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12/23/2014

Reporting Releases under RCRA

Like many Federal environmental statutes, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) sets requirements for reporting releases. Several RCRA regulations address reporting releases of hazardous waste. The specific reporting requirement(s) a hazardous waste generator is subject to depends on...

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12/19/2014

Countdown to New, Tougher Lithium Battery Shipping Rules

(Update: PHMSA extended the mandatory complinace date for ground shipments untl Aug. 7, 2015) Starting in February 2015, businesses that ship lithium batteries must comply with new US DOT standards for preparing shipments or risk fines up to $75,000 per day, per violation. The new regulations change nearly every step of the shipping process, including classification, marking, labeling, and filling out shipping papers.

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12/16/2014

Placarding Hazmat Vessel Shipments

Transporting materials by vessel is a dangerous business. Incidents are not uncommon and can threaten the cargo and crew. Rogue waves and human error can be a hazard in themselves; adding dangerous goods to the mix can be a recipe for disaster. Identifying dangerous goods and communicating their hazards to port and vessel personnel is vital...

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12/09/2014

Making Decisions Under EPA’s New Ozone Rule

On November 25, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially proposed new regulation to lower the acceptable amount of ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. Ozone—a major component of smog—is one of six "criteria pollutants" for which EPA sets National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), along with carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen oxides,..

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12/02/2014

GHS Labels May Delay Your Air Shipments

It's been nearly three years since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its Hazard Communication Standard to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) requirements. Officially published on March 26, 2012...

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11/25/2014

Federal vs. State Hazardous Waste Classification

In the US, enforcing laws and regulations involves a balancing act between the Federal government and individual State governments. When it comes to hazardous waste management, states have the authority to impose standards stricter than the Federal government's. As a result...

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11/24/2014

EPA Readies New NAAQS for Ozone

The US Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA), under court order to produce a new Clean Air Act (CAA) standard for ozone before 2015, recently sent its proposed standard to the White House for approval... 

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11/18/2014

The Hazmat Air Shipping Rule-makers

Shippers who offer hazmat for air transport must follow specific international regulations. For US shippers, these air rules go above and beyond the basic requirements of Title 49 of the US Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) for ground shipments. The majority of these hazmat air rules comes from two organizations: ICAO and IATA. Knowing the difference between these organizations and their standards...

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