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December 31, 2013
Environmental Daily Advisor Week in Review--December 23, 2013, to December 27, 2013

Last week, the Environmental Daily Advisor discussed NPDES permitting concerning pesticides, material changes and your SPCC plan, and VOC emissions violations.

Here's the Environmental Daily Advisor week in review.

Understanding NPDES Permit Changes for Pesticide Applications--Recent changes to the regulation of pesticide applications may require National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for water pesticides. In this article, we will look at the Final Rule and two of its primary definitions.

Pesticide NPDES Permitting Clarifications--Recent changes to the regulation of pesticide application eliminated two exemptions and expanded permit coverage under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). This article will examine more compliance aspects and clarifications.

Material Changes May Require SPCC Plan Amendmentsr--As we look ahead to a new year full of opportunity, many owners/operators may also be ramping up to make changes to their facilities to improve production or expand operations or storage capacity. For non-transportation-related facilities covered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations under the Oil Pollution Control Act, such changes may also require amending their SPCC Plan accordingly.

Shipyards Should Beware of VOC Emissions Violations-Cleaning up our nation’s air and keeping it clean is the singular goal of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and it is being accomplished in many ways. One of the most important tools is State Air Quality Implementation Plans (SIPs), which are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a number of air pollutants, including ozone, particulate matter (PM), carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and lead. Areas that meet ambient air quality standards for these and other criteria pollutants are called “attainment areas,” while areas that fail to meet the standards are called “nonattainment areas.”

BLR’s Environmental Daily Advisor is a free daily source of environmental compliance tips, news, and advice.

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