The Truck Industry’s Decades-long War on Stronger Pollution Controls

Union of Concerned Scientists

Transportation air pollution air quality California corporate accountability diesel disinformation playbook electric trucks heavy-duty trucks NOx PM2.5 The EPA is under extreme pressure from industry to propose an absurdly ineffective standard for trucks.

National Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program – Basic Training

Environmental News Bits

The Section 319 program is an essential source of support for state, territorial and tribal efforts to control NPS pollution, the prevailing cause of… Read more → Online training State government WaterThis training module, developed by U.S. EPA, is designed to provide a high-level overview of the Clean Water Act Section (CWA) 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) program for State and Territory NPS Programs.

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How One Chemical Maker is Reducing Its Environmental Footprint

Environment + Energy Leader

The Maroon Group, now part of Barentz, completed several sustainability programs — everything from recycling to energy efficiency to pollution prevention.

Help Wanted: Armstrong Conservation District Erosion & Sediment Pollution Control Technician

PA Environment Daily

The Armstrong County Conservation District is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Technician. The person in this position will have an array of technical duties related to administration of the Chapter 102-Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control program.

Pollution Control as Climate Policy

Legal Planet

Revising the standards will also help address air pollution. Changing the standards will require states to tighten their controls on all these sources, making it more expensive to burn fossil fuels. The post Pollution Control as Climate Policy appeared first on Legal Planet.

EPA Imposes $2.5 Million Penalty On PA Company For Selling Auto Parts That Avoid Vehicle Pollution Controls

PA Environment Daily

million penalty for allegedly selling aftermarket devices that were designed to defeat the emissions control systems on cars and trucks. The company’s actions allegedly violated the Clean Air Act’s prohibition on the sale of so-called “defeat devices,” which are designed to “bypass, defeat or render inoperative” a motor vehicle engine’s air pollution control equipment or systems. Today’s vehicles emit far less pollution than vehicles of the past.

Determining Disparate Impacts in Environmental Justice Communities: Does Friends of Buckingham v. State Air Pollution Control Board Provide the Roadmap?

Acoel

It has long been recognized that minority and disadvantaged communities are subject to higher levels of pollution than more affluent non-minority areas. For instance, last year New Jersey adopted EJ legislation which, when fully operative, will impose new requirements for the issuance of permits or permit renewals for certain types of facilities – including any major air pollution source – in EJ communities. State Air Pollution Control Board Provide the Roadmap?

California Air Resources Board Announces Rulemaking Regarding Small Off-Road Engine Regulations

E2 Law Blog

California carbon emissions Compliance Environmental Featured GT Alert Legislation Policy Pollution State & Local air pollution Emissions environmental policy GT Insight pollution controlOn Oct. 9, 2021, California Gov.

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Will the Supreme Court Gut the Clean Water Act?

Legal Planet

This makes no sense: the Clean Water Act’s goal is to prevent pollution, not barriers to navigation. Pollution & Health U.S. USEPA Section 404 Supreme Court water pollution water pollution control wetland loss wetlands WOTUS

Covanta Fairfax Completes Installation of Technology to Reduce Low NOx Emissions

Environment + Energy Leader

Covanta, a provider of environmental solutions for businesses and communities, announced that the Covanta Fairfax Waste-to-Energy facility recently completed planned enhancements to its state-of-the-art pollution control technology aimed at further reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

Illinois EPA files administrative rules to create statewide groundwater quality standards for PFAS chemicals

Environmental News Bits

Code) Part 620 to the Illinois Pollution Control Board (Board). Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director John J. Kim announced the Agency has submitted amendments to 35 Illinois Administrative Code (Ill. Admin. The proposed amendments update toxicity data for various chemicals, update exposure factors, and introduce groundwater quality standards for five Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances… Read more → Illinois PFAS Regulation Water

EPA launches civil rights inquiry into Louisiana agencies

Environmental News Bits

The agency’s External Civil Rights Compliance Office will investigate both the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s handling of its air pollution control program and whether the Louisiana … Continue reading EPA launches civil rights inquiry into Louisiana agencies. Read the full story from E&E News. EPA will probe alleged racial discrimination by two Louisiana agencies in a predominantly Black area, a senior official confirmed this week.

DOJ Gets Off Its Moral High Horse: Ameren Missouri Will Close Early

Law and Environment

Ameren Missouri submitted to the Court a proposal to shut Rush Island early rather than install expensive pollution control equipment. .

