Regulations Updates




Environmental Protection Agency hosting webinar on brownfield grant application

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced brownfield grants, which may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). The proposal submission deadline is November 16, 2017. 
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Revised SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activity scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2017

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is introducing a new SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industry Activity (MSGP) (GP-0-17-004).
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Operator Training Requirement Deadline Fast Approaching for Underground Storage Tank Operators in NYS

Deadline is October 11, 2016

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) adopted amendments to update and revise the Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS), Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS), and Used Oil Management regulations effective October 11, 2015.  Under federal and state law, operators of certain underground storage tank (UST) systems with capacities greater than 110 gallons must be trained in how to keep the USTs in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. Facilities with these tanks must register the names and authorization numbers of their Class A and Class B Operators with NYSDEC no later than October 11, 2016. To become authorized, these Operators must be trained and must pass a DEC-administered exam that demonstrates their competence to operate these tank systems. As described below, DEC is offering the authorization exam online. 
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EPA Finalizes New Emission Guidelines (EG) & New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for MSW Landfills

Effective July 14, 2016

On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized two new regulations to reduce emissions of methane from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.  The most significant change that has been included in both regulations is a decrease in the non-methane organic compound (NMOC) emission rate threshold which triggers the requirement to install and operate a landfill gas collection and control system (GCCS).
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NYSDEC Water Withdrawal Permit Reporting Update

Application deadline approaching for smaller non-potable water systems

There is an upcoming regulatory window of Jan 1, 2016 to February 15, 2016 for owners of smaller water systems to submit applications to the NYSDEC.

In New York State, Public Water Supply systems have been required to obtain water withdrawal permits for decades.  In 2013, the NYSDEC enacted new regulations for all water withdrawals in New York State. The former law required water withdrawal permits only for public water suppliers.  Effective with the new law permits are now required for any potable and non-potable water withdrawal system having the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons per day (gpd) or more of surface water, groundwater, or combination thereof. 

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