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11/27/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/28

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, an exterminator will pay $10 million in criminal fines for fumigating residential properties with products containing methyl bromide. Plus, a hazardous waste facility pays for RCRA permit violations and a seafood storage company is fined for failure to properly report a hazardous substance release.  

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11/22/2017

Are All Chemical Exposures Recordable Injuries?

An acid line ruptured, exposing three employees to 15% hydrofluoric acid. After the exposure occurred, the employees underwent an off-site medical evaluation. Two of the three employees complained of difficulty breathing and other symptoms...

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11/22/2017

EPA and Army Push Back "Waters of the US" Applicability by 2 Years

US EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have proposed adding an applicability date to the much-debated 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Final Rule. The Final Rule, still stayed nationwide by court order and now under consideration by the Supreme Court, expanded the scope of the Clean Water Act to address discharges to bodies of water not previously covered.  

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11/21/2017

PHMSA Proposes Terminating M- and R-Hazmat Packaging Approvals

In the Federal Register this week, PHMSA proposed to terminate approvals issued to packaging manufacturers and reconditioners, known as M- or R-numbers. The M- and R-numbers eliminated will be those PHMSA issued without an expiration date.   

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11/21/2017

HAZWOPER Awareness Training Launched at Lion.com

Lion Technology this week launched a new HAZWOPER Awareness level training for employees at facilities who may discover or witness a hazardous substance emergency release.   

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11/20/2017

7 Hoverboard Brands Issue Recalls Over Lithium Batteries

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recalls of 7 brands of lithium-ion battery powered “hoverboards” or self-balancing scooters this week. The recall impacts about 15,000 hoverboards, which CPSC says can pose a smoke, fire, or explosion hazard due to the potential for lithium-ion battery packs in the devices to overheat. 

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11/20/2017

Environmental Civil Suits a Growing Problem for Facilities

If environmental groups and concerned citizens find they cannot achieve their aims by bringing EPA to court, they may double their efforts to sue individual facilities for perceived violations of environmental law and regulations.

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11/20/2017

Why Retailers Need Hazmat Training for the Holidays

According to the Consumer Technology Association, 170 million US adults will buy a “tech gift” this holiday season.* Already, deals on cameras, smartphones, tablets, laptops, digital assistants, gaming devices, power tools and more are everywhere. While the popularity of these devices are a boon for retailers, many of this year's hottest gifts are powered by lithium batteries.  

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11/16/2017

California Nearly Triples Hazardous Waste Penalties

Hazardous waste compliance mistakes in California could now cost facilities as much as $70,000 per day, per violation.

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11/14/2017

Lion Closes 2017 with RCRA and Hazmat Training

In December, Lion crosses the finish line of our 40th year of collaborative, engaging workshops for dangerous goods, environmental, and safety professionals nationwide. Since 1977, one thing has remained the same year in and year out—there’s always something new to learn.   

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