Tag: United States

Pesticide General Permit Reissued

The EPA has reissued its Pesticide General Permit (PGP) for point source discharges of pesticides to waters of the United States. Authorized under the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, the PGP was first issued in 2011 and was effective for a 5-year period.

Evaluating Your UST System After a Flood

Recently, the southeastern United States was slammed by a monster storm—Hurricane Matthew. The destructive hurricane created significant storm surges and caused severe flooding along much of the Atlantic coast. When major flooding occurs, underground storage tank (UST) systems can lift out of the ground, rupture, and release oil or other regulated substances. A single UST […]

More HFC Restrictions in SNAP Proposal

Consistent with President Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan, the EPA is using its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) to propose restrictions on the end uses of certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), approve new alternatives to substances with high global warming potential (GWP), and change the status of other substances already on the SNAP list.

Oregon Bill Would Eliminate Coal Power

On March 2, 2016, the Oregon Legislature passed the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan (Senate Bill (SB) 1547, B-eng.). Should Democratic Governor Kate Brown sign the bill into law—and she has preliminarily indicated that she will—Oregon will become the first state to set a deadline for eliminating coal-fired electricity generation by its major utilities. […]

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case Challenging TMDL Program

In a blow to the agricultural and land development sectors, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging EPA’s 2010 total maximum daily load (TMDL) program for the Chesapeake Bay. The case was launched in 2011 when the American Farm Bureau, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, the National Association of Home Builders, and others […]

Environmental Groups Send a Letter to the EPW Concerning CCR Rule

Scores of national and state-based environmental groups sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) expressing their opposition to a bill that would negate many aspects of EPA’s rule governing disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) from electric utilities.

RCRA Confidentiality Claims for Affected Businesses

In a Federal Register (FR) notice, the EPA is informing affected businesses that they can assert confidentiality claims relevant to documents or data included in information submitted to the Agency to track the import/export of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)-regulated waste available to other parties under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).