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  • 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 »

  • Additional Designations for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS)  - 

    On April 30, 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the final notice to designate all remaining counties that were not previously designated in the November 16, 2017 final rulemaking as non-attainment, »

  • Major Sources in Arizona - Different Than What You May Expect  - 

    Per recent ADEQ guidance on air permitting for new sources, ADEQ will generally treat a site as "Major" if the calculated site-wide non-fugitive Potential to Emit (PTE) is within 10% of the major source threshold. For example, if the NOx site-wide »

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  • Denver/Front Range Ozone Update  - 

    According to Garry Kaufmann of the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division, based on 2018 monitoring data, the Denver Metro/North Front Range (DMNFR) cannot show compliance with the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for the »

  • Emission Reduction Credits  - 

    The CDPHE hosted a meeting to allow stakeholders to ask questions regarding the Emission Reduction Credit (ERC) program. The presentation from the recent stakeholder's meeting is found here. The program applies to any pollutant regulated under the »

  • CDPHE Revamping Emission Reduction Credits Program  - 

    Though long allowed by regulation, the emission reduction credit program in Colorado has been mostly dormant. Driven in part by recent developments in the ozone nonattainment area, but also to encourage the development of lower cost pollution »

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  • Connecticut Enacts Two Major Climate Change Laws  - 

    Governor Malloy recently signed two new state laws addressing clean energy and adaptation to climate impacts on June 20, 2018. SB 9 increases the state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 40% by 2030 and extends a number of clean energy »

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  • DNREC Proposes Changes to Carbon Dioxide Budget Trading Program  - 

    On August 8, 2018, the Delaware Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control (DNREC) proposed updates to their Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Budget Trading Program codified in Title 7 of the Delaware Administrative Code of Regulations (7 DE »

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  • Update on 2018 ERMS Season  - 

    The Illinois EPA has a proposal before the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) to sunset the Emission Reduction Market Program (ERMS) under 35 IAC 205. ERMS is an Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) approved program for the Chicago »

  • Update on Illinois’ Metro-East Area Ozone NAAQS Designations  - 

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

  • 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 »

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  • IDNR Starts on Electronic Air Permit Application System  - 

    The IDNR has started working with a consulting firm to develop a new electronic air permitting application system to replace the old system (SPARS). The new system is expected to be online by December 1, 2019, for Title V and construction permit »

  • RCRA E-Manifest Workshop  - 

    The Iowa Strategic Goals Program is hosting a workshop on November 6, 2018 to go over the EPA's new e-manifest program. EPA Region 7 compliance officers will be covering how to use the new national system and common RCRA violations. The workshop »

  • Public Comment for 2015 Ozone Infrastructure SIP  - 

    The 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) was revised from 0.075 ppm to 0.070 ppm on October 1, 2015. States must adopt and submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS within 3 years of »

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  • Tip of the Month - Wastewater Discharges  - 

    Have you ever wondered what effluent guidelines apply to your wastewater discharges? There are various categorical discharge limits that have been developed by EPA on an industry-by-industry basis outlined in 40 CFR 401 through 471. Each categorical »

  • 2018 KDHE CAAAG Meeting  - 

    Trinity recently attended the Clean Air Act Advisory Group (CAAAG) meeting hosted by Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Here are the highlights from the meeting.Kansas Environmental Information Management System (KEIMS) KDHE is »

  • Tip of the Month - Reporting Spills in Kansas  - 

    Spill reporting requirements are complicated. Consider preparing a stand-alone Spill Reporting Plan to assist your facility with assessing spill reporting requirements. The plan should include a list of common chemicals at your facility, which spill »

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  • Upcoming EPA Hazardous Waste Inspections in Kentucky  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to inspect numerous Kentucky facilities during the remainder of 2018 to evaluate compliance with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements. During the Meet with the Regulators »

  • Deep Dive into 401 KAR 63:020, Potentially Hazardous Matter or Toxic Substances  - 

    The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ) regulates potentially hazardous matter or toxic substances (commonly referred to as toxic air pollutants or “TAPs”) through 401 KAR 63:020. This regulation applies to each affected facility that emits or »

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  • LDEQ Proposes AQ380 Rule  - 

    On September 20, 2018, the LDEQ proposed the AQ380 "Project Emissions Accounting and Offset Requirements in Specified Parishes" rule to amend LAC 33:III.504 - Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Procedures and Offset Requirements in Specified »

  • Latest on the 2015 Ozone NAAQS including SIP Revisions  - 

    On October 26, 2015, the EPA strengthened the NAAQS for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb). Murray Energy Corporation sued the EPA in September 2016 challenging the new NAAQS. On August 1, 2018, the EPA filed a final status report for »

  • LDEQ Finalizes Fee Increase Updates  - 

    The LDEQ finalized Rule MM020 on July 20, 2018. This rule is required to correct errors found during the implementation of MM018, the original fee increase rule effective May 20, 2017. The updates impact the following regulations: Louisiana »

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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 »

  • MDEP Proposes Changes to Chapter 101: Visible Emissions Regulations  - 

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) is proposing changes to their Visible Emissions regulations in order to comply with a recent SIP call issued by the EPA. Chapter 101 was last updated in 2003 and includes up to two six-minute »

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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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  • Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Title V Fees on Public Notice  - 

    The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has proposed to increase air fees for businesses that are subject to Title V air quality permitting. This change will amend the Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) »

  • Individual Air Permit Reissuance Applications May Be Submitted Through e-Services  - 

    In May 2018 the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) launched an additional electronic service (e-Services) in order to allow facilities to submit reissuance applications for individual air permits. The use of e-Services is not yet mandatory »

