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12/30/2015

PHMSA Withdraws Flammable Liquids Wetlines Proposal

In the Federal Register today, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) officially withdrew its proposed rulemaking to prohibit flammable liquids in external product piping on DOT specification cargo tank motor vehicles (CTMV) in transportation.  When carrying product, the lines or hoses used to load or unload a CTMV are called “wetlines.” If not protected, wetlines may be exposed to a collision in transport.

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12/29/2015

Lion News Best of 2015

2015 was a year of major change for EHS professionals, hazmat shippers, environmental engineers, project managers, and all personnel who work to maintain compliance with US and international regulations. These changes included major EPA proposals, updates to the RCRA hazardous waste regulations, new GHS chemical labeling and shipping standards, and revised rules for shipping lithium batteries...

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12/28/2015

DOJ Assist Could Bolster OSHA Penalties

A new Memo of Understanding between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA)—and other US work safety agencies—could result in much stricter penalties for employers who violate work safety standards.

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12/22/2015

The Biennial Report for RCRA Hazardous Waste Generators

It's that time of year again! The Biennial Report form (8700-13A/B) must be submitted to your authorized State agency or EPA regional office by March 1 of every even-numbered year. You'll report on the previous year's (2015) generation, management, and final disposition of hazardous waste regulated under RCRA. See 40 CFR 262.41(a)...

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12/21/2015

PHMSA Amends the Bulk Explosives Shipping Rules

In the Federal Register today, PHMSA published a Final Rule to amend the rules for shipping explosives by cargo tank motor vehicles (CTMV) or multi-purpose bulk trucks (MBTs). The new explosives shipping rules incorporate by reference consensus standards from IME Standard 23...

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12/18/2015

Hazmat and EHS Provisions in Congress’ $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

The US Congress this week passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which includes some items of note for hazmat and hazardous waste shippers, EHS managers, and any business that’s subject to rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation (DOT) or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

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12/17/2015

Five New “Substances of Very High Concern” Added to EU's REACH Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) today announced the addition of five new “substances of very high concern” to Europe’s Registration, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH) Candidate List. If approved for further regulation under REACH program—which is similar to the Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA in the US—these substances will be placed on the “authorization list” and face additional restrictions...

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12/16/2015

Hazardous Waste ID Mistakes Lead to $26M Fine for Cable Provider

The Attorney General of California has issued a decision to fine a major cable company nearly $26 million for violating Federal and State hazardous waste regulations. The company manages many wastes regulated as hazardous under the State Health and Safety Code (HSC)—from electronic equipment like cable boxes, modems, and remote controls to batteries, lamps, and scrap metal; as well as products like adhesives, paints, lighter fluid, and lubricants. 

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12/16/2015

EPA Hazardous Waste Office Changes Name

The US EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) has a new name. The office—which is responsible for implementing a number of EPA’s environmental programs—will from here on out be known as the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). Among the responsibilities of this office is the development of hazardous waste standards and regulations.

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12/15/2015

IMDG Code: What You Need to Know

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, or IMDG Code, is the international standard for packing and shipping hazardous materials by vessel. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) creates and maintains the IMDG Code requirements. The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Hazmat vessel shippers in the US should be aware that these vessel shipping rules include unique requirements not found in the US DOT's 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations...

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