Air Quality

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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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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Pollution Prevention Works: A Storytelling Challenge for Students

Attention High School and College Students! Tell a story about how a company that reports to TRI has taken steps to reduce pollution and win up to $5000! EPA launched a challenge promoting innovation in pollution prevention at industrial and federal facilities. The Challenge invites high school and college students and to use the TRI P2 Search Tool to identify a TRI facility that has reported implementing source reduction practices and tell a compelling story about how those practices or techniques benefit the business …

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EPA Adds 12 Chemicals to TRI List

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. Facilities in different industry sectors must report annually how much of each chemical is released to the environment and/or managed through recycling, energy recovery and treatment. The data are due by July 1 and cover waste management activities that occurred during the previous calendar year. EPA makes these data publicly available. The …

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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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Nevada DEP BAPC to Hold Virtual Workshop to Discuss New Field Notice of Alleged Violations Process – November 30, 10am

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection – Bureau of Air Pollution Control (BAPC) has received comments and questions concerning the new proposed process and form for the issuance of Field Notice of Alleged Violations (NOAV’s). BAPC plans to hold an informal workshop to discuss the process, new form, questions, and comments. Date: November 30, 2022 Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Login Information Click here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 235 445 685 709  Passcode: Lc95C2  Or call in (audio only) +1 …

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More Funds for Clean School Bus Program Rebates

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it would nearly double the funding awarded for clean school buses this year following increased demand for the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates. In May, EPA had announced the availability of $500 million, but given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA is nearly doubling the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million.The current round of funding is closed …

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Requirements Change for The Use Of Emergency Engines

On August 10th the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule which removes the provision for using emergency engines for demand response. Previously, a Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) could operate for up to 100 hours for non-emergency situations and these 100 hours could be used for emergency demand response. An emergency demand response is where the facility is compensated by their power utility to operate during periods where there is a grid emergency that could lead to …

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