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Draft Documents
Dec 10, 2018
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to revise certain ethylene oxide emissions standards under the Clean Air Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (Congressional Record; 28 November 2018 [Senate] pages S7190-7191).
Dec 06, 2018
USFWS is proposes to designate critical habitat for the Sonoyta mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale). In total, approximately 12.28 acres (4.97 hectares) in Pima County, Arizona, located entirely within Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. USFWS will accept comments on the proposed rule or draft economic analysis that are received or postmarked on or before February 4, 2019. POC: Field Supervisor, USFWS, Arizona Ecological Services Field Office, Fish and Wildlife Office, 9828 North 31st Ave. #C3, Phoenix, AZ 85051-2517; tel 602-242-0210. (Federal Register; 6 December 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 62778-62794)
Dec 04, 2018
A bill to repeal the Waters of the United States rule and amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. (Congressional Record; 29 November 2018 [House], page H9742-H9743).
Nov 30, 2018
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to revise certain ethylene oxide emissions standards under the Clean Air Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. (Congressional Record; 28 November 2018 [House], page H9690-H9691).
Nov 27, 2018
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. Comments must be received by 28 January 2019. POC: Steven Webb, International Program or Aaron Wiener, International Program, tel: (202) 366-8553, PHMSA, USDOT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, East Building, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001. (Federal Register, 27 November 2018 [Proposed Rules], Pages 60970-61070).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to prohibit sewage dumping into the Great Lakes, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 15 November 2018 [Senate], page S7050).
Nov 09, 2018
The EPA is correcting the preamble to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on 30 October 2018, regarding the implementing regulations that govern the Emission Guidelines for MSW Landfills. The listed docket number in that preamble was incorrect. Any comments received prior to this correction have been redirected to the correct docket. Comments must be received on or before 14 December 2018. POC is Andrew Sheppard, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-03), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; tel: (919) 541-4161; fax: (919) 541-0516; and email: sheppard.andrew@epa.gov. (Federal Register, 9 November 2018 [Proposed Rules], Page 56015).
Nov 05, 2018
USFWS is reopening of the comment period on their 2 October 2012, proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the spring pygmy sunfish (Elassoma alabamae), under the ESA. In this document, USFWS proposed to add one critical habitat unit (123 hectares (ha) (303 acres (ac)) in Madison County, Alabama, to the critical habitat designation. The proposed revised critical habitat designation for the species now includes three critical habitat units, totaling approximately 749 ha (1,852 ac), in Alabama. This reopened comment period provides the public with an opportunity to submit written comments on both the revision described in this document and the 2 October 2012, proposed rule, as well as intervening relevant publications. POC is William Pearson, Field Supervisor, Alabama Ecological Services Field Office, 1208 Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526; Tel: 251-441-5181 TDD: 800-877-8339. (Federal Register; 5 November 2018)[Proposed Rules], Pages 55341-55345).
Oct 30, 2018
EPA proposes to amend the 2016 Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills ("MSW Landfills EG"). The requirements for state and federal plans implementing the MSW Landfills EG were adopted from 1975 regulations, referred to herein as the "old implementing regulations," which are cross-referenced in the MSW Landfill EG. In a separate regulatory proposal published in the Federal Register in August 2018, the EPA proposed changes to modernize the old implementing regulations governing emission guidelines under a new subpart. This action proposes to update the cross-references to the old implementing regulations in the MSW Landfills EG to harmonize with the proposed new timing and completeness requirements for state and federal plans. Comments must be received on or before 14 December 2018. POC is Andrew Sheppard, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-03), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-4161; fax: 919-541-0516; and email: sheppard.andrew@epa.gov (Federal Register; 30 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 54527-54532).
Oct 23, 2018
A bill to exempt certain wildfire mitigation activities from certain environmental requirements, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 5 October 2018 [House], page H9419).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to publish a maximum contaminant level goal and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for microcystin toxin, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 19 October 2018 [House], page H9438).
Oct 11, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening of the comment period on their 11 March 2015, proposed designation of critical habitat for the black pinesnake (Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are reopening the comment period to accept comments on our proposal, including revisions to proposed Units 7 and 8 that are described in this document. In addition, FWS announces two public informational meetings on the proposed rule. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule. New comments are due on or before 13 November 2018. POC is Stephen Ricks, Field Supervisor, Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, MS 39213; tel: 601-321-1122; or fax: 601-965-4340 (Federal Register; 11 October 2018, [Proposed Rules], pages 51418-51424).
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Atlantic pigtoe (Fusconaia masoni) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). FWS also proposes to designate critical habitat under the Act. In total, approximately 542 river miles (872 river kilometers) in Virginia and North Carolina fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. A draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat is available. Comments must be received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is Pete Benjamin, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office, 551F Pylon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606; tel: 919-856-4520; or Fax: 919-856-4556 (Federal Register; 11 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 51570-51609).
Oct 10, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces a 12-month petition finding on a petition to list the eastern black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis) as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. FWS proposes to list the eastern black rail, a bird subspecies that occurs in as many as 35 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and several countries in the Caribbean and Central America, as a threatened species under the Act. FWS has determined that designation of critical habitat for the eastern black rail is not prudent at this time, but FWS is seeking public comment on that determination. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is Tom McCoy, Field Supervisor, South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office, 176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29407; tel: 843-727-4707 (Federal Register; 9 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 50610-50630).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to address lead contamination in school drinking water; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 27 September 2018 [House], page H9150).
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces a 12-month finding on a petition to list the slenderclaw crayfish (Cambarus cracens) as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, FWS finds that listing the slenderclaw crayfish is warranted. FWS also proposes a rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the slenderclaw crayfish. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is William Pearson, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alabama Ecological Services Field Office, 1208-B Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526; tel: 251-441-5870 (Federal Register; 9 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 50582-50610).
Oct 09, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposes to list the black-capped petrel (Pterodroma hasitata), a pelagic seabird species that nests on the island of Hispaniola and forages off the coast of the eastern United States, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). FWS is also proposing a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act to provide for the conservation of this species. FWS has determined that designation of critical habitat for the black-capped petrel is not prudent at this time, but are seeking public comment on that determination. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is Edwin Muniz, Field Supervisor, U.S. FWS, Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, P.O. Box 491, Road 301 Km 5.1, Boqueron, PR; tel: 787-851-7297 (Federal Register; 9 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 50560-50574).
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposes to list the coastal distinct population segment (DPS) of Pacific marten (Martes caurina), a mammal species from coastal California and Oregon, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). The effect of this regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is Dan Everson, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata Ecological Services Field Office, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521, or by telephone 707-822-7201 (Federal Register; 9 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 50574-50582).
Oct 02, 2018
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit import and export of any species listed or proposed to be listed under such Act as a threatened species or endangered species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 25 September 2018 [House], page H8884).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to make changes with respect to water quality certification, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 25 September 2018 [House], page H8884).
A bill to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes; considered and passed (Congressional Record; 26 September 2018 [Senate], page S6341).
Oct 01, 2018
On 18 Nov 2016 EPA finalized a rule that updated the existing refrigerant management requirements and extended requirements previously applicable only to refrigerants containing an ODS to substitute refrigerants such as HFCs that are subject to the venting prohibition. EPA proposes revision of appliance maintenance and leak repair provisions so they apply only to equipment using refrigerant containing a class I or class II substance. Based on this proposed limitation, this document also proposes to revise the list of practices to be followed in order for refrigerant releases to be considered de minimis to clarify that the reference to following leak repair practices only applies to equipment that contains ODS refrigerant. EPA is taking comment on whether the 2016 Rule's extension of subpart F refrigerant management requirements to substitute refrigerants should be rescinded in full. EPA is proposing to extend by 6 to 12 mo the 1 Jan 2019 compliance date for when appliances containing only substitute refrigerants subject to the venting prohibition must comply with the appliance maintenance and leak repair provisions. Written comments must be received by 15 Nov 2018. POC is Jeremy Arling: USEPA, Stratospheric Protection Div (6205T), 1200 Penn Ave NW, Wash, DC 20460; tel: 202-343-9055; email: arling.jeremy@epa.gov (FR; 1 Oct 18 [Proposed Rules], pages pages 49332-49344).
Sep 24, 2018
A bill to encourage Federal agencies to enter into or amend cooperative agreements with States for removal and remedial actions to address PFAS contamination in drinking water, surface water, ground water, sediment, and soil, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 17 September 2018 [House], page H8731)
Sep 21, 2018
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to increase assistance for States, water systems, and disadvantaged communities; to encourage good financial and environmental management of water systems; and to strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce the requirements of the Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 13 September 2018 [House], page H8725tion).
Sep 19, 2018
A bill to re-establish certain hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure rules, standards for well construction, and waste management rules, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 10 September 2018 [House], page H8107).
A bill to provide for removal of the gray wolf in the contiguous 48 States from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife published under the Endangered Species Act of 1973; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 September 2018 [House], page H8710).
A bill to improve processes for alternative wastewater systems, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 13 September 2018 [House], page H8724).
Sep 18, 2018
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to publish a maximum contaminant level goal and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for perchlorate, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 5 September 2018 [House], page H7870).
A bill to establish an innovative water technology grant program and to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to encourage the use of emerging and innovative water technology, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 6 September 2018 [House], page H7920).
A bill to establish a national mercury monitoring program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 28 August 2018 [Senate], page S5991).
Sep 05, 2018
NRCS intends to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in the NHCP. These standards include Combustion System Improvement (Code 372), Dust Control on Unpaved Roads and Surfaces (Code 373), Integrated Pest management (Code 595), Nutrient Management (Code 590), Pesticide Mitigation (Code 594), Subsurface Drain (Code 606), Waste Facility Closure (Code 360), and Wildlife Habitat Planting (Code 420). These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land (HEL) or on land determined to be a wetland. Submit comments on or before 5 October 2018. Final versions of these new or revised conservation practice standards will be adopted after the close of the 30-day period and after consideration of all comments. POC is Mr. Bill Reck, National Environmental Engineer, Conservation Engineering Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue Southwest, South Building, Room 6136, Washington, DC 20250 (Federal Register; 5 September 2018 [Notices], page 45090-45091).
FWS is announcing a 12-month finding on a petition to delist or downlist the golden conure under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, FWS finds that listing the golden conure as a threatened species is warranted. Additionally, FWS is proposing to update the List to reflect the latest scientifically accepted taxonomy and nomenclature for the species as Guaruba guarouba, golden conure. Comments must be received or postmarked on or before 5 November 2018. POC is Don Morgan, Chief, Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; tel:703-358-2171 (Federal Register; 5 September 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 45073-45087).
Aug 28, 2018
A bill to encourage Federal agencies to expeditiously enter into or amend cooperative agreements with States for removal and remedial actions to address PFAS contamination in drinking, surface, and ground water and land surface and subsurface strata, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 23 August 2018 [Senate], page S5932).
Aug 27, 2018
The Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment (ORDA) is seeking comments and suggestions from State, Tribal, and Federal natural resource co-trustees, other affected parties, and the interested public on whether revisions to the regulations for conducting natural resource damage assessments and restoration (NRDAR) for hazardous substance releases are needed, and if so, what specific revisions should be considered. They will accept comments through 26 October 2018. POC is Steve Glomb, Director, Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment at (202) 208-4863 or email to steve_glomb@ios.doi.gov (Federal Register; 27 August 2018 [Notices], pages 43611-43613).
Aug 16, 2018
A bill to suspend proposed rulemaking signed by former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [House], page H7734).
A bill to amend the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to move the enforcement office to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to increase the civil monetary penalties for failure to follow the processes established by that Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [House], page H7734).
A bill to amend the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to move the enforcement office to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to increase the civil monetary penalties for failure to follow the processes established by that Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [House], page H7734).
Aug 10, 2018
A bill to improve energy performance in Federal buildings, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 26 July 2018 [House], page H7722).
Aug 09, 2018
A bill to authorize certain long-term contracts for Federal purchases of energy; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 25 July 2018 [House], page H7687).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to make changes with respect to water quality certification, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [Senate], page S5517).
A bill to suspend proposed rulemaking signed by former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [Senate], page S5518).
