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News Tipoffs for Massachusetts Editors Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 34 items )  

19 Companies Awarded Share of $500 Million Air Force Contract
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The U.S. Air Force 6th Contracting Squadron issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 17: NORTHCON Inc., Hayden, Indiana (FA4814-20-D-0005); Pro-Mark Services Inc., West Fargo, North Dakota (FA4814-20-D-0006); Danner Construction Co. Inc., Tampa, Florida (FA4814-20-D-0007); ABBA Construction Inc., Jacksonville, Florida (FA4814-20-D-0008); Bay Area Building Solutions, Tampa, Florida (FA4814-20-D-0009); HCR Construction Inc., Norcross  more

4 Organizations Issue Joint Public Comment on FTC Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Four organizations have issued a joint public comment on the Federal Trade Commission's proposed rule entitled "Energy Labeling Rule". The comment was written on June 9, 2020, and posted on June 10, 2020: The comment was co-signed by Timothy Ballo, staff attorney at Earthjustice, San Francisco, California; Mel Hall-Crawford, director of energy programs and special projects at the Consumer Federation of America; Charles Harak, attorney at the National Consumer Law Center,   more

Appalachian Mountain Club Issues Public Comment on Fish & Wildlife Service Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- Susan Arnold, vice president for conservation at the Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed rule entitled "National Wildlife Refuge System: Use of Electric Bicycles". The comment was written and posted on June 8, 2020: * * * On behalf of the more than 100,000 members and supporters of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), please accept these comments on the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's P  more

Appalachian Mountain Club Issues Public Comment on National Park Service Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Susan Arnold, vice president for conservation at Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the National Park Service's proposed rule entitled "National Park Service; General Provisions; Electric Bicycles". The comment was written and posted on June 8, 2020: * * * On behalf of the more than 100,000 members and supporters of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), please accept these comments on the National Park Service's Proposed Rule   more

Association of State Drinking Water Administrators Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- J. Alan Roberson, executive director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, Arlington, Virginia, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Preliminary Regulatory Determinations for Contaminants on the Fourth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List". The comment was written on June 8, 2020, and posted on June 10, 2020: * * * The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) appreciates t  more

Association to Preserve Cape Cod Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Andrew Gottlieb, executive director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Dennis, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written and posted on June 8, 2020: * * * The Association t  more

Austal USA Gains $43.36 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 16: Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, was awarded a $43,362,470 cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-2301) to exercise options for Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) class design services and Integrated Data and Product Model Environment (IDPME) support. Work will be performed in Mobile, Alabama (60%); an  more

Cashman/Dutra Gains $18.03 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 15: Cashman/Dutra JV, Quincy, Massachusetts, was awarded an $18,027,778 modification to a contract (W912WJ-18-C-0010) for improvement dredging. Work will be performed in Boston, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of June 16, 2021. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 civil construction funds and 2020 non-federal funds in the amount of $18,027,778 were oblig  more

Entwistle Awarded Up To $8.14 Million DLA Contract
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Defense Logistics Agency aviation unit issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 17: The Entwistle Co., Hudson, Massachusetts, has been awarded a maximum $8,135,400 firm-fixed-price contract (SPRPA1-20-C-Z043) for air launch and recovery equipment shuttle assemblies. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a 42-month contrac  more

Foreign-Trade Zones Board: Application for Subzone for Ipswich Shellfish
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Foreign-trade Zones Board has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 17, entitled: "Foreign-Trade Zone 27-Boston, Massachusetts; Application for Subzone; Ipswich Shellfish Company, Inc.; Ipswich, Massachusetts". The notice was issued by Executive Secretary Andrew McGilvray. * * * An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board (the Board) by the Massachusetts Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 27, requesting subzone status fo  more

Homeland Security, Justice Proposed Rule: Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice have issued a proposed rule (8 CFR Part 103, 208, 235, 1003, 1208, 1235), published in the Federal Register on June 15, entitled: "Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal; Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Review". The proposed rule was issued by Chad R. Mizelle, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Attorney General William P. Barr. DAT  more

Ipswich River Watershed Association Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- Wayne Castonguay, executive director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written on June 8, 2020, and posted on June 9, 2020: * * * Than  more

L3 Technologies Gains $17.28 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 17: L3 Technologies Inc. KEO, Northampton, Massachusetts, was awarded a $17,275,863 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-6250) for options to procure spare parts for the photonics mast program. Work will be performed in Northampton, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by February 2022. Fiscal 2020 other p  more

Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Philip D. Guerin, president and chairman of the Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship, Boston, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 8, 2  more

Massachusetts Consulting Engineer Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Consulting engineer Bryon Clemence, Boxborough, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System: 2020 Issuance of the Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 9, 2020: * * * Thank you for accepting these comments on the proposed draft 2020 MSGP, noticed in the Fe  more

