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State Update Volume 45, Issue 10

Michigan: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to adopt Mich. Admin. Code r.336.1430 regarding sulfur dioxide emissions. The rule would reduce the emissions of sulfur dioxide from various sources as part of the state's plan to address the sulfur dioxide nonattainment area in Wayne County. A public hearing will be held April 8, 2015, and the deadline for comment is April 9, 2015. See http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/MR5_040115_485840_7.pdf (pp. 88-91).

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Massachusetts: Sustainability

The Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to adopt 310 Mass. Code Regs. 7.75 regarding the state's clean energy standard. The new rule would implement a policy included in the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 to increase the use of clean energy sources in electrical generation. Public hearings will be held beginning April 14, 2015, and the deadline for comment is April 27, 2015. See http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dep/air/laws/ces-notice.pdf.

Sustainability

Georgia: Air

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to amend Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 391-3-1-.03(9) regarding permit fees. Changes would retain the 2014 dollar-per-ton fee for electric generating facilities. A public hearing will be held April 28, 2015, and the deadline for comment is also April 28, 2015. See http://environet.dnr.state.ga.us/1/PublicNotice_PermitFeeRule.pdf.

Air

Florida: Endangered Species

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is proposing to amend Fla. Admin. Code r.68A-27.003 and .0031 regarding endangered and threatened species. Changes would update the state endangered and threatened species list to reflect updated federal ESA listings, including the addition of seven mollusks, the Florida bonneted bat, and the rufa red knot. The deadline for comment is April 10, 2015.

Endangered Species

Florida: Navigable waters

The Suwanee River Water Management District is proposing to repeal Fla. Admin. Code r.40B-4.3040 regarding unauthorized use of the district's waterways. Changes would repeal sections applicable to sovereign state lands that exceed the district's authority. A public hearing will be held if requested by April 20, 2015, and the deadline for comment is also April 20, 2015. See https://www.flrules.org/Faw/FAWDocuments/FAWVOLUMEFOLDERS2015/4161/4161doc.pdf (p. 1512).

Navigable waters

Florida: Agencies

The Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission is proposing to repeal various sections of Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r.42-2 regarding procedural requirements. Changes would eliminate redundancy as each subject is covered by the Uniform Rules of Procedure or by statute. A public hearing will be held if requested by April 17, 2015, and the deadline for comment is also April 17, 2015. See https://www.flrules.org/Faw/FAWDocuments/FAWVOLUMEFOLDERS2015/4160/4160doc.pdf (pp.

Agencies

Delaware: Hazardous Substances

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is proposing to amend 7 Del. Admin. Code §1375 regarding hazardous substance cleanups. Changes would create new regulations for the department's determinations of "Conditional No Further Action," update the procedures for providing notice in land records, and clarify certain definitions. A public hearing will be held April 29, 2015, and the deadline for comment is May 14, 2015.

Hazardous Substances

California: Sustainability

The California Energy Commission is proposing to amend Cal. Pub. Util. Code §399.11 regarding the renewable portfolio standard for local publicly owned utilities. Changes would clarify existing regulations, including requirements for bundled and resale transactions. A workshop will be held April 9, 2015, and a public adoption hearing will be held June, 10, 2015. The deadline for comment is May 11, 2015. See http://www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/13z-2015.pdf (pp. 494-501).

Sustainability

Alaska: Toxic Substances

The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Aleutian Subarea Contingency plan regarding emergency response procedures for oil and hazardous material spills. Changes would include the addition of new geomorphology data for threatened and endangered species' habitat, and reevaluate the sensitivity of certain National Park Service lands. The deadline for comment is May 15, 2015.

Toxic Substances