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State Update Volume 44, Issue 32

Alabama: Natural Resources

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is proposing to repeal and replace Ala. Admin. Code r. 220-2-.155 regarding management of paddlefish populations. Changes include the clarification of penalties for improper reporting and expanding the Upper Alabama River Paddlefish Management Area. A public hearing will be held December 4, 2014 and the deadline for comment is also December 4, 2014. See http://www.alabamaadministrativecode.state.al.us/UpdatedMonthly/AAM-OCT-....

Natural Resources

Washington: Climate Change

The Department of Ecology is proposing to amend Wash. Admin. Code §173-441 regarding greenhouse gas emissions reporting. The amendment is necessary to maintain consistency with EPA regulations. Changes include revising global warming potentials and updating calculation and monitoring methods. A public hearing will be held on December 3, 2014, and the deadline for comment is December 10, 2014. See http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/laws/wsr/2014/21/14-21PROP.pdf (pp. 106-133).

Climate Change (generally)

Utah: Radiation

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to adopt Utah Admin. Code r. R313-37 regarding the regulation of radioactive material. The new rule would codify requirements previously imposed on holders of radioactive materials through licenses or orders. The changes are necessary to bring Utah into compliance with NRC regulations. The deadline for comment is December 1, 2014. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2014/b20141101.pdf (pp. 21-23).

Radiation

Utah: Radiation

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to amend Utah Admin. Code r. R313-19-7 regarding the regulation of radioactive material. Changes include clarifications and an exemption from licensing requirements for common and contract carries who transport radioactive material. The deadline for comment is December 1, 2014. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2014/b20141101.pdf (pp. 18-21). 

Radiation

Utah: State implementation plans (SIPs)

The Division of Air Quality is seeking public comment on its 5-year progress report regarding Utah’s Regional Haze SIP. A draft of the report is available on the division’s website. A public hearing will be held on December 1, 2014 and the deadline for comment is also December 1, 2014. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2014/b20141101.pdf (p. 1). 

State implementation plans (SIPs)

Texas: Hazardous Substances

The Commission on Environmental Quality is proposing to amend 30 Tex. Admin. Code §336.1310 regarding waste disposal fees. The change would lower the maximum disposal rate for Class A- Low Level Waste from $250 per cubic foot to $180 per cubic foot. A public hearing will be held on December 4, 2014, and the deadline for comment is December 8, 2014. See http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/archive/November72014/Proposed%20Rules/30.ENVIRONMENTAL%20QUALITY.html#41

Hazardous Substances

Oregon: Mining

The Department of Geology and Mineral Industries is proposing amendments to Or. Admin. R. 632-030-0025 regarding mine reclamation.  The amendments would require all materials used as fill in mine reclamation meet Department of Environmental Quality guidelines or be specifically permitted. Changes would also require written reclamation plans and that fill material is consistent with local land use regulations. A public hearing will be held on November 18, 2014, and the deadline for comment is December 2, 2014.

Mining

Ohio: Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on water quality impacts of a proposed 75-mile natural gas pipeline. The project would impact 10.4 acres of wetlands, 1,930 linear feet of streams and affects five counties in eastern Ohio. A public meeting will be held on November 18, 2014, and the deadline for written comment is November 25, 2014.

Quality

North Carolina: Waste

The Environmental Management Commission is proposing to amend 15A N.C. Admin. Code 02N.0304, 02N.0903-.0904 regarding underground storage tanks. Among other provisions, the amendments include discretionary variances for secondary containment upgrade requirements. A public hearing will be held December 4, 2014, and the deadline for comment is January 2, 2015. See http://www.ncoah.com/rules/register/Volume%2029%20Issue%2009%20November%203,%202014.pdf (pp. 1048-51).

Waste (generally)

New Mexico: State standards, §303(a)

The Water Quality Commission is seeking public input on proposed amendments to N.M. Code R. §20.6.4 regarding surface water standards. Among other changes, the amendments would revise compliance provisions as well as uses and criteria for various water bodies. A public hearing will be held on April 14, 2015. Those wishing to present technical testimony must file a notice of intent with the commission by December 12, 2104. The deadline for non-technical comment is April 14, 2015.

State standards, §303(a)