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EPA Rolls Back Coal Ash Handling Restrictions

EPA Rolls Back Coal Ash Handling Restrictions

The EPA finalized a rule this week that reduces Obama-era restrictions on how states and industry officials handle coal ash, the Washington Post reported. This is the first rule signed by acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, who took over following Scott Pruitt’s resignation on July 5.

How To Prepare For Environmental Emergencies: Q&A with Stericycle’s Maricha Ellis

How To Prepare For Environmental Emergencies: Q&A with Stericycle’s Maricha Ellis

Stericycle Environmental Solutions’ Maricha Ellis discusses the most common types of environmental emergency calls the company receives, and how businesses can better prepare for them.

Walgreen’s Navigates National Waste Regulations: Q&A with Senior VP Rick Gates

Walgreen’s Navigates National Waste Regulations: Q&A with Senior VP Rick Gates

Rick Gates, senior vice president of pharmacy and healthcare at Walgreens, discusses the evolution of the retailer’s safe medication disposal program.

Industry Gets Reprieve on ‘Burdensome’ RMP Amendment

Industry Gets Reprieve on ‘Burdensome’ RMP Amendment

Chemical facilities and other industries were given a reprieve last month on complying with the amendment to the Obama-era federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements requiring additional public notice, reporting, accident prevention and emergency response planning obligations for facilities that use or store certain high-risk substances. The 20-month extension means … Read more »

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

The 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 … Read more »

Under Fire, EPA Withdraws Cadmium Rule

The EPA has withdrawn a controversial rule governing the reporting of cadmium and cadmium compounds, admitting the regulation had caused serious confusion and uncertainty. In an email dated December 14, the agency withdrew the rule it issued under section 8(d) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, saying, “There is significant … Read more »

EPA Proposes Carbon Regulations for New Power Plants

The EPA has released its first proposed Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution from new power plants. Under the Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants, new fossil-fuel-fired power plants must emit no more than 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour. The proposed rule does not apply to existing … Read more »

Pollution Control Market to Top $9bn by 2017, Report Says

The global air pollution control equipment market should grow significantly once utility, oil and gas companies comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations such as the EPA’s Maximum Achievable Control Technology rules, according to research by business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Analysis of the Global Air Pollution Control Equipment in … Read more »

Judge Blocks Low-Carbon Fuel Rules

A federal judge has blocked California from enforcing regulations on carbon output from vehicle fuels, according to news reports. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence O’Neill said the standards favor biofuels produced in California, in violation of constitutional commerce laws, the Washington Post reported. The California Air Resources Board said it … Read more »

What Delay? New Light Bulbs Hitting Shelves in 2012

We’ve been covering the impending 2012 light bulb regulations since they were first voted into law. Earlier this month, however, Congress passed a last-minute budget deal that included a block on enforcement of the standards until October – leaving some to wonder what’s changed. The short answer is “not much.” … Read more »

EPA to Finalize Power Plant Mercury Rules This Week

The EPA finished writing mercury-control rules for utilities on Friday, according to the Washington Post. Several sources told the paper that the White House and EPA have wrapped up last-minute talks on the rules, which the agency is planning to announce this week. Friday was the deadline for the EPA … Read more »

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