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EPA Laws and Regulations Affecting Cottonseed Oil Mills



Clean Air ActTo protect the public health and welfare. Provides EPA with the authority to set NAAQS, to control emissions from new stationary sources, and to control HAP.

 Hazardous Air Pollutants
 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
 TITLE V- Federal Operating Permit

Federal Water Pollution Control Act (The Clean Water Act)The major law protecting the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation's waters." Allows the EPA to establish federal limits on the amounts of specific pollutants that can be released by municipal and industrial facilities.

 Effluent Limitations- National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit
 Storm Water Discharge Permit
 Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations Spill Prevention, Control and Contermeasure Plans
 Spill Response Plan

Safe Drinking Water ActTo protect the quality of the nation's tap water and underground sources of drinking water from contamination.

 This is covered by Effluent Limitations.

Toxic Substances Control ActProvides a system for identifying and evaluating the environmental and health effects of new chemicals and chemicals already in commerce.

Resource Conservation and Recovery ActA "cradle to grave" disposal of non- hazardous and hazardous waste.

 *Soapstock not added to the meal and trash from the cleaning of cottonseed could be considered waste. Some states may require a waste handling permit.

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act

(Known as "Superfund"), gives the EPA power to recover costs for containment, other response actions, and cleanup of hazardous waste disposal sites and other hazardous substance releases.

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act(Part of Superfund) Provides authority for communities to devise plans for preventing an responding to chemical spills and release into the environment; requires public notification of the types of hazardous substances handled or released by facilities; requires state and local emergency plans.

 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI)

For questions or comments about this section, please contact the NCPA office.

last updated: 23 December 2002

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