REC Update July 2013 1 GENERAL INTEREST 2 FEDERAL NEWS 8 WATER 8 CHESAPEAKE BAY 8 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS 10 REGION 1 11 CONNECTICUT 11 MAINE 12 MASSACHUSETTS 12 NEW HAMPSHIRE 13 RHODE ISLAND 14 VERMONT 14 REGION 2 15 NEW JERSEY 15 NEW YORK 16 REGION 3 17 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 17 DELAWARE 17 MARYLAND 19 PENNSYLVANIA 21 VIRGINIA 21 WEST VIRGINIA 23 REGION 4 24 NORTH CAROLINA 24 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOP MENT 25 CONFERENCES 25 TRAINING 27 MEET THE REC 29 STAFF 29 LINK HELP 30 SUBSCRIBE! 30 Monthly environmental news for DoD facilities in EPA Regions 1, 2 & 3
REC Update July 2013 2 GENERAL INTEREST Residen t Energy Conservation Program Mock Billing to Begin throughout Naval District Washington By Chatney Auger Navy News Service Accountability for electrical consumption to each resident of Navy Public Private Venture (PPV) housing will soon be the respons ibility of residents and mock billing for the Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) for Naval District Washington will begin July 1. "It's important to note that you and your family will reap the benefits of the money that is saved by this program," said Vice Adm. William French, commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), in a video message to the fleet. "First with the refund from energy savings you and your family create by staying below the average normal usage rate. Second, the vast majority of the RECP cost savings will be reinvested back into the local PPV community to sustain highquality homes and neighborhood amenities such as playgrounds, facilities and landscaping." Prior to the commencement of the live billing cycle in October, resident s throughout Naval District Washington (NDW) participating in RECP will be provided a three month "mock" billing period beginning July 1 to Sept. 30 to allow residents to evaluate their home energy consumption before the program begins. "The mock bills ar e intended to show your actual electrical consumption and billing costs, and how it compares with other homes in your like type group," said Julie Barnes, regional Navy Housing Program manager for NDW. "All billing costs will be based on the same electric rate charged for a particular housing area." Barnes recommends that residents review their mock bills, compare their monthly usage with the normal usage band, and consider adjusting their consumption habits as needed to minimize personal costs. Additionall y, the RECP will have no impact on residents' Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). According to CNIC, an allowance for normal utilities is a part of the BAH. BAH includes an allowance for utilities such as electricity, gas or other heating fuels, and water/sewer. The BAH includes the cost of utilities based on averages from residents living in the private sector who are directly responsible for paying for their utilities. The RECP is intended to encourage residents to achieve normal usage and to reward them f or conservation beyond normal expectations. Residents who conserve and stay within the normal range will incur no out of pocket utility expenses. CNIC recommends that those who wish to conserve make easy changes around the house. Simple adjustments to home thermostats to minimize heating and cooling, and wise use of hot water, lighting and appliances can also contribute significantly to energy savings. In cases where utility consumption is high, residents can also request that their property manager perform an energy audit to identify energy saving strategies specific to their home. Residents are also reminded to keep up with any fees incurred through over usage. Those with a past due account will receive delinquency notice letters and a late fee. Extreme de linquencies can result in a notice to vacate housing and can potentially affect a resident's credit. The PPV partnership will work with residents to arrange payment plans if help is needed making payments. NDW residents can expect mock billing to begin Jul y 1 with the first mock statement being mailed August 15. Residents will not be financially responsible for utility usage during this period. The actual billing period begins Oct. 1, and the first 'live' bill will be mailed Nov. 14. Residents will be expec ted to pay for their usage above the 'normal usage' band or will be eligible to receive a rebate if their usage is below the band. For more information about the RECP program, visit http://www.cnicn .navy.mil/regions/ndw.html
REC Update July 2013 3 DOI Announces First Offshore Renewable Energy Lease Sale By Associated Press A southeastern Virginia city that borders North Carolina is casting a wary eye toward legislation that could allow a large landfill just over the st ate line. Chesapeake officials fear a landfill in Camden County, N.C., could degrade its drinking water supply, threaten the region's economic development and endanger the long term viability of a Navy facility that straddles the state line and is used by multiple branches of the military. The North Carolina Senate approved legislation Monday scaling back restrictions on new landfills that supporters say would help meet future instate trash demands. But opponents contend it would allow huge dumps for out of state trash. Among other things, the bill awaiting action in the North Carolina House would reduce the buffer zone between proposed landfills and lands protected by the state and federal governments. The distances currently range from one to five miles. The proposal would reduce all buffers to 1,500 feet. The 5 mile buffer approved under a 2007 law contributed to the state's denial of a permit for a proposed landfill in Camden County by the Great Dismal Swamp, less than a mile from Chesapeake. The landfil l would have been in the watershed of the city's Northwest River. The bill also narrows reasons that state regulators can reject permit applications, such as by eliminating language justifying a denial because the landfill would cause "significant damage" to ecological systems, cultural sites, parks and wilderness areas. "The City of Chesapeake believes a matter of this importance, potentially affecting residents of both state's economic future, drinking water supply, critical federal military operations, a nd protected natural resources must be given time for substantial public input and informed deliberation. Northeastern North Carolina's and Southeastern Virginia's continued economic viability is at stake," a post on the city's website says. Following the bill's Senate passage, Chesapeake issued a statement on Tuesday encouraging its residents to contact North Carolina lawmakers to express their concerns. One of Chesapeake's major concerns with a landfill is that it could disrupt military operations at the Chesapeake based Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Northwest Annex. The military is one of the region's major employers and city officials fear the landfill could jeopardize the base's operations if another round of base closures is ordered. Navy and Ma rine anti terrorism and force protection commands use the 3,600acre facility, which has one of the Navy's largest small arms ranges. The Navy, Coast Guard and NATO also use the facility for strategic communication activities. "The concern we have is that the amount of earth moving activity associated with the landfill has the potential to cause electromagnetic interference which would impact the radar system on the base at Northwest Annex," said Katisha DraughnFraguada, a Navy spokeswoman for the facility said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The amended proposal would allow state regulators to deny a permit if a proposed landfill would have a "significant adverse impact on the mission, training, or operations of any military installation or branch of the military." DraughnFraduada said the Navy would make judgments on actual impacts if state or local approval of a landfill near the annex is reconsidered.