Aug 07, 2018
A bill to improve energy performance in Federal buildings, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 30 July 2018 [Senate], page S5423).
Jul 31, 2018
EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register on 30 May 2018 to request public comment on several proposed changes to the final Risk Management Program Amendments rule (Amendments rule) issued on 13 January 2017. This document is being issued to correct technical errors in the Regulatory Impact Analysis and the Notification of Data Availability and Extension of Comment Period for the proposed rule. Comments on the proposed rule (83 FR 24850, 30 May 2018), as extended by the Notification of Data Availability and Extension of Comment Period (83 FR 34967, 24 July 2018) must be received by 23 August 2018. POC is James Belke, U. S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 31 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 36837-36838).
Jul 26, 2018
A bill to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to make supplemental funds available for the management of fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need, as determined by State fish and wildlife agencies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 17 July 2018 [Senate], page S5003).
Jul 25, 2018
FWS and NMFS propose to amend portions of their regulations that implement section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The Services are proposing these changes to improve and clarify the interagency consultation processes and make them more efficient and consistent. FWS and NMFS will accept comments from all interested parties until 24 September 2018. POC is Craig Aubrey, U.S. FWS, Division of Environmental Review, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2442; or Cathy Tortorici, ESA Interagency Cooperation Division, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, tel: 301-427-8495 (Federal Register; 25 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 35178-35193).
The U.S. FWS and the NMFS propose to revise portions of their regulations that implement section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The proposed revisions to the regulations clarify, interpret, and implement portions of the Act concerning the procedures and criteria used for listing or removing species from the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants and designating critical habitat. Multiple technical revisions are also proposed to update existing sections or to refer appropriately to other sections. Comments will be accepted from all interested parties until 24 September 2018. POC is Bridget Fahey, U.S. FWS, Division of Conservation and Classification, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2171; or Samuel D. Rauch, III, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, tel: 301-427-8403 (Federal Register; 25 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 35193-35201).
The U.S. FWS proposes to revise their regulations extending most of the prohibitions for activities involving endangered species to threatened species. For species already listed as a threatened species, the proposed regulations would not alter the applicable prohibitions. The proposed regulations would require the Service, pursuant to section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act, to determine what, if any, protective regulations are appropriate for species that the Service in the future determines to be threatened. Comments will be accepted on or before 24 September 2018. POC is Bridget Fahey, U.S. FWS, Division of Conservation and Classification, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2171 (Federal Register; 25 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 35174-35178).
Jul 24, 2018
EPA is supplementing the record for the proposed Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration rule published on 30 May 2018. The November 2017 version of the RMP database containing risk management plans submitted to EPA has been placed into the rulemaking docket. EPA used this version to support analysis of changes in the RMP reporting facility universe discussed in the Regulatory Impact Analysis of the proposed Reconsideration rule. To afford the public an opportunity to comment on the updated RMP database and its impacts on the proposed Reconsideration rule, EPA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule. Comments and additional material must be received on or before 23 August 2018. POC is James Belke, USEPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 24 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 34967-34968).
Jul 23, 2018
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for improved precision in the listing, delisting, and downlisting of endangered species and potentially endangered species; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for greater certainty and improved planning for incidental take permit holders; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to increase State and local involvement in management plans; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6174).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to update and modernize the reporting requirements for contaminants, including lead, in drinking water, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 11 July 2018 [Senate], p[age S4916).
Jul 20, 2018
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to encourage voluntary conservation efforts; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to provide for greater county and State consultation with regard to petitions under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for consideration of the totality of conservation measures in determining the impact of proposed Federal agency action; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit designation as critical habitat of certain areas in artificial water diversion or delivery facilities; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to define petition backlogs and provide expedited means for discharging petitions during such a backlog; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
Jul 19, 2018
The purpose of this supplemental notice is for EPA and the Department of the Army (agencies) to clarify, supplement and seek additional comment on an earlier proposal, published on 27 July 2017, to repeal the 2015 Rule Defining Waters of the United States ("2015 Rule"), which amended portions of the CFR. As stated in the agencies' 27 July 2017 NPRM, the agencies propose to repeal the 2015 Rule and restore the regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 Rule, as informed by guidance in effect at that time. If this proposal is finalized, the regulations defining the scope of federal CWA jurisdiction would be those portions of the CFR as they existed before the amendments promulgated in the 2015 Rule. Those preexisting regulatory definitions are the ones that the agencies are currently implementing in light of the agencies' final rule published on 6 February 2018, adding a 6 February 2020 applicability date to the 2015 Rule, as well as judicial decisions preliminarily enjoining and staying the 2015 Rule. Comments must be received on or before 13 August 2018. POCs are Michael McDavit, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA,; tel: 202-566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), USACE, tel: 202-761-6903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Registger; 12 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 32227-32252).
On 20 June 2018, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) titled ``Update to the Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.' The CEQ is extending the comment period on the ANPRM, which was scheduled to close on 20 July 2018, for 31 days until 20 August 2018. The CEQ is making this change in response to public requests for an extension of the comment period. Comments should be submitted on or before 20 August 2018. POC is Edward A. Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality, 730 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20503. Tel: 202- 395-5750 (Federal Register; 11 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], page 32071.)
Jul 17, 2018
A bill to give Executive Order 13547, relating to the stewardship of the ocean, the coasts, and the Great Lakes, the full force and effect of law, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 29 June 2018 {House], page H5980).
Jul 16, 2018
A bill to require research in coastal sustainability and resilience, to ensure that the Federal Government continues to implement and advance coastal resiliency efforts, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 28 June 2018 {House], page H5974).
A bill to exempt from certain requirements of the Clean Air Act incinerator units owned and operated by a Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency when used for the sole purpose of destroying contraband or household pharmaceuticals, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 28 June 2018 {House], page H5975).
Jul 03, 2018
On 13 June 2018, the EPA proposed an advance notice of proposed rulemaking titled, 'Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Costs and Benefits in Rulemaking Process.' The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule, which was scheduled to close on 13 July 2018, until 13 August 2018. The EPA is making this change in response to public requests for an extension of the comment period. Written comments must be received on or before 13 August 2018. POC is Elizabeth Kopits, National Center for Environmental Economics, Office of Policy, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 1809T, Washington, DC 20460, Tel: (202) 566-2299; kopits.elizabeth@epa.gov. (Federal Register; July 3, 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 31098-31099).
Jul 02, 2018
As part of EPA's efforts to reduce childhood lead exposure, EPA evaluated the current dust-lead hazard standards (DLHS) and the definition of lead-based paint (LBP). Based on this evaluation, EPA is proposing to lower the DLHS from 40 micrograms/ft2 and 250 micrograms/ft2 to 10 micrograms/ft2 and 100 micrograms/ft2 on floors and window sills, respectively. EPA is proposing no changes to the current definition of LBP due to insufficient information to support such a change. Comments must be received on or before 16 August 2018. POC is John Yowell, National Program Chemicals Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-1213; email: yowell.john@epa.gov (Federal Register; 2 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 30889-30901).
Jun 26, 2018
A bill to remove the red wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife for North Carolina, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 14 June 2018 [House], page H5200).
Jun 25, 2018
The EPA is proposing to establish no new requirements under CWA, sect 311 which directs the President to issue regulations to prevent discharges of oil and hazardous substances from onshore and offshore facilities, and to contain such discharges. On 21 Jul 2015 EPA was sued for failing to issue regulations to prevent and contain CWA hazardous substance discharges. On 16 Feb 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a Consent Decree between EPA and the litigants requiring EPA to sign a notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to the issuance of hazardous substance regulations, and take final action after notice and comment. The EPA is not proposing additional regulatory requirements at this time. This proposed action is intended to comply with the Consent Decree and to provide an opportunity for public notice and comment on EPA's proposed approach to satisfy the CWA requirements. Comments must be received on or before 24 August 2018. POC is Stacey Yonce, Office of Emergency Management, Mail Code 5104A, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460, 202-564-2288, yonce.stacey@epa.gov (Federal Register; 25 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 29499-29520.)
Jun 20, 2018
CEQ is considering updating its implementing regulations for the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Over the past four decades, CEQ has issued numerous guidance documents but has amended its regulations substantively only once. Given the length of time since its NEPA implementing regulations were issued, CEQ solicits public comment on potential revisions to update the regulations and ensure a more efficient, timely, and effective NEPA process consistent with the national environmental policy stated in NEPA. Comments should be submitted on or before 20 July 2018. POC is Edward A. Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality, 730 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20503. Tel: 202-395-5750.(Federal Register; 20 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 28591-28592).
Jun 15, 2018
On 23 June 23, 2016, the EPA promulgated its final response to petitions for reconsideration of the final NSPS and emission guidelines (EG) for CISWI units that were promulgated on 21 March 2011, and revised 7 February 2013. EPA is proposing amendments to address requests from industry stakeholders and implementing agencies to clarify various issues with implementation of the standards. In addition, the EPA is addressing certain testing and monitoring issues and inconsistencies within the rules that required further clarification or correction. Comments must be received on or before 30 July 2018. POC is Dr. Nabanita Modak Fischer, Fuels and Incineration Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5572; fax: 919-541-0516; email: modak.nabanita@epa.gov (Federal Register; 15 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 28068-28137).
Jun 14, 2018
A bill to reauthorize and amend the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 5 June 2018 [House], page H4775).
A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act to further the conservation of prohibited wildlife species; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 5 June 2018 [Senate], page S2991).
A bill to establish an innovative water technology grant program and to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to encourage the use of innovative water technology, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 6 June 2018 [Senate], page S3035.)
Jun 13, 2018
EPA promulgates regulations under authority provided in the federal environmental statutes such as the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and many others. Most statutory provisions require or allow some consideration of cost and benefits when setting pollution standards, but there is variation in terminology and specificity regarding the nature and scope of the cost and benefit considerations. In this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), EPA is soliciting comment on whether and how EPA promulgates regulations providing a consistent and transparent interpretation relating to the consideration of weighing costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions in a manner consistent with applicable authorizing statutes. EPA is also soliciting comment on whether and how these regulations could also prescribe specific analytic approaches to quantifying the costs and benefits of EPA regulations. This ANPRM does not propose any regulatory requirements. Comments must be received on or before July 13, 2018. POC is Elizabeth Kopits, National Center for Environmental Economics, Office of Policy, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 1809T, Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202-566-2299; kopits.elizabeth@epa.gov ( Federal Register; 13 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 27524-27528).
Jun 11, 2018
EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for asbestos (including as part of an article). The rule is manufacturing (including importing) or processing for certain uses identified by EPA as no longer ongoing. The following uses are subject to this proposed SNUR: Adhesives, sealants, and roof and non-roof coatings; arc chutes; beater-add gaskets; extruded sealant tape and other tape; filler for acetylene cylinders; high-grade electrical paper; millboard; missile liner; pipeline wrap; reinforced plastics; roofing felt; separators in fuel cells and batteries; vinyl-asbestos floor tile; and any other building material (other than cement). Persons subject to the SNUR would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before starting any manufacturing or processing of asbestos for a significant new use. Manufacturing and for the significant new use may not begin until after EPA has reviewed the notice, made an appropriate determination, and taken required actions in association with that determination. Comments must be received on or before 10 August 2018. POC is Robert Courtnage, National Program Chemicals Division (Mail Code 7404T), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-566-1081; email: courtnage.robert@epa.gov (Federal Register; 11 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 26922-26933).
Jun 08, 2018
The FWS proposes to remove the Colorado butterfly plant (Oenothera coloradensis, currently listed as Gaura neomexicana ssp. coloradensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants (List) due to recovery. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that the threats to the Colorado butterfly plant have been eliminated or reduced to the point that it has recovered, and that this plant is no longer likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future and, therefore, no longer meets the definition of a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This proposed rule, if made final, would also remove the currently designated critical habitat for the Colorado butterfly plant. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 7 August 2018. POC is Tyler A. Abbott, Field Supervisor, tel: 307-772-2374 (citationFederal Register;; 8 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 26623-26640). https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-08/html/2018-12409.htm
Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) review of the air quality criteria addressing human health effects and the primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for sulfur oxides (SOX), the EPA is proposing to retain the current standard, without revision. Comments must be received on or before 23 July 2018. POC is Dr. Nicole Hagan, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Mail Code C504-06, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3153; fax: 919-541-0237; email: hagan.nicole@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 26752-26785).
