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EPA's Focus on Boatyards and Marinas Continues

Earlier this year, EPA Region 1 identified shipyards/boatyards and marinas as the continuing focus of the Agency’s Clean Air Act regulatory compliance and enforcement efforts. Storm water compliance is also a continuing...more

Maine DEP Plans to Tighten Opacity Standards in Response to EPA SIP Call

You think maintaining compliance with opacity standards is a challenge now – just wait. As anyone who has started a campfire knows, opacity (the density of the smoke) tends to be high when starting and ending fuel burning,...more

MEDEP Proposes to Adopt EPA's Solvent Wipes Rule

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

EPA Proposes To Tighten MACT Limits For Kraft Mills

On December 14, 2016, EPA signed its proposed Kraft Pulp Residual Risk and Technology Review rule covering 40 C.F.R. Part 63, Subpart MM (a.k.a. “MACT II”) for recovery furnaces, lime kilns and smelt dissolving tanks at kraft...more

Lead Paint and Drinking Water in Maine – Now Under Even More Scrutiny: Important news for owners of residential and child care...

Lead paint is a well-known problem for older homes, and lead in residential drinking water from historic plumbing is also a recognized issue in Maine. Lead can be a serious problem if children or pregnant women are exposed at...more

Heads Up Regarding EPA Region 1/New England Enforcement Priorities

At a recent Boston Bar Association meeting, EPA Region I/New England gave a presentation regarding its enforcement priorities.  Heads Up! Although EPA’s presentation identified its fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 –...more

EPA Finalizes Reconsideration of Boiler MACT; Compliance Deadline Approaches

As major sources gear up to meet the January 31, 2016, compliance deadline for the Boiler MACT regulation, EPA has finalized a number of revisions to the rule that might affect your facility’s compliance plans. On November...more

EPA Tightens Ozone Standard…Again

On October 1, 2015, EPA announced that the new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone would be 70 ppb, a 6.7% reduction of the current 75 ppb standard. On November 25, 2014, EPA had proposed to...more

2015 Summary of Key Maine Environmental Legislation

The Pierce Atwood Environmental and Land Use Practice Group is pleased to provide the 2015 Summary of Key Maine Environmental Legislation enacted or carried over in the First Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature...more

Maine DEP Revises Universal Waste Rules, Adds Regulations for Architectural Paint

In March, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revised the state’s hazardous waste and universal waste regulations, based on a fall 2014 proposal.  There are several particularly important changes to the...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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