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12/08/2016

EPA Proposes to Ban TCE for Certain Uses Under TSCA

US EPA has proposed a rule to “prohibit the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of Trichloroethylene (TCE)” for certain uses. The proposed TCE ban is EPA’s first such action under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as revised by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

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12/06/2016

Live Training to Ship Lithium Batteries in 2017

As of January 1, 2017, UPS and FedEx will no longer accept stand-alone lithium ion or lithium metal batteries (UN 3480 and 3090) prepared in accordance with Section II of the applicable IATA Packing Instruction for air transport.

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12/06/2016

Latest on OSHA's New Injury and Illness Reporting Final Rule

In order to obtain more information about workplace injuries and illness, OSHA would like to require establishments with more than 250 employees that are already keeping OSH 300 logs to submit copies of their 300 and 301 forms each year. 

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12/01/2016

Hazardous Waste Export/Import Requirements Amended

The long-awaited Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule wasn’t the only Final Rule EPA posted to the Federal Register last week. In addition to that major re-work of the RCRA hazardous waste rules, EPA posted a Final Rule to amend the export/import requirements for transboundary shipments of hazardous waste.

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11/28/2016

DOT PHMSA Readies New Lithium Battery Air Rules

In a report of significant hazmat rulemakings currently in the works, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) lists a rule that would make major changes to the 49 CFR hazmat rules for lithium battery air shippers. 

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11/28/2016

Final Rule Alert: EPA's RCRA Generator Improvements Rule

The “new” RCRA regulations will have a major impact on the way your site manages and disposes of hazardous waste. Some of the updates create more stringent requirements for generators, while others provide new or additional relief from the RCRA regulations. 

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11/21/2016

DOT Proposes Update to Rules for ID Numbers on Cargo Tanks Carrying Fuels

In today’s Federal Register, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed a rule to update the hazardous materials marking requirements for cargo tanks that carry petroleum-based fuels. The proposal is a direct response to the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act, or PIPES Act, signed into law in June 2016.

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11/21/2016

EPA Updates Clean Air Act Rules for Ozone-depleting Refrigerants

This week, US EPA posted a Final Rule to update and extend the Clean Air Act requirements for refrigerants that may be released during the use, maintenance, service, repair, or disposal of air conditioning or refrigeration equipment. 

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11/15/2016

How Shipping Marine Pollutants Changed in 2016

If you deal with materials that are solely hazardous for being a marine pollutant, as of January 1, 2016, the international air and vessel regulations have essentially made smaller packages non-regulated.

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11/14/2016

RCRA Generator Improvements: EPA OK's Online Hazardous Waste Training

Among the updates that will impact facilities in EPA's RCRA Generator Improvements Final Rule, EPA added clarification to key parts of the regulations. One such clarification is the addition of online training (i.e., computer-based training (CBT) or electronic training) as an acceptable method for training hazardous waste personnel.

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