SNIPSNot all news needs to be covered through an 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 call SNIPS. If you have questions about these items or need environmental assistance, contact DCA at 800-926-8111 or

  •  EPA Proposes Amendments to Subpart J of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan to improve the nation’s ability to plan for and respond to oil spills. This proposal addresses issues raised by the public, responders, government, and industry officials during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The agency will accept public comments on the proposal until April 22, 2015.
  • EPA Proposes Actions to Restrict PFOA and Similar Chemicals – The EPA proposed measures to ensure that perfluorinated chemicals that have been phased out do not re-enter the marketplace without review. These toxic chemicals are used in a wide range of industrial applications and consumer goods, including cleaners, textiles, carpet, leather, paper and paints, fire-fighting foams and wire insulation.
  • EPA, States and Automotive Industry to Reduce Copper in Motor Vehicle Brake Pads – The EPA, automotive industry and states signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5 percent by 2021 and 0.5 percent by 2025. This voluntary initiative also calls for cutting the amount of mercury, lead, cadmium, asbestiform fibers and chromium-6 salts in motor vehicle brake pads. These steps will decrease runoff of these materials from roads into the nation’s streams, rivers and lakes, where these materials can harm fish, amphibians and plants.