CNN – August 26
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it is proposing to designate certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) compounds, PFOA and PFOS, as hazardous substances under the regulations. Super fund. Since the 1940s, manufacturers have used PFAS compounds to make coatings and products that can repel water, grease, heat, and oil. The chemicals break down slowly over time, can leach into the environment, and have been linked to certain health problems. If the proposal is finalized, releases of these chemicals above certain thresholds will need to be reported to the government. The EPA said the rule could also require those responsible for releasing these PFAS to pay fines and environmental cleanup fees. The EPA will publish the proposed rule in the coming weeks, after which the public will have 60 days to comment before the rule can be finalized.
Allen Matkins – August 23
Over the past two years, the California State Water Resources Control Board and its regional water quality boards have significantly increased enforcement activities regarding alleged violations of general statewide permits for stormwater discharges associated with construction and industrial activities. These recent civil penalties are generally much larger than those imposed by water boards in the past. In addition, Regional Board inspectors have begun to take much more aggressive stances on compliance and enforcement inspections. With the onset of the 2022-2023 rainy season approaching, and particularly in light of the new law enforcement environment, permit holders under these two general permits would benefit from taking action now to help ensure compliance.
The Mercury News – August 25
California plans to require all new cars, trucks and SUVs to run on electricity or hydrogen by 2035 under a policy approved by the California Air Resources Board on Thursday. The policy provides that after 2035, no new gasoline-only vehicles may be sold in the state, but existing and used gasoline vehicles, as well as a limited number of new plug-in hybrids, may still be driven. and sold in California. The move should spur other states to follow California’s lead and accelerate the production of zero-emission vehicles by automakers. Washington state and Massachusetts have already said they will follow California’s lead and many more are likely to do so – New York and Pennsylvania are among 17 states that have adopted some or all of the standards California tailpipe emissions that are more stringent than federal rules.
Chemistry and Engineering News – August 19
The US EPA is again proposing revisions to its 30-year-old Risk Management Program (RMP) for chemical facilities. The proposed regulations would require facilities covered by the RMP to develop procedures to notify local responders and the public of accidental chemical releases and allow employees and the community to participate in oversight decisions, such as incident investigations and compliance audits. Facilities covered by the RMP would also be required to consider inherently safer processes and designs and conduct root cause analyzes following incidents to be reported to the RMP, among other provisions.
Associated Press – August 24
The State Water Resources Control Board issued a draft cease-and-desist order last Friday to the Shasta Water Association, a group of farmers and ranchers near the border of State of Oregon, warning it to stop taking water from the Shasta River watershed. The association has 20 days to request a hearing or the order becomes final and could subject the organization to fines of up to $10,000 a day, according to the state water agency. Since last year, the state agency has reduced water use in the watershed to keep water flowing into the Shasta River, a main tributary of the Klamath River and a nursery for a fragile and federally protected species of salmon.
La Presse-Entreprise – August 18
Nearly $310 million in federal funds from the infrastructure bill approved last November will help pay for projects that promise to capture, store and recycle more water in the drought-ravaged West, it announced Thursday. last Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. The vast majority of those funds will help pay for projects in California, including $12 million to expand an Irvine reservoir that serves central Orange County, $10 million to increase the supply of recycled water in the east of Riverside County and $15 million to boost a groundwater recycling program in Los Angeles County. These funds will soon be supplemented by an additional $4 billion dedicated to other long-term water programs in the cut inflation bill that President Joe Biden signed into law last Tuesday.
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