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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 9

Alaska: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing to amend its 2014-15 Annual Network Plan. Changes would seek EPA approval of a special purpose monitoring site in North Pole, Alaska. The deadline for comment is April 23, 2015. See https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=176138.

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Alaska: Forests

The Division of Forestry is seeking public comment on five Forest Land Use Plans and Preliminary Best Interest Findings. Under the proposed plans the division would pursue commercial sawtimber and fuelwood contracts for the covered areas. The deadline for comment is April 13, 2015. See https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=175972.

Forests

Alaska: Land Use

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the development of its North Slope Management Plan. The department intends to develop the first comprehensive land use plan for the area with a holistic approach to resource development. Public hearings will be held April 6 and 13, 2015, and the deadline for comment is July 31, 2015. See https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=176108.

Land Use

Florida: Fisheries

The Fish and Game Conservation Commission is proposing to amend Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r.68B-2.006 regarding the restricted species program for fisheries. Changes would clarify and update the rule, including income verification requirements. A public hearing will be held on April 14, 2015, and the deadline for comment is April 9, 2015. See https://www.flrules.org/Faw/FAWDocuments/FAWVOLUMEFOLDERS2015/4154/4154doc.pdf (pp. 1369-72).

Fisheries

Florida: Radiation

The Department of Health is proposing to amend Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r.64E-5.206 and .217 regarding the use of radioactive materials. Among other changes, the amendments would update the rules to maintain consistency with NRC requirements, and provide for a general license for the use of discrete sources of radium 226 and naturally occurring radioactive materials. A public hearing will be held if requested by April 9, 2015, and the deadline for comment is also April 9, 2015.

Radiation

Iowa: Ground water

The Environmental Protection Commission is proposing to amend Iowa Admin. Code r.567.50, .52, and .53 regarding use of the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer. Among other changes, amendments would change the permit cycle from 10 to 5 years, and designate two additional areas as protected sources. Public hearings will be held beginning April 8, 2015, and the deadline for comment is April 14, 2015. See https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/aco/bulletin/03-18-2015.pdf (pp. 1658-65).

Ground water

Maine: Administrative Law

The Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to amend 06-096 Me. Code R. §2 regarding agency administration. Among other changes, the amendments would facilitate the electronic submission of applications, appeals, and petitions. The deadline for comment is April 8, 2015. See http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2015/031815.html.

Administrative Law

Maine: Fisheries

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to adopt 13-188 Me. Code. §75 regarding whale protection. The new rule would promulgate various standards for fisheries in order to comply with NMFS' Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. A public hearing will be held April 6, 2015, and the deadline for comment is April 16, 2015. See http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2015/031815.html.

Fisheries

Maine: Land Use

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry is proposing to amend 01-672 Me. Code R. §10 regarding recreational lodging and revegetation standards. Among other changes, amendments would expand clearing limits for recreational lodging facilities, and make revegetation provisions consistent with the state Department of Environmental Protection's rules. The deadline for comment is April 17, 2015. See http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2015/031815.html.

Land Use

Montana: Public Lands

The Fish and Wildlife Commission is proposing to amend Mont. Admin. R. 12.11.501, 12.11.615, and 12.11.625 regarding management of the Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor. Changes would codify an agreement providing public access to the river and designating public places within the corridor. A public hearing will be held May 6, 2015, and the deadline for comment is May 8, 2015. See http://sos.mt.gov/arm/Register/archives/MAR2015/MAR15-06.pdf (pp. 292-294).

Public Lands

Ohio: Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to amend Ohio Admin. Code 1501:9-2-01, 9-2-02, and 9-12-01 regarding oil and gas regulation. Among other changes, amendments would adopt design standards and geotechnical investigation requirements for horizontal drilling operations. A public hearing will be held April 23, 2015. See http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/pdfs/phn/1501$9_NO_268139_20150323_1651.pdf.

Natural Resources

Pennsylvania: Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking public comment on a draft NPDES General Permit for discharges from hydrostatic testing of tanks and pipelines. The permit would cover the discharge of water used for hydrostatic testing into low quality receiving waters. The deadline for comment is April 20, 2015. See http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol45/45-12/519.html.

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Pennsylvania: Radiation

The Environmental Quality Board is proposing to amend 25 Pa. Code §215 regarding the management of radioactive materials. Changes would incorporate new NRC security regulations by reference. The deadline for comment is April 20, 2015. See http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol45/45-12/501.html.

Radiation

Texas: Oceans

The General Land Office is proposing to amend 31 Tex. Admin. Code §15.7 regarding coastal management. Changes would allow local governments to gain temporary approval to engage in seaweed relocation after extraordinary landfall events, clarify requirements applicable to the restoration of dunes on public beaches, and modify requirements for dune walkovers. The deadline for comment is April 17, 2015. See http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/0320/0320prop.pdf (pp. 1697-1701).

Oceans
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