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Federal Regulatory Summary - April 2020

The following environmental regulatory actions were published in the U.S. Federal Register during April 2020. Select the hyperlink to view the complete Federal Register notice. For assistance in determining how any of these issues may affect your facility, please contact us at (800) 229-6655 or  online

4/2/2020  85FR18448

Final rule amending the 2015 NSPS for new residential wood heaters, new residential hydronic heaters and forced-air heaters, removing certain requirements for pellet fuel. 

4/2/2020  85FR18574

Notice of availability of the 2020 mercury inventory report which summarizes information on the U.S. mercury supply, use, and trade, required by the Lautenberg Act to be reported directly from mercury manufacturers, importers, and processors. 

4/7/2020  85FR19412

Proposed amendments to the NESHAP for phosphoric acid manufacturing in response to a petition by industry on the mercury emission limit based on the 8/10/2015 MACT floor for existing sources. 

4/9/2020  85FR19890

Final rule amending the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) reporting deadline from 9/30/2020 to 11/30/2020 for 2020 only. 

4/9/2020  85FR19941

Notice of availability of draft scope documents for risk evaluations to be conducted for 13 of 20 high priority substances as required by the Lautenberg Act under TSCA. 

4/10/2020  85FR20342

Proposed amendments to the electronic reporting requirements for the NESHAP for coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (MATS). 

4/10/2020  85FR20275

Notice of availability of a memorandum providing a "no action assurance" to three categories of manufacturers regarding the self-identification requirement of the TSCA Fees Rule; namely, 1) importers of articles containing one of the 20 high priority substances; 2) producers of one of the 20 high-priority substances as a by-products; and 3) producers or importers of one of the high-priority substances as an impurity. 

4/14/2020  85FR20625

Extension of the comment period through 5/20/2020 for the 2/20/2020 proposal to establish a federal Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) permit program. 

4/15/2020  85FR20838

Final rule establishing a subcategory of certain existing electric utility steam generating units (EGUs) firing eastern bituminous coal refuse for acid gas HAP emissions. 

4/15/2020  85FR20855

Final residual risk and technology review (RTR) for the hydrochloric acid production NESHAP addressing electronic reporting, periods of SSM, and work practice standards, and making no revisions to the numerical emission limits.

4/15/2020  85FR20873

Final rule updating data elements in the 10/22/2015 NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule that applies to regulated municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). 

4/17/2020  85FR21340

Extension of the comment period for the 3/17/2020 supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking, "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science," to 5/18/2020. 

4/20/2020  85FR21849

Notice of availability of final document, "Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants (Final)," as part of the review of the primary and secondary ozone NAAQS.

4/21/2020  85FR22250

Publication of the final Navigable Waters Protection Rule, defining the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act; effective date 6/22/2020. 

4/22/2020  85FR22362

Interim final rule amending the emissions reporting regulations applicable to sources that monitor and report emissions under the Acid Rain program, CSAPR, and/or the NOx SIP Call, providing flexibility due to the COVID-19 national emergency. 

4/23/2020  85FR22609

Final rule making two technical corrections to the light-duty vehicle GHG emissions standards regulations which were first promulgated in 2012 establishing standard for model years 2017 - 2025 light duty vehicles. 

4/23/2020  85FR22733

Notice of availability of the draft scope documents for the risk evaluations for seven of the 20 high priority substances designated in December 2019 under the Lautenberg Act. 

4/29/2020  85FR23818

Notice of update of the Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket under CERCLA, containing information reported to EPA by Federal facilities that manage hazardous waste or from which a reportable quantity of hazardous substances has been released.

4/30/2020  85FR24174

Final rule amending carbon dioxide standards for model years 2021 and later, amending fuel economy standards for 2021, and setting new fuel economy standards for model years 2022-2026, for passenger cars and light trucks.

4/30/2020  85FR24094

Proposal to retain the current primary and secondary NAAQS for particulate matter without revision.