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03/12/2013

Immediate Effects of New Air Quality Standards

Q. I saw that the EPA published a final rule revising the ambient air quality standard for particulate matter and that the new standard is effective on March 18, 2013. Will this immediately affect New Source Review applications...

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02/12/2013

Greenhouse Gas Reports Due March 31st!

The 2013 submission deadline for 40 CFR 98, more commonly called “the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule,” is fast approaching. Unlike 2011 and 2012, in which the reporting deadlines were pushed back to September due to technology issues, this year the EPA requires reports be submitted by...

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01/15/2013

Prepare Your Tier II Reports Now: March Deadline

It’s that time of year again: the March 1 deadline for submitting the Tier I or Tier II Chemical Inventory Report under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) is fast approaching. 
 
Tier Reporting Requirements
 
You must comply with these reporting requirements if your facility holds a threshold planning quantity (TPQ) of...

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12/11/2012

Determining EPA Superfund Sites

On September 18, 2012, U.S. EPA added twelve new “Superfund” sites to the National Priority List (NPL) and proposed eight further additions.
 
The NPL is a list of U.S. sites affected by “uncontrolled hazardous substance releases…that are priorities for long-term remedial action and response” [40 CFR 300.5, emphasis added]
 
There is a multi-step process for...

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11/13/2012

New Significant New Use Rules for Twenty Chemicals

On Friday, November 2, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency promulgated Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) for twenty chemicals which had previously been subject to the Pre-Manufacture Notification (PMN) rules under TSCA. Anyone who intends to manufacture, import, or process any of the twenty chemicals for any activity that is deemed a “significant new use” is required to...

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10/09/2012

Regulating Underground Storage Tanks

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “there are approximately 587,000 underground storage tanks (USTs) nationwide that store petroleum or hazardous substances.” (http://www.epa.gov/oust/) The Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) was established by EPA in 1985 in response to Congress’s statutory mandate under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to better regulate USTs. The intent was to...

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09/11/2012

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule: Latest Developments

On August 21, 2012, the District of Columbia circuit of the United States Court of Appeals remanded the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR, or Transport Rule) back to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is currently reviewing the Court’s decision to determine what steps are needed to...

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08/15/2012

New TSCA Online Course Now Available

In 2012, more companies became subject to the U.S. EPA’s TSCA regulations with a recent change to the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rules.  Many companies that have never before submitted CDR reports or followed specific management standards for their chemicals are required to do so this year...

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08/14/2012

EPA Jurisdiction—Sackett v. EPA

Recently, the case of Sackett v. EPA has been brought to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) jurisdiction over wetlands under the Clean Water Act, which could potentially affect future EPA authority.
 
In 2007, Michael and Chantell Sackett began development on...

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07/12/2012

EPA Completes Greenhouse Gas Phase-in

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency completed Step 3 of its phase-in approach to permitting greenhouse gas emissions. The Agency is NOT lowering the ‘tailored’ threshold for determining the applicability of the Title V permit program. And will continue to regulate...

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