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Federal Regulatory Summary - May 2020

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

5/14/2020  85FR29034

Proposal to update EPA's existing gasoline, diesel, and other fuels programs to improve overall compliance assurance and maintain environmental performance while reducing compliance costs for industry and EPA. 

5/15/2020  85FR29445

Notice of data availability on the administration of the assurance provisions of the CSAPR trading programs for the control periods in 2019. 

5/18/2020  85FR29711

Notice of data availability on emission allowance allocations to certain units under CSAPR trading programs.

5/19/2020  85FR29878

Extension of the comment period for the 2/20/2020 proposed Federal Coal Combustion Residuals permit program, through 7/19/2020.

5/21/2020  85FR30953

Request for comment on whether EPA should reconsider its current position that consultation under Endangered Species Act section 7 is not required when EPA approves a state or tribe's request to assume the Clean Water Act section 404 dredged and fill permit program under the CWA, by 7/6/2020.

5/22/2020  85FR31286

Final rule revising EPA's response to the court decision that found EPA erred by not considering cost in its determination that regulation under CAA section 112 regarding emissions from coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs), finding that it is not "appropriate and necessary" to regulate those emissions, while retaining the pertinent source category and existing emission standards. The rule also finalized the residual risk and technology review for the source category, not promulgating any revisions to the MATS rule.

5/22/2020  85FR31104

Proposed regulations establishing procedures and requirements for how EPA will manage the issuance of guidance documents subject to the requirements of the Executive Order, "Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents"; comments required by 6/22/2020.

5/22/2020  85FR31124

Proposal to amend the Standards of Performance for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air Furnaces, restoring the "Step 1" five-year period for retail sales of units manufactured or imported before 5/15/2020, through 11/30/2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; comments due by 7/6/2020.

5/22/2020  85FR31182

Notice of availability on or about 5/29/2020 of the document, "Policy Assessment for the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard," prepared as part of the current review of the NAAQS for photochemical oxidants including ozone.

5/22/2020  85FR31184

Notice of availability of EPA's "Draft Ambient Water Quality Criteria Recommendations for Lakes and Reservoirs of the Conterminous United States: Information Supporting the Development of Numeric Nutrient Criteria," to address adverse effects of nutrient pollution, for review and scientific input; comments due by 7/21/2020.

5/28/2020  85FR31986

Final rule amending the definition of "small manufacturer" under TSCA, thereby impacting certain TSCA reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

5/28/2020  85FR32036

Notice of the extension of the comment period for the 1/27/2020 announcement of the preliminary lists of manufacturers (including importers) of 20 chemical substances designated as High-Priority Substances for risk evaluation under TSCA and for which fees will be charged, until 6/15/2020.