Category Archives: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Appeals Court Halts on EPA’s HFC Phasedown

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ruling to ban the use of 404A/507 (HFC’s) has been struck down by the U.S. Court of appeals, stating that the EPA does not have the authority to unapproved/deSNAP the use of refrigerants based on their Global Warming Potential.

The following piece was written by ACHR news to help shed light on this issue: Continue reading

Conaway Praises EPA Repeal of WOTUS, Calls for Continued Work to Protect Farmers and Ranchers

The following press release comes from the United States House Committee on Agriculture. Additional information can be found here.

Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement today it is repealing the Obama administration’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and called on other agencies to revise and re-evaluate their enforcement of this onerous provision. Following the EPA’s announcement, Chairman Conaway made the below remarks: Continue reading

EPA Delays RMP Rule to 2019

On June 9, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator signed a final rule to further delay the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule amendments for 20 months until February 19, 2019.

The rulemaking was initiated as a part of President Obama’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, which came in response to the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, in 2013. GCCA played an active role engaging with EPA on its proposed revisions to RMP and led an industry coalition expressing concerns with several of EPA’s proposals along the way. Continue reading

EPA Moves to Further Delay RMP Rule

On March 29, 2017, The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule to further delay the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule that was finalized at the end of the Obama Administration.  The proposed rule postpones the effective date until February 19, 2019. This action will allow EPA to consider several petitions for reconsideration of the RMP rule amendments and take further regulatory action. EPA will hold a public hearing on April 19th regarding the proposed new effective date.  GCCA is planning to participate in the public hearing to express support for the delay and highlight concerns with the RMP Final Rule as it is currently drafted.

EPA Issues 90-Day Delay of RMP Rule Effective Date

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt has signed a 90 day delay of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule effective date. This is an important step for the new Trump Administration’s EPA to review the Final Rule and determine any future actions. The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) supports the delay and is part of the RMP Coalition that submitted the petition referenced in the EPA order linked hereContinue reading

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