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EPA Publishes Rules for Existing MSW Landfills

August 29, 2019

EPA published two actions related to the 2016 Emission Guidelines for Existing MSW Landfills in August 2019. The emission guidelines for MSW landfills (40 CFR Part 60, Subpart Cf) require existing landfills (constructed, reconstructed, or modified before July 17, 2014) that reach a landfill gas emissions rate of 34 megagrams of non-methane organic compounds (NMOC) or more per year or closed landfills that reach an emissions rate of 50 megagrams of NMOC or more per year to install a system to collect and control landfill gas. EPA issued a final rule that aligns state plan timing requirements with the updated Clean Air Act section 111(d) implementing regulations that were finalized with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. This rule revises the 2016 Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills by updating cross references to the implementing regulations that refer to amended timing requirements for the submission of state plans, the EPA’s review of state plans, and the issuance of federal plans. EPA…
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EPA Proposes National Compliance Initiatives for FY2020-2023

August 29, 2019

EPA has selected six National Compliance Initiatives (NCIs) for fiscal years 2020-2023 for the enforcement and compliance assurance program. The six NCIs advance EPA’s objectives to improve air quality, provide for clean and safe water, ensure chemical safety, and improve compliance with environmental laws, while sharing accountability between EPA, states, and Indian tribes with authorized environmental programs. Creating Cleaner Air for Communities by Reducing Excess Emissions of Harmful Pollutants: EPA will focus on reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from significant sources that have a substantial impact on air quality and may adversely affect an area’s attainment with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards or that may adversely affect vulnerable populations. Additionally, EPA will focus on sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) that have a significant impact on air quality and health in communities. Stopping Aftermarket Defeat Devices for Vehicles and Engines: This initiative will focus on stopping the manufacture, sale, and installation of defeat devices on vehicles and engines used on public roads as well…
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EPA Proposes Adjustment to Two-Step New Source Review Process

August 29, 2019

On August 9, 2019 EPA proposed the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR): Project Emissions Accounting regulation to clarify and eliminate uncertainty relating to Step 1 of the New Source Review applicability process. EPA had previously issued the Project Emissions Accounting Under the New Source Review Preconstruction Program memorandum explaining that EPA interprets NSR regulations to allow emissions decreases, as well as increases, to be considered during Step 1 of the NSR applicability process as long as the decreases and increases are part of the single project being assessed. The August 2019 rule proposes revisions to the NSR regulations to codify this approach of including both increases and decreases resulting from the project. The rule also proposes to withdraw the Project Netting Proposal released in 2006. The comment period for the proposed rule closes on October 8, 2019.
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