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EPA Finalizes AGC-Supported Addition of Aerosol Cans to the Universal Waste Regulations. On Nov. 15, 2019 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized an AGC-supported rule expanding the universal waste regulations to include aerosol cans and streamlining the management of this waste. More information.

The Obama administration’s 2015 “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule—which defines federal environmental permitting jurisdiction involving wetlands—is in effect in 22 states and some counties in New Mexico (click here for a map) until December 23, 2019, when the formal repeal of the 2015 WOTUS rule goes into effect. More information.

EPA finalizes modification to the 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a modification to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP), which covers eligible stormwater discharges from construction activities in areas where the EPA is the permitting authority. The final modified permit will take effect on June 27, 2019. More information.

Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. EPA published a final rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emissions from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the US. After March 22, 2019, composite wood products must be labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant. More information.

Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction. The new OSHA construction industry standard applies to all occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica in construction work and sets a new Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air (50.0 µg/m3) as an 8-hour Time-Weighted Average (TWA). More information.

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