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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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08/09/2011

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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06/22/2011

OSHA Proposes Changes to Injury & Illness Recording Requirements

In today’s Federal Register (76 FR 36414), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed a set of rule changes to the Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting requirements.
 
OSHA proposed to update Appendix A to Subpart B of 29 CFR Part 1904, containing the list of industries that are partially exempt from maintaining records of...

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05/10/2011

Question of the Week: Toxic Chemical Inventory (TRI) Reporting

Q. We are a facility that is subject to the toxic chemical inventory reporting requirements at 40 CFR Part 372. During the previous calendar year we mixed 24,800 pounds of a listed toxic chemical into one of our product formulations. In late December, we did add 200 more pounds into a batch processing unit. However...

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04/12/2011

Feature Article: Inventory Update Reporting

Facilities that manufacture or import chemical substances should be preparing for the pentennial (once every five years) Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) requirements [40 CFR 710]. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires the EPA to maintain an inventory of every chemical substance manufactured or imported into the United States [TSCA §8(b)].
 
If your site manufactured or imported a chemical substance in a quantity greater than or equal to...

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03/18/2011

EPA Extends First GHG Emission Reporting Deadline

The EPA published a final rule on March 18, 2011 that extends the deadline for the initial reports under the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting rule at 40 CFR Part 98 [76 FR 14812]. The deadline has been moved from March 31 to September 30, 2011. This one-time extension is...

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03/08/2011

Extension of GHG Reporting Deadline

In a press release issued on March 1, 2011, the EPA announced their intent to extend the data submission deadline for the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. The original deadline for reporting on 2010 emissions was March 31, 2011...

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02/08/2011

FAQ on Annual Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reporting

March 1, 2011 is the deadline for the annual hazardous chemical inventory reporting under the EPCRA rules at 40 CFR 370. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on this topic...

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01/11/2011

Greenhouse Gas Emission Rule Updates

With the calendar switching over to 2011, the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is kicking into high gear. Several final rules promulgated in 2009 and 2010 will have obligations for regulated entities in 2011. In the latter days of 2010, the EPA promulgated several final actions, and the EPA is not finished. The Agency is planning more...

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