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Compliance Guide Update Service April 2015
April 23 Department Of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration FR 80 22778-22779
Hazardous Materials: Information Requirements Related to the Transportation of Trains Carrying Specified Volumes of Flammable Liquids. Notice of Safety Advisory
Summary: FRA and PHMSA are issuing this notice to remind railroads operating a ‘‘high hazard flammable train’’ (HHFT)—defined as a train comprised of 20 or more loaded tank cars of a Class 3 flammable liquid in a continuous block, or a train with 35 or more loaded tank cars of a Class 3 flammable liquid across the entire train—as well as the offerors of Class 3 flammable liquids transported on such trains, that certain information may be required by PHMSA and/or FRA personnel during the course of an investigation immediately following an accident.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration FR 80 22781- 22782 Hazardous Materials: Emergency Response Information Requirements Notice
Summary: PHMSA is issuing this notice to remind hazardous materials shippers and carriers of their responsibility to ensure that current, accurate and timely emergency response information is immediately available to emergency response officials for shipments of hazardous materials, and such information is maintained on a regular basis
April 17 Environmental Protection Agency
Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System; Disposal if Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities.
FR 80 21302-21311 40 CFR Parts 257 and 261.
Summary: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is publishing a final rule to regulate the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) as solid waste under subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The available information demonstrates that the risks posed to human health and the environment by certain CCR management units warrant regulatory controls. EPA is finalizing national minimum criteria for existing and new CCR landfills and existing and new CCR surface impoundments and all lateral expansions consisting of location restrictions, design and operating criteria, groundwater monitoring and corrective action, closure requirements and post closure care, and recordkeeping, notification, and internet posting requirements. The rule requires any existing unlined CCR surface impoundment that is contaminating groundwater above a regulated constituent’s groundwater protection standard to stop receiving CCR and either retrofit or close, except in limited circumstances. It also requires the closure of any CCR landfill or CCR surface impoundment that cannot meet the applicable performance criteria for location restrictions or structural integrity. Finally, those CCR surface impoundments that do not receive CCR after the effective date of the rule, but still contain water and CCR will be subject to all applicable regulatory requirements, unless the owner or operator of the facility dewaters and installs a final cover system on these inactive units no later than three years from publication of the rule. EPA is deferring its final decision on the Bevill Regulatory Determination because of regulatory and technical uncertainties that cannot be resolved at this time.
Dates: This final rule is effective on October 14, 2015.
April 8 Environmental Protection Agency
FR 80 18777-18780 40 CFR Parts 260 and 261 Response to Vacaturs of the Comparable Fuels Rule and the Gasification Rule
Summary: The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) is revising regulations associated with the comparable fuels exclusion and the gasification exclusion, originally issued by EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These revisions implement vacaturs ordered by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit), on June 27, 2014.
Dates: Effective April 8, 2015