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United States Federal Environmental Updates

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The Department of Transportation is seeking comments on finalising certain interim rules regarding the limitations on the issuance of commercial driver's licenses with a hazardous materials endorsement. Notably, the interim rules require licensing...
The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to add 66 species and remove seven species from the List of Migratory Birds. This would make it illegal to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or...
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to prope...
Sixty-six chemical substances were the subject of premanufacture notices. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing that persons who intend to manufacture, import, or process any of these 66 chemical substances for an activity that is...
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend the release notification regulations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) to add a reporting exemption for air emissions from animal waste at farms. Th...
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It may become more difficult to use agricultural land for non-farm uses in B.C. A new bill would notably, according to the B.C. Government, “[Create] one zone for all [agricultural] land in B.C.”; “[Limit] new house sizes to less than 5...
New lobbying restrictions and reporting requirements have been proposed in B.C. The proposed changes, according to the Government of British Columbia, would notably “[Increase] the lobbying information available to the public to include d...
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The Government of Manitoba is proposing to change rules for short-line railways, notably to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance which short-line railway operators are required to have from $10,000,000.00 to $15,000,000.00. This c...
The approval process for drainage and water control projects may soon change. The Government of Manitoba is seeking comment on proposed changes to this process. The proposed changes would notably Exempt certain projects from The Water Rig...
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The Ontario government has proposed to revoke various regulations related to the cancelled cap and trade program and the repeal of the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act (SO2016,c7). Those regulations are the Prohibition...
New regulations could soon be adopted to target sulphur dioxide emissions from petroleum facilities in Ontario. According to the Government of Ontario, the changes would notably Require petroleum facilities to Report flaring incidents,...
The regulation on When Work Deemed To Be Performed, Exemptions and Special Rules (O.Reg.285/01) could soon be amended for matters of consistency with the planned enactment of Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018. According to the...
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P.E.I. may soon pass regulations governing how the environmental impacts of proposed projects are assessed. At present, this process is governed informally through guidelines. A new bill has been introduced in the legislature which, if passed, ...
P.E.I.'s worker health and safety rules may soon change to protect workers from occupational risks to their psychological health. Proposed changes would notably require employers to take measures to prevent and investigate harassment in the wor...
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The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases and Adaptation to Climate Change Act (SS2010,cM-2.01) could soon be amended. According to the Government of Saskatchewan, the changes would be made for matters of clarity and consistency, and would ...
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It may soon be easier for workers to claim compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following workplace trauma. A new bill would, according to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, “mean that a worker who experiences a trau...
Greenhouse gas emissions restrictions and reporting requirements under Newfoundland and Labrador's Management of Greenhouse Gas Act (SNL2016,cM-1.001) may soon apply to offshore activities including oil and gas exploration, drilling, and productio...
A proposed bill would fill in several details regarding the implementation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan. The bill would notably, according to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, “[Clarify...
Changes may be coming to highway traffic rules that include new protections for cyclists and pedestrians and a strict drug and alcohol policy for taxi drivers. The changes would notably, according to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador,...
Retirement benefits for injured workers may soon change in Newfoundland and Labrador. The proposed change, according to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, would create “a new retirement benefit that is a one-time, lump sum payment of ...
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The Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (SC1998,c25) could soon be amended to “establish an administration and enforcement scheme [that would] include the issuance of development certificates” which would be mandatory to carry certain develop...