RECLAIMING POLLUTED WATER: CAPACITIVE DESALINATION

Cleannovate

Among the pollutants of concern, metals and dissolved industrial chemicals are significant. Though several treatment strategies have been used before, efficiency of pollutant removal still has a long way to go. But among the prevailing pollution control strategies desalination holds the key in not only reclaiming polluted water but also in recovering important dissolved substances in water. Desalination involves the removal of dissolved pollutants from water.

Pittsburgh To Host National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference Aug. 22-25

PA Environment Daily

The 2022 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference , sponsored by EPA in conjunction with the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies will be held in Pittsburgh August 22-25.

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Cities & the Inflation Reduction Act

Law Columbia

Several provisions – a few of which are directly available to local governments – can additionally help address local air pollution and other inequitable impacts to vulnerable communities. billion for grants to implement GHG pollution reductions. By Amy Turner.

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U.C. Davis Law School to Host “Clean Water Act at 50” Conference

Legal Planet

has made over the past half-century in abating water pollution; focus on some of the law’s most contentious, current features; and predict how the Act will likely–and should–evolve in the decades to come.

New Associate Editor: Zhiyong “Jason” Ren

Water Research & Technology

His group analyzes reaction mechanisms and develops novel environmental processes, with the goal of expanding environmental engineering from pollution control to sustainable development of resource recovery systems.

Desperate Tampering Industry Trying to Pass RPM Act to Continue Polluting

Union of Concerned Scientists

Since then, neither EPA nor SEMA (the Specialty Equipment Manufacturing Association) has let up their respective efforts to curb or increase pollution.

Boston Promulgates BERDO “Phase I” Regulations: Emissions Standards For Buildings Are Coming Soon

Law and Environment

The Boston Air Pollution Control Commission has formally adopted its “Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance Phase 1 Regulations.” The Phase 1 regulations are really all about the “disclosure” side of BERDO.

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In a first for climate nuisance claims, a Hawai‘i State Court allowed Honolulu to proceed with its case against fossil fuel companies

Law Columbia

The Second Circuit framed New York City’s claims as targeting “lawful commercial activity” in a way that would compel development of pollution control measures, thereby regulating cross-border emissions. By Korey Silverman-Roati. Background. Starting in 2017, cities, counties, and states across the United States have filed claims (see here and here ) in state courts against fossil fuel companies seeking redress for the climate harms their products have caused.

DOJ Doesn’t Know How to Declare Victory

Law and Environment

According to Inside EPA (subscription required), the Department of Justice (and the Sierra Club) have opposed Ameren’s Missouri’s motion to allow it to close its Rush Island generating facility early, rather than install otherwise required pollution control equipment.

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PennVEST Makes $269 Million Investment In 11 Water Infrastructure Projects In 10 Counties

PA Environment Daily

On July 20, the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority announced the award of $269 million in funding to 11 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and nonpoint source water pollution control projects in 10 counties. The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy Fund supported by Act 13 drilling impact fees, federal grants to PennVEST from the U.S.

Austin: A Battle Among Progressives

Acoel

The resolution provides for the development of city-wide water pollution control measures for industrial facilities including semiconductor manufacturing plants, concrete batch plants, automobile manufacturing, battery manufacturing and fuel storage facilities. Posted on June 17, 2022 by Paul Seals. The City of Austin has become a battleground for progressive initiatives.

Emerging Local Legal Pathways for Building Electrification: Air Pollution and Land Use Regulation in New York City & Brookline, Massachusetts

Law Columbia

This week’s advancements offer two new models for local governments looking to require or promote building electrification: air pollution and land use regulation. The New York City bill also offers a useful model for using air pollution control authority to regulate building emissions.

Rare Earth Metal Theft by Catalytic Converter

Greenbuilding Law

Rare earth metals are not only used in automobile pollution control devices (and not just in the U.S. because the gasoline engine does not run fulltime so the metals in the pollution control device last longer, but also because it is easy to separate from the vehicle.

EQB Meets June 14 On Revised Final Regulation Reducing Methane Emissions From Just Unconventional (Shale Gas) Wells, Facilities; Working On Conventional Reg.

PA Environment Daily

Since this final-form rulemaking is being promulgated under the APCA [state Air Pollution Control Act] in Title 35, the requirements of Act 52 do not apply.

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New Maryland Regulation all but Shuts Down Phase ll Environmental Site Assessments

Greenbuilding Law

Buried deep, on page 78 of 133 pages of amended and restated oil pollution control and storage regulations are provisions that impose reporting requirements, for the first time, on a prospective purchaser of real estate even if the purchase is never consummated.

