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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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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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EPA’s 2017-2019 Enforcement Initiatives

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 … 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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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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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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