Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Regulatory Accountability Act Introduced by Republicans Would Eliminate Chevron Deference

On the first day of the 115th Congress, Republicans promptly introduced legislation to explicitly weaken the powers of federal agencies in promulgating regulations. For example, in the House of Representatives, the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 5) brings together six separate reform bills that have already passed the House in the previous Congress. H.R. 5 is […]

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EPA’s Power Plant Effluent Rule Challenged by Water Groups

On December 5, 2016, the American Water Works Association and the National Association of Water Companies (AWWA/NAWC) filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, asking the court to order the EPA to reopen its Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category (ELGs, November […]

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Proposed Regs for Paper Mills Include Revisions to Opacity Regs

Under a new EPA proposal, pulp and paper mills subject to the Agency’s National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) will not need to undertake new compliance measures as a result of the Agency’s residual risk review. However, the EPA believes developments in this sector warrant revisions to the existing opacity requirements. Several other […]

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AGs Ask Trump: Wait for CPP Ruling

The attorneys general (AGs) of 14 states, joined by officials in five local governments have written to Donald Trump, asking the president-elect to continue the federal defense of EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) and not comply with requests from other states to abandon the rule on the first day of the new administration. At the […]

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2017 EHS Salary Guide Released

The EHS career field is evolving as younger employees join the workforce, budgets are slashed, and regulations continue to change. The 2017 EHS Salary Guide will help evaluate if you are being paid a fair amount for the responsibilities you are shouldering. In addition, EHS managers can find the information to keep their departments competitive and efficient.

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OSHA Leaders Make the Case for Sustainability Through Safety

Businesses cannot be sustainable without protecting the safety, health, and welfare of their most vital resource—their workers. A document co-authored by a current and past leader of OSHA explains that sustainable businesses go beyond compliance to protect people, the planet, and their profits.

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Can I Complete an Antidegration Analysis Myself?

Q. If I want to switch chemicals in my water treatment process, can I complete an antidegradation analysis myself and all in one application? A. Yes. You can do the antidegradation analysis yourself, so long as all methods of sample collection, preservation, and analysis are conducted using approved methods and tested by a certified laboratory. […]

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