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03/02/2020

Coronavirus: Preventing Workplace Exposure

OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released guidance for employers regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. As US cases begin to make headlines, employers should take steps to prevent rapid transmission of the coronavirus. 

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02/28/2020

US Hazardous Waste Generators Submit 2020 Biennial Reports

March 1 is here and it's an even numbered year, which means that large quantity generators should have already submitted Biennial Reports that cover activity from 2019. See what goes into the Biennial Report, including a couple of recent changes to the requirements from EPA's Generator Improvements Rule. 

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01/28/2020

California Mulls Adding Pain Killer to Prop 65 Dangerous Chemicals List

California regulators are reviewing a proposal that would add acetaminophen to their Proposition 65 list of chemicals believed to cause cancer or reproductive complications. This is only the most recent of several high-profile considerations, which has included alcoholic drinks and coffee.  

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01/13/2020

EPA Raises Civil Penalties for 2020

On January 13, US EPA increased its monetary civil penalties for violations of hazardous waste, air, water, chemical, and other environmental laws and regulations.   

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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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09/23/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/23

In this week's Roundup, an oil spill leaves an Arkansas-based logistics company with over $2 million in Clean Water Act violations. Also, a Connecticut hazardous waste facility is fined $82,000 for alleged toxic chemical reporting issues.

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09/10/2019

CA Haz Waste Facility May Lose Permit for Noncompliance

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) claims that the facility, which paid $1.4 million in penalties in October 2018 following a series of fires, has failed to properly manage its hazardous waste since the settlement.

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09/09/2019

OSHA Fines Nationwide Delivery Company $13K for Excessive Heat Exposure

One of the largest delivery companies in the world has been fined $13,260 by OSHA for allegedly exposing one of its drivers to excessive heat, requiring immediate medical care.  

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09/03/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/3

In this week's Roundup, a trucking company will pay $3 million for illegal hazardous materials transport, a former chemical plant manager is sentenced to 12 months probation for Clean Water Act violations, and five San Francisco bay-area marinas will pay for SPCC Plan violations. 

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08/19/2019

Convenience Stores Resolve Chemical Training Violations for $1.5M

A well-known retail convenience store chain with more than 1,700 stores in California last week agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve allegations that it failed to train store personnel who handled hazardous materials.

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