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The Week Ahead

EPA will hold a pair of public meetings this week on its proposed rule to require monitoring of dozens of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. Meanwhile, the public comment period closes on the Ozone Transport Commission’s (OTC) petition seeking tougher controls on ozone-forming air emissions from power plants in OTC member state Pennsylvania.

Unregulated Contaminants

EPA will hold virtual public meetings April 6 and 7 on its proposed fifth unregulated contaminant monitoring rule (UCMR 5), which if finalized would require drinking water utilities to monitor their finished water for lithium and 29 PFAS. The agency says the meetings will discuss proposed monitoring requirements, analytical methods, laboratory approval process, and groundwater representative monitoring plans.

Ozone Transport

The public comment period ends April 7 on a June 2020 petition backed by a majority of OTC members that asks EPA under Clean Air Act section 184(c) to impose tougher controls for ozone-forming nitrogen oxides on power plants in member state Pennsylvania. The OTC represents 12 Northeast states and the District of Columbia where more-stringent ozone emissions reduction mandates apply than other states, but Pennsylvania is opposing the petition.

Environmental Justice

EPA will hold a webinar April 6 about new research on the correlation of redlined areas and the location of urban heat islands. The authors of the research will discuss their participatory research on the spatial distribution of climate impacts, involving communities in measuring heat in cities.

Also on April 6, the Environmental Law Institute will host a webinar on the opportunities for using critical race theory and intersectionality to target environmental racism and achieve environmental justice.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will host an April 7 training session on disaster response training as part of a series of town hall meetings hosted by the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice’s subcommittee on environmental justice and natural disasters.

PFAS Risks

The Northeast Waste Management Officials Association is holding an April 6 webinar on using the Clean Water Act pretreatment program to identify sources of PFAS in wastewater as well as the potential for PFAS to leach from secondary sludge and biosolids.

The National Academy of Sciences is holding an April 7 town hall to hear from community representatives and stakeholders on how PFAS testing of individuals and those results should inform clinical care. The town hall is part of an ongoing National Academies study, Guidance on PFAS Testing and Health Outcomes.

Enforcement Priorities

Beveridge & Diamond is hosting an April 7 webinar on the environmental enforcement priorities of the Biden administration.

Air Quality

The Health Effects Institute research organization, jointly funded by EPA and the auto industry, will hold an April 6 webinar to discuss the interaction between climate change and air quality and health as part of its virtual annual conference.

EPA is hosting an April 8 webinar addressing wildfires and air quality impacts as part of a series of webinars focused on priority environmental justice issues of interest to tribes and indigenous peoples.

Food Scrap Recycling

The Environmental Law Institute will hold an April 8 webinar on solutions to diverting food waste from landfills and recycling to create valuable products through anaerobic digestion.

Environmental Policy Review

The Environmental Law Institute will hold its annual Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference on April 9. The webinar will discuss innovative environmental law and policy proposals in the academic literature.

Diesel Pollution

EPA is hosting an April 9 webinar on the agency’s resources for supporting collaboration between communities and ports to address diesel emissions.