Federal Regulatory Summary - December 2018

The following environmental regulatory actions were published in the U.S. Federal Register during December 2018. 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

12/3/2018  83FR62268

Final rule announcing that the 1/13/2017 amendments for the Risk Management Program are in effect.

12/4/2018  83FR62463

Withdrawal of the 10/3/18 direct final significant new use rules under TSCA for 26 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices, due to adverse comment received.

12/6/2018  83FR62716

Direct final rule revising EPA's Privacy Act regulations in order to exempt a new system of records, EPA-63, the eDiscovery Enterprise Tool Suite, from certain Privacy Act requirements because records therein are maintained for use in civil and criminal actions. Proposed rule published simultaneously.

12/6/2018  83FR62998

Final rule implementing nonattainment and ozone transport region (OTR) requirements for the 2015 ozone NAAQS, effective 2/4/2019.

12/6/2018  83FR62760

Proposed rule revising EPA-specific regulations with respect to protection of human research subjects, to harmonize with the 1/19/2017 revisions to the "Common Rule," originally promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services and jointly adopted by multiple departments and agencies.

12/6/2018  83FR62860

Notice of availability of preliminary lists of units eligible for second-round allocations of emission allowances for the 2018 control periods from the new unit set-asides established under CSAPR.

12/11/2018  83FR63704

Final rule establishing the renewable fuel percentage standards for 2019 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2020.

12/12/2018  83FR63858

Notice of proposed modification to the 2017 general permit for construction stormwater discharges and request for public comment by 1/28/2019. 

12/20/2018  83FR65424

Proposed amendments to the 10/23/2015 standards of performance for GHG emissions from new, modified and reconstructed EGUs with respect to the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for newly constructed coal-fired steam generating units.

12/21/2018  83FR65878

Final rule regarding EPA's determination that the existing CSAPR update for the 2008 ozone NAAQS fully addresses certain states' obligations under the CAA good neighbor provisions regarding interstate pollution transport.

12/21/2018  83FR65663

Notice of availability of EPA document, "Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Aluminum in Freshwater," providing recommendations to states and authorized tribes to establish water quality standards under the CWA.