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With the objective of keeping state water agencies current on recent changes in the way stormwater NPDES permits are being written, EPA’s Office of Water (OW) has issued its second revision of its 2002 memorandum—Establishing TMDL Wasteload Allocations (WLAs) for Storm Water Sources and NPDES Permit Requirements Based on Those WLAs.
In a major energy development, Joe Martens, Commissioner of New York State’s DEC, announced that he would issue a “legally binding findings statement” that will prohibit high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York “at this time.”
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said it could not determine if the Clean Air Act (CAA) imposed a nondiscretionary obligation on the EPA to issue Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) regulations for ozone within 2 years after the 2008 revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for that criteria air pollutant.
Congress has passed, and President Obama is expected to sign, a bipartisan bill to permanently extend a pilot project that has improved the efficiency of processing oil and gas (O&G) use authorizations, permits, and environmental stewardship on federal lands.
The types of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations discovered through inspections of hazardous waste facilities by state environmental protection agencies are much the same from state to state.
EPA’s inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is significantly underestimating emissions of methane from a 2,500-square-mile hot spot (about half the area of Connecticut) near the Four Corners intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.
In a new rule, the EPA has overhauled the majority of federal regulations governing the recycling of hazardous secondary materials (HSMs).
By announcing that it will push its decision to set the renewable fuel standards (RFS) for 2014 into 2015, the EPA acknowledged that it cannot at present merge its statutory obligation to meet minimum RFS volume requirements with the realities of the U.S. fuel marketplace.
The EPA has finalized the Definition of Solid Waste rule with the goal of promoting responsible recycling of hazardous secondary materials and recycling innovation.
Establishing final provisions for the petroleum and natural gas sectors under the federal Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) has been a highly evolving process at the EPA, which recently issued its eighth set of amendments.
In a December 3, 2014, statement released after a meeting, the United States-European Union Energy Council placed a strong emphasis on European energy security primarily through the development of regional natural gas pipelines, terminals for liquefied natural gas (LNG), and related infrastructure projects.
At the first annual New England UST and Shop-Fabricated Storage Tank Conference in Worcester, Massachusetts, sponsored by the National Institute for Storage Tank Management (NISTM), Marshall Mott-Smith had a clear message: Putting alternative fuels in storage tanks is risky business, but because biofuels are here to stay, storage tank owners and operators need to create solutions for the corrosion that results from storing such liquids.
The amount of solar energy generated by photovoltaic (PV) installations depends on how directly the system is pointing at the sun, which, in turn, is influenced by three factors—orientation, tilt, and tracking of the system.
Louisiana’s Republican Senator David Vitter has submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of a petition to have the U.S. Supreme Court hear a case that is at the cutting edge of the boiling controversy surrounding the federal government’s authority to define and protect waters of the United States (WOTUS).
The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear arguments in three consolidated cases challenging EPA’s February 2012 National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units.
It has been nearly 18 months since the EPA proposed that entities with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits switch from paper to electronic reporting of data required by those permits.
In an interim final rule, the EPA has delayed (tolled) by 3 years the original compliance dates in its July 2011 Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).
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EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan for state-specific reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electric generating units (EGUs) is based on four building blocks. The approach in building block 2 involves re-dispatch.
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This DOT violation, Case/Ticket #: 13T-0048-SDIBC-CE, raised the following questions: What type of protective cap must be placed on aerosols if you don't remove the nozzle? Can you provide an example? Is this the case if the aerosols are shipped in a 55 gallon drum? or only if shipped loosely? Case/Ticket #: 13T-0048-SDIBC-CE: (1) Offered and transported waste aerosols, in UN certified combination packagings without removing the nozzlesor having a protective cap placed on the aerosol can. , (2) Offered hazardous materials in UN-certified combination packages and composite intermediate bulk containers that were not closed in accordance with the manufacturer'sclosure notification. , (3) Offered and transported hazardous materials in UN standard intermediate bulk containers and failed to mark the packages with the proper UN identification number of the material. , (4) Offered multiple liquid hazardous materials in an overpack that was not properly marked with the orientation arrows.
Are car batteries exempt from Tier II reporting? Are batteries used in semi trucks used for the purpose of transporting goods exempt? If not, what regulations applies?
Are lab chemicals reportable under Tier II? And if you have and EHS on-site above the reportable trigger, do you have to aggregate lab chems such as sulfuric acid?
