The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ proposed rules on “High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing” were recently approved, and will soon be published in the Illinois Register.
Following pressure from Environmental Groups and Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced two rule changes affecting users of refrigerants containing ozone depleting substances (ODS) (chlorofluorocarbons or “CFCs” and hydrochlorofluoro-carbons or “HCFCs”).
On October 20, 2014, EPA announced the phase out of the production, import, and export of certain HCFCs between 2015 and 2019, and … Continue Reading
In another proposal aimed at small business, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just proposed a rule for Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category. 79 Fed. Reg. 63258 (October 22, 2014). The rule will add more federal compliance costs and potential local treatment facility user fees to already tight … Continue Reading
On October 6, 2014, EPA finalized an amendment to the “All Appropriate Inquiries” (AAI) rule to remove the reference to ASTM E-1527-05. 79 Fed. Reg. 60087. This means that ASTM E-1527-05 is no longer adequate to establish landowner and lender liability protections under CERLA. Buyers, sellers, … Continue Reading
For our readers with California facilities and interests, Patrick D. Joyce has prepared a Management Alert on California’s new Industrial Stormwater Permit (2014 General Permit), which will apply on and after July 1, 2015. Industrial General Permit, 2014-0057-DWQ.
The California State Water Resources Control Board’s newly adopted industrial stormwater permit regime includes a broader array of industrial facilities not … Continue Reading
This week at the U.N. Climate Change Summit in New York City, President Barack Obama, joined by leaders from more than 120 countries from around the globe, announced his Executive Order on Climate-Resilient International Development. 79 Fed. Reg. 58231 (September 26, 2014).
The Executive Order directs all federal agencies to factor climate … Continue Reading
EPA has just announced its Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans, EPA-820-R-14-001 (September 2014). The Plans announce both final decisions the EPA is making on the control of industrial wastewater discharges, and its proposed “new actions for the future.”
The Clean Water Act requires the EPA to biennially … Continue Reading
The State Council recently announced new Guidelines for pilot programs for trading emissions permits to reduce air and water pollution.
Key pollutants to be traded under the pilot programs include sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide in the air, and chemical oxygen demand and ammonia nitrogen in wastewater. Speaking of these pollutants, Huang Xiaozeng, … Continue Reading
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General has just released a report on an evaluation of the EPA’s “Design for the Environment” (DfE) Program. At A Glance, No. 14-P-0349 (September 9, 2014). The Inspector General found flaws in the current DfE logo, including that it improperly implied an EPA … Continue Reading
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center will present a scientific workshop on “PCBs and Their Impact on Illinois,” at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Student Center East, in Chicago, Illinois, on September 17, 2014.
The Center notes that PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) “are a class of synthetic chemicals widely used in industry as a coolant and electrical insulator. Their use … Continue Reading