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State Update Volume 41, Issue 29

Washington: Quality

The Department of Ecology proposed to reissue the aquatic noxious weed management general permit, which covers all marine and freshwater activities that result in a discharge of herbicides, adjuvants, and marker dyes indirectly into streams, rivers, estuaries, marine areas, wetlands, along lake shorelines, and other wet areas. The permit regulates the use of pesticides and other products applied to manage noxious weeds where pesticides or other products may indirectly enter the state's surface waters.

Quality

Virginia: Contaminated Sites/Brownfields

The Department of Environmental Quality added 9 Va. Admin. Code §15.90, Uniform Environmental Covenants Act Regulation. The regulation is based on the Model Uniform Act developed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law. The rule pertains to site remediation and becomes effective November 9, 2011. See http://legis.state.va.us/codecomm/register/vol28/iss03/v28i03.pdf (pp. 170-76).

Contaminated Sites/Brownfields

Washington: Air

The Department of Natural Resources proposed to amend Wash. Admin. Code §332.24.221, Specific rules for burning that requires a written burning permit. Changes would increase permit fees. There will be public hearings October 28 and October 31, 2011, and the date of intended adoption is December 1. See http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/laws/wsr/2011/19/11-19-092.htm.

Air (generally)

Washington: Wildlife

The Noxious Weed Control Board proposed to amend Wash. Admin. Code §16.750, State noxious weed list and schedule of monetary penalties. Changes would add and alter noxious weed listings, and add a new section on listing guidelines. There will be a public hearing November 1, 2011, and the deadline for written comment is October 31. The date of intended adoption is November 2. See http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/laws/wsr/2011/19/11-19-101.htm.

Wildlife (generally)

Washington: Forests

The Forest Practices Board proposed to amend Wash. Admin. Code §§222.20.120 & 222.30.021, relating to forest practices and riparian management zones. Changes would create a process for forest landowners to meet their obligations related to contacting tribes and planning for cultural resource protection. There will be public hearings on January 3 and 5, 2012, and the deadline for comment is January 6. See http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/laws/wsr/2011/19/11-19-009.htm.

Forests

Utah: Quality

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed to amend Utah Admin. Code r. 317.8, Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The rule would promulgate a new permit mandated by U.S. EPA for application of pesticides for control of: mosquito and other insect pests, weed and algae, aquatic nuisance animals, and forest canopy pests. The deadline for written comment is November 1, 2011, and the rule may become effective November 8.

Quality

Utah: Water

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed to amend Utah Admin. Code r. 309.105.14, Operational Reports. Changes would give the Executive Secretary the authority to order an operational report for non-compliant systems and determine if submitted operational reports are satisfactory. The deadline for comment is October 31. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2011/b20111001.pdf (pp. 30-31).

Water (generally)

Utah: Air

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed to amend Utah Admin. Code r. 307.121, General Requirements: Clean Air and Efficient Vehicle Tax Credit. Changes pertain to actions by the Utah legislature, which amended the eligibility requirements for cleaner burning fuels tax credits available under the Individual Income Tax Act and the Corporate Franchise and Income Taxes chapter. Changes include adding plug-in electric drive vehicles to the definition of "air quality standards," and changing the tax credit amount for vehicles.

Air (generally)

Tennessee: Endangered Species

The Department of Environment and Conservation amended Tenn. Admin. Code 0400.06.03, Promulgation of Lists, and .02, List of Endangered Species. Changes modify the list of plants covered in the Rare Plant Protection and Conservation Regulations to add or remove some plants and to correct the scientific names of certain plants. The amendments take effect December 25, 2011. See http://www.tn.gov/sos/rules_filings/09-22-11.pdf.

Endangered Species

Rhode Island: Air

The Department of Environmental Management adopted Air Pollution Control Regulation No. 49, Transportation Conformity. The rule ensures that federal funding is given to transportation plans, programs, and projects that are consistent with the air quality goals established by Rhode Island's SIP. The rule takes effect October 20, 2011. See http://sos.ri.gov/rules/index.php?page=details&erlid=6526.

Air (generally)