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$71K Hazardous Waste Fine for Yonkers, NY Manufacturer

For allegedly generating and storing hazardous waste without a permit, a New York–based rail car manufacturer will pay $71,120 and come into compliance with the US EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste law.

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2016 ERG Now Available

This week, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced the release of the 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).

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What Puts the HAZ in HAZWOPER?

If you manage hazardous waste at your site, you likely know OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard as an additional set of requirements for the safe remediation of sites contaminated with hazardous waste. But did you know that the HAZWOPER definition of "hazardous substance" at 29 CFR 1910.120(a)(3) comprises not only RCRA-regulated hazardous waste, but other materials as well?..

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How to Manage Aerosol Cans Under RCRA Hazardous Waste Rules

Updated: In late 2019, US EPA finalized a rulemaking to add aerosol cans to the universal waste program at 40 CFR Part 273. 

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Six-figure Fine for Hazmat Air Violations

A major aerospace manufacturer will pay a $162,500 fine for allegedly shipping undeclared hazardous materials by passenger aircraft from Spain to Miami, FL.

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New Hazmat Retail Rules In Effect Now

On March 31, 2016, the Federal Register published the Reverse Logistics hazmat rule (81 FR 18527). Designed for retailers who return hazmat products to a manufacturer, supplier, or distribution facility, the new rule provides relief from the US DOT hazmat regulations for these return-to-vendor or "reverse logistics" shipments.

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CEO Convicted for Superfund Superfraud

The CEO of a Canadian environmental services company has been convicted of major fraud against the United States for orchestrating a kickback scheme that netted his firm “tens of millions of dollars in soil treatment and disposal contracts,” according to a Department of Justice press release.

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Quick Guide: National Air Quality Standards

US EPA tightened the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone last year to 0.07 parts per million. The previous ozone NAAQS, finalized in 2008, was 0.075 ppm. The NAAQS is the maximum amount of ozone in the ambient air (air external to buildings to which the general public has access) that is currently considered safe for human health...

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OSHA Challenged On New Silica Protections

Major industry groups filed suit in the US Fifth Court of Appeals this week to challenge OSHA’s new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for breathable silica. Among the challengers to the new OSHA silica rule is the ACG, the Associated General Contractors of America. 

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EPA Takes No Action on RCRA Corrosives Challenge

A few years ago, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) challenged US EPA to tighten its standard for identifying corrosive materials under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste rules. One year ago, a motion was reached thatrequired US EPA to review its RCRA standard for corrosive hazardous wastes and decide if a change was needed.

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