Category: Regulatory Developments

First Year Implementation Plan for TSCA Unveiled

The recently enacted sweeping revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) have been decades in the making, but the EPA needed to begin implementing the changes even before the ink of President Obama’s signature dried. Accordingly, just 1 week after enactment, the Agency released its First Year Implementation Plan for the new law, including […]

New PIPES Law Lights Fire under PHMSA

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act (PIPES Act). The law, which received strong bipartisan support, extends and funds through 2019 the gas and hazardous liquid pipeline safety program implemented by the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Proposal Would Drop Rescission Date from PSD Permitting

Referencing an opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court, the EPA is proposing to remove a restriction on when a Clean Air Act (CAA) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit may be rescinded. Specifically, the proposal would remove from 40 CFR 52.21(w) the provision indicating that a stationary source may request to have its PSD permit […]

Will WOTUS Rule Affect Nationwide Permits?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to renew its 50 existing nationwide permits (NWPs) and to add two new NWPs. The existing permits expire March 18, 2017, and the Corps wishes to have the reissued permits effective immediately after expiration.

President Obama Signs TSCA Reform Bill into Law

“For the first time in 20 years, we are updating a national environmental statute,” said President Obama before signing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on Wednesday. The president noted that the updated law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which took effect in 1976 “didn’t quite work the way […]

Zero Pretreatment Effluent Limits for O&G Fracking

There should be little difficulty understanding the pollutant effluent limits in the EPA’s final pretreatment standards for onshore unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extraction facilities because the limits are zero. The pertinent addition to the Code of Federal Regulations is as follows:

OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Places New Requirements on Employers

By Arielle B. Sepulveda On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a long-awaited final rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data, providing for such data to be made publicly available, and updating employee notification and antiretaliation provisions.

Webinar Wrap-Up: RMP Updates

Back in March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant changes to the chemical accident prevention provisions, commonly referred to as the Risk Management Program (RMP). In a recent webinar, Risk Management Plan Updates: A Guide to Regulatory Compliance in Advance of EPA’s Final Rule, speaker Natalie VanLiew, PE, Managing Consultant at Trinity Consultants, […]

Q&A: Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

Recently, we received the following question from a subscriber about OSHA’s new Electronic Recordkeeping rule: What is the new OSHA tracking rule all about, and when will it go into effect? This was our response: