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10/19/2021

12 Chemicals Proposed for EPCRA TRI Reporting List

US EPA has proposed adding 12 entries to the list of chemicals subject to the EPCRA Section 313 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements.   

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05/28/2021

CSB Provides 5 Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Recommendations

In its final report on a fatal hydrogen sulfide release in Odessa, Texas, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) provides five recommendations that could have helped prevent a tragic loss of life.

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04/15/2021

CSB Issues Update on Ohio Paint Factory Explosion That Killed One

According to CSB, the facility was conducting its alkyd resin manufacturing process during the early morning hours of April 8 when an accidental release occurred at about 12:02 am.

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11/03/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/3

In this week's Roundup, an ice cream facility is fined over $250K for alleged mishandling of anhydrous ammonia. Plus, a company that makes ammonium nitrate products will spend $1.5 million to resolve alleged violations of Federal chemical accident prevention requirements.

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08/31/2020

NJ Chemical Leak Results in Two Injuries and a Shelter-in-Place Order

Approximately 200 gallons of titanium tetrachloride were accidentally released at a plastics refining facility in Edison, NJ. Town officials issued an emergency shelter-in-place order and two individuals at a nearby business reported respiratory complications.

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08/03/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/3

In this week's Roundup, a chemical manufacturer has agreed to a $3.1 million settlement to remmediate a facility  in Texas that was the site of an accidental release in 2014. Plus, a New England industrial coating facility faces $317,000 in Clean Air Act violations. 

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05/18/2020

Styrene Release Echoes 1984 Bhopal Disaster

On May 7, an early morning gas leak from a polymer manufacturing facility in southern India killed 12 people and hospitalized at least 350 more. Thousands in the community woke that morning to itchy eyes and difficulty breathing.

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03/02/2020

Two Hazmat Incidents Quickly Contained in Indiana and Arkansas

Last week, two different parts of the country faced what could have been significant hazmat disasters. Thankfully though, emergency professionals were quick to the scene in East Chicago, Indiana and Lonoke County, Arkansas.

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12/17/2019

New Chemical Release Report Rule Proposed by CSB

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to create new chemical release reporting requirements in the December 12 Federal Register.

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09/10/2019

New from CSB: Engage Workers to Prevent Chemical Incidents

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new safety digest on September 4, 2019 that addresses the importance of work participation to prevent chemical incidents.  

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