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09/25/2018

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA Removes ECP Brakes Requirement for HHFTs

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 25 to remove requirements for electronically controlled pneumatic brake systems (ECP brake systems) on “high hazard flammable trains” of HHFTs.

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09/24/2018

Hazmat Movie Night: The Wages of Fear (1953)

We don’t get into pop culture too often here at Lion News, we’re mostly too busy studying the CFR, State regulations, and the Federal Register for updates that impact industry professionals. But this week, we saw a classic movie that we think hazardous materials professionals will relate to and enjoy.  

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09/24/2018

Beyond the "Grave": Getting LDRs Right

The RCRA hazardous waste rules regulate hazardous wastes from “cradle-to-grave.” But as generators, our responsibilities for compliance actually go beyond the grave. When you send waste off for disposal, it pays to know for sure that you’ve given your treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) the information they will need to properly lay your waste to rest.  

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09/24/2018

PHMSA Pre-empts California Meal Breaks for Hazmat Drivers

In California, truck drivers are entitled to a 30-minute meal period after five hours of work and a second 30-minute meal break after ten hours of work. But for truck drivers who haul hazardous materials through the state, those breaks may no longer apply.

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09/20/2018

Understanding the RCRA Exclusion for Oil and Gas E&P

When US EPA introduced the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the hazardous waste management standards included reduced requirements for some large-volume wastes. After studying the hazards of wastes in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) operations, as directed by the US Congress, EPA determined regulation of these wastes under RCRA was not warranted. Therefore, many oil and gas E&P wastes are excluded from the RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste management standards... 

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09/17/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/18

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, a wood treatment facility and a city power and water authority will pay for hazardous waste and Clean Water Act violations, respectively. In addition, EPA will collect a civil penalty from a city-owned incinerator in New Hampshire...  

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09/17/2018

Texas vs. EPA Decision Halts 2015 WOTUS Rule in 3 States

In a recently wrapped-up court case, Texas vs. EPA, a Texas District Court judge decided last week to halt implementation of the new Clean Water Act requirements in three states: Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

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09/17/2018

Before You Fit Test: Medical Clearance for Respirator Use

The medical evaluation is a key component of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard at 29 CFR 1910.134. This week, we guide safety managers through the steps of a typical medical evaluation, which must take place even before the employee is fit-tested on the equipment.  

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09/11/2018

Ford Recalls Two Million F-150s Over Smoking Seatbelts

Ford Motor Company has announced a recall for about two million F-150 pick-up trucks because of reports of smoking seatbelt pretensioners.  

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09/10/2018

RCRA Exclusions: Waste In Process

The RCRA hazardous waste management program provides a “cradle-to-grave” management system that applies to all hazardous waste generators. But when the government creates rules broad enough to apply to everyone, those rules don’t necessarily work well in every real-world situation...  

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