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State Update Volume 45, Issue 31

Washington: Sustainability

The Washington Department of Ecology is proposing to amend Wash. Admin. Code §173-900, regarding manufacturers’ financial obligations to the electronic products stewardship program. The changes require some companies to pay more into the programs and some to pay less. A public hearing will be held on December 3, 2015. Written comments will be accepted until December 10, 2015. See http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/law/wsr/2015/21/15-21-065.htm

Sustainability

Virginia: Hazardous Substances

The Virginia Waste Management Board is proposing to amend 9 Va. Admin. Code §20-60, regarding hazardous waste management regulations. The amendments would revise requirements for the management of mercury-containing lamps at recycling facilities and by universal waste handlers. Comments will be accepted until January 4, 2016. No public hearing is scheduled at this time. See http://register.dls.virginia.gov/vol32/iss05/v32i05.pdf (pp. 603-18).

Hazardous Substances

Utah: Water

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality proposed changes to Utah Admin. Code R317-4, regarding onsite wastewater systems. The changes would amend system design and percolation test procedures. Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm on December 1, 2015. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2015/b20151101.pdf (pp. 66-86). 

Water (generally)

South Dakota: Quality

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources seeks public input on its intent to remove fecal coliform criteria from swimming and limited contact recreation waters. The changes would still leave in place U.S. EPA’s recommended E. coli criteria and add U.S. EPA’s nonylphenol aquatic life criteria. A public hearing will be held on December 9, 2015. See http://legis.sd.gov/docs/Rules/Register/11022015.pdf (p. 72). 

Quality

South Dakota: Quality

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is holding a public hearing on amendments to the state’s rules for fluoridation of water supplies and for bottled water quality as per U.S. FDA rules. The public hearing will be held on November 20, 2015. See http://legis.sd.gov/docs/Rules/Register/11022015.pdf (p. 71). 

Quality

Rhode Island: Wildlife

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is proposing to issue standards for the issuance of collector’s permits as they regard to taking, handling, and possessing wild animals for the purpose of studies and management. A public hearing will be held on November 30, 2015. Written comments will be accepted until noon on November 30, 2015. See http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatres/fishwild/pn113015.htm

Wildlife (generally)

Ohio: Mining

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources intends to adopt two new coal rules, amend 38 coal rules, and rescind two coal rules. The changes would address regulations ranging from plans for underground workings to mining permit application requirements, to reclamation operations requirements. A public hearing will be held on December 8, 2015. Written comments must be post-marked or emailed by December 9, 2015.

Mining

North Carolina: Land Use

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to amend N.C. Admin. Code. tit. 15, r. 07H.0305, 07H.0306, and 07J.1201, and to adopt N.C. Admin. Code. tit. 15, r. 07J.1301-03, regarding the Coastal Resources Commission. The changes would give greater management options to the Commission after large-scale beach fill projects. A public hearing will be held on November 18, 2015. Written comments will be accepted until January 2, 2016.

Land Use

Nevada: Pesticides

The Nevada Department of Agriculture is seeking public input on its plans to amend Nev. Admin. Code. §555, regarding “pesticide regulations to protect the public and the environment." The hearing will be held on November 30, 2015. Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm on November 25, 2015. See http://www.leg.state.nv.us/register/2015Register/R093-15N.pdf

Pesticides

Nevada: Air

The Nevada State Environmental Commission proposes to amend Nev. Admin. Code §445B.210 as it pertains to emission reduction credits. The changes would establish the issuance, banking, transfer, use, and fees of emission reduction credits. See http://www.leg.state.nv.us/register/2015Register/R054-15A.pdf

Air (generally)