REC Update July 2013 4 "To this end, we would expect to be consulted and given the opportunity to comment on the details of any proposed landfill well before any permit is granted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources," she wrote. North Carolina Senate Bill 328 was referred to the House Environment Committee on Wednesday. Rep. Roger West, R Cherokee and co chairman of the House Environment Committee, has previously said he didn't know how the bill would fare in his chamber and knew little about the legislation's contents. Link to Online Article Solar, Wind Overtake Geothermal at DoD Facilities By Andy Medici Federal Times Since 1987, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., ha s tapped into geothermal wells to produce about 270 megawatts of energy annually enough to power 180,000 homes and making it the largest renewable energy project within the Defense Department. But while geothermal energy has been a big part of the Defens e Departments past, tight budgets and difficulties developing geothermal energy mean it will be a smaller portion of the departments renewable energy future, according to officials, contractors and DoD data. Geothermal energy is heat stored underground usually in the form of steam that can power turbines to create electricity. The number of renewable energy projects on DoD installations increased from 489 in fiscal 2009 to 679 in fiscal 2012 an increase driven almost entirely by an increase in sol ar and wind energy projects. Nine projects at DoD installations produce geothermal energy, according to the report. In 2011, geothermal energy use accounted for 74 percent of all renewable energy used by DoD installations. But one year later, that fell t o 49 percent, according to the DoD energy management report released in early June. The declining share of geothermal energy was driven mainly by a rapid increase in solar, wind and waste to energy projects. DoDs analysis of its installations and land s hows that geothermal electricity could account for only 5 percent of total possible renewable energy. Solar power can account for up to 39 percent of total possible renewable energy generation, and wind energy, 28 percent. The remainder includes biomass energy obtained from burning plant material and ground heat where warm underground air is brought into buildings. In 2009, the Navy spent $9.1 million to survey and test the potential for geothermal energy at Naval Air Station Fallon, N V but only two out of six sites tested high enough for geothermal energy use, according to a 2011 DoD inspector general report. The Navy has yet to move ahead on the construction of a geothermal power plant at those two sites. Richard Kidd, the Armys D eputy A ssistant S e cretary for E nergy and S ustainability, said that while there is potential for geothermal development, its a time consuming and costly process that holds higher risk than installing solar panels. For example, in the case of geothermal, companies have to drill multiple test wells to make sure the energy is present. O n the other hand, With a solar project, if you get a little less sun, your investment doesnt fail ; i t just takes longer to pay off, Kidd said. Kidd said geothermal energy projects are the costliest of any renewable energy. Jeff Sherman, D irector of F ederal P rofessional S ervices for E nergy C ontractor Schneider Electric, said its harder to finance a geothermal energy project using an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) than it is for a solar or wind project. That is because the higher costs prevent energy contractors from including them in the packages of retrofits and renovations they offer agencies. But DoD is not giving up on geothermal as a renewable energy source, Kidd said. Th e May rollout of a new multiple award task order contract (MATOC) will allow agencies to more easily enter into renewable energy
REC Update July 2013 5 projects. The first round of the potential $7 billion contract focused on geothermal energy projects, with five pre approved v endors chosen to help DoD develop geothermal projects in areas where geothermal energy is known to exist. Among the vendors on the contract are Constellation NewEnergy Inc., ECC Renewables LLC, Enel Green Power North America Inc., LTC Federal LLC and Sie mens Government Technologies Inc. The MATOCs will help installations enter into power purchase agreements, under which companies pay for and maintain renewable energy projects in exchange for set energy payments over time. Installations will choose from pre qualified companies that were vetted by the Army and Army Corps of Engineers. So an installation would only have to pay for the electricity generated by the projects and not for the construction of the geothermal wells. The Pentagon is pushing to rea ch ambitious renewable energy goals. The Air Force has said one gigawatt of its energy will come from renewable sources by fiscal 2016. The Department of the Navy said it will reach the same goal by fiscal 2020, and the Army by fiscal 2025. Link to Online Article EPA Warns Against Use of Refrigerant Substitutes that Pose Fire and Explosion Risk The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors, and air conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in home air conditioning syst ems. The EPA is currently investigating instances where propane has been marketed and used as a substitute for HCFC 22 (R 22), a refrigerant that is widely used in home air conditioning systems. Home air conditioning systems are not designed to handle propane or other similar flammable refrigerants. The use of these substances poses a potential fire or explosion hazard for homeowners and service technicians. The EPA is aware of incidents that have occurred both overseas and in the U.S. where individuals h ave been injured as a result of the use of propane and other unapproved refrigerants in air conditioning systems. The EPA is investigating and will take enforcement actions where appropriate. Other names for these unapproved refrigerants include R 290, 22a, 22A, R 22a, HC 22a, and CARE 40. At this time, the use of propane refrigerant or other hydrocarbon refrigerants in any type of air conditioner has not been approved. Homeowners and technicians are strongly recommended to limit use of propane or other hydrocarbons to only those appliances specifically designed for these substances and that are properly marked to alert technicians that the equipment contains a flammable substance. Propane has been approved as a substitute refrigerant for R 22 in indust rial process refrigeration systems and in new, stand alone retail food refrigerators and freezers that are specifically designed to use flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants. R 22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances. EPA s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program has already listed numerous refrigerants with improv ed environmental, health and safety profiles and continues to evaluate other refrigerants that can be used to replace R 22 and other ozone depleting substances. For more information about the SNAP program, go to: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/snap/ For more information about R 22a and alternatives for air conditioning, go to: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/snap/r22a.html D oD Tackles Water Scarcity By Andy Medici Federal Times Scarcity of a resource as important as oil and as critical to military operations fresh water may be one of the most overlooked issues the Defense Department will face in coming years, DoD and outside experts say. A Rand
REC Update July 2013 6 report commissioned by the Army and released this month identifies water scarcity as one of the key issues facing the Army in future years. The report said that the supply of water will continue to shrink around the world as population swell and climate change alters w eather patterns and rainfall. This will lead to greater conflict as well as greater energy costs to transport and store water. Since 1960, more than half of rivers and streams nationwide have shown significant volume changes and the report projects that in 2013 about 36 states will face water shortages because of drought, population growth and waste. One recent example of the problem: On May 31, service members at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii were reminded to restrict water use for activities such as sh owering, laundering and dishwashing because of a limited supply of water available on the island during the summer season. Two of the four deep wells that provide water to the installation are also in need of repair and may not work through the summer, acc ording to the Army. Water scarcity is also a big problem in the American Southwest where DoD has a substantial presence. At the Armys Fort Huachuca in Arizona, tight water restrictions mean that families can water their lawns only two months a year and o nly for two hours a day, two days a week. The installation has replaced grass with artificial turf in many areas to cut down on irrigation and has joined a 21member organization made up of state and local partners to help manage water needs and maintain the supply of water to the area. The frequency of prolonged droughts and water shortages only will continue to increase, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technologys Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Droughts will prolifera te in the American southwest as well, according to the study. DoD says it has cut water use at its installations from 111 billion gallons in 2007 about the annual water use of 1.1 million homes to 90 billion gallons last year. A 2009 E xecutive O rder di rects agencies to cut their potable water use by 26 percent by 2020 from a 2007 baseline. Agencies must also reduce industrial and irrigation water use by 20 percent by 2020 from a 2010 baseline. DoD exceeded an interim target of a 16 percent reduction i n potable water use by fiscal 2015 with a reduction of 18.6 percent in fiscal 2012. Joseph Sikes, D irector of F acilities E nergy and P rivatization at the Defense Department, said saving water also saves fuel needed to move water to facilities and personnel. If you are wasting water, you are wasting energy, Sikes said. Water is a finite resource and, as there are more people, there will be greater demands for it, said Beth Lachman, senior operations research analyst at Rand and lead author of the report The Army will need to analyze the water supply and political environment surrounding each of its installations in order to prepare for eventual water shortages, and it must direct greater attention to the problem of water scarcity, the report said. Lach man said the Army should work with local communities and state governments to carefully manage water resources and reduce water use as much as possible. Sikes said DoD is tackling the issue through water efficiency upgrades to its facilities, recycling ex isting water and promoting water efficient technologies. At Travis Air Force Base, Calif., officials are hoping to reduce their 748 million gallons of annual water use by 50 percent by 2020 by installing water efficient fixtures and by reducing the amount of potable water available for landscaping. The installation will also train service members and civilians how to conserve water and energy throughout the installation. Richard Kidd, the Armys D eputy A ssistant S ecretary for E nergy and S ustainability, sai d reducing water use is not just about making the Army more effective, it is about establishing good relationships with local communities around its installations. If we consume water to the point that the local community has no access, then we are not e stablishing the proper relationship, Kidd said.
