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Submit Your Paper for the 2023 FET Environment Conference
Abstracts Due by Friday, February 24, 2023
Papers are now being accepted on a variety of EHS topics that have a broad interest across many disciplines and do not include sales-oriented materials. All Abstracts are peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the status of your submission. Acceptance of an abstract is considered a commitment by the author to present the paper at the 2023 Conference.
Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words; include your name, title, professional affiliations (i.e. CHMM, PE, etc.), company name, address, phone, and email address. Also include a short biography, a short description of abstract and the audience level (novice, intermediate, expert)
NEPA Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is issuing this interim guidance to assist agencies in analyzing greenhouse gas (GHG) and climate change effects of their proposed actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ is issuing this guidance as interim guidance so that agencies may make use of it immediately while CEQ seeks public comment on the guidance. CEQ intends to either revise the guidance in response to public comments or finalize the interim guidance.
This interim guidance is effective immediately. CEQ invites interested persons to submit comments on or before March 10, 2023.
For additional information, visit the Federal Register at:
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (22-1.5e); Extension of Comment Period
EPA issued a document in the Federal Register of December 2, 2022, proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs) and are also subject to Orders issued by EPA pursuant to TSCA. This document extends the comment period for 14 days, from January 3, 2023 to January 17, 2023, in response to stakeholder requests for more time to determine if and to what extent they may be affected by the proposed SNURs.
The comment period for the proposed rulemaking that published on December 2, 2022, at 87 FR 74072, is extended. Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2023.
EPA Requires Reporting on Releases and Other Waste Management for Nine Additional PFAS
U.S. EPA announced the automatic addition of nine per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list. The data include quantities of such chemicals that were released into the environment or otherwise managed as waste. These nine PFAS were added to the TRI list pursuant to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides the framework for the automatic addition of PFAS to TRI each year in response to certain EPA activities involving such PFAS. For TRI Reporting Year 2023 (reporting forms due by July 1, 2024), reporting is required for nine additional PFAS, bringing the total PFAS subject to TRI reporting to 189.
As of January 1, 2023, facilities which are subject to reporting requirements for these chemicals should start tracking their activities involving these PFAS as required by Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
For additional information, visit https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-requires-reporting-releases-and-other-waste-management-nine-additional-pfas
Starting the New Year with New Sustainability Goals
“New Year New Me!” as the saying goes. It’s just as important for businesses to set sustainability goals to improve their performance and processes as it is for us as individuals. Setting goals is not only essential to help guide a company to success, but it helps make a statement to your stakeholders on your company’s values and ambitions.
It is important to note that before setting goals, a company should perform a materiality assessment to help narrow its focus of topics for its objective setting. A materiality assessment is an exercise to engage stakeholders to determine how vital specific environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are to them.
The activity can be as simple or complex as your company needs to gain insights from your stakeholders on topics. Companies can create surveys, set up one-on-one meetings with stakeholders, or research publicly available information on stakeholders to determine issues that are important to them. There is no one correct way to perform a materiality assessment, and many consulting companies can help lead companies through the exercise. The January 2020 FET newsletter also featured a sustainability article about materiality assessments.
Once you have narrowed down the material topics germane to your company, it’s time to set goals within each topic you’ve identified as part of your focus. When setting goals, be sure to consider the following things:
- Set SMART goals – SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Try to set quantifiable metric-based goals where possible, be realistic by researching your goals, stay relevant using your materiality assessment, and ensure you choose an adequate time frame to achieve your goals.
- Assess existing data- Ensure you have complete and accurate historical data for any quantitative goals you set. Choose an acceptable baseline year and thoroughly review your data flow to check for errors. Setting goals on inaccurate or incomplete metrics will cause stakeholders to lose trust when you have to fix mistakes after going public.
- Quantitative vs. qualitative goals – Not all goals need to be complex metric-based goals. It is always an option to set qualitative goals to improve knowledge on a topic, investigate a topic more, or build programs. You can always choose to set quantitative goals later after you learn more about the topic and fully understand the best objective to set.
- Review frameworks – For some goals, such as climate-related goals, it is important to consider the many frameworks available such as the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTI). Other frameworks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) or The UN Global Compact can help make your ambitions more reputable and aligned with real-world problems.
- Create a game plan – Establish a clear timeline that outlines your actions for achieving your goals. Include milestone achievements to keep your company on track and help rally and continue focus for your team members.
- Identify needed resources – Identify the type of time, money, and human capital investments you will need to achieve your goals. Establishing this early on will ensure you set attainable goals and give your team members confidence that they will be able to accomplish all milestones set up.
Sustainability is a journey, not a sprint. Hopefully this list of tips will help your company take bold but purposeful steps that put your organization on the road to responsible growth. When you set goals, don’t forget to bring stakeholders on the journey by transparently reporting your progress. Report on both the successes and the challenges at regular intervals to help stakeholders understand if you need to make an adjustment to the original goals.
Submitted by Michelle Miller, Symrise
environmental affairs specialist
Working as an Environmental Affairs Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a unique opportunity to have a positive effect on our environment. In this role, you will be responsible for evaluating environmental impacts and overseeing regulatory compliance by UW-Madison. This position has a chance to work within a community of subject matter experts with resources unique to a world-class research and education institution. This rich diversity of activities and people at UW-Madison results in a dynamic environment with unique challenges.
This position will work within a team responsible for the UW-Madison environmental compliance programs. The environmental affairs program primarily includes efforts associated with pollution prevention, environmental impacts, and the management of required permits and planning documents. Specifically, environmental affairs activities fall within the areas of stormwater management; air pollution control; emergency response and planning; the prevention or remediation of contaminated sites; and miscellaneous responsibilities that fall under the broader environmental affairs umbrella.
Common duties include preparing documentation needed to satisfy regulatory requirements and the identification of environmental risks at UW-Madison facilities. The Environmental Affairs Specialist will assess, review, and resolve technical environmental issues, and therefore a comprehensive knowledge of environmental regulation and science is needed. The position will also actively develop and facilitate University policymaking. Lastly, the position will be required to represent the University before regulatory agencies and consulting engineers. Excellent organizational, writing, and other communication skills are critical to this position.
– Bachelor’s Degree with a focus in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or a related field.
– Ability to communicate effectively to establish and maintain good working relationships.
– Ability to write clearly, understand and interpret environmental and analytical data, and assemble, organize and report chemical and environmental information accurately.
– 5+ years of experience in environmental compliance covering state, federal, and local regulations and permitting related to air, water, and hazardous materials.
– Knowledge of WPDES industrial wastewater and stormwater permit conditions and state non-point source pollution regulations.
– Knowledge of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan development and implementation.
– Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to environmental protection, including those pertaining to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, EPCRA Community-Right-to-Know, chemical emergency response, underground storage tanks, spill response and remediation of contaminated areas.
– Knowledge of WDNR permitted air emissions and permit requirements and conditions.
– Knowledge of the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act and WEPA procedures.
– Knowledge (comprehensive) of the principles and practices of environmental science, including techniques of environmental protection, transport of contaminants, groundwater, identification of environmental risks, environmental audit techniques, and methods of environmental protection.
– Knowledge of the remediation and closure process for chemically contaminated sites.
Salary: The minimum salary for this position is $67,000, but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/fasl.pdf.
How to Apply: View the full position description and apply at https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/516988/environmental-affairs-specialist.
Application Deadline is February 19, 2023.
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