Category Archives: Environmental Regulations

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

Obama Releases the Final Clean Power Plan

On Monday, the Obama administration announced the final Clean Power Plan, a historic action on climate change. The plan is estimated to reduce carbon pollution from the U.S. by 870 million tons by 2030, a 32% decrease from 2005 levels. … Continue reading

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EPA Finalizes the Clean Water Rule to Protect Streams and Wetlands

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the Army Corps of Engineers, finalized the Clean Water Rule last week to ensure that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined. The rule will provide … Continue reading

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Obama Proposes New Regulations on Offshore Drilling

Earlier this week, the Obama administration proposed a set of new rules for offshore drilling, nearly five years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed regulations come from the Bureau of Safety and … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes Updates to Ozone Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to strengthen ground-level ozone, or smog, standards.  The EPA proposed a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) while also taking comments on a level as low as 60 ppb. The … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar: Tier II and Air Emissions Inventories Due

January means getting ready to meet the March, April and May federal and state reporting deadlines, and we want help you in your preparation.  Depending on your state, air emissions inventories are due in March, April or May (see below). … Continue reading

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House Passes Bill Limiting the Scientific Research Available to the EPA

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would limit the type of scientific research available to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use when crafting regulations. The bill, named the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014, passed … Continue reading

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New PA Flexible Packaging Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has adopted new requirements for owners and operators of affected printing presses.  The requirements will be adopted as part of 25 PA Code Sections 129.67a and 129.67b, which limit volatile organic compound (VOC) … Continue reading

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Update on RCRA Exclusion for Solvent Contaminated Wipes

This post updates the earlier EES blog post on this topic. As of today, the EPA Solvent Wipe rule is in effect in the following states, as shown on this map: Pennsylvania New Jersey Virginia North Carolina Florida Illinois Iowa … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes Updates to Methane Standards at New Landfills

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new proposal last week to update the air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.  The proposal is a part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. … Continue reading

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Clean Power Plan a Big Step in the Right Direction

President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan this week, a proposal that would cut carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants for the first time.  With power plants being the single largest source of … Continue reading

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