Compliance Archives - April 2016
$71K Hazardous Waste Fine for Yonkers, NY ManufacturerFor allegedly generating and storing hazardous waste without a permit, a New York–based rail car manufacturer will pay $71,120 and come into compliance with the US EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste law.
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?..
New Hazmat Retail Rules In Effect NowOn March 31, 2016, the Federal Register published the Reverse Logistics hazmat rule (81 FR 18527). Designed for retailers who return hazmat products to a manufacturer, supplier, or distribution facility, the new rule provides relief from the US DOT hazmat regulations for these return-to-vendor or "reverse logistics" shipments.
CEO Convicted for Superfund SuperfraudThe 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.
Quick Guide: National Air Quality StandardsUS EPA tightened the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone last year to 0.07 parts per million. The previous ozone NAAQS, finalized in 2008, was 0.075 ppm. The NAAQS is the maximum amount of ozone in the ambient air (air external to buildings to which the general public has access) that is currently considered safe for human health...
OSHA Challenged On New Silica ProtectionsMajor industry groups filed suit in the US Fifth Court of Appeals this week to challenge OSHA’s new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for breathable silica. Among the challengers to the new OSHA silica rule is the ACG, the Associated General Contractors of America.
EPA Takes No Action on RCRA Corrosives ChallengeA few years ago, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) challenged US EPA to tighten its standard for identifying corrosive materials under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste rules. One year ago, a motion was reached thatrequired US EPA to review its RCRA standard for corrosive hazardous wastes and decide if a change was needed.
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