Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Drinking water

Funding Lead Service Line Replacements (LSLRs) in Public Water Systems

In its proposed amendments to the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), the EPA estimates that, nationwide, there are between 6.3 million and 9.3 million homes that receive drinking water through lead service lines (LSLs). (Uncertainty about the actual number of LSLs underlies the proposed requirement that public water systems (PWSs) inventory the LSLs in […]

Thumb press the drinking water fountain

EPA Proposes New Lead Trigger Level to Reduce Exposure

The EPA’s new proposal to reduce childhood exposure to lead in drinking water seeks to strike a balance between the need for more protection and the stubborn complexity of the risk. Under the proposal, public water systems (PWSs) would be subject to six new general requirements (which include many more specific requirements), including taking an […]

Health care, gloves, hospital, pharmacy

Hospital-Level Disinfectants: EPA Issues Draft Strategy

The EPA has released a draft strategy to evaluate the effectiveness of hospital-level antimicrobial disinfectants after they have been registered. The strategy describes a risk-based approach intended to help the Agency prioritize and select hospital-level disinfectants and label claims for testing.

USTs

The Projected E15 Rule and Its Effect on USTs

Appeals from the petroleum industry notwithstanding, the EPA recently announced that it will continue to take action to “significantly increase the 2020 U.S. biofuel mandate.” One promised action is rulemaking to streamline labeling and “remove other barriers” to the sale of E15, a fuel comprising 85 percent (%) conventional gasoline and 15% ethanol.

Emissions, Clean Air Act

Many Processes—But Few Solutions—for Industrial GHG Emissions

In 2017, industrial activity accounted for 22% of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, third behind transportation (29%) and electricity (28%). When adding indirect emissions from the off-site generation of electricity needed to power industrial facilities, the share increases to 29.7%.

EPA Updates Water Quality Trading Policy

In February 2019, the EPA’s assistant administrator for water issued a memo updating the Agency’s water quality trading policy “to promote market-based mechanisms.” The memo includes six principles intended to clarify aspects of the federal water quality trading program, provide tools and incentives to states and local governments to implement trading programs, and promote increased […]