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Daily Update for Thursday, September 29, 2016

Daily Update summarizes environment-related rules, proposed rules, and notices published in the current issue of the Federal Register.

81 FR 66900

Proposed Rules

EPA proposed to establish federal baseline water quality standards (WQS) for certain Native American reservation waters to narrow a long-standing gap in coverage of CWA protections; as of now, fewer than 50 of over 300 tribes with reservations have WQS effective under the CWA.

Clean Water Act (CWA)

81 FR 67062

Proposed Rules

EPA proposed to amend the electronic reporting requirements for the NESHAPs for coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (also known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)); the rule is intended to ease burden, increase MATS data flow and usage, make it easier for inspectors and auditors to assess compliance, and encourage wider use of continuous emissions monitoring systems for MATS compliance.

Clean Air Act (CAA)

81 FR 66826

Final Rules

SIP Approval: Tennessee (revisions to logs and reports for startups, shutdowns, and malfunctions).

Clean Air Act (CAA)

81 FR 66842

Final Rules

FWS determined endangered species status under the ESA for the Big Pine partridge pea, the wedge spurge, and the sand flax, and determined threatened species status for the Blodgett's silverbush, all of which are plant species from south Florida.

Endangered Species Act (ESA)

81 FR 66999

Notices

United States v. Atlantic Richfield Co., No. 2:16-cv-00982-DBP (D. Utah Sept. 21, 2016). A settling CERCLA defendant must pay $560,000 in past response costs incurred at the International Smelting and Refining site in Tooele County, Utah, must pay future oversight costs, and must undertake certain operation and maintenance activities at the site.

Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)

81 FR 66999

Notices

United States v. Tank Car Corp., No. 2:16-cv-05031-TON (D. Pa. Sept. 22, 2016). A settling CERCLA defendant must assign its rights to proceeds under its insurance policies to the United States for costs incurred and to be incurred at a former railroad and tank car rehabilitation facility in Oreland, Pennsylvania.

Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)