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In a recent memo, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler instructed the heads of four Agency offices to begin to reform how those offices evaluate costs and benefits as part of the regulatory decision process.
The EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) has issued a draft document on enhancing planning and communication between the Agency and the states in civil enforcement and compliance assurance.
The TRI deadline is approaching. So far in 2019, the EPA has issued multiple five-digit fines to companies that submitted TRI reports but overlooked a chemical that should have been reported but wasn’t. Be sure to do your due diligence and avoid common pitfalls as you prepare your TRI report.
The EPA is proposing to take a new approach to how it evaluates the impact pesticides have on endangered species.
The EPA has been approving an increasing number of exemptions that temporarily remove small refineries from the Renewable Volume Obligations with which other refineries must comply. The exemptions effectively remove a large amount of renewable fuel from the market and have major impacts on the nation's farmers.
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which represents the interests of all U.S. investor-owned electric companies, says the EPA should not eliminate its 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Standard (MATS).
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The EPA’s Clean Air Act Stationary Source Compliance Monitoring Strategy (CMS) describes the Agency’s approach for EPA regional offices, states, Indian tribes, and localities to assess and document compliance with permits and regulations at major stationary and synthetic minor sources.A 2016 update to the document included elements of the Agency’s Next Generation approach, which incorporates new and emerging monitoring and information technologies as well as increased transparency.
Guidance Documents:
The TRI reporting deadline is July 1. This infographic provides essential information to help determine if you need to report.
A healthcare facility can use this document to determine whether its hazardous waste pharmaceutical is “potentially creditable” or “non-creditable.” This determination will dictate how to manage the waste under the hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations (40 CFR 262 subpart P).
When does a material become a waste? I plan to empty an aboveground oil storage tank with approximately 2 feet of sludge and no longer use it. The sludge will test RCRA Hazardous when sent out for disposal. How long can the sludge be kept in the tank?
Do VSQGs need to follow Universal Waste regulations?
The employer of the consultant and your company hiring the consultant are jointly responsible for safety training. According to OSHA, the primary responsibility for providing the training is the consultant’s direct employer.
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Guidance Documents:
The TRI reporting deadline is July 1. This infographic provides essential information to help determine if you need to report.
A healthcare facility can use this document to determine whether its hazardous waste pharmaceutical is “potentially creditable” or “non-creditable.” This determination will dictate how to manage the waste under the hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations (40 CFR 262 subpart P).
Use this guidance document to learn more about TSCA reporting requirements for mercury.
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).
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.
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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