  • MPCA Annual Permitting Efficiency Report Released  - 

    On August 1, 2018, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released its Annual Permitting Efficiency Report, which can be found online here. This report is required under the Minnesota Statutes §116.03, subd. 2b, which codifies timeline goals »

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  • MDEQ Accepting enHance Applications  - 

    MDEQ is accepting enHance applications for new members. enHance is a voluntary initiative to recognize environmental leaders in Mississippi. Participating organizations make a commitment to address and achieve on-going environmental improvements. If »

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  • Tip of the Month - Wastewater Discharges  - 

    Have you ever wondered what effluent guidelines apply to your wastewater discharges? There are various categorical discharge limits that have been developed by EPA on an industry-by-industry basis outlined in 40 CFR 401 through 471. Each categorical »

  • When is Air Dispersion Modeling Required?  - 

    The current NDEQ air dispersion modeling guidance for both major and minor sources (as revised by NDEQ in December 2017) states that modeling is required when the net emission increase equals or exceeds the Significant Emission Rate (SER). Thus, »

  • NDEQ Proposed Changes to Title 129 Made Final  - 

    In early 2017, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) proposed various changes to Title 129 of the Nebraska Administrative Code. The proposed changes included revisions to NDEQ's procedural public notice requirements as well as a »

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New Hampshire

  • Proposed Amendments to Fuel Sulfur Content Limitations in Env-A 1600  - 

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) published proposed amendments to the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules - Env-A 1600: Fuel Specifications (NHAR Env-A 1600). The proposed amendments reduce sulfur limits in »

  • NOx RACT Update in New Hampshire  - 

    Env-A 1300 established Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements for stationary combustion sources that emit nitrogen oxides (NOx). The rule specifies emission standards and various reporting and recordkeeping requirements for a »

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New Jersey

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New Mexico

  • Changes to GCP-O&G Registration Form and Challenges of Permitting Path  - 

    Since the issuance of the GCP-Oil & Gas permit over four months ago, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated both the Registration Form and the Air Emissions Calculation Tool (AECT) requiring more detailed information and »

  • Improving Site Represntation Using a Meteorological Tower  - 

    Due to the complex terrain encountered at many facilities in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States it is often difficult to accurately represent the meteorological conditions occurring at a facility. The local meteorology »

  • Permitting Nonroad Engines in New Mexico  - 

    Permitting requirements for nonroad engines in the state of New Mexico vary based on the agency authorizing your Air Quality Permit. The two agencies that will be discussed within this article include the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and »

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New York

  • New York to Adopt SNAP Program Rules at the State Level  - 

    On September 10, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he was directing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to enact legislation to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of refrigerants that »

  • e-Manifest - New York Hazardous Waste Program to Differ Slightly from New EPA Program  - 

    On June 30, 2018 the EPA launched its new electronic manifest (e-manifest) system. The system has been designed to handle tracking of all hazardous waste shipments electronically. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) »

  • NY Issues Good Neighbor Petition  - 

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) filed a petition on March 12, 2018, stating that pollution from upwind sources significantly contributes to nonattainment of the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) »

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  • Air Quality Advisory Council Hearing Scheduled  - 

    The next Air Quality Advisory Council hearing is scheduled for October 10 in the DEQ headquarters' meeting room (first floor). Based on the Notice of Rulemaking, the agenda will include discussions about five proposed OAC changes. The changes are »

  • New DEQ Guidance for Representative Samples  - 

    The Oklahoma DEQ recently released a proposed guidance document that provides general guidance for determining when it is appropriate to use a representative analysis for oil and gas facilities. The document also details criteria on how »

  • Proposed Certification for Oklahoma 2015 Ozone NAAQS  - 

    The DEQ Air Quality Division is currently taking comments on the proposed certification that Oklahoma has adequate resources and authority to implement, maintain, and enforce the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). This »

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  • 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 »

  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reporting - October 1  - 

    Important News on the GHG FrontPlease be aware the Ministry of Environment is in the "wind down" process of the cap-and-trade program - which is being eliminated under the new government. The amendments to the cap and trade regulations formally came »

  • Toxics Reduction Act Amendments  - 

    The MOECC has amended Ontario Regulation 455/09 under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009. The amendments came into effect on April 23, 2018.The following updates have been made to the regulations:The plan cycle has been extended by a year making the »

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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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South Dakota

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  • Revised TCEQ Air Dispersion Modeling Guidance Released  - 

    In September 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) released its revised Air Quality Modeling Guidelines (APDG 6232). The revised modeling guidance aligns with the recent changes to the U.S. EPA Guideline on Air Quality Models »

  • TCEQ Unveils New Permitting Procedures  - 

    At its Autumn Environmental Conference and Expo held on October 9-11 in Austin, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) revealed that it will institute a number of significant changes for 2019 regarding how New Source Review (NSR) air »

  • SA Nonattainment Desigantion Udpate  - 

     On July 17, 2018, the U.S. EPA signed a notice for the final ozone designations of the 8 counties comprising the San Antonio area. The U.S. EPA finalized a marginal nonattainment designation for San Antonio (Bexar County), which became effective on »

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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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  • 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 »

  • DEQ Revises Regulations for Emissions Trading  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has revised the Regulations for Emissions Trading (9VAC5-140) and proposed them to the Air Pollution Control Board (APCB) via the posted agenda and minibook at the September 28, 2018 meeting. »

  • Three General VPDES Permits Proposed for Revision and Reissuance  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed revision and reissuance of three General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits for the State Water Control Board (SWCB) to consider via the posted agenda »

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West Virginia

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