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Withdrawal of Federal Water Quality Standards For California, New Jersey and Puerto Rico

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

EPA is taking final action to amend the federal regulations to withdraw certain human health and aquatic life water quality criteria applicable to waters of New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and California’s San Francisco Bay. In 1992, EPA promulgated the National Toxics Rule or NTR to establish numeric water quality criteria for 12 states and two Territories, including New Jersey, Puerto Rico and parts of California. On May 18, 2000, EPA then promulgated a final rule known as the California Toxics Rule or CTR in order to establish numeric water quality criteria for priority toxic pollutants for the State of California that were not previously in the NTR. These two states and one territory have now adopted, and EPA has approved, water quality criteria for certain pollutants included in the NTR.

Because California, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico now have water quality standards that meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act, EPA has determined that the federally promulgated criteria are no longer needed for these pollutants. Therefore EPA is proposing to amend the federal regulations to withdraw those certain criteria applicable to California, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico. The withdrawal of the federally promulgated criteria will enable New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and California to implement their EPA-approved water quality criteria. This final rule is effective on June 3, 2013.

The water quality criteria subject to this action address both freshwater and marine standards and cover a wide range of priority pollutants, including:

  • Metals (e.g, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, selenium, silver, zinc)
  • Organic chemicals (e.g., chlorodibromomethane, 1,1-dichloroethylene, 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane, 1,1,2-trichloroethane
  • PAHs (e.g., benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)flouranthene, chrysene, fluorene
  • PCBs
  • Pesticides
  • Others

EPA has proposed to withdraw only one federal water quality criteria for California – the saltwater aquatic life cyanide criteria for San Francisco Bay. Other criteria for cyanide for waters in California that are currently part of the NTR or CTR will remain unchanged in the federal regulations.

TSCA Chemical Data Reporting For New Jersey Chemical Distributor

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: TSCA Chemical Data Reporting For New Jersey Chemical Distributer
Client: Chemical Distributor/Importer
Location(s): New Jersey

Key Elements: TSCA CDR reporting

Overview: Caltha provided technical assistance to this importer to comply with Chemical Data Rule (CDR) reporting. The CDR requires manufacturers and importers of TSCA-regulated chemicals to report their activities. Caltha staff reviewed all import records for the reporting period and calculated import volumes for those chemicals not specifically exempted from reporting. Caltha prepared the Form U on behalf of the client using the US EPA CDX reporting system; the client then reviewed draft Form U and submitted the report electronically.

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Logistics Industrial Storm Water Permitting & Compliance

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Industrial Storm Water Permitting & Compliance
Client: International Retailer
Location(s): California, Washington, Utah, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, Kansas, Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, Connecticut, Missouri

Key Elements: SWPPP preparation, Stormwater monitoring, Compliance plan, Permit application

Overview: Caltha LLP has provided consulting services to this international retailer at multiple logistics and warehousing locations to comply with individual State industrial stormwater rules. Services included preparing facility stormwater pollution prevention plans, preparation of State or EPA application forms (Notice of Intent), preparation of site-specific inspection checklists to comply with individual State inspection requirements, preparation of site-specific stormwater monitoring and benchmark monitoring plans to meet State requirements applicable to this industrial sector. Caltha then provided ad hoc technical support to facilities to address questions during roll-out of the compliance programs.

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TSCA Compliance Audit

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: TSCA Audit
Client: Chemical Importer
Location(s): New Jersey

Key Elements: Compliance audit

Overview: Caltha performed a compliance audit for this importer to assess compliance with applicable requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Under TSCA, importers of chemicals are subject to similar requirements as chemical manufacturers. This work reviewed the client’s existing systems to comply with applicable requirements and documentation to demonstrate compliance. The audit resulted in recommendations for improvements to existing procedures to assure that all shipments were in compliance with TSCA.

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TSCA Chemical Data Reporting

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: TSCA Chemical Data Reporting
Client: Chemical Importer
Location(s): New Jersey

Key Elements: TSCA CDR reporting

Overview: Caltha provided technical assistance to this importer to comply with Chemical Data Rule (CDR) reporting. The CDR requires manufacturers and importers of TSCA-regulated chemicals to report their activities. Caltha staff reviewed all import records for the reporting period and calculated import volumes for those chemicals not specifically exempted from reporting. Caltha prepared the Form U on behalf of the client using the US EPA CDX reporting system; the client then reviewed draft Form U and submitted the report electronically.

For more information on Caltha LLP services, go to the Caltha Contact Page