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Alaska

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Alberta

  • 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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California

  • State Water Board Proposed Storm Water Industrial General Permit Amendments  - 

    The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is proposing amendments to the existing Storm Water Industrial General Permit (IGP). The IGP amendment will incorporate requirements for facilities to comply with Total Maximum »

  • SCAQMD Proposed Amended Rules 1146, 1146.1 and 1146.2 and Proposed Rule 1100  - 

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held its second working group meeting on January 16, 2018, for Proposed Amended Rules (PARs) 1146, 1146.1, and 1146.2 and Proposed Rule (PR) 1100. PARs 1146, 1146.1, and 1146.2 establish NOx »

  • SCAQMD Proposed Amended Rule 1135  - 

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held its first working group meeting on January 11, 2018, for Proposed Amended Rule (PAR) 1135 - Emissions of Oxides of Nitrogen from Electric Power Generating Systems. The purpose of this »

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Colorado

  • 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 »

  • Regulation 7 Semi-Annual Reports  - 

    Owners or operators of glycol natural gas dehydrators in operating in Colorado's Ozone non-attainment area are required to submit semi-annual reports pursuant to Regulation 7, Section XII.H.6. The first semi-annual report is due to the Division on »

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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 PSD Permitting in Illinois  - 

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) announced in October 2017 that a state Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program was being developed as required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Act (Act) based on a »

  • Update on Ozone NAAQS in Illinois  - 

    Metro-East AreaThe USEPA has approved the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (Illinois EPA's) request submitted on May 8, 2017 to re-designate Illinois' portion of the St. Louis area (i.e., Metro-East area) to be in attainment of the 2008 »

  • State of Illinois CUT THE RED TAPE  - 

    Executive Order 2016-13 (EO 2016-13) was signed and issued by Gov. Bruce Rauner on October 17, 2016. EO 2016-13 was issued for the following purposes:To cut and ease burden of existing administrative rules and policies, "Cutting the Red Tape;" »

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Indiana

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Iowa

  • Fee Advisory Group Meeting  - 

    IDNR will review and provide comment on the draft Air Quality Bureau budget for the next state fiscal year at the February 2, 2018 meeting. Meeting topics will include major source construction permit application and Title V fees, minor source »

  • Polk County Air Quality Fees  - 

    The board of supervisors approved the 2018 Fee Schedule effective January 1, 2018.

  • Asbestos Notification Fee Increase  - 

    IDNR approved the asbestos notification fee increase from $100 to $200 on January 17, 2018 at the Environmental Protection Commission meeting. The fee increase will go into effect on April 23, 2018.

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Kansas

  • Outlook on Kansas DHE Air Regulatory Agenda  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) is working on revisions to their air regulations in order to:Incorporate by reference the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) that were in effect by July 1, 2016.Incorporate by reference the »

  • Outlook on Kansas Air Regulatory Agenda  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) is working on revisions to their air regulations in order to:Incorporate by reference the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) that were in effect by July 1, 2016.Incorporate by reference the »

  • Forecast on Kansas Air Regulatory Agenda  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) is working on revisions to air regulations in order to:Update Class I operating permit application and emission fee requirements.Amend Class II operating permit application fees and emission »

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Maryland

  • 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 »

  • MDE Proposes Changes to Distributed Generation Regulations  - 

    On July 7, 2017, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) published proposed changes to Maryland's distributed generation regulations codified in Title 26, Subtitle 11, Chapter 36 of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR 26.11.36). The »

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Massachusetts

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Michigan

  • 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

  • New Aviation Facility Part 70 General Permit  - 

    A new Aviation Facility Part 70 General Permit will be available on August 31, 2017 from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Facilities whose operations include painting or refinishing aircraft or aerospace vehicles and are a major source »

  • Updated Air Quality Dispersion Modeling Manual Draft and Meteorological Data Available  - 

    On June 8, 2017, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) published a draft version of the Air Quality Dispersion Modeling Practices Manual (the manual) for 2017-2018. This draft of the manual shows the MPCA's proposed redlined updates, and the »

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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

  • Annual Tier II Reporting in Nebraska  - 

    Effective January 1, 2018, EPA adopted new OSHA hazard categories required to be reported under Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The Nebraska Tier II forms do not yet include the updated list of »

  • NDEQ Updates to Permit Conditions in Air Quality Permits  - 

    The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) updated standard and general conditions in Air Permit Conditions I and II for construction and operating permits in late 2017. The updated conditions have gone through two rounds of public »

  • NDEQ Updating Permit Conditions in Air Quality Permits  - 

    In October of 2017, the NDEQ placed on public notice updated standard and general conditions for Air Permit Conditions I and II in construction and operating permits. Following receipt of an initial round of public comments, NDEQ further updated »

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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