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Issues Public Comment on Fish & Wildlife Service Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Mark S. Tisa, director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Westborough, has issued a public comment on the Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed rule entitled "Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations". The comment was written and posted on June 8, 2020: * * * The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is pleased to have the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed rule regarding hunting regulations on U.S  more

Massachusetts Environmental Protection Department Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Kathleen Baskin, assistant commissioner for the Bureau of Water Resources at the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Department, Boston, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Preliminary Regulatory Determinations for Contaminants on the Fourth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List". The comment was written on June 9, 2020, and posted on June 10, 2020: * * * Enclosed please find comments from the Massachusetts   more

Massachusetts Maple Producers Association Coordinator Issues Public Comment on Farm Service Agency Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 14 -- Winton Pitcoff, coordinator at the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, Plainfield, has issued a public comment on the Farm Service Agency's proposed rule entitled "Funding Availability: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Additional Commodities Request for Information". The comment was posted on June 9, 2020: * * * Maple syrup producers have lost significant sales as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most Massachusetts maple producers rely on direct-to-consumer s  more

Massachusetts Rivers Alliance Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Gabby Queenan, policy director at the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, Cambridge, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written on June 4, 2020, and posted on June 8, 2020: * * * Thank you for the op  more

Massachusetts Transportation Department Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- David J. White, acting director for environmental services at the Massachusetts Transportation Department, Boston, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written on June 8, 2020, and posted on June 9,  more

National Association of Clean Water Agencies Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Emily Remmel, director of regulatory affairs at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written and posted on June 8, 2020: * * * The National Associ  more

National Association of Home Builders Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Susan Asmus, senior vice president for housing finance and regulatory affairs at the National Association of Home Builders, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written on June 8, 2020, and posted o  more

National Rural Water Association Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell, executive director, and Martha Snow Morgan, water programs director, at the National Rural Water Association, Groton, Massachusetts, have issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was  more

Natural Resources Defense Council Scientist Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Jennifer Sass, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, New York, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Meetings: Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals; Perchloroethylene, Draft TSCA Risk Evaluation". The comment was written on May 26, 2020, and posted on June 8, 2020: * * * Comments of the Natural Resources Defense Council For the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Science   more

Neponset River Watershed Association Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Kerry Malloy Snyder, advocacy director at the Neponset River Watershed Association, Canton, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 8, 2020:   more

New Hampshire Environmental Services Department Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- New Hampshire Environmental Services Commissioner Robert R. Scott, Concord, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Preliminary Regulatory Determinations for Contaminants on the Fourth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List". The comment was written on June 5, 2020, and posted on June 9, 2020: * * * The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the   more

North & South Rivers Watershed Association Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Samantha Woods, executive director of the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, Norwell, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written on June 8, 2020, and posted on June 9, 20  more

NRC: Issuance of Multiple Exemptions in Response to COVID-19; Public Health Emergency
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 16, entitled: "Issuance of Multiple Exemptions in Response to COVID-19; Public Health Emergency". The notice was issued by Jennifer C. Tobin, Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch I, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. DATES: The 16 exemptions were issued between May 7, 2020, and May 29, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jame  more

Recreational Fishing Alliance Issues Public Comment on NOAA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Capt. Mike Pierdinock, Massachusetts chairman of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, has issued a public comment on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's proposed rule entitled "Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework Adjustment". The comment was written and posted on June 10, 2020: * * * On behalf of the Recreational Fishing Alliance that re  more

Safari Club International Issues Public Comment on Fish & Wildlife Service Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- Steve Skold, president of the Safari Club International, has issued a public comment on the Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed rule entitled "Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations". The comment was written and posted on June 8, 2020: * * * Safari Club International ("SCI") appreciates the opportunity to comment on the 2020-2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations, 85 Fed. Reg. 20030 (Apr. 9, 2020) ("Proposed Rule"). SCI and its membe  more

Save The Bay Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 12 -- Kate McPherson, Narragansett Bay riverkeeper at Save The Bay, Providence, Rhode Island, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written on June 3, 2020, and posted on June 8, 2020: * * * We appreciat  more

Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association Issues Public Comment on NOAA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Capt. Mike Pierdinock, president of the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association, Marshfield, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's proposed rule entitled "Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework Adjustment". The comment was written and posted on June 10, 2020: * * * On behalf of the Stellwagen B  more

Taunton River Watershed Alliance Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Priscilla A. Chapman, president of the Taunton River Watershed Alliance, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Proposed Modifications to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permits; Availability: Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire". The comment was written on June 6, 2020, and posted on June 8, 2020: * * * Thank you fo  more

University of Huddersfield Senior Lecturer Issues Public Comment on CDC Notice
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- Ben Spatz, senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, U.K., has issued a public comment on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's proposed rule entitled "Management of Acute and Chronic Pain: Request for Comment". The comment was written on June 7, 2020, and posted on June 9, 2020: * * * I am a close relative of someone living in Boston, Massachusetts, who has a chronic illness and has experienced life-altering chronic pain every day for the past two de  more