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State Update Volume 42, Issue 23

Maine: Toxic Substances

The Department of Environmental Protection proposed to amend 06-096 Code Me. Regs. Ch. 882, Designation of Bisphenol A as a Priority Chemical and Regulation of Bisphenol A in Children’s Products. The proposal is in response to a citizen petition, and the rulemaking would add a definition of "toddler food" and extend the existing prohibition on the sale of children's products containing bisphenol A. There will be a public hearing September 6, 2012, and the deadline for comment is September 28.

Toxic Substances (generally)

Maine: Pesticides

The Department of Agriculture proposed to amend 01-026 Code Me. Regs. Chs. 10, 21, 27, & 50 to alter definitions, incorporate improvements, and remove reporting requirements for restricted-use pesticide container deposit systems. There will be a public hearing September 7, 2012, and the deadline for comment is September 28. See http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2012/081512.html.

Pesticides

Utah: Ground water

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed to repeal and replace Utah Admin. Code r. 309.600.13, New Ground Water Sources of Drinking Water. Changes will clarify how sewers will be regulated within source protection zones and management areas for new wells and springs. The deadline for comment is September 14, 2012. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2012/b20120815.pdf (pp. 72-74).

Groundwater

Utah: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed to add Utah Admin. Code r. 307.356, Appliance Pilot Light. The rule would prohibit the sale of any natural gas-fired fan-type central furnaces, gas fireplaces, or gas stoves that require the use of a pilot light for ignition in PM2.5 non-attainment areas. There will be a public hearing September 12, 2012, and the deadline for comment is October 1. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2012/b20120815.pdf (pp. 64-66).

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Utah: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed to add Utah Admin. Code r. 307.330, Generator Testing. The rule would prohibit the testing of back-up generators during red air quality alert days. The deadline for comment is October 1. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2012/b20120815.pdf (p. 64).

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Utah: Air

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed to repeal and replace Utah Admin. Code r. 307.207, Residential Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Devices. The change would add a definition for "solid fuel burning device" and specify that the rule applies in all areas except PM10 and PM2.5 nonattainment and maintenance areas. There will be a public hearing September 12, 2012, and the deadline for comment is October 1. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2012/b20120815.pdf (pp. 60-61).

Air (generally)

Utah: Administrative Law

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed to repeal and replace Utah Admin. Code r. 305.6, Administrative Procedures. The rule is being replaced to incorporate a state law that creates a new permit review adjudicative proceeding. Changes to the rule include allowing parties to address standing and questions of law during proceedings on the merits of the case rather than through separate motions, and specifying deadlines and page limits for motions. There will be a public hearing September 20, 2012, and the deadline for comment is October 1.

Administrative Law

Texas: Quality

The Commission on Environmental Quality amended 30 Tex. Admin. Code §331, Underground Injection Control. Changes pertain to disposal of nonhazardous drinking water treatment residuals. Amendments took effect August 16, 2012. See http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/0810/0810is.pdf (pp. 6078-91).

Quality

Texas: Waste

The Commission on Environmental Quality amended 30 Tex. Admin. Code §330.7, General Information. Changes allow a county or municipality with a population of 10,000 people or less to dispose of demolition waste from certain nuisance or abandoned properties that would qualify for an arid exemption. Amendments took effect August 16, 2012. See http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/0810/0810is.pdf (pp. 6072-78).

Waste (generally)

Texas: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Commission on Environmental Quality amended 30 Tex. Admin. Code §116, Control of Air Pollution by Permits for New Construction or Modification. Changes ensure compliance with federal rules. See http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/0810/0810is.pdf(pp. 6049-55).

Clean Air Act (CAA)