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12/18/2015

Hazmat and EHS Provisions in Congress’ $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

The US Congress this week passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which includes some items of note for hazmat and hazardous waste shippers, EHS managers, and any business that’s subject to rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation (DOT) or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

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12/17/2015

Five New “Substances of Very High Concern” Added to EU's REACH Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) today announced the addition of five new “substances of very high concern” to Europe’s Registration, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH) Candidate List. If approved for further regulation under REACH program—which is similar to the Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA in the US—these substances will be placed on the “authorization list” and face additional restrictions...

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12/16/2015

Hazardous Waste ID Mistakes Lead to $26M Fine for Cable Provider

The Attorney General of California has issued a decision to fine a major cable company nearly $26 million for violating Federal and State hazardous waste regulations. The company manages many wastes regulated as hazardous under the State Health and Safety Code (HSC)—from electronic equipment like cable boxes, modems, and remote controls to batteries, lamps, and scrap metal; as well as products like adhesives, paints, lighter fluid, and lubricants. 

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12/16/2015

EPA Hazardous Waste Office Changes Name

The US EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) has a new name. The office—which is responsible for implementing a number of EPA’s environmental programs—will from here on out be known as the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). Among the responsibilities of this office is the development of hazardous waste standards and regulations.

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12/15/2015

IMDG Code: What You Need to Know

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, or IMDG Code, is the international standard for packing and shipping hazardous materials by vessel. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) creates and maintains the IMDG Code requirements. The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Hazmat vessel shippers in the US should be aware that these vessel shipping rules include unique requirements not found in the US DOT's 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations...

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12/14/2015

Texas Proposes Adopting New RCRA Hazardous Waste Rules

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has proposed amendments to its hazardous waste management requirements to match changes US EPA made to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program in 2014 and 2015.

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12/09/2015

EPA Launches eDisclosure Portal to Help Facilities Self-Report Environmental Violations

US EPA today announced the launch of its eDisclosure Portal to help regulated businesses self-report violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and other environmental regulations. Self-reporting violations of the US EPA’s environmental regulations can benefit businesses in a number of ways—including possible reduction in the civil penalty amount the facility must pay. 

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