Revisions to Underground Storage Tank Regulation

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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 people’s health and benefit the environment in communities across the country by improving prevention and detection of underground storage tank …

Obama Releases the Final Clean Power Plan

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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. The plan targets power plants, the country’s largest emitter of carbon pollution. The plan works by creating partnerships with the …

EPA Releases Report on the Benefits of Global Action on Climate Change

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In late June of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a peer-reviewed report on the economic, health, and environmental benefits to the United States of global climate action. The report, “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action”, compares two future scenarios, one with significant global action and one without. The future with significant action scenario …

EPA Finalizes the Clean Water Rule to Protect Streams and Wetlands

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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 protection to two million miles of streams and 20 million acres of wetlands that were not clearly designated under the …

EPA Introduces Safer Choice Label

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In March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed a new label for household cleaners and other household products. The Safer Choice label aims to make it easier for a consumer to find products that are safer and more environmentally friendly. The label is new, but the program has been around for the past 15 years under the name “Design for …

Obama Proposes New Regulations on Offshore Drilling

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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 Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and are improvements to rules and notices that were issued immediately following the Deepwater Horizon explosion. “These …

Philadelphia’s Temple University to Receive EPA Brownfields Grant

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Temple University in Philadelphia has been awarded funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the cleanup and reuse of brownfield properties in the North Kensington area of Philadelphia. Temple will receive a $200,000 grant to develop the project, which consists of a 161-acre area in the North of Lehigh neighborhood of Kensington. The project aims to plan for …

New Disposal Option for Pharmaceutical Waste

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that they are in the process of developing a proposal to establish standards for the management and disposal of hazardous pharmaceutical waste. We can hopefully expect this proposal in 2015.  In the meantime, generators of hazardous pharmaceutical waste must follow the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) standards.  A new process has been …

EPA Proposes Updates to Ozone Standards

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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 last update to these standards was completed in 2008, setting the current standard to 75 ppb. In order to set …

Effective EPA Compliance for Healthcare

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This is the third post in our 4-part blog series for the healthcare industry. To view part one, click here and part two, click here. We help our clients meet the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and we also help them implement sustainable practices that not only meet, but exceed EPA compliance. Here are some issues many clients face: Air …