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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

June 2013 — In this month's bulletin...

leafTHG’s WEBCAST: INVESTING IN WATER

INTERVIEW WITH MARIANNE HORINKO

INSIDER ACCOUNT OF THE 2013 BROWNFIELDS CONFERENCE PANEL

The Horinko Group's April 2012 Salon


LATEST HEADLINESleaf

spacerTHG RELEASES ON–DEMAND WEBCAST — INVESTING IN WATER: THE RATIONALE BEYOND THE TALKING POINTS

The Horinko Group: Webcast

The Horinko Group is pleased to present a unique webcast featuring Steve Hoffmann, Founder of WaterTech Capital and Acclaimed Author of Planet Water: Investing in the World’s Most Valuable Resource.

The webcast entitled, Investing in Water: The Rationale Beyond the Talking Points, reviews the current state of water investing and the fundamental investment drivers going forward.  Having designed water sector indexes utilized by the leading water ETFs, Mr. Hoffmann examines the widely–stated rationale for investing in water, the frameworks that have developed to accommodate water investment strategies, and the inherent disconnects that have emerged.  Mr. Hoffmann's discussion of water market drivers goes beyond the traditional talking points associated with a 'thematic' investment and presents a renewed case for strategically investing in water.

To view the free trailer or purchase and view the on–demand webcast, visit https://vimeo.com/ondemand/investinginwater.

spacerGAO INVESTIGATES ROLE OF STATES IN HAZARDOUS WASTE CLEANUP AT DOD SITES

On May 22, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their latest report entitled, Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Observations on States' Role, Liabilities at DOD and Hardrock Mining Sites, and Litigation Issues.

The report summarizes past work GAO has conducted on the role of states in cleaning up hazardous waste sites, Department of Defense (DOD) sites on the National Priority List (NPL), federal liability from contaminated hardrock mining sites, and litigation under CERCLA.  GAO reviews past recommendations made to DoD, EPA, and the Department of the Interior regarding these issues, as well as agency response to the recommendations.

To read this article in its entirety, visit http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-633T.

spacerFURLOUGH FRIDAY: FOUR AGENCIES CLOSED FOR BUSINESS

(Politico) Due to sequestration, four government agencies, the IRS, EPA, OMB, and HUD, recently closed down for a day, turning a normal workday into an unpaid holiday.  More furlough days like this have been designated for a number of agencies this summer.

Dept of HUD; Source: John Shinkle/Politico

(Source: John Shinkle/Politico)

Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, is quoted in the story.  Regarding the EPA furlough, she points out, “the sequester sends a terrible message that the agency’s efforts to crack down on pollution are neither valuable nor time–sensitive.”

To read the article in its entirety, visit http://politi.co/16bwj0S.

spacerTHEY CAME FOR THE WATER, BUT WERE THEY MISINFORMED?

Growing Blue; Source: foodandagpolicy.com

In a recent blog post for Growing Blue, G. Tracy Mehan, Principal of the Cadmus Group discusses America’s water crisis.  Mr. Mehan asserts that present day interstate battles will intensify with population growth and increasing water demand.  Relief from this escalation must be sought in the form of demand–side pricing, water markets, and technological innovation.  Properly designed pricing schemes for household water bills and advancements in water filtration technologies, if pursued appropriately, are among the reasons to be optimistic about the country’s water supply in the future.

To read the report in its entirety, visit http://bit.ly/GrowingBluePost.

spacerSTUDY FINDS FRACKING IS NOT TIED TO GAS MIGRATION INTO GROUNDWATER

Fracking Study Results

Source: National Ground Water Association

The National Ground Water Association published a new study examining the link between fracking and water contamination in the May/June issue of the journal Groundwater.

The research looks at water quality data from 1,701 drinking water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania to determine if methane presence is correlated with areas of high hydraulic fracturing activity.  The findings indicate that methane is ubiquitous throughout the groundwater, and its presence can be explained absent the migration of Marcellus gas through the shale formation.  The study suggests that the use of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction has not created extensive pathways for gas migration into shallow groundwater.

To read the article in its entirety, visit http://bit.ly/PAFrackStudy.

spacerEPA REPORTS $384 BILLION NEEDED FOR DRINKING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

EPA Reports $384 Billion Needed

(Bloomberg BNA) In EPA’s Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment: Fifth Report to Congress, released on June 4, the Agency reveals that $384 billion in improvements are needed across the U.S. through 2030.

The survey identifies infrastructure projects required for refurbishing distribution and transmission lines, treatment plants, storage reservoirs and source water intake structures.  The budget estimate is comparable to that of EPAs 2009 assessment but smaller than the American Water Works Association’s most recent estimate that $1.7 trillion is required by 2050.

To read the article in its entirety, visit http://bit.ly/EPADrinkingWaterSurvey.

To view the full report, visit http://bit.ly/EPADrinkingWaterFullReportToCongress.

spacerNEW YORK STATE COMPTROLLER ISSUES REPORT ON PUBLIC–PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

New York State Comptroller Report

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called for strong oversight provisions if New York broadens its authority to enter into public–private partnership (P3) projects or goes forward with private financing of public projects.  DiNapoli’s recommendations follow the release of a report entitled, Private Financing of Public Infrastructure: Risks and Options for New York State.  The report provides a concise and educative overview of P3s, including financing structures, potential benefits and risks, and DiNapoli’s recommendations for mitigating risk to the state prior to pursing P3 arrangements.

To read the press release, visit http://bit.ly/PressNYcomRepOnP3.

To view the report in its entirety, visit http://bit.ly/NYcompFullRepP3.

