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  • ADEQ Proposes Reissuing of the Multi-Sector General Permit or Stormwater Discharges  - 

    The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has extended the comment period on the proposed reissuance of the multi sector general permit (MSGP) for Stormwater Discharges associated with Industrial Activities. Comments on the proposed »

  • Regional Haze Updates  - 

    On September 11, 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the Regional Haze Reform Roadmap, which directs EPA staff to take certain actions to ensure adequate support for states to enable timely and effective »

  • ADEQ's VESP Program  - 

    The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) offers a variety of programs to Arizona's businesses in order to support environmental programs at their location. One program that organizations can take advantage of which not only supports »

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  • Ozone Nonattainment International and Exceptional Events Consideration Status Update  - 

    The Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) declined to rule on a petition from the Defend Colorado group regarding the impact of international emissions and exceptional events on Colorado's ozone concentrations. The petition requested AQCC to conduct »

  • Launch of Colorado Environmental Online Services System  - 

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environmental (CDPHE) Air Pollution Control Division (the Division) has recently launched the Colorado Environmental Online Service system (CEOS). At this point, only APEN updates for sources covered »

  • Revised LDAR Inspection Form Template and Guidance Document  - 

    The Division has revised the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) site inspection record keeping form and guidance document for LDAR inspections at well production facilities, and natural gas compressor stations. The revised form has been simplified »

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  • IDNR Easy Air Application System  - 

    IDNR will hold an informational meeting on April 11, 2019, regarding the new online permit application system Iowa EASY Air. IDNR anticipates the system to be fully operational by December 2019. If you would like more information on the system, »

  • 2019 Reporting Reminders  - 

    Tier II Hazardous Chemical Storage Reporting is due March 1, 2019 for facilities storing subject chemicals over threshold planning quantities. Reporting instructions can be found on IDNR's Chemical Inventory Reporting webpage.Title V facilities' »

  • IDNR Fee Advisory Group Meeting  - 

    IDNR will be holding the annual Fee Advisory Group Meetings on January 29, 2019 at 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The Major Source group will be meeting at 9:30 a.m., the Minor Source group will meet at 1:00 p.m., and the Asbestos group will »

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  • Kansas Tip of the Month - New Tier II Hazards  - 

    Ready for reporting season? Tier II reporting is required for any hazardous chemical substances for which your facility has 10,000 lbs or more on hand at any one time during the calendar year. Extremely hazardous substances (as specified in 40 CFR »

  • Kansas Tip of the Month - Annual Storm Water Inspections  - 

    As we enter December, make sure your facility has completed their annual storm water inspection requirements for 2018! If your facility is covered under KDHE's General NPDES permit, you are required to complete the following on an annual »

  • Kansas Tip of the Month - Training Reminder  - 

    As we near the end of the year, make sure your facility is up to date on environmental training! If your facility is subject to any of the following programs, you are required to regularly train all applicable employees at the frequencies noted:SPCC »

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  • Substantive Changes to LDEQ Proposed Rule AQ380  - 

    On March 20, 2019, the LDEQ proposed substantive changes ( 1903Pot1 ) to address comments received during the public comment period of the September 20, 2018 proposed AQ380 "Project Emissions Accounting and Offset Requirements in Specified Parishes" »

  • LDEQ Finalizes Revisions to Closure Requirements for Surface Impoundments  - 

    On February 20, 2019, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) finalized the revisions to the Closure Requirements for Surface Impoundments in the Solid Waste Regulations, LAC 33:VII.115 and 713.E ( SW064). The revisions to the »

  • LDEQ Proposes Revisions to the Risk Evaluation/Corrective Action Program - RECAP  - 

    On January 20, 2019, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) published proposed revisions to the Risk Evaluation/Corrective Action Program (RECAP). The revisions to the RECAP regulation amend and update the program to be consistent »

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  • MEDEP Updates Title V/Part 70 Forms  - 

    On September 20, 2018, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) announced that it has updated forms for Title V/Part 70 applications to be processed under Chapter 140.The new forms have been streamlined to make them easier to »

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  • CO2 Budget Trading Program  - 

    On December 11, 2018, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Air and Radiation Administration, incorporated revisions to their Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Budget Trading Program codified in Title 26 of the Code of Maryland Regulations Subtitle »

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  • Trinity and MCTA Presenting Air Compliance Program on November 29  - 

    Join us on November 29, 12:30-6pm for "Air Permitting & Compliance: What it Might Mean to You (and Your Neighbors)"The Trinity Boston office have been working with MCTA members to develop this program that also offers continuing education credits. »