REC Update July 2013 7 Kidd said the Army also is targeting water use for irrigation such as in its maintenance of golf courses as areas where the Army can cut down potable water use. It is researching using gray water or recycled water that isnt safe to drink but can be used to water plants or cool equipment. Link to Online Article President Nominates Retired Admiral to Lead Navy Energy Efforts By Ryan Koronowski Think Progress President Obama has nominated someone who understands the importance of renewable energy to be the next Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment. Ret ired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn is currently the President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy, and has articulated a reasoned military approach to cutting down on fossil fuel dependency while moving toward clean, reliable renewable energy. Why is the Navy pursuing net zero energy policies? As the Director of the Navys 1 Gigawatt Task Force, Kerry Gilpin said The real reason were doing this is very simple. Secretary Mabus has set two priorities: energy security and energy independence. Basically we dont like having vulnerable supply lines that are not difficult to disrupt. All threats, right? Natural disasters, manmade anything that could threaten our ability to do our critical missions presents a problem for us. Military leade rs have come under attack fr om Senators like James Inhofe when they state the obvious: climate change is happening and the military will bear much of the burdens from dealing with climate impacts, and transitioning from dirty, expensive fossil fuels to cle an renewable energy makes the military more self sufficient and cuts costs. McGinn has long been an advocate for this transition away from fossil fuels, referring to reports such as the 2007 CAN report titled National Security and the Threat of Climate Change which lays out the ways in which climate change is a threat multiplier around the globe. He also served on the CNA Military Advisory Board that released the 2009 report Powering Americas Defense: Energy and the Risks to National Security. This report considered the risks that American energy policy posed to national security, how climate change affects both of these things, and finally the role the Department of Defense can play in the nations approach to energy security and climate change. M cGinns wealth of experience, including a 35year Navy career that included being a test pilot and aircraft carrier commanding officer, paired with his recent expertise in the impact climate change and energy choices have on national security make his nomi nation to lead energy, installations, and environment efforts at the Navy extremely interesting. For more information, go to: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/09/2270861/president obama nominates ret admiral mcginn to lead navyenergyefforts/
REC Update July 2013 8 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. WATER Summer is Ideal Time for Homeowners to Explore the Benefits of Rain Barrels The EPA is encouraging homeowners to explore the opportunity of introducing a rain barrel next to their homes this summer to help save precious water and help control storm water runoff. A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to s torm drains and streams. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter down spout. Rain barrels are a way for homeowners to save money by saving water, said EPA Mid Atlantic Regio nal Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. Not only can they use the water collected in the rain barrel to water their gardens, they are also actively helping the environment by reducing pollution in local streams and rivers. EPA s Public Information Center at 1650 Arch St. in Philadelphia, is showcasing a new exhibit called the Art and Science of Rain Barrels through September 20. As visitors to the exhibit will see, rain barrels don t have to be boring. The rain barrel exhibit includes examples of decorated rain barrels from the Mt. Airy Art Garage, the Philadelphia Water Department and the Energy Coordinating Agency, who are coordinating the exhibit with EPA. Visitors will also get a quick education on how using rain barrels can help the environment. EPA s Public Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All visitors who are 18 and older must show a valid photo id and go through security before entering the exhibit area. For more information on rain barrels, visit: http://www.epa.gov/reg3esd1/garden/rainbarrel.html CHESAPEAKE BAY Analysis: DC, States within Chesapeake Bay Watershed Making Progress on Pollution Cuts By Associated Press Washington, D.C., and st ates within the Chesapeake Bay watershed are making progress to reduce pollution flowing into the hobbled estuary but none is on track to meet cleanup commitments set this year, an analysis by environmental groups concludes. The mixed assessment is based on an analysis of benchmarks each state and the district are aiming to meet by years end to help measure progress to restore the bay and keep the cleanup on track. By 2017, they are expected to reach 60 percent of their pollutionreduction goals in hopes of achieving the Chesapeakes restoration by 2025. The multi billion dollar restoration plan overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency was devised to ensure a commitment to cleaning up the nations largest estuary after decades of broken promises an d neglect. The Chesapeake Bay F oundation and the Choose Clean Water Coalition conducted the analysis. The states within or part of the 64,000square mile watershed are Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. About 17 milli on people live in the crowded corridor. A detailed analysis of New
REC Update July 2013 9 York was not conducted because the authors of the assessments did not have a partner group in that state, but it also likely would not meet all its pollution goals in 2013. The restoration plan has various elements to keep the bay on a strict pollution diet They range from planting buffer zones of trees around streams, keeping livestock out of them so they dont foul waters that flow to the bay, and upgrading wastewater treatment plants among many other practices. The goal is to sharply reduce sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus that enter the bay from agricultural runoff, urban and suburban sprawl and waste waters. A steady dose of those pollutants over the decades has taken a toll on t he bays health, harming marine life such as shellfish and coveted game fish, snuffing grasses that crabs and other species need and creating vast dead zones that are absent of life. The state by state and District analysis looked at pollution control pr actices that are intended to restore the bay and help the bay jurisdictions make adjustments where they are lagging. In Pennsylvania, for instance, the state is on track or exceeded goals for three practices but was falling short on five. The state was d oing well in barnyard runoff control but lagging in forest buffers and the number of farm acres with pollution management plans. Maryland is on track or besting six of seven goals, while Virginia is on pace with five and behind on three; West Virginia is behind on one of five goals; the District should achieve all but one of six goals; and Delaware has evenly divided results on eight goals. For more information, go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/analysis dc stateswithin chesapeakebaywatershed making progress on pollutioncuts/2013/07/08/5bc6c95e e794 11e 2818e aa29e855f3ab_story.html Virginia Advances Safe Harbor Plan to Urge Farms to Use Better Runoff Measures By Whitney Pipkin Bay Journal Virginia will be the first state in the Chesapeake watershed to move forward with a "safe harbor" approach to reducing sources of pollution from agricultural lands, which will be a cornerstone of the C ommonwealth's overall effort to improve water quality in its portion of the Chesapeake Bay. The program is designed to encourage and reward farmers for using a hi gh level of best management practices to reduce runoff to the Bay. Participation is voluntary but farmers who do participate may take advantage of a "safe harbor" clause that exempts them from complying with new water quality requirements that may arise o ver a nine year period. By the end of that period, farmers do have to be in compliance with any state or local laws that have passed during the interim. But the plan has lost the support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) which provided extensive input on the project and found it was headed in the right direction until a requirement to provide a grass or forested buffer along pasturelands was removed at the last minute before final approval. "It was disappointing, because this is a concept and approach w e believe does provide an opportunity to bring more farmers into the effort to restore the Bay," said Ann Jennings, the CBF's Virginia E xecutive D irector. "We had indicated that this last minute change, which ultimately does not meet the (state's) water q uality goals, left us with not being able to provide support for it." For more information, go to: http://www.bayjournal.com/article/ va_advances_safe_harbor_plan_to_urge_farms_to_use_better_runoff_measure s
