Monday, June 09, 2014

WIMS Environmental HotSheet 6/9/14

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National / International News


<> Celebration of World Oceans Day 2014 - The Twentieth Anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

<> Draft (6-5-14) SAB Review of the Draft EPA Report Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters

<> Department of State issues a June 6, 2014 Errata Sheet for the Keystone XL Final SEIS - Among other items, the rail incident analysis is updated and for the 10-year period, the number of reported injuries increases from 700 to 2,947 and fatalities increase from 92 to 434. . .

<> GWP/WMO Release Drought Management Guidelines - The GWP/WMO Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) released a new publication on National Drought Management Policy Guidelines: A Template for Action

<> Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Bill - The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2015 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies - The bill totals $34 billion –$50 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and an increase of $327 million above the President's request.

<> GAO-14-431, Small Business Research Programs: More Guidance and Oversight Needed to Comply with Spending and Reporting Requirements, June 06, 2014 - What GAO Found Agency data indicate that 8 of the 11 agencies participating in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and 2 of the 5 agencies participating in the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

<> The Status of the Highway Trust Fund, June 2014 - Presentation by Sarah Puro, CBO Analyst, to Americans for Transportation Mobility

<> EPA Announces Funding for Tribes to Clean Up Diesel Engines - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that grant funding is available for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from older diesel engines. 

<> EPA Ensures Company Discloses Pesticide Hazards - A Milwaukee pesticide manufacturer paid a $738,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for advertising Rozol Prairie Dog Bait (Rozol PD) without identifying it as a restricted use. . .

<> Beyond Paris, Part 2: The Dire Consequences of Inaction - What are the future impacts of a changing climate system? Extreme weather? Higher sea level? More drought and heat waves? Where will these impacts be felt the most? Answering these questions depends on a simple factor. . .

<> The Clean Power Plan: NRDC's Initial Analysis of EPA's Landmark Proposal to Curb Carbon Pollution from the Nation's Power Plants - On June 2nd, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation's first limits on carbon pollution from the nation's fleet of more than 1600 fossil fueled fired. . .

<> Vitter: Germany Lifting Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing Should Be Wake Up Call - Senator warns Chancellor Merkel of environmental activists' attempts to vilify successful technology important to economic growth

<> UN FAO Report: "Success Stories On Climate-Smart Agriculture" - As the global farming community continues to curb climate change and food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency today spotlighted the best practices

Federal Register Highlights 

The following is an alert of Environmental Federal Register announcements that may be of interest for: Monday, June 9, 2014.  (Click here to access today's complete Federal Register index with links to complete announcements).


1. Climate, Air - Notice. U.S. EPA. Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program - Publication of Aggregated Greenhouse Gas Data PDF | Text |


2. Air - Proposed Rule. U.S. EPA. Air Quality Implementation Plans - Approvals and Promulgations: Withdrawal of the Prior Determination or Presumption That Compliance With the CAIR or the NOX PDF | Text |


(click for the complete Energy & EPA announcements)