Regulatory Freeze Puts EPA and DOT Rules on Ice Until March 21
In today’s Federal Register, US EPA named 30 rules for which the effective date has now been extended until March 21, 2017.
Among the new EPA Final Rules “frozen” until March 21 are:
- Revisions to the Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan (RMP) accident prevention and reporting requirements for chemical facilities.
- A number of Clean Air Act State program approvals and other actions on state plans.
- EPA’s bolstered certification and training rules for pesticide applicators under FIFRA.
DOT and Hazmat Rules Affected by the Regulatory FreezeThe executive memo to freeze new regulations until March 21 will also impact a number of US DOT rules finalized in recent weeks.
Notably, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) has already withdrawn its hazmat harmonization rule HM 215N until further notice in response to the executive memo. It was scheduled to be published as a Final Rule in the Federal Register today, January 26. Final Rule HM 215N included revised standards for shipping lithium batteries, such as the adoption of a new Class 9 label and a new lithium battery marking.
DOT Final Rules affected by the “regulatory freeze”—those with an effective date between January 20 and March 20—include:
- New minimum training standards for Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL), including standards for obtaining a hazardous materials endorsement from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
- Amended Federal Rail Administration (FRA) regulations governing the hiring, training, and transfer of railroad police officers
- A number of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airspace rules, airworthiness directives for airplanes
EHS Manager Training in Atlanta, Orlando, Charlotte, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, and MoreManaging site compliance with the many complex EPA programs that affect your business—from the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts to TSCA, FIFRA, EPCRA, and more—is a major challenge. If you’re new to the field, or need an update on changing EPA rules, the Complete Environmental Regulations Workshop will help you identify the requirements that apply to your facility and make decisions that put your team in a position to succeed.
Planning for next year? The 2017 schedule is available now and includes a workshop in our new Environmental Training Center in Sparta, NJ! Register to receive a full year of Lion Membership for complete on-the-job compliance support.
Find a Post
I have been to other training companies, but Lion’s material is much better and easier to understand.
I like the consistency of Lion workshops. The materials are well put together and instructors are top notch!
Permitting, Compliance & Environmental Manager
Excellent course. Very interactive. Explanations are great whether you get the questions wrong or right.
Environmental, Health & Safety Regional Manager
Given the choice, I would do all coursework this way. In-person courses go very fast without the opportunity to pause or repeat anything.
Chemical Laboratory Manager
Lion Technology workshops are amazing!! You always learn so much, and the instructors are fantastic.
Very witty instructor, made the long times sitting bearable. One of the few training courses I can say I actually enjoyed.
Senior EHS Engineer
Lion was very extensive. There was a lot of things that were covered that were actually pertaining to what I do and work with. Great Job. I will be coming back in three years!
Hazmat Shipping Professional
Lion is at the top of the industry in compliance training. Course content and structure are updated frequently to make annual re-training enjoyable. I like that Lion has experts that I can contact for 1 year after the training.
I really enjoy your workshops. Thank you for such a great program and all the help Lion has provided me over the years!
Hazardous Material Pharmacy Technician
Amazing instructor; real-life examples. Lion training gets better every year!
Download Our Latest Whitepaper
Knowing why TSDFs reject loads of hazardous waste—and the exact steps to follow if it happens—can reduce your anxiety and uncertainty about rejection.