Jun 01, 2018
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to revise labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 16 May 2018 [House], page 4138).
May 31, 2018
A bill to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 18 May 2018 [House], page H4242).
May 30, 2018
A bill to implement the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 10 May 2018 [House], page H3929).
A bill to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 8 May 2018 [Senate], page S2552).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to modify provisions relating to international border areas, marginal areas, and rural transport areas, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 10 May 2018 [Senate], page S2623).
May 18, 2018
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to improve the conversion, use, and storage of carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuels, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 8 May 2018 [Senate], page S2552).
May 17, 2018
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit the taking for a trophy of any endangered or threatened species of fish or wildlife in the United States and the importation of endangered and threatened species trophies into the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record, 7 May 2018 [House], page H3781).
A bill to support wildlife conservation, improve anti-trafficking enforcement, provide dedicated funding for wildlife conservation at no expense to taxpayers, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record, 8 May 2018 [House], page H3833).
May 10, 2018
EPA is providing notice of the availability of data on emission allowance allocations to certain units under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) trading programs. EPA has completed preliminary calculations for the first round of allocations of allowances from the CSAPR new unit set-asides (NUSAs) for the 2018 control periods and has posted spreadsheets containing the calculations on EPA's website. EPA will consider timely objections to the preliminary calculations (including objections concerning the identification of units eligible for allocations) before determining the final amounts of the first-round allocations. Objections to the information referenced in this notice must be received on or before 11 June 2018. POC is Kenon Smith at 202-343-9164 or smith.kenon@epa.gov or Jason Kuhns at 202-564-3236 or kuhns.jason@epa.gov (Federal Register; 10 May 2018 [Notices], pages 21772-21773).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to exclude energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from the definition of a modification; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 April 2018 [Senate], page S2484).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to clarify when a physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 April 2018 [Senate], page S2484).
May 07, 2018
A bill to establish environmental justice as a consideration in the regulation of pesticides, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (Congressional Record; 19 April 2018 [Senate], page S2321).
Apr 25, 2018
This action provides public notice and solicits comment on an alternative work practice (AWP) request under the Clean Air Act, to use new technology and work practices developed for removal and replacement of asbestos cement (A/C) pipe. EPA is soliciting comment on all aspects of this request for an AWP that, in order to be approved, should be at least environmentally equivalent to the existing work practices in the Asbestos NESHAP which applies to the removal and replacement of A/C pipe. The EPA must receive written comments on or before 25 June 2018. POC is Ms. Susan Fairchild, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D-243-04), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5167; fax: (919) 541-4991; and email: fairchild.susan@epa.gov (Federal Register; 25 April 2018 [Notices], pages 18042-18051).
Apr 23, 2018
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study on the presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in sources of drinking water; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 18 April 2018 [House], page H3440).
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to reinstate information about climate change that was removed from, or redacted on, the Agency's website, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 18 April 2018 [House], page H3440).
Apr 19, 2018
A bill to amend the Plant Protection Act for purposes of mitigating the threat of invasive species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Agriculture (Congressional Record; 13 April 2018 [House], page H3315).
Apr 18, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), proposes to list the island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) as an endangered species and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 812 acres (329 hectares) on the south end of San Juan Island, San Juan County, Washington, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. The Service also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the island marble butterfly. Comments will be accepted until 11 June 2018. POC is Eric V. Rickerson, State Supervisor, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, 510 Desmond Drive, Suite 102, Lacey, WA 98503; tel: 360-753-9440; or fax: 360-534-9331 (Federal Register; 12 April 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 15900-15936).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, proposes to remove the Kirtland's warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (List) due to recovery. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the threats to the species have been eliminated or reduced to the point that the species has recovered and no longer meets the definition of endangered or threatened under the Act. Comments are due on or before 11 July 2018. POC is Scott Hicks, Field Supervisor, Michigan Ecological Services Field Office, 2651 Coolidge Road, Suite 101, East Lansing, MI 48823; tel: 517-351-2555; fax: 517-351-1443 (Federal Register; 12 April 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 15758-15780).
Apr 02, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to reclassify the Hawaiian goose (nene) (Branta (=Nesochen) sandvicensis) from endangered to threatened, and they are proposing a rule under section 4(d) of the Act to enhance conservation of the species through range expansion and management flexibility. This proposal is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific data, which indicate that the species' status has improved such that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. We also propose to correct the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife to reflect that Nesochen is not currently a scientifically accepted generic name for this species, and to acknowledge the Hawaiian name "nene" as an alternative common name. Comments are due on or before 1 June 2018. POC is Mary Abrams, Field Supervisor, tel: 808-792-9400. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 3-122, Honolulu, HI 96850 (Federal Register; 2 April 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 13919-13942).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to increase the ability of a State to administer a permit program under that Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 21 March 2018 [Senate], page S1875).
Mar 29, 2018
A bill to improve the water supply and drought resilience of the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 15 March 2018 [Senate], page S1765).
Mar 16, 2018
EPA is proposing to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. This proposed change, once finalized, would benefit the wide variety of establishments generating and managing hazardous waste aerosol cans, including the retail sector, by providing a clear, protective system for managing discarded aerosol cans. The streamlined universal waste regulations are expected to ease regulatory burdens on retail stores and others that discard hazardous waste aerosol cans; promote the collection and recycling of these cans; and encourage the development of municipal and commercial programs to reduce the quantity of these wastes going to municipal solid waste landfills or combustors. Comments must be received on or before 15 May 2018. POC is Tracy Atagi, Office of Land and Emergency Management (5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-8672; email: atagi.tracy@epa.gov (Federal Register; 16 March 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 11654-11667).
Mar 15, 2018
On 17 April 2015 the EPA promulgated national minimum criteria for existing and new coal combustion residuals (CCR) landfills and existing and new CCR surface impoundments. The Agency is proposing a rule that will address four provisions of the final rule that were remanded back to the Agency on June 14, 2016 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The Agency is also proposing six provisions that establish alternative performance standards for owners and operators of CCR units located in states that have approved CCR permit programs (participating states) or are otherwise subject to oversight through a permit program administered by EPA. Finally, the Agency is proposing an additional revision based on comments received since the date of the final CCR rule. Written comments must be received on or before 30 April 2018. POC is Mary Jackson, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Environmental Protection Agency, 5304P, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (703) 308-8453; email: jackson.mary@epa.gov ( Federal Register; 15 March 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 11584-11616).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the availability of their draft post-delisting monitoring (PDM) plan for the black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla). The draft PDM plan describes the methods proposed to monitor the status of the vireo and its habitat, in cooperation with the States of Texas and Oklahoma and other conservation partners, for a 12-year period if this species is removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The draft PDM plan also provides a strategy for identifying and responding to any future population declines or habitat loss. Comments on the draft PDM plan for black-capped vireo will be accepted until 13 April 2018. POC is Debra Bills, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington Ecological Services Field Office, 2005 NE Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 140, Arlington, TX 76006; tel: 817-277-1100; fax: 817-277-1129; email: ARLES@fws.gov(Federal Register 14 March 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 11162-11164).
Mar 09, 2018
A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to eliminate human exposure to asbestos, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 27 February 2018 [House], page H1333).
A bill to reauthorize the Coastal Management Act of 1972, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 28 February 2018 [Senate], page S1286).
Feb 27, 2018
A bill to establish the Federal Smart Building Program to implement smart building technology and demonstrate the costs and benefits of smart buildings, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 16 February 2018 [House], page H1217).
Feb 21, 2018
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to direct permitting authorities to notify municipalities within 30 miles of a source of certain permit applications and proposed permits, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 8 February 2018 [House], page H1074).
A bill to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to take certain actions related to pesticides that may affect pollinators, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Agriculture (Congressional Record; 14 February 2018 [House], page H1077).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for technical assistance for small treatment works; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 15 February 2018 [House], page H1211).
Feb 20, 2018
EPA is requesting comment on the Agency's previous statements regarding the Clean Water Act (CWA) and whether pollutant discharges from point sources that reach jurisdictional surface waters via groundwater or other subsurface flow that has a direct hydrologic connection to the jurisdictional surface water may be subject to CWA regulation. EPA is requesting comment on whether the Agency should consider clarification or revision of those statements and if so, comment on how clarification or revision should be provided. Comments must be received on or before 21 May 2018. POC is Scott Wilson, Office of Wastewater Management, Water Permits Division (MC4203M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (202) 564-6087; email: wilson.js@epa.gov (Federal Register; 20 February 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 7126-7128)
Feb 09, 2018
Recent amendments to TSCA) require EPA to develop a system to assign a ``unique identifier' whenever it approves a Confidential Business Information (CBI) claim for the specific chemical identity of a chemical substance, to apply this unique identifier to other information concerning the same substance, and to ensure that any nonconfidential information received by the Agency identifies the chemical substance using the unique identifier while the specific chemical identity of the chemical substance is protected from disclosure. EPA previously requested comment on approaches for assigning and applying unique identifiers, and has developed an additional approach on which it now requests comment. EPA will accept written comments and materials submitted to the docket on or before 12 March 2018. POC is Jessica Barkas, Environmental Assistance Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: (202) 250-8880; email address: barkas.jessica@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 February 2018 [Notices], pages 5623-5625).
Feb 01, 2018
A bill to cap the emissions of greenhouse gases through a requirement to purchase carbon permits, to distribute the proceeds of such purchases to eligible individuals, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Finance (Congressional Record; 29 January 2018 [Senate], page S549).
Jan 30, 2018
A bill to cap the emissions of greenhouse gases through a requirement to purchase carbon permits, to distribute the proceeds of such purchases to eligible individuals, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 29 January 2018 [House], page H676).
Jan 26, 2018
This action proposes corrections and updates to regulations for source testing of emissions. The proposed rule includes corrections to testing provisions that contain inaccuracies, updates to outdated procedures, and approved alternative procedures that provide testers enhanced flexibility. The revisions will improve the quality of data but will not impose new substantive requirements on source owners or operators. Written comments must be received by 27 March 2018. Mrs. Lula H. Melton, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division (E143-02), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2910; fax: (919) 541-0516; email: melton.lula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 January 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 3636-3656).
Jan 25, 2018
A bill to extend the period during which vessels that are shorter than 79 feet in length and fishing vessels are not required to have a permit for discharges incidental to the normal operation of the vessel; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 23 January 2018 [Senate], page S467).
Jan 18, 2018
The National Park Service is soliciting comments on the significance of properties nominated before December 16, 2017, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places. A number of federal locations have been nominated. Comments should be submitted by 2 February 2018. (Federal Register, 18 January 2018 [Notices], pages 2667-2669).
Jan 08, 2018
A bill to require the delisting of Mexican gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 on a determination that the subspecies has been sufficiently recovered in the United States; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record, 4 January 2017 [Senate], page S46).
Jan 03, 2018
A bill to extend a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to the normal operation of certain vessels; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 14 December 2017 [House], page H9940).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to nonattainment plan provisions, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 21 December 2017 [House], page 10419).
A bill to extend the period during which vessels that are shorter than 79 feet in length and fishing vessels are not required to have a permit for discharges incidental to the normal operation of the vessel; considered and passed (Congressional Record; 21 December 2017 [Senate], page S8260).
Jan 02, 2018
EPA issued a document in the Federal Register of 26 October 2017, concerning proposed reporting requirements for applicable persons to provide information to assist in the preparation of an ``inventory of mercury supply, use, and trade in the United States.' This document extends the comment period for 16 days, from 26 December 2017 to 11 January 2018. EPA received requests to extend the comment period and believes it is appropriate to do so in order to give stakeholders additional time to assess the impacts of the proposal, review technical documents in the docket, and prepare comments. POC is Thomas Groeneveld, National Program Chemicals Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-566-1188; email: groeneveld.thomas@epa.gov (Federal Register; 19 December 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 60168).
