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01/17/2020

OSHA Penalties for Safety Violations Rise for 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced increased civil penalties for violations of 29 CFR work safety programs.  

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01/14/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/14

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery and a real estate development company must pay over $900,000 to resolve Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a Washington State port authority agrees to a $1.3 million settlement for alleged illegal stormwater discharges in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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01/06/2020

Railcar Servicer Fined $550K After Worker Fatality

On December 4, OSHA fined a railcar company $551,226 due to confined space safety violations that led to the death of an employee in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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12/31/2019

Fall 2019 Regulatory Agenda Now Available

The Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and De-regulatory Actions landed in the Federal Register on December 26, 2019.  

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12/17/2019

New Chemical Release Report Rule Proposed by CSB

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to create new chemical release reporting requirements in the December 12 Federal Register.

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11/27/2019

EPA Halts Sale of Toxic “Bag o’ Slag” Montana Mining Souvenirs

On November 18, EPA Inspector General Charles Sheehan notified regional environmental agencies of a Montana visitor center selling toxic copper smelting waste in resealable, plastic sandwich bags to tourists.

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11/26/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/25

This week, an agricultural retailer is ordered to purchase over $8k in emergency equipment for local first responders in addition to paying a penalty for RMP violations. Plus, an Arizona pesticide distributor pays $200k in FIFRA penalties for allegedly making false and misleading claims about its products.

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11/19/2019

EPA Investigates Hazardous Waste Found in New England Home

The EPA is stepping in to investigate buried waste at a house in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The waste was found in July, 2018 and subsequent tests revealed elevated levels of lead and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in soil throughout the neighborhood.  

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11/08/2019

November Chill: Cold Chemicals Quiz

Ready for winter? Test your knowledge of how frigid temperatures impact chemicals and worker safety with this November Quick Quiz. 

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11/05/2019

Methylene Chloride Draft TSCA Risk Evaluation Released by EPA

On October 29, 2019, EPA unveiled a draft risk evaluation for the chemical methylene chloride. This comes after a prohibition on consumer sales was enacted in March of this year to go into effect at the end of November.  

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