Regulations Updates




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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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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