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Southern Nevada Water Conservation

WATER SMART LANDSCAPES REBATE PROGRAM IT’S THE LAW Did you know that beginning in 2027, Nevada law AB 356, will prohibit the watering of nonfunctional grass at southern Nevada businesses? What is nonfunctional grass? Streetscape turf: grass location along public or private streets, sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots, including business streetscape frontage areas Frontage, courtyard, interior and building-adjacent turf: grass in front of, between, behind, or otherwise adjacent to a building or buildings on a property not zoned exclusively for single-family residences, including …

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NDEP seeking comments on proposed amendments to administrative code chapters 445B, 459 and 468A

Virtual Public Meeting: September 28th, 2pm – 5pm The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) will be holding a virtual meeting on Friday, September 28th to discuss proposed changes to the administrative code. NDEP is proposing: 445B: Adding language that relates to its responsibilities to notify the public when ambient air quality standards have been exceeded and the possible health effects of these events. This rule change will bring more awareness to the public about hazardous air quality events and how …

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Air Emissions Reporting Requirements (AERR) Proposed Changes 

Webinar: August 24th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PST The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed changes to the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements (AERR). The EPA’s proposed AERR rule could impact small businesses significantly. With unique emission thresholds for Hazardous Air Pollutants, businesses might need to report even minimal emissions. This poses challenges for recordkeeping and compliance. To learn more about how this proposed rule could impact your operations, REGISTER and attend EPA’s small business informational webinar on August 24th from 11:00am …

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Proposed Restricted Use of Perchloroethylene

SBA to Hold Small Business Environmental Roundtable August 2, 2023 As reported previously, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has proposed a rule to restrict the use of perchlorethylene under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and public comments are due by August 15, 2023. On August 2, 2023, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST, the US Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy will be holding a Small Business Environmental Roundtable to present the proposed rule and provide an overview of issues particularly …

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EPA’s Safer Choice Program to Expand

Do you have ideas for expanding the scope of the Safer Choice Program beyond cleaners and disinfectants? The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a 45-day public comment period on a proposed expansion of its Safer Choice to include certification of additional product categories. Safer Choice is a voluntary EPA program that helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and meet stringent EPA criteria for effects on human health and the environment.  EPA will hold a listening session webinar …

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e-Manifest News

User Fees for Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025 The EPA sets user fees based on the manifest usage and processing costs for each manifest type in accordance with its user fee calculation methodology (40 CFR parts 264/265 subpart FF).  The user fees for fiscal years 2024 and 2025 (October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2025) are included below: Manifest Submission Type/Fee per Manifest Scanned Image Upload – $22.00 Data + Image Upload – $10.00 Electronic Manifest (Fully electronic & hybrid) – $6.00 …

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Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution Available for Review

Submit Comments by July 31st EPA recently developed the draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution to shift toward a restorative circular approach to plastics management, with objectives to: Reduce pollution during plastic production Improve post-use materials management Prevent trash and micro/nanoplastics from entering waterways and remove escaped trash from the environment The EPA is seeking comment from organizations engaged in post-consumer materials management and infrastructure. Read the draft strategy and submit your comments by July 31st here.

EPA Proposes Ban on Perchloroethylene (PCE)

Public Webinar July 19th Public Comment Due by August 15th What is the Proposed Rule? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule which bans most uses of perchloroethylene (PCE), a chemical commonly used in brake cleaners, adhesives, dry cleaning, and various industrial settings. The ban would apply to consumer uses but allow many industrial and commercial uses to continue under strict workplace controls. Key exceptions include uses related to national security, aviation, critical infrastructure, and efforts to combat climate …

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Washoe County: Draft Ozone Wildfire Mitigation Plan

The Washoe County Health District’s Air Quality Management Division (AQMD has issued a call for public comment on its draft Ozone Wildfire Mitigation Plan. The plan outlines AQMD’s strategies to address high levels of ozone resulting from wildfires and is a requirement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 2023 draft plan, open for public input until July 28, 2023, mirrors the previously established Wildfire Mitigation Plan for Particulate Matter (PM) but focuses specifically on ozone. The plan covers various aspects, …

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