Air Quality Management

EPA Recently Raises Civil Monetary Penalties

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) catalyzed numerous changes throughout the years. But one of the most recent and significant modifications includes increment of civil monetary penalties that are monitored under federal environmental laws.Modifications in civil monetary penalties?EPA proceeded with an interim final rule on 1 July, 2016 which [...]

NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule

On September 24, 2015 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the final electronic reporting rule which requires NPDES regulated entities to file certain reports and permit related data electronically instead of filing paper reports by using EPA’s NPDES Electronic Reporting Tool (NeT) and NETDMR (for DMR data) portal or the equivalent state version of [...]

EPA Tanks 4.09d: What is Next?

For many years EPA implemented Tanks 4.09d as a traditionally steadfast tool that estimates the amount of tank emissions released. This computer software program calculates volatile organic compound (VOC) and hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from storage tanks to stay in sync with compliance and constant regulatory changes.The desktop software man [...]

Report: US Power Sector CO2 Levels Down to 1990 Levels

A new NRDC report shares a positive picture about “reduced emissions” of major air pollutants like carbon dioxide, mercury, sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by nation’s 100 electric power producers, accounting for 85 percent of US’s power production. These include top names like Duke, Southern, Exelon and many others.While total [...]

EPA’s Proposed Ozone Rule Challenged by TCEQ

In November 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would lower the eight-hour primary and secondary ozone standards from the current level of 75 parts per billion to a level between 70 and 65 parts per billion. The proposed rule has undergone a few public hearings and is being discussed inside the House of Representatives’ [...]