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Clean Air Act Policy Change: How the End of the ‘Once In, Always In’ Policy Could Impact Major Source Emitters

On January 25, 2018, the EPA announced that it was withdrawing the “Once in, Always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act. With the new guidance, sources of hazardous air pollutants previously classified as “major sources” may … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Yellowstone Clean-Up Plan, Horizontal Drilling, Sewer Debt

The Environmental Protection Agency has given Exxon Mobil until July 17 to revise its Yellowstone River remediation work plan to change how the company will capture spilled oil, remove broken pipe without polluting the river downstream, and restore wildlife habitat and private property, Reuters said. The plan will be made … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Safety Kleen, Facility Management, Dyno Nobel

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will develop global facility management standards if a British Standards Institution’s proposal (pdf) is adopted. The standards will provide tools to the facility management industry to support best practices and improve competitiveness and communication for service providers and customers as well as reduce energy, … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Smog Rules, Light Bulb Bill Defeated, IRIS Evaluation

New rules targeting the combined effects of nitrogen and sulfur emissions on water quality are expected from the EPA as early as today. The agency’s assessment (pdf) concluded that current Clean Air Act regulations are not adequate for the deposition-related effects on sensitive ecosystems, including acidification and nutrient enrichment. The White … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Leaks, Labeling and Laundry

Officials in Maine plan to announce on Friday that Chevron will pay a large settlement for more than 140,000 gallons of oil that has been seeping from storage tanks from the 1940s to the 1980s into the Penobscot River near Bangor, according to the Bangor Daily News. The oil company … Read more »

Policy & Regulations Briefing: House Passes Water Bill, Plastic’s Future, Natgas Rules

The House on Wednesday passed H.R. 2018, siding with states and their ability to set clean water standards, despite a veto threat from the Obama administration, Bloomberg News said. Today, the Interior Department’s Michael Bromwich told the House Natural Resources Committee, which is investigating the regulatory overhaul of offshore drilling, … Read more »

Policy and Regulatory Briefing: Light Bulb Redux, Calif. Carbon Futures, Lead Testing

The House on Friday took up the light bulb standards issue again, and this time the GOP-led campaign against 2007 energy efficiency laws won. The House approved, by voice vote, a measure that will prohibit 2012 spending bill funds from being used to implement standards for energy efficient lighting products, … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Study Questions ISO 14001 Value; Leaking Oil and Natgas; CERCLA Guide

A study of atmospheric pollution from 126 Spanish companies, 50 of which held ISO 14001 certification since 2001, found no significant difference in emissions between those that hold the certification and those that did not, EnvNewsBits has reported. The study is available here. Exxon Mobil’s cleanup efforts at the Yellowstone … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: SEC Climate Disclosure, San Fran Gold, EPA Sued Over Smog

Wyoming senator John Barrasso on Wednesday reintroduced a bill to stop the Securities and Exchange Commission’s policy of requiring companies to reveal their climate change risks. The Hill article says the lawmaker would rather the agency focus on protecting investors and maintaining fair markets. The Bonneville Power Administration, which has … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Growing the Grid, Budget Veto Threat, Gulf Reparations

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved guidelines for growing the nation’s electricity grid to accommodate renewable energy and market competition, The New York Times said. The guidelines say that costs should be paid by those who benefit. The agency also suggested that federal regulators will enable transmission line … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: EPA and Interior Budgets, Capture Incentives, RGGI

The House will debate this week the EPA and Department of Interior fiscal 2012 spending bill, the Hill said. The proposal would give the EPA $7.1 billion and the Interior $9.86 billion. Among its restrictions, the EPA spending bill would delay agency greenhouse gas emission regulations for power plants and … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Bioplastics Symbol, Climate Bonds, Energy Efficiency Pact

The U.S. Department of Energy and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers have renewed their agreement to develop building energy standards and promote educational programs, according to a government announcement. The DOE will support the international standard called Standard 90.1, which sets the bar for energy efficiency … Read more »