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EPA-Announces-New-Clean-Power-Plan

EPA today announced a finalized Clean Power Plan to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electricity-generating units (power plants), or EGUs, under the Clean Air Act §111(d). The new EPA rulemaking addresses CO2, which accounts for 82% of US GHG emissions. The plan aims to lower carbon pollution from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030...

Failure-to-Report-An-Ongoing-OSHA-Violation

On July 29, 2015, OSHA proposed a new rule to clarify employers’ injury and illness reporting and recordkeeping (I2P2) responsibilities. Namely, the new rule seeks to make it clear that recording of injuries is an ongoing responsibility—meaning employers must keep records of injuries and illnesses even in cases when the employer failed to record it when first required to do so...

New-FRA-Final-Rule-for-Securing-Hazmat-Trains

The US DOT Federal Rail Administration (FRA) has finalized a rule to prevent unattended trains that carry certain hazardous materials from “rolling away.”

The new rulemaking is part of US DOT’s effort to bolster the safety of hazmat trains, especially those carrying crude oil, in the wake of many train derailment incidents in the US and Canada that caused fires and explosions, destroyed property, and led to fatalities...

CEO-Faces-$250K-Fine-5-Years-in-Jail-for-Illegal-H

The CEO of a chemical company that stored drums of corrosive and ignitable hazardous waste in a Camden, NJ facility basement will face criminal charges and a $250,000 criminal penalty for illegal waste storage under Federal hazardous waste law. According to the indictment from the US District Court of New Jersey, from December 2003 through August 2011, Concord Chemical stored hazardous waste drums without a permit from US EPA or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)...

New-RCRA-DSW-Rule-Coming-to-Your-State

Earlier this year, EPA issued a Final Rule that redefined "solid waste" to exclude many hazardous secondary materials—when recycled in certain ways—from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste management standards. The January 2015 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rulemaking also changed other related portions of the RCRA regulations to clarify longstanding EPA policies for hazardous waste recycling...

OSHA’s-Proposes-Beryllium-Standard-Clears-Hurdle-a

According to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently completed its review of a proposed OSHA standard to regulate occupational exposure to beryllium. An official Notice of Proposed Rulemaking should be expected in the Federal Register shortly...

GHS-Labels-for-Tanker-Trucks-and-Rail-Tank-Cars

Under OSHA’s “HazCom 2012” Standard (HCS), mandatory for chemical manufacturers, processors, and distributors as of June 1, 2015, containers of hazardous chemicals must display new labels and pictograms...

Valuable-Insights-in-Latest-OSHA-GHS-HazCom-Enforc

Now that the June 1 deadline for GHS compliance has come and gone, and chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors have shifted to new chemical classification, marking, labeling, and documentation criteria, one big question remains: How will OSHA enforce the new GHS Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard? 

New-Lithium-Battery-Shipping-Rules-Mandatory-Augus

On August 6, 2014, PHMSA updated the lithium battery shipping provisions of the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR 171-180). The new lithium battery shipping rules more completely harmonize the US regulations with evolving international standards. While some dicrepancies remain, domestic and international rules for shipping lithium batteries are now more similar than ever...

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