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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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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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