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Current State Update

The latest state regulatory develoments that appear in the current issue of ELR's Weekly Update appear below. For material previously reported, refer to the state update archives.

Volume 45, Issue 21

Alaska: Transportation

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is seeking public comment on its draft 2016-2019 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. The program outlines all transportation projects contemplated for the four-year period for which federal funds have been approved or are expected. The deadline for comment is August 27, 2015. See https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=177552.

Transportation

California: Agencies

The Department of Resource Recycling and Recovery is proposing to amend its conflict-of-interest code. Changes would update position titles to include department staff that make or participate in governmental decisions, including entering into contracts for the department. A public hearing will be held if requested before August 10, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is August 24, 2015. See http://www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/28z-2015.pdf (p. 1154).

Agencies

California: Pesticides

The Department of Pesticide Regulation is proposing to amend Cal. Code Regs. tit. 3, §§6260, 6262, 6264, and 6266 regarding research authorizations. Changes would clarify information requirements for pesticide research authorization applications and reporting forms. A public hearing will be held if requested before August 9, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is August 24, 2015. See http://www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/28z-2015.pdf (pp. 1135-39).

Pesticides

Georgia: Waste

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to amend Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 391-3-4-.19 regarding used tire management. Among other changes, the amendments would clarify reporting and manifest requirements for scrap tire generators. A public hearing will be held July 23, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is July 28, 2015. See https://epd.georgia.gov/sites/epd.georgia.gov/files/20150708%20Public%20Notice.pdf.

Waste

Illinois: Pesticides

The Department of Agriculture is proposing to amend various portions of Ill. Admin. Code tit. 8, §215 regarding anhydrous ammonia safety and storage. Among other changes, the amendments would require decommissioning railcars used as storage tanks, and enhanced safety precautions for ammonia transportation, transfer, and application. The deadline for comment is August 24, 2015.

Pesticides

Maryland: Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Department of the Environment is proposing to amend Md. Code Regs. 28.06.03 and .04 regarding NPDES permitting. Changes would eliminate the automatic permit requirement for discharges in excess of 10,000 gallons of water per day, and instead allow case-by-case determinations based on effluent composition. A public hearing will be held August 10, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is also August 10, 2015. See http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/4214.pdf (pp. 920-921).

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Missouri: Hazardous Substances

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to amend Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 10, §25-12.010 to update the fee structure for the state's hazardous waste program. A public hearing will be held August 20, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is August 27, 2015. See http://www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/moreg/current/v40n14/v40n14.pdf (pp. 872-875).

Hazardous Substances

Montana: Quality

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to amend Mont. Admin. R. 23-2-522 regarding vessel discharges. Changes would encourage installation and proper use of marine pumpout stations to reduce sewage discharges into state waters. The deadline for comment is August 13, 2015. See http://sos.mt.gov/arm/Register/archives/MAR2015/MAR15-13.pdf (pp. 881-887).

Quality

Nevada: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Environmental Commission is proposing to amend Nev. Admin. Code §445B regarding ambient air quality. Changes would revise definitions for fine and course particulate matter emissions. See http://www.leg.state.nv.us/register/2015Register/R027-15P.pdf.

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Nevada: Energy

The Public Utilities Commission is proposing to amend Nev. Admin. Code §704.8875 regarding the renewable portfolio standard and portfolio energy credits. Changes would remove certain categories of kilowatt-hours from those that utilities can include in their annual efficiency measure calculations. See http://www.leg.state.nv.us/register/2015Register/R053-15I.pdf.

Energy

Nevada: Energy

The Office of Energy is proposing to amend Nev. Admin. Code §701A regarding the state's renewable energy account. Changes would update the account's repayment provisions. See http://www.leg.state.nv.us/register/2015Register/R051-15I.pdf.

Energy

Nevada: Mining

The Environmental Commission is proposing to amend Nev. Admin. Code §519A regarding mining impacts on water quality. Changes would define "mine impacted waters" in order to regulate seepage from rock piles and other non-process components of mining operations. See http://www.leg.state.nv.us/register/2015Register/R052-15I.pdf.

Mining

Utah: Toxic Substances

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to amend Utah Admin. Code r. 315-15-18 regarding polychlorinated biphenyls. Changes would update the regulations to comply with federal rules. The deadline for comment is November 5, 2015. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2015/b20150715.pdf (pp. 65-66).

Toxic Substances