Regulations Updates




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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Updated NYSDEC Policy on Environmental Monitoring Services

On November 4th, 2015, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued an updated Commissioner’s Policy (CP#64) on Environmental Monitoring Services. This is the first update to the policy since February 20, 1992.

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NYSDEC Adopts Final Changes to the Petroleum and Chemical Bulk Storage Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has adopted amendments to update and revise the Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS), Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS), and Used Oil regulations as of September 30, 2015.  The changes will affect nearly all registered PBS facilities at some level, and some that may not be currently registered, so we recommend that all facility owners and operators review and understand the changes to ensure compliance. 


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Endangered Species Update

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced in April 2015 that the Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) is now considered a Candidate Species under the Endangered Species Act, and therefore must be addressed on any project funded, approved, or undertaken by a federal agency.
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