Tom Ewing’s Regulatory Update

* Don’t Even Think of Skipping Class:
 The US Economic Development Administration sent an email last week announcing the “White House Infrastructure School Webinar Series.” If you’re a state or local official looking for funding – sign up. This is part of the Administration’s effort to help officials apply for money coming available from the new infrastructure law. The email explains that in November, the White House released an infrastructure law guidebook, meant to provide information to community officials so they know what to apply for, who to contact, and how to get ready to rebuild. Updates are posted on line. Now, to provide even further help, the White House launched an Infrastructure School, a series of twelve webinars to provide an in-depth look at the programs contained within each of the twelve major chapters in the Infrastructure Law guidebook. Classes start tomorrow, March 8, and continue weekly. Go to EDA’s website for complete information, or, if interested, send a reply and I’ll follow up with what I have.

* Hazmat Transport: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will hold three public meetings to prepare for upcoming international meetings. One is the 60th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) scheduled for June 27 to July 6, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland. The second meeting will be held in preparation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) Working Group 22 (WG/22) tentatively scheduled for November 21–25, in Montreal, Canada. The third meeting will be heldin preparation of the 61st session of the UNSCOE TDG scheduled for November 28 to December 6, 2022, in Geneva,Switzerland. For each of these meetings, PHMSA will solicit public input on current proposals. PHMSA’s meetings will be held approximately two weeks prior to each listed meeting. Right now, these are set to be virtual meetings but that could change to actual meetings depending on how the world is otherwise progressing (keep your fingers crossed). Watch PHMSA’s website for details.

*Experts Needed: NOAA holds a virtual HSRP public meeting of its Federal Advisory Committee on March 9-10. HSRP is the Hydrographic Services Review Panel. You can register here One upcoming task is to identify candidates to serve on the Panel, which advises NOAA’s administration on operations and research issues related to navigation, hydrographic surveying, nautical charts, tides and currents, geodetic and geospatial data and measurements, Arctic priorities and coastal data and resilience. Applicants should have expertise in marine navigation, port administration, maritime shipping or other intermodal transportation industries, cartography and geographic information systems, geodesy, geospatial data, physical oceanography, coastal resource management, including coastal resilience and emergency response, or other science-related fields. Nominations are due April 15. Questions? Contact Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis at

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