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State Update Volume 41, Issue 35

Washington: Endangered Species

The Forest Practice Board proposed to amend Wash. Admin. Code §22.16.080, Critical habitats (state) of threatened and endangered species. Changes would reflect the removal of the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon from the state's threatened and endangered species list. There will be public hearings on January 3, 2012, and the date of intended adoption is February 14. See http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/laws/wsr/2011/23/11-23-105.htm.

Endangered Species

Texas: Public participation

The Department of Transportation proposed to amend 43 Tex. Admin. Code §2, Environmental Policy. Changes relate to environmental reviews and public involvement, and implement new state laws requiring the agency to establish a process to certify department district environmental specialists who work on documents related to the environmental review process. There will be a public hearing January 9, 2012, and the deadline for comment is January 11.

Public participation

Tennessee: Water

The Environment and Conservation Agency proposed to amend Tenn. Admin. Code §§0400.03.01-.12 and 0400.42.01-.12. Changes pertain to surface mining. There will be a public hearing February 19, 2012. See http://state.tn.us/sos/rules_filings/11-18-11.pdf.

Water

Ohio: Water

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed to amend Ohio Admin. Code §3745.42.05, Design flow and waste strength requirements for treatment works sized for 100,000 gallons per day or less. Changes relate to minimum requirements for design flows and design waste characterizations for five-day biochemical oxygen demand. There will be a public hearing January 3, 2012. See http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/pdfs/phn/3745_NO_152644_20111130_0831.pdf.

Water

Ohio: Water

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed to amend Ohio Admin. Code §§3745.150.01-.15, relating to water pollution control loans. Changes are part of a five-year rule review. There will be a public hearing January 5, 2012. See http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/pdfs/phn/3745_NO_152642_20111130_0826.pdf.

Water

Ohio: Waste

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes to Ohio Admin. Code §3745.400, Construction and Demolition Debris Landfills. There will be a public hearing January 3, 2012. See http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/pdfs/phn/3745_NO_152744_20111130_1547.pdf.

Waste

Ohio: Waste

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes to Ohio Admin. Code §§3745.27, 3745.500, 3745.501, 3745.503, & 3745.560, pertaining to composting facilities. There will be a public hearing January 4, 2012. See http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/pdfs/phn/3745_NO_152672_20111130_0942.pdf.

Waste

Ohio: Governance

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes to Ohio Admin. Code §§3745.47 & 3745.49, pertaining to adjudication and administrative procedures. Among other changes to the existing rules, the new rules would add a section governing verified complaints. There will be a public hearing January 5, 2012. See http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/pdfs/phn/3745_NO_152639_20111130_0805.pdf.

Governance

Maryland: Climate Change

The Department of the Environment proposed to amend Md. Code Regs. 26.11.01, General Administrative Provisions, 26.11.02, Permits, Approvals, and Registration, and 26.11.06, General Emission Standards, Prohibitions, and Restrictions. Changes implement U.S. EPA's decision to delay Title V requirements for carbon dioxide from bioenergy and biogenic sources. There will be a public hearing January 11, 2012. See http://www.dsd.state.md.us/mdregister/3825.pdf (pp. 1645-47).

Climate Change (generally)

Maryland: Air

The Department of the Environment proposed to amend Md. Code Regs. 26.11.19, Volatile Organic Compounds from Specific Processes to establish operating standards for vehicle refinishing facilities in Maryland. There will be a public hearing January 11, 2012. See http://www.dsd.state.md.us/mdregister/3825.pdf (pp. 1659-66).

Air