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Volume 44, Issue 35

Alaska: Public lands

The Industrial Development and Export Authority is seeking public comment on the EIS process for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road project. The proposed road would connect the mine site to the Dalton Highway, and pass through the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Public hearings will be held on December 16 and 17, 2014. See http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=174910.

Public lands

Alaska: Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), §303(d)

The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on a draft TMDL for fecal coliform in Cottonwood Creek in Wasilla. Coliform levels exceed water quality standards in a seven mile stretch of the water body. The deadline for comment is January 30, 2015. See http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=174821.

Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), §303(d)

Arizona: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to amend various sections of Ariz. Admin. Code §18-2 regarding air quality. The changes would update incorporations by reference for several federal regulations under the CAA. A public hearing will be held January 6, 2015, and the deadline for comment is also January 6, 2015. See http://www.azsos.gov/public_services/Register/2014/49/supplemental_proposed_expedited.pdf.

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Colorado: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Department of Public Health and Environment is proposing to amend 5 Colo. Code Regs. §1001-10 regarding hazardous air pollutants. Changes would incorporate by reference the federal NESHAPs of the CAA for coal and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units. A public hearing will be held February 19, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is February 5, 2015. See http://www.sos.state.co.us/CCR/DisplayHearingDetails.do?trackingNumber=2014-01199.

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Colorado: Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Department of Public Health and Environment is proposing to amend 5 Colo. Code Regs. §1001-8 regarding standards of performance for stationary sources. Changes would align mercury emissions monitoring and reporting requirements for electric utility steam generating units with federal requirements under the CAA. A public hearing will be held February 19, 2015, and the deadline for written comment is February 5, 2015.

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Georgia: Hazardous Substances

The Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division is proposing to amend Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.391-3-11 regarding hazardous waste management. Among other changes, the amendments would allow regulated entities to use EPA's electronic manifest system, and allow professional engineers to certify the closure or post-closure of hazardous waste management and disposal units. A public hearing will be held January 5, 2015, and the deadline for comment is January 6, 2015.

Hazardous Substances

Illinois: Ground water

The Pollution Control Board is proposing to amend various sections of Ill. Admin. Code tit. 35, §1600 regarding groundwater contamination. Changes would require public notification when soil contamination poses a threat of exposure above the appropriate remediation objectives of a particular site. The deadline for comment is January 19, 2015. See http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume38_issue49.pdf (pp. 22411-34).

Ground water

Iowa: Underground injection

The Environmental Protection Commission is proposing to amend Iowa Admin. Code r.64.15(6) regarding wastewater discharge. Changes would renew a general permit for the discharge of wastewater associated with well construction activities through the use of best management practices and require the monitoring of the wastewater effluent to determine compliance with the state's water quality standards. The deadline for comment is January 9, 2015.

Underground injection

Montana: Public lands

The Fish and Wildlife Commission is proposing to repeal Mont. Admin. R. 12.9.206 regarding a game preserve. The repeal would eliminate the 1,464-acre McLean Game Preserve in Pondera County. The deadline for comment is January 9, 2015. See http://sos.mt.gov/arm/Register/archives/MAR2014/MAR14-23.pdf (pp. 2907-08).

Public lands

New Hampshire: Ground water

The Department of Environmental Services is proposing to readopt and amend N.H. Code R. Env-Wq 401 and 401.11 regarding best management practices for groundwater protection. Changes would clarify existing requirements. A public hearing will be held January 26, 2015, and the deadline for comment is February 4, 2015. See http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/register/2014/december-11-14.pdf (pp. 1-2).

Ground water

Ohio: Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), §303(d)

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a recent TMDL report for the Mohican River watershed. The report claims 74% of the waters tested met aquatic life use criteria, and 13% met recreational use criteria. The deadline for comment is January 5, 2015.

Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), §303(d)

Rhode Island: Sustainability

The Department of Environmental Management is proposing to amend Solid Waste Regulation No. 8 regarding composting facilities. Changes would add requirements for small and medium scale composting operations. The deadline for comment is January 12, 2015. See http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/benviron/waste/pdf/swreg8draft.pdf.

Sustainability

Tennessee: Sustainability

The Department of Environment and Conservation is proposing revisions to Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0400-11-01-.11 regarding composting facilities. Changes would adopt a three-tiered classification system for facilities and regulate the different feedstock used in each tier. Public hearings will be held February 10, 2015, and the deadline for comment is February 13, 2015. See http://state.tn.us/sos/rules_filings/12-09-14.pdf.

Sustainability

Texas: Air

The Commission on Environmental Quality is proposing to amend various sections of 30 Tex. Admin. Code §114 regarding the state's Low Income Vehicle Repair Assistance, Retrofit, and Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Program. Changes would allow counties to opt out and be released from obligations of the program. A public hearing will be held January 6, 2015, and the deadline for comment is January 9, 2015. See http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/1205/1205is.pdf (pp. 9468-84).

Air

Texas: Radiation

The Commission on Environmental Quality is proposing to amend 30 Tex. Admin. Code §37.9045 and .9050 regarding financial assurance for sites with radioactive contamination. Changes would implement new state legislation creating an account for the commission's use in preventing or mitigating adverse effects of radioactive substances. A public hearing will be held January 13, 2015, and the deadline for comment is January 20, 2015.

Radiation