Final Rules

EPA Direct Final Rule Includes SNURs For Several Biobased Chemicals

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On May 8, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated through a direct final rule significant new use rules (SNUR) for 25 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).

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In a final rule that was immediately effective, EPA on April 8, 2015, removed the comparable fuels exclusion and the gasification exclusion issued under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). 80 Fed. Reg. 18777. EPA had to delete the provisions, as both had been vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2014.

BLM Issues First Federal Regulations For Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands.