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12/23/2021

RCRA Update: Latest on Generator Improvements Adoption

Update: Oregon has adopted EPA's Generator Improvements Rule and other substantial changes to the state hazardous waste regulations, effective January 1, 2022.

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12/20/2021

How COVID-19 Impacted RCRA Hazardous Waste Enforcement

Even in a year when RCRA inspections slowed significantly, it seems from EPA’s data that the rate of compliance at hazardous waste facilities barely changed. We have a few guesses why.

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12/20/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/20

In this week's Roundup, a telecom company pledges up to $1.5 million towards the recovery of abandoned cables in Lake Tahoe. Plus, a major agricultural company agrees to over $22 million in FIFRA-related fines and penalties.

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12/16/2021

Oregon Adopts RCRA Generator Improvements, Other Hazardous Waste Updates

Update: Oregon DEQ will revise its state hazardous waste regulations to include major revisions from US EPA's Generator Improvements Rule, new management standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, and more, effective January 1.  

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12/13/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/13

In this week's Roundup, a fishing company agrees to pay $725,000 after an improper discharge of engine room bilge oily mixtures in American Samoa. Plus, a vineyard allegedly provided insufficient emergency response training to its workers related to its use of anhydrous ammonia.

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12/13/2021

Two New Board Members Appointed to CSB

On December 10, 2021, the Senate confirmed two new Board Members to the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), Stephen Owens and Sylvia Johnson.

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12/13/2021

Senate Disapproves OSHA's COVID-19 Vax-or-Test ETS

On December 8, 2021, the US Senate voted to disapprove OSHA’s emergency Standard that requires large employers to ensure workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination or are regularly tested.

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12/07/2021

RCRA Housekeeping to Close 2021

As we count down the days until 2022, now is a good time to review and organize the "administrative" elements of compliance with the RCRA hazardous waste regulations. Good recordkeeping is essential; inspectors commonly review records during onsite inspections.  

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12/06/2021

OSHA to Initiate Heat Illness Safety Rule

Update 12/6/2021: OSHA is extending the period for submitting comments on the ANPRM for Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings to January 26, 2022.

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12/02/2021

Grocery Store Faces $10K in OSHA COVID-19 and Workplace Safety Violations

A grocery store in Milledgeville, GA has been issued a civil penalty by OSHA for alleged shortcomings in coronavirus and amputation safety protocols.

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