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04/26/2019

CSB Urges EPA to Review Hydrofluoric Acid Study

The US Chemical Hazard and Safety investigation Board (CSB) this month called for EPA to initiate a review and update of its 1993 hydrofluoric acid (HF) study. CSB urges EPA to determine whether current risk management plans are adequate to prevent a catastrophic release of HF. 

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04/08/2019

PHMSA Issues Emergency Hazmat Waivers for Nebraska, Iowa Disaster Areas

To facilitate recovery in states affected by the "bomb cyclone," flooding, and winter storms, DOT PHMSA issued two Emergency Hazmat Waivers last month.

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03/19/2019

CSB to Create New Chemical Release Reporting Regs

A District Court in Washington DC ruled this month that the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) must promulgate new chemical release reporting regulations within the next twelve months.

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12/18/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/18

A smart environmental professional learns from his or her mistakes. A wise environmental professional learns from the mistakes of others.

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11/05/2018

PHMSA Issues Emergency HMR Waivers PHMSA Issues Emergency HMR Waivers to Aid Hurricane Recovery

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) Emergency Waivers last month to streamline hurricane recovery in Georgia and Florida.  

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10/01/2018

How to Create an Integrated Contingency Plan

An integrated contingency plan (ICP) is a plan to respond to contingencies that integrates the requirements of multiple government agencies into one combined document.  

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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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05/24/2018

CSB Chairperson Announces Resignation

US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland announced her resignation from the Board on May 21. Sutherland’s resignation comes amidst repeated threats from the President to de-fund the chemical safety agency...

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12/04/2017

How to Be HAZWOPER Ready in 2018

As you make your resolutions for 2018, remember that the most effective emergency responses happen when people are prepared. Planning, training, and practicing for emergencies are important so that everyone knows what they must do and when to do it.

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09/11/2017

Is Your Site Natural Disaster Ready?

When natural disasters strike, EHS professionals have a responsibility to keep employees safe and protect their facilities. Already this summer, we’ve seen Hurricane Harvey disrupt the petrochemical industry in Texas and Hurricane Irma devastate the Caribbean and South Florida.    

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