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Volume 44, Issue 32

Alabama: Fisheries

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is proposing to repeal and replace Ala. Admin. Code r. 220-2-.155 regarding management of paddlefish populations. Changes include the clarification of penalties for improper reporting and expanding the Upper Alabama River Paddlefish Management Area. A public hearing will be held December 4, 2014 and the deadline for comment is also December 4, 2014.

Fisheries

Alabama: Fisheries

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is proposing to repeal and replace Ala. Admin. Code r. 220-2-.155 regarding management of paddlefish populations. Changes include the clarification of penalties for improper reporting and expanding the Upper Alabama River Paddlefish Management Area. A public hearing will be held December 4, 2014 and the deadline for comment is also December 4, 2014.

Fisheries

Alabama: Natural Resources

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is proposing to repeal and replace Ala. Admin. Code r. 220-2-.155 regarding management of paddlefish populations. Changes include the clarification of penalties for improper reporting and expanding the Upper Alabama River Paddlefish Management Area. A public hearing will be held December 4, 2014 and the deadline for comment is also December 4, 2014. See http://www.alabamaadministrativecode.state.al.us/UpdatedMonthly/AAM-OCT-....

Natural Resources

Alaska: Fisheries

The Board of Fisheries is proposing various amendments to Alaska Admin. Code tit. 5 regarding fisheries and aquatic plant resources. Changes will affect commercial, sport, guided, personal and subsidence fisheries as well as aquatic plant harvesting. Public hearing and comment deadlines vary based on the specific regulations.  The first comment deadline is November 19, 2014. See http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/Attachment.aspx?id=97435

Fisheries

California: Climate Change

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board is proposing amendments to various sections of Cal. Code Regs. tit. 17 concerning the greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. Changes include updating the U.S. Forest projects protocol which will extend eligibility to projects in parts of Alaska and adding offset protocol for rice cultivation projects. A public hearing will be held December 18, 2014 and the deadline for comment is December 15, 2014.

Climate Change

California: Endangered Species

The Fish and Game Commission gave notice that it received a petition to take emergency action pursuant to Section 2073 of the Fish and Game Code to list the Tricolored blackbird as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. The commission will consider taking emergency action on December 3, 2014. Interested parties can contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information on the petition or to submit information related to the species.

Endangered Species

California: Wolves

The Fish and Game Commission is proposing to amend Cal. Code Regs. tit.14, §670.5 to add the gray wolf to the list of endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act. The finding of endangerment is made pursuant to a 2012 petition and follows a 12-month status review. See http://www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/44z-2014.pdf (pp. 1855-61).

Wolves

Georgia: Radiation

The Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division is proposing amendments to various sections of Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 391-3-17 regarding radioactive materials. Amendments would  establish licensing and radiation safety requirements for well logging and ensure compliance with NRC guidelines. The deadline for written comment is December 8, 2014 and a public hearing will be held January 13, 2015.

Radiation

Illinois: Hazardous Substances

The Pollution Control Board is proposing amendments to Ill. Admin. Code tit. 35 §§720-725 concerning hazardous waste management. The changes would update state regulations to correspond with rules adopted by the EPA between January and July, 2014. The deadline for comment is December 15, 2014. See http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume38_issue44.pdf (pp. 20376-601).

Hazardous Substances

Maryland: Hazardous Substances

The Department of the Environment is proposing to adopt new regulations under Md. Code Regs. 26.14.02 concerning responses to the release of hazardous substances. The new regulations would establish thresholds for hazardous substances and require prompt reporting by a responsible person when thresholds are exceeded. The deadline for comment is December 1, 2014. See http://www.dsd.state.md.us/mdregister/4122.pdf(1337-40). 

Hazardous Substances

Maryland: Radiation

The Department of the Environment is proposing to amend Md. Code Regs. 26.12.01.01, 26.12.02.03 concerning radiation safety. Changes would update requirements for radiation machine service providers, update regulations for the disposal of radioactive materials and bring the rules into compliance with NRC regulations. The deadline for comment is December 1, 2014. See http://www.dsd.state.md.us/mdregister/4122.pdf (pp. 1336-37).

Radiation

Maryland: Watershed Protection

The Department of the Environment is proposing to amend Md. Code Regs. 26.03.13.04 regarding Bay Restoration Fund implementation. Changes would affect the options available to sewage treatment plants in order to receive funds and provide for public review of some projects. The deadline for comment is December 1, 2014. See http://www.dsd.state.md.us/mdregister/4122.pdf (pp. 1334-36). 

