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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

LGEAN Update is a biweekly newsletter published by the International City/County Management Association. Its purpose is to keep you up to date on the latest environmental information of interest to local governments.



The 2016 Urban Waters National Training Workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and on behalf of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP), will convene July 26 – 28, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. The UWFP seeks to reconnect urban communities, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed, with their waterways to become stewards for clean urban waters. It is supported by 14 Federal agencies and more than 28 non-governmental organization partners working in 19 designated locations. Through the Partnership, communities gain economic, environmental, and social benefits, and collaborate with Federal agencies, state and local agencies, and community-led efforts to achieve common goals. For more information, click here.


Funding Opportunity: Partners for Places Fall 2016 Grant Cycle
A successful matching grant program, Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations.

National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. For more information, click here.

Closing Date: July 25, 2016 at 11:59 PM, any time zone

For questions, contact Ashely Quintana at or Ann Wallace at

Funding Opportunity: FY2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible entities to conduct research and/or technical assistance activities that culminate in an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. Grant-funded activities must be directed to one or more catalyst, high priority brownfield site(s) located within a specific project area, such as a neighborhood, downtown, business or arts district, a local commercial or industrial corridor, a community waterfront, one or more city blocks, etc. Each recipient that receives a grant under this funding opportunity must develop an area-wide plan for the brownfield(s) within the project area, and include in that plan specific implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up and reusing the brownfield(s) and related project area revitalization strategies. For more information, click here.

Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-OLEM-OBLR-16-05

Closing Date: August 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST

For questions, contact Aimee Storm at or Wendy Thomi at

Funding Opportunity: Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for Tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality.

Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement. For more information, click here.

Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-OAR-OTAQ-16-06

Closing Date: August 23, 2016 at 4:00 PM EST

For questions, contact Lucita Valiere at


Webinar: RETIGO Training Webinar
Date: June 28, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

This webinar will provide an introduction to the Real-Time Geospatial Data Viewer, commonly known as RETIGO. This interactive web-based tool allows users to upload field data they have collected while in motion (walking, biking, or on a vehicle) and explore it visually by plotting the data on a map and/or graph to observe air quality trends. Their local data can be integrated with air quality data available on AirNow, a multi-agency online resource provided by EPA and others that offers air quality data and the Air Quality Index. For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) for Small Systems
Date: June 28, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

In 2016, EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW) will host monthly webinars to discuss challenges and treatment solutions for small drinking water and wastewater systems. Cindy Mack (EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water) will give a presentation on RTCR requirements applicable to small water systems serving less than or equal to 1,000 persons; and Mark Verbsky (Ohio EPA's Division of Drinking and Ground Waters) will give a presentation about RTCR implementation from Ohio EPA’s perspective. 

A certificate for one continuing education contact hour will be offered for this webinar. Please indicate in the registration question below if you are interested in receiving a certificate of attendance for the webinar. For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: It’s Getting Hot in Here! Best Practices for Hot and Humid Climates (101)
Date: July 7, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting a peer exchange call to discuss best practices for hot and humid climates. For more information and to register, click here.

Transform Tox Testing Challenge Semi-Finalist Workshop
Date: July 8, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST
Location, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
On July 8, the Transform Tox Testing Challenge organizers will host a workshop in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina to bring together State 1 winners, agency experts, and other leaders in the field to discuss the Tox21 and ToxCast programs, the semi-finalist proposals, and feasible expectations for the remainder of the challenge.

The goal of the challenge is to develop a practical design that will turn existing, commonly used in vitro chemical screening assays into tests competent (e.g. drug metabolizing cytochromes P450) enough to produce physiologically relevant metabolites within cell-based HTS assays which will evaluate both parent chemical and metabolite effects in the assay responses. The successful design will offer information that can be used to review and evaluate HTS assay results, and will also ensure better quality date, transparency, and overall confidence in assay results. For more information and to register, click here.

