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10/03/2022

$13M Settlement Reached for 2021 Oil Spill

Three parties have reached agreements to resolve alleged criminal violations of the Clean Water Act resulting from a spill of about 25,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline off the California coast last year.

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09/01/2022

Alfredo Sauce: A Reportable Release?

A messy release of alfredo sauce on a highway near Memphis, TN gives us a chance to consider release reporting rules under three major regulatory programs—the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), Superfund, and the Clean Water Act.  

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05/13/2022

Oil Field Explosion Injures Three Workers, $467K in Penalties Issued

OSHA issued citations to two energy companies following an explosion on November 4, 2021, at an oil drilling site near Grassy Butte, ND that left one worker permanently disabled and two severely injured. Workers were assembling a blasting cap on a perforating gun when the perforating gun detonated, releasing shrapnel and other debris.

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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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