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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: January 2014

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NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issues notice to advise the public and seek comment of changes to the printing and distribution of NOAA’s nautical charts and chart distribution, including digital charts. [Thursday, January 2, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 1)]

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising regulations for hazardous waste management under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to conditionally exclude carbon dioxide (CO2) streams that are captured from emission sources, are injected into underground injection control class VI wells for the purposes of geologic sequestration. volume 79, number 2. [Friday, January 3, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 2)]

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to promulgate amendments to a final rule that revised national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for existing and new secondary lead smelters. [Friday, January 3, 2014, (Vol. 79, No.2 )]

EPA- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to a final rule published January 5, 2012 to regulatory text related to compliance dates and corrections of typographical errors in testing requirements for hydrocarbons that revised national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants for existing and new secondary lead smelters. [Friday, January 3, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 2)]

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes notice and request for comments on application from the National Science Foundation on behalf of several universities for an Incident Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incident to conducting a low-energy marine geophysical survey in the Dumont d’Urville Sea off the coast of East Antarctica, January to March  2014.
[Friday, January 3, 2014, Vol. 79, No. 2)]

NTIA - National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) publishes a notice to request public comments on proposed categorical exclusions of actions to prepare an environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act. [Monday, January 6, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 3)]

DOD - U.S. Department of Navy issued guidelines for Permitting Archaeological Investigations on Sunken Military Craft under the Department of the Navy. [Monday, January 6, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 3)]

NRC - Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) publishes semiannual regulatory agenda. [Tuesday, January 7, 2014, Vol. 79, No. 4)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the proposal for new source performance standards for emissions of carbon dioxide (CO 2), published on April 13, 2012, for new affected fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units (EGUs). [Wednesday, January 8, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 5)]

NTIA - National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issues a notice and request for public comment by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on proposed procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). [Wednesday, January 8, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 5)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing amendment to national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) including categories: acrylic and modacrylic fibers production, polycarbonate production and amino/phenolic resins production. [Thursday, January 9, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 6)]

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notice of availability of final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems permit for offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production facilities.  [Thursday, January 9, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 6)]

NRC - Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) soliciting public comment on draft Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) “Emergency Planning Exemption Requests for Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants.” [Friday, January 10, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 7)]

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) announces final rule action on Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries, that are the basis for floodplain management measures in communities. [Monday, January 13, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 8)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice that the 2018 Emissions Modeling Platform data are available for public review and comment. [Tuesday, January 14, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 9)]

DOE - Department of Energy’s National Petroleum Council (NPC) will be renewed for a two-year period beginning on January 10, 2014. [Wednesday, January 15, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 10)]

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an extension of the public comment period for the proposed rule titled “Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Amendments and Confidentiality Determinations for Fluorinated Gas Production.” [Wednesday, January 15, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 10)]

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), “NSPS for Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plants” to the Office of Management and Budget. [Thursday, January 16, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 11)]

DOI - The Department of the Interior (DOI) extended public comment period on Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS) regarding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. [Friday, January 17, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 12)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcing the availability of the final report titled, “An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska,” to evaluate impacts of proposed large scale mining operations. [Tuesday, January 21, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 13)]

FERC - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed to approve Reliability Standard EOP-010-1, designed to mitigate the effects of geomagnetic disturbances on the Bulk-Power System. [Wednesday, January 22, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 14)

EPA - Notice the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR) “National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Consumer Products, CFR 40 Part 59, Subpart C (Renewal),” to the Office of Management and Budget. [Thursday, January 23, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 15)]

NSF - National Science Foundation (NSF) announces meeting on the “Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering,” February 11 & 12,  2014. [Friday, January 24, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 16)]

NRC - Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to conduct public workshop to discuss proposed revisions to its Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) disposal regulations in updating 2007 Strategic Assessment of the LLRW regulatory program. [Friday, January 24, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 16)]

EPA - Notice for National Environmental Justice Advisory council (NEJAC) public meeting February 11 & 12, 2014. [Monday, January 27, 2014,  (Vol. 79, No. 17)]

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extending public comment period on proposed issuance of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Oil and Gas Geotechnical Surveys and Related Activities in Federal Waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.  [Monday, January 27, 2014,  (Vol. 79, No. 17)]

PHMSA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) notice on the issuance of preparing oil spill facility response plans. [Tuesday, January 28, 2014, (Vol. 79, No. 18)]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Review prepared by: Maeve Boland, Geoscience Policy Director; Abby Seadler, Geoscience Policy Associate; and Scott Miller, AGI/AAPG Spring Intern.

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Compiled February 10, 2014

 

 

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