  • 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

  • Revised Draft of GCP for Oil & Gas  - 

    The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau has released a revised draft of the GCP-Oil & Gas permit for oil and gas facilities. This draft permit has been revised to include new modeling analysis and results for engines, and »

  • Permitting of Fire Pumps as Exempt Units through an Administrative Revision  - 

    Fire pumps represent a ubiquitous emission source at facilities of all types including data centers, oil refineries, residential buildings and manufacturing centers to name a few. These pumps function to provide pressurized water to sprinklers and »

  • Proposed Permit Waivers and Air Quality Nofiications for Certain Source Categories  - 

    The Environmental Health Department (EHD) at the City of Albuquerque (CABQ) has proposed a regulation, 20.11.39 NMAC, which will allow certain facilities, in the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, to apply for permit waivers. This proposed »

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New York

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North Carolina

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North Dakota

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Ohio

  • NEW General Industrial Storm Water Permit NOI Now Available  - 

    The updated General Industrial Storm Water Permit OHR000006 was released on May 8, 2017. This new permit requires a Notice of Intent (NOI) to be submitted electronically through Ohio EPA's STREAMS database, which is now available.On June 14, 2017, »

  • TSCA Lookback Reporting due February 7 2018  - 

    The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements Rule was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2017. Manufacturers have 180 days from this date to submit a list of chemicals manufactured or »

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Oklahoma

  • 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 »

  • DEQ Updates Its Modeling Guidelines  - 

    One year after the last publication, DEQ revised its Modeling Guidelines again in June 2017. Many of the revisions involve simple updates to referenced materials such as EPA websites. The more substantive changes were largely due to EPA's revised »

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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

  • 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 »

  • Oregon Air Toxics Benchmarks Proposed Rulemaking  - 

    On July 14, 2017, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a proposed rulemaking regarding the air toxic ambient benchmarks codified in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 340-246-0090. DEQ is proposing changes to 23 of the 52 ambient »

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Pennsylvania

  • Mandatory Electronic Submittal of PA Emissions Inventory Reports  - 

    In the June 17, 2017 Pennsylvania Bulletin, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) published a notice that it will begin requiring all sources subject to the air emission inventory provisions under 25 PA Code § 135.3 to »

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Rhode Island

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South Dakota

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Texas

  • TCEQ Incorporating RCRA Federal Updates  - 

    TCEQ indicated that they have begun incorporating several of the most recent RCRA federal updates into Texas regulations, including the Hazardous Waste Generator Rule Improvements rule. TCEQ is currently still identifying which of the optional »

  • Permit by Rule and Standard Permit Online Submittal  - 

    As a reminder, beginning February 1, 2018, all Permit by Rule (PBR) and Standard Permit (SP) Registrations must be submitted through the ePermits program online through TCEQ STEERS. TCEQ published a new document in December 2017 providing guidance »

  • Thinking Ahead 2015 Ozone NAAQS and County Designations in Texas  - 

    On October 1, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the 2015 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) at a level of 70 parts per billion (ppb), down from the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS of 75 ppb. Per the »

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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

  • 2015 Ozone NAAQS Designations  - 

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has affirmed the proposal by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to maintain the same ozone nonattainment area for the 2015 ozone standard as for the 2008 ozone »

  • New Designations in Virginia for the 2015 Ozone NAAQS  - 

    Ground-level ozone is a gas that is formed by the reaction of volatile organic compounds and oxides of nitrogen in the atmosphere in the presence of sunlight. On October 1, 2015, the U.S EPA adopted a new more stringent 8-hour ozone standard that is »

  • Increase to Title V Permit Fees Finalized and Approved  - 

    The 2018-onward fees have been approved. They will be published in the Register of Regulations on November 27, with an effective date of January 1, 2018. Refer back to prior ENews article about the scope of the fee changes.

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Washington

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Wisconsin

  • Recent Reporting Updates for ROP C Permit Holders  - 

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has recently made certain reporting requirements available to Type C Registration Operation (ROP C) permit holders (i.e., printers). Starting this year, ROP C permit holders can submit their air »

  • Coming Soon in Wisconsin  - 

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is undergoing various air dispersion modeling and permitting updates, such as:Processing new meteorological data for air dispersion modeling. This data will reflect a more recent five-year period »

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Wyoming

  • Air Quality Advisory Board to Hold Public Hearing on Regional Haze Progress Report  - 

    The Wyoming Air Quality Advisory Board will meet on September 26th at 1:00 P.M. at the WDEQ’s regional office in Casper. On the agenda are proposed changes to various regulations, but the Air Quality Division will also hold a public hearing on the »

  • Winter time emissions inventories Deadline Approaching  - 

    Do you own an oil and gas facility in the UGRB (Upper Green River Basin) area? Click here for a map to determine if your facility falls in this area.Actual emissions inventories and production information is required of both major and minor, oil and »

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