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Alabama

  • New AEERS System Required for Calendar Year 2016 Emission Inventory  - 

    Air emission inventories for the 2016 calendar year are due June 30, 2017. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) requires that facilities complete the emission inventories using the Air Emission Electronic Reporting System »

  • State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions  - 

    On March 20, 2017, Alabama received final authorization from EPA to change to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Specifically, Alabama will require generators to maintain in their onsite records, »

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Alberta

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Arizona

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California

  • Cap-and-Trade November 2017 Joint-Auction Results Released  - 

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its November 14, 2017 joint auction results for greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances between CARB and Québec's Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements »

  • MDAQMD Changes to Rule 1160 Internal Combustion Engines  - 

    The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) is scheduled to consider adoption of amendments to Rule 1160 - Internal Combustion Engines on January 22, 2018. This proposed rule change is to satisfy federal Clean Air Act requirements for »

  • CARB Amends PERP and Portable Engine ATCM  - 

    Owners and operators of portable engines and other portable equipment can register that equipment through the California Air Resources Board's (CARB's) portable engine registration program (PERP), allowing equipment to operate throughout California »

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Colorado

  • Noise and Odor Issues  - 

    Noise and odor complaints are increasing in the Front Range. The Denver Post recently reported that noise complaints in the vicinity of some production wells have increased by threefold over the last few years. The Post article provides a link to a »

  • Comment Period for the Emission Reduction Credit Program Ending  - 

    The Air Pollution Control Division has requested comments on the Emission Reduction Credit Program contained in Regulation 3, Part A, Section V. While the division's primary goal is to obtain comments on proposed changes to program forms and »

  • Rulemaking Hearing to Address Reasonably Available Control Technology  - 

    The Air Quality Control Commission will meet in October to consider revisions to control requirements for emission sources of NOx and VOC. Though targeted at the Front Range, control requirements could be extended statewide as Colorado continues to »

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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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Georgia

  • New National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit  - 

    The new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit (IGP) will be effective June 1, 2017. With the issuance of the new permit, eReporting is required for submittal of both the Notice of Intent (NOI) and compliance forms. »

  • New Georgia Toxics Guidelines  - 

    The EPD has updated their Guideline for Ambient Impact Assessment of Toxic Air Pollutants ("the Guideline"). This latest revision is dated March 2017 and was uploaded to EPD's website on April 19, 2017. The last revisions to the Guideline were »

  • EPD Proposes to Revise the SIP Rules for Permit Requirements  - 

    The EPD is proposing to revise GRAQC Rule 391-3-1-.03(8)(c) by removing Paragraph 16, Additional Provisions for PM2.5 Non-Attainment Areas. This regulatory action is a result of the Atlanta metropolitan statistical area (MSA) being redesignated to »

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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

  • Public Comment for 2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report  - 

    IDNR is requesting comments on the Calendar Year 2016 Iowa Greenhouse Gas Report. The report can be found on IDNR's Stakeholder Webpage. Any corrections or comments should be sent to Marnie Stein by December 4, 2017.

  • RCRA Improvement Rule Reminder(1)  - 

    Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule is effective May 30, 2017 for Iowa facilities. The rule includes over 60 changes, primarily to 40 CFR 262, but affecting all sections from 260 through 279. While U.S. EPA intends for these regulations to »

  • Quarterly Air Quality Client Contact Call Highlights - May 25, 2017  - 

    IDNR discussed the budget, which included $1.3 million in cuts. Additional funding constraints are arising in light of the federal budget proposed cuts to U.S. EPA budget, not requiring fees for Title V modifications, additional staff time »

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Kansas

  • 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 »

  • Kansas Sets Minor Source Baseline Dates for PSD Increment Consumption  - 

    In February 2012, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) commenced a due diligence effort to properly document the effective minor source baseline dates. This labor intensive task included the review of 27 PSD permits issued by EPA to »

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Maryland

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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 »

