EPA Announces 2018 Planned Regulatory Actions

The Federal Regulatory Information Service Center on January 12 published a list of federal regulatory activities the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to act on in 2018 that have the potential to affect groundwater.

While the specific direction of these changes is unclear, NGWA will be tracking the following regulatory actions:

  1. State Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Electric Utility Generating Units (prerule stage)
  2. Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Reconsideration (proposed rule)
  3. Clean Water Act Hazardous Substances Spill Prevention (proposed rule)
  4. Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residues from Electric Utilities: Remand Rule (proposed rule)
  5. National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper: Regulatory Revisions (proposed rule)
  6. Second Action: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (proposed rule)
  7. Definition of “Waters of the United States” — Recodification of Pre-existing Rule (final rule)
  8. Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA Section 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry (final rule).

NGWA will monitor the rules as they are proposed and will seek member expertise to assist in drafting comments on potential impacts to groundwater and the groundwater professions.

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