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Does your facility need a Facility Response Plan?`

May 31, 2024

Any facility that—based on three regulatory criteria—could substantially harm the environment due to a release of one or more "hazardous substances" is required to develop a Facility Response Plan (FRP).

Save time scouring through regulations. Quickly gain familiarity with the new FRP criteria and related terminology with this one-page cheat sheet.

Source: Lion

Updated TSCA Inventory Available Now

May 23, 2024

On May 23, 2024, US EPA released the latest Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory—a list of all existing chemicals manufactured, processed, or imported in the US.

The TSCA Inventory now contains 86,770 chemicals of which 42,377 are active in US commerce. Since the TSCA Inventory was last updated in February 2024, EPA has moved the identities of approximately 133 chemicals to the public portion of the TSCA Inventory from the confidential portion.

This update coincides with the 2024 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) cycle submission period beginning June 1, 2024. Manufacturers (including importers) should refer to the latest TSCA Inventory to help them determine what chemicals to report on under the CDR rule.

EPA’s next regular update of the TSCA Inventory is planned for early 2025.

Source: EPA

EPA Amends Requirements for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

May 15, 2024

EPA is finalizing amendments to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems source category (40 CFR 98, Subpart W) of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. The amendments include revisions to ensure the reporting of emissions data reflects total methane emissions, improved existing and addition of new emissions calculation methodologies, and revised reporting requirements to improve verification and transparency of the data collected. EPA is also finalizing revisions to the General Provisions (40 CFR 98, Subpart A) and the General Stationary Fuel Combustion source category (40 CFR 98, Subpart C) of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule to improve calculation, monitoring, and reporting of greenhouse gas data for petroleum and natural gas systems facilities. In addition, EPA is finalizing confidentiality and reporting determinations for applicable data elements. The final rule is effective January 1, 2025; however, a limited number of Subpart W amendments are effective July 15, 2024 and may be reflected in the reporting year 2024 report if elected by the facility.

Source: EPA

Mapping TCFD to the IFRS S2 on Climate Disclosure

May 15, 2024

The inaugural IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards were released by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in mid-2023, designed to establish a global baseline for corporate disclosures. They are set to be adopted across several jurisdictions in the next few years. The new rules have garnered global support from 64 jurisdictions to date, with 19 national regulators already consulting on adoption of the recommendations under jurisdictional law.

EPA Finalizes GHG Powerplant Rule, Setting Stage for "Major Questions" Showdown

May 14, 2024

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 9, 2024, finalized its Standards and Guidelines for Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants.

The rule, which would require aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from conventional power plants, has already prompted 27 states and industry groups to file suit to block implementation. Challengers moved for an immediate stay of implementation on May 13, 2024.

Final Rule: EPA Expands Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

May 6, 2024

US EPA issued a Final Rule to strengthen, expand, and update methane emissions reporting requirements for petroleum and natural gas systems under EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) on May 6, 2024.

The Agency says that oil and natural gas facilities are the nation’s largest industrial source of methane, a climate “super pollutant” that is many times more potent than carbon dioxide and is responsible for approximately one-third of the warming from greenhouse gases (GHGs) occurring today.

The GHGRP requires reporting of greenhouse gas data and other relevant information from large GHG emission sources, fuel and industrial gas suppliers, and CO2 injection sites in the United States. Approximately 8,000 facilities are required to report their emissions annually, and the reported data are made available to the public in October of each year.

Under the GHGRP, owners or operators of facilities that contain petroleum and natural gas systems and emit 25,000 metric tons or more of GHGs per year (expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents or CO2e) report GHG data to EPA.

Source: EPA

EPA Proposes Revisions to its New Source Review (NSR) Regulations

May 6, 2024

EPA is proposing the following changes to its New Source Review (NSR) preconstruction permitting regulations: revising the definition of “project” to include criteria for determining the scope of a project that may be subject to the major NSR regulations; revising the monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting provisions in the NSR regulations to improve compliance with, and enforcement of, the NSR applicability process; and adding the requirement that emissions decreases included in the significant emissions increase determination of the NSR applicability process be enforceable.

Source: EPA

Avoid These 25 Easy-to-Make RCRA Mistakes

May 3, 2024

Many commonly cited hazardous waste management mistakes are easy to make, easy to overlook, and difficult or time-consuming to correct. Defend your organization's record and bottom line, and keep your facility safe.

Source: Lion

PFAS National Primary Drinking Water Regulation

May 1, 2024

EPA is finalizing a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) that establishes health-based Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLG) and enforceable Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL) for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In addition, EPA is finalizing compliance requirements, including monitoring, reporting, public notification, and Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR).

Source: EPA

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OSHA HazCom Standard Updated with GHS Revision 7

May 21, 2024

OSHA published a Final Rule on May 20 to revise the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), aligning it primarily with the 7th Revised Edition of the Globally Harmonized System for Classifying and Labeling Chemicals or GHS. The Final Rule is effective July 19, 2024.

For workplaces subject to the OSHA HazCom regulations—i.e., chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers— notable regulation changes relate to hazard classifications, container labels, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements, and more.

GHS Updates to OSHA HazCom Regulations (29 CFR 1910.1200)

Revisions and additions to the OSHA HCS in 29 CFR 1910.1200 to align it with (primarily) the 7th Edition GHS include changes to:

Codify existing OSHA interpretations on labeling very small containers. Update rules for GHS labels on bulk chemical shipments. Add one new hazard class (desensitized explosives) and three new hazard categories. Provide relief related to updating hazard labels for containers "released for shipment." Revise rules for trade secrets on Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Move the definition of "combustible dust" to the definitions section. Fix inconsistencies and clarify rules for GHS and DOT labeling for shippers.

Source: Lion


Preparing Now for the SEC’s New Climate Rules

May 22, 2024

On March 6, 2024, the SEC adopted new rules mandating climate-related disclosures in public companies’ annual reports and registration statements. As anticipated, the rules are facing multiple legal challenges, which have been consolidated in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

In light of these legal challenges, the SEC voluntarily stayed the effectiveness of the new rules while the rules are under judicial review. Under the compliance schedule as originally adopted, large companies would be required to comply beginning with their 2025 annual reports.

The Payoffs and Pitfalls of ESG Due Diligence

May 15, 2024

A recent global survey of dealmakers by BCG and Gibson Dunn reveals a striking consensus: conducting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) due diligence is now indispensable for M&A transactions.

Dealmakers say that the insights gained from these assessments are crucial not only for mitigating risks but also for preserving and enhancing deal value. Although Europe has spearheaded more stringent ESG regulations, dealmakers in all surveyed countries, including those in the US, recognize the importance of performing such assessments before closing a deal.

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