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05/04/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/4

In this week's Roundup, a cement maker pays $850K to maintain full compliance with its discharge permit. Plus, EPA finds a wood treatment plant allegedly failed to provide hazardous waste training to employees and mistreated 1.7 million gallons of hazardous waste.

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05/03/2021

EPA Outlines Priorities for 2021-22

President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary request of $11.2 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency represents the largest ever for the Agency.

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05/03/2021

RCRA Update: Latest on Generator Improvements Adoption

Update: Tennessee is the latest state to adopt EPA's RCRA Generator Improvements Rule, effective May 13, 2021. 

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04/29/2021

Texas Plans January 2022 Effective Date for RCRA Generator Improvements

TCEQ has released projected milestone dates for a rulemaking that will adopt three updates made to the RCRA hazardous waste regulations by US EPA between 2015 and 2018—including the landmark Generator Improvements Rule.    

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04/26/2021

Tennessee Adopts RCRA Generator Improvements, Other Major Updates

In a rulemaking effective May 13, 2021, the state of Tennessee will incorporate major changes to the RCRA hazardous waste requirements, including the Generator Improvements Rule, into its state regulations.

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04/20/2021

What is Hazmat Safety Training and Who Needs It?

US DOT and OSHA both require training for employees who handle hazardous chemicals. Does this mean that employers must train each worker twice–once to satisfy DOT's safety training rule and once to satisfy OSHA's? No, it doesn't. 

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04/19/2021

How to Ship Hazardous Waste Samples

Before you can accurately classify and package a hazardous material for transport, you need to know what it is. Sometimes, that means shipping a sample of a waste offsite to determine its properties. Here's what to do when faced with this conundrum.  

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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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04/12/2021

Why Some Excluded RCRA Wastes Need HazCom Labels

Hazardous wastes covered under RCRA are excluded from OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). But what about wastes that are excluded from RCRA?

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04/09/2021

DG Trainers Association to Host Virtual Dangerous Goods Conference

The Dangerous Goods Trainers Association (DGTA) will hold its Dangerous Goods Conference virtually on May 11.  

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4 Common Universal Waste Mistakes