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11/29/2011

Preparing for 2012 Reporting Obligations

Personally, the last month of the year usually means entry into the year–end holiday season. For EHS managers, this should also mean preparing your 2012 compliance calendars. These calendars will likely include various reporting obligations. While many of your reporting obligations and frequencies are site–specific (e.g., NPDES discharge monitoring reports and Clean Air Act Title V certifications), some events...

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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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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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08/10/2011

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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07/11/2011

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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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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