Kansas Environment - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kansas Environment - General: What you need to know

Overview of Kansas's Environmental Rules

STATE REGULATORY AGENCY

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In Kansas, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). KDHE is responsible for protecting Kansas's land, water, and air from pollution. Kansas has received authorization from EPA to implement its own state air, water, and waste management rules, including those governing public water supplies, industrial discharges, wastewater treatment systems, solid waste landfills, hazardous waste, air emissions, radioactive materials, asbestos removal, refined petroleum storage tanks, and other sources that impact the environment. In many cases, state compliance requirements are more stringent than federal requirements. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces occupational safety and health requirements and the hazards communication standard in the private sector.

AIR QUALITY RULES

Kansas's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to EPA for approval. Kansas's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, source-specific emission standards, hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and various other air-related requirements.

Kansas's air program is implemented and enforced by KDHE's Bureau of Air and Radiation with assistance from the Wyandotte County-Kansas City, Kansas, Health Department's Department of Air ...


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