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08/01/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/1

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, a chemical manufacturer, a petroleum distributor, and a Long Island property owner will pay for alleged violations of EPA air, water, and emergency preparedness regulations and to reimburse US EPA for hazardous substance cleanup.  

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02/06/2017

HAZWOPER: Who’s Covered and What Constitutes an “Emergency”?

In our home lives, most of us wear many hats. We play the role of nurse, maintenance employee, landscaper, custodian, and all-around “jack of all trades.” And while many of us wear many hats at work too, it’s a little different. Unlike in our homes, there are certain rules at work that limit the activities we can and cannot perform as both employers and employees. 

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09/08/2016

EPA Adds 10 New Superfund Sites, Proposes 8 More

US EPA this week announced the addition of ten sites to its National Priorities List (NPL). Sites on the NPL are those designated to undergo cleanup of hazardous substances and are commonly referred to as “Superfund” sites.

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08/30/2016

HAZWOPER Emergency Response Quick Quiz

When you work with hazardous chemicals, spills happen. Spills can happen for all kinds of reasons, at any time of the day or night, in any facility. When spills do happen, the situation may trigger an emergency response situation under OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard at 29 CFR 1910.120. But that's not always the case...

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05/04/2016

Derailed Train Spills Hazmat Near D.C.

A tanker carrying sodium hydroxide derailed along with several other cars near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station in Washington D.C. over the weekend. About half of the sodium hydroxide is thought to have been released onto the rail bed and the ground.

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05/04/2016

Biggest Superfund Penalty in EPA History Announced

On May 3, the US EPA and US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a nearly $7 million fine for a company that allegedly violated the terms of a 2002 Superfund consent decree.

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05/03/2016

New 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher Now Available!

To help managers and personnel meet OSHA’s annual HAZWOPER re-training requirement, Lion Technology this week launched the 8-hour OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Online Course for workers who perform cleanup duties at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites

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04/26/2016

What Puts the HAZ in HAZWOPER?

If you manage hazardous waste at your site, you likely know OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard as an additional set of requirements for the safe remediation of sites contaminated with hazardous waste. But did you know that the HAZWOPER definition of "hazardous substance" at 29 CFR 1910.120(a)(3) comprises not only RCRA-regulated hazardous waste, but other materials as well?..

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04/18/2016

CEO Convicted for Superfund Superfraud

The CEO of a Canadian environmental services company has been convicted of major fraud against the United States for orchestrating a kickback scheme that netted his firm “tens of millions of dollars in soil treatment and disposal contracts,” according to a Department of Justice press release.

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04/07/2016

EPA Expands List of US Superfund Sites

Today, April 7, US EPA expanded the list of US Superfund sites by adding five contaminated hazardous waste and chemical sites to the National Priorities List (NPL).

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