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
Agency implements rule requiring companies to disclose information regarding the use of certain industrial chemical substances commonly used in natural gas and oil well drilling.On May 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Direct Final Rule identifying 15 chemical substances that will require notice prior to manufacturing, importing, or processing for an activity designated as a significant new use. These chemicals were flagged pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) significant new use rules (SNURs). The notices, referred to as Significant New Use Notices (SNUNs), must be submitted to EPA 90 days before a listed chemical is manufactured, imported, or processed for an activity designated as a significant new use. EPA states that this will provide the agency with an opportunity to evaluate the intended use and determine whether it is necessary under TSCA to prohibit or limit the activity before it occurs. … [Read more...] about Is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Setting Its Sights on Hydraulic Fracturing Compounds?
On May 9th the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) initiated a process that may result in federal regulation of the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). In the past 10 years, United States production of oil and gas has skyrocketed, due in part to the increased use of fracking technologies that use high‐pressure injection of fluids, sand, and chemicals to stimulate the release of oil and gas from geological formations which were difficult to access with other techniques. While fracking technologies have been in use for some time, environmentalists have argued that the public lacked adequate information to assess whether chemicals used in fracking posed represented threats to human health or the environment. … [Read more...] about United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Takes First Step Toward Possible Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing