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07/16/2018

EPA to Set New MCLs for PFOA and PFOS

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to set maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for two toxic chemicals, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), under authority granted to the Agency by the Safe Drinking Water Act.  

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07/16/2018

SPCC Plan Basics: What Is Oil?

To determine whether EPA's Clean Water Act Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) requiremetns impact your facility, it helps to first know how EPA defines the word "oil" and to know which  types of oils, in which quantities, are covered under the regulations. 

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07/06/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 7/10

We’re back with another EPA Enforcement Roundup! In this week’s Roundup, a fuel terminal, a farm supplier, and a sand and gravel company will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA air, water, and/or chemical regulations.  

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06/18/2018

What is the National Contingency Plan?

Called the NCP for short, the national Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan is the Federal government's blueprint for responding to hazardous substance releases and oil spills that reach the environment. 

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06/07/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/5

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, a chemical manufacturer, an oil refinery, and a home improvement TV show will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA air, water, and/or chemical regulations.  

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06/04/2018

EPA to Rescind Parts of New Risk Management Plan Rules

EPA will rescind some new chemical Risk Management Plan requirements for chemical facitlies promulgated in response to an April 2013 ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas that killed fifteen, injured 160, and damaged or destroyed 150 buildings.  

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05/11/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/14

Learn from the latest US EPA enforcement actions and avoid environmetnal compliance violations that cost these businesses over $1 million combined. 

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05/11/2018

EPA Goes Back-to-Basics on NAAQS Reviews

Current US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on May 9th signed a memorandum establishing a “back-to-basics” approach to Clean Air Act-required reviews of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  

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05/07/2018

Clean Air Act State Implementation Plans, Explained

On any given day, you are likely to see EPA approve and promulgate Clean Air Act State Implementation Plans (SIPs) in the Federal Register.  Find out what goes in a State Implementation Plan and how EPA regulates air pollution sources in states or terretories without a unique Plan.  

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04/30/2018

EPA Proposes New Rules for Pivotal Regulatory Science

In the Federal Register on April 30, US EPA proposed a rule to require “pivotal regulatory science” data used for regulatory decision-making be available to the public “in a manner sufficient for independent validation.”

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