In August, we have seen federal and state regulatory activity, as well as court decisions continuing to influence our environment.

EPA still far from issuing PFAS regulations

Senators and environmental groups continue to put pressure on the EPA to exercise its legal power to immediately address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in drinking water and hold responsible parties accountable. Currently, the EPA is taking steps to work with businesses to reduce exposure to PFOA and PFOS and work at the state level to evaluate PFAS contamination.

EPA deregulates 2015 CCR rule

The EPA estimates that the rollback of the coal combustion residual (CCR) disposal ruling will save facilities $4.8 million a year. States should find that the amendment swings the power back, allowing them to implement their own CCR permit programs with EPA assistance as necessary.

Minor amendments issued for cement NESHAP

Existing air toxic rules for the Portland cement manufacturing industry will only see a slight tweak after the EPA found the rules met health and safety guidelines while remaining cost efficient. A longstanding debate, the EPA started providing industry guidance in 2001, with the most current rule previously amended 10 times.

The new Proposition 65 rules: Is your business ready?

As of Aug. 30, California businesses must include an updated warning label or notice to distributors, retailers or importers on all consumer products that “expose you to” state-listed chemicals that cause cancer or reproductive harm. As part of the new rules, citizens are encouraged to file lawsuits against businesses that do not comply.

About the experts

Meghan Krishnayya, Indianapolis, is the Compliance & Permitting Service Line Director for Brown and Caldwell, with expertise in environmental regulatory program strategy development and implementation.

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