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02/28/2017

2 EPA Rules to Watch in 2017

Now that a new Administrator has been sworn in to head the US Environmental Protection Agency, EHS managers are waiting to see how new leadership will impact the air, water, and chemical regulations they deal with every day.

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02/28/2017

New RCRA Exclusions: Generator-Controlled Reclamation

When the EPA promulgated changes to its definition of solid waste on January 13, 2015, the Agency created several new exclusions for certain types of hazardous secondary material reclamation. This is the first in a series of articles, where we will examine each of these new exclusions. Today, we examine the exclusion for “generator-controlled” reclamation.

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02/27/2017

PHMSA Guidance on Use of International Hazmat Shipping Standards

In the notice issued today, February 27, PHMSA states that hazmat inspectors will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier who are properly using the 2017-18 versions of the IMDG Code or ICAO Technical Instructions (TI) when all or part of the transportation is by air or vessel.  

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02/24/2017

USPS Proposes New Rules for Mailing Lithium Batteries

In the Federal Register on February 23, the US Postal Service announced it will revise Publication 52—the USPS guide for mailing hazardous, restricted, and perishable goods—to provide new mailing standards for lithium batteries. 

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02/21/2017

Scott Pruitt Confirmed as New EPA Administrator

In a 52-46 vote last week, the Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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02/14/2017

How Congress Can Start Repealing Regulations Now

While much has been made of the President’s Executive Order to reduce regulatory burden on business by imposing a 1-in, 2-out regulatory scheme for Federal agencies, it’s also true that the US Congress can get busy repealing regulations at any time, using two major laws: the Congressional Review Act and the Administrative Procedures Act. 

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02/14/2017

How Will a 2-for-1 Regulatory Scheme Really Work?

According to the President’s Executive Order titled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” agencies will now be required to nominate two regulations for repeal for every new regulation promulgated. 

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01/31/2017

RCRA Generator Improvements Rule Remains on Track

EPA’s major overhaul of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is set to take effect in May 2017. Originally published in November 2016, this Final Rule is not impacted by the recent freeze on new EPA regulations and will take effect as scheduled.

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01/30/2017

President Issues Executive Order to Slash Regulations

An Executive Order issued by the Office of the President on January 30, 2017 calls for a reduction in the number of Federal regulations impacting US businesses. Specifically, the executive order calls for two existing regulations to be repealed for each new regulation created.

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01/26/2017

Regulatory Freeze Puts EPA and DOT Rules on Ice Until March 21

In response to an Executive Memorandum issued on January 20 that ordered the heads of Federal agencies to delay the effective date of any new regulations for 60 days, US EPA today published a list of regulations subject to the “regulatory freeze.

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