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On December 30, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order granting motions to stay EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (“CSPAR”), only days before CSPAR’s compliance period was set to begin.
On January 25, 2012, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) Commissioners authorized publication of proposed revisions to the agency’s compliance history rules.
On January 24, 2012, the Texas Railroad Commission (“RRC”) approved draft rules that would implement new or amended penalty matrixes for use by the RRC in determining the amount of penalties for safety violations in the following regulatory categories: oil and gas, pipeline, liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and underground pipeline damage prevention.
On January 25, 2012, TCEQ authorized publication of the Proposed 2012 Texas Nonpoint Source Management Program.
TCEQ has expanded the Galena Park Air Pollutant Watch List (“APWL”) area based upon the agency’s determination that significant benzene sources located outside of the previous Galena Park APWL boundary have the potential to affect annual average benzene concentrations at the Galena Park and Pasadena North monitoring sites.
TCEQ’s Toxicology Division is accepting public comment on two proposed development support documents. A development support document (“DSD”) summarizes how chemical-specific toxicity values were derived based on published guidelines. Comments on the following DSDs will be accepted until April 9, 2012: (1) Arsenic and Inorganic Arsenic Compounds, and (2) n-Butane and Isobutane.
TCEQ announcements for enforcement orders adopted in January can be found onthe TCEQ website at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/news/releases/011112
CommissionersAgenda and http://www.tceq.texas.gov/news/releases/012512
For information on recent TCEQ rule developments, please see the TCEQ website at http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/rules/whatsnew.html .
Both the Environmental Integrity Project and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network have voluntarily dismissed an appeal pending before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, challenging Maryland’s application of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Steam Electric standards established for ash transport water.The purpose of this update is to provide current information on Texas environmental regulatory developments. It is not intended as, nor is it a substitute for, legal advice. You should consult with legal counsel for advice specific to your circumstances. This communication may be considered advertising under applicable laws regarding electronic communications
The purpose of this update is to provide current information on Texas environmental regulatory developments. It is not intended as, nor is it a substitute for, legal advice. You should consult with legal counsel for advice specific to your circumstances. This communication may be considered advertising under applicable laws regarding electronic communications.
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