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10/29/2015

ICAO DG Panel Backs Most Stringent Lithium Battery Requirements Yet

Reports from the annual International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel in Montreal, happening this week, suggest that ICAO is backing a plan to require lithium batteries to be shipped at a reduced state-of-charge as low as 30%. While Federal Aviation Administration test data shows that batteries shipped at a 30% state-of-charge are far less likely to be involved in a battery fire on board an aircraft, there are some logistical issues for manufacturers, suppliers, and other shippers to consider...

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10/27/2015

Control Your Chemical Inventory

One of the primary objectives of the US EPA's major hazardous waste program, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), is to conserve valuable materials and energy sources by reducing, reusing, and recycling. The "three Rs" are not just a catch phrase; they're an official national policy in the United States enacted by Congress. In the US, whenever feasible, the waste generation is to be reduced or eliminated. [42 USC 6902(b)]...

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10/26/2015

Now On Demand: Webinars on Newly Proposed RCRA Rules

In October, US EPA finalized two hazardous waste rules that will affect how facilities nationwide manage waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). To help site managers and personnel prepare for the changing EPA standards, Lion presented two free, private webinars for Lion Members on October 19 and 20... 

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10/22/2015

EPA’s Electronic NPDES Reporting Final Rule

In the October 22, 2015, Federal Register, US EPA posted a Final Rule to require electronic reporting and sharing of data under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES. The rule was finalized on September 24 of this year. The Final Rule is effective starting December 21, 2015...

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10/20/2015

DOT's Annual 49 CFR Hazmat Regulations Update

Every year on October 1, the Government Printing Office updates and prints a new edition of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, or 49 CFR. 49 CFR contains transportation regulations, including the rules for preparing and offering shipments of hazardous materials. Often, the Department of Transportation issues a Final Rule in the Federal Register to officially make corrections and technical revisions...

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10/16/2015

New Universal Waste Bill Signed in California

On October 2, 2015, the Governor of California approved legislation to amend the California Health & Safety Code (HSC). Among the amendments is a very important development for hazardous waste generators in the state...

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10/13/2015

EPA National Compliance Enforcement Initiatives

Every three years, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required by law to set National Enforcement Initiatives (NEIs). These NEIs drive EPA's environmental compliance inspection and enforcement actions. NEIs are sometimes court-mandated, but more often result from input from State and tribal governments, EPA regional offices, environmental associations, environmental advocacy and justice groups, and the general public...

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10/12/2015

PHMSA Proposes Bolstered Hazmat Pipeline Requirements

In the October 12, 2015 Federal Register, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed changes to the regulations for pipelines that carry liquid hazardous materials...

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10/12/2015

EPA’s Waters of the US Rule “Blocked” Nationwide

On October 9, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an Order of Stay, which granted a petition and effectively blocked EPA’s new Clean Water regulation nationwide. The rule is now Stayed nationwide pending the result of legal challenges to EPA’s water authority...

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10/07/2015

Top 10 Most Frequent OSHA Violations in 2015

At the recent National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in Atlanta, OSHA released its list of the Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations. See the list below. We’ve indicated each OSHA standard’s spot on last year’s Top 10 violations list after each entry. As you will see, the list did not change much...

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