EPA Risk Management Plan Rule Delayed

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, EPA announced it would be delaying the effective date of the revised Clean Air Act 112(r) rule governing Risk Management Plan implementation and development from March 13, 2017 to June 19, 2017.  The rule is of concern to the regulated community, comprised of large industrial sources, because it represents enhanced… Read More »

Resurgence in Coal: Can Politics “Trump” Economics?

President Trump’s repeated proclamation of his desire to restore coal jobs certainly appealed to unemployed miners in the coal fields.  True to his word, the new administration has reeled in regulatory initiatives put in place by his predecessor which were viewed as detrimental to the coal industry.  While his efforts may have helped spur the… Read More »

Weekly Update on Environmental Regulatory Policy February 27 – March 4, 2017: Waters of the United States Rule Up for Review Oil and Gas Methane Information Request Withdrawn

Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator on February 17, 2017.  In advance of his confirmation, President Trump began laying the foundation for policy changes within the environmental programs of the United States as noted in the Executive Orders referenced below. With the national news media providing minute by minute updates,… Read More »

PA DEP – A New General Permit for Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Operations

At the December meeting of the DEP’s Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee, representatives from the DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality presented the committee with some proposed changes they are planning to address methane emissions from natural gas operations.  Specifically, the DEP is proposing to revise its existing general permit program to regulate emissions from new… Read More »

The Fourth Circuit’s Decision in OVEC v. Fola Coal Company Set to Impact this Region’s Regulated Community

On January 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a decision that could severely impact this region’s regulated community. In Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition v. Fola Coal Co., LLC, the Court upheld a decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in which… Read More »

Workplace Drug Testing: What’s Reasonableness Got to Do With It?

On October 19, 2016, OSHA issued a letter of interpretation to clarify certain provisions 29 C.F.R. §§1904.35(b)(1)(i) and (iv) recently amended by the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule (hereinafter “the rule” or “OSHA’s rule”). OSHA’s rule requires employers to ensure “a reasonable procedure” for employees to report workplace injuries that does not… Read More »

Enhancing Chemical Safety and Environmental Performance Workshop

Dean Cordle, President and CEO of AC&S, Inc., Chair of the WV Chemical Industry Committee of the WVMA and Board Member of the American Chemistry Council has worked to organize a workshop titled, “Enhancing Chemical Safety and Environmental Performance.”  This workshop is jointly sponsored by the American Chemistry Council, WV Manufacturers Association and the National… Read More »

Another PA Supreme Court Decision Affecting Oil and Gas Operations

September 28, 2016 was another tough day for Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry, the PA Department of Environmental Resources and the PA General Assembly as the Commonwealth’s highest court called into question portions of PA Act 13 of 2012, the Oil and Gas Act.  While legal minds are still reading and interpreting the 88 page… Read More »

2016 TSCA Reporting Update

US EPA recently announced that the 2016 TSCA Reports for chemical manufactures will now be due by October 31.  Previously the reports were due on September 30, 2016.  This extension should be published in the U.S. Federal Register soon.  A copy of the pre-publication version of the extension is available at https://www.epa.gov/chemical-data-reporting/federal-register-notice-chemical-data-reporting-2016-submission-period. Information on TSCA… Read More »

2016 TSCA Reporting

The 2016 TSCA Reports for chemical manufacturers are due by September 30, 2016.  Production volumes of chemicals manufactured are included in this report.  Under TSCA the import of a chemical is considered manufacturing.  Unlike previous years, the manufacturers are required to report production volumes from 2012 through 2015.  In previous reports only the previous calendar… Read More »