Category: Regulatory Developments

The SPCC Outlook for Hazardous Substances

The EPA has issued its first biannual update of its work on a proposal for a final rule that would subject facilities holding hazardous substances to the same requirements applying to facilities holding threshold amounts of oil. The update indicates that the proposal is still in its early stages, and therefore, any views on what […]

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Truckers’ Expectations Met in Phase 2 Standards

American Trucking Associations (ATA) responded with “cautious optimism” to the final federal Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The standards were adopted jointly by the EPA, which developed the GHG portion of the regulations, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which wrote the fuel-efficiency section. Industry’s […]

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Proposed TSCA Regs by the End of the Year

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act has brought about a long overdue reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Act was passed to address many of TSCA’s shortcomings and to allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more authority to evaluate and mitigate the risks associated with chemicals […]

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9th Circuit Orders Final Action on Chlorpyrifos

In an order, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied EPA’s request for an additional 6 months to take final action on its proposal to ban application of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops. The court did grant the Agency an additional 3 months—to March 31, 2017—to finalize the […]

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Exemption for Closed CCR Landfills… Canceled!

In response to an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the EPA has issued a direct final rule amending its regulations (April 17, 2015, FR) governing the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as solid waste under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle D. In the CCR rule, the […]

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One-Year Compliance Alternative Issued for Cement NESHAP

In an amendment issued as a direct final rule, the EPA is providing a temporary alternative compliance demonstration method to sources subject to the Agency’s National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the portland cement manufacturing industry. The rule was originally promulgated in 1999 and has since been reworked with multiple, significant amendments.

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California Announces Oil Refinery Safety Proposal

California’s occupational safety and environmental agencies have proposed a set of landmark regulations to strengthen workplace and environmental safety at oil refineries across the Golden State. Find out what’s involved and what regulations would be strengthened.

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TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Window is Open

The recent signing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act has brought about a long overdue reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). But despite the buzz surrounding TSCA reform and how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will implement the new legislation going forward, chemical manufacturers and importers must […]

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EPA on Flight Path to Limit Aircraft GHGs

The EPA has issued a final rule that finds that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft contribute to air pollution that may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and the welfare of future generations. Having made that determination, the EPA is now obligated by the Clean Air Act (CAA) to propose and issue final […]

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MATS Having Deep Impact on Power Generation

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has been closely monitoring and reporting on how EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) are impacting electricity generation in the United States. As the latest EIA preliminary data show, the scrutiny is well deserved. Based on information received from operators, between January 2015 and April 2016, about 87 […]

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