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07/12/2012

EPA Completes Greenhouse Gas Phase-in

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency completed Step 3 of its phase-in approach to permitting greenhouse gas emissions. The Agency is NOT lowering the ‘tailored’ threshold for determining the applicability of the Title V permit program. And will continue to regulate...

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07/12/2012

EPA Extends Deadline for Chemical Data Reports

On June 18, 2012, the Federal Register published a Final Notice extending the reporting deadline for the revised TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Rule (CDR). The new deadline is August 13th, 2012, six weeks beyond the original deadline of June 30, 2012.
 
The purpose of CDR is for the EPA to collect quality, screening-level, exposure-related data on a wide range of chemical substances. But, who is subject to the rule and what are the requirements...

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06/19/2012

EPA Extends Reporting Period for 2012 CDR

On June 11, 2012 Mr. Jim Jones, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention signed a rule to extend the Chemical Data Rule (CDR) reporting period by six weeks. The submission deadline for the report is moved to...

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06/12/2012

EPA Issues New Controls for Mercury Articles

On May 30th, 2012, EPA published a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for elemental mercury used in barometers, manometers, hygrometers, and pyrometers. Under the terms of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), this means that beginning June 29, 2012, any “new use” of elemental mercury in certain articles must be reported to the EPA before...

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05/08/2012

Get Ready Now for July 1st TRI Reporting Deadline!

It’s that time again. July 1st is the deadline for submission of the Toxic Release Inventory. Here’s a reminder of the Who, What, and When of TRI....

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04/10/2012

New Construction General Permit for Stormwater Discharges

On February 16, 2012, U.S. EPA issued a new Construction General Permit for Stormwater Discharges, replacing the 2008 Construction General Permit that expired on February 15, 2012. Clean Water Act permits typically must be renewed every...

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03/13/2012

Safe Drinking Water Act: Two Kinds of Water Quality Standards

Q. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency establishes quality standards for public water supply systems. The EPA sets two kinds of standards: “Primary” and “Secondary.” What’s the difference...

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02/14/2012

Tier II Reporting: LEPCs and SERCs

Yes, it’s that time again! The annual hazardous chemical inventory report required under the EPCRA rules at 40 CFR 370 is due on March 1, 2012. The inventory reporting rule applies to any facility that is required to prepare or have available a material safety data sheet (MSDS) for a hazardous chemical under...

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02/14/2012

Federal Register Prints Flexibility Agendas

Yesterday, the Federal Register finally published the Fall 2011 Regulatory Flexibility Agendas, as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 USC 602). Compared to the Unified Agenda published last month (and discussed ), the Flexibility Agendas only include rules that have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (SEIOSNOSE) or are otherwise identified as significant rulemakings. Ever since the OMB took the lead on managing the agendas...

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01/31/2012

Fall 2011 Regulatory Agendas: Environmental Protection

Twice each year, the departments and independent agencies of the Federal government publish public agendas of their rulemaking activities. These semiannual agendas both review recent new rules and announce upcoming rule activities. While each agency and department creates its own agenda...

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