Update September 2 012 47 EPA Watershed Assessment To ols Training, Various Times & Locations More information is available at: http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/basins/training.htm USDA Forest Service Continuing Education Program, Various Times & Locations More information is available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/biology/education/ EPA Online EMS Training Course The course is available at: http://www.epa.gov/osw/inforesources/ems/ems101/
REC Update September 2012 48 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, Wastewater (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, Encroachment (757) 3410232 Environmental Restoration (757) 3410394 REC Support (757) 3410430 DoD Chesa peake 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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