News & Updates

Waters of the US Rule Finalized

06-12-2015

May 27, 2015 -- The EPA administrator signed the final rule redefining jurisdictional “Waters of the US” under the Clean Water Act and EPA and Army Corps jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The final rule, now referred to as the Clean Water Rule, will be published in the Federal Register within 2 to 3 week of the signing and will be effective 60 days after it is published.
 
Protection for many of the nation’s streams and wetlands has been confusing, complex, and time-consuming as the result of Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. The Clean Water Rule more precisely...

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Final SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (May 2015)

05-14-2015

Final SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (May 2015)
 
Regulatory Program for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing to Develop the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs
The Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Final SGEIS) was released on May 13, 2015, completing the environmental review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF). The Findings statement will be issued not less than 10 calendar days after the publication of the Final SGEIS.
 
In December 2014...

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CWA-SDWA Toolkit Webinar - Using Water Quality Standards, Monitoring, Assessment, and Impaired Waters Listings

05-05-2015

"WEBINAR: 2nd CWA-SDWA Toolkit Webinar:  Using Water Quality Standards, Monitoring, Assessment, and Impaired Waters Listings to Protect and Preserve Drinking Water Quality - April 28, 2015:  View the presentations and an audio/video recording of this webinar with more detailed information about Sections 1 – 2 of the toolkit and three state examples from New York, Oregon, and Colorado.
·         Video of the Webinarhttps://youtu.be/IKjz460r5hw
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“Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings” (40 CFR 192)

03-30-2015

“Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings” (40 CFR 192)

  • EPA is proposing new ground water standards at facilities that extract uranium using the in-situ recovery (ISR) process. Comments are due April 27, 2015.
  • A public hearing will be held in Corpus Christi, TX on April 14, 2015. Register by April 10, 2015.
  • Another public hearing is being planned in Wyoming.  Details will be provided later. ...
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Major Improvements to FracFocus Announced

02-26-2015

Major Improvements to FracFocus Announced
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY - As it enters its fourth year, FracFocus, the nationwide system for disclosing chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process, continues to improve its performance and versatility.
The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), joint venture partners in the FracFocus initiative, announce the coming release of improvements to FracFocus’ system functionality.  The new features for 2015...

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