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10/09/2018

EPA's WOTUS Replacement On the Way

A parallel WOTUS rulemaking—which will restore the Clean Water Act definition of “Waters of the United States” to its pre-2015 form—is slated for November 2018.

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10/08/2018

New for 2019: How to Ship Hazmat in Articles

What happens when you have an article that contains dangerous goods, but that article is not identified by name in the regulations, like a fuel pump (pictured below) or a piece of lab equipment?   

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10/01/2018

TSCA Tuesday: News for Chemical Industry Pros

Last week, US EPA put forth three TSCA-related actions you should know about if you manufature, process, or use chemicals on the TSCA Inventory: New user fees to defray the costs of Lautenberg Law-required risk evaluations, the withdrawal of Significant New Use Rules for 145 chemicals, and preparations for the next 73 chemical risk evaluations EPA must complete. 

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09/24/2018

PHMSA Pre-empts California Meal Breaks for Hazmat Drivers

In California, truck drivers are entitled to a 30-minute meal period after five hours of work and a second 30-minute meal break after ten hours of work. But for truck drivers who haul hazardous materials through the state, those breaks may no longer apply.

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09/17/2018

Texas vs. EPA Decision Halts 2015 WOTUS Rule in 3 States

In a recently wrapped-up court case, Texas vs. EPA, a Texas District Court judge decided last week to halt implementation of the new Clean Water Act requirements in three states: Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

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08/31/2018

New RCRA Rule: Hazardous Waste Determination Recordkeeping

In some ways, it was the most significant new regulation for hazardous waste in the 21st century. In other ways, all it did was rearrange old stuff into a more convenient, intuitive order. Here we break down one of most subtle, yet impactful, changes for hazardous waste generators in US EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule.  

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08/23/2018

What's New in the IATA DGR (60th Edition) for 2019?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its annual summary of significant changes to its Dangerous Goods Regulations, or DGR, the manual used by air shippers around the world to ensure compliance with applicable international hazmat regulations.  

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08/20/2018

What's New in the IMDG Code for 2019?

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) this fall will publish a new edition of its International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), the manual used by hazmat vessel shippers to ensure compliance with US and international hazardous materials/dangerous goods transport requirements.  

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08/20/2018

District Court Revives 2015 WOTUS Rule in 26 States

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… A US district court in South Carolina has invalidated EPA’s effort to delay by two years the effective date of a 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Final Rule. The Charleston, SC court ruled that EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers failed to follow the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act when it delayed the rule.  

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08/20/2018

EPA Announces New SNURs for 27 Chemicals Under TSCA

On Friday, August 17, US EPA announced Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) under TSCA Section 5(e) for twenty-seven chemical substances used as flame retardants, plasticizers, lubricants, and waterproofers in products like rubber, adhesives, textiles, and others.

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