Regulatory Updates

EPA Four-Part Webinar Series: How to Manage Asbestos in School Buildings

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a four-part webinar training series to help Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) designated persons understand their responsibilities to help local education agencies comply with federal asbestos in schools regulations.  The asbestos training will include: Part 1: Introduction to Asbestos, August 13, 2021 Part 2: Local Education Agency/Designated Person Requirements, August 16, 2021 Part 3: The AHERA Inspection and Surveillance, August 26, 2021 Part 4: AHERA Operation and Maintenance Program, September 2, 2021 For …

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Washoe County Health District Seeks Feedback on Permitting Program – Listening Sessions: August 17th and 19th

The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County Health District is reevaluating their permitting program and seeking public input. AQMD is considering revising the following aspects of the permitting program: Emission thresholds above which permitting through the AQMD would be required Annual actual emissions data reporting by the facility Regular, comprehensive review of AQMD operating permits every 5 years Who is potentially affected and should participate? Current AQMD operating permit holders Consultants with clients who have, or may …

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Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Nevada Businesses and New Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard

On June 24, 2021, the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Nevada OSHA) issued updated COVID-19 guidance for Nevada businesses which includes a new OSHA Healthcare COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard. Nevada OSHA adopted the Federal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and it became effective in Nevada on July 1, 2021. Employers must comply with most provisions within 14 days and with the remaining provisions within 30 days. The ETS is aimed at protecting workers facing the highest coronavirus hazards such …

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1-Bromopropane (1-BP) To Be Added To Hazardous Air Pollutants List: EPA is Seeking Input Before Setting Standards

On June 11, 2021, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as a next step before adding of 1-Bromopropane (1-BP) to the Clean Act Act’s list of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP). EPA intends to add 1-BP to the HAP list by the end of 2021. More information is available in the US EPA fact sheet on this proposal. 1-BP is commonly used in degreasing operations for cleaning metals, plastics and electronic, and optical components; …

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EPA Webinar on Development of Proposed Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) Data Reporting Rule – July 27th

Date: July 27, 2021 Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm PT Format: WebinarFee: Free Registration: Register The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a public webinar to collect initial feedback on the development of a proposed rule to collect data to help inform each step of the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation and management process. To provide oral comments during the webinar, register by July 22nd. EPA will also consider written commends which should be submitted to docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2021-0436 …

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Public Workshop: Nevada Proposing to Adopt California Low Emission Vehicle and Zero Emission Vehicle Programs Effective Model Year 2025

Hosted by the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection Date: July 28, 2021 Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm PT The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is proposing to adopt the California Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) and Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) programs for new vehicle sales beginning with the 2025 model year. On July 28, 2021, NDEP will be hosting a public workshop to solicit comments on this proposal. The proposed amendments, workshop agenda, and related materials are available on the NDEP …

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Nevada COVID-19 Updates

Updated Nevada COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery As of May 1st, Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery mitigation measures are transitioning to local authority. Visit nvhealthresponse.gov to review the county plans endorsed by the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force. Nevada OSHA Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses On May 14th, Nevada OSHA revised their COVID-19 Guidance for Business Operations to to be consistent with the new CDC guidelines issued May 13th. The measures contained in the guidance are required of each business and should be applied to all employees of that business.

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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Small Quantity Generator Re-Notification Due September 1, 2021

Is your facility a Small Quantity Generator (SQG) of hazardous waste? If so, you must re-notify the state of your status as a SQG by September 1st of this year. To re-notify, businesses must submit the EPA Site Identification form known as Form 8700-12. This form can be submitted online into EPA’s information system at the RCRA Info website. If you do not have an account in the system, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has step by step instructions to help you set it up. …

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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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