Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*   The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), has a Draft report available addressing the Draft Toxicological Profile for Perfluoroalkyls (PFAS).  ATSDR is seeking public comments and additional information, reports, and studies about the health effects of PFAS, used by industry in production and in a wide range of consumer products.  Lately, this has been another big groundwater issue in Michigan.  ATSDR solicits any relevant, additional information and studies; comments are due by July 23. This set of compounds is the focus of a new EPA national initiative to determine what’s going on and what needs to be done regarding PFAS.  EPA has a two-day set of public meetings on PFAS in New Hampshire today and tomorrow, one of a number of “community engagements” to help the Agency address challenges with PFAS and help with planning for next steps.

*  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) uses a “collision risk model” (CRM) to predict the number of golden and bald eagles that may be killed at new wind facilities. The model incorporates existing information on eagle exposure and collision probability in the form of “prior distributions” (priors). FWS has undertaken an analysis to update the priors using “all available data” that meet specific criteria for both eagle species. FWS has a summary report of its analysis, which generates new exposure and collision priors for both species of eagle.  FWS is seeking public comments on the summary report, which will be considered by the Service before using the new priors in the CRM.  Comments are due on or before August 20, 2018.

*   Remember Burning Man last year, Dude?!  It’s just soooo cool that the Bureau of Land Management plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement as it considers a 10-year special recreation permit for Pershing County, NV.  What are the issues?  Well, you know, 100,000 people all having fun in a non-city: spiritual, creative and detritus.  BM requires a total land area covering 14,714 acres.  Using approximately 16.5 million gallons of water per year for dust abatement (in Nevada!) and in support of event activities.  Increased airborne dust and air quality impacts.  Solid waste and how it will be disposed of when, you know, peeps leave.  Then there’s monitoring to watch for degradation of federal land and how BLM (read taxpayers) is compensated for its work.  Don’t forget traffic and load capacity on public roads.  Don’t let the Man bring you down, man.  Send comments by August 6.

BTW… Holiday next week!  Hollah atcha again on July 9!  Have a GREAT 4th!
Tom Ewing
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