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02/05/2018

Execs and Employees Convicted for Hazmat and RCRA Waste Shipping Fraud

Multiple employees and executives of a California wastewater company now face criminal sentences for a fraud scheme that involved knowing violations of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA).  

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01/30/2018

PHMSA Now Drafting Crude-by-Rail Final Rule

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao this month updated Congress on the progress of PHMSA’s rulemaking “Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans for High-Hazard Flammable Trains,” also known as HM-251B.

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01/08/2018

New PHMSA Video Warns Against Refilling DOT-39 Cylinders

Citing refilling of a DOT-39 cylinder as the cause of a fatal 2016 coffee-stand explosion in Everett, Washington, PHMSA urges businesses and consumers to use DOT-39 cylinders once and only once. If you don’t know if your cylinder is refillable, contact an authorized refiller.

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01/05/2018

CSB Releases Report on Atchison, KS Chlorine Gas Release

The US Chemical Safety Board this week released a new video and case study that detail the October 2016 release of chlorine gas from a grain processing and distilling facility in Atchison, Kansas.

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01/05/2018

IATA Posts Addendum I to the 2018 DGR

On December 22, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released Addendum I to its 59th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), in effect for hazmat air shippers as of January 1, 2018.   

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01/03/2018

EPA Final Rule: Electronic Hazardous Waste Manifest User Fees

In an important step toward establishing an electronic system of tracking hazardous waste shipments—the electronic Manifest or “e-Manifest” system—US EPA today posted a Final Rule detailing how the Agency will assess fees to users of the system.  

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01/02/2018

New DG Regulations in Effect as of Jan. 1

A quick reminder as we start the new year: If you package dangerous goods for air or vessel transport, be sure you have the latest editions of the IATA DGR and the IMDG Code at the ready. New editions of both the air shipping and vessel shipping manuals took effect on January 1.

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01/02/2018

EPA Hazardous Waste Rules Planned for 2018

Along with many proposed rules planned under various air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste programs, EPA is preparing two hazardous waste Final Rules for publication in 2018.   

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01/02/2018

DOT Hazmat Rules Planned for 2018

US DOT and US EPA last week released semiannual Agendas of rulemaking activities, many of which could impact hazardous materials professionals in 2018. Today, let’s review those new or changing restrictions and requirements that are most likely to hit the books as Final Rules this year.   

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12/19/2017

DOT, EPA, and OSHA Release Latest Regulatory Plans

This week, the Federal government released the Fall 2017 “Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.” Updated twice per year, the Unified Agenda gives industry stakeholders and the public a view into rulemaking activities in progress at major Federal agencies.   

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