The Department of Marine Resources proposed amendments to regulations governing confidentiality of statistical data. The amendments would add language pertaining to offshore permit establishment. See https://www.sos.ms.gov/adminsearch/ACProposed/00027257a.pdf.
The Department of Energy Resources proposed to adopt regulations concerning participation in the Green Communities Program. The regulations would enable municipalities served by municipal light plants to qualify for the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program by adopting a renewable energy charge, in accordance with An Act Relative To Municipal Light Plant Participation In Green Communities. A hearing will be held December 18, 2023. Comments are due the same date.
The Department of Environment proposed amendments to regulations governing water quality. The amendments would replace incorrect reference tables and an equation related to freshwater aquatic life water quality criteria for chronic ammonia criteria with the correct versions, and add a footnote to Table 6 to more directly indicate the effect of pH on PCP toxicity. A hearing will be held December 13, 2023. Comments are due December 22, 2023.
The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry proposed new rules for the implementation of certain strategies identified in the PFAS Fund Plan. The rules would establish eligibility criteria, administrative procedures, evaluation criteria, and appeals procedures for a number of programs. A hearing will be held December 18, 2023. Comments are due December 28, 2023. See https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2023/112923.html.
The Efficiency Maine Trust proposed amendments to rules governing the implementation of the Electric Efficiency and Conservation Programs. The amendments would reflect changes to the Efficiency Maine Trust Act addressing activities related to beneficial electrification and the inclusion of cost-effective measures in the determination of maximum achievable cost-effective resources; and legislative changes to goals that the Trust must advance in its triennial plans and criteria for conservation programs. A hearing will be held December 19, 2023.
The Public Utilities Commission proposed amendments to regulations governing customer net energy billing. The amendments would amend the Net Energy Billing rule to reflect recently enacted legislation. A hearing will be held December 20, 2023. Comments are due January 5, 2024. See https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2023/112923.html.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission adopted amendments to regulations governing small generator interconnection procedures. The amendments implement requirements of "An Act to Support the Continued Access to Solar Energy and Battery Storage by Maine Homes and Businesses," make changes to facilitate the interconnection process for all levels of generation facilities, and add provisions related to export control and energy storage.
The Pollution Control Board adopted amendments to regulations governing primary drinking water standards. The amendments are “identical in substance” to regulations adopted by EPA in the second half of 2020 and first half of 2021, and include 17 additional alternate test procedures for analyzing contaminants in drinking water. See https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/index/register/volume47/register_volume47_46.pdf (pp. 16486-17195).
The Department of Public Health and Environment adopted amendments to regulations governing greenhouse gas emissions and energy management for manufacturing. The amendments reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial and manufacturing sector and make necessary revisions to reduction strategies for the Energy Intensive, Trade-Exposed Manufacturing Source Audit Program.
The Department of Public Health and Environment adopted California's Advanced Clean Cars II standards, including new zero emission light-duty vehicle sales requirements for model years 2027-2032 and new low emission vehicle emission standards for new conventionally fueled light- and medium-duty vehicles for the same period. See https://www.sos.state.co.us/CCR/Upload/AGORequest/AdoptedRules02023-00417.docx.