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12/19/2017

What to Do When Your Hazardous Waste Isn’t Hazardous Anymore

When we talk about hazardous waste, we usually talk about EPA’s “cradle-to-grave” management requirements. But what if your hazardous waste stops being hazardous waste at some point in the process? How do change the way you manage it without running afoul of the RCRA regulations?  

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12/18/2017

Hackers Attack Industrial Safety Systems with New Malware

Arecent attack on an industrial facility safety system could be of concern to our readers. Industrial security company FireEye reported on December 14 that an attacker had deployed malware dubbed “Triton” or “Trisis” to disrupt safety instrumented systems (SIS) at a Middle East critical infrastructure facility. 

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12/11/2017

21 Superfund Sites to See Immediate, Intense Cleanup Action

US EPA has released a list of twenty-one Superfund sites targeted for immediate, intense cleanup action based on recommendations submitted by the Superfund Task Force in Summer 2017.

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12/08/2017

Cal DTSC Fines Cable Provider $9.5 Million for Hazardous Waste Violations

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has fined a major cable TV provider for alleged violations of California’s State hazardous waste standards.   

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12/04/2017

How to Be HAZWOPER Ready in 2018

As you make your resolutions for 2018, remember that the most effective emergency responses happen when people are prepared. Planning, training, and practicing for emergencies are important so that everyone knows what they must do and when to do it.

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11/27/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/28

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, an exterminator will pay $10 million in criminal fines for fumigating residential properties with products containing methyl bromide. Plus, a hazardous waste facility pays for RCRA permit violations and a seafood storage company is fined for failure to properly report a hazardous substance release.  

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11/21/2017

PHMSA Proposes Terminating M- and R-Hazmat Packaging Approvals

In the Federal Register this week, PHMSA proposed to terminate approvals issued to packaging manufacturers and reconditioners, known as M- or R-numbers. The M- and R-numbers eliminated will be those PHMSA issued without an expiration date.   

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11/21/2017

HAZWOPER Awareness Training Launched at Lion.com

Lion Technology this week launched a new HAZWOPER Awareness level training for employees at facilities who may discover or witness a hazardous substance emergency release.   

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11/20/2017

Environmental Civil Suits a Growing Problem for Facilities

If environmental groups and concerned citizens find they cannot achieve their aims by bringing EPA to court, they may double their efforts to sue individual facilities for perceived violations of environmental law and regulations.

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11/16/2017

California Nearly Triples Hazardous Waste Penalties

Hazardous waste compliance mistakes in California could now cost facilities as much as $70,000 per day, per violation.

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