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06/01/2017

Trump to deliver verdict on Paris climate deal as world fears US pullout.

 

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05/25/2017

EPA Takes Action to Postpone Costly Steam Electric Power Plant Effluent Guidelines Rule.

 

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05/23/2017

EPA Announces a 90 day Stay for Landfill Methane Rules.

 

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05/15/2017

EPA Launches New ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Website. New site aims to provide transparency and information about EPA review of ‘WOTUS’

 

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04/19/2017

EPA to Reconsider Oil and Gas Rule. EPA continues to follow through with President Trump’s EO on American energy independence

 

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04/13/2017

EPA to Reconsider Clean Water Act ELG Rule.

 

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03/29/2017

EPA Administrator Pruitt Denies Petition to Ban Widely Used Pesticide.

 

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03/28/2017

EPA to Review the Clean Power Plan Under President Trump’s Executive Order.

 

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03/13/2017

EPA Extends the Effective Date of Risk Management Plan Rule.

 

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02/28/2017

EPA to Act on Waters of the United States Rule.

 

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02/24/2017

EPA Extends Comment Period on Hard Rock Mining Proposed Rule. EPA today issued a 120-day extension of the comment period.

 

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02/21/2017

New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Addresses EPA Staff.

 

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12/21/2016

EPA Amends its Risk Management Program for Chemical Facilities. Final rule improves chemical process safety and strengthens protections for communities and first responders.

 

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12/12/2016

EPA Requires Stronger Standards for Applying the Riskiest Pesticides. Improved training and minimum age requirements will help protect people and the environment.

 

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12/02/2016

EPA Proposes Financial Responsibility Requirements for Hardrock Mining Industry. This proposal would require that owners and operators of certain classes of hardrock mines and mineral processing facilities show financial ability to address risks from hazardous substances.

 

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11/30/2016

EPA Outlines Actions to Improve Safety, Reliability of Nation’s Drinking Water. The plan includes six priority areas and identifies proposed actions for each area.

 

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10/04/2016

EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities. EPA released its sixth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions broken down by industrial sector, geographic region and individual facilities.

 

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09/01/2016

EPA Moves Swiftly to Carry Out New Chemical Reform Legislation. This bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) outlines a number of responsibilities for EPA that must be completed within a tight timeframe.

 

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08/16/2016

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Truck. EPA and NHTSA jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation.

 

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08/02/2016

EPA Report Tracks our Changing Climate. Highlights Impacts on Americans’ Health and Environment.

 

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07/27/2016

EPA Issues Final Rule to Protect the Public from Exposure to Formaldehyde. Agency implements congressionally enacted formaldehyde emission standards.

 

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05/12/2016

Updates to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). Under the President’s Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions and the Clean Air Act, EPA has issued final updates to the NSPS that curb emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from additional new, modified and reconstructed sources in the oil and gas industry.

 

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04/04/2016

EPA Administrator Announces New Report on Impacts of Climate Change. EPA and seven other federal agencies are releasing a new report summarizing the growing understanding of how climate change is affecting public health.

 

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03/30/2016

EPA Launches New Voluntary Methane Challenge Program To Reduce Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector. As part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to take action on climate change and protect public health, EPA is launching a new voluntary partnership program—with 41 founding partner companies in the oil and gas sector.

 

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03/01/2016

Article: The 2016 Presidential Candidates' Views on Environmental Issues. When President Obama signed a climate-change agreement with almost 200 other nations in Paris last year, it was a major triumph for clean energy advocates around the world. But the truth is that the next US president will largely bear the burden of reducing the nation’s carbon emissions.

 

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02/12/2016

Final Rule: Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances From New Unit Set-Asides for the 2015 Compliance Year

 

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01/21/2016

EPA Announces 2014 Toxics Release Inventory Repor. 84% of the 25 billion pounds of toxic chemical waste managed at the nation's industrial facilities was not released into the environment due to the use of preferred waste management practices like recycling, energy recovery and treatment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report.

 

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01/05/2016

EPA's Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans. EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving a revision to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on March 31, 2009, to address the regional haze requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

 

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12/29/2015

EPA proposes a change to CAA permitting public notice proces. EPA proposes to revise the public notice rule provisions for the New Source Review (NSR), title V and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) permit programs of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the corresponding onshore area (COA) determinations for implementation of the OCS air quality regulations.

