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04/28/2017

Oklahoma Manufacturer to Pay $500,000 for OSHA Violations

A trailer and truck bed manufacturing facility in Oklahoma will pay more than half a million dollars ($535,411) for two dozen workplace safety violations, according to an OSHA citation issued earlier this year.  

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04/28/2017

Breaking Down OSHA's Revised Walking-Working Surface Standard

On November 18, 2016, OSHA published a Final Rule to update its Walking-Working Surfaces Standard at 29 CFR 1910, Subpart D. The Final Rule took effect on January 17 of this year and will impact an estimated 100 million employees at 7 million general industry workplaces in the US.  

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04/28/2017

Report: Train Car Hauling Lithium Batteries Explodes Near Houston

An intermodal container traveling by rail and reportedly carrying recycled lithium batteries caught fire and exploded outside of downtown Houston last week.  

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04/28/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/2

A retail chain, eight gas stations, and an oil refinery are all targets of environmental penalties in this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup. 

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04/25/2017

Houston and Dallas: RCRA and TCEQ Training in 2 Weeks!

For hazardous waste generators, the next 30 days are critically important: On May 30, 2017, EPA’s RCRA “Generator Improvements Rule” takes effect. With the new rule come a number of landmark changes...

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04/24/2017

PHMSA Revises DOT-39 Hazmat Cylinder Safety Alert

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has revised a safety advisory issued in December 2016 for hazmat shippers and users of DOT Specification 39 (DOT-39) cylinders. In the Federal Register on April 24, 2017, PHMSA clarified the following...   

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04/24/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/25

In January 2017, EPA raised its fines for noncompliance with major environmental programs. We hope that providing information about EPA enforcement cases will help you identify and fix noncompliance issues that could leave your company facing costly penalties and future liability.

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04/24/2017

New RCRA Exclusions: Verified Recycler Reclamation

When US EPA promulgated changes to its definition of solid waste (DSW) on January 13, 2015, the Agency created a few new exclusions for certain hazardous secondary material reclamation. Today, we continue our examination of these new reliefs by focusing on the new RCRA “verified recycler” exclusion.  

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04/20/2017

EPA to Reconsider Clean Air Act NSPS Rules for Oil and Gas Sector

In a letter to oil and gas industry groups, Administrator Pruitt states that the Agency will give special attention to the requirement for oil and gas industry sources to monitor fugitive emissions from equipment components that may leak methane or VOCs.

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04/18/2017

PHMSA Raises Hazmat Civil Penalties

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will raise civil penalties for 49 CFR hazmat violations, including failure to provide hazmat training for covered employees.

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