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07/16/2018

EPA Clarifies Its WOTUS Repeal Rule

The US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) and US EPA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on July 12, 2018 to provide regulatory support and clarification regarding the Agencies’ 2017 proposal to repeal changes made to the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the previous administration in 2015.  

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07/16/2018

EPA to Set New MCLs for PFOA and PFOS

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to set maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for two toxic chemicals, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), under authority granted to the Agency by the Safe Drinking Water Act.  

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07/10/2018

USPS Proposes Stricter Rules for Shipping Liquids

Citing an increased frequency of liquid spills in the mail network, the United States Postal Service (USPS) proposed new requirements for packages containing liquids—including liquid hazardous materials—on July 9, 2018. If finalized, the proposed rule will add new requirements for packaging and marking packages containing liquids for transport by mail.  

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06/28/2018

Emergency Regulation: California Hazardous Waste Penalties

California’s DTSC is nearing completion of an “emergency” rulemaking to raise the maximum penalties for hazardous waste compliance violations in California.  

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06/28/2018

Texas to Start Adopting RCRA Generator Improvements This Summer

In Summer 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Industrial and Hazardous Waste (I&HW) will begin the internal process of adopting EPA’s “Generator Improvements” into Texas’ I&HW regulations.   

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06/25/2018

In Effect Now: OSHA Will Help Employers Comply with New Crystalline Silica Standard

In a memo to Regional OSHA Administrators regarding the new permissible exposure limit (PEL) standards for respirable crystalline silica, the Agency stated its plan to “assist employers who are making good-faith efforts to meet the new standard’s requirements.”

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06/18/2018

PHMSA Corrects 49 CFR Hazmat Rules for Emergency Phone Numbers, Nitric Acid, More

On June 18, 2018, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended a previous rulemaking (June 2, 2016) that made miscellaneous updates to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)..  

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06/11/2018

First 10 TSCA Risk Evaluations Move Foward, EPA Proposes Historic Asbestos SNUR

US EPA on June 1 released problem formulations for each of the first ten chemicals up for risk evaluation under the revised TSCA requirements. These documents “clarify the chemical uses that EPA expects to evaluate and describe how EPA expects to conduct the evaluations.”  

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06/08/2018

PHMSA Relaxes Position on Hazmat Package Closures and Tape

In May 2018, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a new interpretation of the 49 CFR hazmat rules to clarify the agency’s position on package closures. In the past, PHMSA has held that “changing the size (e.g., width) of tape from that specified in the packaging test report and closure notification constitutes a change in design.“  

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06/04/2018

E-Manifests Go Live on June 30—Are You Ready?

If you're not up to speed on electronic hazardous waste manifests, the time to learn is now: EPA will officially unveil the e-manifest system on June 30, 2018. That leaves just 25 days (18 business days!) to prepare for the new system and how it will impact your facility.  

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