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08/17/2015

Tianjin Disaster: How Prepared is the US Chemical Industry?

On August 12, 2015, in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, a warehouse owned by a logistics company suffered massive explosions and fires that killed at least one hundred people, injured hundreds more, and released toxic fumes into the air. Understandably, the explosion has raised concerns from regulators, industry, and citizens alike about chemical safety here in the United States...

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07/14/2015

4 Companies to Pay $300K in EPA Penalties for EPCRA Reporting Violations

According to a US EPA press release dated July 13, 2015, four companies in Washington State will pay civil penalties for noncompliance with the EPA’s Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) chemical reporting requirements. Between them, the facilities will pay more than $300,000 in civil penalties and commit nearly $200,000 in supplemental environmental projects...

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07/14/2015

How GHS HazCom Affects Your EPCRA Responsibilities

Under Section 311 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), facilities subject to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard must submit copies of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs), and local fire departments. The Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated rules in 40 CFR 370 that cover both initial and revised submissions of SDSs to those agencies....

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06/25/2015

EPA to Launch New Self-Audit Web Tool for Fall 2015

US EPA is planning a fall 2015 launch for its new “eDisclosure” web portal that will allow businesses to self-report violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and other environmental regulations... 

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01/13/2015

Tier II Chemical Reporting for Ammonia

Now that 2014 is "in the books," many facilities will compile chemical data from last year's activities to prepare the various reports due this year. Hazardous chemical inventory reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) at 40 CFR 370 is one of these requirements...

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08/12/2014

State EPCRA Variations

The United States is a big nation with citizens who experience life differently in each state. Different food, different geography, and different music are only part of what makes the US an exciting place to live and work. That said, EHS managers know that there is another important difference between states, one that can cause...

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06/10/2014

Annual PCB Documentation Deadline

This week, LionNews continues to examine the ongoing cycle of Federal and State reporting requirements under major US EPA regulatory programs. In previous editions, we addressed Tier I and Tier II chemical inventory reports, annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting under the Clean Air Act, and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) disclosures required under EPCRA...

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04/08/2014

Know Your EPCRA Reporting Responsibilities

This week, LionNews continues to examine the ongoing cycle of Federal and State reporting requirements under major US EPA regulatory programs. In previous editions, we addressed Tier I and II chemical inventory reports and annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting under the Clean Air Act...

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02/11/2014

Greenhouse Gas Reporting in 2014

This week, Lion News continues to examine the ongoing cycle of Federal and State reporting requirements under major US EPA regulatory programs. Last month, we addressed the March 1 deadline for submitting Tier I and II chemical inventory reports under EPCRA. In this article, we discuss the next major approaching deadline, which applies to annual greenhouse gas reporting (GHG) under the Clean Air Act (CAA)...

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01/14/2014

EPCRA Inventory Reports Due March 1

Each new calendar year begins a new cycle of EPA Federal and State reporting requirements. EH&S personnel at companies that manufacture, process, use, or dispose of hazardous chemicals must be aware of the reporting deadlines and requirements that apply to their facilities. The first report many facilities must compile and submit is the...

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