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Please note: This site was developed to help you understand the regulations. Consult the references provided for links to the full text of the regulations.

About TERC

TERC is intended to help you find information on the environmental regulations that affect the transportation sector. The site includes overviews of the regulations, tips on how to comply, best practice solutions that can help the environment while saving you money, and links to other resources.

There are several ways you can search for topics relating to your specific needs. You can search by Transportation Mode (Road, Rail, Air, and Water) or by specific categories such as Service Functions and Regulations. Select the category of interest from the left hand menu bar. You may also select All Topics at the bottom of the left hand menu for an expandable/collapsible list of all topics (current and future) covered on the site. Additionally there are very useful Compliance Summary Tools (by transportation sub-sector) located at the top left hand menu that provides customized compliance assistance reports based on your specific location and type of operation.

Most topics impacting road, water, and rail transportation are now complete. Air transportation is expected to be fully done by early 2014. The road portion was developed in cooperation with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This website was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Funding for this project has been provided by EPA under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program. For more information, or to pass along suggestions, please contact: Bill Chenevert, Administrative Director, wchenevert@ncms.org.

What's New at TERC

Compliance Summary Tools for Water and Rail. TERC Compliance Summary Tools provide customized compliance assistance reports based on your state location and type of operation. The Water and Rail Compliance Summary Tools were introduced in 2013 joining the Road Compliance Summary Tool completed earlier. The Air Compliance Summary Tool is expected to be launched in early 2014. Typical information includes permitting, reporting, recordkeeping and other requirements pertaining to emissions control and waste disposal for both on-shore facilities and ships operating in US waters.

Alternative Fuels – State Regulations. A new tool is now available to help guide you through the most recent information on what states are doing to encourage the availability and use of alternative fuels. This easy-to-use tool contains information of particular interest to transportation, selected from an extensive database of state and local regulations and incentives managed by the Department of Energy. Starting with a summary table covering all 50 states (plus Federal rules and programs), you can scan the table for items of interest (with the aid of supplementary text boxes), select pages listing all of the items for each state, or link to the DoE database for more information. You can also find a page of comparison tables listing different states' approaches to selected topics.

Contact TERC

If you have any comments on what is currently posted on the site or how it is posted, or if you would like to see additional topics covered here, please let us know.

Bill Chenevert, Administrative Director, wchenevert@ncms.org
George Cushnie, Technical Director, geoc@caiweb.com

 

TERC NEWS

April 9, 2014
EPA Working with Ports to Improve Environmental Performance
Over the past eight months, EPA has led a national conversation on ports, which brought together a wide variety of stakeholders from community organizations, port authorities, shippers, local governments and academia for three themed webinars to share information, goals, and successes of ports in reducing emissions and improving environmental performance. Through this process, EPA set the stage for the development of a new port recognition initiative that will provide additional incentives to improve a variety of environmental issues including improving local air quality, reducing carbon emissions, and addressing environmental justice issues. (full text)

March 19, 2014
EPA Celebrates 10 Years of SmartWay Partnerships
**Voluntary program saves companies billions in fuel costs while cutting pollution.
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WASHINGTON--EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest most energy-efficient way possible, saving businesses money while protecting public health and fighting climate change. More ...

December 11, 2013
EPA Program Seeks to Improve Air Quality in Port Communities - $4 Million Grant Program to Clean Older Diesel Engines at Ports

WASHINGTON - EPA is announcing the availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports, many of which are in areas that face environmental justice challenges. More ...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
EPA Honors Freight Industry Leaders for Environmental Achievements / EPA SmartWay Program Has Saved 65 Million Barrels of Oil since 2004
- EPA is honoring 55 companies as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its 2013 SmartWay Excellence Awards. These awards go to companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in reducing carbon pollution and other harmful emissions as they move goods across the U.S. more efficiently. (full text)

Friday, July 26, 2013
EPA Reduces Regulatory Burden for Industrial Facilities Using Solvent Wipes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) modified the hazardous waste management regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to conditionally exclude solvent-contaminated wipes from hazardous waste regulations provided that businesses clean or dispose of them properly. -- (full text)

Oct. 9, 2012
Emissions Standards for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines and Stationary Internal Combustion Engines (Draft)
EPA is reopening the public comment period for the proposed amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Stationary Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines to solicit comment on specific issues raised during the initial public comment period regarding existing engines on offshore vessels. Comments must be received on or before 2 November 2012. POC is Ms. Melanie King, Energy Strategies Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; Tel: 919-541-2469; fax: 919-541-5450; email: king.melanie@epa.gov, (Federal Register; 3 October 2012 [Proposed Rules], pages 60341-60343).

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