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07/19/2019

EPA Announces $11.5 Million Cleanup Plan for Byram, NJ Dump Site

EPA officials have announced an $11.5 million proposal to address hazardous waste contamination at the Mansfield Trail Dump Superfund Site in Byram, NJ. These cleanup initiatives include a cap on former dump areas, treatment of contaminated groundwater, and removal of contaminated soil with assistance from local officials.

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07/15/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 7/15

In this week's Roundup, a silicone manufacturer and a cold storage facility must pay $4.55 million and $78,200 respectively for Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a major Texas municipality commits to $2 billion in wastewater treatment system improvements.

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07/03/2019

Summer Safety is a Gas, Gas, Gas!

Summer is in full swing and it seems like every weekend there’s another carnival, fair, or festival in town.  If you’re like me, you want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors, doing everything from cooking, to camping, to tubing and rafting. What do all of these activities have in common?  Compressed gases!  

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07/01/2019

What is Hydrogen Sulfide and Why is it a Lethal Hazard?

Depending on the industry you work in (for instance gas and oil), you may need to be cautious of a dangerous gas: hydrogen sulfide (H2S).  To protect yourself and co-workers from this gas, you must know the warning signs of exposure and the hazards posed by H2S in the workplace.   

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06/24/2019

Massive Explosions at Largest Oil Refinery on East Coast Shake Philly and NJ Homes

A large, three-part explosion at an oil refinery in South Philadelphia caused massive balls of fire to shoot into the sky and homes to shake in Delaware County, PA and South Jersey. An unintentional release of hydrocarbon vapors is thought to have partially caused the explosion, though it is currently under investigation.

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06/11/2019

What is Hazmat Safety Training and Who Needs It?

US DOT and OSHA both require training for employees who handle hazardous chemicals. Does this mean that employers must train each worker twice–once to satisfy DOT's safety training rule and once to satisfy OSHA's? No, it doesn't. 

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06/11/2019

PHMSA and OSHA Prep for UN Experts Meetings

On Thursday, June 20, US DOT and OSHA will both hold public meetings in preparation for United Nations meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, where the agencies represent US interests on the subjects of chemical safety and hazardous materials transportation.

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06/10/2019

California to Consider Adding Additional Cannabis Products to Prop 65

As marijuana regulations loosen up across the country, California considers warning consumers about potential health concerns by adding several various cannabis products to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Prop 65.

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06/04/2019

Herbicide Lawsuit Results in $2 Billion Settlement

A California jury awarded a married couple more than $2,000,000,000 after their lawyers argued they were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after years of using Roundup.  

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05/28/2019

Summer Safety: Respirable Silica Worker Protections

As road repair and construction projects kick into high gear for summer, so does workers’ risk of exposure to breathable silica dust. Workers can be exposed to silica during abrasive blasting work, stonecutting, rock drilling, or the manufacturing of bricks, cement, and asphalt. Silica is also used in adhesives, paints, soaps, and glass.  

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