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11/05/2019

PHMSA Warning: Unapproved Hazmat Cylinders

On Friday, PHMSA warned hazmat shippers and stakeholders about a company manufacturing propane cylinders with DOT specification markings without approval from US DOT. 

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10/29/2019

Meat Plant Fined $50K by OSHA Following Death of Worker

A Pennsylvania meat processing plant has been fined $49,062 in safety violations after an employee was killed as a result of falling or being pulled into a commercial meat grinder.

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10/28/2019

CSB Releases Fact Update on PES Refinery Explosion

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a factual update on the major incident at the PES Refinery in Philadelphia on the morning of June 21, 2019.  

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10/25/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/28

In this week's Roundup, a chemical wholesaler must pay almost $50k for alleged chemical reporting violations. Plus, an Idaho cattle rancher settles with EPA over alleged Clean Water Act violations.

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10/21/2019

OSHA Approves 2 Additional Respirator Fit Test Protocols

Last month, OSHA approved two additional respirator fit testing protocols for inclusion in its Respiratory Protection Standard at 29 CFR 1910.134, Appendix A.

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10/15/2019

Trump Releases 2 New Exec. Orders on Regulatory Compliance

On October 9, 2019, President Donald Trump put forth two new Executive Orders that are of interest to the regulated community at large.  

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10/11/2019

Illegal NJ Dump Operator Gets Jail Time and $60K Fine

Earlier this month, a judge ordered the owner of an alleged illegal commercial dump site to pay $60,260 in fines and court fees and gave a 90-day jail sentence for the illegal operation. The ruling came after 90 municipal summonses and a multi-year investigation by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) into the alleged operation in Vernon, NJ.

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10/07/2019

Fire Prevention Week: OSHA Emergency Plans

When dozens or hundreds or employees are working in one building, having a concrete plan in place to guide evacuations and employee actions can not only save lives, it ensures that everyone gets out in an orderly and safe fashion. 

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09/30/2019

PFAS Found in 74 Municipal Water Systems Serving 7.5 Million Cali Residents

An independent environmental study released last week found that 74 community water systems in California are contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a growing class of extremely toxic fluorinated chemicals. Some systems registered as many as eight PFAS chemicals in a single well.  

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09/17/2019

OSHA's Top 10 Safety Violations for FY 2019

OSHA unveiled its preliminary list of the top 10 most-cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2019 at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in San Diego earlier this month.

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