Tag: Clean Air Act

Bike to Work and Other Commuting Incentives—Can It Pay Off for You?

Employer Trip Reduction (ETR) Under the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, states that have areas designated as extreme or severe nonattainment for ozone were required to revise their state implementation plan (SIP) by adopting regulations to implement ETR programs and reduce work-related vehicle trips and miles traveled by employees. In 1995, Congress amended the law, […]

Costs and Benefits of EPA’s Proposed Ozone Standards

Costs and Benefits of EPA’s Proposed Ozone Standards Since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1970, the EPA claims harmful air pollution has been reduced “by about 70% while the U.S. economy has more than tripled,” with ground-level ozone dropping about 33% since 1980. Overall, 90% of the areas in the United States that […]

EPA’s Proposed Changes to Ground-Level Ozone Standards

EPA’s Proposed Changes to Ground-Level Ozone Standards   The EPA is required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) to review outdoor air quality standards for ozone every 5 years “by following a set of open, transparent steps and considering the advice of a panel of independent experts.” In this most recent review, more than 1,000 […]

EPA Adds New TRI Reporting Category for Nonylphenol

EPA Adds New TRI Reporting Category for Nonylphenol Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires facilities that manufacture, process or otherwise use chemicals listed in the TRI to report a variety of data regarding those chemicals. The EPA is authorized to add new chemicals to the TRI when those chemicals […]

Four RMP Documentation Violations to Avoid

Four RMP Documentation Violations to Avoid 1) Failure to include all the required documentation for the alternative release scenarios for the chemical pipe leak and natural gasoline vapor cloud fire as required by 40 CFR 68.39(b). 40 CFR 68.39(b) establishes the offsite consequences analysis documentation requirements for alternative release scenarios that include a description of […]

Recent RMP Settlements Underscore Compliance Pitfalls

Recent RMP Settlements Underscore Compliance Pitfalls On September 24 and 29, 2014 the EPA announced settlements with three different companies in two states for violations of to RMP regulations.  The first two settlements were at facilities in Idaho, one a corn-based ethanol production facility in Burley and the other a manufacturer of agricultural chemicals in […]

Sector Highlights from the 2013 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

Sector Highlights from the 2013 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program In 2013 1,572 power plants reported, which is down from 1,589 in 2011 and 1,601 in 2012. This sector consists of facilities that produce electricity by combusting fossil fuels and/or biomass and the emissions from this sector are solely from stationary fuel combustion sources, although carbon […]

Radon Testing and Mitigation FAQs

Radon Testing and Mitigation FAQs Q: Are there state requirements for radon testing and mitigation activities? A: States have radon and/or radiation programs with varying requirements and regulations. At this time, 15 states (CA, DE, FL, IA, IL, IN, KY, ME, NE, NJ, OH, PA, RI, VA, and WV) regulate or require qualification, certification, and/or […]

7 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Radon Risk

  7 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Radon Risk 1. Radon is a radioactive element that is derived from the decay of radium (uranium) that occurs in almost all soils. At normal temperatures, radon is an extremely toxic, colorless, invisible gas that moves up through the ground to the air above and can enter […]