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09/28/2021

DOT's Virtual Hazardous Materials R&D Forum Starts Oct. 12

A virtual hazardous materials Research, Development, & Technology Forum will he held October 12–15, hosted by US DOT PHMSA's Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS). 

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06/22/2021

Sabotage Suspected in Oil Train Derailment

“We know from the FBI investigation, from how trains operate, how trains work, how the couplers work, how the pin lifters work, that this incident was caused without a doubt by sabotage.”

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06/07/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/7

In this week's Roundup, a West Virginia metal manufacturing facility agreed to pay $82K after alleged violations related to fugitive particulate matter emissions standards. Plus, TCEQ finds an oil and gas equipment fabricator improperly managed industrial waste at their Texas facility.

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04/19/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/19

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery commits to $10 million in air-emissions-related site improvements. Plus, a company that transports liquified petroleum gas helps clean up two unintentional releases on an Indian Reservation.

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05/26/2020

PHMSA Withdraws Crude Oil Vapor Pressure Proposal

On May 20, DOT PHMSA withdrew a proposal to establish vapor pressure limits for crude oil and other Class 3 flammable hazardous materials by rail.

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05/12/2020

PHMSA Pre-Empts Washington State Crude-by-Rail Rule

Update 05/11/20: PHMSA has finalized its preemption determination and found that Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Law preempts Washington State's vapor pressure requirement for crude oil by rail.  

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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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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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03/18/2020

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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02/28/2020

Elevated Benzene Levels Reported at 10 US Refineries

A nonprofit watchdog group released a report that shows elevated benzene levels at 10 oil refineries throughout the US. While this is not illegal, EPA regulations require the refineries to investigate the cause of elevated emissions and take steps to reduce them.  

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