Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

* On again… off again…

* On again… off again… DOT/FHWA’s reporting requirements for the federal highway system, announced as final in the FR last January, were stayed last week by DOT “in accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review.’’’ The stay is effective until March 21. The new leadership team wants more time for review. One big issue here, of course, is new reporting for greenhouse gas emissions.

* Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality co-hosts an event this week in Detroit called “Nurturing Sustainable Communities from the Ground Up.” It’s a one day session including businesses, governing agencies, community groups and citizens looking to find and implement sustainable solutions for the region. The Agenda focuses on the intersection between the physicality of public space, commerce, and developing diverse and inclusive communities. What does it take to achieve sustainable, healthy communities “so that the environment, business and culture combine to support human flourishing?” The event is at the Roberts Riverwalk Hotel situated along the Detroit River and the restored RiverWalk greenway.

* The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment holds its next meeting Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Bethesda, MD. The meeting will include updates on:(1) The Fourth National Climate Assessment process; (2) data and tools developed to support sustained assessment; (3) approaches to sustained partnerships developed in regional science organizations and other groups; (4) state-level assessment activities; and (5) the Advisory Committee’s work plan. It’s an open meeting but you do need to register by Feb. 28.


Tom Ewing