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09/01/2020

Point of Generation: When a Hazardous Waste Becomes a Waste

When does a material become a hazardous waste? While the phrase “point of generation” is used in the regulations, it is not clearly defined.. EPA has been reticent to codify any specific definition, in part because they realize that the decision is going to be based on a number of factors. So let’s explore those factors a little.

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08/31/2020

NJ Chemical Leak Results in Two Injuries and a Shelter-in-Place Order

Approximately 200 gallons of titanium tetrachloride were accidentally released at a plastics refining facility in Edison, NJ. Town officials issued an emergency shelter-in-place order and two individuals at a nearby business reported respiratory complications.

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08/31/2020

Who Will Pay for the Next 20 TSCA Risk Evaluations?

EPA released its interim final list of businesses subject to fees for the 20 high-priority substances undergoing TSCA risk evaluations. Companies that use chemical(s) undergoing a risk evaluation must report if they manufacture or import those chemicals and will then be subject to a portion of the TSCA fee.

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08/25/2020

2021 IATA DGR Presale: Save $15 & Get Free Shipping Before 10/15

Lion's 2021 IATA DGR presale is happening now! Save $15 and get free shipping to any US address when you order yours before October 15, 2020.

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08/25/2020

How to Sign the Hazardous Waste Manifest During COVID-19

On August 20, EPA announced updated guidance to assist generators, transporters, and designated facilities with signing the hazardous waste manifest amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

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08/25/2020

Amid COVID-19 Whistleblower Complaints, OIG Makes OSHA Recommendations

The US Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General  has concluded that OSHA must improve its Whisteblower Protection Program  after an audit report revealed the agency failed to respond to complaints in a timely manner.

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08/18/2020

EPA Completes TSCA Risk Eval for 1-BP

US EPA recently completed its risk evaluation for 1-bromopropane (1-BP) required under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act or LCSA, which amended TSCA. 

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08/18/2020

EPA Proposes No Change to Ozone NAAQS

On August 14, US EPA proposed no change to its National Ambient Air Quality Standard for photochemical oxidants (e.g., ozone).

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08/18/2020

PHMSA Acts on Hazmat Special Permit Requests

On August 12, DOT PHMSA posted a trio of hazmat special permit notices to the Federal Register.  

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08/17/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/17

In this week's Roundup, a Texas excavator will pay nearly $50K to resolve  alleged TCEQ and RCRA violations. Plus, a New England scrap metal processor has been cited for nearly $900K after allegedly emitting VOCs without a permit.

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4 Common Universal Waste Mistakes