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In a final rule, the EPA has added three categories of non-hazardous secondary materials (NHSMs)—construction and demolition (C&D) wood, paper recycling residuals, and creosote-treated railroad ties—to the initial list of four categories it published in a 2013 rule.
Compliance with the RCRA hazardous waste recycling regulations has been proven to be confusing and challenging.
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition from 29 states and state agencies seeking to stay EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) while challenges to the plan progress through the federal courts. 
Following a 2-year study, the EPA has concluded that responsible recycling of used electronic equipment is being improved by the two third-party programs for certifying recyclers. 

Does your facility need to submit a Tier II report? This infographic provides essential information to help you get started with that determination, along with some useful tips for preparing and submitting a Tier II report.

Although the EPA's proposed hazardous waste generator rule involves many changes that will increase a generator's responsibilities, there are two programs that could make a generator's life much easier.

Salt Lake County, the largest county in Utah, agreed to settle a civil complaint alleging that between 2008 and 2013 it had violated virtually every provision in its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for discharges of storm water from the county’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). 
Eleven environmental groups representing communities in 32 states with petroleum refineries have filed suit against EPA’s revisions to its National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for refineries (December 1, 2015, FR). 
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has taken another line of attack against EPA’s registration of neonicotinoid pesticides, arguing in a new report and a petition to the Agency that this class of pesticides is contaminating water and harming invertebrate aquatic organisms and the species that feed on them.
Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House to block the EPA from requiring compliance with its National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the brick and structural clay products manufacturing and clay ceramics manufacture maximum achievable control technology (collectively, Brick MACT) until any judicial proceedings, including appeals, addressing the rule are final.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered the EPA to fulfill its obligations under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to initiate financial assurance rulemaking for the hard rock mining industry. 
In a proposal, the EPA has described how it intends to align its National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (more commonly called the National Contingency Plan or NCP) with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Response Framework (NRF) and National Incident Management System (NIMS).
The EPA is proposing to reissue its hotly debated Pesticide General Permit (PGP) under authority of the CWA Section 402—the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed revisions to the federal government’s 1979 regulations to reduce the waste of natural gas from venting, flaring, and leaks during oil and natural gas production activities on onshore federal and Indian leases.
The deadline to submit Tier II reports is March 1. Do you know your state’s reporting requirements? Use this map to find out.
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In a 5-to-4 opinion in Michigan v. EPA (2015), the U.S. Supreme Court remanded EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS, February 16, 2012, FR), because the Agency acted unreasonably by not taking cost into consideration in the rulemaking. 
When Congress established the total maximum daily load (TMDL) program in Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CAA), it described specific roles for both the states and the EPA. 
This is the Table of Contents for EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is the Introduction of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 3 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 5 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 6 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 8 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 9 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 10 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 11 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
These are Appendices A and B of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is Appendix C of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is Appendix D of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
UST system owners and operators should refer to this comprehensive inspection checklist as guidance when conducting daily, monthly, and annual inspections.
You have chemical mixtures at your facility. Do they need to be included on your Tier II report? This guidance document will help you determine your Tier II reporting obligations for the chemical mixtures present at your facility.
This guide explains how to calculate emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from common coating and painting operations. This emissions information is needed for air permit applications and for ongoing recordkeeping and reporting requirements for air permits. Ohio EPA prepared this document, but the calculation methods are valid beyond Ohio.
This Toolkit is designed to help food service establishments and commercial kitchens save money by reducing wasted food and packaging with suggested strategies, templates, as well as case studies including those from California, Texas and Oregon.
Use this chart to check your state’s Tier II reporting requirements and find contact information.
This table summarizes key provisions in the EPA’s current WPS regulation and the 2015 revisions.
This EPA memo provides guidance for the calculation of reporting thresholds under Sections 311 and 312 of EPCRA for nonconsumer type lead acid batteries.
This document includes FAQs from EPA's database related to mixture reporting under EPCRA sections 311 and 312.
Is secondary containment necessary for storage containers under 55 gallons (i.e. 5 gallon buckets)?
Updated Documents
