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Alaska

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Alberta

  • Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Endorses New Air Quality Standards for NO2  - 

    The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) recently endorsed new Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The new NO2 CAAQS joins the existing ozone, PM2.5, and SO2 CAAQS.Table 1 shows the new »

  • Alberta's Air Monitoring Directive  - 

    Alberta's Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements of ambient air and emission source monitoring and reporting air quality within Alberta. AMD consists of nine chapters with varying compliance dates:IntroductionAmbient Air Monitoring »

  • Ambient Air Quality Objectives in Alberta  - 

    Ambient Air Quality Objectives (AAQOs) are provincial objectives developed under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) for the purposes to protect Alberta's air quality. The AAQOs provide a basis of determining the acceptable level »

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Arizona

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British Columbia

  • New NPD Government's 2017 Budget Update  - 

    British Columbia's new NPD government released Budget 2017 Update on September 11, 2017. The service plans for each ministry were also updated and released at this time, including the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy and the »

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California

  • SMAQMD Public Hearing for the Proposed Amendments to Rule 801 Rule 904  - 

    The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) will be holding a public hearing on May 24, 2018 for proposed amendments to Rule 801 - New Source Performance Standards and Rule 904 - Air Toxics. The proposed amendments »

  • SJVAPCD Changes to Rule 4905  - 

    The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) is implementing amendments to Rule 4905 - Natural Gas-Fired, Fan-Type Central Furnaces set to pass on June 21, 2018. Rule 4905 applies to manufacturers who sell or distribute natural »

  • South Coast Air Quality Management District - Proposed Rules 1109.1 and Proposed Amended Rule 1134  - 

    In February, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held its first working group meetings for Proposed Rules (PR) 1109.1 (February 21) and Proposed Amended Rule (PAR) 1134 (February 22). PR 1109.1 - Refinery Equipment - will »

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Colorado

  • APEN Fees  - 

    The change in billing structure for condensate tanks, produced water tanks and crude oil storage tanks will affect operators who are planning to file Annual APEN updates prior to the April 30th deadline. A filing fee of $152.90 is required for each »

  • Regulation 7 Revisions Finalized  - 

    The revisions to Regulation Number 7 were finalized with an effective date of December 30, 2017. The division released a fact sheet with pertinent information on these revisions, which can be found on Colorado's DPHE Environmental Records website .A »

  • Updated O&M Plans  - 

    Are you using the latest Operating and Maintenance (O&M) Plan Templates?The Division has published O&M plan templates for three new source categories:Pneumatic PumpsProcess/Emergency FlaresHydrocarbon liquid loadoutThe Division has also updated the »

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Connecticut

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Delaware

  • DNREC Asks for Public Input on Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act  - 

    Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is developing regulations for the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, which Governor John Carney signed into law on August 2, 2017. The act requires DNREC to develop »

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Idaho

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Illinois

  • Update on 2008 Lead Standards for Chicago and Granite City Areas  - 

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published a direct final rule in the federal register to redesignate the Chicago and Granite City areas to be in attainment of the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (2008 Pb »

  • Upcoming Reporting Requirements for Illinois Facilities - Updated  - 

    Annual Emission ReportsAnnual Emission Reports (AERs) are due to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) by May 1, 2018. Subject facilities should have received their forms via e-mail from Illinois EPA. Remember to include »

  • Withdrawal of Direct Finals Rules Impacting Illinois  - 

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has withdrawn the following two rules that were published as direct final rules in federal register on October 18, 2017:Withdrawal of Re-designation status of Chicago and Granite City areas »

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Indiana

  • Upcoming Reporting Requirements for Indiana Facilities  - 

    The first half of the year is always the busiest time for environmental reporting for Indiana sources. Following is a summary of major environmental reports to which many sources are subject to help ensure that no reports are missed or become last »

  • Proposed Short Term Backup Unit Permit Exemption  - 

    Imagine this scenario, you need to bring in a backup emission unit or control device to operate while planned or unplanned maintenance work is completed on an existing emission unit or control device. The backup unit is either the same size or »

  • Public Notice Update  - 

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published a final rule in the Federal Register (81 FR 71613) that became effective on November 17, 2016, revising the public notice provisions for the New Source Review (NSR) and Title V »

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Iowa

  • Air Quality Client Contact Meeting - May 2018  - 

    The next IDNR Air Quality Client Contact meeting will held on May 17 at 1 p.m. in the Wallace State Office Building located at 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA. Submit agenda items to Matthew Johnson by April 27.