Dec 11, 2017
A bill to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 5 December 2017 [Senate], page S7848).
Dec 06, 2017
EPA Region 9 is proposing to issue a general NPDES permit for discharges from facilities with discharges classified as low threat located in the Navajo Nation (Permit No. NNG990001) and a general NPDES permit for discharges from bulk fuel storage facilities located in Guam (Permit No. GUG000001). These are new proposed permits which will be issued upon completion of the notice and comment period and after due consideration has been given to all comments received. Comments on the proposed permits must be received or postmarked no later than 5 February 2018. POC is Gary Sheth, EPA Region 9, NPDES Permits Section, Water Division (WTR-2-3), 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105-3901; tel: 415-972-3516 (Federal Register; 6 December 2017 [Notice], pages 57598-57599).
Nov 27, 2017
A bill to amend section 1018 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 to make violators of such section liable to residents and invitees of target housing for such violations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Financial Services (Congressional Record; 16 November 2017 [House], page H9424).
Nov 22, 2017
EPA and the Department of the Army (the 'agencies') are proposing to add an applicability date to the "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States'" (the "2015 Rule") to 2 years from the date of final action on this proposal. On 9 October 2015, the Sixth Circuit stayed the 2015 Rule nationwide pending further action of the court, but the Supreme Court is currently reviewing the question of whether the court of appeals has original jurisdiction to review challenges to the 2015 Rule. On 28 February 2017, the President signed an Executive Order, "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." With this proposed rule, the agencies intend to maintain the status quo by proposing to add an applicability date to the 2015 Rule and thus provide continuity and regulatory certainty for regulated entities, the States and tribes, agency staff, and the public while the agencies continue to work to consider possible revisions to the 2015 Rule. Comments must be received on or before 13 December 2017. POC is Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, tel: 202-566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, tel: 202-761-5903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Register; 22 November 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 55542-55547).
Nov 14, 2017
A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to eliminate human exposure to asbestos, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 November 2017 [Senate], page S7001).
Oct 31, 2017
A bill to require Federal agencies to address environmental justice, to require consideration of cumulative impacts in certain permitting decisions, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 24 October 2017 [House], page H8143).
A bill to provide for the accurate reporting of fossil fuel production and emissions from public lands, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources(Congressional Record; 25 October 2017 [House], page H8224).
A bill to require Federal agencies to address environmental justice, to require consideration of cumulative impacts in certain permitting decisions, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 24 October 2017 [Senate], page S6768).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve transparency under the national primary drinking water regulations for lead and copper, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 24 October 2017 [Senate], page S6769).
Oct 19, 2017
A bill to establish a cost of greenhouse gases for carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide to be used by Federal agencies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 5 October 2017 [House], page H7887).
A bill to establish a program to accurately document vehicles that were significant in the history of the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 October 2017 [House], page H8031).
A bill to establish a cost of greenhouse gases for carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide to be used by Federal agencies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 5 October 2017 [Senate], page S6359).
Oct 16, 2017
EPA is proposing to repeal the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (EGUs), commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan (CPP), as promulgated on 23 October 2015. Comments must be received on or before 15 December 2017. POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email: airaction@epa.gov. (Federal Register Volume 82, Number 198 (Monday, October 16, 2017)][Proposed Rules][Pages 48035-48049]).
Oct 13, 2017
A bill to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to authorize States to restrict interstate waste imports and impose a higher fee on out-of-State waste; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 5 October 2017 [House], page H7887).
A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to reform the Antiquities Act of 1906, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 6 October 2017 [House], page H7892).
A bill to clarify that noncommercial species found entirely within the borders of a single State are not in interstate commerce or subject to regulation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 or any other provision of law enacted as an exercise of the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 September 2017 [Senate], page S6134).
Sep 26, 2017
EPA is extending the comment period for the Draft Updated Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Aluminum in Freshwater. The current comment period closes on 26 September 2017. The public comment period will be extended for an additional 30 days. Comments must be received on or before 26 October 2017. POC is Diana Eignor, Health and Ecological Criteria Division, Office of Water (Mail Code 4304T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-1143; email: eignor.diana@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 September 2017 [Notices], page 44784).
Sep 19, 2017
On or about 25 August 2017, the EPA will make available for public comment two draft documents titled, Risk and Exposure Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides, External Review Draft (Draft REA) and Policy Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides, External Review Draft (Draft PA). These draft documents were prepared as part of the current review of the primary NAAQS for Sulfur Oxides (SOX). The Draft REA describes draft quantitative exposure and risk analyses for this NAAQS review. The PA, when final, serves to "bridge the gap" between the currently available scientific information and the judgments required of the Administrator in determining whether to retain or revise the existing primary NAAQS for SOX. Comments should be received on or before 18 October 2017. POC is Dr. Nicole Hagan, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail Code C504-06), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3153; fax: 919-541-5315; email: hagan.nicole@epa.gov (Federal Register; 19 September 2017 [Notices], pages 43756-43757).
Sep 07, 2017
A bill to provide for the preservation of sportsmen's heritage and enhance recreation opportunities on Federal land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, the Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 1 September 2017 [House], page H6632).
A bill to justly transition away from fossil fuel sources of energy to 100 percent clean energy by 2035, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and the Workforce, Science, Space, and Technology, Financial Services, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 1 September 2017 [House], page H6632).
Aug 23, 2017
The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of the Army are extending the comment period for the proposed rule "Definition of 'Waters of the United States' - Recodification of Pre-existing Rules." The agencies are extending the comment period for 30 days in response to stakeholder requests for an extension, from 28 August 2017 to 27 September 27, 2017. POCs are Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314; tel: 202-761-5903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Register; 22 August 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 39712).
Aug 18, 2017
A bill to restore, reaffirm, and reconcile environmental justice and civil rights, provide for the establishment of the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice Compliance and Enforcement, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6574).
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide for a smart energy and water efficiency management pilot program; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 1 August 2017 [Senate], page S4667).
A bill to improve the processes by which environmental documents are prepared and permits and applications are processed and regulated by Federal departments and agencies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 3 August 2017 [Senate], page S4828).
Aug 16, 2017
A bill to decrease the incidence of food waste, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (Congressional Record; 31 July 2017 [Senate], page S4620).
Aug 15, 2017
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6575).
Aug 14, 2017
A bill to achieve domestic energy independence by empowering States to control the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas on all available Federal land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6573).
A bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to authorize grants to Indian Tribes to further achievement of Tribal coastal zone objectives, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6575).
A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6575).
Aug 11, 2017
A bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a coastal climate change adaptation preparedness and response program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6572).
Aug 07, 2017
The proposed amendments address an issue related to monitoring pressure relief devices (PRDs) on containers. This issue was raised in a petition for reconsideration of the amendments to the OSWRO NESHAP finalized in 2015 based on the residual risk and technology review (RTR). Among other things, the 2015 amendments established additional monitoring requirements for all PRDs, including PRDs on containers. For PRDs on containers, these monitoring requirements were in addition to the inspection and monitoring requirements for containers and their closure devices, which include PRDs that were already required by the OSWRO NESHAP. This proposed action would remove the additional monitoring requirements for PRDs on containers that resulted from the 2015 amendments because we have determined that they are not necessary. Comments must be received on or before 21 September 2017. POC is Ms. Angie Carey, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2187; fax: 919-541-0246; email: carey.angela@epa.gov (Federal Register; 7 August 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 36713-36719).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to beach monitoring, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Federal Register; 24 July 2017 [Senate], page S4136).
Aug 04, 2017
A bill to transition away from fossil fuel sources of energy to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Natural Resources, Appropriations, Agriculture, Small Business, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 19 July 2017 [House], page H6041).
Jul 31, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve public water systems and enhance compliance with such Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 25 July 2017 [House], page H6397).
Jul 27, 2017
The EPA and the Dept. of the Army ("the agencies") are publishing this proposed rule to start the first step in a comprehensive, two-step process intended to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) consistent with the Executive Order signed 28 Feb 2017. This first step proposes to rescind the definition of WOTUS in the CFR to re-codify the definition of WOTUS, which currently governs administration of the CWA, pursuant to a decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit staying a definition of WOTUS promulgated by the agencies in 2015. The agencies would apply the definition of WOTUS as it is currently being implemented, that is informed by applicable agency guidance documents and consistent with Supreme Court decisions and longstanding practice. In a second step, the agencies will pursue notice-and-comment rulemaking in which the agencies will conduct a substantive re-evaluation of the definition of WOTUS. Comments must be received on or before 28 August 2017. POC is Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, 1200 Penn Ave NW., Wash., DC 20460; tel: (202) 566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), USACE, 441 G Street NW., Wash., DC 20314; tel: 202-761-5903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Register, 27 July 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 34899-34909).
Jul 26, 2017
Based on the EPA's review of the air quality criteria addressing human health effects of oxides of nitrogen and the primary national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), the EPA is proposing to retain the current standards, without revision. Comments must be received on or before 25 September 2017. POC is Ms. Breanna Alman, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Mail Code C504-06, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2351; fax: 919-541-0237; email: alman.breanna@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 July 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 34792-34834).
Jul 24, 2017
A bill to encourage water efficiency; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 14 July 2017 [House], page H5884).
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to extend the eligibility for certain hydroelectric production and efficiency incentives; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 14 July 2017 [House], page H5884).
A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 12 July 2017 [Senate], page S3961).
Jul 20, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require quarterly reporting, improvement of consumer confidence reports, establishment of a nation consumer confidence report, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 13 July 2017 [House], page H5758 ).
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (citation).
Jul 14, 2017
A bill to amend section 111 of the Clean Air Act to exclude energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from the definition of a modification; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 29 June 2017 [House], page H5374).
A bill to amend section 111 of the Clean Air Act to clarify when a physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 29 June 2017 [House], page H5374).
A bill to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce unnecessary permitting delays by clarifying associated procedures to increase economic development and support coastal restoration programs, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 29 June 2017 [House], page H5375).
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to make certain strategic energy infrastructure projects eligible for certain loan guarantees, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 29 June 2017 [House], page H5375).
Jul 13, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to publish a maximum contaminant level goal and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for perfluorinated compounds (including perfluorooctanesulfonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid), and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 29 June 2017 [House], page H5373).
Jul 12, 2017
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out demonstration projects relating to advanced nuclear reactor technologies to support domestic energy needs; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 June 2017 [Senate], page S3830).
Jul 10, 2017
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 June 2017 [Senate], page S3765).
A bill to provide for the modernization of the energy and natural resources policies of the United States, and for other purposes; read the first time (Congressional Record; 28 June 2017 [Senate], page S3830).
Jul 05, 2017
A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to reauthorize and improve the brownfields program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 22 June 2017 [House], page H5109).
Jun 30, 2017
A bill to amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 26 June 2017 [House], page H5178).
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Indian Affairs (Congressional Record; 21 June 2017 [Senate], page S3686).
Jun 27, 2017
A bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 20 June 2017 [House], page H4993).
Jun 26, 2017
A bill to direct Federal departments and agencies to perform certain functions to ensure that climate change-related impacts are fully considered in the development of national security doctrine, policies, and plans, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Science, Space, and Technology, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 15 June 2017 [House], page H4936).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify when the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to prohibit the specification of a defined area, or deny or restrict the use of a defined area for specification, as a disposal site under section 404 of such Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 15 June 2017 [House], page H4937).
Jun 20, 2017
A bill to authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to ocean acidification; to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (Federal Register; 12 June 2017 [House], page H4853).
Jun 15, 2017
A bill to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize certain recycled water projects, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 7 June 2017 [House], page H4700).
Jun 13, 2017
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program under which the Administrator shall defer the designation of an area as a nonattainment area for purposes of the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard if the area achieves and maintains certain standards under a voluntary early action compact plan; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 23 May 2017 [Senate], page S3097).
A bill to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to equalize liability and financial assurance requirements for onshore pipeline facilities that could discharge oil into the Great Lakes system with such requirements for offshore pipelines, to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue an emergency order directing pipeline owners to comply with existing pipeline operating agreements or acquire sufficient resources to appropriately respond to possible oil spill incidents, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 24 May 2017 [Senate], page S3146).