  • Revisions to Michigan's Hazardous Waste Regulations  - 

    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) finalized changes to its hazardous waste regulations, Part 111, Hazardous Waste Management, on April 5, 2017. The changes were made to keep Michigan's hazardous waste management program »

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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

  • Nebraska in Attainment with 2015 Ozone Standard  - 

    In 2015, The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) »

  • 2017 Nebraska Safety Council Conference and Trade Show  - 

    The 2017 Nebraska Safety, Wellness and Environmental Conference and Trade Show is being hosted by the Nebraska Safety Council on October 11-12, 2017 in Lincoln at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. There will be over 30 speakers who will present on »

  • NDEQ's Air Division Staffing Status  - 

    As part of NDEQ's Environmental Update Meeting that took place in May, the Air Division discussed staffing changes and process streamlining efforts that were being implemented to increase the turnaround time of issuing permits following receipt of »

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Nevada

  • Aggregate Processing Workshop  - 

    The Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) will be hosting a two hour workshop on May 31, 2017 focused on permitting methodology for aggregate processing facilities. Topics at the workshop will include permit types, new/revised permitting »

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

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New Mexico

  • 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 »

  • New General Condition for Excess Emission Reporting  - 

    Recently, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) added a new General Condition to the regular and streamline New Source Review (NSR) and Title V permits. Prior to this change, reporting for excess emissions resulting from regulated sources »

  • Updates to Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines  - 

    The New Mexico Air Quality Bureau (AQB) has revised their Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines on August 8, 2017. There are several important changes since the previous September 1, 2016 version, which are described below.New Meteorological Data »

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New York

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North Dakota

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Ohio

  • 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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Tennessee

  • Redesignation of the Knoxville 2006 24-Hour PM2.5 Nonattainment Area to Attainment  - 

    On December 20, 2016, TDEC submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area to attainment area for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 »

  • TDEC Show of the South  - 

    Wes Younger of Trinity's Atlanta office spoke on new air emission regulations for landfills at the Environmental Show of the South on May 18, 2017 in Chattanooga. The Show of the South, in its 46th year, included over 1,200 registrants and 163 »

  • Chemical Plant - Accidental Release Quantification  - 

    Trinity assisted a chemical plant in Tennessee with quantifying the amount of chemical released due to a ruptured gasket. The ruptured gasket cause a visible plume of the chemical released and resulted in partial filling of an associated containment »

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Texas

  • Emissions Banking and Trading EBT Online Reporting  - 

    Earlier this month, TCEQ held a meeting for Emissions Banking and Trading (EBT) stakeholders to discuss the online application and reporting system accessible in STEERS. The slides from this meeting contain detailed information on how to access »

  • Proposed Rulemaking to TCEQ NSR Public Notice - 30 TAC Chapter 39 and 55  - 

    If TCEQ recently published proposed changes to public notice rules for initial and amendment application under the New Source Review (NSR) program (30 TAC Chapters 116, Subchapters B or G).The proposed rulemaking includes the potential for one »

  • ePermits Announcement  - 

    As of February 1, 2018, TCEQ is requiring that permit by rule (PBR) and standard permit (STDP) registration applications be submitted online via ePermits. The Air Permits Division (APD) is revising the process to become more efficient, effective, »

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Utah

  • Oil and Gas Sources Permit by Rule  - 

    On September 6, 2017, the Utah Air Quality Board (AQB) held a board meeting and proposed several new rules and amendments to existing rules that regulate oil and gas sources. The intent of the proposed rules and amendments are to streamline the »

  • SIP Review Delayed to December Air Quality Board Meeting  - 

    The Utah Division of Air Quality (UDAQ) is progressing with the development of the Provo, Salt Lake, and Logan PM2.5 Serious Nonattainment State Implementation Plans (SIPs). It is currently determining through regional modeling, if the National »

  • SIP Review Occurring during October Air Quality Board Meeting  - 

    The Utah Division of Air Quality (UDAQ) is progressing with the development of the Provo, Salt Lake, and Logan PM2.5 Serious Nonattainment State Implementation Plans (SIPs). It is currently determining through regional modeling, if the National »

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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

  • 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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