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06/06/2016

PHMSA and OSHA to Hold Pre-UN Regulatory Meetings Next Week

To prepare for international regulatory meetings at the United Nations, both OSHA and the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will hold pre-UN meetings open to industry stakeholders and the public.

 

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06/06/2016

49 CFR Hazmat Update: Emergency Response Phone Numbers

Last week, US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) posted a long list of major (and not-so-major) changes to the 49 CFR hazmat shipping rules. Among these changes was an important update regarding the emergency response phone number shippers must provide on the shipping papers for most hazmat shipments.

 

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06/02/2016

DOT PHMSA Posts Changes to Hazmat Regulations

In the Federal Register today, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration posted a Final Rule to make miscellaneous updates, revisions, corrections, and clarifications to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

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06/01/2016

Army Corps of Engineers Proposes to Modify Dredge & Fill Nationwide Permits

In today’s Federal Register, the US Army Corps of Engineers proposed to modify and reissue existing Nationwide Permits (NWPs) for discharge of dredged or fill material into the waters of the US. In addition to updating the existing NWPs, the proposal seeks to add two new permits. 

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05/31/2016

Texas Adds New RCRA Hazardous Waste Rules

On May 6, 2016, TCEQ adopted a new Final Rule to bring Texas’ hazardous waste rules up-to-date with Federal RCRA regulations.

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05/27/2016

Hazmat & RCRA Regulatory Agendas Announced

Twice a year, US regulatory agencies post Agendas that give us a look at what they have planned for industry in the near (and not-so-near) future. The Spring Agenda was released this month and lays out plans for new regulations, amendments to the current rules, and more.  

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05/26/2016

TSCA Reform Passes US House 403-12

The US House of Representatives approved legislation this week to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical management, reporting, and recordkeeping regulations. The nearly unanimous decision to pass TSCA reform in the House (the Bill passed 403 to 12) comes after lawmakers agreed on key points of the legislation earlier this month. The Senate is expected to follow suit and pass the bill as well.

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05/19/2016

Final Rule: PHMSA Restricts E-Cigs on Airplanes

The US DOT posted a Final Rule to today’s Federal Register to prohibit electronic smoking devices (“vape pens,” e-cigs, e-hookahs, e-pipes, etc.) in checked baggage aboard an airplane. The Rule also prohibits charging e-cigs while on a plane. Electronic “smoking” or “vaping” devices will still be allowed in carry-on baggage. 

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05/13/2016

2 Northeast Firms Pay Big RCRA Hazardous Waste Settlements

In a pair of press releases on May 12, US EPA announced that two companies will settle allegations that the firms failed to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations.

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05/12/2016

Final Rule: OSHA Injury and Illness e-Reporting to Start in 2017

In today’s Federal Register, OSHA posted a Final Rule that requires employers to file annual electronic reports of injury and illness data.  OSHA plans to publish the injury and illness data it receives on a public website—but will not publish personal identifying information about individual employees. 

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