The Environmental Protection Agency released a list of Superfund sites around the country Friday that it said regulators will target “for immediate and intense attention.”…[read more here from the Washington Post]
The American Petroleum Institute launched a voluntary program that initially will concentrate on reducing wellhead emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds, and ultimately will try to improve other environmental conditions at operations across the US. Twenty-six participating companies will begin to implement the program starting Jan. 1, 2018, API said…[read more at Oil and Gas Journal].
Texas’ chief toxicologist tapped to serve
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2017
Contact: Andrea Morrow
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced today the appointment of Michael Honeycutt, Ph.D. as chairman of the agency’s EPA Science Advisory Board, which provides advice to the administrator on broad scientific matters. “I am pleased and honored to bring my knowledge and experience to this prestigious panel,” says Honeycutt. “It is my goal to direct the other members of the SAB to bring sound science to the reviews that we will make in advising the administrator.” Dr. Honeycutt is the director of the Toxicology Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He has been employed by the TCEQ since 1996 and has managed the division of 14 toxicologists since 2003. He is no stranger to reviewing technical information since his responsibilities include overseeing health effects reviews of air permit applications, overseeing the review of the results of ambient air monitoring projects, and overseeing the reviews of human health risk assessments for hazardous waste sites.
Honeycutt spearheaded the updating of TCEQ’s Effects Screening Levels, or toxicity factors for chemicals. The current TCEQ ESL derivation procedure has been through two independent external scientific peer reviews and multiple rounds of public comment.
Honeycutt brings a wealth of experience to his new position. Currently, he serves as a technical resource for TCEQ management and staff on issues concerning air and water quality, drinking water contamination, and soil contamination. He also serves as an expert witness in public and state legislative hearings, participates in public meetings, and has conducted hundreds of media interviews.
In addition, Honeycutt is an adjunct professor in two departments at Texas A&M University. He has published numerous articles in the peer-reviewed literature, serves or has served on numerous external scientific committees, and has provided invited testimony at Congressional hearings—experience that will serve him well in his new position where he will review research used in EPA decision-making.
TCEQ News Release – October 2, 2017 – 3:16 PM
TCEQ to begin ePermits requirement for PBRs and Standard Permits in February
As of February 1, 2018, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Air Permits Division (APD) will begin requiring all applicants to submit permit-by-rule (PBR) and standard permit (STDP) registration applications via ePermits.
This requirement will not apply to Concrete Batch Plants, Rock and Concrete Crushers, Hot Mix Asphalt Plants, Polyphosphate Blenders, or portables. Submittal of these application types is not yet available through the ePermits system.
Additional information on the background of ePermits, as well as detailed steps on using ePermits, can be found here: www.tceq.texas.gov/permitting/air/nav/nsr_news.html
EPA Allows Samsung Austin Semiconductor to Delist Former ‘Hazardous Waste’
Samsung Austin Semiconductor no longer needs to consider copper filter cake as hazardous waste and no longer needs to follow the requirements of hazardous waste regulations for that substance, thanks to a new ruling from the EPA. This final rule…[read more here]