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Alabama

  • Final Rule Alabama State Implementation Plan Revisions CSAPR  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP), regarding the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) regulations. This final rule approves two SIP revisions: 1) adds the term “Group 2” »

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Arizona

  • Method 9 Evaluation Requirements Still In Effect  - 

    With the new safety requirements and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, obtaining and maintaining U.S. EPA Method 9 certifications may continue to prove difficult for the foreseeable future. Air quality permits may require evaluations conducted by »

  • ADEQ Request Input on Paved Road Dust Controls  - 

    The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is seeking input from stakeholders in the Yuma PM10 Planning Area on control methods for paved road dust emissions. Stakeholders can nominate pre-selected control methods or propose their own »

  • What’s new in the 2019 Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit  - 

    The Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) authorizes discharges of stormwater to Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). The Arizona 2019 MSGP replaced the 2010 MSGP and became effective on January 1, 2020. Notice of intents were required to be »

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Arkansas

  • Emissions Control Equipment Voluntary Monitoring Considerations  - 

    In the air permitting world, some facilities have emissions control equipment, such as fabric filters, scrubbers, and oxidizers. Federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) »

  • Who Do I Send My Air Permit Reports To?  - 

    It can be confusing to determine where to send the compliance reports required by your air permit. Are they submitted to ADEQ, or EPA, or both? The table below will help clarify the situation for NSPS, NESHAP, and Title V ACC and SAM reports. Most »

  • Upcoming Change for Title V ACC and SAM Reports Electronic Submissions to ADEQ  - 

    ADEQ recently announced that starting January 1, 2020, the Title V Annual Compliance Certification (ACC) reports and the Semi-Annual Monitoring (SAM) reports will no longer be accepted by emailing Air Submission at airsubmission@adeq.state.ar.us. To »

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California

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Colorado

  • PFAS Discharge Permit Survey  - 

    PFAS chemicals, scientifically known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are chemicals used in firefighting foam, food packaging, personal care products, and other sources that are a concern with regard to contamination of drinking water »

  • Proposed regulation Part 20-Regulation and Licensing of TENORM  - 

    Per Colorado State Bill SB 18-245 (passed in 2018), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is required to adopt a rule concerning the regulation of technologically advanced naturally occurring radioactive materials (TENORM) by »

  • CDPHE COVID-19 Response  - 

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a memorandum on March 17 regarding environmental compliance during the pandemic crisis. In that memo, regulatory requirements administered by all divisions of the CDPHE remained »

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Connecticut

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Delaware

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Georgia

  • Proposed Amendments to Permit Fees  - 

    The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is proposing amendments to Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.03(9), “Permit Fees,” to add a new annual maintenance fee for Title V sources, specify the dollar-per-ton rate for annual emission fees, and »

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

  • Redesignation of the Lemont and Pekin Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment  - 

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to redesignate the Lemont and Pekin sulfur dioxide (SO2) nonattainment areas from nonattainment to attainment. The EPA is also proposing to approve Illinois' maintenance plan for these two »

  • Illinois EPA COVID-19 Update  - 

    As everyone is aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is having significant impacts on businesses and government agencies. As of March 20, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) has not released an official statement regarding the »

  • Proposed Ethylene Oxide Ambient Monitoring  - 

    The Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) issued a proposed rule to begin ambient air monitoring of ethylene oxide in the following locations: Northbrook, Schiller Park, Nilwood, Alton, and Bondville. The IPCB is proposing that the ambient »

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Iowa

  • Updated IDNR COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Protocol  - 

    The IDNR's COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Protocol is in effect through June 30, 2020 at which point normal operations will resume. Please refer to the most recent Compliance and Enforcement Protocol and website for more information.Office »

  • Updated Air Dispersion Modeling Guidance  - 

    IDNR issued updated air dispersion modeling guidance documents on June 5, 2020 for both PSD and non-PSD projects. The notable updates are summarized below.Non-PSD Guidance DocumentConstruction permit application Form MD is now an optional form but »

  • Iowa COVID 19 Environmental Compliance Updates  - 

    Updated IDNR COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance ProtocolIDNR has issued an updated compliance and enforcement protocol in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic on April 9, 2020 with the following additions from the previous document:Air Quality »