A bill to require the Office of Pipeline Safety to consult with the Environmental Protection Agency or the Coast Guard in the event the Federal on-scene coordinator has concerns about the ability of a pipeline operator to respond to a worst case discharge; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [Senate], page S3212).
To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture, and for other purposes (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [Senate], page S3212).
Jun 12, 2017
A bill to limit the applicability of the final rule entitled ``Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2`` to the extent such final rule relates to trailers that do not themselves emit greenhouse gases in connection with a propulsion system; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [House], page H4604).
A bill to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [House], page H4606).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to beach monitoring, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 26 May 2017 [House], page H4614).
Jun 08, 2017
A bill to establish an Office of Environmental Justice in the Environmental Protection Agency and to authorize an environmental justice small grants program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [House], page H4604).
A bill to establish the Office of Environmental Justice in the Executive Office of the President, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned ( Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [House], page H4604).
In response to administrative petitions for reconsideration, the EPA proposes to postpone certain compliance dates in the effluent limitations guidelines and standards for the steam electric point source category under the CWA, published in the Federal Register on 3 November 2015. Specifically, EPA proposes to postpone the compliance dates for the new, and more stringent, best available technology economically achievable (``BAT') effluent limitations and pretreatment standards for each of the following waste streams: Fly ash transport water, bottom ash transport water, flue gas desulfurization (``FGD') wastewater, flue gas mercury control wastewater, and gasification wastewater. These compliance dates would be postponed until EPA completes reconsideration of the 2015 Rule. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before 6 July 2017. POC is Ronald Jordan, United States EPA, Engineering and Analysis Division; tel: 202-564-1003; email: jordan.ronald@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 June 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 26017-26019).
Jun 01, 2017
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide that nonnative species in the United States shall not be treated as endangered species or threatened species for purposes of that Act; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 23 May 2017 [House], page H4503).
May 30, 2017
A bill to rebuild and modernize the Nation's infrastructure to expand access to broadband internet, rehabilitate drinking water infrastructure, modernize the electric grid and energy supply infrastructure, redevelop brownfields, strengthen health care infrastructure, create jobs, protect public health and the environment, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 17 May 2017 [House], page H4309).
May 23, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to include provisions relating to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 16 May 2017 [Senate], page S2964).
May 19, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit any regulation under such Act concerning the emissions of carbon dioxide from a fossil fuel-fired electric generating unit from taking effect until the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency makes certain certifications, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 16 May 2017 [House], page H4221).
A bill to require the evaluation and consolidation of duplicative green building programs within the Department of Energy; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 9 May 2017 [Senate], page S2846).
A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricating oil; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 10 May 2017 [Senate], page S2882).
May 18, 2017
A bill to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to clarify when the time period for the issuance of citations under such Act begins and to require a rule to clarify that an employer's duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Congressional Record; 16 May 2017 [House], page H4221).
A bill to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to clarify when the time period for the issuance of citations under such Act begins and to require a rule to clarify that an employer's duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (Congressional Record; 15 May 2017 [Senate], page S2932).
May 11, 2017
A bill to accelerate reductions in climate pollution in order to leave a better planet for future generations, and to create a bipartisan commission to develop economically viable policies to achieve science-based emissions reduction targets; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; page H3322).
May 08, 2017
A bill to transition away from fossil fuel sources of energy to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Finance (Congressional Record; 27 April 2017 [Senate], page S2616).
May 04, 2017
A bill to improve Federal land management, resource conservation, environmental protection, and use of Federal real property, by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to develop a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property and identifying inaccurate, duplicate, and out-of-date Federal land inventories, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 27 April 2017 [House], page H2940).
A bill to authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 27 April 2017 [House], page H2940).
A bill to authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 27 April 2017 [Senate], page S2615).
May 01, 2017
In the Federal Register of 19 Jan 2017, EPA issued two proposed rules under section 6 of TSCA. The first proposed to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of trichloroethylene (TCE) for use in vapor degreasing; to prohibit the use of TCE in vapor degreasing; to require manufacturers (including importers), processors, and distributors, except for retailers, of TCE for any use to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require limited recordkeeping. The second proposed to prohibit the manufacture (including import),processing, and distribution in commerce of methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) for consumer and most types of commercial paint and coating removal; to prohibit the use of methylene chloride and NMP in these commercial uses; to require manufacturers (including importers), processors, and distributors, except for retailers, of methylene chloride and NMP for any use to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require recordkeeping. This document reopens and extends the comment periods for each proposed rule for an additional 30 days. Comments must be received on or before 19 May 2017. (Federal Register 1 May 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 20310-20311).
Apr 27, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to establish deadlines for promulgation of national primary drinking water regulations for certain contaminants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 14 April 2017 [House], page H2804).
A bill to establish the Climate Change Advisory Commission to develop recommendations, frameworks, and guidelines for projects to respond to the impacts of climate change, to issue Federal obligations, the proceeds of which shall be used to fund projects that aid in adaptation to climate change, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 26 April 2017 [House], page H2846).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 26 April 2017 [House], page H2846).
A bill to direct the President to treat a harmful algal bloom caused by certain activities of the Federal Government as an emergency for purposes of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 26 April 2017 [House], page H2846).
A bill to improve and coordinate interagency Federal actions and provide assistance to States for responding to public health challenges posed by emerging contaminants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 24 April 2017 [Senate], page S2490).
A bill to establish the Climate Change Advisory Commission to develop recommendations, frameworks, and guidelines for projects to respond to the impacts of climate change, to issue Federal obligations, the proceeds of which shall be used to fund projects that aid in adaptation to climate change, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Finance (Congressional Record; 24 April 2017 [Senate], page S2490).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species, to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to permit the taking of certain black vultures and ravens, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 April 2017 [Senate], page S2530).
Apr 24, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate the exemption for aggregation of emissions from oil and gas sources, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2787).
A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to modify provisions relating to grants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 4 April 2017 [Senate], page S2215).
Apr 17, 2017
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study with respect to stormwater runoff from oil and gas operations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2785).
A bill to repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2785).
Apr 14, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require testing of underground sources of drinking water in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2783).
A bill to provide for integrated plan permits, to establish an Office of the Municipal Ombudsman, to promote green infrastructure, and to require the revision of financial capability guidance; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2783).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve transparency under the national primary drinking water regulations for lead and copper, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2784).
A bill to require regulation of wastes associated with the exploration, development, or production of crude oil, natural gas, or geothermal energy under the Solid Waste Disposal Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2785).
EPA is announcing the availability of the final document titled Policy Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen (NO2 PA). Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is the component of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) for which we have the greatest concern for public health. Accordingly, the current primary (health-based) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for NOX are in terms of NO2. The NO2 PA presents considerations and conclusions relevant for the EPA's review of the primary NO2 NAAQS. The primary NO2 NAAQS are set to protect the public health from exposures to NO2 in ambient air. The NO2 PA will be available on or about 12 April 2017. POC is Ms. Breanna Alman, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail Code C504-06), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2351; email: alman.breanna@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 17947-17948).
Apr 13, 2017
In accordance with Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda," EPA is seeking input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. Comments must be received on or before 15 May 2017. POC is Sarah Rees, Director, Office of Regulatory Policy and Management, Office of Policy, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Mail Code 1803A, Washington, DC 20460, Tel: (202) 564-1986; Laws-Regs@epa.gov (Federal Register; 13 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 17793).
Apr 11, 2017
A bill to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution facilities on Federal lands by facilitating vegetation management on such lands; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 4 April 2017 [House], page H2695).
to a stakeholder request, EPA is extending the comment period for an additional 30 days, from 17 April 2017, to 17 May 2017. POC is Russ Perkinson at U.S. EPA, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (Mail Code 4607M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-4901; or email: perkinson.russ@epa.gov (Federal Register; 11 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 17406).
Apr 05, 2017
A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 30 March 2017 [House], page H2597).
A bill to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 29 March 2017 [Senate], page S2098).
Apr 04, 2017
By this notice, EPA announces it is reviewing the Clean Power Plan, 80 FR 64662 (October 23, 2015) (CPP), including the accompanying Legal Memorandum, and, if appropriate, will as soon as practicable and consistent with law, initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind this rule. The CPP established emission guidelines for state plans to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants.POC is POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email address: airaction@epa.gov (Federal Register; 4 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 16329-16330).
By this notice, EPA announces it is reviewing the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units (New Source Rule), 80 FR 64510 (October 23, 2015) and, if appropriate, will as soon as practicable and consistent with law, initiate reconsideration proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind this rule. The New Source Rule established national emission standards to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new fossil fuel-fired power plants. POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email address: airaction@epa.gov (Federal Register; 4 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 16330-16331).
Apr 03, 2017
EPA is proposing to delay the effective date of the final rule that amends the Risk Management Program regulations under the Clean Air Act published in the Federal Register on 13 January 2017. On 16 March 2017, the EPA published in the Federal Register a stay and delay of the effective date pending reconsideration to 19 June 2017. The EPA is proposing to further delay the effective date to 19 February 2019. This action would allow the Agency time to consider petitions for reconsideration of this final rule and take further regulatory action, which could include proposing and finalizing a rule to revise the Risk Management Program amendments. Written comments must be received by 19 May 2017. POC is James Belke, United States EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 3 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 16146-16149).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require disclosure to States of the basis of determinations under such Act, to ensure use of information provided by State, tribal, and county governments in decisionmaking under such Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 March 2017 [Senate], page S1995).
A bill to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to authorize States to restrict interstate waste imports and impose a higher fee on out-of-State waste; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record, 28 March 2017 [Senate], page S2047).
EPA is withdrawing the 23 October 2015 proposals for a federal plan to implement the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission guidelines (EGs) for existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs), for model trading rules for implementation of the EGs, and for amendments to the CAA 111(d) framework regulations, and the 30 June 2016 proposed rule concerning design details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). The withdrawal is effective 3 April 2017. POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email: airaction@epa.gov (Federal Register; 3 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 16144-16146).
Mar 31, 2017
A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to reauthorize and improve the Brownfields revitalization program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 28 March 2017 [House], page H2515).
A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to modify provisions relating to brownfield remediation grants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 28 March 2017 [House], page H2516).
Mar 27, 2017
A bill to amend certain provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 21 March 2017 [House], page 2287).
Mar 23, 2017
A bill to require drinking water systems to assess and address their vulnerabilities to climate change, source water degradation, and intentional acts to ensure security and resiliency; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 16 March 2017 [House], page 2148).
Mar 22, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure limitations under such Act; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for technical assistance for small treatment works; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
A bill to amend the Safe Water Drinking Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish maximum contaminant levels for certain contaminants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
Mar 21, 2017
A bill to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, Financial Services, Science, Space, and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 9 March 2017 [House], page H2107).
A bill to improve the control and management of invasive species that threaten and harm Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
Mar 10, 2017
A bill to improve the control and management of invasive species that threaten and harm Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1528).
Mar 09, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure limitations under such Act; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1527).
A bill to repeal the renewable fuel program of the Environmental Protection Agency; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1527).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate certain requirements under the renewable fuel program, to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from approving the introduction into commerce of gasoline that contains greater than 10-volume-percent ethanol, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1527).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to give States the option of monitoring covered criteria air pollutants in designated areas by greatly increasing the number of air quality sensors in exchange for greater regulatory flexibility in the methods of monitoring, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1529).
A bill to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to prohibit baiting exemptions on certain land; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Records; 1 March 2017 [Senate], page S1540).
Mar 08, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to delay the enforcement and implementation of the 2015 national ambient air quality standards for ozone; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 February 2017 [Senate], page S1447).
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to include in any proposed rule that limits greenhouse gas emissions and imposes increased costs on other Federal agencies an offset from funds available to the Administrator for all projected increased costs that the proposed rule would impose on other Federal agencies; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 February 2017 [Senate], page S1447).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to exceptional event demonstrations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 February 2017 [Senate], page S1447).
Mar 07, 2017
A bill to clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 28 February 2017 [House], page H1392).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 1 March 2017 [House], page H1462).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require making available to States affected by determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species all data that is the basis of such determinations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 1 March 2017 [House], page H1462).