  • MassDEP Updates TURA Regulations  - 

    A public hearing is scheduled for October 25, 2018 for proposed updates to the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) regulations. TURA requires some businesses to report on their annual use of toxic chemicals, conduct toxics use reduction planning, and pay »

  • MassDEP Updates their RGGI Regulations  - 

    On September 21, 2018, the MassDEP promulgated amendments to 310 CMR 7.70 - The Massachusetts CO2 Budget Trading Program, which implements the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The amendments establish the Massachusetts CO2 Budget through »

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  • MPCA Winter Air Modeling Seminar  - 

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) hosted a winter air modeling seminar on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in their St. Paul office. The event fostered conversation regarding air modeling, inventory, and monitoring, and featured presentations »

  • MPCA Adopts Proposed Exempt Source and Conditionally Insignificant Activities Rulemaking Updates  - 

    On November 5, 2018 the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) officially adopted rule updates to the exempt source/conditionally insignificant activities chapters in the Minnesota Administrative Rules. The rules were published in the January 7, »

  • Exempt Source and Conditionally Insignificant Activities Rulemaking Updates  - 

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is in the process of amending portions of chapters 7005, 7007, 7008, 7011, and 7019 of the Minnesota Administrative Rules. The purpose of these amendments is to clarify how small air pollution emitting »

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  • PM10 Nonattainement Area Redesignation To Attainment  - 

    The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has formally requested redesignation of several PM10 nonattainment areas (NAA) in the state of Montana to attainment. Currently the following areas are proposed to be redesignated as attainment »

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  • Nebraska Tip of the Month - Aerosol Can Waste  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to "universal wastes" regulated under 40 CFR 273. This change is expected to:Ease regulatory burdens for persons who generate, transport, treat, recycle, or »

  • Nebraska Tip of the Month - Training Reminder  - 

    As we near the end of the year, make sure your facility is up to date on environmental training! If your facility is subject to any of the following programs, you are required to regularly train all applicable employees at the frequencies noted:SPCC »

  • Nebraska Tip of the Month - Requesting Trade Secrets  - 

    Does your facility claim any trade secrets in Tier II reports, TRI reports, etc.? If your answer is yes, make sure you are submitting the correct documentation! NDEQ released a new form this month (Form #18-031) which must be completed and submitted »

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  • Clark County DAQ Launches ''List Server'' Feature  - 

    This month Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) launched its “List Server” feature. “List Server” provides a method for Clark County DAQ to distribute various email notifications and alerts to interested persons. Registered participants can »

  • Public Comment Period Open for Las Vegas Valley Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan  - 

    Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) is required to submit a plan demonstrating how the Las Vegas Valley will maintain attainment of the carbon monoxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard for a second 10-year period following the »

  • Clark County DAQ to Implement Adjusted Fee Schedules  - 

    Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) updates their fee schedules annually to reflect the previous year's Urban Consumer Price Index. Updated fee schedules, effective March 1, 2019, have been prepared for the following: Major Sources, Minor »

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

  • Managing HAPs in Air Permits: A Challenging New Reality in New Jersey  - 

    In 2018, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) promulgated several changes, especially as related to emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) from stationary sources. These changes impact an overwhelming number of »

  • New Jersey to Rejoin RGGI  - 

    On December 17, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published two rule proposals to facilitate the state's re-entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program: the CO2 Budget Trading Rule and the »

  • NJDEP Proposed Revisions to the TCPA  - 

    The NJDEP is proposing changes to their Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act (TCPA) annual reporting. Currently, TCPA facilities are required to report extraordinarily hazardous substance (EHS) accidents only. Under the proposed plan, near misses will »

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New Mexico

  • New Mexico Governor Signs Executive Order Committing State to Climate Change Action  - 

    On January 29, 2019, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off a series of broad, state-level initiatives designed to limit adverse climate change impacts in New Mexico. She did this by signing the Executive Order on Addressing Climate Change and »

  • Approaching Regulatory Deadlines  - 

    As we are approaching the end of January, several reports are coming due in the next few months.March1 - Tier II Report1 - NMED Excess Emissions15 - Bernalillo County Emissions Inventory Reporting31 - Stormwater Monitoring Reports31 - GHG Mandatory »

  • GCP-O&G Transition Notification Deadline Fast Approaching  - 

    Have you submitted your intent to transition to the new GCP-O&G or a different permit type? The deadline to complete the Notification Form on the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau (AQB) website is January 27, 2019.As you »

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North Carolina

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  • Approaching Regulatory Deadlines  - 

