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01/10/2019

New Finding for Mercury Air Toxics Proposed by EPA

US EPA closed out 2018 with a proposal to revise its Supplemental Cost Finding for the 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Final Rule. In it, the Agency states that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from coal- or oil-fired electricity generating units (EGUs).  

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12/18/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/18

A smart environmental professional learns from his or her mistakes. A wise environmental professional learns from the mistakes of others.

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09/17/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/18

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, a wood treatment facility and a city power and water authority will pay for hazardous waste and Clean Water Act violations, respectively. In addition, EPA will collect a civil penalty from a city-owned incinerator in New Hampshire...  

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07/06/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 7/10

We’re back with another EPA Enforcement Roundup! In this week’s Roundup, a fuel terminal, a farm supplier, and a sand and gravel company will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA air, water, and/or chemical regulations.  

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06/07/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/5

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, a chemical manufacturer, an oil refinery, and a home improvement TV show will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA air, water, and/or chemical regulations.  

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06/04/2018

EPA to Rescind Parts of New Risk Management Plan Rules

EPA will rescind some new chemical Risk Management Plan requirements for chemical facitlies promulgated in response to an April 2013 ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas that killed fifteen, injured 160, and damaged or destroyed 150 buildings.  

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05/11/2018

EPA Goes Back-to-Basics on NAAQS Reviews

Current US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on May 9th signed a memorandum establishing a “back-to-basics” approach to Clean Air Act-required reviews of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  

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05/07/2018

Clean Air Act State Implementation Plans, Explained

On any given day, you are likely to see EPA approve and promulgate Clean Air Act State Implementation Plans (SIPs) in the Federal Register.  Find out what goes in a State Implementation Plan and how EPA regulates air pollution sources in states or terretories without a unique Plan.  

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04/30/2018

EPA Proposes New Rules for Pivotal Regulatory Science

In the Federal Register on April 30, US EPA proposed a rule to require “pivotal regulatory science” data used for regulatory decision-making be available to the public “in a manner sufficient for independent validation.”

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