Mar 06, 2017
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register on 19 January 2017, about a 14 February 2017 public meeting and solicitation of comments to receive input and information in efforts to establish the scope of risk evaluations under development for the ten chemicals substances designated on 19 December 2016 for risk evaluations. The comment period closed on 1 March 2017. This document reopens the comment period related to the public meeting and for dockets for each of the ten chemical substances for which risk evaluations have begun for 14 days, from 1 March 2017 to 15 March 2017. POC is Sheila Canavan, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: (202-566-1978; email address: Canavan.Sheila@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 March 2017 [Notices], page 12589-12590).
Feb 28, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to increase assistance for States, water systems, and disadvantaged communities; to encourage good financial and environmental management of water systems; to strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce the requirements of the Act; and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 15 February 2017 [House], page H1242).
A bill to repeal the rule entitled ``Clean Water Rule: Definition of `Waters of the United States' '; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 16 February 2017 [House], page H1297).
Feb 23, 2017
On 27 December 2016, the EPA proposed a rule titled, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP): Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).' The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule that was scheduled to close on 27 February 2017, by 30 days until 29 March 2017. The EPA is making this change based on one request for additional time to prepare comments on this proposed rule. Written comments must be received on or before 29 March 2017. POC is Karen Marsh, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: (919) 541-1065; email: marsh.karen@epa.gov (Federal Register; 22 February 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 11334-11335).
Feb 21, 2017
USDA is extending by 30 days the deadline to submit comments on the proposed rule to designate product categories for federal procurement, which was published on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4206). The 60-day comment period in the proposed rule is scheduled to end on 14 March 2017. The extended comment period will now close on 13 April 2017. In this proposed rule, USDA is proposing to amend the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (Guidelines) to add 12 sections that will designate the product categories within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by Federal agencies and their contractors. Comments on the proposed rule published 13 January 2017 (82 FR 4206) must be received on or before 13 April 2017. POC is Marie Wheat, USDA, Office of Procurement and Property Management, Room 361, Reporters Building, 300 7th St. SW., Washington, DC 20024; email: biopreferred_support@amecfw.com; Tel: 202-239-4502 (Federal Register; 21 February 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 11159).
A bill to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 6 February 2017 [Senate], page S867).
Feb 17, 2017
EPA issued two proposed rules under section 6 of the TSCA to prohibit the manufacture (including importers), processing, and distribution in commerce of trichloroethylene (TCE) for use in aerosol degreasing, for use in spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities, and for use in vapor degreasing; to prohibit commercial use of TCE for aerosol degreasing, for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities, and for use in vapor degreasing; to require manufacturers (including importers), processors, and distributors, except for retailers of TCE for any use, to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require limited recordkeeping. This document extends the comment periods for both proposed rules by an additional 30 calendar days each. The comment period of the proposed rule published in the FR of 16 December 2016 (81 FR 91592) is extended to 16 March 2017, and the comment date of the proposed rule published in the FR of 19 January 2017 (82 FR 7432) is delayed to 19 April 2017. POC is Toni Krasnic, Chemical Control Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-0984; email: krasnic.toni@epa.gov (Federal Register 15 February 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 10732).
Feb 16, 2017
A bill to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to facilitate the establishment of additional or expanded public target ranges in certain States; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 1 February 2017 [House], page H875).
A bill to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand coverage under the Act, to increase protections for whistleblowers, to increase penalties for high gravity violations, to adjust penalties for inflation, to provide rights for victims or their family members, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Congressional Record; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1080).
A bill to control the export of electronic waste in order to ensure that such waste does not become the source of counterfeit goods that may reenter military and civilian electronics supply chains in the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Congressional Record; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1080).
A bill to clarify that a State has the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within the boundaries of the State; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1080).
A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1081).
Feb 15, 2017
The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990 through 2015 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) emissions. Submit comments by 17 March 2017. Comments should be submitted to GHG Inventory at: Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Division (6207A), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, Fax: (202) 343-2338. You are welcome and encouraged to send an email with your comments to GHGInventory@epa.gov. POC is Ms. Mausami Desai, EPA, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, 202-343-2338, desai.mausami@epa.gov (Federal Register; 15 February 2017 [Notices], page 10767).
Feb 14, 2017
A bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 2 February 2017 [Senate], page S655).
Feb 10, 2017
A bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 2 February 2017 [House], page H944).
Feb 09, 2017
A bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 2 February 2017 [House], page H944).
Feb 08, 2017
A bill to facilitate efficient State implementation of ground-level ozone standards, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 1 February 2017 [Senate], page S594).
Feb 07, 2017
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal facilities, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 30 January 2017 [Senate], page S489).
Feb 06, 2017
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal facilities, and for other purposes (Congressional Record; 30 January 2017 [House], page H742).
Feb 03, 2017
A bill to amend the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to authorize assignment to States of Federal agency environmental review responsibilities, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 January 2017 [House], page H469).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require review of the economic cost of adding a species to the list of endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 27 January 2017 [House], page H702).
A bill to provide for consideration of the extension under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of nonapplication of No-Load Mode energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms or surveillance systems, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 23 January 2017 [Senate], page S399).
Jan 24, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the improvement of consumer confidence reports, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 10 January 2017 [House], page H298).
A bill to improve the ability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard, and coastal States to sustain healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems by maintaining and sustaining their capabilities relating to oil spill preparedness, prevention, response, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 9 January 2017 [Senate], page S154).
Jan 23, 2017
A bill to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices designed to be connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-emitting diodes providing illumination from energy conservation standards for external power supplies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 13 January 2017 [House], page H543).
Jan 18, 2017
DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive Order, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, and the biobased product acquisition provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (also known as the 2014 Farm Bill). Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat Division at one of the addresses shown below on or before 20 March 2017 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. POC is Mr. Charles Gray, Procurement Analyst, at 703-795-6328 for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat Division at 202-501-4755. Please cite "FAR Case 2015-033" (Federal Register; 18 January 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 5490-5499).
Jan 17, 2017
Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 (RLDWA) and the Community Fire Safety Act of 2013 (CFSA). Specifically, EPA proposes to establish labeling requirements to differentiate plumbing products that meet the lead free requirements from those that are exempt from the lead free requirements and to require manufacturers to certify compliance with the lead free requirements. These proposed requirements would reduce inadvertent use of non-lead free plumbing products in potable use applications and, consequently, reduce exposure to lead in drinking water and associated adverse health effects. Comments must be received on or before 17 April 2017. POC is Russ Perkinson, tel: 202-564-4901; email address: perkinson.russ@epa.gov, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Standards and Risk Management Division (4607), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460 (Federal Register; 17 January 2017 (Proposed Rules), pages 4805-4825).
Jan 13, 2017
USDA is proposing to amend the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (Guidelines) to add 12 sections that will designate 12 product categories composed of intermediate ingredient and feedstock materials within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by Federal agencies and their contractors. USDA is also proposing minimum biobased contents for each of these product categories. USDA will accept public comments on this proposed rule until 14 March 2017. POC is Marie Wheat, USDA, Office of Procurement and Property Management, Room 361, Reporters Building, 300 7th St. SW., Washington, DC 20024; email: biopreferred_support@amecfw.com; phone (202) 239-4502 (Federal Register; 13 January 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 4206-4221).
Jan 12, 2017
A bill to amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 3 January 2017 [House], page H44).
A bill to amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to promote energy efficiency via information and computing technologies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 5 January 2017 [House], page H179).
Jan 11, 2017
This action proposes the federal plan for existing commercial and industrial incineration (CISWI) units. This proposed action implements the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) emission guidelines (EG) adopted on 7 February 2013, as amended on 23 June 2016, in states that do not have an approved state plan implementing the EG in place by the effective date of this federal plan. The federal plan will result in emissions reductions of certain pollutants from all affected units covered. Comments must be received on or before 27 February 2017. POC is Dr. Nabanita Modak Fischer, Fuels and Incineration Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5572; fax: 919-541-3470; email: modak.nabanita@epa.gov (Federal Register; 11 January 2017 (Proposed Rules), pages 3554-3599).
(draftregs sdwa drinkingwater contaminants disinfection treatment) The SDWA requires the U.S. EPA) to conduct a review every 6 yrs of existing national primary drinking water regulations (NPDWRs) and determine which, if any, need to be revised. EPA has completed a detailed review of 76 NPDWRs and at this time has determined that eight NPDWRs are candidates for regulatory revision. The 8 NPDWRs are included in the Stage 1 and the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rules, the Surface Water Treatment Rule, the Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and the Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. EPA requests comments on the 8 NPDWRs identified as candidates for revision. EPA also identified 12 other NPDWRs that were or continue to be addressed in recently completed, ongoing or pending regulatory actions. Those 12 NPDWRs were excluded from detailed review. This is not a final regulatory decision, but the start of a process involving more detailed analyses of factors relevant to deciding whether a revision rulemaking should be initiated. Comments must be received on or before 13 March 2017. POC is Richard Weisman, 202-564-2822, or Kesha Forrest, 202-564-3632, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA (Federal Register; 11 January 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 3518-3552).
Jan 10, 2017
A bill to repeal Federal energy conservation standards, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 3 January 2017 [House], page H41).
A bill to repeal certain amendments to the Clean Air Act relating to the expansion of the renewable fuel program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 3 January 2017 [House], page H41).
A bill to direct the Secretary of Labor to revise regulations concerning the recording and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Congressional Record; 3 January 2017 [House], page H42).
Dec 28, 2016
EPA is proposing amendments to the NESHAP for POTW to address the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) conducted under the Clean Air Act (CAA). As a result of the review, EPA is proposing to include pretreatment requirements to limit emissions from collection systems and the POTW treatment plant; requirements for existing, new, or reconstructed industrial (Group 1) POTW to comply with both the requirements in this rule and those in the applicable NESHAP for which they act as control; and HAP emission limits for existing, non-industrial (Group 2) POTW. In addition, the EPA is proposing to revise the applicability criteria, revise the names and definitions of the industrial (Group 1) and non-industrial (Group 2) subcategories, revise regulatory provisions pertaining to emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction, add requirements for electronic reporting, and make other miscellaneous edits and technical corrections. Comments must be received on or before 27 February 2017. POC is Karen Marsh, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-05), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: (919) 541-1065; fax: (919) 541-3470; and email: marsh.karen@epa.gov (Federal Register; 27 December 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 95352-95396).
Dec 16, 2016
TCE is a volatile organic compound widely used in industrial and commercial processes and has some limited uses in consumer and commercial products. EPA identified significant health risks associated with TCE use in aerosol degreasing and for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities. To address these unreasonable risks, EPA is proposing to prohibit the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for use in aerosol degreasing and for use in spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities; to prohibit commercial use of TCE for aerosol degreasing and for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities; to require manufacturers, processors, and distributors, except for retailers of TCE for any use, to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require limited recordkeeping. Comments must be received on or before 14 February 2017. POC is Toni Krasnic, Chemical Control Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-0984; email address: krasnic.toni@epa.gov (Federal Register; 16 December 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 91592-91624).
Dec 07, 2016
This proposed rule address management of paleontological resources on federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior, and managed by BLM, Reclamation, NPS, and FWS. The proposed rule would address the management, collection, and curation of paleontological resources from federal lands using scientific principles and expertise, including collection in accordance with permits; curation in an approved repository; and maintenance of confidentiality of specific locality data. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by 6 February 2017. Comments on the information collection requirements must be received by 5 January 2017. POC is Julia F. Brunner, Geologic Resources Division, National Park Service, tel: 303-969-2012 or email: Julia_F_Brunner@nps.gov (Federal Register; 7 December 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 88173-88196).
