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We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up-to-date with the changing regs. See the updated section on the what's new page to find all of the topics.
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If your business manufactured or imported mercury or mercury-added products, or intentionally used mercury in a manufacturing process for immediate or eventual commercial advantage during calendar year 2018, you may need to file a report with the EPA by July 1, 2019.
A bipartisan group of six senators submitted a letter to Administrator Wheeler urging the EPA to leave the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) in place.
A 7th Circuit court determined that a Wisconsin district court set the bar unnecessarily high for two plaintiffs, who suffered from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) blown onto their property from nearby demolition, to show a Resource Conservation and Recovery (RCRA) violation.

What did you emit? This is what regulatory agencies across the country want to know. From February through June sources of air emissions are required to submit annual emissions statements or reports to the appropriate regulatory agency quantifying the pollutants they emitted during 2018.

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), which directs federal dollars into grants, rebates, and loans to public and private entities implementing projects that reduce emissions from diesel engines, is likely to be reauthorized by the Senate.
President Trump recently signed legislation to extend the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA), an amendment to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), through September 2023. Companies seeking to have their pesticides and herbicides registered for use in the U.S. must pay a registration fee and a yearly maintenance fee.
The year-round use of vehicle fuel with 15 percent ethanol (E15) is possible with the EPA’s release of a proposed rule that would extend a Clean Air Act waiver to E15 during the summer season.
The proposed federal budget for 2020 includes EPA funding of just $6.1 billion- a significant decrease from $8.9 billion in 2019. The proposal would eliminate 37 current EPA programs and four "subprogram projects" and reduce the budgets of 15 major programs.
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In a new final rule issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA is banning the production and distribution of methylene chloride for paint and coating removal by consumers.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report on how two programs, IRIS and TSCA, are completing their mission to evaluate the risks chemicals pose to human health and the environment, transmit that information to the EPA offices that make regulatory decisions, and make the information available to the public.
Guidance Documents:
This new guidance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, titled "Mitigation Bank Credit Release Schedules and Equivalency in Mitigation Bank and In-Lieu Fee Program Service Areas," may allow mitigation bank credits to become more readily available to builders, developers, and other permittees.
This link provides access to EPA guidance about the chemical test methods approved under 40 CFR 136 to be used by industries and municipalities to analyze the chemical components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA).
This link provides access to EPA guidance about the microbiological test methods approved under 40 CFR 136 to be used by industries and municipalities to analyze the microbiological components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA).
This link provides access to EPA guidance about the Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) test methods approved under 40 CFR 136 to be used by industries and municipalities to analyze components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA).
This link provides access to EPA guidance about the radiochemical test methods approved under 40 CFR 136 to be used by industries and municipalities to analyze components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA).
This link provides access to EPA guidance about the industry-specific test methods approved under 40 CFR 136 to be used by industries and municipalities to analyze components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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This new guidance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, titled "Mitigation Bank Credit Release Schedules and Equivalency in Mitigation Bank and In-Lieu Fee Program Service Areas," may allow mitigation bank credits to become more readily available to builders, developers, and other permittees.
This link provides access to EPA guidance about the chemical test methods approved under 40 CFR 136 to be used by industries and municipalities to analyze the chemical components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA).
This link provides access to EPA guidance about the microbiological test methods approved under 40 CFR 136 to be used by industries and municipalities to analyze the microbiological components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA).
This link provides access to EPA guidance about the Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) test methods approved under 40 CFR 136 to be used by industries and municipalities to analyze components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA).
This link provides access to EPA guidance about the radiochemical test methods approved under 40 CFR 136 to be used by industries and municipalities to analyze components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA).
This link provides access to EPA guidance about the industry-specific test methods approved under 40 CFR 136 to be used by industries and municipalities to analyze components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA).
Review this OSHA fact sheet to learn how to protect yourself from contaminated sharps, and how to manage containers of sharps.
On February 6, 2019, the EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water issued a new guidance memorandum updating the Agency’s Water Quality Trading Policy. The new guidance strongly supports and promotes trading and flexibility and clarifies EPA’s previous guidance. The new guidance announces six “Market-Based Principles” designed to encourage and promote the development and implementation of market-based pollutant reduction programs.
Review this Fact Sheet to help you determine whether your entity company, business or organization matches the table's list of the types of entities the EPA knows could potentially be affected by the 2019 Hazardous Waste Pharmaceutical Rule.
Use this chart to check your state's Tier II reporting requirements and find contact information.
This infographic provides essential information to help you determine if you need to submit a Tier II Hazardous Chemical Inventory Report, along with some helpful tips for preparing and submitting a Tier II report.
Use this chart to check your state’s air emissions inventory reporting requirements and find contact information.
This document answers several of the most commonly asked questions pertaining to EPCRA's Hazardous Chemical Inventory Report, also known as the Tier II report, which is due on March 1 of each year.
In 2019, there will be a final regulation for managing certain aerosol cans as a universal waste. Until then, or as an alternative, follow these steps to manage your aerosol cans.
This infographic reviews the procedures for using an e-manifest or the revised 5-page paper manifest.
Regulatory Analysis:
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 U.S. EPA final rule “Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine” (Rule), effective August 21, 2019, goes into effect in states and territories without a RCRA-authorized hazardous waste program (Alaska, Iowa, the Indian Nations, and the territories Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands) as of that date. RCRA-authorized states must adopt the more stringent provisions of the Rule within a few years of this federal effective date.
Agency inspections are visits to a facility or site for the purposes of gathering information to determine whether it is in compliance. During an inspection, facility and site owners and operators can expect to be interviewed, the review of reports and records, the taking of photographs, the collection of samples, and the observation of operations. Inspections are usually conducted on single-media programs such as the CWA but can be conducted for more than one media program. Inspections can also be conduced to address a specific environmental problem, a facility or industry sector, or a geographic area or ecosystem.
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.
Responsibility for the various actions that make up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement program is divided among different offices, EPA regions, and state agencies.
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.
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