EPA Roadmap: Rules on Ship Discharges, Drug Disposal, Landfill Emissions
This week the administration unveiled a spring regulatory roadmap, the Hill reports. Priorities outlined in the document include:
- Regulating military ships’ pollution discharges, including deck runoff, fire-fighting foam and photography lab residues. The EPA plans to propose the rule this month and finalize it in June;
- Regulations on vehicle air conditioner refrigerants;
- Updates on grain elevator standards;
- Rules on pharmaceutical disposal;
- Rules on landfill emissions, to be released in draft form in February and finalized July 2014 – two months past the date agreed in a legal settlement;
- A final standard for formaldehyde emissions from particleboard and plywood, to be finalized in July 2014. The final standard was due in January, but the White HouseÂ Â only finished its review in May.
- Meanwhile, the roadmap does not specify a date for finalizing regulations on ash from coal power plants – rules that have been in the works since 2007 – only an August timeframe for releasing a public notice.
The Hill notes that the agenda itself was delayed – it is usually published twice a year, in April and October.
Some commentators will undoubtedly look at the list of proposed rules as a catalogue of regulatory overreach. Indeed, Fox News linked to Hill’s coverage with its a distinctly different headline from the original: “Obama EPA Releasing Onslaught of New Regulations.”
But with many of the rules years in the making, there’s not much here to surprise the well-read environmental manager.
Tamar Wilner is Senior Editor at Environmental Leader PRO.
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