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06/25/2018

In Effect Now: OSHA Will Help Employers Comply with New Crystalline Silica Standard

In a memo to Regional OSHA Administrators regarding the new permissible exposure limit (PEL) standards for respirable crystalline silica, the Agency stated its plan to “assist employers who are making good-faith efforts to meet the new standard’s requirements.”

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06/22/2018

California to Update Underground Storage Tank Program

At a June 5 Board meeting, the California State Water Board proposed bolstering California’s Underground Storage Tank program requirements to bring the State program up to date with revised Federal UST rules. US EPA revised its UST program (40 CFR 280) in July 2015. The new EPA UST requirements take full effect in October 2018.

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06/18/2018

What is the National Contingency Plan?

Called the NCP for short, the national Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan is the Federal government's blueprint for responding to hazardous substance releases and oil spills that reach the environment. 

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06/18/2018

Final Rule Alert: NPEs Added to EPCRA TRI Reporting

US EPA promulgated a Final Rule on June 12, 2018 to add a category for nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) to the reporting requirements in Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).   

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06/18/2018

PHMSA Corrects 49 CFR Hazmat Rules for Emergency Phone Numbers, Nitric Acid, More

On June 18, 2018, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended a previous rulemaking (June 2, 2016) that made miscellaneous updates to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)..  

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06/11/2018

How to Choose the Right Forklift for Any Work Area

If your company uses forklifts, also called Powered Industrial Trucks or PITs, you are subject to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety rules for general industry at 29 CFR 1910.178. These OSHA regulations cover a range of topics--from training drivers on safe use to design and construction standards for forklifts, labeling rules, fuel storage, and more.

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06/11/2018

First 10 TSCA Risk Evaluations Move Foward, EPA Proposes Historic Asbestos SNUR

US EPA on June 1 released problem formulations for each of the first ten chemicals up for risk evaluation under the revised TSCA requirements. These documents “clarify the chemical uses that EPA expects to evaluate and describe how EPA expects to conduct the evaluations.”  

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06/08/2018

PHMSA Relaxes Position on Hazmat Package Closures and Tape

In May 2018, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a new interpretation of the 49 CFR hazmat rules to clarify the agency’s position on package closures. In the past, PHMSA has held that “changing the size (e.g., width) of tape from that specified in the packaging test report and closure notification constitutes a change in design.“  

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06/07/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/5

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, a chemical manufacturer, an oil refinery, and a home improvement TV show will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA air, water, and/or chemical regulations.  

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06/04/2018

E-Manifests Go Live on June 30—Are You Ready?

If you're not up to speed on electronic hazardous waste manifests, the time to learn is now: EPA will officially unveil the e-manifest system on June 30, 2018. That leaves just 25 days (18 business days!) to prepare for the new system and how it will impact your facility.  

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