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04/27/2020

USPS Revises Infectious Substances Shipping Rules

USPS has revised its Publication 52 regulations for mailing Category B Infectious Substances “to support the rapid deployment of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic tests…”  

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04/27/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/27

In this week's Roundup, a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer is fined over $500k for alleged violations of environmental permits. Plus, a property developer is cited for multiple violations after a controversial smokestack demolition.

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04/27/2020

PHMSA Provides Partial Relief for Shipping Hand Sanitizers and Disinfectants by Ground

To make it easier for carriers to provide hand sanitizers and disinfectants to workers throughout the supply chain, PHMSA will provide relief for the transport of these items on a motor vehicle for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of employees and contractors who directly support a carrier’s logistical operations.

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04/23/2020

Discretion in OSHA Enforcement During COVID-19

Last week, OSHA released a memo stating that the Agency will consider an employer’s “good-faith efforts” prior to any enforcement action in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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04/22/2020

EPA Marks 50 Years of Earth Day With a Virtual Celebration

April 22, 2020 marks 50 years since Earth Day became a nationally recognized day of environmentalism. Usually, it is a day devoted to cleaning up beaches, parks, rivers, and streams. However, this year, EPA is encouraging citizens to celebrate virtually through online environmental education opportunities and activities.

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04/21/2020

Final Rule Alert: EPA's New Waters of the United States Rule

Update: US EPA published its Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States to the Federal Register on April 21.  

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04/20/2020

Cal EPA Statement on COVID-19 and Environmental Compliance

On April 15, California’s Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) released a "Statement on Compliance with Regulatory Requirements During the COVID-19 Emergency." 

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04/20/2020

IATA and FAA Release Guidance to Carry Cargo on Passenger Aircraft During COVID-19 Emergency

US FAA and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have both released guidance pertaining to the use of passenger aircraft to safely transport cargo and/or mail during the COVID-19 global health crisis.

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04/20/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/20

In this week's Roundup, a Southern poultry processing company faces $500k for alleged faults in their refrigeration processes. Plus, two oil facilities must pay over $300k to resolve SPCC and Clean Water Act violations.

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04/17/2020

Maine Paper Mill Explosion Results in Zero Injuries

A paper mill in Jay, Maine erupted in black smoke on April 15, resulting in extensive damage to the facility but no injuries. Although State investigators reached an initial conclusion that chemicals were involved, the investigation into the cause of the explosion is ongoing.  

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