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Stay up to date with regulatory information in your state. Here's where you can see all the final and proposed rules, and notices published in the federal and state registers within the last 7 days.
Recent Regulatory Activity
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News:
Despite repeated assertions by the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) that its plans to mine the rich copper, gold, and molybdenum deposits near Bristol Bay in Southwest Alaska are not final, the EPA has taken the unusual step of proposing CWA Section 404(c) restrictions on whatever project the partnership does eventually propose.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing changes to requirements affecting the medical use of radioactive materials.
EPA’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) affecting emissions from oil and natural gas (O&G) production are undergoing a second round of amendments less than 2 years after they were initially issued in August 2012.
In a significant development for entities engaged in the transportation of bulk explosives, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is proposing to include provisions in the hazardous materials regulations (HMR) to allow such transport.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a final rule to harmonize its hazardous material regulations (HMRs) for the transport of Class 7 (radioactive) materials with regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Obtaining an air permit is not often a quick or simple process, but under the correct circumstances the process can be streamlined by using a general permit.
In an action intended to lower costs for pesticide manufacturers and distributors and eliminate confusion regarding regulatory terms, the EPA is proposing to allow collateral labeling of pesticide products and devices intended solely for export.
Two power companies with one corporate parent failed to convince the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit that the court should review the legality of a notice of violation (NOV) received from the EPA.
The act-of-war defense in Section 107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act appropriately applies to the September 11, 2001, attacks and, therefore, does not allow the use of CERCLA to recover the costs of cleaning up contamination caused by the attacks.
In a policy statement, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the Agency will take seven actions to add momentum to the work of adapting Agency programs and policies to the threats of climate change.
In an attempt to reduce concerns about fraudulent renewable identification numbers (RINs) in its renewable fuels standard (RFS) program, the EPA has issued a final rule establishing a voluntary quality assurance plan (QAP) program.
White Papers:
The federal Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Services) recently took three actions (two proposals and one draft policy) intended to improve and clarify the process of designating areas of critical habitat for listed species and consulting on the effects of federal actions on critical habitat.
As discussed in a memo, EPA's headquarters recently distributed to its regional offices, the RCRA land disposal restrictions do not distinguish between temporary and permanent placement of hazardous wastes in landfills. However, RCRA does allow one exception to the prohibition, called the no-migration variance.
Questions & Answers:
if we have (5) twenty pound halon fire extinguishers what are the federal and PA state regulations applicable to ODS for what we have?
Are we in compliance with FIFRA regs If we use over the counter pesticides (round up) on our outside weeds and gras and rodenticides (D-con) used inside for rodent control without an employee being certified in either pesticides and rodenticides? Or do we need to have a certfified vendor do this for us according to FIFRA regs?
Updated Documents
Use this chart to check your state’s TRI reporting requirements and find contact information.
In this BLR Special Report, we analyze the most recent data from EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data by state.
Regulatory Analysis:
The Clean Air Act (CAA) of 1970 established the first initiative to control emissions from motor vehicles, but the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) significantly strengthened mobile source emissions requirements through the implementation of mandatory programs and the establishment of voluntary programs to help address mobile source contributions to various air pollution problems.
CFC management encompasses the regulation of all ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) that break down the stratospheric ozone layer through the reaction of chlorine and bromine with ozone. Sources of chlorine and bromine are both natural and man-made. Man-made sources include Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), Carbon tetrachloride, Methyl bromide, Methyl chloroform, and Halons.
This topic provides an overview of the reporting requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA Title III). EPCRA requires regulated facilities that manufacture, use, or store certain amounts of hazardous chemicals to develop and implement emergency plans, report chemical inventories, and notify authorities in the event of a toxic release.
This topic provides an overview of federal medical waste requirements, including the Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous material transport rules. Certain medical waste treatment technologies under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) also may apply.
