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The federal government’s policy on climate change, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) and the Agency’s Clean Energy (ACE) proposal, its proposed CPP replacement; the EPA’s CO2 emissions and energy-efficiency standards for cars; the partial shutdown of the federal government; the EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) and E-15; its newly proposed definition of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS); and enforcement—all these and more were discussed at the nomination hearing of Andrew Wheeler, the EPA’s current acting administrator, and President Trump’s choice to be the Agency’s next full-time administrator.
Using data from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a liberal environmental group, reported that the EPA’s criminal enforcement division under President Donald Trump is reaching new lows in the number of referrals for prosecution it makes to the DOJ.
Since it was introduced in 1986, California's Proposition 65 (Prop 65, shorthand for the state's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986) has regularly broken new ground on ways government can compel businesses to warn the public about the dangers of chemicals in products, structures, and the environment. This article is a summary of Prop 65 developments that have occurred over the past year.
The deadlines to submit air emissions inventory reports vary by jurisdiction, ranging from early February through July. Do you know your state’s reporting deadline? Use this interactive map to see your state air emissions inventory reporting requirements, contact information, and important dates.
In a case centering on the EPA’s final rule for cooling water intake structures (CWIS), a panel of judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found that two federal agencies with whom the EPA consulted were not entitled to deny the release of certain documents to the Sierra Club under an exemption from disclosure contained in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
On January 9, 2019, President Donald Trump informed the U.S. Senate that he was nominating Andrew Wheeler to take over as administrator of the EPA. Wheeler has been filling in as the Agency’s acting administrator since early July 2018 when Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned under the weight of ethics controversies.
According to a Contingency Plan for Shutdown the EPA's chief of Operations released several days later, all of the Agency's 14,000 employees were furloughed except for about 800 individuals, who continued to work because they were either presidentially appointed and confirmed by the Senate or they perform activities that are either excepted or exempted.
The Senate approved by voice vote three of President Donald Trump's selections for top environmental posts. Mary Bridget Neumayr was voted in to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ); Alexandra Dapolito Dunn was approved as assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP); and W. Charles McIntosh was approved as assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA).
The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for development of oil and gas (O&G) resources on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain.
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In a 2018 report, the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said it found flaws in how the Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) managed the pesticide emergency exemption process authorized by Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Specifically, the OIG said the OPP does not use emergency exemption data to measure how effectively the emergency exemption process maintains human health and environmental standards.
Guidance Documents:
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.
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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.
On December 11, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced their new definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS), which is designed to clarify federal authority under the Clean Water Act by replacing the 2015 Clean Water Rule and the pre-2015 regulations. This chart is a quick guide to show you which waters would be federally regulated under the proposed rule.
Healthcare facilities that generate hazardous waste (HW) pharmaceuticals will manage that waste according to the HW pharmaceutical regulations under 40 CFR 266, Subpart P instead of the HW generator regulations under 40 CFR 262 to 265. Review this fact sheet to determine if the HW pharmaceutical management requirements apply to you.
This EPA fact sheet explains how, through the e-Manifest system, receiving facility Site Managers can receive and pay invoices for user fees.
This EPA fact sheet provides general information on the option available for emergency response and cleanup personnel (or their contractors) to create and sign manifests electronically.
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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.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA, or Superfund) was amended in October 1986 to add the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). SARA Title III is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
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.
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