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Kansas

  • Draft 2020 KS Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan Published by KDHE  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) published the draft 2020 KS Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan. KDHE must review the plan annually and submit the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval by July 1 »

  • KDHE’s Website Now Referencing New EPA Guidance Database  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's (KDHE's) website now has references to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) new online guidance document database that was prepared in response to Executive Order 13891, Promoting the »

  • KDHE Issues Updated Air Regulatory Enforcement Policy and SEP Policy  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) posted an updated Air Regulatory Enforcement Policy for the State of Kansas (version 1.0, October 2019 - signed by the Director of the Bureau of Air on March 12, 2020). The enforcement policy »

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Kentucky

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Louisiana

  • LDEQ Proposes Revisions to the Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Regulations  - 

    On April 20, 2020, the LDEQ published a proposed revision to the State's hazardous waste and hazardous materials regulations. Proposed Rule HW128 seeks to repeal the definition of treatment in LAC 33:V.2203 (definitions applicable to prohibitions on »

  • Operating Permits Workgroup Meeting Key Takeaways  - 

    On Thursday, February 13, 2020, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) hosted an Operating Permits Workgroup (OPW) Meeting. This meeting highlighted many updates that have either recently gone into effect or will go into effect in »

  • LDEQ Proposes Revisions to Water Quality Regulations  - 

    On February 20, 2020, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) proposed to amend the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) permitting regulations. In the proposed rule, WQ104, Federal Regulations, which became »

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Maryland

  • MDE Proposed to Adopt New Regulations to Reduce Hydrofluorocarbons  - 

    The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is proposing new regulations under a new chapter of COMAR (COMAR 26.11.33 Prohibitions on Use of Certain Hydrofluorocarbons in Aerosol Propellants, Chillers, Foam, and Stationary Refrigeration »

  • Status Update on Maryland’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Program  - 

    At the March 16, 2020 Air Quality and Control Advisory Council (AQCAC) meeting, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) provided an update on proposed and upcoming regulations targeting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs). As part of »

  • MDE Finalizes New General Permit for Emergency Generators  - 

    On July 15, 2019, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) announced the new and finalized general permit for emergency generators. The new general permit covers emergency generators rated at 373 kW up to and including 2000 kW.As we »

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Massachusetts

  • MassDEP 2019 TUR Plan Summary and Report Updated Deadline  - 

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has announced that it will treat as timely any TUR Plan Summary or Report submitted up to 120 days after the original July 1, 2020 deadline. The new »

  • MassDEP 2019 Toxic Use Reduction Plan Summary and Report Extension  - 

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has announced that it will treat as timely any TUR Plan Summary or Report submitted up to 90 days after the current State of Emergency is terminated. »

  • New England and US EPA COVID-19 Response  - 

    With updates pouring in every day regarding the novel coronavirus and government responses, we at Trinity Consultants are striving to bring you up-to-date and accurate agency information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New »

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Minnesota

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Missouri

  • Missouri Hazardous Waste Fee Increase Fails in Missouri General Assembly  - 

    Last year, the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission underwent an emergency fee increase process, proposing to temporarily raise hazardous waste fees to cover projected budget shortfalls for fiscal year 2022. On March 5, Senate Concurrent »

  • USEPA NPDES Compliance Initiative - Are You Submitting Your DMRs?  - 

    One of the USEPA's current national compliance initiatives targets a reduction in the rate of significant non-compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. Examples of significant non-compliance include both »

  • Comment Period Open for Proposed Revisions to Air Regulations  - 

    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is currently accepting comments on proposed revisions to 10 CSR 10-6.030, Sampling Methods for Air Pollution Sources. The proposed revisions update the incorporation by reference of USEPA test »

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Montana

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Nebraska

  • NDEE Work Schedule in Response to COVID 19  - 

    The Nebraska Department of Environment Energy (NDEE) staff have adopted the following work schedule in response to the call to minimize large gatherings in order to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).Split shifts are »

  • EPA Proposed Revisions to NE SIP and Title V Permits  - 

    EPA proposed a rule (85 FR 8240 (02/13/2020) to approve a revision to the Nebraska SIP and Title V operating permits program. The proposed rule removes a provision to clarify that construction permits are not vacated when an operating permit is »

