However, EPA later extended the public comment period for an additional 91 days, creating a new deadline of October 20, 2014 (90 days would have put the deadline on a Sunday). This extension was reportedly granted in response to numerous requests from industry and agricultural groups. Interestingly, there is no press release announcing the extension and the official docket for the rule still shows July 21st as the deadline. (EPA’s webpage for the rule gives the October 20 deadline and the extension was reported by several sources) … [Read more...] about Update on EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule
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The demonstration materials required to establish compliance with the new regulations must be submitted with the facility’s application to renew its NPDES permit. The new regulations provide that a permit writer considering an application to renew a NPDES permit submitted before the effective date of the rule must establish interim requirements for what is deemed the best technology available to minimize adverse environmental impacts based on its best professional judgment. EPA’s discussion of the new regulations, however, indicates that a permit writer considering such a renewal application should consider whether additional, updated information would support the permit decision and may request additional information, including information that would be required in a renewal application submitted pursuant to the new regulations. If the facility’s current NPDES permit expires earlier than 45 months after the new regulation’s effective date, then the facility may … [Read more...] about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Adopts Fish Protection Standards for Cooling Water Intake Structures
Upon Ms. McCarthy’s confirmation, we expect Janet McCabe, the current Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, to become Acting Assistant Administrator. Ms. McCabe formerly worked for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and for an Indianapolis children’s health advocacy organization, Improving Kids' Environment. … [Read more...] about Gina McCarthy Nominated To Be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator
While chemicals in the rule include those that can be employed in a broad range of uses, of particular interest is the listing of one compound used in natural gas and oil well drilling and hydraulic fracturing to eliminate bacteria in the water that produce corrosive by-products. EPA included this compound due to its potential toxicity to aquatic life at concentrations above 11 parts per billion (ppb). Pursuant to the Direct Final Rule, 40 C.F.R. Part 721, Subpart E [Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances] is expected to be amended to include section 721.10666, which would require reporting and associated recordkeeping obligations for the following significant new uses of this compound: … [Read more...] about Is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Setting Its Sights on Hydraulic Fracturing Compounds?
The notice includes a list of questions to be considered by stakeholders and the public in formulating their comments. The USEPA anticipates that the notice will publish in the Federal Register by the week of May 19, 2014. The comment period closes 90 days after publication in the Federal Register. When published, comments may be submitted throughregulations.gov with reference to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-1019. … [Read more...] about United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Takes First Step Toward Possible Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing