EPA is working on the Information Collection Request (ICR) for Plywood and Composite Wood Products (PCWP) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). The comment period for preparing the ICR ended on November 7, 2016. This is the MACT standard commonly referred to as the Kiln MACT as it will apply to lumber drying kilns in some fashion, in addition to plywood and composite wood products. Continue reading “EPA Information Request for Kiln MACT Standard (40 CFR 63 Subpart DDDD)”
Most industrial facilities are required to maintain a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) in order to minimize the discharge of pollutants from the property. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) releases a Multi-Sector General Permit every five years that the majority of states model their permits after. These 6 steps are important for maintaining a compliant SWPPP in most states:
Almost all facilities that store more than 1,320 gallons of petroleum products in above ground storage tanks (AST’s) and oil filled operating equipment or 42,000 gallons in underground storage tanks (UST’s) are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to have a Spill Prevention Controls and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan. These 6 routine requirements are important for maintaining a compliant SPCC: Continue reading “Top 6 SPCC Requirements You Should Be Following”
On July 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled on the lawsuits over EPA’s Boiler MACT (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart DDDDD) and Boiler GACT (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart JJJJJJ) regulations. The lawsuit was the consolidation of multiple suits from industry and environmental groups. The split of the suits from industry versus environmental groups was stated by the court to be approximately 50/50. In summary, the court rejected all the industry petitions and granted some of the petitions from environmental groups. The most significant aspects of this ruling pertain to vacating portions of the standard and remanding additional portions of the standard to EPA to provide further explanation.
Under the Boiler MACT regulation, boilers are divided into subcategories based on the type of fuel utilized and the configuration of the combustion unit. Continue reading “Court Rules on Lawsuit over EPA’s Boiler MACT Regulation”
One environmental reporting requirement that is often overlooked, but enforced regularly by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state environmental agencies, is Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting under Section 313 of the Superfund Amendments and Recovery Act (SARA). Continue reading “TRI Reporting: Is Your Facility Required to Report?”
By Nash Skipper, EIT
Every three years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selects National Enforcement Initiatives to devote additional resources in order to focus on specific issues with high levels of non-compliance that the agency believes can be improved by additional enforcement at the federal level. For fiscal years 2017-2019, EPA has selected seven initiatives. Five current initiatives will be continued, with one of these being expanded in scope, and two new initiatives have been targeted for increased focus. These initiatives span several key environmental categories, including water, hazardous chemicals, air, and energy extraction. Continue reading “EPA Announces National Enforcement Initiatives”
Under the previous EPA Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) rule, treated wood was prohibited from being used as boiler fuel; however, EPA recently issued an amendment permitting creosote-treated wood to be used as boiler fuel under special conditions.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed updates to the hazardous waste regulations (40 CFR 260-265, 268, 270, and 279) on September 25, 2015, and the comment period ended on December 24, 2015.
There are several major updates being proposed for the regulations, which include: Continue reading “Proposed Updated to the Hazardous Waste Regulations”
In September 2015, the USEPA published proposed, revised rules under the title, “Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements”. Initially, a public comment period ending November 24, 2015 was established, but the comment period has been extended until Dec. 24, 2015. The new rules are meant to clarify and streamline the regulations, but they also include additional labeling and recordkeeping requirements for some. Continue reading “EPA Extends Comment Period on the New Hazardous Waste Rules”
By Joshua Haar, EIT
The US EPA has revised the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone. This will impact new and existing industrial facilities in some locations.
The NAAQS were implemented as part of the Clean Air Act in the 1970’s to protect public health from a variety of pollutants, including particulates, carbon monoxide, and ozone, among others. The ozone NAAQS were instituted to limit the health effects (e.g. reduced lung function and pulmonary inflammation) caused by ground level ozone in the atmosphere; effects that primarily impact children, older adults, and people with asthma or other lung diseases. While ozone in the stratosphere helps block harmful radiation from reaching the surface of the earth, ozone at ground level is harmful. Specifically, it is not easily removed by our upper respiratory tract and is absorbed in our lungs, where it can cause narrowing of airways and decrease lung function. Continue reading “New Primary and Secondary Ozone NAAQS Requirements”