As we move toward summer, regulatory activity is not slowing. The EPA finalized amendments to the definition of “small manufacturer” under the Toxic Substances Control Act. This change would impact certain reporting and record-keeping requirements. In addition, an executive order was signed at the end of May to regulate EPA guidance documents.

TRI reporting deadline approaching

Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports for qualifying facilities are due on July 1. TRI reports must be submitted if the facility is in a specified industry sector, employs 10 or more full-time employees, and exceeds certain chemical threshold levels in a given year.

Water bill approvals

The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) recently approved America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020. These draft bills would authorize nearly $20 billion in wastewater infrastructure projects and community drinking water improvements.

EPA makes move toward process transparency

The EPA has proposed regulations to specify how the agency will manage the issuance and administration of guidance documents. The proposed regulations will help to ensure that the EPA’s guidance documents are developed with appropriate review, are transparent to the public, and that the public is provided with the opportunity to participate in the development of significant guidance documents.

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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