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The latest state regulatory develoments that appear in the current issue of ELR's Weekly Update appear below. For material previously reported, refer to the state update archives.

Current State Update

Volume 45, Issue 15

Alaska: Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on a draft TMDL for turbidity in the Upper Goldstream Creek near Fairbanks. Public hearings will be held beginning June 9, 2015, and the deadline for comment is August 17, 2015. See https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=176925.

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Alaska: Invasive Species

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment for the Anchorage elodea eradication project. The assessment contemplates using fluridone to control invasive elodea in DeLong, Little Campbell, and Sand lakes in the Anchorage area. The deadline for comment is June 15, 2015. See https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=176938.

Invasive Species

Alaska: Quality

The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on its draft listing methodology document for determining water quality impairments from petroleum hydrocarbons, oils, and grease. The document describes the agency's process for adding or removing waters from the state's impaired waters list. The deadline for comment is June 19, 2015. See https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=176976.

Quality

Arizona: Pollution Prevention

The Corporation Commission is proposing to amend Ariz. Admin. Code §§14-5-202 through 207 regarding pipeline safety. Changes would update the rules to comply with federal regulations, including requiring testing on each weld of a new or modified liquefied natural gas pipeline. A public hearing will be held June 18, 2015, and the deadline for comment is June 15, 2015. See http://apps.azsos.gov/public_services/register/2015/20/contents.pdf (pp. 674-684).

Pollution Prevention

District of Columbia: Ground water

The Department of the Environment is proposing to adopt D.C. Code Mun. Regs. tit. 21, §§1800 to 1834 and 1899 regarding well regulations. The new chapter would establish standards and procedures for the construction, maintenance, and abandonment of wells in the district. The deadline for comment is July 13, 2015. See http://www.dcregs.dc.gov/Gateway/NoticeHome.aspx?noticeid=5461796.

Ground water

Florida: Quantity

The St. Johns River Water Management District is proposing to amend various portions of Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 40C-2 regarding consumptive use permits. Changes would clarify existing rules and streamline the regulatory process governing consumptive use permits. A public hearing will be held July 14, 2015, and the deadline for comment is June 9, 2015. See https://www.flrules.org/Faw/FAWDocuments/FAWVOLUMEFOLDERS2015/4197/4197doc.pdf (pp. 2320-29).

Quantity

Florida: Quantity

The St. Johns River Water Management District is proposing to amend Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 40C-1.603 regarding water use permits. Among other changes, the amendment would create fee exemptions for permit applications to the Department of Environmental Protection or another water management district. A public hearing will be held July 14, 2015, and the deadline for comment is June 9, 2015.

Quantity

Florida: Wildlife

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is proposing to amend Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 68A-4.009 regarding black bear conservation. Changes would allow people to use non-lethal methods to scare bears away, and establish procedures for the agency to permit the taking of nuisance bears under certain conditions. Public hearings will be held beginning June 23, 2015, and the deadline for comment is June 4, 2015.

Wildlife

Florida: Wildlife

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is proposing to amend Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 68A-4.001 regarding wildlife feeding. Changes would add coyotes to the list of animals for which feeding is prohibited, and create a separate section for black bears which would distinguish between intentional and unintentional feeding. Public hearings will be held beginning June 23, 2015, and the deadline for comment is June 4, 2015.

Wildlife

Illinois: Radiation

The Emergency Management Agency is proposing to amend various portions of Ill. Admin. Code tit. 32, §341.10 regarding the transportation of radioactive materials. Changes would update regulations for consistency with federal rules, including requiring the notification of tribal officials along transportation routes. The deadline for comment is June 29, 2015. See http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume39_issue20.pdf (pp.

Radiation

Illinois: Radiation

The Emergency Management Agency is proposing to amend various portions of Ill. Admin. Code tit. 32, §330 regarding licensing for radioactive materials. Among other changes, the amendment would add new categories of exempt devices, and clarify reporting requirements for manufacturers for tritium and promethium. The deadline for comment is June 29, 2015. See http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume39_issue20.pdf (pp.

Radiation

Montana: Invasive Species

The Fish and Wildlife Commission is proposing to amend Mont. Admin. R. 12.6.2204, .2208, and .2215 regarding exotic species. Changes would add Pacific white shrimp to the state's controlled species list and add the African soft fur rat, or natal rat, to the prohibited species list. A public hearing will be held June 24, 2015, and the deadline for comment is July 2, 2015. See http://sos.mt.gov/arm/Register/archives/MAR2015/MAR15-10.pdf (pp. 618-620).

Invasive Species

Montana: Invasive Species

The Department of Agriculture is proposing to amend Mont. Admin. R. 4.5.206, .208, .209, and .210 regarding noxious plants. Changes would update the state's list of noxious plants to reflect current distribution of regulated species. A public hearing will be held June 23, 2015, and the deadline for comment is June 30, 2015. See http://sos.mt.gov/arm/Register/archives/MAR2015/MAR15-10.pdf (pp. 612-615).

Invasive Species

New Jersey: Wildlife

The Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to amend N.J. Admin. Code §§7:25-5.6 and 5.24 regarding black bear management. Among other changes, the amendments would establish criterion for automatic closure of the black bear hunting season, allow for bow hunting of black bears, and adjust boundaries for the state's bear management zones. A public hearing will be held June 2, 2015, and the deadline for comment is July 17, 2015. See http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/notices/20150518a.html.

Wildlife

New Mexico: Pollution Prevention

The Oil Conservation Committee is proposing to amend N.M. Code R. §19.15.8 regarding financial assurance for oil and gas wells. Among other changes, the amendments would establish amounts of blanket plugging financial assurance for wells in temporarily abandoned status, and clarify that if a blanket bond no longer covers certain wells, additional financial assurance for the non-covered wells is required. A public hearing will be held June 4, 2015, and the deadline for comment is May 28, 2015.

Pollution Prevention

New Mexico: Underground injection

The Water Quality Control Commission is considering proposed amendments to various portions of N.M. Code R. §20.6.2 regarding underground injection controls. Changes would allow oil refineries to seek permits to operate Class I underground injection control wells for hazardous waste. A public hearing will be held July 14, 2015, and the deadline for comment is also July 14, 2015. See http://164.64.110.239/nmregister/xxvi/xxvi09/xxvi09.pdf (p. 371).

Underground injection

Pennsylvania: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking public comment on its 2015 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan. The plan has been updated to address changes made in the state's air monitoring network, and to identify changes that are anticipated to occur in the remainder of 2015 and in 2016. The deadline for comment is June 16, 2015. See http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol45/45-20/917.html.

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Utah: Navigable waters

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to amend Utah Admin. Code r. 652-70 regarding navigable waters. Changes would modify provisions related to the use of sovereign lands around Bear Lake. The deadline for comment is June 15, 2015. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2015/b20150515.pdf (pp. 88-92).

Navigable waters