Not 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Public Notices for DAQ, DWM and DOW – Check this site for any public notices for the Division for Air Quality, Division of Waste Management and Division of Water.
- EPA Proposes Stronger Standards for People Applying Pesticides – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply “restricted-use” pesticides. These pesticides are not available for purchase by the general public, require special handling and may only be applied by a certified applicator or someone working under his or her direct supervision. The EPA encourages public comments, which must be received on or before Nov. 23, 2015.
- EPA Proposes Measures to Cut Methane and VOC Emissions From Oil and Natural Gas Industry – On Aug. 18, the EPA proposed several new requirements to clarify permittingand reduce air pollution. The proposed requirements focus on decreasing methane emissions from hydraulically fractured oil wells in addition to extending emission reduction requirements to natural gas processing equipment not currently subject to regulation. This is one of many proposals that are part of the Climate Action Plan, which seeks to cut emissions by 40 to 45 percent of 2012 levels by 2025. The agency is accepting public comments until Oct. 17, 2015.
- EPA Proposes Rules to Improve Hazardous Waste Management and Protect Waterways – The EPA proposed two new hazardous waste rules. One of the proposed rules will prevent the flushing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and simplify the requirements for healthcare workers. The other rule will provide greater flexibility to industry while requiring new safeguards to protect against mismanagement of hazardous waste. The agency will accept public comments on the proposal for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.