The world of compliance and permitting is ever-evolving and the start to 2022 is no exception. January brought more changes to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list, civil penalties, and more. Regulations will continue to evolve through court reviews, legislative changes, and permitting revisions.
Greenhouse gases (GHG) are the hot topic this month, with high court and state action. The U.S. Supreme Court plans to review Congress’ regulatory authority, while California adopted stricter GHG industrial reporting regulations and North Carolina joined 12 other states in setting long-term carbon reduction goals. In addition, the EPA has proposed to reinstate the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants.
The EPA is seeking public input on updates to the NPDES Industrial Stormwater Fact Sheet Series. There are currently 29 Fact Sheets posted online for each sector covered under the 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit for stormwater discharges from industrial activity. The EPA is seeking input on updating common activities, pollutant sources, best management practices, and other relevant issues. Comments must be received on or before March 28.
This month, we highlight the following in our Compliance News:
Ask an Expert: How to get your facility audit ready
BC Principal Engineer Paul Pepler shares his insight into preparing your facility for an Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) audit. Read “Ask an Expert”
SCOTUS to review EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon consider whether the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the authority to delegate broad regulatory authority to the EPA “to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in virtually any industry, so long as it considers cost, non-air impacts, and energy requirements.”
TRI list includes additional PFAS
As part of its comprehensive PFAS Strategic Roadmap, the EPA announced the automatic addition of four PFAS to the TRI list.
Adjustment of civil penalties
The EPA published its annual inflationary increases for the fine amounts for civil penalties assessed under its authority.