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July 16, 2012

1) Call for Nominees to Participate in an EPA Technical Workshop on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy
2) EPA Withdraws Proposal to Collect Information about Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
3) EPA Issues Clean Water State Revolving Fund Green Project Reserve Highlights Report, Case Studies, and Fact Sheets
4) EPA's Job Training Program Expands to Include Wastewater and Stormwater
5) Virtual Academy Webinar: Water Quality Standards 101


1) Call for Nominees to Participate in an EPA Technical Workshop on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy
Water is vital to a productive and growing economy in the United States, and directly affects the production of many goods and services. On behalf of EPA, Industrial Economics, Inc. is seeking nominees from both the private and public sectors to attend and participate in a technical workshop that will seek independent input on water's contribution to the U.S. economy, current capabilities to analyze and estimate this contribution, and the steps necessary to improve our understanding of water's economic contributions. The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2012. The format will include presentations on commissioned research and a combination of expert panels and group discussion. Interested parties should review the request for nominations, available on-line at http://www.indecon.com/iecweb/Procurements.aspx, and submit nominations to ntanners@indecon.com no later than 5:00 p.m., July 20, 2012.

For additional information, send email inquiries to:

Mr. Nadav Tanners
Associate
Industrial Economics, Incorporated
2067 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02140
Email: NTanners@indecon.com

2) EPA Withdraws Proposal to Collect Information about Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
EPA is withdrawing a proposed rule that would have required information to be submitted to the EPA about concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). EPA will instead use existing federal, state, and local sources of information to gather data about CAFOs and help ensure that CAFOs are implementing practices that protect water quality. EPA also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Association of the Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) to facilitate the exchange of information. This collaborative effort between the EPA and ACWA will focus on identifying CAFOs and obtaining pertinent information about CAFOs on a state-by-state basis for use by both ACWA members and EPA.

EPA sought public comment on the proposal, and in light of comments received from states regarding the amount of CAFO information states already have and include as part of the CAFO permitting process, the EPA is withdrawing the proposal to collect CAFO information by rule. More information: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/afo/aforule.cfm#withdrawal

3) EPA Issues Clean Water State Revolving Fund Green Project Reserve Highlights Report, Case Studies, and Fact Sheets
EPA is releasing a suite of materials highlighting the innovative approaches states have used to successfully implement projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally-innovative activities using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund's (CWSRF) Green Project Reserve. The CWSRF program, through the reserve, is helping achieve innovative solutions to wastewater infrastructure needs, achieving economic and environmental benefits that will continue to accrue for years to come.

The Green Project Reserve requires all CWSRF programs to direct a portion of their capitalization grant toward projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally-innovative activities. While these type of projects have always been eligible for CWSRF financing, the reserve originated with the American Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA) when it was signed into law on February 17, 2009. With the success of the Green Project Reserve implemented under ARRA---approximately 30 percent of total ARRA funding for CWSRF projects went to reserve projects---the reserve has become a part of all subsequent CWSRF appropriations. For more information: http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/cwsrf/Green-Project-Reserve.cfm.

4) EPA's Job Training Program Expands to Include Wastewater and Stormwater
EPA is awarding $3 million to 15 grantees through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. The grants will recruit, train and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. Managed by EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, the grant program targets economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and jobs are often most needed.

With support from EPA's Office of Water, this year's grant program has expanded to include training for wastewater treatment plant operations and stormwater management. Seven of the 15 FY12 grant recipients will emphasize wastewater or stormwater above and beyond the required awareness-level introduction to these topics. Some will offer state certifications in wastewater treatment plant operations. Many of this year's winning grantees are already working with local wastewater utilities or other water sector employers to secure placements for their participants. Historically, approximately 71 percent of program graduates have found employment in environmental fields that serve local communities. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/job.htm, or contact: Leon Latino, latino.leon@epa.gov, 202 564 1997.

5) Virtual Academy Webinar: Water Quality Standards 101
Please join us for the first Water Quality Standards Virtual Academy webinar: "Water Quality Standards 101." Water quality standards are the foundation of the water quality-based pollution control program mandated by the Clean Water Act. Water quality standards define the goals for a waterbody by designating its uses, setting criteria to protect those uses, and establishing provisions such as antidegradation policies to protect water bodies from pollutants. Learn how you can use water quality standards to protect water resources. This webinar is aimed at states, territories, tribes, environmental groups, industrial groups, municipalities, the academic community, federal agencies, watershed groups and any other interested parties.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. Register here: https://horsleywittenevents.webex.com/mw0307l/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=horsleywittenevents&service=6&rnd=0.010665754496415158&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fhorsleywittenevents.webex.com%2Fec0606l%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3D.

For more information, visit http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/standardsacademy/index.cfm.

 


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