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02/04/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/5

In this week’s Roundup, a pipeline owner, a permitted hazardous waste facility, and an oil and gas disposal company will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA water, oil spill, and hazardous waste violations.

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02/01/2019

EPA Developing Self-audit Policy for New Oil and Gas Owners

EPA is developing a new Clean Air Act audit policy that would give new owners of oil and natural gas exploration and production facilities nine months to self-inspect their operations, disclose violations to EPA, and correct any violations they find.

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01/31/2019

What's So Dangerous About Lithium Batteries?

Lithium battery events are actually very unlikely. When calculated out, there are usually only around two or three battery-related events per one million batteries. However, when an event does occur, it is extremely dangerous.  

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01/28/2019

Amazon to Add Dangerous Goods Fees for Sellers

Amazon has introduced new fees related to dangerous goods shipped using the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program, which apply to flammable or pressurized aerosols and items containing lithium ion batteries.

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01/28/2019

OSHA Rescinds Electronic Reporting Requirement for Form 300 and 301 Injury Data

OSHA has finalized a rulemaking to rescind the requirement for employers with 250 or more employees to electronically report injury and illness data from OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Electronic submission of data from OSHA Form 300A will still be required.   

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01/28/2019

Hospital Fined $360,000 for Pharma Hazardous Waste Violations

For alleged improper disposal of pharmaceutical hazardous wastes over a three-year period, a teaching hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin will pay $360,000.  

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01/21/2019

How DOT and OSHA Regulate Corrosive Materials

Safety professionals know better than most that the safety regulations created by agencies like US DOT and OSHA often don’t line up neatly. They may overlap in some areas, but diverge in others.   

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01/21/2019

OSHA Raises Penalties for Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will soon raise civil penalties for work safety violations to keep pace with inflation. The Department of Labor will announce the increase in a forthcoming Final Rule.

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01/21/2019

Illinois the 20th State to Adopt RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

In December, Illinois became the latest state to adopt US EPA’s new, stricter hazardous waste requirements.

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01/15/2019

DOT Hazmat Inspections Continue Under Shutdown

Hazmat safety inspections are continuing through the current partial government shutdown. Despite a lapse in funding, both PHMSA and FAA staff remain on the job to inspect shipping facilities, carriers, cylinder re-conditioners, and packaging testers as the shutdown stretches on.

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