In March 2019, the EPA used its authority under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to issue a final rule prohibiting the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of methylene chloride for consumer paint and coating removal (stripping). The action carried out part of a proposal the Agency published in […]
In a final rule, the EPA has exempted air emissions from animal waste at farms from the emergency release notification requirements of Section 304 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which is part of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), recently issued a memo clarifying how it determines if a proposed federal rule is a major rule and the level of cooperation the OIRA expects from federal agencies to assist in that determination. The […]
The EPA has issued a final rule to allow the sale of E15 during the summer (May 1 through September 15). E15 is gasoline blended with up to 15% ethanol. The Agency’s action, which takes effect 30 days after the rule’s publication in the Federal Register, fulfills President Donald Trump’s October 2018 directive to the […]
The EPA’s broad discretion under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to select the measures to achieve and maintain air quality was affirmed by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a ruling addressing cross-state air pollution.
The EPA’s Clean Air Act Stationary Source Compliance Monitoring Strategy (CMS) describes the Agency’s approach for EPA regional offices, states, Indian tribes, and localities to assess and document compliance with permits and regulations at major stationary and synthetic minor sources.
Produced water—the subject of a new EPA draft study—is a multifaceted environmental issue that presents golden opportunities and prompts difficult human health and ecological questions. The draft is the latest in a series of actions the Agency is taking to better understand how produced water is managed nationwide, explore additional management options, and consider the […]
Stating that the benefits of a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for perchlorate do not justify the costs of such a regulation, the EPA is nonetheless proposing an NPDWR for the chemical. Under the proposal, the Agency would set the NPDWR at a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 56 micrograms per liter (µg/L). The […]
As summer nears, environmental compliance efforts turn toward Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports, which are due July 1. So far in 2019, the EPA has issued multiple five-digit fines to companies that submitted TRI reports but overlooked a chemical that should have been reported but wasn’t.
The EPA’s implementation of the small refinery exemption is one of the more disputed aspects of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The major question associated with the exemption appears to be how does the Agency make decisions to approve or deny applications for exemptions?