Monthly Archives: September 2013

WVDEP Issues Report On Air Quality Impacts Related To Horizontal Well Drilling

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Office of Oil and Gas (OOG) issued “Air Quality Impacts Occurring From Horizontal Well Drilling and Related Activities” (Air Quality Report) on June 28, 2013.  The agency was required make a finding as to the need, if any, for further regulation of air pollution occurring from horizontal well… Read More »

EPA Drops the First Shoe in the President’s Climate Action Plan

On September 20, 2013, USEPA proposed the establishment of the new source performance standard (NSPS) on fossil fired power plants pursuant to Section 111(b) of the federal Clean Air Act.  In doing so, USEPA announced that it was withdrawing its April 2013 proposal which received more comments than any other rulemaking in the agency’s history.… Read More »

EPA Releases 2012 Ambient Air Quality Monitored Values: States Will Be Challenged to Revise their SIPs to Achieve Attainment for the Next Round of NAAQS

On September 4, 2013, EPA posted for all to review the ambient air quality data from the monitors throughout the country.  http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/values.html  Among the values is the “design data” that will be used to calculate whether there are areas in the country that are nonattainment for the national ambient air quality standards (“NAAQS”). The release… Read More »

Region III Agenda Presents Challenges to West Virginia Business

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee made its annual visit to USEPA Region III on June 25, 2013 to discuss national and state environmental issues and potential impacts on West Virginia.  The meeting was well attended by Chamber members and USEPA staff.  Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin took time to welcome us and give… Read More »