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Kathleen Pagan, AICP
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Growth Management
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State, Local, and Tribal Energy and Environment Resource Roundup | February 2021

 

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February Resource Roundup

 

·     AIM Act HFC Phasedown: Notice of Data Availability & Request for Comments

·     Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule Interactive Fact Sheet for State and Tribal Lands

·     EPA Updates EJSCREEN, Community Environmental Justice Mapping Tool

·     EPA Relaunches National Environmental Justice Public Engagement Calls

·     EPA Nominations for NEJAC Membership is Now Open



 

Tools, Programs, and Updates

 

 

With the enactment of the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020, Congress directed EPA to phase down potent greenhouse gases know as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85 percent over the next 15 years. HFCs are used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and many other applications and whose growing emissions damage the climate system. A global HFC phasedown is expected to avoid up to 0.5° Celsius of global warming by 2100. In its first action related to the AIM Act, EPA has released and is requesting comments on a notice of data availability (NODA) on specific uses of HFCs.

 

The AIM Act directs EPA to develop production and consumption baselines and to phase down HFC production and consumption relative to those baselines over 15 years. Today’s NODA provides the total annual HFC production and consumption between 2011 and 2013 as currently reported to EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, as well as the list of companies that reported data for those years.

The NODA identifies possible data gaps and requests comment on areas where additional information could improve the Agency’s data on HFC consumption and production in the United States for those three years. This notice also provides the Agency’s preliminary information on HFC use in applications listed in the AIM Act as eligible for the full quantity of allowances necessary, based on projected, current, and historical trends.

 

The NODA does not include any policy preferences concerning implementation of the AIM Act or any final agency decisions. EPA is only releasing and taking comment on the data currently in its possession that may be relevant to the AIM Act. The NODA comment deadline is February 25, 2021. EPA is planning to issue a proposed rule in the near future that will take comment on how to structure an HFC phasedown program.

 

 

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EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program has published an interactive fact sheet that allow users to view and explore data from states, EPA Regions and/or Tribal lands. Access the dashboard here:  https://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/ghgrp-state-fact-sheet

 

A summary of the data, including a file that contains each facility’s total reported emissions across all years, is also available on EPA's GHGRP data downloads page: https://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/ghg-reporting-program-data-sets.

 

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EPA released an update of EJSCREEN, the Agency's publicly available award-winning environmental justice screening and mapping tool. EJSCREEN uses high resolution maps and a methodology for combining datasets to identify environmental burdens on vulnerable populations.

 

This update is an important refresh of the environmental and demographic data contained in EJSCREEN and enhances the tool by adding new and improved functionality. An exciting new feature of the update is the addition of climate change indicators. Users can now add flood and sea level rise data for the first time. EPA will continue to expand the climate change indicators in upcoming updates. EPA’s Risk-Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) data is also now an available map layer.

 

To better support states and other technical users of EJSCREEN data, EPA has built an improved data dictionary and created downloadable data at the census tract level. Additional enhancements include improved source data on locations (ex: Superfund sites) and the ability to bring in shape files.

 

Along with the update, EPA is using a variety of methods to support community use of EJSCREEN. Funding has been made available to support states who have questions about using EJSCREEN data or are interested in building out a localized version of the EJSCREEN tool. EPA will hold multiple trainings on EJSCREEN throughout 2021 to demonstrate its uses and to gain feedback on potential new applications for the tool.

 

We hope that you will test out EJSCREEN to see how it can serve your needs and provide us feedback on how we can continue to improve it.

 

For more information on EJSCREEN, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/ejscreen.

 

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EPA invites Environmental Justice (EJ) advocates to participate in the relaunched National Environmental Justice Public Engagement Calls, with the first taking place on February 17, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time). These calls are free and open to the public.

 

 

The purpose of these calls is to inform the public about EPA's EJ work and enhance opportunities to maintain an open dialogue with EJ advocates. The calls first began in 2010 and were a valuable tool for EPA to learn about EJ needs in communities around the country. As EJ continues to be integrated into EPA programs and policies, the Agency hopes that relaunching these calls will help reaffirm EPA’s continued commitment to work with community groups and the public to strengthen local environmental and human health outcomes.

 

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EPA invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The Agency is seeking nominations to fill approximately eight (8) new vacancies for terms through September 2022. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by September 2021. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent:

·     Community-based organizations (2 vacancies)

·     State and Local governments (2 vacancies)

·     Tribal governments/ Indigenous organizations (1 vacancy)

·     NGOs (1 vacancy)

·     Academia (2 vacancies)

 

Learn more about how to submit nominations HERE.

 

Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified candidates for consideration. Individuals are also encouraged to self-nominate. The nomination process for NEJAC Membership is open until March 24, 2021. For questions regarding the NEJAC nomination process, please email: [log in to unmask].

 

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This newsletter is a service of U.S. EPA's State and Local Energy and Environment Program. We offer expertise about implementing cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate policies and programs to interested state, local, and tribal governments.

 

 

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