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11/08/2011

Feature Article: Trick or Treat? EPA Issues NPDES General Permit for Pesticide Application

On October 31, 2011, the EPA finalized a general permit under the Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for pesticide applications [76 FR 68750, November 7, 2011]. This action is the final step in fulfilling the Agency’s obligations in response to...

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10/25/2011

Happy Birthday, EPCRA!

The U.S. EPA last week celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA). Web site.
 
The authorization of EPCRA in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan closely followed one of the worst industrial disasters in history...

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10/13/2011

Why Go “Beyond Compliance?”

At Lion Technology, many of the questions we hear in our workshops and receive in our e-mails are very specific, asking about particular regulations and scenarios to figure out “I don’t want to get fined, what’s the least I can do to comply with these regulations?” While complying with regulatory mandates can often seem like a tedious, expensive chore, there are...

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09/15/2011

Question of the Week: Comparing CWA Control Technologies: BPT, BCT, BAT, BADCT

Q. If I am subject to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act, which of the many control technology acronyms am I subject to?
 
A. Short Answer: Check your permit, do what it says.
 
Long Answer: The type of water treatment controls you need depend on...

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09/02/2011

New Rules for Ozone?

The Obama administration placed themselves in a very interesting policy position on September 2, 2011 in announcing the withdrawal of the EPA’s proposed revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone. Citing the current economic conditions, the president’s decision was made based on his desire to establish strong environmental protection regulations without...

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08/31/2011

ECHA Identifies 20 Chemicals as Potential Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs)

On August 29, 2011, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a notice proposing to add 20 new chemicals to the Candidate List under the Registration Evaluation of Authorization Chemical Substances (REACH) regulations. These substances are believed to meet the REACH criteria of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Many were identified due to their suspected carcinogenicity. Some were identified as...

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08/24/2011

Regulatory Review Plans

In January of this year President Obama ordered all of the regulatory agencies to create systems to periodically review and improve federal regulations (E.O. 13563 Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review).
 
On Tuesday August 23, the White House announced the release of all final regulatory reform plans...

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08/17/2011

TSCA Inventory Update Reporting Modifications; Chemical Data Reporting

On August 2, 2011 Lion Members received our Special Bulletin issue of NewsInfo Links in which we provided notice of the pre-publication version of EPA’s final rule regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act rule for Chemical Data Reporting (40 CFR 711)
 
Well, the final rule was published...

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08/15/2011

EPA Rule on Carbamate Wastes Now in Effect

On Friday, the EPA finalized a rule that makes revisions to the land disposal restriction (LDR) treatment standards for Carbamate wastes at 40 CFR 268.40. These new standards are likely to impact manufacturers of certain pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. The standard affect LDRS for the K156 – K159 and K161 process waste along with...

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08/11/2011

EPA Proposes Revisions to Tier II Reports

For the first time in over 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to the Tier I and Tier II chemical inventory reporting forms.
 
Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all facilities with an inventory of hazardous chemicals to file...

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