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State Update Volume 45, Issue 30

Pennsylvania: Water

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is opening for public comment its draft NPDES general permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity (PAG-03), which will replace the existing PAG-03 that is set to expire December 5, 2015. Changes to PAG-03 would align the regulations with U.S. EPA’s national multisector general permit for stormwater associated with industrial activity, create new eligibility criteria where impaired waters are concerned, set new benchmarks for certain pollutants, and standardize monitoring frequency, among other changes.

Water (generally)

New Mexico: Air quality

The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to N.M. Admin. Code tit. 20 §2.77, the state air quality control regulations. The amendments would incorporate by reference U.S. EPA rules on new source performance standards, NESHAPs, and maximum achievable control technology for source categories of hazardous air pollutants. A public hearing will be held on December 18, 2015. See http://164.64.110.239/nmregister/xxvi/xxvi19/EIBnotice.htm

Air quality

New Jersey: Quality

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is proposing a repeal and new rules for N.J. Admin. Code tit. 7, §15, regarding the state’s water quality management planning rules. The proposed amendments would set goals for nitrate dilution from septic systems, provide municipalities with flexibility to develop their own water quality plans, and protect endangered species habitat, among others. Public hearings will be held on November 10, 17, and 30. Written comments will be accepted until December 18, 2015.

Quality

New Jersey: Quality

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection N.J. Admin. Code tit. 7, §14A-22, regarding state pollution discharge elimination system rules. The proposed amendments concern treatment works approvals, the capacity assurance program, and the sewer ban program. A public hearing will be held on December 3, 2015. Written comments will be accepted until December 18, 2015. See http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/notices/20151019b.html.  

Quality

Nevada: Sustainability

The Nevada Department of Agriculture is proposing to adopt changes to Nev. Admin. Code §555, regarding a Weed Free Certification program. The changes would formally adopt the North American Invasive Species Management Association guidelines for the state Weed Free Certification program. A public hearing will be held on November 23, 2015. See http://www.leg.state.nv.us/register/2015Register/R083-15N.pdf

Sustainability

Nevada: Pesticides

The Nevada Department of Agriculture is considering changes to Nev. Admin. Code §588, regarding fertilizer standards. The department is proposing to adopt by reference the American Association of Plant Food Control Officials' handbook for fertilizer standards. A public hearing will be held on November 23, 2015. See http://www.leg.state.nv.us/register/2015Register/R087-15N.pdf

Pesticides

Missouri: Mining

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is proposing to amend Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 10, §50, regarding oil and gas drilling and production. The proposed amendments pertain to the permitting process for various types of wells and equipment, well testing, timing for activity of a well, and location of wells and setback requirements, among many other proposed changes. A public hearing will be held on November 16, 2015. Written comments will be accepted until November 18, 2015.

Mining

Nevada: Pesticides

The Nevada Department of Agriculture is proposing to amend Nev. Admin. Code §588.210, regarding fertilizer control rules, including reporting requirements for the sale of certain fertilizers. See http://www.leg.state.nv.us/register/2015Register/R087-15P.pdf

Pesticides

Minnesota: Sustainability

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is seeking public comment on ammendments to Minn. R. 8420, the Wetland Conservation Act. The proposed amendments would modify requirements for wetlands replacement, establish priorities for use of high priority areas, and “establish new actions eligible for wetland replacement credit.” Written comments will be accepted until 4:30 pm on December 18, 2015. No public hearing is currently scheduled.

Sustainability

Louisiana: Mining

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is proposing to amend La. Admin. Code tit. 43:XVII, §§3 and 33, regarding regulations for hydrocarbon storage wells in salt dome cavities and regulations for class III (solution-mining) injection wells, respectively. The amendments would clarify the definitions of types of injections wells, the permitting process for wells, site assessment, development and operation requirements, among other changes. Written comments will be accepted until 4 pm on November 9, 2015.

Mining