EPA’s 2017-2019 Enforcement Initiatives

Allison Stalker Compliance and Enforcement Leave a Comment

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 …

Air Quality and Fracking

Tom Petersen Air Quality 1 Comment

There is mounting evidence that hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has significant, unintended, negative environmental impacts.  In a recent study published in the online journal Environmental Health, community members from six states, including Pennsylvania, sampled the air near oil and gas facilities, including fracking sites, and found that it contained elevated levels of toxic air pollutants that are linked to health problems. In this …

U.S. EPA Releases First Ever Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data To The Public

Josh Shkrab Air Quality Leave a Comment

2012 is already an historic year for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States public alike.  In early January, EPA released the comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data, reported to them directly by large facilities, to the public. EPA began collecting GHG data in response to the fiscal year 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2764; Public Law 110–161), …

Will The Keystone XL Pipeline Be Approved?

Josh Shkrab Energy Leave a Comment

The Keystone XL pipeline has found its way back into the news in recent days, as Congress is pushing for the approval of the necessary permit.  The pipeline’s first press coverage resulted from a massive protest, which included over 1000 demonstrators.  The protest ended with over 1000 arrests, including notable environmentalists such as Bill McKibben. The continuing debate, which posits …

Air Pollution Linked To Birth Defects

Josh Shkrab Air Quality 1 Comment

A recent collaborative study between University of Texas-Austin and Peking University researchers published earlier this month linked air pollutants and pesticides to a 450 percent increase in risk for birth defects. The primary pesticides responsible for the risk increase are endosulfan and lindane, which are used for agricultural purposes.  In the U.S., these pesticides have only recently been banned, but …

EPA Manufacturing Compliance

Heather Cummings Environmental Regulations Leave a Comment

With the new year comes new deadlines, and EES wants to ensure your company is prepared for all upcoming state and federal compliance deadlines.  There are three important deadlines that are quickly approaching for manufacturing industry: Tier II Deadline:  March 1st If we haven’t scheduled your Tier II reporting yet, what are you waiting for? Facilities covered by the Federal …

NESHAP for Area Sources – Iron & Steel Foundries

Tom Petersen Air Quality, Emissions, Environmental Regulations 1 Comment

Most of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) promulgated to date apply to major sources emitting at least 10 tons per year of an individual HAP or 25 tons per year of total HAP. EPA has recently begun focusing on area sources, which by definition are not major sources. Numerous regulations will be promulgated in the coming …

State Specific News – November 2007

Tom Petersen Environmental Regulations Leave a Comment

Get bored looking through all those news updates from your state? We’ve done it for you! Below are what we felt were the significant regulatory updates for the past month. New Jersey: Proposed Revisions to Air Quality SIP: This proposal is related to the prevention of Air Pollution from Consumer Products, prevention of Air Pollution from Adhesives and Sealants, and …

Residual Risk: NESHAP for Petroleum Refineries

Tom Petersen Air Quality, Environmental Regulations 1 Comment

In 1995 the Petroleum Refinery National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) was finalized. EPA has been evaluating the risk remaining after this date and has issued a proposed regulation on September 4th, 2007 to address this residual risk. EPA has focused on 3 of the 7 sources of air emissions at refineries: wastewater treatment systems, storage systems and …

The Boilers NESHAP Deadlines Are Fast Approaching

Tom Petersen Emissions, Environmental Regulations Leave a Comment

(Regulation: 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart DDDDD, Effective Date: September 13, 2004, Compliance Deadline: September 13, 2007) Overview: The Boilers NESHAP requires maximum achievable control technology (MACT) for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters. The Boilers NESHAP affects a wide range of industries due to the varied applications of the machinery under regulation. The regulation is applicable to …