In a report released September 6, 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that the EPA has implemented 191 of the 318 recommendations the GAO has directed at the Agency since 2007.
Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management
President Trump announced that he intends to nominate William Wehrum, a Washington D.C. environmental attorney with a lengthy list of industry clients, to be EPA’s next assistant administrator (AA) for the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR). Wehrum is currently a partner in the powerhouse law firm Hunton & Williams where he leads the Administrative […]
On the final day of the StormCon 2017 Surface Water Quality Conference and Expo, a busload of stormwater professionals toured two innovative stormwater management systems recently installed in the City of Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park and the Port of Tacoma’s West Hylebos Pier Log Yard. Both facilities use cutting edge technologies within relatively small footprints […]
Two recent decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit have created uncertainty about the degree to which federal agencies must include indirect environmental effects from projects in environmental analyses required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
In a final rule, the EPA has modified scores of sampling and analysis procedures that must be used by states, municipalities, tribes, publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), and industrial dischargers that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA) to monitor water quality, meet pollutant limits, and report to regulatory authorities.
At a packed classroom session at the StormCon 2017 Surface Water Quality Conference and Expo, Steve Thibaudeau of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Kurt Schaefer of Stantec talked about their experiences with the analysis and repair of nonperforming stormwater management systems. The presentation, called “Diagnosing and Repairing a Stormwater Management System: The Good, […]
In their keynote speeches during the Opening General Session of this year’s StormCon conference in Bellevue, Washington, Dominique Lueckenhoff, the Acting Director of EPA Region 3’s Water Protection Division, and Mami Hara, the General Manager and CEO of Seattle Public Utilities, underscored the need for innovative community- and industry-driven approaches to the problems presented by […]
The EPA has issued its annual update of EJSCREEN, which the Agency describes as “a tremendously popular tool, consistently ranking as one of EPA’s most used tools available through the Agency website.” EJSCREEN was created in 2012 as an environmental justice (EJ) screening and mapping tool that utilizes standard and nationally consistent data to highlight […]
There is strong bipartisan support in Congress behind a bill that would improve an existing federal tax credit to promote and spur carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies and processes.
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