This is the Table of Contents for EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is the Introduction of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 3 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 5 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 6 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 8 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 9 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 10 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is chapter 11 of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
These are Appendices A and B of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is Appendix C of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
This is Appendix D of EPA's Risk Management Program guidance for warehouses. Risk Management Program Guidance for Warehouses (EPA-550-B-00-009)
UST system owners and operators should refer to this comprehensive inspection checklist as guidance when conducting daily, monthly, and annual inspections.
You have chemical mixtures at your facility. Do they need to be included on your Tier II report? This guidance document will help you determine your Tier II reporting obligations for the chemical mixtures present at your facility.
This guide explains how to calculate emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from common coating and painting operations. This emissions information is needed for air permit applications and for ongoing recordkeeping and reporting requirements for air permits. Ohio EPA prepared this document, but the calculation methods are valid beyond Ohio.
This Toolkit is designed to help food service establishments and commercial kitchens save money by reducing wasted food and packaging with suggested strategies, templates, as well as case studies including those from California, Texas and Oregon.
Use this chart to check your state’s Tier II reporting requirements and find contact information.
This table summarizes key provisions in the EPA’s current WPS regulation and the 2015 revisions.
This EPA memo provides guidance for the calculation of reporting thresholds under Sections 311 and 312 of EPCRA for nonconsumer type lead acid batteries.
This document includes FAQs from EPA's database related to mixture reporting under EPCRA sections 311 and 312.
EPA has its list of hazardous air pollutants, but numerous states have gone even further and developed their own lists of pollutants that may cause adverse health effects. No two lists are the same; they range from a little more than one dozen substances to hundreds of substances. Just as the contents of the lists vary, so does their purpose. Not all of these lists impose the same requirements, and this special report will explain why these lists are developed and the types of requirements they impose.
Small resident construction projects, including single family or duplex dwellings under an acre in size, should use this template to build their site's stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP).
This guidance document provides recommended procedures for sampling solid waste under RCRA. Use this guidance to develop sampling plans to determine if (1) a solid waste exhibits any of the characteristics of a hazardous waste, (2) a hazardous waste is prohibited from land disposal, and (3) a numeric treatment standard has been met.
The information in this memo is divided into three categories: information on regulations and policies that apply to all remediation waste; information on regulations and policies that apply only to contaminated media; and, information on regulations and policies that apply only to contaminated debris.
Use this chart to check your state’s air emissions inventory reporting requirements and find contact information.
The 2016 EHS Salary Guide will help you evaluate if you are being paid a fair amount for the responsibilities you are shouldering. In addition, EHS managers can find the information to keep their departments competitive and efficient—an easy way to guarantee you are paying the right amount to retain hard-to-fill positions but not overpaying on others.
Regulatory Analysis:
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 the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which is the major statute regulating pesticides. This topic also summarizes other federal environmental laws that regulate pesticides, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
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 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), through its hazardous material regulations (HMRs), specifies requirements for the safe transportation of hazardous materials in commerce by rail, aircraft, vessel, and motor vehicle. DOT has general requirements for the loading, unloading, handling, and storage of explosives and hazardous materials as well as specific modal requirements. This section outlines DOT's requirements for hazardous materials transporters over roads and highways.
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.
The federal Clean Air Act (CAA) was enacted in 1970 because of increasing concerns over the quality of the nation's air. The CAA was amended in 1977 and 1990. Simply put, the purpose of the CAA is to protect and improve the nation's air quality, the stratospheric ozone layer, and the public's health. Through the CAA's various mandates, the United States has seen the quality of its air greatly improve over the past few decades.
Boilers are a common source of air pollutants that are used at a wide variety of facilities, such as power plants, manufacturing facilities, refineries, mining facilities, hospitals, schools, hotels, and laundries. Boilers burn natural gas, coal, wood, oil, or other fuel to produce steam, which is used to produce electricity or provide heat. The combustion of fuels results in emissions of numerous pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter, and various hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), including dioxins and furans, hydrochloric acid, and mercury.
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.
EPA's Audit Policy does not apply to types of audits that are mandated or required for compliance with statutes, regulations, permits, judicial or administrative orders, or consent agreements. In certain situations EPA may require audits as part of an enforcement action or an investigation. In addition, EPA and state agencies conduct audits as an enforcement tool under the Clean Air Act's (CAA) Risk Management Program. Audits are often required as part of a property transfer.
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.
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