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The Week Ahead

The Senate environment committee is holding a hearing this week to consider President Joe Biden’s nominations to lead EPA’s water and toxics offices. And EPA will close the public comment period on its plan for monitoring 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in public water supplies.

EPA Nominations

The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee will hold a hearing May 12 on President Joe Biden’s nominees to lead EPA’s water and toxics offices, and an Interior Department nominee. The panel will consider the nominations of Radhika Fox to serve as EPA assistant administrator of the Office of Water, Michal Freedhoff to serve as EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and Shannon Estenoz to serve as assistant secretary of fish and wildlife and parks at the Interior Department.

PFAS Monitoring

EPA will close the comment period on May 10 for comments on its fifth unregulated contaminant monitoring rule under the Safe Drinking Water Act that would require public water systems to collect national occurrence data for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and lithium.

Environmental Justice

The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, which is identifying priorities for its likely recommendations on possible changes to a Clinton-era executive order on boosting environmental justice, will hold a May 13 public meeting. The meeting’s agenda was not available at press time.

The Society of Environmental Journalists will host a May 11 webinar titled, “What Would Real Environmental Health & Justice Look Like?” The speakers will include Texas Southern University Professor Robert Bullard, known as the “father of environmental justice;” former Obama EPA Region 4 Administrator Heather McTeer Toney; and Matthew Tejada, director of EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice.

The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative will sponsor a May 13 webinar on environmental justice and EPA data accessibility in Latinx communities.

Congressional Hearings

The House Energy & Commerce environment and climate change subcommittee will hold an online legislative hearing May 13 on the Superfund provisions in H.R. 1512, the CLEAN Future Act. The Superfund provisions would reinstate the long-expired Superfund taxes on industry.

The House Natural Resources subcommittee on indigenous peoples of the United States will hold a May 13 oversight hearing on environmental justice in indigenous communities.

The House Agriculture subcommittee on conservation and forestry will hold a hearing, “Title II Conservation Programs: Exploring Climate Smart Practices,” on May 12.

The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee’s transportation and infrastructure panel will hold a hearing May 11 on equity in transportation infrastructure.

Water Infrastructure

EPA will host a May 12 webinar titled, “Financing Green Infrastructure: Best Practices from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund."

Coal Ash

EPA will close its comment period May 11 on its notice of data availability providing new information on the potential beneficial reuse of coal ash in certain products. The agency reopened the comment period for an additional 60 days starting March 12.

Climate Change

Law firm Beveridge & Diamond will host a May 11 webcast to discuss key legal drivers for climate change actions, featuring former Obama Department of Justice official John Cruden as a panelist.

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute will sponsor a May 12 webcast to discuss the Biden administration’s new greenhouse gas emission reduction goal of lowering emissions by more than 50 percent by 2030.

Law firm K&L Gates will host a May 11 webinar titled, “Federal Initiatives to Accelerate the Growth of Clean Energy and Carbon Capture."

GTI, a research, development and training organization focused on energy and environmental challenges, on May 12 will sponsor a webcast titled, “Producing Low or Negative Carbon Fuels from Sustainable Biomass Resources.”

Pesticides Dialogue

EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee will hold a virtual public meeting May 12-13 that will include an update on changes and accomplishments within EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs.

Lead Lines

EPA will host a virtual seminar May 13 highlighting a study looking at the effectiveness of lead service line replacements in lowering children’s blood lead levels.

Water Quality

EPA May 12 will hold a virtual training session on using its sanitary survey mobile app for marine and fresh waters to aid recreators and improve management decisions on keeping recreational waters open for use.

The EPA Region 1 Outfall Monitoring Science Advisory Panel May 11 will hold a virtual meeting to discuss ambient monitoring plan revisions, monitoring results in 2019 and 2020, and other issues related to Massachusetts Bay. A Public Interest Advisory Committee meeting will immediately follow.

Energy Issues

The Law & Economics Center and George Mason University Law School’s C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State May 14 will host a webinar titled, “Do NEPA and Other Permitting Requirements Doom Green Energy and Infrastructure Plans?”

As part of a series of webinars on the Biden administration, law firm Beveridge & Diamond will host a webcast May 13 titled, “Energy and Federal Natural Resources Issues in the Biden Administration."

The Wilson Center will host a webcast May 12 titled, “Race to the Top? Electric Vehicles as a Road to Carbon Neutrality in the US and China."

Air Quality

The Air & Waste Management Association will hold a virtual conference May 11-13 on air quality measurement and technologies.

The Health Effects Institute, a research organization jointly funded by EPA and the auto industry, May 11 will hold the sixth in a series of webinars, with the latest titled, “Non-tailpipe Emissions: Impacts on Urban Air Quality and Health.”

Biosolids and Residuals

The Water Environment Federation will hold a virtual conference May 11-13 on residuals and biosolids.

Environmental Enforcement

The Environmental Law Institute May 14 will host a webinar titled, “Understanding a New Era of Environmental Criminal Enforcement.” It will feature Pam Mazakas, EPA deputy director of the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, and Training.

EAB Changes

The Environmental Law Institute May 11 will host a webinar on changes to EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) titled “Amending the EAB: Impacts on Communities and Governance."

Environmental Education

Applications from environmental education professionals are due to EPA by May 14 to fill two vacancies on EPA’s National Environmental Education Advisory Council.