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01/30/2018

PHMSA Now Drafting Crude-by-Rail Final Rule

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao this month updated Congress on the progress of PHMSA’s rulemaking “Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans for High-Hazard Flammable Trains,” also known as HM-251B.

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08/28/2017

CSB Issues Safety Alert for Texas Petrochemical Facilities

In the wake of devastating flooding and disruption of industrial operations caused by Hurricane Harvey, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has issued a Safety Alert for petrochemical facilities in Texas that will restart operations in the coming weeks and months. 

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08/21/2017

When and How to Mix Hazardous Waste With Used Oil

Knowing when and how to mix hazardous waste with used oil can save generators time and money in many ways. Some mixtures of waste and used oil are not hazardous waste, and these mixtures are not subject to RCRA accumulation time limits, inspection requirements, or manifesting. 

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06/05/2017

EPA Stays Clean Air Act NSPS Final Rule for Oil and Gas Sector

As promised in a letter from Administrator Scott Pruitt in April this year, US EPA today announced it will stay for three months—and ultimately reconsider—a Final Rule that set new Clean Air Act emissions requirements for oil and gas well and compression station sites.     

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03/20/2017

PHMSA Extends Comment Period for Crude Oil Volatility Proposal

The public comment period for this ANPRM was set to end on March 20—but has now been extended for an additional 60 days, in part due to requests from major industry stakeholders including the American Petroleum Institute. Comments on this potential crude oil rulemaking are now due before May 19, 2017. 

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01/11/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/10

This week's EPA Enforcement Roundup features a $1.8 million fine for Clean Water Act violations and a settlement to resolve CERCLA, Clean Water, and Oil Pollution Act claims at a NY Superfund site. 

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08/15/2016

Shipping Sour Crude Oil

Crude oil. The black blood of the earth. The precious vital fluid on which all modern life depends. These days there’s more crude oil being transported on North American railroads than ever before, and most of it is sour. What’s sour crude oil? I’m glad you asked Timmy.

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08/12/2016

PHMSA Expands New Flammable Liquid Rail Tank Car Standards with Final Rule

On August 10, 2016, US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced a new Final Rule to expand on the requirements for rail cars that transport flammable liquids. 

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07/13/2016

New NESHAP Rules for Petroleum Refineries Now Final

In today’s Federal Register, US EPA posted a Final Rule that changes the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, or NESHAP, for petroleum refineries.

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04/15/2015

EPA Removes Major Exclusions from RCRA

On April 8, 2015, US EPA made two significant revisions to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. The revisions—related to the comparable fuels and gasification rules—are effective immediately...

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RCRA Basics: Hazardous Waste Satellite Areas