2015 USEPA Regulatory Agenda Includes Definition of Waters of the United States and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Power Plants

What can we expect from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in 2015?  In addition to the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act, other rules on the USEPA agenda include:

    • Greenhouse gas emissions standards for existing power plants expected in June 2015
    • Second phase of fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks – model year 2018 and beyond
    • National ambient air quality standards for ozone
    • 2015 renewable fuel standards.

McCarthy said the USEPA has left open the possibility of someday directly regulating methane emissions from existing oil and gas wells, but chose not to commit to them in a national methane reduction plan announced January 14, 2015, to study available technologies and give the industry time to drive emissions reductions through voluntary programs.

Stayed tuned for more.  EHS Support will provide additional alerts and information as these rules and changes emerge, keeping you and your company informed.

 

For more information on the 2015 USEPA Regulatory Agenda, please contact our Compliance Service Line Leader, Amy Bauer.

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