Watershed Protection

New Hampshire: Waste

The Department of Environmental Services is proposing to readopt and amend N.H. Code Admin. R. Ann. Env-A 4300 regarding solid waste incineration. The proposed changes would eliminate exemptions for units during startup, shutdown and malfunctions, bringing the regulations into compliance with EPA rules. A public hearing will be held on December 2, 2014, and the deadline for comment is December 12, 2014. See http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/register/2014/november-6-14.pdf (pp. 9-10). 

Waste

New Mexico: State standards, §303(a)

The Water Quality Commission is seeking public input on proposed amendments to N.M. Code R. §20.6.4 regarding surface water standards. Among other changes, the amendments would revise compliance provisions as well as uses and criteria for various water bodies. A public hearing will be held on April 14, 2015. Those wishing to present technical testimony must file a notice of intent with the commission by December 12, 2104. The deadline for non-technical comment is April 14, 2015.

State standards, §303(a)

North Carolina: Waste

The Environmental Management Commission is proposing to amend 15A N.C. Admin. Code 02N.0304, 02N.0903-.0904 regarding underground storage tanks. Among other provisions, the amendments include discretionary variances for secondary containment upgrade requirements. A public hearing will be held December 4, 2014, and the deadline for comment is January 2, 2015. See http://www.ncoah.com/rules/register/Volume%2029%20Issue%2009%20November%203,%202014.pdf (pp. 1048-51).

Waste

Ohio: Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on water quality impacts of a proposed 75-mile natural gas pipeline. The project would impact 10.4 acres of wetlands, 1,930 linear feet of streams and affects five counties in eastern Ohio. A public meeting will be held on November 18, 2014, and the deadline for written comment is November 25, 2014.

Quality

Oregon: Mining

The Department of Geology and Mineral Industries is proposing amendments to Or. Admin. R. 632-030-0025 regarding mine reclamation.  The amendments would require all materials used as fill in mine reclamation meet Department of Environmental Quality guidelines or be specifically permitted. Changes would also require written reclamation plans and that fill material is consistent with local land use regulations. A public hearing will be held on November 18, 2014, and the deadline for comment is December 2, 2014.

Mining

Texas: Hazardous Substances

The Commission on Environmental Quality is proposing to amend 30 Tex. Admin. Code §336.1310 regarding waste disposal fees. The change would lower the maximum disposal rate for Class A- Low Level Waste from $250 per cubic foot to $180 per cubic foot. A public hearing will be held on December 4, 2014, and the deadline for comment is December 8, 2014. See http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/archive/November72014/Proposed%20Rules/30.ENVIRONMENTAL%20QUALITY.html#41

Hazardous Substances

Utah: Radiation

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to adopt Utah Admin. Code r. R313-37 regarding the regulation of radioactive material. The new rule would codify requirements previously imposed on holders of radioactive materials through licenses or orders. The changes are necessary to bring Utah into compliance with NRC regulations. The deadline for comment is December 1, 2014. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2014/b20141101.pdf (pp. 21-23).

Radiation

Utah: Radiation

The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to amend Utah Admin. Code r. R313-19-7 regarding the regulation of radioactive material. Changes include clarifications and an exemption from licensing requirements for common and contract carries who transport radioactive material. The deadline for comment is December 1, 2014. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2014/b20141101.pdf (pp. 18-21). 

Radiation

Utah: State implementation plans (SIPs)

The Division of Air Quality is seeking public comment on its 5-year progress report regarding Utah’s Regional Haze SIP. A draft of the report is available on the division’s website. A public hearing will be held on December 1, 2014 and the deadline for comment is also December 1, 2014. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2014/b20141101.pdf (p. 1). 

State implementation plans (SIPs)

Washington: Climate Change

The Department of Ecology is proposing to amend Wash. Admin. Code §173-441 regarding greenhouse gas emissions reporting. The amendment is necessary to maintain consistency with EPA regulations. Changes include revising global warming potentials and updating calculation and monitoring methods. A public hearing will be held on December 3, 2014, and the deadline for comment is December 10, 2014. See http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/laws/wsr/2014/21/14-21PROP.pdf (pp. 106-133).

Climate Change