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10/12/2015

EPA’s Waters of the US Rule “Blocked” Nationwide

On October 9, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an Order of Stay, which granted a petition and effectively blocked EPA’s new Clean Water regulation nationwide. The rule is now Stayed nationwide pending the result of legal challenges to EPA’s water authority...

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10/01/2015

EPA Finalizes New NAAQS for Ozone

On October 1, 2015, US EPA finalized its new National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, lowering the threshold to 70 parts per billion from 75 parts per billion.

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09/30/2015

New Effluent Limitations for Coal-fired Steam Electric Power Plants

On September 30, 2015, US EPA finalized a new Rule aimed at reducing the volume of toxic metals and other pollutants that enter US waterways. The rule, called the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category, was initially proposed in June 2013.  

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08/28/2015

EPA’s ‘Waters of the US’ Rule Blocked in 13 States

One day before EPA’s new “Waters of the US Rule” was set to take effect, a Federal judge has issued an injunction to block implementation of the new law in 13 US states...

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08/26/2015

EPA’s New Methane Emissions Rules for Oil and Gas

On August 18, 2015, US EPA proposed new standards under the Clean Air Act that aim to reduce methane and VOC emissions from the oil and gas industry. The long-term goal of the proposal is to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry sector by 40 to 45 percent (from 2012 levels) by 2025... 

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08/03/2015

EPA Announces New Clean Power Plan

EPA today announced a finalized Clean Power Plan to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electricity-generating units (power plants), or EGUs, under the Clean Air Act §111(d). The new EPA rulemaking addresses CO2, which accounts for 82% of US GHG emissions. The plan aims to lower carbon pollution from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030...

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06/29/2015

SCOTUS Rules Against EPA Clean Air Act Rules for Power Plants

The United States Supreme Court decided today that US EPA unreasonable interpreted Federal law by failing to consider costs to industry in its decision to expand regulation of emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act. A 2012 EPA Final Rule sought to regulate emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants by power plants...

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06/29/2015

US EPA Finalizes New “Waters of the US” Rule

In today’s Federal Register, US EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers published a Final Rule, making the new definition of “Waters of the United States” official.  In short, the new rule is designed to help industry professionals and EHS managers more accurately predict which bodies of water are covered under Clean Water Act programs as “waters of the US.” For full coverage of what’s new in the EPA water rule, read more here: EPA Redefines “Waters of the United States.

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06/09/2015

EPA Risk Management Plan Rules

In 1990, the Clean Air Act was amended to mandate that the US EPA and OSHA develop regulations and guidance for chemical accident prevention. In response, OSHA created its Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements and EPA created regulations requiring companies that use certain regulated chemicals to develop a Risk Management Plan (RMP)...

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06/08/2015

EPA Redefines “Waters of the United States”

On May 27, US EPA in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced a Final Rule to restructure the definition of “Waters of the United States.” The definition, which sets the standard for which bodies of water EPA is authorized to regulate under its Clean Water Act, has been a point of confusion and contention for environmental regulators and industry groups for decades...

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