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06/29/2016

PHMSA Raises Hazmat Civil Penalties

In the Federal Register today, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) posted an Interim Final Rule to raise the maximum and minimum civil penalties for violations of Federal hazardous materials regulations, law, special permits, and approvals.  

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06/28/2016

EPA Finalizes New Clean Water Act Rule for Fracking Wastewaters

In the June 28 Federal Register, US EPA posted a Final Rule to implement pretreatment standards for wastewaters sent from onshore unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extracting facilities to a publicly owned treatment works (POTW).

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06/28/2016

No Hazmat Allowed on Drones, Says FAA

When we talk about shipping hazardous materials by ground, air, and vessel, we typically look to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR). Today, a US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Final Rule added to 14 CFR piqued our interest.

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06/28/2016

Repeat OSHA Violations Lead to Big Fine for Foundry

An OSHA workplace safety inspection uncovered multiple repeat violations of work safety requirements that will cost a Franklin, OH foundry $143,000 in penalties. According to OSHA, the company exposed employees to amputation, hearing loss, and respiratory hazards and failed to train employees on the hazardous chemicals used in the workplace as required under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).

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06/28/2016

Online Retailer Still Plagued by Hazmat Fines

According to US FAA, for the 26th and 27th times since 2013, regulators levied heavy fines against major online retailer Amazon for violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

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06/28/2016

Dealing with RCRA Rejection

The RCRA rules lay out a specific workflow to follow when a TSDF rejects your hazardous waste shipment. Know your responsibilities under RCRA to reduce anxiety about rejection and put in place an effective contingency plan to deal with rejected shipments.

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06/23/2016

Leaky Fridge Equipment Strikes Again, This Time for $500,000

In another addition to the growing list of Clean Air Act civil penalties related to hazardous chemical leaks from refrigeration equipment this year, US EPA has fined a major national grocery chain $500,000.

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06/22/2016

US Navy and Contractor to Pay for Illegal Hazardous Waste Storage

To settle violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations, the US Navy and Guam Shipyard will pay a combined $125,000 fine.

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06/22/2016

FMCSA Updates Hazmat Safety Permit Rules for Radioactives Transporters

In the Federal Register on Friday, June 17, the US DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) posted a Rule to update the vehicle inspection requirements for motor carriers who transport highway-route control quantities (HRCQ) of radioactive materials.

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06/21/2016

Clean Air Act, CERCLA, and EPCRA Fines for Food Processor

For alleged violations of multiple US environmental laws and regulations stemming from a release of anhydrous ammonia, a bakery and distribution company in Chelsea and Lawrence, MA will pay $156,000 in civil penalties. In addition to the fine, the company will furnish emergency response equipment to local emergency responders, at an estimated cost of $119,000.

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