Regulatory Updates

Gas Dispensing Facilities in Washoe County: Air Quality Workshop

December, 21, 2023 Registration Now Open! CLICK HERE to Register Topics Covered Record keeping requirements Control measures for vapor emissions Common violations during inspections Target Audience Gas dispensing facility owners/operators Gas tanker truck owners/operators Consultants Workshop Details Location: Room 216, UNR Redfield Campus, 8325 Opal Station Dr, Reno, NV 89506 Time: 10am – 12 pm Parking: FREE Registration Required Register HERE Download the FLYER

Safer Choice

Proposed Updates Webinar On December 19, 2023 from 2-3p.m. ET, the EPA will hold a webinar to provide information on the proposed updates to the Safer Choice Standard, which identifies the requirements that products and their ingredients must meet to earn EPA’s Safer Choice label or Design for the Environment (DfE) logo.  Register here for the webinar, and submit any comments about the proposed updates to docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2023-0520 on by January 16, 2024.

EPA Proposes Trichloroethylene (TCE) Ban

Comments due by December 15th In October 2023, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to ban the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for all uses. The proposed rule would rapidly phase down manufacturing, processing, distribution, and use of TCE for all uses, most of which would be fully phased out in one year.  EPA is prohibiting manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for all consumer uses, including in: • Cleaners and degreasers …

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Additional Hazardous Waste 101 Training in Reno, Waitlist for Las Vegas Course

Due to demand, BEP will be offering an additional Hazardous Waste 101 Course in Reno on Wednesday, December 20th at UNR Redfield Campus from 9AM to 12PM. Spots are limited, and registration is required. Register here today! Note: if you were on the waitlist for the December 19th course, you have been automatically registered for the course on December 20th. The Hazardous Waste 101 Course scheduled for Wednesday, 12/13 in Las Vegas is now full! Contact Kat Olson to be added to the waitlist …

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Wood Burning Device Workshop

UNR’s Business Environmental Program (BEP) is hosting a Workshop on Wood-Burning Devices located in Washoe County on November 21, 2023 at 10am at the Redfield Campus. Who Should Attend: If you own a wood-burning device, are planning to purchase one, or install or sell them in Washoe County, this workshop is for you. Why Attend: This workshop will cover the rules and regulations pertaining to owning, selling, or installing wood-burning devices, as well as selling homes with wood-burning devices installed …

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NNPH to host public workshops regarding fees 

Northern Nevada Public Health (formerly Washoe County Health District) is proposing revisions to Environmental Health Services and Air Quality Management fees, due to higher costs from inflation. Members of the public are encouraged to weigh in on these proposed changes. Feedback collected at these workshops will be used to develop recommendations for the District Board of Health, which governs Northern Nevada Public Health (NNPH). NNPH also encourages people to fill out our survey to provide information on the matter. Businesses and individuals …

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Small Business Environmental Roundtable

Trichloroethylene (TCE); Regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Tuesday, November 17, 2023 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST Microsoft Teams Webinar The next Office of Advocacy Environmental Roundtable will be held virtually on November 17, 2023, at 1 PM ET on the Microsoft Teams platform. The discussion will focus on <SUBJECT> Please register here and provide the information requested to receive a Teams link. AGENDA                         I.        Welcome and Introductions …

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NNPH Air Quality Division Seeks Public Input on Wildfire Impact Reports

The Northern Nevada Public Health Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) is seeking public input on reports that demonstrate how wildfires in 2021 and 2022 worsened air quality, especially PM10 particles. These reports request that the EPA does not consider this data when making regulations. PM10 refers to very fine particles in wildfire smoke. If the EPA agrees to this request, it means that future local air quality plans won’t be affected by PM10 from wildfires, but it won’t change AQMD’s …

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Proposed Reclassification of Major Sources as Area Sources Under the Clean Air Act

Comments due November 13, 2023 On September 27, 2023, the EPA introduced a proposed rule known as the Reclassification of Major Sources as Area Sources Under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act (MM2A), which sets new requirements for major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) that opt to reclassify themselves as area sources under the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) program. Major sources are defined as those emitting 10 tons per year (tpy) or more of a single …

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National Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives

FY 2024-2027 The EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) updates its national enforcement and compliance initiatives (NECIs) every three years to address difficult environmental and public health challenges. The EPA focuses its enforcement and compliance assurance resources on the most serious environmental violations by developing and implementing NECIs, in addition to the EPA’s core enforcement work. The six NECIs for FY 2024-2027 are: Mitigating climate change (new) Addressing exposure to PFAS (new) Protecting communities from coal ash contamination (new) Reducing …

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