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This document is used to assist in complying with the Standards of Performance for Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines (NSPS Subpart IIII)
Mark Howard is an environmental scientist with the EPA Office of Emergency Management in the Regulation and Policy Development Division. In this webinar, Howard examines SPCC history, gives a basic overview, and describes SPCC enforcement and common violations.
Laura Casey, a Certified Safety Professional with more than 17 years in the EHS field, discusses Multi-Sector General Permits. In this webinar, Casey reviews the current law, identifies if your facility requires a NPDES permit, examines regulatory updates, examines proposed changes to the MSGP, and more.
Faith Gavin Kuhn is the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Communications for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut, and Executive Director of the Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut. Amanda Czepiel, J.D., is the Managing Editor for BLR’s environmental team and is a legal expert regarding stormwater. In this webinar, Czepiel and Gavin Kuhn identify best practices for site compliance, how to prevent enforcement actions, explain how to deal with unexpected occurrences at your site, and more.
These FAQs are intended to help economic operators interpret the provisions of RoHS 2 in order to ensure compliance with the Directive’s requirements. They are considered a ‘living document’ and are currently revised in order to align them with the new Commission Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product rules.
Michael Easter, a toxicologist, attorney, and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager with more than 20 years of experience, discusses Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) statute, regulations and background. In addition, this webinar examines new and existing chemicals of TSCA Title I.
Abby Ferri, a Certified Safety Professional and an independent safety and health expert with previous experience managing EHS programs in the construction industry, discusses Aboveground Storage Tanks and gives an overview of SPCC regulations. This webinar examines key EPA studies, SPCC revised Guidance for Regional Inspectors, adequate secondary containment, and more.
Michael Easter, a toxicologist, attorney, and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager with more than 20 years of experience, discusses the relationship between CERCLA and EPCRA. This webinar examines CERCLA reporting requirements; EPCRA organization, obligations and reporting requirements; and EPCRA’s recent changes.
Laura Casey, a Certified Safety Professional with more than 17 years in the EHS field, reviews the existing federal requirements and regulations concerning USTs. This webinar examines key proposed changes, reviews dates for adoption and compliance, and explores potential strategies for future compliance.
Laura Casey, a Certified Safety Professional with more than 17 years in the EHS field, discusses what you need to know for the March Tier II filing deadline. This webinar examines the facility/owner requirements and obligations under EPCRA. In addition, this webinar defines Tier I & II reporting and reviews recent changes made to the Tier II reporting form and identifies sources for specific state information and resources available.
The DOT has issued non-site-specific special permits to companies for handling waste related to the Ebola virus.
This guidance is intended for persons who prepare packages containing waste contaminated or suspected of being contaminated with Ebola, for transportation to off-site treatment and disposal.
Guidance for PM2.5 Permit Modeling: This document recommends procedures for permit applicants and permitting authorities to use to show that they have satisfied the criteria for obtaining or issuing a permit.
U.S. Supreme Court Decision: Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA
EPA Memo: Next Steps and Preliminary Views on the Application of CAA Permitting Programs to GHGs Following the Supreme Court's Decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA
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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.
"Brownfields" is the commonly known term for abandoned and idle properties often found in poor urban communities that are, or are thought to be, contaminated with chemical wastes from manufacturing processes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a Brownfields Program designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields
Chlorofluorocarbon (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.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program was established under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and regulates discharges of pollutants from point sources (pipe, ditch, well, etc.) to U.S. waters. Under NPDES, all facilities that discharge pollutants from any point source into waters of the United States are required to obtain a permit. The permit provides two levels of control: technology-based limits (based on the ability of dischargers in the same industrial category to treat wastewater) and water-quality-based limits (if technology-based limits are not sufficient to provide protection of the water body).
Employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to each employee who is or may be exposed to physical or health hazards in the workplace when engineering and administrative controls cannot feasibly or effectively reduce exposures to safe levels. The PPE must be designed to effectively protect employees from absorption, inhalation, or physical contact with chemical, physical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Employers must conduct a hazard assessment to determine if PPE should be used to protect their workers. It is up to the employer to assess the hazards and to select proper equipment.
The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) added new operating permit requirements in Title V that changed the way America's industries handle environmental regulations. The purpose of Title V is to reduce violations of air pollution laws at major sources and improve enforcement of those laws.
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