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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 18

California: Agencies

The Water Resources Board is proposing to amend its conflict-of-interest code. Changes would address departmental reorganization and make technical corrections. The deadline for comment is August 3, 2015. See http://www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/25z-2015.pdf (p. 1005).

Agencies

California: Public Lands

The Department of Parks and Recreation is proposing to amend Cal. Code Regs. tit. 14, §§4970.00 through 4970.26 regarding the off-highway motor vehicle recreation grant program. Among other changes, the amendments would clarify program requirements, incorporate information about the department's audit program, and require environmental analyses for activities proposed with matching funds for federal and nonfederal applicants. A public hearing will be held August 4, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is August 3, 2015.

Public Lands

Florida: Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is proposing to amend Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 5M-8.001 to .007 regarding the state's agricultural, nonpoint source water pollution reduction program. Changes would establish a procedure for crop growers to submit a notice of intent containing water quality and quantity best management practices. A public hearing will be held if requested before July 14, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is also July 14, 2015.

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Louisiana: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to amend La. Admin. Code tit. 33, §603 regarding ozone emission reductions. Changes would allow owners or operators of stationary sources located in certain attainment areas to apply for emission reduction credits. A public hearing will be held July 29, 2015, and the deadline for comment is August 5, 2015. See http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/reg/1506/1506.pdf (pp. 1132-33).

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Louisiana: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to amend La. Admin. Code tit. 33, §504.F regarding ozone precursor regulation. Changes would allow emission increases of either nitrogen oxides or volatile organic compounds to be offset with decreases of the other. A public hearing will be held July 29, 2015, and the deadline for comment is August 5, 2015. See http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/reg/1506/1506.pdf (pp. 1130-32).

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Louisiana: Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to amend La. Admin. Code tit. 33, §1123 regarding water quality standards. Changes would revise dissolved oxygen criteria for inland waters in the eastern Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Plains Ecoregion to reflect natural conditions that keep some waters from reaching the criteria. A public hearing will be held July 29, 2015, and the deadline for comment is August 5, 2015. See http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/reg/1506/1506.pdf (pp. 1125-30).

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Maine: Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking public comment on updates to its 2014 Nonpoint Source Management Plan. The plan provides narrative descriptions of efforts to address nonpoint source pollution, and milestones set to demonstrate progress. The deadline for comment is July 20, 2015. See http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol45/45-25/1164.html.

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Maine: Pesticides

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry is proposing to amend 01-026 Me. Code R. §31, 34, and 35 regarding pesticide licensing. Changes would extend licensing periods while requiring more frequent re-certification for commercial pesticide applicators and dealers. A public hearing will be held July 10, 2015, and the deadline for comment is July 24, 2015. See http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2015/061715.html.

Pesticides

Vermont: Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on its Tactical Basin Plan for Basin 5, which includes most waters that drain into the northern section of Lake Champlain. The plan is intended to protect high quality surface waters, and restore waters within the basin that do not meet the state's water quality standards. Public hearings will be held beginning June 29, 2015, and the deadline for comment is July 24, 2015.

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Vermont: Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on its Tactical Basin Plan for the Basin 14, which includes area drained by the Ompompanoosuc, Stevens, Waits and Wells Rivers. The plan is intended to protect high quality surface waters, and restore waters within the basin that do not meet the state's water quality standards. Public hearings will be held beginning July 7, 2015, and the deadline for comment is July 15, 2015.

Clean Water Act (CWA)

West Virginia: Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to amend W. Va. Code R. §47-2 regarding water quality standards. Public hearings will be held beginning July 21, 2015. See http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/registers/readpdf.aspx?did=9655 (p. 4).

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Wisconsin: Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to amend Wis. Admin. Code NR §809 regarding drinking water quality. Changes would update department regulations to reflect new federal standards for total coliform. Public hearings will be held July 22, 2015, and the deadline for comment is also July 22, 2015.

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)