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01/30/2018

PHMSA Now Drafting Crude-by-Rail Final Rule

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao this month updated Congress on the progress of PHMSA’s rulemaking “Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans for High-Hazard Flammable Trains,” also known as HM-251B.

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01/30/2018

First Aid or Medical Treatment? How to Tell the Difference

To accurately categorize workplace injuries that must be reported under OSHA regulations, employers need to understand the difference between "medical treatment" and "first aid." 

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01/25/2018

Supremes Relegate WOTUS Argument to District Courts

This week, the US Supreme Court decided unanimously not to take up a challenge to EPA’s 2015 Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, Final Rule. The Court held that challenges to the Final Rule—which expanded the Agency’s authority to enforce the Clean Water Act by more broadly interpreting the term “navigable waters”—must be brought in district courts and not circuit appeals courts, where this case originated.    

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01/23/2018

RCRA and TCEQ Waste Training in San Antonio, Feb 21-23

In San Antonio on Feb. 21 to 23, join an expert Lion instructor for collaborative, engaging trianing to satisfy EPA and TCEQ hazarodus and industrial waste training mandates. Plus, earn certification maintenance points toward your IHMM, ABIH, and NEHA credentials!    

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01/23/2018

TSCA “Reset Rule” Reports Due Feb. 7

Reminder: TSCA “reset reports” are due to EPA by February 7, 2018. Under the so-called TSCA Reset Rule, manufacturers and processors must submit a one-time retrospective notice to indicate which of the 85,000 chemicals on the Inventory they manufactured or imported in a ten-year period from June 21, 2006 to June 21, 2016.

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01/23/2018

EPA Seeks Further Delay of EPCRA and CERCLA Reporting Rules for Farms

(UPDATED 02/02/18) US EPA last week filed a motion with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to delay the effective date of chemical release reporting requirements applicable to animal waste at farms under two major EPA programs, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).  

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01/17/2018

NJ Fence Maker Fined Nearly $200,000 for Repeat OSHA Violations

For alleged repeat violations of OSHA work safety standards, a New Jersey chain-link fence manufacturer now faces nearly $200,000 in civil penalties.   

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01/11/2018

EPA Raises Civil Penalties for RCRA Hazardous Waste Violations, More

Its that time of year again—the time when, since the passage of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, government agencies including US EPA are required to raise civil penalties annually to match the rate of inflation.

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01/08/2018

New PHMSA Video Warns Against Refilling DOT-39 Cylinders

Citing refilling of a DOT-39 cylinder as the cause of a fatal 2016 coffee-stand explosion in Everett, Washington, PHMSA urges businesses and consumers to use DOT-39 cylinders once and only once. If you don’t know if your cylinder is refillable, contact an authorized refiller.

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01/08/2018

OSHA Safety Penalties Rise for 2018

The Department of Labor this month raised civil penalties for violations of OSHA workplace safety regulations to match inflation for 2018.   

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