Friday, July 24, 2015

Wolf Administration Publishes First Regulatory Agenda

The Governor’s Office published the semi-annual Regulatory Agenda in the July 25 PA Bulletin (beginning on page 4063) outlining regulatory proposals each of the state agencies will be working on over the next six months to a year.  
This is the first Regulatory Agenda published by the Wolf Administration.
Among other regulatory changes to be proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection over the next year, the agency will be proposing permit fee increases for the air quality, noncoal and coal mining, radiation protection and laboratory accreditation programs.
The proposed fee increases were in process beginning in the Corbett Administration.
Among the proposals for environmental agencies are--
-- Dept. of Environmental Protection
-- Final Chapter 78, Chapter 78A Oil and Gas Program Regulations (1st Quarter 2016)
-- Final Land Reclamation Of Mine Sites With Bioenergy Crops (Adopted as Final)
-- Final Remining Regulations Update (1st Quarter 2016)
-- Final Total Coliform Regulation (3rd Quarter 2015)
-- Final Radioactive Material Security Rule (3rd Quarter 2015)
-- Final RACT NOx, VOC Controls (3rd/4th Quarter 2015)
-- Final Disinfectant Residual Regulation (4th Quarter 2015)
-- Final Land Recycling Program Changes (4th Quarter 2015)
-- Proposed Nutrient Credit Trading and Offset Regulation Changes (1st Quarter 2016)
-- Proposed VOC Emissions From Industrial Cleaning Solvents (1st Quarter 2016)
-- Proposed Stage II VOC Controls Changes (1st Quarter 2016)
-- Proposed Low RVP Gasoline Standard Repeal (1st Quarter 2016)
-- Proposed Designate Clearfield Watershed as Unsuitable For Mining (1st Quarter 2016)
-- Proposed Chapter 78 Subchapter D Oil and Gas Well Regulations (2nd Quarter 2016)
-- Proposed Sewage Change To Allow Alternate Systems In Planning (2nd Quarter 2016)
-- Proposed Changes To Explosives Regulations (3rd Quarter 2015)
-- Proposed Triennial Review Of Water Quality Standards (4th Quarter 2015)
-- Proposed Increase in Radiation Protection Fees (3rd Quarter 2015)
-- Proposed Increase in Air Quality Fees (4th Quarter 2015)
-- Proposed Increase in Noncoal Coal Mining Permit Fees (4th Quarter 2015)
-- Proposed Increase in Coal Mining Permit Fees (4th Quarter 2015)
-- Proposed Increase in Laboratory Accreditation Fees (1st Quarter 2016)
-- Environmental Hearing Board
-- Revisions to its Rules of Practice and Procedures (Fall 2015)
-- Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
-- Revisions to the Endangered, Threatened Species Plant List (September 2015)
-- PA Infrastructure Investment Authority
-- Proposed Changes to loan requirements, limitations (Summer 2015)
A copy of the Governor’s Regulatory Agenda is available in the PA Bulletin beginning on page 4063.

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