 

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12/28/2015

EPA Authorizes Texas State Hazardous Waste Management Program. During a review of Texas’ regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified a variety of State-initiated changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

 

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12/16/2015

EPA Announces 2015 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results. EPA today released its 2015 annual enforcement and compliance results highlighted by large cases that reduce pollution, level the playing field for responsible companies, and protect public health in communities across the country.

 

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12/12/2015

Statement from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Historic Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change.

 

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12/01/2015 EPA Finalizes Increases in Renewable Fuel Levels. EPA announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program today for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014 to 2017.

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11/20/2015 EPA just added 1-Bromopropane to the list of TRI chemicals. EPA is adding 1- bromopropane to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of EPCRA.

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11/02/2015

EPA Issues Second Notice of Violation to Volkswagen. On November 2, EPA issued a second Notice of Violation to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. This notice was also issued to Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America. These five companies are collectively referred to as Volkswagen.

 

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10/27/2015

EPA issues the new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone. The final rule is effective on December 28, 2015.

 

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10/23/2015

EPA's proposed a federal plan for the Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants has been released. This plan will serve as a model rule for states developing their state plans. More information on this federal plan, the original Clean Power Plan, regulatory impact analysis and technical documents cna be found on EPA's website.

 

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10/01/2015

New 70 ppb 8-hr ozone standard finalized. Under the NAAQS the EPA has strengthened the nation’s air quality standards for ground-level ozone, which is very controversial leaving both industry and environmentalists with a lot of questions.

 

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09/29/2015

EPA has updated air pollution standards to further control toxic air emissions from petroleum refineries. The rule requires first-of-its-kind fenceline monitoring to better protect and inform nearby communities, while also strengthening emission controls for flares, pressure relief devices, storage tanks, and delayed coker operations that will reduce thousands of tons of hazardous air pollutants.

 

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09/25/2015

Proposed Rule for hazardous waste generator improvements. Specifically, EPA proposes to revise certain components of the hazardous waste generator regulatory program, primarily at 40 CFR 261.5 and 40 CFR part 262; address identified gaps in the regulations; provide greater flexibility for hazardous waste management and much more.

 

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09/24/2015

EPA finalizes rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting. EPA finalized a rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries, and other facilities. The final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.

 

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09/24/2015

EPA Proposes New Protections for International Hazardous Waste Shipments. EPA is proposing enhancements to the oversight of hazardous waste shipments to help ensure safe management of imported and exported hazardous wastes.

 

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09/02/2015

EPA proposes Water Quality Standards for Washington state. EPA has proposed a rule that revises the current federal Clean Water Act human health water quality criteria applicable to waters under the state of Washington’s jurisdiction. The proposed rule would ensure that the criteria are set at levels that will adequately protect fish consumers in Washington from exposure to toxic pollutants.

 

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09/01/2015

New ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System released. ISO 14001 Environmental management systems, one of ISO’s most widely used standards, has recently been revised with many key changes from 5 years ago.

 

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08/31/2015

EPA Proposes Rules to Improve Hazardous Waste Management and Better Protect our Waterways. EPA is proposing two new hazardous waste rules to strengthen environmental protection while reducing regulatory burden on businesses. One of the proposed rules will protect waterways, including drinking and surface water, by preventing the flushing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.

 

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08/18/2015

EPA Proposes New Commonsense Measures to Cut Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector. Continuing the Obama Administration’s commitment to take action on climate change and protect public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing commonsense proposed standards today that would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the oil and natural gas industry.

 

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07/15/2015

Revised Underground Storage Tank regulations. EPA published the 2015 underground storage tank regulation and the 2015 state program approval regulation. The revisions strengthen the 1988 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment. This is the first major revision to the federal UST regulations since 1988.

 

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05/27/2015

EPA and the USACE have finalized the Clean Water Rule which Redefines Navigable Waterways and their Tributaries. In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.

 

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12/10/2014

EPA revised the Solid Waste rule to promote responsible recycling of hazardous waste. EPA has completed a revision of its definition of solid waste rule aiming to promote responsible recycling of hazardous waste materials and to push recycling innovation.

 

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