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Taylor Porter
October 2014
Regulatory Alert
LDEQ REGULATION – RP057
 
Licenses for Irradiators and Well Logging; Compatibility Changes; Transportation Notifications; and Technical Corrections
LAC 33:XV.102, 325, 326, 331, 550, 1519, 1599, 1731 and 1733
 
FINAL RULE – 10/20/2014
 
The rule amends the state’s Radiation Protection regulations in response to changes to the federal program at 10 CFR 30, 31, 34, 36, 39, 40 and 71. In order to remain consistent with federal requirements, minor amendments have been made to the following provisions.
 
1) Section 102. Definitions. New definitions are adopted for the terms “Indian Tribe” and “Tribal Official.”
2) Section 325. General Requirements for the Issuance of Specific Licenses. Language is amended to clarify that, upon determination that an application meets the requirements of these regulations, the department shall issue a specific license authorizing the possession and use of byproduct material.
3) Section 326. Specific Licenses for Well Logging Requirements. New requirements for the issuance of well logging licenses are added to the regulations.
4) Section 1519. Advance Notification of Shipment of Irradiated Reactor Fuel and Nuclear Waste. Revisions add new provisions for the notification of Tribal Officials.
 
In addition, corrections to citation references throughout the regulations have been adopted.
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LDEQ REGULATION – AQ349
 
Deletion of the Significant Monitoring Concentration for PM2.5; Addition of Significant Impact Levels for PM10, SO2, NOx and CO
LAC 33:III.509
 
PROPOSED RULE – 10/20/2014
 
In January of 2013, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals held that EPA lacked the legal authority to adopt and use the PM2.5 Significant Monitoring Concentration (SMC) to exempt permit applicants from the statutory requirement to compile and submit ambient monitoring data (Sierra Club v. EPA, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 1408 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 22, 2013)). In response, EPA vacated the federal regulatory provision (78 FR 73698 – December 2013). The proposed rule will remove SMC for PM2.5 from Louisiana’s air quality regulations (LAC 33:III.509.I.5.a).
 
In addition, the proposed rule will add Significant Impact Levels (SILs) for PM10, SO2, NOx and CO to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program at LAC 33:III.509.K.
 
 
PUBLIC HEARING
11/25/2014
1:30 PM
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
12/2/2014
4:30 PM
 
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LDNR Regulation
 
Office of Conservation - Extension of the Deadline for Drilling and Completion Operational and Safety Requirements for Wells Drilled in Search for or for the Production of Oil or Natural Gas at Water Locations - Statewide Orders No. 29-B and 29-B-a
LAC 43:XIX.Chapters 2 and 11
 
EMERGENCY RULE – 10/20/2014
 
This Emergency Rule is a continuation of the June 27, 2014 Emergency Rule, with a new effective date of September 19, 2014, and it will remain effective for 120 days, or until the adoption of the final version, whichever occurs first.
 
The Emergency Rule expands the rules governing the required use of storm chokes, in order to prevent blowouts or uncontrolled flow in the case of damage to surface equipment and extends the effectiveness of the new drilling and completion requirements for oil and gas wells at water locations for the following items pursuant to Chapter 2 provisions and amendments to Chapter 11 of Statewide Order No. 29-B:
 
  • rig movement and reporting,
  • information in applications to drill,
  • casings,
  • mandatory diverter systems and blowout preventers,
  • oil and gas well-workover operations,
  • diesel engine safety, and
  • drilling fluid regulations. 
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