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06/18/2018

What is the National Contingency Plan?

Called the NCP for short, the national Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan is the Federal government's blueprint for responding to hazardous substance releases and oil spills that reach the environment. 

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06/18/2018

Final Rule Alert: NPEs Added to EPCRA TRI Reporting

US EPA promulgated a Final Rule on June 12, 2018 to add a category for nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) to the reporting requirements in Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).   

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06/11/2018

First 10 TSCA Risk Evaluations Move Foward, EPA Proposes Historic Asbestos SNUR

US EPA on June 1 released problem formulations for each of the first ten chemicals up for risk evaluation under the revised TSCA requirements. These documents “clarify the chemical uses that EPA expects to evaluate and describe how EPA expects to conduct the evaluations.”  

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06/07/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/5

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, a chemical manufacturer, an oil refinery, and a home improvement TV show will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA air, water, and/or chemical regulations.  

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06/04/2018

RCRA Definition of Solid Waste Revised Again

The latest update to EPA's Definition of Solid Waste will re-instate the 2008 “transfer based exclusion” for reclamation activities and adjust the “four factors” for legitimate recycling, which EPA bolstered in the 2015 DSW rule.

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06/04/2018

EPA to Rescind Parts of New Risk Management Plan Rules

EPA will rescind some new chemical Risk Management Plan requirements for chemical facitlies promulgated in response to an April 2013 ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas that killed fifteen, injured 160, and damaged or destroyed 150 buildings.  

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05/24/2018

CSB Chairperson Announces Resignation

US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland announced her resignation from the Board on May 21. Sutherland’s resignation comes amidst repeated threats from the President to de-fund the chemical safety agency...

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05/23/2018

Can I Use State Waste Codes on the e-Manifest?

EPA's Electronic Hazardous Waste Manifest (e-Manifest) System launches in about 40 days. A major concern about the adoption of e-Manifests is how EPA will implement unique state hazardous waste codes from states like California, New York, Texas, and others.  

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05/21/2018

In Effect Now: EPA’s New Certified Pesticide Applicator Rules

Today, May 22, 2018, EPA’s revised certified pesticide applicator regulations officially take effect, after some revisions and delays. To protect both workers and the public, EPA requires commercial pesticide applicators to have practical knowledge about the products they use, potential risks, and core safety principles.

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05/11/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/14

Learn from the latest US EPA enforcement actions and avoid environmetnal compliance violations that cost these businesses over $1 million combined. 

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