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Thirty-three U.S. senators (22 Democrats, 9 Republicans, and 2 Independents) have asked EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to reconsider the Agency’s recent notice in which it requests public comments on potential reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel (BBD), advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes, and/or the 2019 BBD volume under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
The EPA announced that it has reached an agreement with manufacturers of the herbicide dicamba, under which the companies will voluntarily change information on labels to mitigate spray drift of the substance.
A pledge to end EPA’s past approach to reaching out-of-court settlements with environmental groups that had filed lawsuits against the Agency was one of the lesser-known but no less firmly held commitments Scott Pruitt carried with him when he became administrator.
EPA’s proposed repeal of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) is only part of Act 1 of what will be a historic confrontation over the legality of the CPP that will be waged between the plan’s supporters and the Trump administration, which will be aided and abetted by many industry associations.
The issue of judicial efficiency was raised by Chief Justice John Roberts in oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that asks whether U.S. District Courts or U.S. Appeals Courts should hear challenges to the federal Clean Water Rule (CWR, also known as WOTUS for waters of the United States).
Final amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for combustion sources at pulp and paper mills leave in place existing emissions limits while imposing new and revised requirements affecting opacity, monitoring, testing, and reporting.
As with his other choices to fill top environmental and energy positions, President Donald Trump’s announced intention to nominate Andrew Wheeler to be EPA’s deputy administrator earned both praise and criticism.
Nine months after President Donald Trump entered the White House carrying a campaign promise to eliminate the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama EPA’s most significant environmental regulation, the Trump EPA has taken its first rulemaking action to fulfill President Trump’s pledge.
The Cape Wind Energy Project (CWEP), once at the vanguard of offshore wind power in the United States, but since 2015 virtually dead in the water, recently received a small vote of confidence from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
An attempt by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to postpone the effective date of the Obama administration’s final rule to reduce leaks of methane at oil and gas (O&G) production facilities operating on federal land was found illegal by a U.S. judge for Northern California District Court.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first draft Strategic Plan (covering the years 2018 to 2022) is built around what Pruitt has said again and again in many venues what he believes is the Agency’s “core mission.”
As required by the Clean Air Act (CAA), 10 environmental and public health groups have notified the EPA and Administrator Scott Pruitt that they intend to take civil action against the Agency and Pruitt for failing to meet their statutory obligations to promulgate timely designations for areas of the United States under the Agency’s 2015 revisions of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone.
White Papers:
More than 30 years after passage, California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986—better known as Proposition (Prop) 65—remains the premier law among states for alerting the public about toxic chemicals to which they may be exposed.
The Trump administration has been methodically deleting from its websites or otherwise disassociating itself from reports and other information about science that supports the theory that human activity is causing changes to the global climate.
Checklists:
Developed by the City of Golden Valley, Minnesota, this checklist outlines a good strategy for establishments, such as commercial kitchens, to steer clear of fats, oils, and grease (FOG)-related problems and their associated costs.
Updated Documents
Forms:
This EPA reporting package of forms and instructions includes the newly revised EPA Form 8700-13 A/B (2017 Hazardous Waste Report), as well as EPA Form 8700-12 (Site Identification Form) and EPA Form 8700-23 (RCRA Hazardous Waste Part A Permit Application). The 2017 Hazardous Waste Report (aka the hazardous waste "biennial report") includes the changes made to the report under the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule which went into effect on May 30, 2017.
This EPA reporting package of forms and instructions includes the newly revised EPA Form 8700-13 A/B (2017 Hazardous Waste Report), as well as EPA Form 8700-12 (Site Identification Form) and EPA Form 8700-23 (RCRA Hazardous Waste Part A Permit Application). The 2017 Hazardous Waste Report (aka the hazardous waste "biennial report" begins on page 42 of the package.
This form helps underground storage tank (UST) owners and operators compile facility information in one place to assist with operations and management requirements, including tank registration and notifications.
Use this 30-day release detection monitoring record for your underground storage tanks (USTs) with monitoring wells, interstitial monitoring, automatic tank gauging (ATG), and continuous in-tank line detection (CITLD).
Use this daily inventory worksheet to help you with release detection for your underground storage tanks (USTs).
Use this monthly inventory record form to help you with release detection for your underground storage tanks (USTs).
Guidance Documents:
The EPA issued this guidance to explain how the agency intends to implement certain regulatory requirements following the decision of U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit in Delaware v. EPA.
The EPA has proposed a three-month and a a two-year stay of certain provisions of the 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas industry while the agency reconsiders issues associated with these requirements.
This publication from the United States Postal Service provides important information to help mailers determine what may be mailed and how certain items must be packaged to keep the mail safe.
Appendix B to EPA's "How to Comply with the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides" manual lists the criteria required for safety training, safety trainers, and certain recordkeeping.
States may find this EPA guidance document a useful technical resource for developing and submitting a State Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Permit Program to EPA for approval.
This timetable will help you navigate the compliance deadlines for the 2015 federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements, as well as the 1988 requirements.
Use this BLR chart to keep track of the types of industrial stormwater permits available in each state and their expiration dates.
Regulatory Analysis:
RCRA requires hazardous waste large quantity generators (LQGs) and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) to report every 2 years on the quantities, type, and management method of hazardous wastes generated on-site and hazardous wastes received from off-site sources. Referred to by the EPA as the Hazardous Waste Report (EPA Form 8700-13 A/B), and by those in the environmental management field as the Biennial Report, the report must be submitted by March 1 of every even-numbered year with information of the facility's hazardous waste activities during the previous odd-numbered calendar year. Some states require generators and TSDFs to submit an annual hazardous waste report in addition to, or in lieu of, the federal biennial report. Many of the state regulatory agencies will use these annual reports to complete a facility's federal biennial report that the agency then sends to the EPA in order to fulfill the federal requirement.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has developed a list of hazardous materials that have been determined to pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce by air, highway, rail, or water. To readily convey information about the hazardous material and the risks it poses during transportation, DOT has developed specifications for labels, placards, and markings, as discussed in this section, that must be prominently displayed on each container or package, and on each transport vehicle.
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