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EPA Publishes Final Ozone NAAQS: 70 ppb

On 10/01/2015, EPA signed a final rule lowering the ozone NAAQS to 70 ppb (from the current standard of 75 ppb). Federal Register Publication:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-26/pdf/2015-26594.pdf  Overview Fact Sheet:  http://www3.epa.gov/ozonepollution/pdfs/20151001overviewfs.pdf Designations/Permitting Fact Sheet:  http://www3.epa.gov/ozonepollution/pdfs/20151001designationsfs.pdf Implementation Memo:  http://www3.epa.gov/ozonepollution/pdfs/20151001memo.pdf Final Rule:  http://www3.epa.gov/ozonepollution/pdfs/20151001fr.pdf EPA Website:  http://www3.epa.gov/ozonepollution/actions.html Anticipated schedule: October 1, 2016:  States recommend nonattainment designations. June 1, 2017:  EPA response to states’ recommendations. October 1, 2017:  ...

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EPA Proposed Amendments to MSW Landfill Air Emissions Standards

On 08/14/2015, EPA proposed amendments to emissions standards for MSW landfills. Fact Sheet for Existing Landfills:  http://www.epa.gov/ttnatw01/landfill/20150814egfs.pdf Highlights: The agency is proposing to update the emissions threshold that triggers a requirement to install landfill gas collection and control systems. That annual threshold, currently set at 50 metric tons (written as megagrams in the proposal) of nonmethane ...

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EPA Proposes to Tighten Ozone Standards

On 11/25/14, EPA proposed to tighten the ground-level ozone standards to within a range of 65 to 70 ppb or possibly as low as 60 ppb, as compared to the current NAAQS of 75 ppb.  Public comments will be accepted for 90 days after publication in the Federal Register.  And, EPA plans to issue the ...

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EPA Issues Ministerial Actions to Implement CSAPR

On 11/21/14, EPA issued two ministerial actions to implement the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) beginning on January 1, 2015.  The implementation of CSAPR will sunset the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which is a similar cap-and-trade based program.  CSAPR requires the covered 28 states to limit SO2 and/or NOx emissions from electric generating ...

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