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EPA Roadmap: Rules on Ship Discharges, Drug Disposal, Landfill Emissions

DC map with routeThe Obama administration seems to be picking up the pace on environmental rule-making – much of which has suffered from repeated delays.

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 House  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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