Nov 28, 2016
EPA is amending existing regulations regarding the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the United States. Proposed revisions will require exporters of hazardous waste and receiving facilities recycling or disposing hazardous waste from foreign sources to maintain a single publicly accessible Web site to which documents can be posted regarding the confirmation of receipt and confirmation of completed recovery or disposal of individual hazardous waste import and export shipments. The proposed internet posting requirements are planned for the interim period prior to the electronic import-export reporting compliance date when electronic submittal to EPA of confirmations of receipt and completed recovery or disposal for hazardous waste shipments will be required. EPA also proposes a confidentiality determination to exclude documents related to the export, import, and transit of hazardous waste and export of excluded CRTs from confidential business information (CBI) claims. Comments must be received on or before 27 January 2017. POC is Laura Coughlan, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: (703) 308-0005; email: coughlan.laura@epa.gov (Federal Register; 28 November 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 85459-85471).
Nov 22, 2016
On 26 August 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule to revise provisions in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and title V permitting regulations applicable to greenhouse gases (GHGs) to fully conform with recent court decisions. The EPA is extending the comment period on this proposed rule that was scheduled to close on 2 December 2016. POC is Jessica Montanez, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA (C504-03), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel 919-541-3407; fax 919-541-5509; email: montanez.jessica@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 November 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 81711-81712).
Nov 02, 2016
EPA is proposing to issue amendments to the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials Rule which generally established standards and procedures for identifying whether non-hazardous secondary materials are solid wastes when used as fuels or ingredients in combustion units. The 8 February 2016 amendments added three materials including creosote treated railroad ties to the list of categorical non-waste fuels. This action proposes to add other treated railroad ties to the list, which are processed creosote-borate, copper naphthenate and copper naphthenate-borate treated railroad ties, under certain conditions depending on the chemical treatment. Comments must be received on or before 3 January 2017. POC is George Faison, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, MC 5304P, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-305-7652; email: faison.george@epa.gov (Federal Register; 1 November 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 75781-75801).
Oct 03, 2016
EPA is proposing to revise provisions applicable to greenhouse gases (GHG) in the EPA's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and title V permitting regulations. This action is in response to the 23 Jun 2014, U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA and the 10 Apr 2015, Amended Judgment by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) in Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA. The proposed revisions involve changes to several regulatory definitions in the PSD and title V regulations, revisions to the PSD provisions on GHG Plantwide Applicability Limitations (PALs), and revisions to other provisions necessary to ensure that neither the PSD nor title V rules require a source to obtain a permit solely because the source emits or has the potential to emit GHGs above the applicable thresholds. EPA is also proposing a significant emissions rate for GHGs under the PSD program that would establish an appropriate threshold level below which BACT is not required for a source's GHG emissions. Comments must be received on or before 2 Dec 2016. POC is Ms. Carrie Wheeler, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards, Air Quality Policy Division, (C504-01), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Tel: (919) 541-9771, email: wheeler.carrie@epa.gov (Federal Register; 3 October 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 68110-68147).
Sep 07, 2016
PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods--Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA proposes several amendments to the HMR that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council. Comments must be received by 7 November 2016. POC is Steven Webb, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards or Aaron Wiener, International Standards, tel:202-366-8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001 (Federal Register; 7 September 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 61741-61831).
Aug 08, 2016
On 9 June 2016 the EPA published a request for comments on a Regulatory Flexibility Act section 610 review titled, Section 610 Review of Lead-Based Paint Activities; Training and Certification for Renovation and Remodeling 402(C)(3) (Section 610 Review). As initially published in the Federal Register, written comments were to be submitted to the EPA on or before 8 August 2016. Since publication, the EPA has received a request for additional time to submit comments. Therefore, the EPA is extending the public comment period for 30 days until 7 September 2016. The public comment period for the review published 9 June 2016 (81 FR 37373) is being extended for 30 days to 7 September 2016. POC is Jonathan Shafer, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, 7404T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Tel: 202 564-0789, Email: shafer.jonathan@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 August 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 52393-52394).
Jul 26, 2016
PHMSA is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to revise certain requirements applicable to the manufacture, use, and requalification of DOT-specification cylinders. PHMSA is taking this action in response to petitions for rulemaking submitted by stakeholders and to agency review of the compressed gas cylinders regulations. Specifically, PHMSA is proposing to incorporate by reference or update the references to several Compressed Gas Association publications, amend the filling requirements for compressed and liquefied gases, expand the use of salvage cylinders, and revise and clarify the manufacture and requalification requirements for cylinders. Comments must be submitted by 26 September 2016. POC is Eileen Edmonson, Standards and Rulemaking Division, PHMSA, U.S. DOT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, at 202-366-8553 (Federal Register; 26 July 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 48977-49022).
Jun 30, 2016
PHMSA proposes to amend 49 CFR 171 through 180 to update, clarify, or provide relief from miscellaneous regulatory requirements. Specifically, PHMSA is proposing amendments that include, but are not limited to, the following: Incorporating by Reference (IBR) publications from both the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) and the Chlorine Institute; addressing inconsistencies with domestic and international labels and placards; permitting alternative testing for aerosols; no longer mandating that excepted quantities comply with the emergency response telephone requirement; allowing electronic signatures for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) manifest forms; and no longer requiring the service pressure to be marked on DOT 8 and 8L cylinders. Comments must be submitted by 29 August 2016. POC is Steven Andrews or Matthew Nickels, 202-366-8553, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards, PHMSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001 (Federal Register; 30 June 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 42609-42625).
Jun 27, 2016
EPA's Preliminary 2016 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan is now available and EPA is soliciting public comment. Section 304(m) of the CWA requires EPA to biennially publish a plan for new and revised effluent limitations guidelines, after public review and comment. The Preliminary 2016 Plan identifies any new or existing industrial categories selected for effluent guidelines or pretreatment standards and provides a schedule for their development. EPA typically publishes a preliminary plan upon which the public is invited to comment, and then publishes a final plan thereafter. The information and analyses from the 2015 Annual Review were used in developing the Preliminary 2016 Plan. Comments must be received on or before 27 July 2016. POC is Mr. William F. Swietlik, Engineering and Analysis Division, Office of Water, 4303T, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-1129; fax: 202-566-1053; email: swietlik.william@epa.gov (Federal Register; 27 June 2016 [Notices], pages 41535-41536).
Jun 24, 2016
On 13 May 2016, EPA proposed a rule titled, "National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP): Site Remediation." The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule that was scheduled to close on 27 June 2016, by thirty days. The EPA has received letters from trade organizations and calls from business organizations requesting additional time to review and comment on the proposed rule revisions. The public comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on 13 May 2016 (81 FR 529821), is being extended. Written comments must be received on or before 27 July 2016. POC is Paula Hirtz, Refining and Chemicals Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-01), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2618; fax: 919-541-0246; email: hirtz.paula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 24 June 2016 [Proposed Rules], page 41282).
Jun 13, 2016
EPA is extending the comment period on the tentative denial of a petition to revise the RCRA corrosivity hazardous waste characteristic regulation, published in the Federal Register on 11 April 2016. EPA is tentatively denying the rulemaking petition because the materials submitted in support of the petition fail to demonstrate that the requested regulatory revisions are warranted, as further explained in the tentative denial. The comment period is being extended. Comments must be received on or before 7 December 2016. POC is Gregory Helms, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, (5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-8855; email address: helms.greg@epa.gov (Federal Register; 10 June 2016 [Proposed Rules], page 37565).
May 18, 2016
EPA proposes revisions to the NPDES regulations to eliminate regulatory and application form inconsistencies; improve permit documentation, transparency and oversight; clarify existing regulations; and remove outdated provisions. These proposed regulatory changes cover 15 topics in the following major categories: permit applications; the water quality-based permitting process; permit objection, documentation and process efficiencies; the vessels exclusion; and the CWA section 401 certification process. Comments must be received on or before 18 July 2016. POC is Erin Flannery-Keith, Water Permits Division, Office of Wastewater Management, Mail Code 4203M, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; 202-566-0689; flannery-keith.erin@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 May 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 31343-31374).
EPA is announcing that the period for providing public comments on the 18 April 2016, proposed "Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Proposed New Listings of Substitutes; Changes of Listing Status; and Reinterpretation of Unacceptability for Closed Cell Foam Products under the SNAP Program; and Revision of CAA Section 608 Venting Prohibition for Propane" is being extended by 14 days. The public comment period for the proposed rule will now close on 16 June 2016. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205 T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-7768; email: Farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 May 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 31222-31223).
May 13, 2016
This action proposes to amend the NESHAP: Site Remediation by removing exemptions from the rule for site remediation activities performed under authority of CERCLA and for site remediation activities performed under a RCRA corrective action or other required RCRA order. The EPA is also proposing to remove the applicability requirement that site remediations be co-located with at least one other stationary source regulated by another NESHAP. The EPA is seeking comment on these issues, but is not requesting comment on any other issues or provisions of the final Site Remediation Rule at this time. Comments must be received on or before 27 June 2016. POC is Ms. Paula Hirtz, Refining and Chemicals Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-01), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2618; fax: 919-541-0246; email: hirtz.paula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 13 May 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 29821-29828).
Apr 19, 2016
This action proposes to list a number of substances as acceptable, subject to use conditions; to list several substances as unacceptable; and to modify the listing status for certain substances from acceptable to acceptable, subject to narrowed use limits, or to unacceptable. This action also proposes to exempt propane in certain refrigeration end-uses from the CAA section 608 prohibition on venting, release, or disposal. In addition, this action proposes to apply unacceptability determinations for foam-blowing agents to closed cell foam products and products containing closed cell foam that are manufactured or imported using these foam-blowing agents. This action also proposes to clarify the listing for Powdered Aerosol D (Stat-X[supreg]). Comments are due 2 June 2016. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205 T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-7768; email: Farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 April 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 22809-22909).
Apr 11, 2016
EPA is responding to a rulemaking petition requesting revision of the RCRA corrosivity hazardous waste characteristic regulation. The petition requests that the Agency make two changes to the current corrosivity characteristic regulation: revise the regulatory value for defining waste as corrosive from the current value of pH 12.5, to pH 11.5; and expand the scope of the RCRA corrosivity definition to include nonaqueous wastes in addition to the aqueous wastes currently regulated. EPA is tentatively denying the petition, since the materials submitted in support of the petition fail to demonstrate that the requested regulatory revisions are warranted. The Agency is also soliciting public comment on this tentative and the questions raised in this action. Comments must be received on or before 10 June 2016. POC is Gregory Helms, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, (5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-8855; email: corrosivitypetition@epa.gov(Federal Register; 11 April 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 21295-21308).
Final Documents
NOTE: Final regulations are removed from this list annually as they are incorporated into the full-text version of the Code of Federal Regulations. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR)
Final Documents
Dec 03, 2018
The EPA is announcing that the amendments to the Risk Management Program under the Clean Air Act put forward in a final rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 are in effect. The rule amends 40 CFR part 68 is effective December 3, 2018. POC: James Belke, EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20460; tel: (202) 564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov.(Federal Register; 3 December 2018 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 62268-62269).
Nov 28, 2018
The EPA is taking final action to revise the regulatory definition of volatile organic compounds (VOC) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This final action adds HFO-1336mzz-Z to the list of compounds excluded from the regulatory definition of VOC on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone (O3) formation. POC: Dr. Souad Benromdhane, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Mail Code C539-07, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; Tel: (919) 541-4359; email: benromdhane.souad@epa.gov. (Federal Register; 28 November 2018 [Rules and Regulations], Pages 61127-61134).
To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to provide for water pollution control activities. Signed on October 23, 2018. (Public Law 115-270) (Congressional Record; 13 November 2018 [Daily Digest], page D1166).
Nov 21, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined endangered species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the candy darter (Etheostoma osburni), a freshwater fish species from Virginia and West Virginia. This rule adds this species to the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This rule is effective 21 December 2018. POC is John Schmidt, Field Supervisor, West Virginia Ecological Services Field Office, 694 Beverly Pike, Elkins, WV 26241-9475; tel: 304-636-6586 (Federal Register; 21 November 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 58747-58754).
To reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris. Signed on October 11, 2018. (Public Law 115-265)(Congressional Record; 13 November 2018 [Daily Digest], page D1166).
