Compliance Archives - September 2016
9/28/2016In response to the ongoing recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has granted an emergency special permit to Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9/28/2016After identifying multiple violations of hazardous materials law and regulations by a lithium battery manufacturer, the US DOT Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency prohibition order to halt the company from shipping non-compliant batteries.
9/28/2016For violations of US EPA chemical reporting requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), a Rhode Island facility that manufactures metal products like filler metals, fluxes, products for brazing and soldering metals, and more will pay a $69,265 fine.
9/27/2016Recently, the EPA increased its maximum civil penalty for hazardous waste violations to $70,117. That said, EPA does not assess the maximum penalty for every violation. When laying penalties, the US EPA’s RCRA Civil Penalty Policy (based upon Section 3008 of RCRA, 42 U.S.C. § 6928) takes into consideration the seriousness of a violation, any good-faith efforts to comply with applicable requirements, and other factors to calculate an appropriate monetary penalty.
9/26/2016US EPA has proposed changes to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) chemical reporting requirements intended in part to align the TSCA rules with OSHA’s Hazard Communication, or “HazCom,” Standard (HCS) and other best safety practices.
9/23/2016Last week, the owner of a California scrap metal recycling facility was convicted of multiple felonies and sentenced to sixteen months in prison for violations of the State’s hazardous waste control laws and the CA Health and Safety Code (HSC).
9/22/2016The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today posted a safety advisory to the Federal Register to inform the public of the hazards posed by defective, damaged, or recalled lithium batteries and devices containing these batteries.
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