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State Update Volume 44, Issue 26

Wisconsin: Natural Resources

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin proposed to amend Wisc. Admin Code §135.019(1), pertaining to federal pipeline safety regulations. The changes update the section to incorporate updated federal safety regulations for natural gas pipelines. The deadline for comment is September 30, 2014. See http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/register/2014/705a/register.pdf (p.28).

Natural Resources (generally)

Utah: Hazardous Substances

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed amendments to Utah Admin. Code §R311-204-3, which specifies requirements for labeling of underground storage tanks. Updates clarify previously misleading language that may have caused confusion regarding the contents of the tanks. The rule becomes effective on October 10, 2014. The deadline for comment is October 1, 2014. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bulletin/2014/20140901/38765.htm.

Hazardous Substances

Utah: Quality

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed amendments to Utah Admin. Code §R309-400, pertaining to Water System Rating Criteria. The changes update requirements from the groundwater rule and correct language and references. The deadline for comment is October 1, 2014. The rule takes effect November 10, 2014. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bulletin/2014/20140901/38727.htm.


Texas: Quantity

The Commission on Environmental Quality adopted 30 Texas Admin. Code §291.200 pertaining to the Texas Water Code. The new rule incorporates changes pertaining to the duties of the public water utility, including reporting water supply availability and status and filling out a “Drought Contingency Plan Reporting Form.” See http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/archive/September52014/Adopted%20Rules/30.ENVIRONMENTAL%20QUALITY.html#150.


Tennessee: Natural Resources

The Department of Agriculture revised Tenn. Code Chapter 0080-05-12, pertaining to Kerosene and Motor Fuels Quality Inspection Regulations. Changes update the language in §§ 0080-512-.01 through -.10. The rule is effective December 3, 2014. See http://www.tn.gov/sos/rules_filings/09-06-14.pdf.

Natural Resources (generally)

Oregon: Infrastructure

The Water Resources Department proposed amendments to enable implementation of Or. Revised Statutes 540.350 through 540.390. The actions ensure dam safety to prevent potential damage to life or property, updating rules so that they incorporate current engineering and safety practices. The deadline for comment is October 3, 2014. See http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/bulletin/0914_bulletin/0914_rulemaking_bulletin.html.


Oregon: Quantity

The Water Resources Department proposed the adoptions of Or. Admin R. 690-022-0020, 690-022-0025, and 690-022-0030. The rules grant the Or. Water Resources Commission authority to give preference for human consumption and stock water use in Klamath County in the case of a governor-declared drought. The deadline for comment is September 19, 2014. See http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/bulletin/0914_bulletin/0914_rulemaking_bulletin.html.


Oregon: Sustainability

The Public Utility Commission proposed updates to Or. Admin R. 860-084-0150, 860-084-0190, 860-084-0220, regarding the Solar Pilot Programs. The amendments enable the implementation of legislative changes to the program, which add 2.5 MW to the available statewide capacity, extend the enrollment termination date to March 31, 2016, and grant the Commission authority to name and adjust, without rulemaking, a percentage goal for capacity deployed by residential and small commercial qualifying systems. The deadline for comment is September 25, 2014.


Oregon: Sustainability

The Public Utility Commission proposed to adopt Or. Revised Statutes 860-085-0500 – 860-085-1000, pertaining to the 2013 Senate Bill 844: Voluntary Emissions Reduction Program. The rules propose the establishment of a voluntary emissions reduction program to provide incentives for a utility that supports natural gas, to invest in projects that reduce emissions and benefit utility customers. The deadline for comment is October 7, 2014.


Oregon: Wildlife

The Department of State Lands proposed amendments to Or. Revised Statutes 141-102-0020 and 141-102-0030, pertaining to Essential Indigenous Anadromous Salmonid Habitat (ESH) maps. The changes revise the maps to prevent the depletion of the species during the spawning and rearing life stages. The deadline for comment is November 28, 2014. See http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/bulletin/0914_bulletin/0914_rulemaking_bulletin.html.

Wildlife (generally)
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