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CH2M’s November Regulatory Update tracks latest changes in environmental, health and safety regulations

The latest edition of the Regulatory Update notes changes to eight rulings concerning air, toxic release inventory, toxic substances and water.

CH2M’s regulatory tracking guide—U.S. Regulatory Update—helps industry and government agencies plan for and comply with environmental, health, safety and sustainability regulatory changes in the U.S. Focusing on the most impactful and pressing regulations, the monthly guide details proposed or updated revisions to air, water, hazardous waste, occupational safety and health, remediation (CERCLA) and other legislative rulings.

The latest edition of the Regulatory Update notes changes to eight rulings concerning air, toxic release inventory (TRI), toxic substances and water, including:

  1. EPA withdrew the direct final rule to update the list of NAICS codes subject to reporting under the TRI under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, since an adverse comment was received. EPA will address the comment to the proposed rule in its rulemaking activities.
  2. EPA and the Department of the Army are proposing to add an applicability date to the "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States'" (the 2015 Rule) to two years from the date of final action, while they work on possible revisions to the rule.
  3. EPA released its list of regions that meet the 2015 ozone national air quality standard. This includes 2,650 counties as effectively in attainment with the 70-parts-per-billion standard. EPA did not indicate when the agency will make final decisions for those areas that are likely failing to meet the standard.

CH2M’s Environmental Assets and Environmental Health and Safety practices help clients assesses business risk while complying with requirements. Along with the U.S. Regulatory Update, CH2M’s regulatory analysis publication, EHS Check, is used by EHS safety and corporate professionals looking for insights and analysis of regulations to improve the effectiveness of their programs. Combining detailed regulatory and engineering knowledge, environmental business management competency, and established agency relationships, the practice spans regulatory compliance, auditing, sustainability and climate adaptation consulting, as well as environmental and information systems management and reporting.

Recent EHS work includes completing an in-depth regulatory review for a refinery to help understand how the Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards (Refinery Sector Rule) affected current monitoring devices, quality assurance activities and data management.