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State Update Volume 44, Issue 2

Massachusetts: Water

The Department of Environmental Protection amended 314 Mass. Code Regs. §2.00, Permitting Procedures. Changes bring the public notice requirements for state surface water discharge permits in line with EPA’s procedures for issuing NPDES permits. See http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/regulations/314-cmr-2-00-permit-procedures.html#3.

Water (generally)

Vermont: Air

The Department of Environmental Conservation proposed to amend the Air Pollution Control Regulations, Subchapter III. Changes would update the state’s ambient air quality standards for particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, ozone, and lead in order to maintain consistency with NAAQS. A public hearing will be held on February 3, 2014, and the deadline for comment is February 10, 2014. See http://www.anr.state.vt.us/air/htm/ProposedAmendments.htm#SubchapterIII.

Air (generally)

Oregon: Energy

The Department of Energy adopted Or. Admin. R. 330.110.0060, amended 330.110.0010 and .0040, and repealed 330.110.0040(T) in order to implement the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Revolving Fund program. The rulemaking took effect December 12, 2013. See http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/doc/rules/bulletin/January2014_Bulletin.pdf (pp. 76-78).

Energy (generally)

Oregon: Air

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed to amend Or. Admin. R. 340.200.0040 in order to incorporate the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency revised regulations for open burning, permit streamlining, and permitting requirements into Oregon’s SIP. A public hearing will be held on January 22, 2014, and the deadline for comment is January 27, 2014. See http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/doc/rules/bulletin/January2014_Bulletin.pdf (pp. 11-13).

Air (generally)

Oregon: Energy

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed to amend Or. Admin. R. 340.259.0010, pertaining to the clean diesel grant and loan program. Changes would make minor revisions to the program rules in order to maintain consistency with federal regulations. A public hearing will be held on January 16, 2014, and the deadline for comment is January 21, 2014. See http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/doc/rules/bulletin/January2014_Bulletin.pdf (pp. 10-11).

Energy (generally)

Oregon: Energy

The Department of Energy proposed to amend Or. Admin. R. 330.160 in order to clarify the requirements for facilities that generate electricity eligible for the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard. The deadline for comment is January 23, 2014, and a public hearing will be held that day. See http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/doc/rules/bulletin/January2014_Bulletin.pdf (pp. 10).

Energy (generally)

Oklahoma: Ground water

The Water Resources Board proposed to amend Okla. Admin. Code §785.30, pertaining to the use of groundwater. Changes would establish spacing requirements for wells drilled in a sensitive sole source groundwater basin and for streams emanating from such a basin. The amendments would also update permitting procedures. The deadline for comment is February 18, 2014, and a public hearing will be held that day.

Groundwater

North Dakota: Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture proposed to amend N.D. Admin. Code §7.15, Fertilizer Rules. Changes would set requirements for the containment of liquid fertilizer, establish inspection and recordkeeping requirements, and institute minimum concentrations for the labeling of micronutrients. A public hearing will be held on February 3, 2014, and the deadline for comment is February 13, 2014. See http://www.legis.nd.gov/files/rule-changes/notices/doa020314notice.pdf?20140107084743.

Agriculture

Idaho: Forests

The Department of Lands adopted pending Idaho Admin. Code r. 20.0201.1301, pertaining to the Idaho Forest Practices Act. If approved by the Idaho state legislature, the new rule will establish a streamside tree-retention rule. See http://adminrules.idaho.gov/bulletin/2014/01.pdf (pp. 127-131).

Forests

Florida: Toxic Substances

The Department of Environmental Protection proposed to amend 62 Fla. Admin. Code §210. Changes would remove references to hydrochloric acid and nitric acid from the definition of acid mist and make other minor clarifications. See https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View_notice.asp?id=13975777.

Toxic Substances (generally)