  • Iowa Chapter of Air and Waste Management Association May Meeting  - 

    The Iowa Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) is hosting a meeting on May 10, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gene Taylor, P.E. from Trinity Consultants will be presenting on Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting Updates and Common »

  • Linn County Air Quality Ordinance Update  - 

    Linn County Public Health, Air Quality Division is proposing updates to the Linn County Air Quality Ordinance (Chapter 10 - Environment, Article III). The proposed Ordinance is available to the public for review at the Linn County Community Services »

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Kansas

  • Class I Annual Emissions Inventory - HAP Exemption Lowered  - 

    KDHE lowered the exemption for reporting Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) for Class I Emission Inventories from 500 pounds to 20 pounds. Furthermore, all HAPs are subject to this new 20 pound threshold (there are no longer HAPs that must be reported »

  • Kansas Multi-Media Tip of the Month  - 

    KDHE's General NPDES Permit for Stormwater Runoff from Industrial Activity requires quarterly visual inspections of exposed significant materials. This typically consists of inspecting outdoor storage containers, manufacturing equipment, »

  • Kansas Random Tip of the Month  - 

    KDHE requires written waste determinations for every waste stream generated at your facility, with the exception of general office trash. Keep in mind that Safety Data Sheets and analytical results (TCLPs, metal composition data, etc.) are not »

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Maryland

  • MDE Finalizes Changes to Distributed Generation Regulations  - 

    On February 2, 2018, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) published the final revisions to Maryland's distributed generation regulations codified in Title 26, Subtitle 11, Chapter 36 of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR 26.11.36) »

  • MDE Proposes to Allow Interprecursor Trading for NOx and VOC  - 

    On January 19, 2018, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) proposed to amend regulations codified in Title 26, Subtitle 11, Chapter 17 of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR 26.11.17). MDE is proposing to allow interprecursor trading »

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Massachusetts

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Michigan

  • Upcoming Michigan Legislation for 2018  - 

    The Michigan State Senate is considering a package of three (3) bills that would affect some reform on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The bill package includes Senate Bill Nos. 652, 653, and 654. These bills would establish »

  • Changes to Tier II Reporting  - 

    USEPA issued revisions to 40 CFR Part 370 that will affect Tier II reporting under Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)\SARA Title III in 2018. These revisions are intended to better align EPCRA\SARA »

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Minnesota

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Missouri

  • Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference April 11-12, 2018  - 

    Mark your calendar to attend the 5th Annual Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) which will take place April 11-12, 2018 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This conference will provide a regional perspective »

  • Volkswagen Settlement Update  - 

    In 2016, Volkswagen (VW) reached a settlement with regards to their violation of the Clean Air Act. As part of the settlement, $2.9 billion was paid to an environmental mitigation trust fund and distributed to states to be used for different mobile »

  • Update from September 19, 2017 GSHMM Meeting  - 

    The Gateway Society of Hazardous Material Managers (GSHMM) held a meeting on September 19, 2017 with a presentation from the executive director of the Regulatory Environmental Group of Missouri (REGFORM). The meeting provided a number of insights on »

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Nebraska

  • Updated Standard and General Air Quality Permit Conditions Now Available  - 

    Final updates to standard and general permit conditions in air quality construction and operating permits are now available on the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's (NDEQ's) website. The NDEQ drafted revisions to permit conditions in »

  • Reminder of the Low Emitter Rule in Nebraska  - 

    Title 129 of the Nebraska Administrative Code includes a rule, referred to as the Low Emitter Rule, that offers an exemption from the requirement to obtain an operating permit for certain facilities whose potential emissions exceed operating permit »

  • New Standard Conditions Finalized for Air Quality Permits  - 

    The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) announced in early March that revisions to standard conditions for air quality permits have been completed. The NDEQ had updated some standard and general conditions in Air Permit Conditions I »

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

  • EPA Issues Final Decision to Deny OTR Expansion Petition  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment »

  • Final Amendments to Env-A 500, Sources of Hazardous Air Pollutants  - 

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) published final amendments to New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules Env-A 500 Standards Applicable to Certain New or Modified Facilities and Sources of Hazardous Air Pollutants. The »

