Tag Archives: hydraulic fracturing

EPA Extends Comment Period

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is extending the public comment period for 30 days on its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) for the hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures rule. The ANPR was published on May 19, and comments were originally due on August 18; however the notice extends the deadline for public comments until September 18. EPA is seeking public comment on how it can obtain information on chemical substances and mixtures used in hydraulic fracturing, and whether it should implement a regulatory (under TSCA sec. 8(a) and/or 8(d)) and/or [...]Read more

Working Group to Address Radioactive Waste Regulations

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The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) established a working group of multiple state agency officials to develop recommendations for improved state regulations governing the handling, storage and disposal of technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material (TENORM) from hydraulic fracturing. The working group is expecting to push states to move away from regulations based solely on picocuries per gram (pCi/g) of TENORM, to regulations based on exposure. Further, a dose-based, rather than risk-based, standard is preferred by the group. The working group also [...]Read more

Senators Ask EPA to End Hydraulic Fracturing Investigation

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U.S. Republican Senators David Vitter (R-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), sent a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr. informing him that they view the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) recent announcement of plans to conduct research into states’ ability to regulate hydraulic fracturing and its potential threat on water sources as “wholly inappropriate,” and request that the investigation end immediately. The senators believe the planned research is outside of the scope of the EPA OIG’s core mission, [...]Read more