    As we are approaching the end of January, several reports are coming due in the next few months.March1 - Tier II Report and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Report1 - OPDES Annual Comprehensive Site Compliance Evaluation Report (ACSCER)1 - Biennial »

  • Air Quality Advisory Council Meeting Schedule Announced for 2019  - 

    The Oklahoma Air Quality Advisory Council Meeting schedule for the coming year has been announced. Following are the dates:January 16, 2019 - DEQ's Multipurpose Room in Oklahoma CityJune 19, 2019 - Tulsa Tech's Owasso Campus located at 10800 N 140th »

  • DEQ's Redbud Workshops  - 

    DEQ has announced the dates and locations for their annual emission inventory (Redbud) workshops:Wednesday, January 23, 2019, in Norman at the National Weather CenterWednesday, January 30, 2019, in Tulsa at the OU Schusterman CenterMore details and »

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  • Federal Greenhous Gas Pricing Act Requirements  - 

    The federal output-based pricing system (OBPS) was designed by Environment Canada and Climate Change to address the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (S.C. 2018, c. 12, s. 186). The OBPS program has been implemented as an incentive for large »

  • Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Volatile Organic Compounds (Petroleum Sector) - Updates  - 

    The proposed federal regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on May 27, 2017. The purpose of the federal regulation was to mandate the implementation of a leak detection and repair (LDAR) program in petroleum refiners and »

  • Odour Study Descriptions  - 

    Odour nuisance is a subject that is arising throughout North America, however the quantification of odour is still a complex subject. It is important for industry to know that odour can be both quantified and qualified. Odour is inherently a complex »

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  • Oregon DEQ Releases Clean Air Oregon Prioritization Results  - 

    On March 1st, 2019, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released the Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) prioritization results, which identified facilities in Oregon that will likely be called into the program during the first 12 months »

  • Gearing up for Cleaner Air Oregon  - 

    Under Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) rules codified in Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-245, new facilities will need to identify potential air toxics emissions and assess associated risks before submitting an air permit application. Additionally, »

  • ODEQ CAO Website Resources  - 

    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has been working to update their website with tools and background information related to toxic programs in Oregon. The toxic program has several websites relevant to industrial facilities including »

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Rhode Island

  • Friendly Reminder - Check Your Fuel-Oil Tickets for Sulfur Content  - 

    In 2018, each state in New England saw new rules come out for sulfur content in fuel oils. On or after July 1, 2018, it is illegal to sell, supply, offer for sale, store, deliver or exchange in trade fuels that do not meet the following sulfur »

  • RIDEM Proposes Revisions to Several Air Quality Regulations  - 

    On September 27, 2018, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) issued a notice of intent to revise the Air Pollution Control Regulations (APCRs) dealing with control of VOC.  More stringent VOC thresholds are proposed for the »

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  • VTDEC Updates CO2 Budget Trading Regulations  - 

    On August 31, 2018, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) updated its Air Pollution Control and CO2 Budget Trading regulations. The regulations became effective September 15, 2018.The following changes were made:Lowered the »

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  • Executive Order Signed to Address Environmental Justice in Virginia  - 

    On January 22, 2018, Governor Ralph Northam signed an executive order to continue environmental justice across Virginia. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines Environmental Justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all »

  • DEQ Revises EIR Procedures Manual  - 

    On October 18, 2018, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality posted a revised Procedures Manual for Environmental Impact Review [EIR] of Major State Facilities (October 2018). The previous version of the manual was dated July 2013. Changes »

  • DEQ Proposes Revisions to Three VPDES Permits  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed to revise and reissue three General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits. The proposed language was published in the October 29, 2018 Virginia Register of »

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Washington, DC

  • DOEE Finalizes Updates to RACT Regulations  - 

    On November 27, 2018, the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) finalized amendments to regulations related to Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements codified in Title 20, Subtitle A, Chapter 8 of the »

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  • Snow Means Ozone (Maybe) in the Upper Green  - 

    The Upper Green River Basin (UGRB) in Southwest Wyoming has had quite a bit of snow this year. If you've been checking the camera images at the Wyoming Air Quality Division's (Division) ambient air quality website you have noticed persistent snow »

  • Reports on Wyoming Resources, Hazards, and Interactive Tool Available  - 

    The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has published a series of free summary reports highlighting Wyoming's oil, natural gas, and coal industries; critical mineral resources; and geologic hazards.The crude oil, natural gas, and coal report »

  • Winter Ozone in the Upper Green  - 

    The Wyoming Air Quality Division issued its first ozone notice for 2019 to let the public know of a potential for elevated ozone in the Upper Green River Basin in southwest Wyoming. While no exceedances of ambient standards were expected, conditions »

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