REC Update July 2013 10 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EPA Reduces Regulatory Burden for Industrial Facilities using Solvent Wipes The EPA modified the hazardous waste management regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to conditionally exclude solvent contaminated wipes from hazardous waste regulations provided that businesses clean or dispose of them properly. The rule is based on EPA s final risk analysis, which was peer reviewed i n 2008 and published for public comment in 2009, that concluded wipes contaminated with certain hazardous solvents do not pose significant risk to human health and the environment when managed properly. EPA estimates that the final rule will result in a n et savings of between $21.7 million and $27.8 million per year. Wipes are used in conjunction with solvents for cleaning and other purposes by tens of thousands of facilities in numerous industrial sectors, such as printers, automobile repair shops and manufacturers of automobiles, electronics, furniture and chemicals. The final rule excludes wipes that are contaminated with solvents listed as hazardous wastes under RCRA that are cleaned or disposed of properly. To be excluded, solvent contaminated wipes must be managed in closed, labeled containers and cannot contain free liquids when sent for cleaning or disposal. Additionally, facilities that generate solvent contaminated wipes must comply with certain recordkeeping requirements and may not accumulate wipes for longer than 180 days. EPA estimates that the final rule will result in a net savings of $18 million per year in avoided regulatory costs and between $3.7 million and $9.9 million per year in other expected benefits, including pollution prevention waste minimization and fire prevention benefits. For more information, go to: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/wastetypes/wasteid/solvents/wipes.htm
REC Update July 2013 11 REGION 1 CONNECTICUT Note: The Connecticut General Assembly convenes on 9 JAN 13 and adjourned on 5 JUN 13. Legislation On 2 4 JAN 13 Representative Nafis introduced CT HB 5907 which would require the display of diesel fuel cetane numbers on fuel pumps. Its purpose is to require the posting of diesel fuel cetane numbers on certain fuel pumps. This bill was signed by the Governor on 11 JUL 13 and becomes effective on 1 JAN 14. Proposed Rules No new environmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identified during this reporting period. Statewide Paint Recycling Program Lau nches in CT PaintCare, a Washington, DC based product stewardship organization for the paint industry, announced the official launch of the program responsible for the recycling of unused and leftover paint in the state. Legislation for the plan was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy in 2011. With programs like PaintCare Connecticut, we are moving the state towards a safer and more efficient 21st century method of handling recyclables and waste disposal, said Governor Malloy. Paint recycling now joins our electronic waste and mattress recycling programs as another example of a common sense, money saving solution. We are taking the lead on transforming and modernizing our recycling system while gaining greater value from waste materials, reducing waste through improved materials management, protecting our environment and lowering costs for municipalities, businesses and consumers. Created by the American Coatings Association (ACA), a membership organization of paint manufacturers, PaintCare is a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organization tasked with working with state and local government to develop paint product stewardship legislation; secure permanent, year round dropoff and collection sites; conduct public outreach/education; and operate ongoing pr ograms in each state for the recycling of post consumer paint. A new law mandates paint manufacturers create and fund an easy to use, cost effective, and environmentally responsible program to manage post consumer paint (unused or leftover). The programs are funded by a minimal recovery fee added to the purchase price of paint at retailers throughout participating states. These fees are based on the size of paint container, and are as follows: Container Size Fee per Unit Pint or Less $0.00 Mor e than pint to 1 gallon $0.35 1 Gallon $0.75 More than 1 Gallon to 5 Gallons $1.60 For more information, go to: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=4380&Q=527588
REC Update July 2013 12 MAINE Note: The Maine General Assembly convened on 5 DEC 12 and adjourned on 18 JUN 13. Legislation On 12 FEB 13, Senator Whittemore introduced ME LD 328 w hich woul d repeal the current provisions in law related to mandatory radon testing and disclosure of the presence of radon to tenants and prospective tenants in residential buildings and enacts provisions related to disclosure of a radon hazard to tenants and prospective tenants based on Illinois law. The bill provides that radon testing is not required, but requires the disclosure of a radon hazard to tenants and prospective tenants when a landlord is made aware of test results indicating the presence of a radon hazard and mitigation has not been performed to reduce the level of radon. The bill applies to dwelling units located below the 3rd story above ground level in a residential building. This bill was signed by the Governor on 21 JUN 13. Proposed Rules No n ew environmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identified during this reporting period. MASSACHUSETTS Note: The Massachusetts General Court meets throughout the year. Proposed Legislation No new environmental legislation of sig nificant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Regulations Fire Prevention The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations has adopted amendments to 527 CMR (the State Fire Code) sections 6.00: Liquefied Petroleum Gas Containers and Systems and 527 CMR 1.04(8) (permit table reference). The rulemaking updates the code by adopting National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 58 (2008 Edition) and enhances said standard for bulk railcar shipments of LP gas by utilizing an objective test to detect sufficient odorant and requires records of such test be retained for a period of 3 years. The rulemaking also includes: enhanced protocols/notification requirements in the event of tank leakage or imminent threat situations
REC Update July 2013 13 involving under odorization, new enhancements for long term non use or new installation and requires that person dispensing LP gas be properly trained in safe use and handling of LP ga s tanks and systems. This regulation passed and became effective on 5 JUL 13. DEP Proposes Food Wasteto Energy Process The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has proposed a commercial food waste ban, to take effect by 1 JUL 14, that would require any entity that disposes of at least one ton of organic waste per week to donate or re purpose the useable food. Any remaining food waste would be required to be shipped to an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, a composting operati on, or an animal feed operation. Residential food waste is not included in the ban. Food waste and organics make up 2025 percent of the current waste stream going to landfills and incinerators. The proposed food waste ban would help the Commonwealth rea ch its goals to reduce the waste stream by 30 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. To ensure that there will be sufficient facilities in Massachusetts to handle the waste resulting from the ban, MassDEP is working with the Massachusetts Division of Cap ital Asset Management and Maintenance to conduct feasibility studies to build AD facilities on stateowned land. AD is a process that puts food and yard wastes, and other organics, into an enclosed chamber with no oxygen. Microbes inside the chamber break down the organics and produce a biogas that can produce electricity and heat. The electricity and heat is used in place of fossil fuels, reducing emissions. AD facilities have become more popular in Massachusetts in recent years at facilities such as dair y farms, municipal landfills and wastewater treatment plants. For more information, go to: http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr 2013/commercial foodwasteban.html NEW HAMPSHI RE Note: The NH General Court convenes on 2 JAN 13 and adjourn ed on 30 JUN 13. Legislation On 3 JAN 13, Representative L. Webb introduced NH HB 185 which would increase the fue l oil discharge cleanup fund fee. This bill is a request of the oil fund disbursement board. The Governor signed this bill on 28 JUN 13 and it became effective on 1 JUL 13. On 3 JAN 13, Representative Rappaport introduced NH HB 306 which would modify New Hampshire Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Th e Governor signed this bill on 16 JUL 13 and it becomes effective on 1/1/14. Proposed Rules No new environmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identified during this reporting period.
