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The Week Ahead

ECOS Eyes New Technology To Protect Environment; Panel Weighs EPA Risk Assessments

The Environmental Council of the States, which represents state environment regulators, is hosting its State Environmental Protection (STEP) meeting on technological advances that could improve environmental protection. Meanwhile, an EPA advisory panel on chemicals is preparing for its review of two closely watched chemical risk assessments.

STEP Meeting

ECOS’ annual STEP meeting is set for July 10 in Washington, D.C. The agenda revolves around states’ adoption of “cutting-edge” technology to solve environmental problems, including advanced data analysis, novel monitoring methods and the use of novel technologies in the field. Inside EPA is a sponsor of this year’s meeting; our Environment Next will have full coverage of the discussions.


EPA’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) will hold a July 10 virtual meeting to prepare for its review of two draft agency risk assessments, of the largely phased-out flame retardant HBCD and the solvent 1,4-dioxane. The agency found that few if any conditions of use present unreasonable risk for either chemical, meaning their uses will likely remain on the market as a result, but the proposal has already sparked legal threats.


The American Bar Association is hosting a July 10 panel discussion on the Trump administration’s deregulatory record, at EPA and other executive agencies. Speakers will address the White House’s steps to roll back prior administrations’ policies so far, its plans for the future, and whether those efforts are likely to survive court challenges and later presidents’ likely efforts to reassert their regulatory authority.

Climate Change

The House Science Committee has scheduled a July 11 hearing on polar ice melt and what the phenomenon means for climate change more broadly.

The Energy and Environmental Study Institute is hosting its Congressional Clean Energy Expo July 11 in Washington, D.C., highlighting work that agencies, industry firms and trade associations are doing on energy efficiency and renewables. Members of Congress from both parties are scheduled to speak throughout the day.

Vapor Intrusion

The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program, which are joint projects between EPA, the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, will host a July 11 webinar on vapor intrusion modeling and mitigation techniques.

NEHA Conference

The National Environmental Health Association’s annual education conference runs July 9-12 in Nashville, TN. The agenda includes discussion of climate impacts on health, policies from health-focused agencies that affect environmental factors, wastewater treatment methods and more.