Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois and Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, and Massachusetts are profiled in this month's state regulatory report.
Arizona - Inspections Stepped Up at Border
Any company shipping hazardous waste from a
facility in Mexico through Arizona should be prepared for increased scrutiny.
Three ports of entry on the Arizona-Mexico border will have full-time hazardous
waste inspectors to examine waste shipments transported into the state. Gov.
Janet Napolitano has approved a state budget that provides funding to the
Arizona DEQ for three inspectors at the border’s busiest ports – Nogales, San
Luis and Douglas. Currently, there is no inspection of waste shipments on the
state or federal level at the borders.
Arkansas - Recertifying Consultants
Certification requirements for environmental
professionals in Arkansas are undergoing changes. The Arkansas DEQ has proposed
amendments to this regulation in response to changes in the law. Regulation No.
32 implements a certification program for consultants who perform environmental
site assessments, site investigations and risk assessments in preparation of
site cleanup plans. The program also covers contractors who carry out the site
California - Fed Sits on Waiver Request
The federal EPA recently closed the public
comment period on the state’s request for a waiver of federal authority over
vehicle emissions standards. The waiver would allow California to implement its
own regulations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from motor vehicles by
30 percent by year 2016. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA must grant the waiver
unless it finds that the state’s standards would not address a serious
environmental or human health problem or that federal standards to control the
problem are adequate.
Georgia - Vehicle Inspection Fees Lowered
As of Oct. 1, 2007, small business owners that
conduct vehicle inspections will benefit from reduced administrative costs
payable to the Georgia DNR. The DNR’s Environmental Protection Division has
proposed amendments to the enhanced inspection and maintenance rules that
reduce the administrative fee paid by the station owner to the DNR from $6.95
to $4.02 on a per E-Cert basis.
Illinois/Indiana - States at Odds over Hoosier Permit
A bipartisan group of Illinois lawmakers
introduced a resolution bashing a permit recently issued by the Indiana
Department of Environmental Management to the oil company BP. According to U.S.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., (a sponsor), the permit allows the fuel giant to
increase its daily dumping of ammonia and sludge into Lake Michigan. Illinois
lawmakers have complained about the Indiana permit in several press releases.
They are calling on the federal EPA, which oversees Indiana’s department, to
Kansas - Tire Amendments on a Roll
The Kansas Department of Health and the
Environment is in the process of amending solid waste regulations aimed primarily
at waste tires. The amendments include financial assurance, pest control
standards for outdoor accumulation of all types of tires, and storage standards
for used, waste or processed tires. The amendments also would add a definition
for waste tire transporter. It would exclude all waste tire transporters that
transport tires through Kansas but do not transport waste tires to or from any
location in Kansas.
Maryland - California Consumer Product Limits Adopted
Restrictions in Maryland on emissions of VOCs
from certain consumer products will now mirror those in California. The
Maryland Department of the Environment recently adopted amendments that will
affect the manufacture and sale of 17 consumer products in the commonwealth.
The amendments establish new VOC concentration limits for 14 new categories of
consumer products, a more restrictive VOC limit for one previously regulated
category, and additional requirements for two previously regulated categories.
Massachusetts - Toxics Bill Builds Momentum
Following the European Union’s lead with the
world’s strictest chemical law, Massachusetts lawmakers are overwhelmingly
supporting a bill that would phase out the use of 10 toxic chemicals. The
legislation also would create a system to study toxics and find safer
alternatives. An Act for a Healthy Massachusetts: Safer Alternatives for Toxic
Chemicals expands the commonwealth’s Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program.