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The Week Ahead

The Association of State & Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) is hosting its annual meeting this week. Meanwhile, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the law firm Beveridge & Diamond are sponsoring a “Superfund at 40” discussion on Superfund reform ideas.

Waste Discussions

ASTSWMO’s annual meeting that includes both state waste officials as well as EPA and Department of Defense officials runs from Oct. 22-Nov. 5, but its plenary session launches Oct. 28.

The event has the theme “Leading Through Change,” and will feature discussions on inspections during COVID-19, Superfund and brownfields issues, recycling policy, federal facilities and underground storage tanks, updates on EPA waste policies and efforts, and more.

The plenary discussion will feature EPA enforcement head Susan Bodine and EPA waste chief Peter Wright speaking about COVID-19 and inspections and their offices’ National Program Guidances. Other highlights include a federal facilities roundtable, discussion on emergency preparedness under Superfund and brownfields, and a states-EPA materials management roundtable that includes updates on coal combustion residuals policy and EPA per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) efforts.

Superfund at 40

ELI and Beveridge & Diamond on Oct. 26 are hosting a “Superfund at 40” virtual panel discussion titled "Superfund Reform Efforts, Past and Present." The discussion will include lead EPA and Department of Justice (DOJ) staff for the 1986 Superfund amendments and cover past and current Superfund reform initiatives. Panelists include former Obama Justice Department (DOJ) official John Cruden and former DOJ and EPA official Nancy Firestone, now a judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; former EPA official Linda Fisher; and former DOJ official Anne Shields.

PFAS Research

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) is hosting a “Workshop on Federal Government Human Health PFAS Research” that runs Oct. 26-27. NASEM’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology will review the federal government’s human health research on PFAS, identifying research and data gaps.

Dredge-And-Fill Permitting

EPA on Oct. 27 will host the second of two public hearings on Florida’s request to assume from the Army Corps of Engineers authority to issue Clean Water Act section 404 dredge-and-fill permits in the state.

Lead Dust Rule Challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is slated to hear oral argument Oct. 27 in A Community Voice, Inc. v. EPA, where environmentalists are challenging a 2019 EPA lead dust hazard rule, disputing that it complies with the Toxic Substances Control Act and arguing that the standard should be set at stricter levels.

Pesticide Program

EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee launches a two-day virtual meeting starting Oct. 28 that opens with remarks from EPA toxics chief Alex Dunn and Office of Pesticide Programs Acting Director Ed Messina. Discussion will include the topics of pesticide resistance management, emerging agricultural technologies, emerging pathogens, and farmworker and clinician training.

Pesticide Action Network International is hosting an Oct. 28 webinar featuring farmers from around the world sharing experiences in agroecology, an approach grounded in principles of equity, collectivity, and food sovereignty.

Water Resources

The EPA Board of Scientific Counselors’ Safe and Sustainable Water Resources (SSWR) Subcommittee will meet Oct. 28-29 in a virtual meeting open to the public to review initial progress on implementing the fiscal year 2019-22 SSWR Strategic Research Action Plan.

Climate Change

EPA’s environmental economics program is sponsoring an Oct. 27 webcast titled “Temperature Variability Implies Greater Economic Damages from Climate Change.”

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is hosting an Oct. 29 webcast from 3-4:30 to announce its new report, A Resilient Future for Coastal Communities: Federal Policy Recommendations from Solutions in Practice, and to discuss federal actions that can improve coastal resilience along ocean and Great Lakes shorelines.

The Society of Environmental Journalists is hosting an Oct. 28 webinar for journalists on the role of environmental issues in this election cycle. It is titledCovering Climate, COVID-19, and the Election: Opinion Polls and Voters’ Guides on Environmental Issues."

Great Lakes

EPA’s Great Lakes Advisory Board is holding a virtual public meeting on Oct. 29.

Pollutants in Biosolids

EPA is sponsoring an Oct. 27 informational webinar on the National Priorities: Evaluation of Pollutants in Biosolids Request for Applications (RFA). The webinar will cover application information and provide an overview of what has already been provided in the RFA.

Wildland Fires

EPA is hosting an Oct. 29 informational webinar on the Interventions And Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Risks of Wildland Fire Smoke Exposures Request for Applications (RFA). The webinar will cover application information and detail what has already been provided in the RFA.