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EPA Gets More Leeway from Court Decision to Update WOTUS

July 2, 2018 Government Affairs
Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted an injunction to 11 states that had sought relief from the 2015 Clean Water Rule, known as Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS. The 2015 rule, issued jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, expands the definition of WOTUS, giving the federal government jurisdiction over some of the smallest waterways in the country.

EPA Publishes Official Area Designations for Ozone Standards

July 2, 2018 Government Affairs
In October 2015, EPA lowered both the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for ozone from the 2008-set 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb, even though the higher 75 ppb standard was never fully implemented across the country. The 2015-set ozone standard is forcing a significant number of states that are currently “in attainment” to “non-attainment” status.

EPA Releases List of 51 Parts of Country that Fall Short of Ozone Standards

May 8, 2018 Industry News
In October 2015, EPA lowered both the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for ozone from the 2008-set 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb, even though the higher 75 ppb standard was never fully implemented across the country. The 2015-set ozone standard is forcing a significant number of states that are currently “in attainment” to “non-attainment” status.

EPA Releases List of Substances Reported under TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule

April 25, 2018 Industry News
The Toxic Substances Act (TSCA) requires EPA to designate certain substances as either “active”’ or “inactive” in U.S. commerce.

EPA Proposes Universal Waste Designation for Aerosol Cans

March 13, 2018 Industry News
Under the proposed reclassification, aerosol cans, pressurized or spent — including spray paint cans — would be treated and handled as universal waste.

EPA Industrial Surface Coating MACT Residual Risk and Technology Review Underway

February 27, 2018 Industry News
EPA is required to conduct a Residual Risk and Technology Review for each Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standard for Hazard Air Pollutant (HAP) at major source coating application facilities eight years after promulgation of the standard. EPA is currently in the RTR process for several MACT standards.

Supreme Court WOTUS Decision Brings State Lawsuits

February 13, 2018 Industry News
ACA supports EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to effect changes to the rule that will provide continuity and certainty for regulated entities, the States, agency staff, and the public.

EPA Withdraws "Once-in-Always-In” Policy

January 30, 2018 Government Affairs
The 'Once-in-Always-in' policy had been applied by EPA as a ‘rule,’ with binding effects on the regulated community, including very burdensome compliance costs.

Update: U.S. EPA Exempt Volatile Organic Compounds

January 30, 2018 Government Affairs
U.S. EPA has exempted certain volatile organic compounds (VOC) compounds determined to have negligible photochemical reactivity; but various states and California Air Districts must go through a rulemaking to adopt these exemptions.

Senate EPW Chairs Urge EPA to Rescind “Once-in- Always-in” Policy

January 16, 2018 Government Affairs
The 'Once-in-Always-in' policy has been applied by EPA as a ‘rule,’ with binding effects on the regulated community, including very burdensome compliance costs.