REC Update July 2013 14 RHODE ISLAND Note: The RI General Assembly convenes on 1 JAN 13 and adjourn ed on 30 JUN 13. Legislation On 12 FEB 13, Senator Ruggerio introduced NH SB 261 which would establish the procedure for the recycling, reuse and disposal of mattresses. This act would take effect upon passage. The Governor signed this bill on 15 JUL 13 and it became effective on the same date. Regulations No new environmental regulations of significant importance to DoD were identified during this reporting period. VERMONT Note: The Vermont General Assembly convenes on 9 JAN 13 and adjourned on 10 MAY 13. Legislation On 18 MAR 13, the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy introduced VT HB 520 which relates to reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The Governo r signed this bill on 15 MAY 13. Proposed Rules Aboveground Storage Tank Rules The Agency of Natural Resources has proposed revisions to the Aboveground Storage Tank Rules. These rules are being revised to incorporate some new measures to prevent petroleum releases from aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). One of the more significant changes to the rules is the proposal to require spill prevention measures to ASTs located in flood prone areas. Some other changes to the rule include: allow for fiberglass single walled ASTs for inside use only, clarify that solid foundations are needed for inside tanks as well as outside tanks, clarify that multiple tank systems require separat e volume gauges, separate vents and separate alarms but that the vents can be plumbed together before it goes outside a building, clarify that shelters are recommended but not required for tanks installed on the gable end of a building and require all port able (skid) tanks not be used within 25 feet of a public or private water supply well and not within 25 feet of a surface water body. Appropriate spill containment supplies are also required when using portable tanks.
REC Update July 2013 15 REGION 2 NEW JERSEY The New Jersey Legislature meets throughout the year. Proposed Legislation On 27 Jun 13, Assemblyman Rumana introduced NJ AB 4313 which would establish an Office of River Maintenance (Office) in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This new office is charged with the responsibility for conducting all stream cleaning and desnagging projects and bank stabi lization or restoration projects in the State. The bill defines "Stream cleaning and desnagging project" to mean the removal of accumulated sediments, debris, garbage, or vegetation from a stream with a natural stream bed, or the removal of any accumulate d material from a stream previously channelized with concrete or similar artificial material, to improve, for the purposes of flood control, the use or function of any stream. (This is the same definition used in the "Dam, Lake, Stream, Flood Control, Wat er Resources, and Wastewater Treatment Project Bond Act of 2003," P.L.2003, c.162.) Proposed Rules Proposed Draft General Permit (GP 001A) Solid Material Storage The Department of Environmental Protection's Air Quality Program has invited comment on a draft general permit for certain solid material storage. General Permit GP 001A will replace GP 001, Bulk Solid Materials Receiving and Storage Systems. Once GP 001A is issued final, GP 001 will no longer be available to new registrants. The bulk soli d material receiving and storage systems registered under GP 001 can continue to operate under general permit GP 001 until: The bulk solid materials receiving and storage system's equipment is replaced or modified, before which time the registrant must re gister for authorization under GP 001A or apply for and receive approval for a source specific permit and certificate prior to operation of the new or modified equipment, as applicable; or The registrant's current general permit expiration date, before whi ch time the registrant must register for authorization under GP 001A or apply for and receive approval for a source specific permit and certificate for continued operation of the bulk solid materials receiving and storage systems equipment, as applicable. A general permit is a preapproved permit to construct and certificate to operate, issued pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:278.8, for one or more types of similar sources at a facility. A facility with a qualifying source can accept and operate under a general pe rmit, rather than submit a sourcespecific permit application, which would require case by case processing by the Department. GP 001A allows for the construction, installation, reconstruction, modification, and operation of single or multiple solid materials receiving and storage systems using pneumatic or mechanical conveying, where all particulate air contaminant emissions are captured and vented to a particulate control apparatus with a minimum design removal efficiency of 99 percent.
REC Update July 2013 16 GP 001A is substa ntially the same as GP 001, except as set forth below : GP 001A will allow multiple pieces of solid material storage equipment to be registered; GP 001A will have an inventory list of equipment, emission points, control devices, and emission units; and GP 001A will require records of material stored. NEW YORK The New York State Legislature meets throughout the year. Proposed Legislation No new environmental legislation of significant importance to DoD was identified during this reporting period. Proposed R egulations DEC to Hold Free Workshops on Alternative Land Care and Pest Management The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced free workshops in August on alternative land care and pest management. Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide introductory training on alternatives to conventional pesticides, including organic methods, which will bett er protect the environment and public health. The workshops are scheduled for: Workshop scheduled for 8/8/2013 Workshop scheduled for 8/9/2013
REC Update July 2013 17 REGION 3 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Note: T he Council of the District of Columbia meets twice per month throughout the year. Proposed Legislation On 1 8 JUN 13, Councilmember Cheh introduced DC B 344 which would require applicants for special event permits or licenses to submit and implement waste diversion plans. Proposed Rules Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Outfall Repair Schedule and Report The Department of the Environment has invited comments on a draft Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Outfall Repair Schedule and Report. Section 22.214.171.124 of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System P ermit f or the Districts Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (NPDES Permit No. DC 0000221) directs the District to develop a schedule for evaluating and repairing stormwater outfalls within the Districts separate storm sewer system, and to make this schedule available for public review and comment. Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Report on Optimal Catch Basin Cleaning, Inspection, and Repair The Department of the En vironment has invited comments on a draft Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Report on Optimal Catch Basin Cleaning, Inspection, and Repair. Section 126.96.36.199 of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System P ermit for the Districts Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (NPDES Permit No. DC 0000221) directs the District to develop a plan to reduce runoff stormwater pollutants by evaluating and optimizing the Districts program for cleaning, inspection, and maintenance for all catch basins whi ch collect stormwater from within the Districts separate storm sewer system, and to make this plan available for public review and comment. DELAWARE Note: The Delaware General Assembly convenes on 8 JAN 13 and adjourned on 30 JUN 13. Proposed Legislation On 15 JUN 13, Senator Hall Long introduced DE SB 139 which pertains to lead poisoning. This Act requires the Department of Health a nd Social Services to establish regulations for lead based paint activities performed by
REC Update July 2013 18 renovators and dust wipe technicians in; and provides administrative authority to seek criminal penalties for continuing violations and bring civil action to collect a ssessed penalties in the event of nonpayment. Proposed Rules Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Standards The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has proposed revisions to 7 DE Admin. Code 1143 which were identified in a 1 APR 13 DNREC report titled, "Executive Order 36 Report to The Office of the Governor." Repeal of this regulation is proposed. The provisions of this regul ation apply to heavyduty diesel engines produced for the 2005 and 2006 model years, and to new motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of greater than 14,000 pounds containing such engines that are sold, leased, offered for sale or lease, imported, delivered, rented acquired, or received in the State of Delaware. This regulation was developed and adopted as a backstop to a then anticipated EPA regulation. EPA successfully adopted standards and this regulation is no longer needed. The re peal of this regulation will also be submitted to the EPA as a revision to Delawares State Implementation Plan (SIP). Informational Workshop Proposed Scrap Tire Regulations The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Solid and Hazardous Waste Ma nagement Section (SHWMS), has announced a regulatory informational workshop to present proposed amendments to Delawares Regulations Governing Solid Waste (DRGSW). The purpose of this workshop is to introduce new proposed scrap tire regulations for