WOTUS Rule: Permitting Changes Set Up Busy Spring

Josiah Frey

On February 14, 2018, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. EPA  published the latest installment in the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) groundhog day saga.  Promising regulatory certainty, the rule is notable for how similar it is to the 1986/1988 WOTUS definition.  However, many in the regulated community will note that the […]


Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

Mr. Billy DeWitt, Air Monitoring Program Manager, at Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (APCD) presented an update on recent progress related to toxic air contaminants (TACs) monitoring and the recommissioning of an automated-gas chromatograph system (Auto-GC) during the January 16th, 2019, APCD Board meeting.  The presentation can be downloaded at this link.  The January […]


Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

EPA has updated the Tier 2 Submit 2018 Software webpage with the latest software.  New this year is a Physical and Health Hazards Cross-Walk document to help users select appropriate hazards from the safety data sheets (SDSs).  The updated software helps users align the physical hazards and health hazards with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard […]

OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations 2018

Jami Arnold

There was only one surprise when OSHA’s top 10 violations for 2018 were unveiled: PPE. Fall Protection – General Requirements Standard: 1926.501 Hazard Communication Standard: 1910.1200 Scaffolding Standard: 1926.451 Respiratory Protection Standard: 1910.134 Lockout/Tagout Standard: 1910.147 Ladders Standard: 1926.1053 Powered Industrial Trucks Standard: 1910.178 Fall Protection – Training Requirements Standard: 1926.503 Machine Guarding Standard: 1910.212 […]

Ongoing Fallout: WOTUS Litigation Pose Hurdles For Permit Applicants

Josiah Frey

In August of this year, the U.S. District Court of South Carolina halted a federal moratorium on the 2015 Obama era WOTUS rule for 22 states.  As a result, two different federal definitions are being applied in states across the country as to what constitutes a “water of the US”.  Naturally this is problematic for […]