  • NDEE Inviting Comments on Air Permit Conditions I and II  - 

    The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) has added to the website redlined updates of the Conditions I and II documents used in air quality construction permits and operating permits, to address earlier comments received and »

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Nevada

  • NDEP Application Fees Increase July 1  - 

    The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection - Bureau of Air Pollution Control and Bureau of Air Quality Planning (Air Program) are implementing a new application fee schedule, effective July 1, 2020. Most permit application fees have changed, so »

  • Compliance Still Required for Nevada Method 9 Evaluations  - 

    As a result of safety requirements to address COVID-19, U.S. EPA Method 9 certification and recertification courses are cancelled until further notice. Although Method 9 certifications expire after six months, sources are still required to comply »

  • Nevada Agency Responses to EPA COVID-19 Temporary Policy  - 

    On March 26, 2020 EPA released the following guidance on enforcement and compliance during COVID-19, retroactively effective March 13, 2020:EPA does not expect to seek penalties for violations of routine compliance monitoring, integrity testing, »

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New Hampshire

  • Amendments to Air Permit Application Forms  - 

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) published adopted amendments to the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules - Env-A 1700: Permit Application Forms on January 14, 2020. The changes were effective January 6, 2020.All »

  • Proposed Amendments to Env-A 1700 Permit Application Forms  - 

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) published proposed amendments to the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules - Env-A 1700: Permit Application Forms.The existing rules for permit applications are found in Env-A 1700, »

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New Jersey

  • NJDEP’s New Health RSW for Air Permit Applications  - 

    On July 1, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) released a new version of the Risk Screening Worksheet (RSW). The RSW is a first-level health risk screening tool that can be utilized by applicants if an air permit »

  • NJDEP Provides COVID-19 Air Quality Regulatory Compliance Guidance  - 

    Business as usual has been anything but “usual” in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past couple of weeks, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has issued Compliance and Enforcement Advisories providing some »

  • Air Permitting and Regulatory Updates for New Jersey  - 

    On February 7, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) hosted a Quarterly Industrial Stakeholders Group (ISG) Meeting. Trinity engineers and scientists consistently attend these meetings to interact with the NJDEP and »

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New Mexico

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New York

  • New York Proposes Several Rule Changes  - 

    On April 29, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) proposed several changes to air permitting, compliance and reporting regulations. These proposed rules align with other rules proposed earlier this year and »

  • Solvent-based Cleaning Rule Revisions and New Requirements-Part 226  - 

    Using solvents to clean production and maintenance parts as well as equipment at facilities is common in nearly all industrial facilities. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued Part 226 of Title 6 CRR-NY several »

  • DID YOU KNOW? Your ''Lifetime'' New York Minor Air Facility Registration May Actually Expire!  - 

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has implemented a 10-year expiration on New York Minor Air Facility Registrations (AFR) and a revision to 6 CRR-NY 201-4.2. The impacts of this change are being felt across many »

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North Carolina

  • Exemption and Recordkeeping Updates to SC NOx Standard  - 

    On April 24, 2020, the recent amendments to South Carolina Regulation (R.) 61-62 became effective. Most notable are the amendments to R. 61-62.5, Standard No. 5.2, Control of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx). With these amendments, the regulation now »

  • Does Your Facility Have a Pandemic Response and/or Preparedness Plan?  - 

    As offices begin to reopen and staff members are returning to the workplace, employers are prioritizing the health and safety of their employees, customers, supply chain, and the communities they serve. In order to promote health and safety while »

  • Boiler MACT Affected Sources Five-Year Tune-Up  - 

    If you operate existing units utilizing oxygen trim systems, limited-use units, or units equal to or less than 5 MMBtu/hr, 2020 is likely the required year to perform your five-year tune-up according to the requirements in 63.7540(a)(10):As »

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North Dakota

  • Compliance Requirements for Condensate Truck Loadout Emissions  - 

    On February 2, 2020, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ) issued a memo summarizing the department's policy regarding whether a control device is needed for condensate truck loadout emissions. North Dakota Administrative Code »

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Ohio

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Oklahoma

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Ontario

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Oregon

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Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island