the St ate of Delaware for any scrap tire site that has 100 or more scrap tires. This workshop will cover maximum number of tires allowed, siting and design standards, mosquito control options, operational requirements, financial assurance, and closure procedures Regulation Governing the State of Delaware Asbestos Certification and Training Program The Office of Management and Budget has proposed a reg ulation governing the State of Delaware Asbestos Certification and Training Program. This proposed regulation is intended to provide public notice regarding the manner in which the Program will operate and be applied by the Office of Management and Budget The proposed regulation is intended to safeguard the public by requiring that renovations or demolitions which disturb asbestos be conducted only by contractors, supervisors, and workers certified by the Office of Management and Budget's Division of Fac ilities Management. It is the purpose and the policy of the Division of Facilities Management to insure the health, safety, and welfare of the public by ensuring that asbestos abatement is performed in a manner which will minimize the risk of exposure to asbestos by: Reducing potential exposure from asbestos containing materials through the training and certification of contractors, professional service firms and Project Monitors, project supervisors, and workers. Providing the building owner with certific ate(s) of analysis stating that the material that is to be disturbed is in fact asbestoscontaining material. Establishing a program for such standards which shall include revocation, suspension, and/or denial to renew certifications. Establishing an asbestos management program in public schools under the guidelines and regulations as established under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). Establish a similar program in public buildings for the purpos e of protecting public health against the dangers of exposure to students/staff and the general public. Regulations Governing Aboveground Storage Tanks The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has proposed modifications to the Regulations Governing Aboveground Storage Tanks (the Regulations) which were created under the authority of the Jeffrey Davis Aboveground Stora ge Tank Act, Title 7, Del.C., Chapter 74A, in 2004. The Regulations were last updated in 2005. In response to Executive Order #36 the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has conducted
REC Update July 2013 19 a periodic review of the AST Regulation s to determine if the Regulations should be modified or eliminated. Three modifications have been identified: Part A, Section 4.6.3. has been modified to extend the required time frame for notification to the DNREC for a Retrofit or Upgrade from sixty (60) days to one (1) year. Part A, Section 5.3. has been modified to require a specific time frame in which the DNREC must respond to a request for alternative technology approval. Currently there is no time frame in which the DNREC must respond. The propos ed change requires the DNREC to provide a written response within ninety (90) days of receiving a request. Part B, Section 1.7 has been modified to allow an Owner or Operator to request a one year extension of the DNREC approval for an installation of a ne w AST. Regulations Governing Solid Waste The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has proposed amendments to solid waste, including infectious waste, regulations to afford regulated parties opportunity to propose alternative packaging methods for infectious waste provided compliance is achieved with applicable federal Department of Transportation (DOT) and Occupationa l Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. It is also proposed to allow infectious waste package labeling consistent with federal DOT requirements, rather than applying inconsistent state and federal requirements. Finally, it is proposed to ame nd the regulations with regard industrial landfill capping and grading, to allow soil equivalent material to be used as the final grading layer, as well as alternative materials if approved by the Department, providing more flexibility for landfill operato rs. MARYLAND Note: The Maryland General Assembly convenes on 9 JAN 13 and adjourned on 8 APR 13. Legislation The Maryland Legislature is out of session. Proposed Rules General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity The Department of the Environment has reached a tentative determinati on to issue the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity. The permit is necessary to protect water quality and to meet federal and State requirements under Code of Federal Regulations 40 CFR 122.26 and 40 CFR 450, as well as Code of Maryland Regulations COMAR 26.08.04.09A. It replaces all prior General Permits for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity that have been previously issued. All construction activity i n Maryland disturbing one or more acres needs to be covered under the General Permit. The new proposed permit includes numerous changes from previous permits and should be reviewed carefully. Several key changes that should be noted are: A change to the public notification period following submission of the NOI before permit coverage is approved; Specific requirements to meet federal effluent limitation guidelines at 40 CFR 450;
REC Update July 2013 20 Emergency authorization procedures in the event of public emergencies; and Se veral clarifications, including which types of projects and discharges are eligible for coverage under the General Permit. Habitat Protection Areas in the Critical Area The Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays has proposed rulemaking to amend the applicability language to require an applicant proposing a shore erosion control project to submit to the Maryland Department of the Env ironment (MDE) a buffer management plan when a lot is in a mapped modified buffer area (MBA). The recently updated MDE regulations require a buffer management plan to be submitted at the time of application to MDE for nonMBA lots. This amendment proposes to include MBA lots. The amendments also clarify that expansion of a 200 foot buffer is required when it is adjacent to contiguous sensitive areas such as steep slopes, hydric soils, and highly erodible soils. The DoD R EC s ubmitted formal comments asking for clarification on the amendment and re iterated its position that critical areas do not exist on federal lands. Thus, military installations are not required to submit buffer management plans. If you have any questions, please submit them to dodrecreg3@navy. mil Regulations Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations The Department of the Environment has adopted new Regulations .01 .04 under a new chapter, COMAR 26.11.37 Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations to adopt new regulat ions which will incorporate by reference (IBR) the provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations, 40 CFR 55 "Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations". This action is required in order to allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to delegate to the State of Maryland EPAs authority to control air pollution from sources located on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This delegated authority would allow the Department to issue federal air quality permits to any OCS source including an offshore wind farm should one decide to locate offshore of Maryland. Section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act requires EPA to establish requirements to control air pollution from OCS sources located offshore of states along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic coasts in or der to attain and maintain Federal and State ambient air quality standards and to comply with the provisions of Part C of Title I of the Clean Air Act. Under 40 CFR Part 55 "Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations," EPA established air pollution control r equirements for "OCS sources" and procedures for implementation and enforcement of the requirements. This regulation passed and became effective on 8 JUL 13. Goats Clear Invasive Plant Species at NSA Annapolis By James Johnson NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs Greenbury Point, a popular spot for joggers and hikers on the North Severn area of Naval Support Activity Annapolis, has a new community a herd of hungry goats. The goats are being used by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington in a pi lot project to combat invasive plant species which have forced out native plants and animals. Our current strategy is to restore designated areas to a grassland meadow by using goats to consume the invasive species, says Kevin Montgomery, NAVFAC Washin gton environmental planning and conservation product line coordinator. Goats are selective grazers; they prefer broad leafed species over grasses and will eat all of the invasive plant species present in the designated areas. Broad leafed nonnative plan ts such as the Autumn Olive tree, Oriental Bittersweet and Multiflora Rose are a favorite target of the herd. Another benefit of the goats is that their digestive system is so strong that they break down the seeds of everything they are eating, s o the p lants cant reseed themselves, for the most part. said Katharine Clark, N atural R esources M anager. The herd of 60 goats is one of a three part approach, which also includes spraying chemicals and mechanical mowing. According to Montgomery, This is a pilo t project that, if successful, can be utilized to reduce herbicide use and mowing actions while also reducing chemical runoff and air emissions, which should significantly improv e t he habitat.
