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05/19/2022

Shipping Unidentified Hazardous Materials

Someday you may have a close encounter with a material or product for which you have no conclusive proof of the chemical makeup, properties, or potential hazards.You could call these UHMs—Unidentified Hazardous Materials.  

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05/16/2022

PHMSA Clarifies Criminal Enforcement Procedures

PHMSA published a Final Rule to clarify that hazardous materials and pipeline inspectors may report actual or possible criminal activity to the US DOT Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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05/16/2022

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/16

In this week's Roundup, a satellite TV provider pays $5.5 million for the alleged mishandling of e-waste. Plus, a stone quarry agrees to monitor and rehabilitate a stream after it diverted the stream's natural flow in 2018.

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05/16/2022

EPA May Require New Plan for Worst-Case Hazardous Substance Releases

Comment period extended: US EPA will accept public comments on the proposed rule to require planning for a worst-case discharge of hazardous substances until July 26, 2022.

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05/13/2022

Oil Field Explosion Injures Three Workers, $467K in Penalties Issued

OSHA issued citations to two energy companies following an explosion on November 4, 2021, at an oil drilling site near Grassy Butte, ND that left one worker permanently disabled and two severely injured. Workers were assembling a blasting cap on a perforating gun when the perforating gun detonated, releasing shrapnel and other debris.

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05/13/2022

US Department of Justice Creates Office of Environmental Justice

On May 5, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced plans to create an Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) within the Department of Justice (DOJ) to oversee and help guide the department’s environmental justice efforts in partnership with EPA.

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05/12/2022

Quick Quiz: Lion's EHS News Break

Think you're up to date on the latest environmental, health, and safety news? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.

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05/09/2022

EPA Must Act on Petition to List PVC as Hazardous Waste

US EPA must decide by January 20, 2023 whether to list discarded polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as a hazardous waste under the RCRA regulations.  

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05/09/2022

Is Every D002 Hazardous Waste a Class 8 Hazmat?

To comply with environmental and transportation regulations, facilities that manage and ship hazardous wastes and/or hazardous materials must understand two different definitions for the word "corrosive." 

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05/06/2022

OSHA Reflects on 2022 Workers Memorial Day

In remembrance of those who suffered injury or illness on the job this year, OSHA and the Executive Office of the President issued statements to honor Workers Memorial Day, April 28, 2022.

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