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EPA Withdraws SNURS for 28 Chemicals Published Sept. 17

November 19, 2018 Government Affairs
EPA took this action following receipt of adverse comments and a request to extend the comment period regarding the Significant New Use Rules. 

EPA Issue Compliance Guidance on RMP Amendments Now in Effect

October 9, 2018 Government Affairs
EPA has issued Compliance Information and Guidance for the Risk Management Plan (RMP) amendments, after a Sept. 21 DC Circuit Court mandate, which made the 2017 RMP amendments immediately effective.

ACA Comments on EPA Proposed Rule: Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science

September 12, 2018 Government Affairs
ACA generally supports this proposal and encourages EPA to disclose pivotal regulatory science – the science used to support a significant regulatory action – but offered some suggestion for further clarification and practical enhancement.

EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seek to Repeal 2015 WOTUS Definition

September 12, 2018 Government Affairs
The 2015-promulgated "Waters of the United States" rule gave the federal government jurisdiction over some of the smallest waterways in the country — including authority over smaller bodies of water EPA doesn’t already regulate.

ACA Submits Comments on EPA’s Proposed Rule to Reconsider the 2017 RMP Final Rule Amendments

August 27, 2018 Government Affairs
EPA officially finalized the RMP amendments on Jan. 13, 2017; however, the effective date of the final RMP amendments was delayed several times, with the last one delaying the amendments until Feb.19, 2019. Since the final RMP amendments have not become effective yet, EPA is now proposing to rollback several provisions of that 2017 RMP rule.

Update on EPA Industrial Surface Coating MACT Residual Risk and Technology Review  

August 27, 2018 Government Affairs
EPA is developing Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards  for Surface Coating of Large Appliances, the Surface Coating of Metal Furniture, and the Printing, Coating, and Dyeing of Fabric and Other Textiles.

EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposal to Reconsider RMP Rule Amendments

July 31, 2018 Government Affairs
EPA officially finalized the RMP amendments on Jan. 13, 2017; however, the effective date of the final RMP amendments was delayed several times, with the last one delaying the amendments until Feb.19, 2019. Since the final RMP amendments have not become effective yet, EPA is now proposing to rollback several provisions of that 2017 RMP rule.

Colorado to Develop Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) and Consumer Product Rules

July 17, 2018 Government Affairs
Colorado has been reviewing both the California and Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) AIM and Consumer Product regulations as a model for its rule. ACA has urged Colorado to adopt the OTC Phase I AIM VOC rule given that Colorado has similar cold weather challenges as the northeast states.

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.