Mark Your Calendar: Tier II and Air Emissions Inventories Due

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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). Tier II Deadline:  March 1, 2017 If your facility is covered by the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requirements, …

New Final Rules on HFCs

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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 than carbon dioxide. The first rule involves the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. The EPA will be “adding to …

New Proposal for Electronic Hazardous Waste Fee Payments

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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 a national system of tracking hazardous waste electronically. According to the EPA, the e-Manifest system “will improve access to higher …

Philadelphia Prison Systems Receives Special Recognition from the EPA

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded special recognition in April to the City of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Prison Systems innovative food recovery achievements. The prison system composted 1.35 tons of wasted food each day and saved the city $31,000 a year in landfill fees. “The Philadelphia Prison System sets a tremendous example on using innovation to reduce food waste,” …

Latest U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report

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Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, more commonly known as the GHG Inventory. The report reviews greenhouse gas emissions on a nation-wide scale from 1990-2014. The report tracks emissions and removals by source, economic sector, and type of greenhouse gas by utilizing national energy data, data on …

Revisions to Hazardous Waste Regulations

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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 the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The proposed changes would consolidate all of the regulations into two parts, 260 and …

EPA’s 2017-2019 Enforcement Initiatives

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On February 18th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its seven National Enforcement Initiatives for fiscal years 2017-2019. These initiatives are selected every three years by the EPA to “focus resources on national environmental problems where there is significant non-compliance with laws, and where federal enforcement efforts can make a difference”. Out of the seven chosen initiatives, four are retained …

New Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

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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 public sector leaders to help smooth the transition from ODS and HFCs to more climate friendly alternatives. According to the …

EPA Strengthens Ozone Standards

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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 with volatile organic compounds in the air. The EPA states that the strengthened standards will “reduce Americans’ exposure to ozone, …

Proposed Standards for Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste

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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 under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), along with all other hazardous waste generators. The EPA has given three …