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04/06/2020

IATA Clarifies Shipping Infectious Substances & COVID-19 Related Hazmat

Last month, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released information to help hazmat shippers transport infectious substances and hand sanitizer safely and in compliance via air. This new guidance aims to assist supply-chain professionals, aircraft workers, and frequent flyers alike in supporting the fight against COVID-19.

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03/30/2020

Is This Lithium Battery Marking Compliant or Not?

Wait, is that compliant?” That's what I thought when a computer showed up on my doorstep bearing an unorthodox lithium battery marking. The answer, I learned, has important implications for dangerous goods professionals and all business leaders. 

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03/30/2020

How to Comply with RCRA When Things Don't Go As Planned

This year, we’ve already seen how our best-laid plans can be wrecked by circumstances completely out of our control. We put together some hazardous waste management tips about what to do when unforeseen events threaten to upset your RCRA compliance efforts. 

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03/30/2020

Disinfectant Claiming to Prevent COVID-19 Barred from US

EPA has barred an illegal disinfectant claiming to kill SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, from entering US ports in Honolulu and Guam.  

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03/24/2020

EPA Clarifies Transparency in Regulatory Science Rule

On March 18, EPA released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to clarify the scope of the 2018 proposed rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” The original rulemaking is designed to make information that influences certain EPA rulemakings publicly accessible.

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03/24/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/24

In this week's Roundup, a Wyoming oil production facility pays $115,000 to resolve alleged violations related to two improper releases. Plus, EPA fines an industrial metalworking company in Arizona for allegedly violating their fugitive dust plan from a previous settlement. 

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03/23/2020

Hazmat Employer’s Duty—Ensure Your Employees’ Training

The 49 CFR explicitly states that “hazmat employers” must ensure their “hazmat employees” are training to perform their essential job functions [49 CFR 172.702(a)]. But who exactly needs training and what kind of training is required? We answer these questions and more.

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03/18/2020

2.5M Pounds of Radioactive Fracking Waste Illegally Dumped at Oregon Landfill

A hazardous waste facility near Arlington, Oregon has been put on notice for allegedly dumping over 2.5 million pounds of radioactive fracking waste at its landfill, according to the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). Oregon law prohibits disposal of radioactive waste in the state.

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03/17/2020

New OSHA Memo on COVID-19 and N95 Respirators

Fearing a supply shortage of N95 filtering facepiece respirators due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the US, OSHA issued temporary enforcement guidance related to the Respiratory Protection Standard at 29 CFR 1910.134.    

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03/16/2020

Who's Using Electronic Manifests?

It's been nearly two years since EPA's electronic hazardous waste manifest system went live. We look at why so few manifests have been submitted electronically so far, and why you should make the switch as soon as you can.

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