REC Update July 2013 21 The goats have been held inside one acre electric fencelin es since May and are moved as needed to prevent overgrazing. By mid June, the herd had grazed more than 12 acres. A target of 25 acres by the first week of August has been set. At that time, the goats will be removed and the area will be tilled and plan ted with native warm season grass seeds suitable for ground nesting birds. At the halfway point, NAVFAC Washington Environmental is pleased with the progress the goats are making at Greenbury Point, said Blake Waller, N atural R esource S pecialist. This phase of the project has met our expectations and we will continue to use this as a learning experience for the entire region. PENNSYLVANIA Note: The Pennsylvania General Assembly meets throughout the year. Proposed L egislation On 24 JUN 13, Repre sentative Lawrence introduced PA HB 1573 which would provide for requirement for periodic inspection of vehicles. Proposed Rules Policy on Public Participation in the Permit Review Process The Department of Environmental Protection has invited public comment on a draft of its publ ic participation policy for the Permit Review Process. Public participation is an integral part of environmental decision making, and it is the policy of the Department that applications for approval should provide for effective involvement of the public. It is the intent of the Department to respond appropriately and in a timely manner to all relevant comments received during the permit application review process, particularly when there is a formal public comment process. This policy establishes a fram ework for public participation in the permit application review process by providing consistent guidelines for how the Department encourages public participation in the review of a permit application and how it reviews and responds to comments received dur ing the public participation process. VIRGINIA The Virginia Legislature convenes on 9 JAN 13 and adjourned on 23 FEB 13. Proposed Legislation The Virginia Legislature is out of session. Regulations
REC Update July 2013 22 Amendment to Repeal Transporter Registration Requirements The Department of Environmental Quality has proposed a fast track regulatory action that will amend the Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations under 9VAC20120. Currently, transporters of regulated medical waste are required to register with the Department of Environmental Quality (Department). This registration is duplicative of the federal registration requirements and unnecessary as the information received from the registration under 9VAC20120 can be obtained from the federal registration. As this is a duplicative requirement, this amendment will repeal the registration requirements under 9VAC20120480 and will amend 9VAC20120280 and 490 for conforming changes. This regulation passed and became effective on 4 JUL 13. Repeal of Procedural Rule No. 3 The Department of Environmental Quality's State Water Control Board has propose d a fast track regulation to repeal Procedural Rule No. 3 Certification Pursuant to 33 USC 41 (9VAC25240) which provides for the issuance of a certification by the Board that a proposed activity that may result in a discharge to State waters meets th e requirements of the Clean Water Act. This regulation has been superseded by the Virginia Water Protection Permit Regulation (9VAC25 210) and is therefore no longer necessary. The State Water Control Board at their December Board Meeting on December 6, 2012, voted to authorize the department to: 1. Promulgate the repeal proposal for public comment using the fast track process established in 2.2 4012.1 of the Administrative Process Act for regulations expected to be noncontroversial with the understanding that the authorization constituted its adoption of the repeal at the end of the public comment period provided that i. N o objection to use of the fast track process is received from 10 or more persons, or any member of the applicable standing committee of ei ther house of the General Assembly or of the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, and ii. T he D epartment does not find it necessary, based on public comments or for any other reason, to make any changes to the proposal. 2. Set an effective date 15 days after close of the 30 day public comment period provided i. T he proposed repeal completes the fast track rulemaking process as provided in 2.2 4012.1 of the Administrative Process Act and ii. T he D epartment does not find it necessary to make any changes to the proposal. This regulation passed and became effective on 4 JUL 13. Chesapeake, Navy Set up Land Use Plan near Fentress NALF By Jeff Sheler Virginian Pilot The City of Chesapeake and the Navy have reached an agreement on procedures for vetting land use propos als near the Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) T he agreement is the latest effort to prevent encroaching development around the Navy's practice landing field on the city's eastern edge. It calls for joint review by the city and the Navy of r ezoning and conditional use requests involving land within the city's Fentress Airfield Overlay District, a zone connecting Fentress with Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. The review panel would determine whether a proposed development is compati ble with safety, noise and other restrictions related to the OceanaFentress flight zone and would make recommendations to the Planning Commission and the City Council. Under the agreement, if a proposed development is deemed incompatible, the city and t he Navy would meet to consider whether an acceptable alternative use exists and would communicate any results to the developer. The council would have the final say on any proposal. City Attorney Jan Proctor said the purpose of the joint review is to have the city and the Navy "work together to mitigate encroachment upon the military operations at Fentress while giving due recognition to property rights." She said the agreement is similar to one between the Navy and Virginia Beach. In a related step, the council voted in May to extend for five years a 2008 agreement with the Navy to buy undeveloped property along the flight path from Oceana to Fentress to prevent encroachment. Under that
REC Update July 2013 23 agreement, when ever the city buys such property, the Navy pays for a restricted use easement worth as much as half the property's appraised value. The Navy and the city split survey and appraisal costs. According to city officials, the city has spent about $4.3 million to date on purchases involving hundreds of acres, most of it undeveloped wetlands, and has recouped $1.8 million from the Navy. Unrelated to the two agreements, the council earlier this year approved and then rescinded a rezoning request that would have permitted a developer to build 31 fill in houses in a subdivision near Fentress. The council changed course after Navy, Virginia Beach and state officials objected that the zoning change violated a commitment the city made to protect Fentress from resident ial encroachment. WEST VIRGINIA The West Virginia Legislature convenes on 9 JAN 13 and adjourned on 14 APR 13. Proposed Legislation The West Virginia Legislature is out of session. Proposed Rules No new environmental regulations of significant i mportance to DoD were identified during this reporting period.
