Public Input Sought

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input. This is a result of the Executive Order 13777—issued earlier this year—which requires each federal agency to create a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate and identify existing regulations to consider repealing, replacing or modifying to make them less burdensome. Public comments will be accepted
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Reminder – Emergency Engine Electronic Reports Due March 31, 2016 

Reminder – the EPA Recently Announced: “Owners of emergency engines > 100 HP operated or contractually obligated to be available >15 hours/year for emergency demand response or voltage or frequency deviations, or operated for local reliability must submit an annual report electronically through the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI) accessed through EPA’s Central
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Ortho-Nitrotoluene Added to TRI List

EPA has added ortho-nitrotoluene to the list of toxic chemicals  subject to Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements (commonly known as Form R reports) under EPCRA Section313 and Section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act. Ortho-nitrotoluene is used as an intermediate in the manufacture of dyes and in compounds used in the agricultural chemical, pesticide,
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Proposed Changes to Maine Emergency Planning Requirements

The Maine Emergency Management Agency is proposing changes to the requirements for certain facilities to prepare emergency response plans for Extremely Hazardous Substances and perform periodic exercises of the plans.  These changes will reduce the burden on lower risk facilities, but increase the burden on facilities that store certain chemicals that are believed to pose
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Tier II Chemical Inventory Reports are due March 1

Tier II reports are required if a facility has on site at any time more than 10,000 pounds of a hazardous chemical or Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) at 500 pounds or the listed Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ) whichever is less (note that some TPQs are as low as a few pounds).  Two common examples of
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