Category: Regulatory Developments

GHG, vehicle emissions

California GHG Emissions Standards Would Be Rolled Back By EPA/NHTSA Proposal

In a joint press release, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles, which seeks to establish new 50-state fuel economy and tailpipe carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions standards. The proposed SAFE Vehicles rule would revise […]

Breaking Down the EPA’s Dental Effluent Limitations Guidelines

In issuing its final Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category ((ELGs), June 14, 2017, Federal Register (FR)), the EPA faced a unique regulatory challenge because of the large number of dental offices subject to the ELGs and very small size of most of these offices. Accordingly, in the ELGs, the Agency took […]

Superfund site

EPA’s Year-1 Superfund Report

One of the main goals of ex-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was development and implementation of measures to expedite removal of sites from Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL) and returning those sites to economic productivity. A significant step in this process was 42 recommendations to improve Superfund issued in July 2017 by a Superfund Task Force […]

Crane at construction site

OSHA’s Crane Proposal Built on Evaluations of Operators

OSHA’s recent proposal to add a permanent requirement that employers ensure the competency of crane operators through evaluation is intended to correct a prior requirement—which is not yet in effect—that certification alone of crane operators is sufficient to demonstrate operator competency. Compliance with the certification-only standard, which was issued in 2010, is currently required by […]

Fire

RMP Regulations and the West, Texas, Explosion

The tragic explosion of fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate at the West, Texas, distribution facility in April 2013 has had a powerful impact on the direction of the EPA’s implementation of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program (RMP, CAA Section 112(r)).

Cement factory machinery on a clear blue day

Cement NESHAP Sees Minor Amendments

The EPA has completed its residual risk and technology review (RTR) of the Clean Air Act’s National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the Portland Cement manufacturing sector.

Auto Mechanic Performing a Smog Check

After VW, EPA Ramps Up Its Vehicle Testing Program

Volkswagen’s (VW) successful efforts to cheat the EPA’s emissions testing of light-duty vehicles with defeat devices became major public news in 2014 and continues to have repercussions today for those offices within the Agency that conduct vehicle testing and oversee compliance.