REC Update July 2013 24 REGION 4 NORTH CAROLINA Note: The NC General Assembly convenes on 9 JAN 13 and will adjourn on 1 JUL 13. Legislation On 2 6 MAR 13, Representative Bell introduced NC HB 433 which would support the activities of the armed forces and to maintain and enhance the military's presence in North Carolina by regulating the height of buildings and structures located in areas that surround military installations in the state. The Governor signed this bill on 26 JUN 13 Regulations Duration of Sanitary Landfill or Transfer Station Permits Th e Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Waste Management has proposed rule changes related to the duration of sanitary landfill or transfer station permits to comply with recent changes in state law. The current rule and statutory re quirements are based on fiveyear permit durations. The proposed rule change is necessary to comply with new state laws and is in the public interest because it provides the regulated community with opportunities for cost savings and greater permit length flexibility.
REC Update July 2013 25 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Conferences Energy Savings Performance Contracting Training (Web Based, On Demand) This 8 hour course is offered by the Defense Acquisition University/Federal Acquisition Institute (DAU/FAI) and is targeted at federal contracting and procurement officials, however, federal energy/facility managers would also benefit from understanding thirdparty financing options for energy and energy related building improvements. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ES PC) is a contracting vehicle that allows federal agencies to accomplish energy projects for their facilities without depending on appropriations to pay for the improvements. An ESPC project is a partnership between the customer (a government organization) and an energy service company (ESCO). For more information, go to: http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/courses.aspx?crs_id=1945 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 individuals looking to strengthen their knowledge of spills and their effect on the environment. The scenario describes and oil sp ill 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/f reeonline training emergency environmental spill response/ 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 30mete r 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 StormCon Conference 2013, 1822 AUG 13, M yrtle Beach, SC StormCon is the only North American event dedicated exclusively to stormwater and surfacewater professionals across the continent: municipal stormwater and public works managers, industrial stormwater managers, engineering consultants, reg ulatory personnel, watershed management professionals, and others concerned with stormwater and surfacewater quality. For more information, go to: http://www.stor mcon.com/call_papers_2013.html?CFID=2208750&CFTOKEN=71207034 Climate Strategies Forum, 1417 OCT 13, Washington, DC Sponsored by the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Forum will feature prominent leaders from across sectors in a plenary forma t, and a series of half day bootcamps aligned with the core competencies. Plenary sessions will focus on climate and energy, and bootcamps will focus on topics including adaptation planning, implementing change management schemes, implementing a GHG manag ement structure, and building a public private partnership project. For more information, go to: http://www.climatestrategiesforum.org/ 29th Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy 2124 OCT 13, Amherst, MA Examples of conference topics include: bioremediation, ecological risk assessment, innovative technologies, jet fuel contamination, regulatory programs and policies, remediation, renewable energy projects on closed landfills and contaminated sites, carbon footprint and life cycle analysis, and recycling of demolition debris. For more information, go to: http://www.aehsfoundation.org/east coast conference.asp x Defense Energy Summit, 11 13 NOV 13, Austin, TX
REC Update July 2013 26 This will be a 3 day conference and expo covering operational and installation energy issues. More information to come as it becomes available. Greenbuild Conference and Expo 2013, 2022 NOV 13, P hiladelphia, PA The Greenbuild C onference and E xpo is dedicated to green building. The schedule for Greenbuild includes multiple education sessions, LEED workshops, and a summit on Materials and Human Health. For more information, go to: http://greenbuildexpo.org/why/attend.aspx 13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, 13 16 FEB 14, Denver, CO The theme of the conference is "Building Safe, Healthy, Equitable, and Prosperous Communities." Topics being addressed include: Communications and Engagement; Equitable Development and Environmental Justice; Implementing Smart Growth; Land Preservation; Planning Tools and Technologies; and Water and Coastal Areas. For more information go t o: http://newpartners.org/ 2014 Climate Leadership Conference, 24 26 FEB 14, San Diego, CA At this conference, forward thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit community gather t o explore energy and climate related solutions, introduce new opportunities, and provide support for those addressing climate change in their operations. For more information, go to: http://www.c limateleadershipconference.org/ National Association of Environmental Professionals 2014 Conference, 710 APR 14, St. Petersburg, FL The theme of this conference is "Changing Tides and Shifting Sands." Subject matter ranges from cultural resources to land management to overall sustainability. For more information, go to: http://www.naep.org/2014conference
REC Update July 2013 27 TRAINING Only the CECOS courses offered within Regions 13 and North Carolina are lis ted here (with the exception of Natural Resources and Cultural Resources courses). For further information on the courses below, course offerings in other regions, and/or to register, visit the CECOS training website at: https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/csfe/cecos/Default.aspx CECOS Classroom Courses Beginning Date End Date Course Location 13 AUG 13 15 AUG 13 Basic Environmental Law Norfolk, VA 13 AUG 13 15 AUG 13 Advanced Hist oric Preservation Law & Section 106 Compliance Joint Base Myer/McNair/Henderson Hall, VA 19 AUG 13 23 AUG 13 US Marine Corps Facilities Management Washington, DC 20 AUG 13 23 AUG 13 DoD Pesticide Applicator Recertification Virginia Beach, VA 26 AUG 13 3 0 AUG 13 Adv Public Works Dept & Fac Eng Command Operations Washington, DC 27 AUG 13 29 AUG 13 MCON Programming and Budgeting Washington, DC 9 SEP 13 9 SEP 13 National Env Policy Act (NEPA) Navy Executive Overview Norfolk, VA 10 SEP 13 12 SEP 13 Nationa l Env Policy Act (NEPA) Application Norfolk, VA CECOS Online Courses/Web Conferences Beginning Date End Date Course Location Various HAZWOPER for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Site Workers Refresher On Line 19 SEP 13 19 SEP 13 Sustainability in the N avy Web Conference NPDES Permit Writers 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 r eview the material on demand in a self paced environment to become familiar and comfortable with the concepts of the NPDES permit program. The NPDES web based training series can be found at http://www.epa. gov/npdes/training under Self Paced Web Training.
REC Update July 2013 28 CECOS EMS General Awareness: Computer Based Training (CBT) Module Available 24/7 at http://www.cecosweb.com/ under Training by Subject>EMS. A certificate is is sued to all registered users upon completion. This module is designed to provide an awareness level overview of EMS to satisfy the requirement that ALL personnel have basic EMS knowledge. It is also to be taken as a quick refresher for anyone that takes the Advancing an Effective EMS and/or Integrated EMS/Compliance trainings. NAVOSH & Environmental Training Center For further information on the courses and/or to register, visit NAVOSH & Environmental Training Center website at: http:// www.safetycenter.navy.mil/training/default.htm EPA Watershed Assessment Tools Training, Various Times & Locations More information is available at: http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/basins/training.htm 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/ RCRA Training Modules An archive of training modules tha t provide s an overview of a specific regulatory topic. These modules will not be updated but are useful resources for people wishing to gain a general understanding of RCRA. They are not intended to serve as comprehensive sources of regulatory informatio n. For more information, go to: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/inforesources/pubs/rmods.htm
REC Update July 2013 29 MEET THE REC STAFF RADM D. R. Smith 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 Chesapeake Bay Coordinator (757) 3410455 DoD Chesapeake Bay State Liaison PA/VA/WV (757) 3410383 DoD Chesapeake Bay State Liaison DC/MD/NY (757) 3410450
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