USDA SECRETARY VILSACK OUTLINES VISION FOR AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

(USDA) In his speech to the National Press Club on June 5, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed the complex environmental challenges facing American agriculture in the future.  The Secretary described efforts USDA has undertaken in close partnership with growers and producers to prepare for climate challenges.  Such efforts include the establishment of seven regional climate hubs, customized Natural Resources Conservation Service tools, and uniform science–based cover crop guidelines.  Secretary Vilsack emphasized the collaborative, regionally–appropriate steps necessary to adapt to climate threats that USDA will vigorously support.

To read USDA’s article in its entirety, visit http://bit.ly/VilVisForAgSolToEnvCha.

To read Secretary Vilsack’s speech, visit http://bit.ly/AgSecVisForAgSolToEnvChaSpeech.


UPCOMING EVENTSleaf

Weekly Roundtable Interview with Marianne Horinko on the Business Case for Sustainability
Air Date: June 23, 2013 | 10:00 am Eastern | Listen Now

The Weekly RoundtableMark Stansberry, Author, America Needs America’s Energy: Creating Together the People’s Energy Plan, hosts the Weekly Roundtable, airing each Sunday on Tulsa’s Talk Radio Station.

THG President Marianne Horinko was this past week’s featured guest on the June 23 program, discussing a range of timely environmental topics, including public–private partnerships and innovative financing for water infrastructure, the latest developments in Brownfields, and hydraulic fracturing.

 To listen to the live recording featuring Ms. Horinko, visit http://www.thgadvisors.org/audio/Roundtable062313.mp3.

 To listen to past interviewees, visit http://www.thegtdgroup.com/the-weekly-roundtable.


Environmental Law Institute Summer School Series
June 25, 27 & July 16 | 12:00-2:00 pm  | Washington, DC

Environmental Law Institute Summer School Series

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is hosting a series of seminars this summer on the legal and policy foundations of environmental protection in the US.  The three upcoming seminars cover Clean Land: Hazardous Waste and Sites on June 25, Law & Policy of Products Regulation on June 27, and Land Use and the Law on July 16.

These seminars are free and open to the public via teleconference.  RSVP details for each seminar can be found through the links provided above.  For additional information on the Summer School Series, visit http://www.eli.org/Seminars/summer_school_2013.cfm.


AWRA Summer Specialty Conferences
June 24–25 & 27–28, 2013 | Hartford, CT| Registration

AWRA Summer Specialty ConferencesThe American Water Resources Association will hold two Summer Specialty Conferences in Hartford Connecticut at the end of June.  The topic of the first conference on June 24-25 is environmental flows defined as, “the quantity, quality, and timing of water flows required to sustain freshwater ecosystems, human livelihoods, and the well-being of those who depend on them.”  The second conference on June 27-28 will focus on healthy forests and healthy waters.

For additional information, visit http://www.awra.org/meetings/EnvironmentalFlows2013/.


Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference
June 25-28, 2013 | Chicago, IL | Registration

Air & Waste Management Association Annual ConferenceThe 106 annual conference hosted by the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) will feature hundreds of speakers and exhibitors presenting the latest technical information on environmental regulatory programs, research, and technology.  Topics of focus include air measurements, air quality modeling, air toxics, climate change, and waste management among others.

For more information, visit the conference website, http://ace2013.awma.org/conference/.

To view the full schedule, visit http://bit.ly/AWMA2013ACEFinalProgram.


AGU Science Policy Conference: Preparing for Our Future
June 24-26, 2013 | Washington, DC | Registration

AGU Science Policy Conference The American Geophysical Union’s second annual Science Policy Conference will discuss an array of Earth and space science topics that inform policy decisions regarding energy, natural hazards, infrastructure, climate, oceans, and the Arctic.

For more information, visit the conference website, http://spc.agu.org/2013/.


U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Industry Forum
July 18, 2013 | Washington, DC | Registration

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Forum On July 18, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) will host a U.S. Military and Renewable Energy Industry Forum.  Discussion with military and industry leaders will cover strategic ways to address the challenges of integrating renewable energy into military operations, transportation, and at military bases.

For more information, visit http://www.acore.org/military-forum.


IN THE SPOTLIGHTleaf

Spring 2013 Edition of “Our Mississippi” Newsletter Now Available

Our Mississippi

The Spring 2013 edition of Our Mississippi is now available.  This quarterly publication encompasses activities of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, its partners, and others engaged throughout the Mississippi River watershed.  

This issue features many fascinating topics including the “Our Mississippi” river–based curriculum, Asian carp, repurposing sediment from river dredging, and the role the Mississippi River played in the Civil War.

To learn more about the Our Mississippi publication, visit http://www.ourmississippi.org.

To download the Our Mississippi Spring 2013 Edition, visit http://bit.ly/OurMississippiSpring2013Ed.


FEATURED COLUMN

ASTM Greener Cleanup and Other Tools: Who Can Use Them and How (EXCERPT)

THG’s Marianne Horinko at National Brownfields Conference

THG’s Marianne Horinko addresses audience during recent panel at National Brownfields Conference in Atlanta, GA

Excerpt from: Insider Account of the 2013 Brownfields Conference Panel

By: The Horinko Group

At this year’s Brownfields Conference, held from May 15–17 in Atlanta, GA, one panel discussion entitled, ASTM Greener Cleanup and Other Tools : Who Can Use Them and How, featured panelist Marianne Horinko, President of The Horinko Group, representing the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF).  The panel explored the new cleanup standard that aims to provide a systematic process for reducing the environmental footprint of contaminated site cleanups.  

The session, moderated by Deborah Goldblum of U.S. EPA Region 3, featured speakers with various experiences creating, implementing, or advocating for the standard.  Mathy Stanislaus, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, gave a special introduction to lead off the session.

TO READ THE REMAINDER OF THE FEATURED COLUMN, VISIT http://bit.ly/THGJun2013FC.