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Recent Developments

The following provides recent developments related to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its programs related to transportation.

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EPA Updates Federal Agency Guidance on Filing of Environmental Impact Statements

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the availability of updated guidelines for federal agencies on filing of environmental impact statements (EISs) under Council of Environmental Quality regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act. The agency’s EIS Filing System Guidance addresses requirements for filing draft, final, and supplemental EISs. Updates to the previous guidelines, last published in March 1989, include changes to the number and format of the EISs to be filed and new guidelines for EIS filing during Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) events. Comments are due Feb. 28, 2011. For more information, link to the Federal Register notice. (1-14-11)

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EPA Launches Collaborative Website on Environmental Modeling

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new online resource intended to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration among the scientific community on environmental modeling. The Integrated Environmental Modeling Hub (iemHUB) website is designed to “facilitate knowledge sharing, discussion and collaboration on models and tools that support multimedia and multidisciplinary analysis.” The agency uses integrated environmental modeling to simulate environmental processes and interactions between ecological and human-influenced systems and to inform its decision making process. For more information, link to the iemHUB website. (7-8-10)

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