Well look at the calendar, 2014 is here already. It is January. And, if you are in the petroleum, chemicals or oil and gas businesses, January starts off the massive reporting season. There are the year end environmental reports, consent decree reports, emission inventories, chemical inventories, permit reports (Quarterly, Semi-Annual, and Annual), and the list can go on and on. Even if you are a "small" facility - the reporting burden, doesn't change much, you just have fewer resources to use to complete the tasks.
So, to help you out a bit - here are some news items that you might have missed while you were away:
* On 12/19/2013 - There was a Direct Final Rule for NSPS Ja (Petroleum Refineries) Page 76753 of the FR. This direct final rule amends the definition of "delayed coking unit" by removing process piping and associated equipment from the definition.
Note: EPA's NSPS J and Ja page Do not have the Citation up yet.
* If you haven't been following the proposed changes to the Clean Water Act - you might make some time. EPA is working to modify the definition of the waters of the United States. This will have impacts on private land owners as well as industrial operations. You can catch up on EPA's perspective at their website or follow various opinions from Fox News, Media Matters, Roll Call, etc. My recommendation is to look at the proposed definition - as no matter the perspective there are going to be changes to SPCC plans, and reporting.
* Colorado has proposed new Oil and Gas Regulations - The article from the Denver Post can be found here. Information about the proposed rule making can be found here.
* If you are part of the oil and gas business, you might want to bookmark STRONGER's website. They are a partnership organization that is working provide some collaboration to improve State environmental regulations. The perform reviews and provide synopses of various state Oil and Gas Regulations. While the website is not extremely active, there are some state by state reviews and they completed a review in 2013 of the Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Program.
Finally, there are two issues that appear to be in the forefront for 2014 - Congressional action on the Toxic Substance Control Act and more integration of Safety and Environmental Regulations.
For those of you hitting the ground running - try to stay ahead of the information curve!