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BERDO Implementation Picks Up Speed — Better Get Ready

Law and Environment

The Air Pollution Control Commission will later hold a “formal” public comment period at a time TBD. On Monday, Boston released a draft of the first phase of regulations intended to implement the amended BERDO ordinance signed by then-Mayor Janey in October. .

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Group Against Smog & Pollution: Special Report - Public Records Provide New Details Of July Power Outages At Clairton Coke (Coal) Works And What's Being Done To Remedy Electrical Issues

PA Environment Daily

The Pittsburgh-based Group Against Smog and Pollution posted this special report August 23, 2022 on its Blog on the power outages at U.S. They are also the same control rooms impacted by the July 4 outage – #1, #2, and #5.

REGIONALLY-FOCUSED WOTUS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Acoel

25, 2021), that they will host ten virtual regional roundtables for the purpose of engaging in meaningful dialogue on the definition of waters of the United States (“WOTUS”) under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. Posted on October 26, 2021 by Ronald Janke.

Allegheny County Health Dept. Releases Air Quality Annual Review Covering 2021

PA Environment Daily

Portable hydrogen sulfide monitors were deployed around the impacted areas to provide important data. -- Added a new section to the county’s Air Pollution Control Regulations, the Mon Valley Air Pollution Episode Rule.

Boston Regulates Building GHG Emissions: The Next Few Years Will Be Very Interesting

Law and Environment

The Air Pollution Control Commission has authority to suspend some or all of the requirements of BERDO 2.0 Last week, the Boston City Council approved amendments to the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance.

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EPA: U.S. Steel To Pay $1.5 Million Penalty, Make Improvements To settle Air Pollution Violations At Allegheny County Steel Plant

PA Environment Daily

million penalty and make extensive improvements at its steel production facility in Braddock, Pennsylvania, as part of a settlement covering longstanding air pollution violations. The primary pollutant of concern is particulate matter, including PM 2.5.

Sierra Club v. Virginia Electric & Power Co.: How a Clean Water Act Misinterpretation May Open the Floodgates to Future Groundwater Polluters

Vermont Law

On September 12, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a judgment that added another untenable wrinkle in the fabric of groundwater pollution regulation. Since Congress enacted the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act), federal circuit courts have contemplated the issue of whether groundwater pollution falls under the “navigable water” provision of the Clean Water Act’s (CWA)—albeit without tenable guidance.

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DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meets Oct. 19 To Hear Report On Radiation Decontamination Of Oil & Gas Wastewater Treatment Facilities, Reactors, Waste Sites

PA Environment Daily

Several wastewater treatment plants require decontamination, including the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority, Royersford Wastewater Treatment Facility and oil and gas wastewater treatment facilities.

The Inflation Reduction Act: Investments in Environmental Justice

Law and Environment

million to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality to support the collection and tracking of data relating to disparate impacts of environmental pollution and climate burdens.

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A Design Flaw in the Clean Air Act

Legal Planet

First, the Act tells EPA to issue national air quality standards for major air pollutants and requires states (or as a back-up, the Feds) to create plans to meet those standards by certain deadlines. If it weren’t for the new source standards, it would add 2% to the state’s pollution.

How Dust Storms Confuse Air Quality Reports

Breezometer

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District urged people with heart or lung disease to follow doctors’ advice for dealing with episodes of particulate exposure. ” - - Fresnobee. Dust Pollution is Large Particulate Matter.

(Mis)Estimating Regulatory Costs

Legal Planet

Second, the agency needs information about the costs of facility-by-facility changes, such as shifts in how often facilities are used, their fuel consumption, and how pollution controls were actually operated.

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House Environmental Committee Meets Nov. 15 On Truck Air Pollution Regs, Lake Erie Groin Structures, Biosolid Permit Changes

PA Environment Daily

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold a meeting on November 15 to consider these bills and resolutions-- -- Abrigating California Heavy-Duty Truck Air Reg.:

A Voluntary Settlement Of An EHB Appeal By All Parties Requires Developers Of A Bradford County Liquified Natural Gas Facility To Apply For New Air Quality Permit

PA Environment Daily

If built, the Wyalusing plant would have been allowed to emit more than a million tons of climate-polluting greenhouse gasses every year, as well as hundreds of tons of noxious air pollutants that would have impacted the local community.

Environmental Quality Board Approves Final Rule Reducing VOC/Methane Emissions From Oil & Gas Operations; Conventional Drillers Oppose

PA Environment Daily

This regulation adopts reasonably available control technology requirements and RACT emission limits for oil and natural gas sources of volatile organic compounds.