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State Update Volume 45, Issue 19

Wisconsin: Fisheries

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to amend Wis. Admin. Code NR §25 regarding commercial chub harvesting in Lake Michigan. Changes would set a catch limit for chub, but if the commercial activity remains similar to the past 10 years, the limit will not effectively limit harvest. A public hearing will be held July 29, 2015, and the deadline for comment is July 31, 2015.

Fisheries

Utah: Wildlife

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to adopt Admin. Code r.657-65 regarding urban deer control. The new rules establish criteria for municipalities to institute control plans for deer damaging private property or threatening public safety. The deadline for comment is July 31, 2015. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2015/b20150701.pdf (pp. 33-36).

Wildlife

South Carolina: Underground injection

The Department of Health and Environmental Control is proposing to amend S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 61-71 regarding underground injection wells. Among other changes, the amendments would increase separation requirements between wells from 50 to 75 feet. A public hearing will be held October 8, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is July 27, 2015. See 39 S.C. Reg. pp. 15-18 (June 26, 2015). Available at http://www.scstatehouse.gov/state_register.php.

Underground injection

Oregon: Endangered Species Act (ESA)

The Land Conservation and Development Department is proposing to adopt Or. Admin. R. 660-023-0015 regarding sage grouse conservation. The new rule would establish protections for greater sage grouse habitat on non-federal land within the state. The deadline for comment is July 23, 2015. See http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/bulletin/0715_bulletin/0715_rulemaking_bulletin.html.

Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Oregon: Invasive Species

The Department of Agriculture is proposing to amend Or. Admin. R.603-052-1300 regarding approved terrestrial invertebrates. Changes would add several species to the approved list, and remove Monarch butterflies from that list. The deadline for comment is July 22, 2015. See http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/bulletin/0715_bulletin/0715_rulemaking_bulletin.html.

Invasive Species

Oregon: Pollution Prevention

The Public Utilities Commission is proposing to amend Or. Admin. R.860-031-0035 regarding gas storage and pipeline safety. Changes would increase the maximum civil penalty from $10,000 to $200,000 per event per day, and increase the maximum penalty for a series of failures from $500,000 to $2,000,000. The deadline for comment is July 22, 2015. See http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/bulletin/0715_bulletin/0715_rulemaking_bulletin.html.

Pollution Prevention

New Mexico: Tax

The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department is proposing to adopt N.M. Code R. §§3.4.21, .22, .34, and .35 regarding sustainable building tax credits. The new rules would establish requirements for residential and commercial buildings to receive tax credits for implementing sustainable practices, including water conservation measures. A public hearing will be held July 28, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is July 21, 2015.

Tax

Nebraska: Sustainability

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to adopt 261 Neb. Admin. Code §§001 to 004 regarding the state's water sustainability fund. The adoption would establish new rules governing administration of the fund. A public hearing will be held July 31, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is also July 31, 2015. See http://www.sos.ne.gov/rules-and-regs/regtrack/details.cgi?proposal_id=0000000000001499.

Sustainability

Minnesota: Watershed Protection

The Pollution Control Agency is seeking public comment on the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies Report and TMDLs for the Vermillion River watershed. Changes to the report would re-quantify pollutant reductions needed to meet state water quality standards for turbidity, E. coli, and nutrients in impaired streams and lakes in the upper portion of the watershed. The deadline for comment is July 29, 2015.

Watershed Protection

Maryland: Fisheries

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to amend Md. Code Regs. 08.02.15.07 regarding commercial striped bass fisheries. Changes would modify the tolerance limit associated with the species' individual transferable quota from 50 pounds, to 4% with a minimum of 50 pounds. The deadline for comment is July 27, 2015. See http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/4213.pdf (pp. 798-800).

Fisheries