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EPA Releases November 2012 RSLs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2012 released the updated Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) that were developed using risk assessment guidance from the EPA Superfund program. Although the RSLs are developed for the Superfund program, most Federal and State risk-based environmental cleanup programs reference the RSLs. The RSLs are used as risk-based screening

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New Private Equity Management Tool Released

The Environmental Defense Fund Releases New Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Management Tool for the Private Equity Industry In December 2012, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in association with leading private equity firms, released a new management tool to measure and evaluate environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in the private equity sector. ESG is

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Greentape Reduction Act

What is Greentape Reduction Act? Queensland Government is introducing the Environmental Protection (Greentape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 (PDF)* (Greentape Reduction Act) which is a culmination of a two-year consultative process, the Greentape Reduction Project. The Greentape Reduction Project was set up by the Queensland Government to investigate government, community and corporate concerns

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EPA Developing Next Generation Compliance Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a Next Generation Compliance program to address non-compliance with environmental regulations, according to a draft national program manager guidance for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance will establish the Next Generation Compliance program to take advantage of advances in emissions monitoring

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Proposed EPBC Amendment to include Water Resources as a Matter of National Environmental Significance in Relation to CSG Activities

The Commonwealth government announced in March 2013 that it proposes to make an amendment to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act (1999) to include ‘Water Resources’ as a Matter of National Environmental Significance (MNES) in relation to large coal mining developments and coal seam gas (CSG) developments. Should the amendment be passed, it

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EPA to Update and Expand Vapor Intrusion Guidance; ASTM E1527-13 to Include Vapor Intrusion

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be expanding their review of vapor intrusion at sites being evaluated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Brownfields, or states with authority to implement CERCLA or RCRA. Vapor intrusion is the migration of hazardous vapors from subsurface contamination

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EPA Releases May 2013 RSLs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June 2013 released the updated Regional Screening Levels (RSLs), dated May 2013, that were developed using risk assessment guidance from the EPA Superfund program. Although the RSLs are developed for the Superfund program, most Federal and State risk-based environmental cleanup programs reference the RSLs. The RSLs are used

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EPA Offering Possible Deadline Extensions for Compliance with Engine Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) for stationary reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) (subpart ZZZZ) on May 3, 2010. On January 30, 2013, the EPA issued a final rule amending the standards. These were published less than 120 days before the compliance deadline, which began on

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EPA Modifies Regulations on Solvent Wipe

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has modified the hazardous waste management regulations governing the use of solvent contaminated wipes. Here’s what you need to know in three short quick facts: Solvent-contaminated wipes can be excluded from hazardous waste regulations provided that facilities clean or dispose of them properly. To be excluded, solvent-contaminated wipes must

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EPA Approves Use of New Phase I Assessment Standard

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has approved an amendment to the Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquires (AAIs). Here’s what you need to know in three quick facts: Significant changes include REC definition, environmental consultant review criteria, pathways of contamination, and definition of a CREC. The new rule allows the use of