Category Archives: Environmental Regulations

Summaries of recent federal and state environmental regulations and their potential impacts on our industrial, healthcare and/or university clients.

EPA Announces New Grant Funding to Reduce Diesel Engine Emissions

The EPA recently announced that $11 million in new grant funding will be made available through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERA) to local, regional, state, and tribal transportation agencies for retrofitting or replacing diesel-powered vehicles. The deadline for project … Continue reading

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DEP Links Fracking to Seismic Disturbances

Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released an official report investigating seismic events in Lawrence County on April 25-26, 2016 and their connection to nearby fracking sites operated by Hilcorp Energy Company. The report found that the earthquakes … Continue reading

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New Final Rules on HFCs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized two rules this week aimed to reduce the projected growth and emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). These are chemicals commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning that are highly potent greenhouse gases, much more powerful … Continue reading

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New Proposal for Electronic Hazardous Waste Fee Payments

In late June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new proposed rule on the methodology for setting and revising user fees for the hazardous waste electronic manifest (e-Manifest) system. This is part of a larger development project aiming for … Continue reading

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Revisions to Hazardous Waste Regulations

In September 2015, the EPA announced a proposal for a large number of changes to the existing hazardous waste regulations. The current regulations were established by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and are housed in title 40 of … Continue reading

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Proposed Updates to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates the existing Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). The goal of the updates is to reduce summertime emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from powerplants that contribute to downwind ozone issues in other … Continue reading

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New Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

In October, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new actions the agency will take to curb emissions from ozone-depleting (ODS) refrigerants and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. The actions were created along with private and … Continue reading

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EPA Strengthens Ozone Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone earlier this month. The ozone standard was updated from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. Ozone is created when nitrogen oxides react … Continue reading

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Proposed Standards for Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste

Early this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule. The proposed rule would apply to both healthcare facilities (including pharmacies) and reverse distributors. Previously, hazardous pharmaceutical waste at these facilities was managed … Continue reading

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Revisions to Underground Storage Tank Regulation

In late June, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the publication of a final rule regarding underground storage tank (UST) requirements. The goal of the rule is to improve leak prevention and detection, reducing groundwater contamination. “These changes will better protect … Continue reading

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