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Coastal Resources Commission to Hear Proposed Land Use Plan Changes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:14
At their meeting in Wilmington next week, the Coastal Resources Commission will hear a report on proposed amendments to the 7B CAMA Land Use Planning Requirements and 7L Local Planning and Management Grants. The draft language is in response 
to comments and input gathered at two regional workshops held in Wilmington and Plymouth this past year, staff experience implementing the program, and a previous study by the Commission. Comments used in developing the draft represent input from local elected officials, local planning staff, consultants, and other interest stakeholders. 
 
In addition, the draft is reflective of the proposal outlined by DCM Director Braxton Davis at the July 2014 Commission meeting, which include increased flexibility for plan content and format, clarification that updates and amendments are voluntary, a new process option for CAMA Major Permit Review, streamlined plan approval, amendment, and update processes, integrated planning efforts, and an improved Technical Manual. 
 
Specifically, the proposed amendments achieve the following major themes:
• Significantly reduce the regulatory burden on local governments while maintaining coastal management standards for local planning activities.
• Shift emphasis toward local government directed policy and implementation in support of coastal management goals and objectives while reducing data and analysis requirements.
• Institute shorter timelines for state review and certification to speed up the land use plan and amendment review process.
• Delegate land use plan and amendment certification authority to the Division Director, eliminating the need for CRC involvement while maintaining the CRC oversight and standard-setting role.
 
Next Steps
DCM has distributed the draft language (FOUND HEREFOUND HERE, start of page 60) to local government planning staff for review and comment. Upon receipt of comments, staff will prepare a report and present the findings to you at the December 17&18, 2014 CRC Meeting. If the Commission chooses, a panel discussion to discuss the proposed rules will be included as part of the land use planning presentation in December. After comments and any requested changes by the Commission, Staff will formally submit draft language to be sent for public hearing in 2015.
 
 
EPA extends comment period on "Waters of the US" rule PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:03
 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period to November 14 on a controversial new rule known as, 'Waters of the United States."  The rule would greatly expand the EPA's regulatory jurisdiction to smaller bodies of water like tributaries and ditches. 

The EPA has been accepting public comment on the rule since April, when the proposed change was announced and previously set two seperate deadlines for the open comment period, July 21 and October 20, but have extended it once more.  

HOW TO PROVIDE PUBLIC COMMENT: 
 Comments must be submitted  before November 14, 2014 by one of three ways:  DO IT!
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
  • Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  . Include EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880 in the subject line of the message.
  • Mail: Send the original and three copies of your comments to: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880. 
 
The updated public comment information can be found on the EPA websiteEPA websiteEPA website:

To learn more about the proposed rule change, click here
 
DOE to set higher standards for water heaters PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:31
 The Department of Energy has made amendments to energy conservation standards on residential water heaters to go into effect on April 16, 2015.   Energy output of water heaters are measured by an Energy Factor (EF) rating calculated by the DOE.  The higher the EF, the more efficient the heater. The standards for EF ratings have increased on all gas, oil, electric, tabletop, and instantaneous water heaters.

The most significant change applies to tanks over 55 gallons.  In gas-fired heaters, the EF standard moves from .67 to .8012 and in electric tanks over 55 gallons, the standard more than doubled, moving from .97 to 2.057 (see table below).  Larger tanks will now require more insulation and fully condensing combustion technology to comply with new standards.

The new standards come from the amended Code of Federal Regulations, 10 CFR 430.32(d), and will impact the manufacture, sale, installation, and use of residential water heaters, likely increasing costs for all involved.  

For more information, visit the DOE website herehere
 

Table 1. Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Water Heaters

Product Class

Rated Storage Volume

Energy Factor

Gas-fired Water Heater

 20 gal and  < 100 gal

0.67 – (0.0019*Vs)

Oil-fired Water Heater

< 50 gal

0.59 – (0.0019*Vs)

Electric Water Heater

> 20 gal and  <120 gal

0.97 – (0.00132*Vs)

Tabletop Water Heater

> 20 gal and  < 100 gal

0.93 – (0.00132*Vs)

Instantaneous Gas-fired Water Heater

< 2 gal

0.62 – (0.0019*Vs)

Instantaneous Electric Water Heater

< 2 gal

0.93 – (0.00132*Vs)

 

 

Table 2. Amended Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Water Heaters

 

Product Class

Rated Storage Volume

Energy Factor

Gas-fired Water Heater

> 20 gal and  < 55 gal

0.675 – (0.0015*Vs)

alt> 55 gal and  < 100 gal

0.8012 – (0.00078* Vs)

Oil-fired Water Heater

< 50 gal

0.68 – (0.0019*Vs)

Electric Water Heater

20 gal and  < 55 gal

0.960 – (0.0003*Vs)

> 55 gal and  < 120 gal

2.057 – (0.00113*Vs)

Tabletop Water Heater

> 20 gal and  < 100 gal

0.93 – (0.00132*Vs)

Instantaneous Gas-fired Water Heater

< 2 gal

0.82 – (0.0019*Vs)

Instantaneous Electric Water Heater

< 2 gal

0.93 – (0.00132*Vs)

 

 
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