Proposed rule: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Ferroalloys Production

Read the full Federal Register Notice. Comments must be received on or before August 26, 2016.

On June 30, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the residual risk and technology review (RTR) final rule, establishing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for the Ferroalloys Production source category.

Subsequently, the EPA received two petitions for reconsideration of certain aspects of the final rule. The EPA is announcing reconsideration of and requesting public comment on three issues raised in the petitions for reconsideration, as detailed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this action.

The three issues the EPA is reconsidering and seeking public comment on are the following: the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) compliance testing frequency for furnaces that produce ferromanganese (FeMn); the use of the digital camera opacity technique (DCOT) for determining compliance with the shop building opacity standards; and the use of bag leak detection systems (BLDS) on positive pressure baghouses. The EPA is seeking comment only on these three issues and will not respond to comments addressing other issues or other provisions of the final rule. The EPA is not proposing any changes to the NESHAP in this document.

Newly introduced federal bill would limit e-waste exports

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

  • Representatives Paul Cook (CA) and Gene Green (TX) have introduced the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA) in an effort to reduce the export of used electronics.
  • Scrap material for recycling and functional devices would still be allowed. SEERA’s aim is to prevent the use of parts from intact, non-functional devices in counterfeit goods.
  • While the bill has received some bipartisan support, its approach has been opposed in the past by groups such as the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) which favor an open flow of material.


EIA electricity generator data show power industry response to EPA mercury limits

Read the full story from the Energy Information Administration.

EIA recently released preliminary data from its annual survey of electric generators (EIA-860), which provides information on pollution control equipment at electric power plants. A significant number of electric power plants recently installed such equipment in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

Tiny Houses: Affordable, Energy-Efficient and Often Illegal

Read the full story from Stateline.

Some local governments around the country are welcoming tiny houses, attracted by their potential to ease an affordable housing crunch or even house the homeless. Cities such as Washington, D.C., and Fresno, California, have eased zoning and building rules to allow them, and in May California’s housing department issued guidance to help builders and code enforcers know which standards they need to meet. They are even the subject of the HGTV shows “Tiny House, Big Living” and “Tiny House Hunters.”

But lost in the enthusiasm is the fact that in many places, it is hard to live in them legally.

EPA to Use Rolling Process to Review Chemicals in Commerce

Read the full story in Chemical Regulations Reporter.

The amended U.S. chemicals statute doesn’t envision the Environmental Protection Agency reviewing all chemicals in commerce at once to determine whether they are high or low priorities for risk evaluations, a senior EPA official said June 30.

The EPA will review chemicals in commerce through a rolling process that meets the law’s requirements, Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, said during a webinar held by the office.

EPA’s webinar reviewed changes the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act made to the U.S.’s primary chemicals law, the Toxic Substances Control Act. President Barack Obama signed the Lautenberg Act into law on June 22.