The EPA only recently issued almost all the remaining area designations for the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone (only eight counties in the San Antonio, Texas, area have not been designated). Now, with the ink barely dry on those designations, the Agency is facing yet another Clean Air Act (CAA) deadline […]
Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management
Self-insurance as a means for mining companies to show regulators that funds will be available to remediate damage to the environment caused by industrial activities is coming under increasing scrutiny and is not holding up well under the magnifying glass.
Inclusion of first-aid statements on pesticide labels is governed by regulations at 40 CFR 156.68. The fundamental requirement is that all pesticides that have “systemic effects in Category I, II, or III, or skin or eye irritation effects in Category I or II” must bear a first-aid statement. (Category I pesticides have high toxicity; Category […]
Q. Does the asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) 10-day notification apply to the demolition of a building in which no asbestos is present?
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is proposing to eliminate the third-year requirement of a 3-year regulation that compels owners and operators of vessels operating on voyages exclusively between ports or places within a single Captain of the Port (COTP) zone to submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report.
On April 30, 2018, the EPA issued a rule with final designations under the Clean Air Act’s (CAA) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone for almost all U.S. counties not previously designated.
In a notice, the EPA reports that it has received requests for regulatory clarity from stakeholders that are uncertain about how the D.C. Circuit’s August 8, 2017, opinion in Mexichem Fluor Inc. v. EPA affects their compliance obligations under an Agency 2015 rule that amended the federal Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program on ozone-depleting […]
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has followed through on a commitment he made last month to initiate rulemaking to limit the Agency’s use of scientific information that is not accessible to the public and, therefore, not available for independent verification.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered the EPA to review a surrogate emissions limit in the Agency’s 2015 revisions to its 2013 National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters (Boiler MACT [maximum achievable control technology]).
Cooperative federalism. The idea encourages national, state, and local governments to interact cooperatively and collectively to solve common problems rather than make policies separately.