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New Jersey

  • Reminder: CY2016 Title V Emission Fees Due for Payment  - 

    If you are a Title V facility in New Jersey, look out for the CY2016 Title V emissions fee invoices. This fee will be calculated based on the actual emissions you reported to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in the »

  • Proposed New NJDEP Air Rulemaking Might Impact Your Facility in New Jersey!  - 

    On August 07, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published a proposed new rulemaking in the NJ register titled, "Air Pollution Control: Air Emission Control and Permitting Exemptions, HAP Reporting Thresholds, and »

  • New NJDEP Air Rules Adoption Might Impact Your Facility in NJ  - 

    On January 16, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopted new rulemaking (originally proposed on August 7, 2017) in the NJ register titled, “Air Pollution Control: Air Emission Control and Permitting Exemptions, HAP »

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New Mexico

  • NMED Releases New Administrative Revision and Title V Amendment Forms  - 

    In a move to accommodate a variety of administrative revisions, reduce the amount of paperwork submitted, and aid the agency in efficiently reviewing requests for change, NMED has developed a new form to be used for administrative revisions to »

  • New Air Emissions Calculation Tool for NOI Applications  - 

    On April 11, 2018, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released a revised Air Emissions Calculation Tool (AECT). The revisions include:Updated equipment forms formatting to eliminate technical issues when saving the form and calculations »

  • NOI O&G Quick Application  - 

    The NOI O&G Quick Application was released on December 19, 2017. This application was developed for the oil and gas industry and has been customized to maximize ease of submittal and review.NMED made many improvements to streamline its use, »

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New York

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North Carolina

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Ohio

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Oklahoma

  • DEQ Emissions Inventory Workshops  - 

    If Emissions Inventory season is just around the corner. DEQ will begin e-mailing passwords for the upcoming 2018 filing season on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Once passwords are received, it will be possible to begin entering EI data for 2017. The »

  • ODEQ Publishes 2016 Air Data Report  - 

    The ODEQ published its 2016 Air Data Report on September 19, 2017. The full report is available on the DEQ's website. In summary, all criteria pollutant monitoring results across the state in 2016 (one-year averages) were less than the values of the »

  • ODEQ Construction Stormwater General Permit  - 

    The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued the "General Permit OKR10 for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities within the State Of Oklahoma". This permit will replace Construction General Permit (CGP) OKR10, which »

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Ontario

  • Updates to Ontario's Air Dispersion Models - 2018  - 

    The Ministry of Environmental and Climate Change intends to adopt updated versions of the AERMOD, AERMET and ASHRAE air dispersion models under the O. Reg. 419/05: Air Pollution - Local Air Quality under the Environmental Protection Act. The MOECC »

  • Air Quality Permits March Emission Summary Dispersion Modelling ESDM Report Updates  - 

    Many facilities are required to update their ESDM reports each year by March 31st, using updated guidance from procedural documents and technical bulletins occasionally published by the Ministry of Environmental and Climate Change.On March 8th, 2017 »

  • Site Plan Guideline in Ontario  - 

    As part of the Ontario Ministry's Modernization of Approvals initiative, efficiencies to the approvals process is provided with a more detailed guidance. The Ontario Regulation 255/11, which prescribes minimum application requirements for »

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Oregon

  • Draft Cleaner Air Oregon Rules Published  - 

    On October 20, 2017, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) released draft Cleaner Air Oregon rules. The draft rules and supporting documents can be found on ODEQ's website (link). The draft rules require air toxic emissions reports, risk »

  • EPA Issues PCWP ICR to U.S. Wood Products Manufacturers  - 

    On October 6, 2017, EPA announced that the Plywood and Composite Wood Products (PCWP) Information Collection Request (ICR)/survey was sent to approximately 400 facilities via certified mail. The ICR will collect information essential to the Risk and »

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Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island

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Texas

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Utah

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Vermont

  • EPA Issues Final Decision to Deny OTR Expansion Petition  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment »

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Virginia

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Washington

  • EPA Issues PCWP ICR to U.S. Wood Products Manufacturers  - 

    On October 6, 2017, EPA announced that the Plywood and Composite Wood Products (PCWP) Information Collection Request (ICR)/survey was sent to approximately 400 facilities via certified mail. The ICR will collect information essential to the Risk and »

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West Virginia

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Wyoming

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