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A Year-End Review of EPA’s Recent Air Permitting Guidance Changes

On November 15, 2018, EPA’s reconsideration of an earlier action in 2009 that clarifies what is considered a “project” under New Source Review (NSR) and when projects should be aggregated together during an NSR analysis was published in the Federal … Continue reading

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Brandon Bass, P.E. Joins PPM Consultants as Project Engineer

Brandon Bass joined PPM Consultants as a Project Engineer in the firm’s Birmingham, Alabama office. Bass has seven years of experience in air quality and compliance that he brings to PPM. Bass has extensive knowledge of environmental regulations, New Source … Continue reading

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Upcoming Compliance Dates for Refinery Sector Rule 40 CFR 63 CC

Compliance Date and Summary of Requirements January 30, 2019, is rapidly approaching, and for those facilities with flares subject to the requirements in Subpart CC, that’s your compliance deadline for completing a Flare Management Plan (FMP). Flares that are subject … Continue reading

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2015 UST Rules to Begin Full Implementation

The 2015 Revised Underground Storage Tank (UST) Regulations will begin full implementation in some states and 16 non-program approved states on October 13, 2018.  The revisions strengthen the 1988 federal UST regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining … Continue reading

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RECENT STUDIES FIND DECLINES IN CONTAMINANTS FROM MANUFACTURING EMISSIONS

A recent study from two University of California Berkeley economists, Joseph Shapiro and Reed Walker, has found that pollution emissions from U.S. manufacturing fell by 60 percent between 1990 and 2008.  While during the same period, manufacturing grew by 30%.  … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes Changes to Storage Tank Emission Calculation Guidance

On July 25, 2018, EPA proposed revisions to AP-42 Section 7.1 – Organic Liquid Storage Tanks. This section, lasted updated in November 2006, provides guidance for calculating air emissions from fixed and floating-roof storage tanks. Along with EPA’s TANK 4.09d … Continue reading

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DC Circuit Court Vacates Risk Management Program (RMP) Delay Rule

More than five years after President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13650, sending us down this winding road, on August 17, 2018, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the RMP Delay Rule.  The Court of Appeals stated, “Because EPA … Continue reading

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Local Firm PPM Consultants Honored with ENR Top 200 Award

PPM  held its own in 2017 among top environmental firms to win its 12th award from ENR despite many changes to the market and environmental regulations.  The company experienced one of its strongest financial performances of its 23-year history in … Continue reading

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PFAS Chemicals and the EPA’s Plan

Trey Glenn, EPA Region 4 Administrator, recently penned an article expressing EPA’s concerns about a class of “emerging contaminants” that are showing up in aquifers and surface waters across the nation.  He stated that “protecting America’s drinking water is a … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, EPA News & Regulations, Louisiana

Thinking About Tomorrow Today

Charles Ray presented on the topic: “Lake Okeechobee and Environmental Justice”, at the Florida Brownfields Association Environmental Justice and Social Equity Symposium.  The focus of the presentation is to bring attention to: (1) negative environmental conditions impacting their community health, … Continue reading

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