Laws have been passed in every jurisdiction requiring facilities to produce and retain records of various kinds. This ensures that state and federal environmental officials have access to documentation in certain critical areas of environmental regulation.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted to address the increasing problems of toxic substances. Through the provisions of TSCA, the EPA can collect or require the development of information about the toxicity of particular chemicals and the extent to which people and the environment are exposed to them. Such information allows the EPA to assess whether the chemicals pose unreasonable risks to humans and the environment. TSCA provides the basis for EPA's New and Existing Chemicals programs and the basis for national programs for major chemicals of concern, such as asbestos, lead, mercury, and radon, and the foundation for other TSCA programs, such as addressing environmental issues in schools, including energy efficiency under TSCA Title V.
Many federal environmental, safety, and transportation rules contain requirements to train employees to protect themselves, the public, or the environment from workplace hazards. A few requirements are very prescriptive (e.g., detailed steps to certification), but most are "performance-based" in that they set qualitative goals (e.g., effective, lead to understanding, demonstrate proficiency) that allow the employer to determine the best way to achieve the desired outcome.
The regulation of wetlands in the United States involves a variety of regulatory schemes, including the Section 404 regulation for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act (CWA). In general, activities including placement of fill material, excavation, levee construction, land clearing or leveling, as well as road and dam construction projects, all require a wetlands permit under the CWA. For every authorized discharge under a wetlands permit, the adverse impacts to wetlands, streams, and other aquatic resources must be avoided and minimized to the extent practicable. For unavoidable impacts, compensatory mitigation is required to replace the loss of wetland and aquatic resource functions in the watershed.
Air emissions permits are divided into two distinct categories: construction permits and operating permits. The applicability of various permitting programs within each category is dependent on the type and quantity of the pollutants emitted, the attainment status of the area where the source is located, and the date the source was constructed or modified. The quantity of emissions from a source will determine whether the source can be classified as a major source or if changes at the source can be classified as a major modification. Major sources must comply with federal construction and operating permit programs, most of which are administered at the state or local level.
Toxic air pollutants, also known as HAPs, are those pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer, other serious health effects, or adverse environmental effects. Other health effects can include damage to the immune system, as well as neurological, reproductive, developmental, respiratory, and other health problems.
Required by both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a hazardous waste manifest is the shipping paper for hazardous waste. The paper manifest travels with the hazardous waste from the point of generation, through transportation, to the final treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF). Each party in the chain of shipping, including the generator, signs and keeps a manifest copy, creating a "cradle to grave" tracking of the hazardous waste. Hazardous waste shipments offered for transportation by a generator and shipped to a TSDF may, alternatively, be tracked with an electronic manifest.
This analysis covers both the material safety data sheet (MSDS) requirements in effect up to June 1, 2015, and the safety data sheet (SDS) requirements effective June 1, 2015, under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) amendments to the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012). Employers will be allowed to comply with both the MSDS and SDS requirements at the same time until HazCom 2012 is fully implemented.
The 1977 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) expanded a federal air quality permitting program called New Source Review (NSR) to clean up and maintain air quality across the country. Each state must include air quality permitting requirements that meet the standards of the federal NSR program in their state implementation plans (SIPs) to attain or maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
This section covers the OSHA general industry standards for permissible exposure limits (PELs) to airborne hazardous substances, including excessive noise, that determine how long a worker may be exposed in the workplace to a threshold amount of a substance or noise without adverse effects on health. The standards are predominantly concerned with inhalation and skin absorption hazards. Specifically, the section covers PELs for general air contaminants and PELs and action levels for carcinogens, and it briefly discusses hazardous chemicals in laboratories.
Although climate change remains a topic surrounded by controversy and debate that is zealously supported on both sides, actions are being taken that necessitate businesses evaluate their overall GHG management strategy. Regardless of whether you are a believer or nonbeliever in the climate change issue, regulations are being developed and implemented to monitor and control GHG emissions, and those taking note of these actions will be able to remain in compliance with any applicable requirements and avoid enforcement actions from regulatory authorities.
Energy generation and the environment will always be very closely linked. The extraction and utilization of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, to meet our nation's energy demands have significant impacts on our environment. In an effort to mitigate those impacts, regulations have been or are being established, and viable, sustainable energy alternatives are being developed.
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