Dixon P. Pike

Dixon P. Pike

Pierce Atwood LLP

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EPA Rewrites Hazardous Waste Recycling Rules (Again)

The U.S. EPA recycling rules for “hazardous secondary materials” have been like the mathematical word problems you wanted to avoid on the algebra test: complicated and mind-bending. But what wastes are exempted from...more

12/16/2014 - EPA Hazardous Substances Recycling Waste Disposal

Exemptions for Excess Emissions During Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Are In Jeopardy – What Can You Do?

For many years, a number of state air regulations, including certain MEDEP, NHDES, and RIDEM regulations, have contained exemptions and/or affirmative defenses for excess air emissions occurring during startup, shutdown...more

10/8/2014 - Air Pollution Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions SIP

Maine DEP Proposes Hazardous Waste Rule Changes

Last week, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) announced a proposal to amend its Hazardous Waste rules to allow certain paints to be managed as universal waste. While the proposed rules may appear...more

9/25/2014 - Amended Regulation Hazardous Substances Public Meetings Recycling Waste Waste Disposal

EPA Approves Maine's NOx Waiver Request – VOC Waiver Request Still Pending

Since the mid-1990s, Maine has had an EPA-approved waiver from the ozone nonattainment new source review (NNSR) requirements for NOx covering, at a minimum, areas of the state that attain the ozone standard. The NOx waiver...more

8/13/2014 - Environmental Policies EPA Waivers

Boiler Owners Must Submit Notification to EPA by July 19, 2014

In December 2012, the U.S. EPA finalized changes to its National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Source Boilers at 40 C.F.R. Part 63, Subpart JJJJJJ. Under this regulation, owners or operators of...more

7/10/2014 - Air Pollution Air Quality Standards Boilers EPA Reporting Requirements

Surprise -- EPA's Proposed CO2 Control Regulation Would Affect More Than Just Coal Utility Boilers

Anyone who has read the newspaper or watched the news in the past month will know that EPA has proposed a regulation that would require coal-powered plants to reduce greenhouse gas (primarily carbon dioxide (CO2)) emissions. ...more

6/30/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Power Plants Proposed Regulation Renewable Energy

Boiler Compliance Deadline Has Arrived!

U.S. EPA recently finalized amendments to its rules regulating boilers at small facilities all over the country. The rule, called the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Industrial,...more

3/20/2014 - Air Pollution Boilers EPA

EPA's New Solvent Wiper Rule Wipes Out Maine's Policy

For many years, both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have wrestled with the practical question of how solvent-contaminated wipes should be...more

2/4/2014 - Contamination Department of Environmental Protection EPA Hazardous Substances Preemption Solvents Waste

MEDEP Approves Weekly Hazardous Waste Inspection, Aligns Hazardous Matter Reporting Rules

On August 20, 2013, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved important changes to simplify hazardous waste compliance and reporting. Adopting proposals from earlier this summer that the business...more

8/26/2013 - Environmental Policies Environmental Protection Authority Hazardous Substances Reporting Requirements

New Paint Collection Program Enacted In Maine, Effective In 2015

Joining a growing list of western and New England states, Maine has just enacted a paint collection program for “post-consumer” paint....more

8/12/2013 - New Legislation Recycling Waste

Your HazMat Is In The Air: When Things Go Wrong

With increased inspections and enforcement, businesses are discovering the hard way that many common materials are “hazardous materials” (“HazMat”) under U.S. DOT rules. ...more

7/4/2013 - Department of Transportation Enforcement Federal Aviation Act FedEx Hazardous Substances Inspections Shipping UPS

Final Remedial Action Guidelines From Maine DEP Published, Including New PCE Cleanup Levels

After several years of formal and informal proposals, the Remedial Action Guidelines (RAGs) have finally been revised, and are now effective, thanks to action by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). ...more

6/21/2013 - Contaminated Properties Department of Environmental Protection Hazardous Substances Remedial Actions

MEDEP To Allow Weekly Hazardous Waste Inspection, Align Hazardous Matter Reporting Rules

In a set of proposals just released, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is set to reform its hazardous waste and hazardous matter rules for the first time in years. ...more

6/3/2013 - Department of Environmental Protection Hazardous Substances Investigations Reporting Requirements

DEP Proposes New Requirements For Industrial Solvent Cleaning Activities

On April 17, 2013, DEP posted to public comment proposed changes to its Chapter 130, Solvent Cleaning Regulation. The proposed changes would expand the applicability of the regulation from covering “solvent cleaning...more

4/24/2013 - Department of Environmental Protection Solvents

Massachusetts Packaging Plant Pays Nearly $485K Penalty For Environmental Violations

A packaging company in Dudley, MA has agreed to pay $484,900 in penalties to settle EPA claims that the company violated numerous federal and state regulations. The violations occurred at the company’s liquid and aerosol...more

4/17/2013 - Clean Air Act Clean Water Act Environmental Liability EPA EPCRA Hazardous Substances Manufacturing Facilities

Maine DEP Publishes Revised Remedial Action Guidelines On Hazardous Substances For Comment

The Remedial Action Guidelines (RAGs) are useful – if conservative – default cleanup guidelines used by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP proposed changes in 2012, and has just proposed changes...more

3/18/2013 - Contamination Department of Environmental Protection Hazardous Substances Remedial Action Guidelines Voluntary Response Action Program

DEP Hazmat Specialist Pleads Guilty To Spill Records Destruction – Implications For Those Affected By Spills

Former HazMat Specialist Jon P. Andrews, assigned to the Augusta Region of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, has pleaded guilty to destroying three years of spill records on his final day on the job. The...more

3/8/2013 - Department of Environmental Protection Destruction of Evidence Public Records

EPA Finally Amends Its Boiler MACT Regulations And Further Defines Fuels Versus Wastes

Boiler owners beware – EPA has “finalized” its Boiler MACT, GACT, CISWI and NHSM rules and the compliance clocks have begun ticking. EPA expects the rules to affect about 200,000 boilers and that annualized compliance costs...more

2/12/2013 - Boiler MACT Rule CISWI Compliance EPA GACT Incinerators NHSM Waste

EPA Amends Requirements For Stationary Internal Combustion Engines, Including Emergency Generators

On January 30, 2013, EPA published amendments to its regulations at 40 C.F.R. Part 63, Subpart ZZZZ (aka EPA’s RICE Rule) regulating emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from reciprocating internal combustion engines...more

1/31/2013 - Air Pollution Emergency Generators EPA

Maine DEP Amends Its Air Licensing Regulations

Recently, the Maine DEP adopted amendments to its air licensing regulations, including Chapter 100, Definitions; Chapter 115, Major and Minor Source Air Emission License Regulations; and Chapter 140, Part 70 Air Emission...more

12/12/2012 - Licenses

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