Sustainable Transportation Summit
Date: July 11-12, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM EST
Location: Washington, DC

On July 11-12, the U.S. Department of Energy will host the first-ever Sustainable Transportation Summit. The summit brings together transportation and mobility leaders to discuss the technology, policy, and market innovations that hold the potential to shape the transportation system of the future. The Sustainable Transportation Summit seeks to engage a diverse stakeholder community whose interests span a broad technology portfolio, from fuel cells and vehicle electrification to the bioenergy supply chain. This year’s summit will highlight progress and achievements in transportation research and development and bring new transportation technologies to market. For more information and to register, click here.


Can More Cattle Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
June 8, 2016 - A new study co-authored by an Iowa State University researcher indicates that an increase in cattle production, and associated forage land, on Iowa’s agricultural landscape could lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The research, published recently in the peer-reviewed Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, found that cattle production yields a smaller percentage of greenhouse gas emissions than row-crop cultivation.

That suggests integrating more cattle production into Iowa’s agricultural portfolio may cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and lead to other environmental benefits, said Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and co-author of the study. Learn more here.

Proposed EPA Cleanup Plan Will Make Portland Harbor Safer and Healthier for All
June 8, 2016 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its Proposed Plan to clean up the in-water portion of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, an industrial waterway covering approximately 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River, from Broadway Bridge to the Columbia Slough. EPA proposes to dredge and cap the most contaminated sediment throughout the 10-mile stretch of the Lower Willamette, in areas where concentrations pose the highest risk to people, fish, and wildlife.  

Other, less contaminated areas will be monitored and allowed to recover naturally. At the end of construction, EPA estimates that cancer and other serious risks posed by contamination will be greatly reduced – in many places up to 100 times lower than it is now. Natural recovery will further reduce these risks to levels deemed acceptable under Superfund and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) cleanup programs, but will not eliminate all risks. Active cleanup work under the selected Alternative I is estimated to take seven years and cost approximately $750 million. Learn more here.

EPA Proposes Lead and Arsenic Clean Up at Route 561 Dump Site in Gibbsboro, New Jersey
June 13, 2016 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil at the Route 561 Dump site in Gibbsboro, N.J. The site is an area near a former paint manufacturing plant and was previously used as a paint waste dump. The Route 561 Dump site includes businesses, a vacant lot, a small creek called White Sand Branch and wetlands. The soil at the Route 561 Dump site is contaminated with lead and arsenic.

Lead exposure can have serious, long-term health consequences in adults and children. Even at low levels, lead in children can cause I.Q. deficiencies, reading and learning disabilities, impaired hearing, reduced attention spans, hyperactivity and other behavioral problems. Lead exposure can also cause health problems in pregnant women and harm fetuses. Arsenic can cause cancer. Learn more here.

Rhode Island Receives Over $1.2 million in EPA Brownfields Funding
June 13, 2016 - EPA is awarding a total of $1,220,000 in Brownfield Grant funding to Rhode Island entities. The grants being awarded to Rhode Island are funded by EPA's Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund program, and will provide communities with the funding they need to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.

In New England, since the beginning of the Brownfields program, EPA has awarded 374 assessment grants totaling $99.1 million, 73 revolving loan fund grants and supplemental funding totaling $90 million and 261 cleanup grants totaling $66.7 million. These grant funds have paved the way for more than $1.4 billion in public and private cleanup and redevelopment investment and for nearly 8,859 jobs in assessment, cleanup, construction and redevelopment. These investments and jobs target local, under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods – places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed. Learn more here.

EPA Proposes Additional Details on the Clean Energy Incentive Program
June 16, 2016 - After extensive engagement with community groups and other stakeholders, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing additional details for public comment about the optional Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), which was included in the final Clean Power Plan. The CEIP was designed to help states and tribes meet their goals under the plan by encouraging early investments in zero-emitting renewable energy generation, and by removing barriers to investment in energy efficiency in low-income communities. Today’s proposal will help guide states and tribes that choose to participate in the program when the Clean Power Plan becomes effective. Learn more here.


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