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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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04/05/2011

Question of the Week: What is the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board?

Q. I heard in the news that the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) was sending a team to investigate a workplace fire in Tennessee. So, what is the CSB, and what does it do?
 
A. The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is an independent agency of the Federal Government that investigates the root causes of chemical accidents at industrial facilities and makes safety recommendations to prevent future accidents...

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03/18/2011

EPA Extends First GHG Emission Reporting Deadline

The EPA published a final rule on March 18, 2011 that extends the deadline for the initial reports under the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting rule at 40 CFR Part 98 [76 FR 14812]. The deadline has been moved from March 31 to September 30, 2011. This one-time extension is...

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03/08/2011

Extension of GHG Reporting Deadline

In a press release issued on March 1, 2011, the EPA announced their intent to extend the data submission deadline for the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. The original deadline for reporting on 2010 emissions was March 31, 2011...

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