Nov 16, 2018
This action amends certain existing testing regulations to reflect corrections, updates, and the addition of alternative equipment and methods for source testing of emissions. These revisions will improve the quality of data and provide flexibility in the use of approved alternative procedures. The revisions do not impose any new substantive requirements on source owners or operators. The final rule is effective on 14 January 2019. POC is Ms. Lula H. Melton, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division (E143-02), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2910; fax: 919-541-0516; email: melton.lula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 November 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 56713-56734).
Nov 14, 2018
This action amends certain existing testing regulations to reflect corrections, updates, and the addition of alternative equipment and methods for source testing of emissions. These revisions will improve the quality of data and provide flexibility in the use of approved alternative procedures. The revisions do not impose any new substantive requirements on source owners or operators. The final rule is effective on 14 January 2019. POC is Ms. Lula H. Melton, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division (E143-02), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2910; fax: 919-541-0516; email: melton.lula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 November 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 56713-56734).
Nov 07, 2018
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations in response to petitions for rulemaking submitted by the regulated community to update, clarify, streamline, or provide relief from miscellaneous regulatory requirements. By adopting these deregulatory amendments, PHMSA is allowing more efficient and effective ways of transporting hazardous materials in commerce while maintaining an equivalent level of safety. This rule is effective December 7, 2018. POC is Steven Andrews, Tel: (202) 366-8553, email: steven.andrews@dot.gov, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001. (Federal Register; 7 November 2018 [Rules and Regulations], Pages 55792-55811).
Nov 02, 2018
The EPA has released for public review the draft Integrated Review Plan for the Ozone NAAQS (draft IRP). This document contains the draft plans and the anticipated schedule for the current review of the air quality criteria and NAAQS for photochemical oxidants including ozone (O3). The primary and secondary O3 NAAQS are set to protect the public health and the public welfare from O3 in ambient air. POC is Dr. Deirdre L. Murphy, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, (Mail Code C504-06),EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-0729, fax: 919-541-027; or email: murphy.deirdre@epa.gov (Federal Register; 2 November 2018 [Notice],Pages 55163-55164).
Nov 01, 2018
Corrections to the text of approved SDWA analytical testing procedures (Federal Register; 31 October 2018 [Rules and Regulations], page 54676).
Oct 18, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is removing Deseret milkvetch (Astragalus desereticus) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants due to recovery. Based on the best available scientific and commercial data, threats to Deseret milkvetch identified at the time of listing are not as significant as originally anticipated and are being adequately managed, the species' population is much greater than was known at the time of listing, and threats to this species have been sufficiently minimized such that it no longer meets the definition of an endangered species or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This is final rule is effective 19 November 2018. POC is Larry Crist, Field Supervisor, tel: 801-975-3330 ( Federal Register; 18 October 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 52775-52786).
Oct 12, 2018
EPA is announcing the Agency's approval of alternative testing methods for use in measuring the levels of contaminants in drinking water and determining compliance with national primary drinking water regulations. The EPA is making 100 additional methods available for analyzing drinking water samples. This expedited approach provides public water systems, laboratories, and primacy agencies with more timely access to new measurement techniques and greater flexibility in the selection of analytical methods, thereby reducing monitoring costs while maintaining public health protection. This action is effective 12 October 2018. POC is Glynda Smith, Technical Support Center, Standards and Risk Management Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (MS 140), EPA, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45268; tel: (513) 569-7652; email: smith.glynda@epa.gov (Federal Register; 12 October 2018 [Rules and Regulatins], pages 51636-51652).
Oct 04, 2018
This determination of acceptability expands the list of acceptable substitutes pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. This action lists as acceptable additional substitutes for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning, foam blowing, fire suppression, cleaning solvents, and aerosols sectors. This determination is applicable on 4 October 2018. POC is Gerald Wozniak; tel: 202-343-9624; email: wozniak.gerald@epa.gov; or by mail at U.S. EPA, Mail Code 6205T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460.
Aug 24, 2018
The ACHP issued a Program Comment to exempt consideration of effects to rail properties within rail rights-of-way at the request of the U.S. DOT to accelerate the review of these undertakings under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and to meet the requirement of Section 11504 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. The Program Comment can be used by any federal agency with responsibility to consider the effects of undertakings within rail rights-of-way. Federal agencies using the Program Comment may fulfill their Section 106 responsibilities for the relevant undertakings by implementing the terms of this comment, which include identifying those activities that meet the conditions in Appendix A and opting into the process to identify excluded historic rail properties and seek further streamlining of the review process under the property-based approach.The Program Comment was issued by the ACHP on 17 August 2018. POC is Kelly Y. Fanizzo, 202-517-0193, kfanizzo@achp.gov (Federal Register; 24 August 2018 [Notices], pages 42920-42929).
Aug 13, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), a species that occurs almost exclusively in Brazil and marginally in Bolivia and Paraguay. This rule adds this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. FWS is also establishing a rule pursuant to section 4(d) of the Act to further provide for the conservation of the hyacinth macaw. This rule is effective 12 September 2018. POC is Don Morgan, Chief, Division of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES, Falls Church, VA 22041; tel: 703-358-2444 (Federal Register; 13 August 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 39894-39916).
Aug 08, 2018
On 11 December 2017, the EPA published a direct final rule and an accompanying notice of proposed rulemaking entitled "Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revision to References for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector To Incorporate Latest Edition of Certain Industry, Consensus-based Standards." EPA proposed to modify the use conditions required for use of three flammable refrigerants--isobutane (R-600a), propane (R-290), and R-441A--in new household refrigerators, freezers, and combination refrigerators and freezers under the SNAP program to reflect an updated standard from Underwriters Laboratories. Because EPA received adverse comment, EPA withdrew the direct final rule through a separate notice. In this action, EPA is addressing relevant comments and finalizing the proposed use conditions with no changes. This rule is effective on 7 September 2018. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-7768; email: farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 August 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 38969-38976).
Aug 06, 2018
EPA is making conforming changes to the EPA office and address to which paper documents concerning imports and exports of hazardous waste and conditionally excluded cathode ray tubes must be sent. The change in address is needed to reflect the reorganization of hazardous waste import-export functions on April 29, 2018, from the Office of Federal Activities' International Compliance Assurance Division, in EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, to the International Branch within the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery's Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, in EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management. This rule is effective on 6 August 2018. POC is Laura Coughlan, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery(5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-0005; email address: coughlan.laura@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 August 2018 [Rules and Regulations; pages 38262-38263).
Jul 30, 2018
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has approved amendments to the Program Comment for the U.S. GSA that sets forth the way in which GSA complies with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for select repairs and upgrades to windows, lighting, roofing, and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems within historic public buildings. The amendments extend the life of the Program Comment through 1 August 2033, and update its reporting requirements. The amendments took effect on 27 July 2018. POC is Kirsten Kulis, Office of Federal Agency Programs, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 401 F Street NW, Suite 308, Washington, DC 20001 (Federal Register; 27 July 2018 [Notices], pages 35672-35674).
On 17 April 2015 EPA promulgated national minimum criteria for existing and new coal combustion residuals (CCR) landfills and existing and new CCR surface impoundments. In March 2018, EPA proposed a number of revisions to the 2015 CCR rule and requested comment on additional issues. EPA is adopting two alternative performance standards that either Participating State Directors in states with approved CCR permit programs or EPA where EPA is the permitting authority may apply to owners and operators of CCR units. EPA also revised groundwater protection standards (GWPS) for 4 constituents without an established MCL. EPA extended the deadline by which facilities must stop the placement of waste in CCR units closing for cause in 2 situations: Where the facility has detected a statistically significant increase above a GWPS from an unlined surface impoundment; and where the unit is unable to comply with the aquifer location restriction. Proposed rule revisions not addressed in this rule will be addressed later. Final rule is effective on 29 August 2018. POC is Kirsten Hillyer, Office of RCRA, EPA, 5304P, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (03-347-0369; email: hillyer.kirsten@epa.gov (Federal Register; 30 July 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36435-36456).
The U.S. FWS is withdrawing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Compensatory Mitigation Policy, published 27 December 2016 (ESA-CMP). In the document of November 6, 2017 we requested additional public comments regarding the policy's overall mitigation planning goal of net conservation gain. FWS is now withdrawing this policy. The Service does not have authority to require "net conservation gain" under the ESA, and the policy is inconsistent with current Executive branch policy. Except as otherwise specified, all policies or guidance documents that were superseded by ESA-CMP are reinstated. Withdrawal effective on 30 July 2018. POC is Craig Aubrey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Environmental Review, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2442 (Federal Register; 30 July 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36469-36472).
The U.S. FWS is withdrawing the Mitigation Policy published 21 November 2016, which guides Service recommendations on mitigating the adverse impacts of land and water developments on fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. In the FWS document of 6 November 2017, FWS requested additional public comments regarding this policy's overall mitigation planning goal of net conservation gain. FWS is now withdrawing this policy as it is no longer appropriate to retain the "net conservation gain" standard throughout various Service-related activities and is inconsistent with current Executive branch policy. Until further notice, all policies that were superseded by the 2016 Mitigation Policy are reinstated, including the Fish and Wildlife Service Mitigation Policy (46 FR 7644-7663) published in the Federal Register on 23 January 1981. Withdrawal effective on 30 July 2018. POC is Craig Aubrey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Environmental Review, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2442 (Federal Register; 30 July 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36472-36475).
Jun 25, 2018
This order maintains and enhances benefits to the Nation from the ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes waters of the United States through improved public access to marine data and information, efficient interagency coordination on ocean-related matters, and engagement with marine industries, the science and technology community, and other ocean stakeholders. To advance these national interests, this order recognizes and supports Federal participation in regional ocean partnerships, to the extent appropriate and consistent with national security interests and statutory authorities. This EO revokes EO 13547 of 19 July 2010 (Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes) (Federal Register; 22 June 2018 [Presidential Documents], pages 29431-29434).
Jun 18, 2018
PHMSA issues this rulemaking in response to appeals submitted to a previously-published final rule. On 2 June 2016, PHMSA published a final rule that made miscellaneous amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations. This final rule specifically responds to appeals to extend the effective date of certain nitric acid packaging and emergency response telephone number amendments as previously adopted. This final rule also clarifies amendments associated with the trigger date of the 10-year test period for certain MC 331 cargo tanks in dedicated propane service and corrects editorial errors. This final rule is effective 8 July 2018. POC is Michael Ciccarone, Standards and Rulemaking Division, (202) 366-8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. DoT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001 (Federal Register; 18 June 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 28162-28168).
Jun 11, 2018
EPA publishes the Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions online at http://www.reginfo.gov and at www.regulations.gov to update the public. This document contains information about: Regulations in the Semiannual Agenda that are under development, completed, or canceled since the last agenda; and reviews of regulations with small business impacts under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. POC for the Semiannual Agenda is Caryn Muellerleile; email:(muellerleile.caryn@epa.gov; tel: 202-564-2855(Federal Register; 11 June 2018 [Unknown Section], pages 27197-27203).
Apr 05, 2017
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is withdrawing its "Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews," for which a Notice of Availability was published on August 5, 2016. 81 FR 51866. This withdrawal is effective 5 April 2017. POC is Council on Environmental Quality (ATTN: Ted Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act), 730 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Tel: 202-395-5750 (Federal Register; 5 April 2017 [Notices], pages 16576-16577.)
Mar 31, 2017
Promoting Energy Independence and Promoting Economic Growth
28 March 2017
The EO directs agencies to review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources beyond the degree necessary to protect the public interest or otherwise comply with the law. As a result of the review, agencies will submit a report including specific recommendations that, to the extent permitted by law, could alleviate or eliminate aspects of agency actions that burden domestic energy production.
Mar 06, 2017
In accordance with a Presidential directive, the U.S. EPA and the Department of the Army announces its intention to review and rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule. POCs are: Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4502-T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-2428; email CWAwaters@epa.gov, and Mr. Gib Owen, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Department of the Army, 104 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0104; tel: 703-695-4641; email gib.a.owen.civ@mail.mil (Federal Register; 6 March 2017 [Notices], page 12532).
Mar 03, 2017
This 28 February 2017 EO directs the EPA and USACE to review the final rule entitled "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States,'" 80 Fed. Reg. 37054 (June 29, 2015), and publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the rule, as appropriate and consistent with law.
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