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Federal Regulatory Summary - March 2020

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

3/2/2020  85FR12224

Final rule promulgating EPA procedure to fulfill objectives outlined in the 10/9/2019 Executive Order 13892, Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement and Adjudication which applies to civil inspections conducted by federally credentialed EPA civil inspectors, federally credentialed contractors, and Senior Environmental Employment employees conducting inspections on behalf of EPA.

3/2/2020  85FR12288

Proposal for public comment on the 2020 NPDES general permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity, known as the 2020 Mulit-Sector General Permit; comments due by 5/1/2020.

3/3/2020  85FR12456

Proposed rule related to the 4/17/2015 national minimum criteria for existing and new coal combustion residuals (CCR) landfills and existing and new CCR surface impoundments under RCRA, proposing to allow facilities to request approval to operate with an alternate liner for CCR surface impoundments, two options for the use of CCR during unit closure, a closure option for CCR units being closed by removal of CCR, and requirements for annual closure progress reports. Comments due by 4/17/2020.

3/3/2020  85FR12552

Notice of availability of the National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaborative Implementation (Version 1), which seeks to promote the consideration of water reuse as a tool to improve the resiliency, security, and sustainability of the Nation's water.

3/5/2020  85FR12917

Notice of availability of Version 4.1 of the CAP88-PC model, which may be used to demonstrate compliance with the NESHAP for Radionuclides.

3/6/2020  85FR13062

Final rule providing requirements for regulated entities to substantiate certain confidential business information claims made under TSCA to protect the new specific chemical identities of chemical substances on the confidential portion of the TSCA Inventory, and the Agency's plan for reviewing certain CBI claims for specific chemical identities; rule effective on 5/5/2020.

3/9/2020  85FR13524

Final rule regarding the residual risk and technology review (RTR) conducted for the NESHAP for Stationary Combustion Turbines, providing for additional requirements during period of start-up, shut-down, and malfunction (SSM) and adding electronic reporting requirements.

3/11/2020  85FR14150

Final rule revising some requirements regarding the venting or release of ozone depleting and substitute refrigerants related to appliance maintenance and leak repair provisions.

3/12/2020  85FR14526

Final RTR conducted for the Asphalt Processing and Asphalt Roofing Manufacturing NESHAP, revising requirements during SSM, revising monitoring requirements for a control device used to comply with particulate matter standards, adding requirements for periodic performance testing, and adding requirements for electronic reporting, as well as additional technical corrections.

3/13/2020  85FR14677

Notice that EPA is extending the comment period until 5/27/2020 for the 1/27/2020 notice of availability of the preliminary lists of manufacturers of 20 chemical substances that have been designated as a High-Priority Substance for risk evaluations under TSCA and for which fees will be charged.

3/17/2020  85FR15258

Final rule allocating production and consumption allowances for specific hydrochlorofluorocarbons, a type of ozone-depleting substance, for the years 2020 through 2029, updating other requirements under the programs for controlling production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances, and making additional changes for clarity.

3/18/2020  85FR15608

Final RTR for the NESHAP for Solvent Extraction for Vegetable Oil Production requiring no changes to emissions limits or practices, processes, or control technologies, and correcting and clarifying provisions related to emissions during SSM periods, adding alterative work practice standards for periods of initial start-up or significantly modified sources, adding provisions related to electronic reporting, and other minor clarifications and corrections.

3/18/2020  85FR15396

Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking including clarifications, modifications, and additions to provisions of the 4/30/2018 Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Proposed Rulemaking, expanding the scope to include influential scientific information as well as additional proposed definitions and clarifications.

3/19/2020  85FR15729

Final rule amending the FIP for Managing Air Emissions from True Minor Sources in Indian Country in the Oil and Natural Gas Production and Natural Gas Processing Segments of the Oil and Natural Gas Sector.

3/20/2020  85FR15960

Final RTR for the NESHAP for Boat Manufacturing and Reinforced Plastic Composites Production, maintaining the current emission limits, addressing emissions during periods of SSM, addressing electronic reporting, and clarifying that, under the reinforced Plastic Composites Production NESHAP, mixers that route to a capture and control device system with at least 95 percent efficiency overall are not required to have covers.

3/26/2020  85FR17244

Final RTR for the Municipal Solid Waste Landfills NESHAP, addressing emissions during periods of SSM, revising wellhead operational standards and corrective action to improve effectiveness and provide compliance flexibility, incorporating provisions from the NSPS, and adding requirements for electronic reporting.

3/30/2020  85FR17520

Proposal to adopt three technical standards developed by SAE International for equipment that recovers, recycles, and/or recharges the refrigerant 2,3,3,3-Tetraflouroprop-1-ene (HFO-1234yf or R-1234yf) in motor vehicle air conditioners, providing additional flexibility to select recovery and recycling equipment certified to these standards.