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08/10/2011

The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On August 8, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency published the final version of the new Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) in the Federal Register(76 FR 48208). The new rule replaces EPA’s 2005 Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR).
 
In December of 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered EPA to revise...

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08/09/2011

Question of the Week: Hazardous Air Pollutants: Part 61 vs. Part 63

Q. What is the difference between the “original” National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) of 40 CFR 61 and the “new” NESHAPs of 40 CFR 63?
 
A. Congress, through the Clean Air Act (CAA) of 1970, required the EPA to identify Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) and promulgate standards for each HAP. Between 1971 and 1990, the EPA...

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07/29/2011

President Announces Next Steps in Vehicle Fuel Economy

On July 29, 2011, President Obama announced the next stage in increasing fuel economy for vehicles sold in the U.S. According to the rule, the corporate average fuel economy rating will be bumped up to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. That’s a significant bump from the current 35.5 mpg that the manufacturers have to...

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07/12/2011

Question of the Week: PCB Waste Management

Q. We are doing some building maintenance and have removed or replaced a number of our fluorescent lighting fixtures. As a result, we have an assortment of lighting ballasts. I know that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are regulated under TSCA and not RCRA. Can I presume that our lighting ballasts contain less than 50 ppm PCBs? If not....

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07/11/2011

The Spring 2011 Regulatory Agenda: EPA

On July 7, 2011, Federal regulatory agencies published their semiannual regulatory agendas and regulatory plans as required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act [5 U.S.C. 602]. The agenda is where agencies summarize all current or projected rulemakings and review existing regulations and completed actions. While the detailed agendas are no longer published in the Federal Register....

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06/14/2011

California: Draft MSP Program

The California State Water Board has released the first draft of a proposed permit for small municipal storm water dischargers, including...

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06/06/2011

Homeland Security Announces Regulatory Review Plan

In today’s Federal Register (76 FR 32331), the Department of Homeland Security announced its Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Regulations, pursuant to Executive Order 13563. The plan was developed in part from the public input solicited by DHS in the Federal Register on March 14, 2011, “Reducing Regulatory Burden; Retrospective Review Under Executive...

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05/10/2011

Question of the Week: Toxic Chemical Inventory (TRI) Reporting

Q. We are a facility that is subject to the toxic chemical inventory reporting requirements at 40 CFR Part 372. During the previous calendar year we mixed 24,800 pounds of a listed toxic chemical into one of our product formulations. In late December, we did add 200 more pounds into a batch processing unit. However...

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05/02/2011

Post-Rapanos Guidance from EPA and Army Corp of Engineers

In today’s Federal Register (76 FR 24479) the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers announced new guidance on the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act...

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04/12/2011

Feature Article: Inventory Update Reporting

Facilities that manufacture or import chemical substances should be preparing for the pentennial (once every five years) Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) requirements [40 CFR 710]. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires the EPA to maintain an inventory of every chemical substance manufactured or imported into the United States [TSCA §8(b)].
 
If your site manufactured or imported a chemical substance in a quantity greater than or equal to...

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