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05/20/2019

USPS Raises Penalties for Hazmat Postal Violations

The US Postal Service raised its civil penalties for violations of mailability and consumer protection provisions, including violations for shippers of hazardous materials by post.

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04/15/2019

Coming Soon: New CERCLA Hazardous Substance Listings for PFOA and PFOS

On April 9, 2019, US EPA announced plans to list two toxic fluorochemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), as hazardous substances under the CERCLA/Superfund program.

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04/15/2019

EPA to Modernize Ignitable Hazardous Waste Characterization Under RCRA

On April 2, 2019, US EPA proposed a rule to modernize its regulations for characterizing ignitable hazardous wastes.  

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04/08/2019

How to Use the New RCRA Relief for Episodic Events

One topic in the Generator Improvements Rule that may benefit many generators is episodic generation. It allows certain types of generators to maintain a “lower” generator status, even if they have an “episode” of waste generation that would normally push them into a higher generator status.

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03/29/2019

EPA Unveils New Prohibitions for Methylene Chloride

The Environmental Protection Agency promulgated a Final Rule on March 27, 2019 to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of methylene chloride for consumer paint and coating removal, including distribution to and by retailers.

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03/18/2019

Update: EPA to Ban Methylene Chloride in Consumer Paint Removers

Update March 18, 2019: Last week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a Final Rule to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use.

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02/28/2019

PHMSA Updates 49 CFR Lithium Battery Air Regulations

The updates in PHMSA’s IFR may look familiar to lithium battery shippers—these three new requirements were added to the ICAO Technical Instructions and the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as “emergency revisions” in 2016.

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02/25/2019

In Effect April 1: New PHMSA Oil Spill Plan Rules for Railroads

On Valentine’s Day 2019, US DOT announced a forthcoming Final Rule to require railroads to develop and submit Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans (COSRPs) for routes traveled by High Hazard Flammable Trains.   

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02/15/2019

EPA Outlines Action Plan for PFAS Chemicals

On February 14 in Philadelphia, US EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a “historic” Action Plan to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water.  

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02/15/2019

EPA Proposes New WOTUS Rule to Clarify Clean Water Act's Scope

The WOTUS definition determines which bodies of water are under the jurisdiction of EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, i.e., which waters are subject to requirements for Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)...

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