Compliance Archives - October 2015
ICAO DG Panel Backs Most Stringent Lithium Battery Requirements YetReports 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...
Control Your Chemical InventoryOne 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)]...
Now On Demand: Webinars on Newly Proposed RCRA RulesIn 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...
EPA’s Electronic NPDES Reporting Final RuleIn 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...
DOT's Annual 49 CFR Hazmat Regulations UpdateEvery 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...
EPA National Compliance Enforcement InitiativesEvery 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...
EPA’s Waters of the US Rule “Blocked” NationwideOn 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...
Top 10 Most Frequent OSHA Violations in 2015At 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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