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11/11/2016

PHMSA Issues Guidance for Shipping Organic Peroxides, Self-Reactive Materials

Earlier this year, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finalized a rule to remove the Packing Group II (PG II) designation for organic peroxides and self-reactive substances. The change was among many “miscellaneous” hazmat updates made in a Final Rule posted to the Federal Register on June 2, 2016. The new rule has been in effect since July 5.

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11/08/2016

EPA Announces First 5 Fast-Track Chemicals

Under the recently passed Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA will test and review the “legacy chemicals” and evaluate them for potential safety risks. Earlier this month, EPA named the first five of these chemicals to receive expedited action.

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11/08/2016

RCRA Generator Improvements Update Webinars Start Nov. 29

To help you keep up with major changes to the US EPA’s hazardous waste regulations, Lion Technology this week launched the live, interactive Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule Webinar.

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11/01/2016

OSHA's Narrowed PSM Retail Exemption Now On Hold

In a regulatory interpretation issued July 22, 2015, OSHA narrowed the exemption from its Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard for retail facilities. Before this memo was issued, OSHA’s PSM “retail exemption” applied to facilities that “generate more than 50% of their income from direct sales of chemicals to end users.” 

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10/31/2016

Federal Judge Halts California's Hazmat Rail Fee

On October 29, Union Pacific released a customer announcement stating that a Federal judge has issued an injunction to temporarily halt the implementation of California’s hazmat rail fee. Passed in August, the fee of $45 per rail car would apply to rail shipments of 25 specific hazardous materials commodities, including petroleum crude oil (UN 1267 and 1270), gasoline (UN 1203, 1993, and 3295), and liquefied petroleum gas or LPG (UN 1075 and 3161). 

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10/28/2016

New EPA Hazardous Waste Import/Export Regulations Finalized

On October 28, 2016, US EPA announced it will soon publish a Final Rule to revise the US hazardous waste import and export requirements.

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10/21/2016

OSHA (Again) Delays Enforcement of New Employer Retaliation Provisions

OSHA last week announced that, until December 1, 2016, it will not enforce new anti-retaliation provisions included in a workplace injury and illness reporting rule finalized earlier this year.

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10/18/2016

2017 IATA DGR Presale Extended to 11/4!

Now, save $10 and get free shipping anywhere in the US when you order the 2017 IATA DGR or 2016 IMDG Code at Lion.com before November 4, 2016.

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10/17/2016

IATA Clarifies DGR Training Rules for Lithium Battery Shippers

The 2017 edition of the International Air Transport Association’s Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR) includes major changes for lithium battery shippers. Among them is a clarification of what constitutes "adequate instruction" for employees involved in shipping Section II lithium batteries. 

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10/04/2016

How Will Bigger OSHA Fines Affect Your State?

The maximum penalty for most OSHA violations is now $12,471 per day, per violation. The immediate effect of these higher OSHA penalties in your state will depend on what kind of “State plan” is in place.

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