Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pennsylvania’s TENORM Study is Released – What are the Conclusions?

Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) is found in virtually all soil and rock on the earth’s surface. NORM can also be found in groundwater as the result of its contact with NORM bearing geologic formations. When human related activities disturb the soil, rock or groundwater and change the NORM from its original state, the NORM… Read More »

Ohio EPA seeks comments on US Army Corps of Engineers’ Report

Ohio EPA is seeking public comments on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ report entitled “Influence of Open-Lake Placement of Dredged Material on Western Lake Erie Basin Harmful Algal Blooms” and the Corps’ position on open lake disposal of dredge material in Lake Erie. The report, which analyzes the potential contribution of open lake disposal of… Read More »

WV TMDL Litigation Challenging EPA

On January 7, 2015 the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Inc; Sierra Club; West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Inc; and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against U.S. EPA, Region III.  The action challenges six (6) final actions by EPA and seeks to compel EPA to perform non-discretionary duties under… Read More »

G80-A – Class II General Permit for Natural Gas Activities

On January 21, 2015 the WVDEP Division of Air Quality announced a rollout meeting for February 5, 2015 to release the draft new air quality general permit for natural gas activities. The new general permit (G80-A) will cover prevention and control of air pollution in regard to natural gas production, compressor and/or dehydration facilities.  

MATS Corrections

EPA is proposing to correct certain text of the final MATS Rule officially titled “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units.”  The December 19, 2014 Signature version, not yet published is… Read More »

Title: 47 CSR 63 – Aboveground Storage Tanks Emergency Rule

On December 22, 2014 the WV DEP filed the proposed WV Aboveground Storage Tank Act – Emergency Rule with the WV Secretary of State office. A copy of the draft rule is available at This draft built upon the rough draft of the rule informally release in September 2014. There are a number of… Read More »

Indiana Legislature Considers Aboveground Storage Tank Legislation

On January 12, 2015, the Indiana Senate Environmental Affairs Committee heard a first reading of two bills aimed at addressing perceived threats to public water supplies posed by aboveground storage tanks. Senator Ed Charbonneau, the Republican Chair of the Senate Environmental Affairs Committee introduced Senate Bill 311 (Recovery of remedial action oversight costs) and Senate… Read More »