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The Week Ahead

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) is launching an effort to advise EPA’s Office of Research & Development (ORD) on anticipatory research. Meanwhile, agency scientific advisors will meet this week to consider water treatment issues.

EPA Research

An ad hoc NAS panel will host an initial information-gathering session on May 27 to hear from ORD officials as NAS works on a report to advise the research office on emerging scientific and technological advances it should consider to support EPA’s environmental protection mission.

BOSC Meetings

EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Safe and Sustainable Water Resources (SSWR) Subcommittee will meet May 26-27 for virtual public meetings to discuss water treatment and infrastructure, including drinking water treatment and distribution, and wastewater and water reuse.

And the BOSC Executive Committee will meet May 25, holding a virtual meeting open to the public.

PFAS Issues

A host of organizations are planning events to discuss per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as well as other emerging contaminants, this week, including the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association, which will host a May 25 webinar, “Destroying PFAS in Groundwater & Landfill Leachate."

The National Ground Water Association May 26-27 will hold a webinar titled, “Problematic Groundwater Contaminants: More Than PFAS Forum."

On May 27, the Water Environment Federation will sponsor a webcast on the evaluation of PFAS in advanced water reclamation processes often used to produce recycled water.

NAS will host a virtual May 25 town hall to hear from community representatives and others from the Western United States about their experiences with an Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry study committee that will advise clinicians about testing for PFAS.

EPA Methane Rule

EPA will hold training webinars May 25-27 on the agency’s development of an oil and natural gas industry proposed rule tackling the potent greenhouse gas methane, offering information on the rulemaking process and how stakeholders can participate in it.

Vanadium Risk Assessment

EPA will close the comment period May 26 on its systematic review protocol for the Integrated Risk Information System assessment of vanadium related to oral exposures. EPA’s protocol communicates the agency’s “rationale for conducting the oral assessment of vanadium and compounds, describes screening criteria to identify relevant literature, outlines the approach for evaluating study quality, and describes the methods for dose-response analysis,” the agency says.

Congressional Hearings

The House Energy & Commerce environment subcommittee May 25 will hold a virtual hearing titled, “The CLEAN Future Act and Drinking Water: Legislation to Ensure Drinking Water is Safe and Clean."

The House Natural Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources will host a virtual hearing May 24 titled, “Expanding Clean Energy on Public Lands,” to examine H.R. 3326, which aims to promote renewable energy development on public lands, and other purposes.

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee May 26 will hold a hearing to examine environmental restoration issues within the Department of Defense.

The House Committee on Science, Space & Technology will hold a May 27 hearing titled, “Overview of the Science and Energy Research Enterprise of the U.S. Department of Energy,” featuring Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm as a witness.

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s interior, environment and related agencies panel will hold a hearing May 26 titled, “Rethinking Resiliency: Budgeting for the Future of Forest Management.”

Drinking Water

EPA will hold a May 25 small drinking water systems webinar on harmful algal blooms and algal toxins.

Air Pollution

The Health Effects Institute, a research organization jointly funded by EPA and the auto industry, May 25 will hold the last in a series of webinars, titled “What We Have Learned about Effects on Health at Low Levels of Exposure: Evidence from the United States, Canada, and Europe.” The webinar will discuss results from studies on health effects of long-term exposures to air pollution in large populations.

Hazard Mitigation

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) May 26 will host a webinar to explore how states and local governments are integrating nature-based goals and actions in hazard mitigation plans.

Recreational Waters

EPA May 25 and 26 will hold virtual training sessions on how to use its new sanitary survey mobile app for marine and fresh waters to aid recreators and improve management decisions on keeping recreational waters open for use.

Endangered Species Act

ELI on May 25 will host a webinar on “Stewarding Natural Resources for Intergenerational Wellbeing” through the Endangered Species Act.

Computational Toxicology

EPA May 27 will host a webinar titled, “Computational Toxicology and Exposure Communities of Practice: Introduction to Systematic Review."