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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 46, Issue 18

California: Agriculture

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposes to amend Cal. Code Regs. tit. 3, §6414, and to adopt Cal. Code Regs. tit. 3, §6302, which would regulate the sale of agricultural pesticides. The rules would restrict the use and sale of certain pesticides only to licensed entities. Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm on August 1, 2016. A public hearing will be scheduled if requested by July 27, 2016. See http://www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/25z-2016.pdf (pp. 1024-27).

Agriculture

California: Forests

The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection proposes to amend Cal. Code Regs. tit. 14, §1.5, regarding sustainable forestry practices. The changes would clarify the uses of a wildland fire management plan and a working forest harvest notice. A public hearing will be held on August 24, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm on August 1, 2016. See http://www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/24z-2016.pdf (pp. 980-87). 

Forests

California: Toxic Substances (generally)

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is proposing amendments to Cal. Code Regs. tit. 27, §25805, regarding chemicals that cause reproductive toxicity. The amendments would set a maximum allowable dose level via oral exposure for the following chemicals: atrazine; propazine; simazine; 2,4-diamino-6-chloro-s-triazine (DACT); des-ethyl atrazine (DEA); and des-isopropyl atrazine (DIA).  A public hearing will be held if requested by July 11, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm on July 25, 2016.

Toxic Substances (generally)

Delaware: Sustainability

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is proposing amendments to Del. Code Ann. tit. 7, §1101, regarding volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ozone pollution. The changes would add eight compounds to the state list of VOCs and would be amended to reflect federal definitions. A public hearing is scheduled for June 22, 2016. Written comments are also being accepted.

Sustainability

Delaware: Underground injection

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control proposes amendments to Del. Code Ann. tit. 7, §60, regarding underground injection control. The changes would bring state regulations into compliance with federal regulations. A public hearing will be held on July 14, 2016. Written comments are also being accepted. See http://regulations.delaware.gov/register/june2016/proposed/19%20DE%20Reg%201065%2006-01-16.htm

Underground injection

Florida: Waste (generally)

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection intends to amend Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 62-505, regarding the small community wastewater facilities grants program. The changes would add new definitions, specify the types of projects available for funding, and provide instructions for streamlining the grant process, among many other changes. A hearing will be held on June 30, 2016, if requested. See https://www.flrules.org/Faw/FAWDocuments/FAWVOLUMEFOLDERS2016/42112/42112doc.pdf (pp.

Waste (generally)

Maryland: Forests

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources proposes changes to Md. Regs. Code tit. 07, §08.07.03, regarding forest management programs. The changes would clarify definitions, establish charges for inspection, and address certifications for taxation on reforestation and timber stand improvement. Written comments will be accepted until July 11, 2016. No public hearing is currently scheduled. See http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/4312/Assembled.htm#_Toc453056579

Forests

New Jersey: Water (generally)

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection proposes amendments to N.J. Admin. Code tit. 7, §§7, 7A, and 13. The changes concern riparian zone protections, Flood Hazard Area Control Act rules, environmentally beneficial activities, permits, and stormwater calculation fees. A public hearing will be held on July 22, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until August 19, 2016. See http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/notices/20160620a.html

Water (generally)

New York: Waste (generally)

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation proposes amendments to ENV-19-16-00006-EP, regarding chemical bulk storage. Public hearings will be held on June 27, 28, and 30, 2016. See http://docs.dos.ny.gov/info/register/2016/june15/pdf/hearings.pdf

Waste (generally)

Washington: Sustainability

The Washington Department of Ecology proposes changes to Wash. Admin. Code §15-19-115 and §173-441, regarding the clean air rule and the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions. The amendments would establish emission standards for certain stationary sources, change which emissions are covered under the regulation, and modify the reporting requirements. Public hearings will be held on July 12 and July 14. Written comments will be accepted until July 22, 2016.

Sustainability