  • RIDEM Published Final Rule Amendments to Several Air Quality Regulations  - 

    On December 29, 2019, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) published final rule amendments to the Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICRs) related to control of volatile organic compounds (VOCs):250-RICR-120-05-0: General »

  • RIDEM Proposes Regulation for Climate Resilience Fund  - 

    On September 23, 2019, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) published proposed regulations to create a Climate Resilience Fund of $5,000,000. The funds will provide grants to Governmental and Non-profit entities for »

  • Proposed Revisions to the Rhode Island’s RACT SIP  - 

    The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) published proposed revisions to its State Implementation Plan (SIP) with respect to reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and »

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South Carolina

  • Exemption and Recordkeeping Updates to SC NOx Standard  - 

    On April 24, 2020, the recent amendments to South Carolina Regulation (R.) 61-62 became effective. Most notable are the amendments to R. 61-62.5, Standard No. 5.2, Control of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx). With these amendments, the regulation now »

  • Boiler MACT Affected Sources Five-Year Tune-Up  - 

    If you operate existing units utilizing oxygen trim systems, limited-use units, or units equal to or less than 5 MMBtu/hr, 2020 is likely the required year to perform your five-year tune-up according to the requirements in 63.7540(a)(10):As »

  • Does Your SPCC Plan Make the Grade? Lessons Learned from EPA Inspections  - 

    EPA conducted several compliance inspections in 2019 focused on the requirements of 40 CFR Part 112, Oil Pollution Prevention. Part 112 applies to facilities with aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons of oil, which is the »

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Tennessee

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Texas

  • Crystalline Silica 24-hour ReV DSD  - 

    On July 10, 2020, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) started a 45-day public comment period (ending August 28) for the proposed Development Support Document (DSD) for the 24-hour reference value (ReV) of crystalline silica, which »

  • BREAKING: TCEQ Adopts Rule to Allow for Commencement of Construction While a Permit Amendment Application is Pending  - 

    As a result of the 2019 passage of Texas House Bill 2726, Texas Health and Safety Code (THSC) §382.004, Construction While Permit Amendment Application Pending Rule, was revised to allow for an applicant for a permit amendment authorized under Title »

  • Tanks and Loading Increases RAP  - 

    In June 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued an updated version of the Readily Available Permit (RAP) for Tanks and Loading Increases. The Tanks and Loading Increases RAP authorizes emissions from an annual increase to »

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Utah

  • Public Hearing for Utah Air Permitting and Emission Inventory Requirements  - 

    UDAQ has proposed changes to air permitting and emission inventories rules in the past few months. A public hearing is scheduled for these rule revisions which are summarized below:R307-150. Emission Inventories. Rule revisions: Annual emission »

  • Inland Port Air Quality Monitors Installed  - 

    Utah's Inland Port consists of 16,000 acres of land in the northwest quadrant of the Salt Lake Valley which has been set aside to centralize transportation for receiving and distributing goods intended for national and international distribution.In »

  • PM2.5 Attainment Determination - Currently in Public Comment  - 

    U.S. EPA published UDAQ's Determination of Attainment by the December 31, 2019 attainment date for Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah for the 2006 24-Hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in the federal register (85 FR 350330). This »

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Virginia

  • Guidance on New Virginia UST Requirements  - 

    On June 22, 2020, revised guidance for Underground Storage Tank (UST) Requirements was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations. The guidance provides implementation policies for the regulatory requirements that must be implemented by »

  • Virginia DEQ Proposes Changes to Nonmetallic Mineral Processing General Permit  - 

    The public comment period is open for a new guidance document (APG-360) to formalize the use of the Nonmetallic Mineral Processing General Permit (NMMPGP). The NMMPGP is usable by minor sources whose only emission activities are crushing or grinding »

  • Virginia DEQ COVID 19 Updates  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released their response to COVID-19 on March 31, 2020.DEQ staff are currently working remotely and have temporarily suspended all field work, except emergency pollution response. Based on »

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Washington

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Washington, DC

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Wisconsin

  • WDNR Debuts New Way to Track Air Permit Progress  - 

    A new progress bar has been added to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Permit Search Tool. The new progress bar, replacing the Permit Milestones table, is displayed at the bottom of the Permits and Permit Applications tab on each »

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Wyoming

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