Category: Regulatory Developments

Pesticide spraying

Farm Bill Provides Pesticide Relief

A mere 4 days after the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act (Farm Bill, H.R. 2) was introduced in the House, all 26 Republicans on the Chamber’s Agriculture Committee voted to approve the bill for consideration by the full House while all of the Committee’s 20 Democrats voted against it.


EPA to Create Rules for Blending at POTWs

The EPA announced that it will initiate rulemaking to resolve uncertainties regarding the Agency’s current position on blending at publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). The Agency says it will start the process by reaching out to states, local communities, and other stakeholders who are most affected by how POTWs manage wastewater (EPA news release.)


No Emissions Change for Fiberglass Production Sector

In its latest regulatory action under Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 112, the EPA has proposed several minor regulatory changes affecting the seven facilities engaged in Wet-Formed Fiberglass Mat Production. Emissions limits, primarily for formaldehyde, for this sector were promulgated in 2002 and would be unaffected by the proposal. Formaldehyde is classified as a known, […]

Clock is ticking

Silica Standard: The Compliance Clock Is Ticking!

The June 23, 2018, deadline for general industry and maritime-sector compliance with requirements in OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule (March 25, 2016, FR) is less than 3 months away. Employers with workplaces that contain respirable silica should understand their obligations and meet them in time.


Industry Must Comply with Formaldehyde Rule by June 1, 2018

Judge Jeffrey S. White of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the EPA to require industry to be in compliance with the formaldehyde emissions limits for composite wood products the Agency established in its 2016 final rule (Formaldehyde Rule, December 12, 2016, Federal Register (FR)) by June 1, 2018.


EPA: Vehicle GHG Standards Too Stringent

One year after the Trump EPA announced that it was reconsidering the Obama EPA’s January 2017 Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE), that found that its final greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model year (MY) 2022–2025 light-duty vehicles (October 15, 2012, FR) were appropriate, the Agency has issued a notice formally withdrawing that MTE and stating in […]


Emissions Limits Unchanged for Leather Finishers

The four facilities subject to EPA’s 2002 National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for leather finishing operations received a clean bill of health following the Agency’s residual risk and technology review (RTR).


OSHA Regulatory Assistance Needed for Homebuilders

OSHA regulations are a “massive challenge” to small businesses in the homebuilding industry. Accordingly, OSHA should shift its emphasis from a “disproportionate” reliance on traditional enforcement and levying significant monetary penalties to compliance assistance.