Not all news needs to be covered through anSNIPS extended article. But it is still important that you know about activities and decisions that may affect your business, communities and families. To help keep you informed, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) routinely compiles a short listing of state and federal topics that we affectionately call SNIPS. If you have questions about these items or need environmental assistance, contact DCA at 800-926-8111 or

  • EPA Proposes Updates to Air Standards for Newly Manufactured Woodstoves and Heaters  The EPA is proposing standards for the amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new woodstoves and heaters beginning in 2015. The agency’s proposal would make the next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner than those manufactured today, leading to important air quality and public health improvements in communities across the country.
  • Public Notices for DAQ, DWM and DOW Check this site for any public notices for the Division for Air Quality (DAQ), Division of Waste Management (DWM) and Division of Water (DOW).
  • EPA Releases Climate Assessment Update to National Stormwater Calculator – The EPA released Phase II of the National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package. The updated calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of stormwater runoff from a specific location and includes future climate vulnerability scenarios. 
  • Required Air Permit Reporting – The Annual Compliance Certification (ACC) and Semi-Annual Monitoring Report (SAMR) due date is here; reports were required to be postmarked by Jan. 30. The ACC reports include the compliance status for all permitted emission units and applicable requirements during the Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2013 reporting period. The SAMR reports include monitoring data outlined in the facility’s permit for the July 1–Dec. 31, 2013 reporting period. These reports had to be submitted to the Regional Air Quality Office listed on the front page of the facility’s permit. It is also acceptable to submit the reports online through the e-forms page. If you haven’t completed your reports and are having problems, you can view the anytime online learning modules presented by the Division of Compliance Assistance and the permit required reporting FAQs page provided by the Division for Air Quality for additional guidance.