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01/23/2018

EPA Seeks Further Delay of EPCRA and CERCLA Reporting Rules for Farms

(UPDATED 02/02/18) US EPA last week filed a motion with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to delay the effective date of chemical release reporting requirements applicable to animal waste at farms under two major EPA programs, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).  

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01/08/2018

OSHA Safety Penalties Rise for 2018

The Department of Labor this month raised civil penalties for violations of OSHA workplace safety regulations to match inflation for 2018.   

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01/05/2018

IATA Posts Addendum I to the 2018 DGR

On December 22, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released Addendum I to its 59th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), in effect for hazmat air shippers as of January 1, 2018.   

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01/02/2018

EPA Hazardous Waste Rules Planned for 2018

Along with many proposed rules planned under various air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste programs, EPA is preparing two hazardous waste Final Rules for publication in 2018.   

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01/02/2018

DOT Hazmat Rules Planned for 2018

US DOT and US EPA last week released semiannual Agendas of rulemaking activities, many of which could impact hazardous materials professionals in 2018. Today, let’s review those new or changing restrictions and requirements that are most likely to hit the books as Final Rules this year.   

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12/19/2017

DOT, EPA, and OSHA Release Latest Regulatory Plans

This week, the Federal government released the Fall 2017 “Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.” Updated twice per year, the Unified Agenda gives industry stakeholders and the public a view into rulemaking activities in progress at major Federal agencies.   

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12/04/2017

Airlines Crack Down on Lithium Battery Powered Luggage

Frequent flyers take note! Delta and American Airlines made announcements last week that you should be aware of. These airlines will no longer allow passengers to check “smart baggage” with non-removable lithium batteries. Lithium batteries pose unique fire hazards in transport—as dangerous goods professionals know all too well.   

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12/04/2017

OSHA Gives Employers 2 More Weeks to Submit Injury and Illness Data

OSHA this month announced an additional two week extension for employers who must electronically submit injury and illness data under the new “Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule finalized in May 2016.

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12/01/2017

EPA to Revise TSCA Small Business Size Standards

US EPA announced in the Federal Register today that it will adjust the current size standard for what constitutes a “small manufacturer or processor” for the purpose of TSCA Section 8(a) chemical data reporting requirements.  

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11/22/2017

EPA and Army Push Back "Waters of the US" Applicability by 2 Years

US EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have proposed adding an applicability date to the much-debated 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Final Rule. The Final Rule, still stayed nationwide by court order and now under consideration by the Supreme Court, expanded the scope of the Clean Water Act to address discharges to bodies of water not previously covered.  

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