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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 46, Issue 3

Connecticut: Air

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment proposes to amend Conn. Agencies Regs. §22a-174-38 regarding new air quality regulations. The proposed amendments would place stricter nitrogen oxideemissions limits on mass burn waterwall municipal waste combustors, limit ammonia emission to 20 parts  per million on units controlled by selective non-catalytic reduction systems, and require evidence of compliance through either emissions monitoring or annual stack testing. A public hearing will be held on February 24, 2016.


Florida: Fisheries

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission proposed to amend Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 68A-20.005 and 68A-23.0131 in order to simplify statewide regulations on black bass. The changes would reduce special regulations for individual water bodies. Public hearings will be held on February 10 and 11, 2016, if requested. See https://www.flrules.org/Faw/FAWDocuments/FAWVOLUMEFOLDERS2016/4210/4210doc.pdf (pp. 239-46).


Maine: Wildlife

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is proposing changes to Code Me. R. §2016-004, chapter 25.45, concerning size and possession limits for Jonah Crabs. The amendments would make it illegal to keep crabs under 4.75 inches or crabs that are female, egg-bearing, or deformed. They would also establish limits to recreational catches. A public hearing will be held on February 9, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until February 19, 2016.


Mississippi: Land Use

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources seeks to amend Miss. Code. Ann. §22.19 regarding regulations for the management of coastal preserve lands. A public hearing will be held on March 15, 2016. See http://www.sos.ms.gov/adminbulletinsearch/default.aspx

Land Use

North Carolina: Water

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to amend N.C. Admin. Code tit. 15A, r. 07H.0304, in order to update the formula used to calculate the width of the Ocean Erodible Area of Environmental Concern. Eight public hearings will be held between February 10, 2016, and May 10, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until May 20, 2016. See http://www.ncoah.com/rules/register/Volume%2030%20Issue%2014%20January%2015,%202016.pdf (pp. 1505-07). 


Oklahoma: Wildlife

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry proposed to amend Okla. Admin. Code §35-15.34 to adopt new measures to eradicate feral swine in the state. The amendments would establish swine-free zones, revise transportation and importation rules, and change certain requirements for licensing and permits. A public hearing will be held on February 17, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until February 15, 2016.


Utah: Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality proposes to amend Utah Admin. Code R309-200-5, R309-210, and R309-211 regarding adoption of the federal total coliform rule and subsequent effects on drinking water. The changes would amend acceptable contaminant levels, monitoring requirements, public notification, and consumer confidence report requirements. Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm on February 16, 2016. See http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2016/b20160115.pdf (pp. 23-60).

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

Washington: Air

The Washington Department of Ecology proposes to amend Washington Admin. Code §173-441, concerning the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, and to add Washington Admin. Code §173-442, regarding the clean air rule. The changes would establish emissions standards for greenhouse gas emissions from certain stationary sources and would change the emissions covered in the reporting program, as well as modify reporting requirements. In-person public hearings will be held on March 23 and 31, 2016, and webinar hearings will be held on March 22 and 29, 2016.


Wisconsin: Hazardous Substances

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources seeks to revise Wis. Admin. Code §§ NR 660-679 regarding the generation, transportation, recycling, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste, universal waste, and used oil. A public hearing will be held on February 11, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until February 1, 2016. See http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/register/2016/721A3/register/rule_notices/cr_16_007_hearing_information

Hazardous Substances