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09/28/2016

Samsung Granted Hazmat Special Permit to Ship Recalled Galaxy Note 7 Phones

In response to the ongoing recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has granted an emergency special permit to Samsung Electronics America, Inc. 

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09/28/2016

PHMSA Issues Emergency Prohibition Order Against Lithium Battery Manufacturer

After identifying multiple violations of hazardous materials law and regulations by a lithium battery manufacturer, the US DOT Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency prohibition order to halt the company from shipping non-compliant batteries. 

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09/28/2016

EPCRA Reporting Violations Net Rhode Island Metal Producer $69K in EPA Fines

For violations of US EPA chemical reporting requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), a Rhode Island facility that manufactures metal products like filler metals, fluxes, products for brazing and soldering metals, and more will pay a $69,265 fine. 

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09/27/2016

25 Common RCRA Mistakes to Avoid

Recently, the EPA increased its maximum civil penalty for hazardous waste violations to $70,117. That said, EPA does not assess the maximum penalty for every violation. When laying penalties, the US EPA’s RCRA Civil Penalty Policy (based upon Section 3008 of RCRA, 42 U.S.C. § 6928) takes into consideration the seriousness of a violation, any good-faith efforts to comply with applicable requirements, and other factors to calculate an appropriate monetary penalty. 

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09/26/2016

California DTSC Re-Adopts “Emergency” Hazardous Waste Regulations for CRTs

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced it will re-adopt emergency regulations for facilities that manage cathode ray tubes (CRTs). 

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09/26/2016

Proposed Changes to TSCA SNUR Rules for Chemical Manufacturers

US EPA has proposed changes to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) chemical reporting requirements intended in part to align the TSCA rules with OSHA’s Hazard Communication, or “HazCom,” Standard (HCS) and other best safety practices.

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09/23/2016

Scrap Metal Recycler Convicted of Multiple Felonies for Hazardous Waste Violations

Last week, the owner of a California scrap metal recycling facility was convicted of multiple felonies and sentenced to sixteen months in prison for violations of the State’s hazardous waste control laws and the CA Health and Safety Code (HSC). 

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09/22/2016

PHMSA Releases Safety Advisory for Defective or Damaged Lithium Batteries

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today posted a safety advisory to the Federal Register to inform the public of the hazards posed by defective, damaged, or recalled lithium batteries and devices containing these batteries. 

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09/22/2016

EPA Updates Air Pollution Cost Control Manual

US EPA announced today it will update the Air Pollution Cost Control Manual, a guide to help both regulators and environmental engineers estimate the costs of controlling air pollution from a particular source. 

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09/20/2016

Major Grocery Chain to Pay $3.5M for RCRA Violations

A major US grocery chain faces a $3,500,000 civil penalty from US EPA for alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations.  

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