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01/16/2023

Massachusetts Proposes Hazardous Waste Regulation Updates

Mass DEP has proposed adopting provisions from the current Federal RCRA regulations, including the addition of aerosol cans to the list of universal wastes and EPA’s e-Manifest Rule.  

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01/16/2023

Top Gun and the "New" Superfund Tax

The Superfund Tax is a lot like the movie Top Gun. Both originated in the 1980's before going dormant for a while. Both have made a lasting impact on life in the US. And both came back in 2022.

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01/07/2023

US DOT, EPA, and OSHA Increase Civil Penalties for 2023

Update: OSHA has now finalized a rule to increase the maximum and minimum civil penalties for workplace health and safety violations. For a willful or repeat violation, the maximum penalty increased about $11,000. 

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01/06/2023

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/9

In our first EPA Enforcement Roundup of 2023, three chemical industry facilities will pay to settle alleged violations of chemical emergency preparedness, hazardous waste, and environmental reporting regulations.

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01/06/2023

CSB Report: “Popcorn Polymer” Led to Explosions and $583M in Damages

Following an investigation into a series of explosions at a Texas chemical plant, US CSB highlights the suspected cause of the incident and safety recommendations in an Investigation Report.  

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01/06/2023

Quick Quiz: Spot the Hazmat Employees

Which of these four job descriptions would make a staff member a "hazmat employee"? Give the quiz a shot, then see PHMSA's answers from a recent interpretation letter.

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01/03/2023

Final Rule: New Waters of the US Definition Under the Clean Water Act

The Final Rule restores the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) that was in place before a 2015 Final Rule, with updates to reflect relevant Supreme Court decisions.

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12/29/2022

Final Rule: DOT Hazmat Regulation Edits, Deletions, and Clarifications

US DOT PHMSA released its annual “editorial corrections” rule last week to clarify and fix errors in the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

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12/29/2022

2023 Workshops in Nashville Start Jan 23

Kick off 2023 right with in-person RCRA or hazardous materials training in the Nashville, TN area. RCRA and DOT workshops in Nashville start on January 23. 

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12/28/2022

FAA: 55 Lithium Battery Air Incidents in 2022

Details from US FAA's latest report on lithium battery incidents involving smoke, fire, or extreme heat aboard airplanes, including summaries of nine incidents that occurred on cargo aircraft.

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