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 …

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 …

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 …

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 and Surrounding Regions Awarded Funds to Revitalize Urban Waters

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that 37 nationwide organizations will be awarded a total of $2.1 million in federal funding to “help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization”.  6 of these 37 organizations are in the Philadelphia, Chester, and Wilmington, Del. areas of the Delaware River Basin. The EPA’s Urban Waters …

Environmental Impacts of Hurricane Sandy

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As the year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy passed, it is a good time to look at the long term environmental impacts of the storm as well as the actions taken by state agencies to deal with the aftermath.  An article written in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), a monthly journal published with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, …

EPA Proposes Rule to Increase Efficiency of Clean Water Act Reporting

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule this past Wednesday regarding Clean Water Act reporting.  The rule would update the reporting for municipalities and industries to an electronic data reporting system.  Not only will the actual reporting be done electronically, but facility specific information including inspection and enforcement history, pollutant monitoring results, and other permit required date will be …

Billions Needed for Drinking Water Infrastructure

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The fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment (DWINSA) was released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week.  The survey was conducted in 2011 in order to “document the 20-year capital investment needs of the public water systems that are eligible to receive Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) monies”. The survey is conducted every four years under …

EPA Funding for Hurricane Sandy Relief

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Last Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will provide grants to both New York and New Jersey to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the storm that devastated the area on October 29, 2012. $340 million will be awarded to New York and $229 million to New Jersey for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment …