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04/25/2017

Houston and Dallas: RCRA and TCEQ Training in 2 Weeks!

For hazardous waste generators, the next 30 days are critically important: On May 30, 2017, EPA’s RCRA “Generator Improvements Rule” takes effect. With the new rule come a number of landmark changes...

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04/24/2017

New RCRA Exclusions: Verified Recycler Reclamation

When US EPA promulgated changes to its definition of solid waste (DSW) on January 13, 2015, the Agency created a few new exclusions for certain hazardous secondary material reclamation. Today, we continue our examination of these new reliefs by focusing on the new RCRA “verified recycler” exclusion.  

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04/20/2017

EPA to Reconsider Clean Air Act NSPS Rules for Oil and Gas Sector

In a letter to oil and gas industry groups, Administrator Pruitt states that the Agency will give special attention to the requirement for oil and gas industry sources to monitor fugitive emissions from equipment components that may leak methane or VOCs.

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04/12/2017

ICAO Posts Addendum I to the 2017-18 Technical Instructions for DG by Air

On April 7, 2017, the International Civil Aviation Organization released the first addendum to its 2017-18 Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.   

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04/10/2017

24,000 Defects Found on Crude Oil Rail Routes

The Associated Press reported last week that inspections of 58,000 miles of oil train routes across forty-four states turned up 24,000 “imperfections” in the rail freight network.

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04/10/2017

Breaking Down EPA’s New Pesticide Applicator Requirements

EPA's new pesticide applicator certification requirements were  initially set to take effect a few weeks ago, but since January, EPA has delayed the effective date twice—first until March 21, 2017 and now until May 22, 2017. Delays aside, the Final Rule will take effect eventually, so EHS managers responsible for FIFRA compliance should know what’s in it. Let’s take a look.

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04/10/2017

EPA Amends Clean Air Act MATS Electronic Reporting Requirements

In a Final Rule posted to the Federal Register on April 6, 2017 and effective immediately, US EPA amended the electronic reporting requirements under its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) program.

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04/04/2017

EPA to Delay, Reconsider Risk Management Plan Rules for Chemical Facilities

US EPA yesterday proposed to further delay the effective date of new release prevention requirements for chemical facilities under the Clean Air Act. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in a letter on March 13 that the Agency will grant a petition to reconsider this Final Rule. 

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04/03/2017

The 7 Stages of All New OSHA Rules

In order to create new regulations or repeal regulations already in place, OSHA must follow a lengthy, transparent process. Instead of discussing one specific rule, today we will talk about how OSHA carries out its rulemaking process in general.

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04/03/2017

DOT Raises Hazmat Civil Penalties for Rail Shippers

The US DOT Federal Rail Administration (FRA) this week raised its civil penalties for violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) for rail shipments to adjust for inflation. In addition to raising the hazmat civil penalties, this Final Rule also raises penalties for non-hazmat related rail safety violations.

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