EPA announced the availability of its semiannual regulatory agenda on January 8, 2013 (78 FR 1624-1629). The agenda contains EPA's projected issuance dates of its rulemaking actions. The Federal Register (FR) notice provides the agency's "Regulatory Flexibility Agenda." This agenda contains information about regulations that may have a significant impact on small entities. Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, EPA is required to publish information on these regulations in the FR. EPA's "E-Agenda" is a comprehensive collection of information on all of the agency's rulemaking actions. The E-Agenda is available at http://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/eAgendaMain.
The agency's previous RCRA regulatory agenda, which was published on February 13, 2012 (77 FR 8004), is summarized beginning on page 2.27 of Volume 30, Issue 2 of the Hazardous Waste Consultant (HWC). Since the agenda was last issued, EPA has finalized two rules, proposed one rule, announced one new rulemaking action, and postponed action on several other rules.
EPA's Statement of Priorities
EPA's "Statement of Priorities" discusses the agency's regulatory goals; explains the principles and objectives that guide the agency in the development of regulations and policies; and notes the progress made by the agency and its federal, state, local, and community partners toward protecting health and the environment. The statement of priorities is available via the Internet at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/ jsp/eAgenda/StaticContent/201210/ Statement_2000.html. According to the agency's statement of priorities, EPA's seven guiding priorities are:
* Take action on climate change--EPA will continue to 1) use existing regulatory tools where appropriate and warranted, and 2) develop Clean Air Act (CAA) greenhouse gas standards for both mobile and stationary sources. EPA proposed emission standards in April 2012 that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new electric power plants. The agency has also proposed a rule that would clarify the applicability of the RCRA hazardous waste regulations to certain carbon capture and storage (CCS) activities. The rule would conditionally exclude carbon dioxide (CO2) streams from RCRA hazardous waste requirements when they are injected into a Class VI underground injection control (UIC) well, provide regulatory clarity for defining and managing CO2 streams, and help facilitate the deployment of CCS. The rule would work in conjunction with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Class VI UIC rule that regulates the geological sequestration of C[O.sub.2] streams.
* Improve air quality--Long-term exposure to air pollution can cause cancer and damage to the immune, neurological, reproductive, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. The CAA has resulted in significant improvements in nationwide air quality for the six criteria air pollutants for which there are national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), as well as many other hazardous air pollutants. There has been a 60% reduction in the dangerous air pollutants that cause smog, acid rain, lead poisoning, and other problems since the passage of the CAA in 1970. However, millions of people in the United States still live in areas that exceed one or more of the national standards, and groundlevel ozone and particle pollution still present...