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Be Aware! Nevada OSHA Penalties Increase for Workplace Violations

New Nevada OSHA penalty amounts became effective January 17, 2023: For willful violations, where Nevada OSHA demonstrates that an employer knowingly failed to comply with an OSHA standard, or demonstrated a plain indifference for employee safety, the maximum penalty increases from $145,027 to $156,259 For repeated violations, maximum penalties will increase from $145,027 to $156,259 Penalties for serious violations, where workplace hazards that could cause an injury or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm, the maximum penalty …

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EPA Seeks Input on Inflation Reduction Act Programs to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Construction Materials and Products

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input on new programs focused on lower carbon construction materials made possible by a $350 million investment from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. The Agency will hold three public webinars and will accept written feedback on establishing new grant and technical assistance programs, and a carbon labeling program for construction materials with substantially lower levels of embodied greenhouse gas emissions. March 2, 2023, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST: Reducing Embodied Greenhouse …

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Governor Lombardo Orders Freeze on State Regulations

Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo signed two new executive orders on January 12, 2023. Both executive orders demonstrate Governor Lombardo’s commitment to streamlining regulations and licensing processes in Nevada. In Executive Order 2023-003, Governor Lombardo ordered freezing the issuance of new regulations and requiring a review of existing regulations by all executive branch agencies, departments, boards and commissions. In Executive Order 2023-004, Governor Lombardo directed all Nevada occupational and professional licensing boards to suspend the issuance of any new regulations, show cause for …

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New PFAS Analytical Tools Released by EPA

Pubic Webinar January 10th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new interactive application called the PFAS Analytic Tools. The PFAS Analytic Tools bring together available national datasets into a searchable, map-themed webpage that allows uses to filter, zoom in and download information related perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  EPA issued a Press Release about the application, which provides context about how this effort fits with other EPA initiatives relating to PFAS chemicals.  U.S. EPA will be holding …

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Draft FAQs for Change of Location Approvals (COLAS) at Temporary Construction Sites

Available for Review and Comment The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection – Bureau of Air Pollution Control (BAPC) has created Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) for Temporary Construction Sources to provide transparency, consistency, and direction to industry on timelines, modeling, and additional options with Change of Location Approvals. The draft document addresses FAQS that the BAPC has received and answered over several years.  Comments or questions should be provided to Tanya Soleta (tsoleta@ndep.nv.gov) or Ashley Taylor (ashley.taylor@ndep.nv.gov) by January 20, 2023. If you need …

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NDEP Air Program Responsible Official (RO) Reminder

Is Your RO Information Up-to-Date? The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s (NDEP) Air Program has clarified regulatory requirements and expectations regarding the designation of a Responsible Official (RO) and updating RO contact information. Ensuring that the RO is updated in a timely manner is essential to ensure effective communication of required information about your permit, compliance status, and reporting requirements. Lack of clear identification of an officially designated RO is often a reason for delays in many of the actions and …

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EPA Finalizes Amendments to Air Toxic Standards for Paint Stripping & Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations

On November 1, 2022, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to the 2008 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources. Following a technology review conducted under the Clean Air Act, EPA determined that there are no cost-effective developments that would further reduce air toxics so the agency is not amending existing emissions standards based on the technology review. EPA is finalizing the following clarifying edits based …

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EPA to Expand Environmental Performance Standard and Ecolabel Recommendations for Federal Purchasing

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new process to add additional standards and ecolabels to the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing. The expansion includes standards and ecolabels that address PFAS, embodied carbon, and other priorities. EPA encourages managers of standards development organizations, ecolabel programs and similar organizations to apply for potential assessment and inclusion in the Recommendations. EPA is particularly interested in assessing standards and ecolabels in the following sectors: …

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US EPA TSCA Fees Rule Revisions Webinar & Public Comment

December 6th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST On December 6, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide updates on proposed revisions to the 2018 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Fees Rule. The webinar will also give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes. Read a summary of the proposed revisions. CLICK HERE to register for the free webinar. If you would like to provide oral comments during …

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EPA Tools & Resources Webinar

R2R2R as an Approach to Connect Programs, Research, and Societal Needs – Wednesday, December 14, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Tune in to this free webinar if you are interested in learning about Remediation to Restoration to Revitalization (R2R2R), a conceptual model that acts as an integrative framework to harmonize the social and biophysical dimensions of environmental actions and demonstrate how to better connect environmental outcomes with societal values. The webinar will present several frameworks and examples to demonstrate how …

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