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Feb. 22
2024

EPA Finalizes the Reconsideration of the Particulate NAAQS

Regulatory Updates

The EPA administrator, Michael S. Regan, has signed a final rule to lower the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter (PM). Specifically, this rule will lower the primary annual NAAQS for particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers and smaller (PM2.5) from the current value of 12 micrograms/cubic meter to 9 micrograms/cubic meter. The lowered PM2.5 NAAQS will take effect 60 days after the publication date of the final rule in the Federal Register. What does this mean? Check out this information post and find out more.

Feb. 5
2024

Ozone Nonattainment Reclassifications Coming in Texas

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The EPA is proposing to reclassify three Texas ozone nonattainment areas (Dallas-Ft Worth, Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, and San Antonio [Bexar County]) under the 2015 ozone NAAQS from the “moderate” ozone nonattainment classification to the “serious” ozone nonattainment classification. What does this mean? Check out this information post and find out more.

Dec. 18
2023

Upcoming Reporting Deadlines

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Our team is equipped to assist clients in a wide range of industries to accomplish their reporting needs whether it be required by the state, the EPA, or even your stakeholders for CSR/ESG Reporting. Spirit’s experts are prepared to work with clients to develop complete and accurate reports, implement facility objectives, and provide necessary trainings and education on regulatory compliance.

Jun. 20
2023

Spirit’s Carbon Journey, Part 3

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In Part 3 of Spirit’s carbon journey, we discuss how our company continues to explore carbon market nuances and offset business emissions/commuting emissions for our team. Recognizing the global nature of climate change, Spirit chose to invest in projects that would safely dispose of some of the highest global warming potential refrigerants still in use internationally while continuing to support an international biochar development program.

Mar. 23
2023

Spirit’s Carbon Journey, Part 2

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In Part 2 of Spirit’s carbon journey, we discuss how our company pivoted to offset Spirit’s business-related travel and total commuting emissions. To better align with industry best practices, Spirit adopted the use of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset our electricity consumption rather than carbon offsets. Finally, in addition to the landfill gas capture credits used to offset 2019 and 2020, Spirit purchased offsets for carbon injected concrete and biochar to address Scope 1 and Scope 3 emissions.

Mar. 20
2023

TCEQ Has Issued CGP Renewal

Regulatory Updates

TCEQ issued the renewal of the CGP with an effective date of March 5, 2023.

Feb. 6
2023

Spirit’s Carbon Journey, Part 1

Publications

Spirit’s journey to carbon offsets started by looking at our major emissions sources, gathering data from our building management on energy consumption, surveying employees to evaluate commuting emissions, and determining which emissions were most material to our business. Once we had a preliminary handle on the numbers, we evaluated several options for offsetting our emissions before settling on a landfill methane gas capture project for 2019 and 2020.

Jan. 30
2023

EPA Publishes Supplemental Oil and Natural Gas Sector Climate Rule

Regulatory Updates

On December 6, 2022, the EPA published a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register. The proposal is intended to significantly reduce emissions of GHGs and other harmful air pollutants from the Crude Oil and Natural Gas source category and affects 40 CFR Part 60 Subparts OOOOb and OOOOc. The EPA comment period is open until February 13, 2023.

Jan. 26
2023

EPA’s PM2.5 NAAQS Reconsideration Rule – Updated Feb. 1, 2023

Regulatory Updates

The EPA’s proposed particulate matter NAAQS Reconsideration Rule was published in the Federal Register on January 27, 2023. The EPA is proposing to lower the primary annual PM2.5 NAAQS, and they are requesting comments on the possibility of lowering the daily (24-hour) standard as well.

Jan. 16
2023

Final WOTUS Rule

Regulatory Updates

On December 30, 2022, the US EPA and the USACE finalized the rule establishing the definition of “waters of the United States”. This definition will go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.