Category: Regulatory Developments

2016 O&G NSPS: Two Revisions Issued

The EPA has issued what it calls “narrow” amendments to two provisions of the Agency’s 2016 Clean Air Act New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas (O&G) sector (June 3, 2016, FR). The provisions affect delay of repair requirements when emissions leaks or fugitive emissions are detected as well as emissions […]


Obtaining CBI under TSCA Amendments

The 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) expanded access to chemical confidential business information (CBI) that businesses are required by law to provide to the EPA. TSCA Section 14, which deals in general with the CBI, now includes three categories of people who are entitled to receive the CBI. The EPA recently […]

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Fixed Ladders: Standards Change This November

November 19, 2018, is a key date for employers with existing outdoor fixed ladders that extend more than 24 feet (ft) above a lower level. Ladders that were erected before that date must be equipped with at least one type of device that protects workers from falling. Ladders erected after November 19, 2018, must meet […]

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EPA Looking to Make Aerosol Cans Universal Waste

In a much anticipated development, the EPA is proposing to add aerosol cans to the federal universal waste program. If finalized, the addition would simplify waste handling for many sectors and provide particular relief to the retail sector, which currently must manage at least some of the vast population of aerosol cans under the full […]


EPA Proposes Changes to Coal Combustion Rule

The EPA has issued the first of two proposals that together will lessen the stringency of the Obama administration’s 2015 rule governing the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) generated by electric utilities. The Phase One proposal comprises a dozen changes, some that result from a remand of parts of the 2015 rule by the […]


EPA Approves Emergency Exception for Methyl Bromide

In a final rule, the EPA has established emergency time-limited maximum permissible levels for residues or tolerances for the fumigant methyl bromide in or on harvested imported or domestic agricultural commodities. The tolerances fall under the emergency exception provisions of Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

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Enforcement of Beryllium Standards Delayed by OSHA

In a recent memorandum for regional administrators, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its decision to delay enforcement of the beryllium standards for general industry, shipyards, and construction until May 11, 2018.


Discharges to Groundwater: Are They Subject to CWA?

In an action that parallels EPA’s rulemaking to write a new definition of the Clean Water Act (CWA) term waters of the United States (WOTUS), the Agency is soliciting comments on whether pollutant discharges into groundwater that has a hydrologic connection to WOTUS are subject to CWA regulation.