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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 47, Issue 2

Florida: Sustainability

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission proposes revisions to Fla. Admin. Code r.68A-16.003, Non-listed Inactive Migratory Bird Nests. The purpose of this proposed rule is to eliminate the need for a permit to take inactive nests or parts of such nests of birds not listed as endangered or threatened. If requested a hearing will be held during the commission’s regular meeting on February 8th and 9th, 2017, 8:30 am. See https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View_notice.asp?id=18488023

Sustainability

Florida: Wildlife (generally)

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission proposes revisions to Fla. Admin. Code r. 68C-22.023, Collier County Zones. The purpose of the proposed rule is to improve protection of manatees and manatee habitats in Collier County by amending the existing regulations that establish safe havens and to limit allowable motorboat speed in portions of the county. Written comments will be accepted until January 31, 2017. A public hearing will be held on January 31, 2017 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. See https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View_notice.asp?id=18489672

Wildlife (generally)

Iowa: Air (generally)

The Environmental Protection Commission proposes revisions to ch. 22 of the Iowa Administrative Code, Controlling Pollution. Revisions would, among other things, reduce the regulatory burden for construction permit applicants for projects that will not emit greenhouse gases. A public hearing will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017. Public comments will be accepted until 4:30 pm on February 20, 2017. See https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/aco/arc/2895C.pdf

Air (generally)

Kansas: Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Department of Health and Environment has prepared a draft combined Kansas/NPDES Water Pollution Control general permit for the discharge of hydrostatic test water from new pipelines and storage tanks, and/or existing pipelines and storage tanks exposed to crude oil and refined petroleum products or natural/liquefied petroleum gases or other chemicals. The permit will replace the current general permit for similar discharges scheduled to expire February 28, 2017. Written public comment will be accepted until February 11, 2017.

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Kansas: Wildlife (generally)

The Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism Commission proposes to amend Kan. Admin. Regs. §115-4-2, Big Game and Wild Turkey. The proposed changes would further address concerns with transportation of carcasses beyond the borders of the state and preventing potential disease transmission by allowing a method of electronic registration for elk and antelope. A public hearing will be held March 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Written comments will be accepted prior to the hearing. See http://www.kssos.org/pubs/register/2017/Vol_36_No_03_January_19_2017_pag... (pp. 41-42)

Wildlife (generally)

Wisconsin: Quality

The Natural Resources Board proposes amendments to Wis. Admin. Code NR 100 to 106 and 200 to 299, rules that relate directly to the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The purpose of the proposed rule changes is to ensure that the state’s regulations are consistent with federal regulations. Public hearings will be held on February 6 and 7, 2017. Written comment must be submitted by March 1, 2017. See http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/register/2017/733A2/register/rule_n...
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Quality