Air Quality

US EPA Announces Plan to Update Toxics Release Inventory to Advance Environmental Justice

On April 29, 2021, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a press release that it would be reviewing and updating the Toxics Release Inventory program to advance Environmental Justice, improve transparency, and increase access to environmental information. The comprehensive plan for updating the TRI program includes: Expanding TRI reporting to include certain contact sterilization facilities that use ethylene oxide (EtO) and are not currently required to report this information, Adding TRI reporting requirements for other industry sectors including natural gas processing facilities and TRI-listed chemicals including …

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American Lung Association Releases Air Report for 2021

The American Lung Association recently released its State of the Air Report for 2021. This report analyzes data from official air quality monitors across the United States that is collected by the federal, state, local and tribal governments to gather information such as ozone and particulate matter pollution. According to the American Lung Association, one in every four Americans is living in a location with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution and people of color are over three times more likely to …

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US EPA Approves Copper Surfaces As The First Product with Residual Claims Against Coronavirus

Did you know the US EPA tests materials – such as copper alloy surfaces – to substantiate claims of effectiveness against viruses? Recently, the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention announced the first amended registration to the Copper Development Association for an emerging viral pathogen claim to be added to the label of Antimicrobial Copper Alloys-Group 1 (EPA Reg No. 82012-1). What does this mean? It means the surface of the copper alloy, made up of at least 95.6 % copper, can …

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Attention Dry Cleaners: US EPA Open Forum TOMORROW on Thursday, April 22nd

US EPA Office of Air Quality and Planning Standards just announced last Friday that the agency will behosting a roundtable discussion tomorrow, on Thursday, April 22nd, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST, regarding anew Dry Cleaning air quality regulatory rulemaking. As required by the Clean Air Act, EPA will be performingan 8-year technology review for the current rule, Dry Cleaning Facilities: National Perchloroethylene AirEmission Standards. EPA is under a consent decree to propose a new rule by December 1, …

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Nevada’s Chemical Accident Protection Program

Does your facility need a CAPP permit? If you are a business in Nevada that works with highly hazardous substances such as Ammonia, Chlorine, Mercury, Methane, or others, you might need a permit with the Chemical Accident Prevention Program (CAPP). Administered by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Air Pollution Control, CAPP requires two permits for facilities across the state that use highly hazardous substances: a construction permit and an operating permit.CAPP is designed to make sure that facilities with …

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New Air Testing Determination System Effective February 1st

On February 1, 2021, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s Air Program announced a new Testing Determination System (TDS). The TDS is a standardized method the Air Program uses to determine air quality operating permit testing requirements based on a facility’s Potential-to-Emit (PTE), operating parameters, and compliance history. Beginning with the initial phase announced on February 1st, the new TDS applies to baghouses controlling non-combustion emission units.  Additional phases for other air pollution controls and emission units are planned for future development.   Implementation …

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State and Local Emissions Inventory System (SLEIS) Annual Emissions Submissions Due April 2, 2021

On February 8, 2021, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) Air Program announced the beginning of the annual emissions reporting season for calendar year 2020. For facilities holding NDEP air quality operating permits, the State and Local Emission Inventory System (SLEIS) has been populated with each facility’s permit information as it existed on December 31, 2020 and the system is ready for data entry. NDEP has extended the deadline for reporting to Friday, April 2, 2021.  When announcing that the …

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Petition to add 1-BP to CAA list of toxics signed

On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed a final notice to grant a petition to add 1-Bromopropane (1-BP) to the Clean Air Act (CAA) list of air toxics. Once this substance is added, the EPA may revise or create new emission standards for source categories that emit 1-BP.  Use of 1-BP has increased over the past two decades. It is used as a solvent in many industries and products such as aerosol glues, asphalt production, synthetic …

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Clean Air Act 50th Anniversary

For 50 years, the Clean Air Act (CAA) has protected the public health and the environment through the implementation of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) which measure the emissions and pollutants in our air. Since its implementation, emissions and pollutants have dropped by 77%.* In 1990 amendments were implemented, which significantly reduced the concentrations of air pollutants. Below are a few examples of the decrease in emissions for each pollutant. Carbon Monoxide (CO) 8-Hour – decreased by 78% Lead (Pb) 3-Month …

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How Mobile Sources Affect Your Health

Mobile Sources of Air Pollution Mobile sources of air pollution are divided into two categories: On-road vehicles include: Motorcycles; Passenger cars and trucks; and Commercial trucks and buses. Nonroad vehicles and engines include: Aircraft; Heavy equipment; Locomotives; Marine vessels; Recreation vehicles (snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, etc.); and Small engines and tools (lawnmowers, etc.). Related documents: Master List of Compounds Emitted by Mobile Sources (PDF) (16 pp, EPA420-B-06-002, February 2006) Provides a list of all compounds emitted by mobile sources in 2006. Expanding and Updating …

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