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Federal Regulatory Summary - August 2019

The following environmental regulatory actions were published in the U.S. Federal Register during August 2019. 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.

8/9/2019  84FR39244

Proposal to revise certain NSR applicability regulations to clarify the requirements that apply to sources proposing to undertake a physical or operational change (i.e., a project) under the NSR preconstruction permitting program, clarifying that both emissions increases and decreases resulting from a proposed project are to be considered at Step 1 of the NSR major modification applicability test, and replacing and withdrawing the 2006 Project Netting Proposal. Comments due by 10/8/2019.

8/13/2019  84FR40044

Notice of the Twelfth Conference on Air Quality Modeling on 10/2-3/2019, as required by section 320 of the CAA to be held every three years, to provide an overview of the latest features of the currently preferred air quality models and to provide a forum for public review and comment on potential reviewing to the way EPA determines and applies the appropriate air quality models in the future.

8/14/2019  84FR40353

Proposed changes to the 4/17/2015 Coal Combustion Residuals Final Rule revising the annual groundwater monitoring and correction action report requirements, establishing an alternate risk-based groundwater protection standard for boron, and revising the publicly accessible CCR website requirements. The action also proposes to revise the CCR beneficial use definition and to introduce a single approach to consistently address the potential environmental and human health issues associated with piles of CCR. Comments due by 10/15/2019.

8/14/2019  84FR41510

Proposal to allocate production and consumption allowances for specific hydrofluorocarbons, a type of ozone-depleting substance, for years 2020 - 2029.

8/16/2019  84FR42704

Proposed amendments to the NESHAP for Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing Facilities resulting from the residual risk and technology review required by the CAA, proposing no developments in practices, processes, or control technologies, proposing an emission standard for mercury based on limiting the amount of mercury in the metal scrap used by these facilities, removing the SSM exemption for emissions, and additional clarifications, corrections, and requirements.

8/21/2019  84FR43517

Final rule amending the formaldehyde standards for composite wood products regulations to address certain technical issues and align the final rule requirements with the CA Airborne Toxic Control Measures Phase II program.

8/22/2019  84FR4374

Proposed federal plan to implement the Emission Guidelines and Compliances Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills for existing MSW landfills located in states and Indian country where state or tribal plans are not in effect.

8/22/2019  84FR44080

Proposed rule providing updates and clarifications to the substantive and procedural requirements for water quality certification under the CWA section 401; comments required by 10/21/2019.

8/22/2019  84FR43806

Notice of availability of the Integrated Review Plan for the Ozone NAAQS regarding plans for the current review of the air quality criteria and NAAQS for photochemical oxidants including ozone.

8/26/2019  84FR44547

Final rule amending the 2016 Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills to cross reference changes made simultaneously to the Emission Guidelines Implementing Regulations.

8/27/2019  84FR44804

Extension of the public comment period for the Section 610 review of the rulemaking, "Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Program" to 9/23/2019.

8/30/2019  84FR45644

Direct final rule amending the Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants, General Provisions to clarify the process by which state plans for the control of pollutants and facilities are incorporated by reference into this part. Proposed rule published simultaneously.