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Can a State Provide Oversight Under a Federal CERCLA Order or Decree?

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 16:51

Section 400(h) of the National Contingency Plan (NCP) contains an unremarked, yet problematic, last sentence. The NCP, of course, governs response actions under the federal Comprehensive Environmental, Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund); the government cannot recover costs incurred inconsistently with that regulation. 42 U.S.C.

Massachusetts Proposes Cleanup Standards for PFAS

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:04

MassDEP proposed groundwater cleanup standards for PFAS significantly lower than the federal health advisory as part of its long-expected proposed revisions to Massachusetts’ regulations governing the assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties. The proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) became available on MassDEP’s web site on April 18, 2019, and include a series of important changes upon which we will report in the coming days.

EPA Schedules Public Meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:02

On April 19, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) announced that it will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on May 8, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 9, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT) in the first-floor conference center at One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive in Arlington, Virginia.  84 Fed. Reg. 16486.

IHMM and AHMP Announce Joint Ventures for Certificants and Members

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:48

The link here is an announcement of the first two of six joint ventures undertaken by IHMM and AHMP for the benefit of our certificants and members. We are acting together to strengthen our service to you all, increase the value of your participation with us and making the very most of our resources on your behalf.We thank you for your commitment to our communities of practice and for your outstanding professionalism and dedication to protecting public health, safety and our environment.      

Harmonization of Transportation Safety Requirements With IAEA Standards

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:31

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comments on a draft regulatory basis to support a proposed rule that would harmonize the NRC's regulations with the safety requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the transport of radioactive material and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In addition, the proposed rule would make administrative, editorial, or clarification changes to the NRC's regulations. The NRC plans to hold a public meeting to discuss the draft regulatory basis and facilitate public participation.

Revising the WOTUS - Jonathan Adler

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:29

The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are attempting to bring clarity to the muddy debate over the scope of federal regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). In a new rulemaking, the two agencies are proposing a new definition of “waters of the United States,” to replace the definition adopted by these same two agencies in 2015. This new definition will identify the scope of waters and related lands that are subject to federal regulation under the CWA.

More Room for Improvement in the Permitting Process - Bipartisan Policy Center

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:27

Steps have been taken in the past few years to add transparency, coordination, and predictability to the federal environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects. Yet this work is far from over. Speeding up federal approvals, while securing the most optimal environmental and social outcomes, continues to be a bipartisan priority, with its potential to save time and money and attract private investment.

More Room for Improvement in the Permitting Process - Bipartisan Policy Center

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:26

Steps have been taken in the past few years to add transparency, coordination, and predictability to the federal environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects. Yet this work is far from over. Speeding up federal approvals, while securing the most optimal environmental and social outcomes, continues to be a bipartisan priority, with its potential to save time and money and attract private investment.

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Stationary Combustion Turbines Residual Risk and Technology Review

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:21

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Stationary Combustion Turbines to address the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) the EPA is required to conduct in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Recognizes CHMM and CDGT IHMM Credentials

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 17:25

IHMM is pleased to announce that, through the outstanding leadership and efforts of Mark Bruce, CHMM, and Treasurer of AHMP, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has formally recognized the IHMM CHMM and CDGT credentials. /sites/default/files/pictures/PA_CHMM_CDGT.pdf    This is a great example of IHMM and AHMP working together and what we can accomplish for our members and certificants and strengthening their communities of practice. Thank you Mark for your efforts on behalf of our industry.                      

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