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11/10/2021

Aerospace Manufacturer Faces $308K in OSHA Safety & Training Violations

A Connecticut aircraft parts manufacturer has been cited by OSHA for alleged violations of the Agency’s hazardous substance exposure safety and training regulations.

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06/22/2021

CSB Investigates Illinois Chemical Factory Explosion

[UPDATE 06/22/21] CSB deployed two members of its leadership team to the explosion site on June 21. At the site, they met with company respresentatives, on-site Federal and local emergency responders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff, and Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) investigators to discuss the incident further.

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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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09/28/2020

Final TSCA Risk Eval for HBCD Now Available

US EPA released a final TSCA chemical risk evaluation for a class of flame retardants that include hexabromocyclododecane or HBCD.

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09/08/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/8

In this week's Roundup, a utility company and a ready-mixed concrete supplier will collectivelypay approximately $7 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a waste disposal company is required to bring their Nebraska facility up to current chemical accident safety prevention standards.

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08/18/2020

EPA Completes TSCA Risk Eval for 1-BP

US EPA recently completed its risk evaluation for 1-bromopropane (1-BP) required under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act or LCSA, which amended TSCA. 

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04/13/2020

EPA Unveils TSCA Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos

On March 30, EPA published its TSCA Draft Risk Evaluation for asbestos, one of the first 10 priority chemicals scheduled for review. EPA reviewed data on potential asbestos exposures and made several initial determinations on risk relating to the environment and occupational health.  

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03/09/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/9

In this week's Roundup, an explosives manufacturer in Missouri is set to pay nearly $3 million for alleged improper disposal of explosives among other RCRA and Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA settles with an Arizona cold storage facility for $124K over alleged violations of chemical accident prevention regulations.

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02/28/2020

Elevated Benzene Levels Reported at 10 US Refineries

A nonprofit watchdog group released a report that shows elevated benzene levels at 10 oil refineries throughout the US. While this is not illegal, EPA regulations require the refineries to investigate the cause of elevated emissions and take steps to reduce them.  

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