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04/22/2014

Celebrate Earth Day by Boosting Sustainability

On April 22, one billion people in 190 countries will celebrate Earth Day by participating in activities promoting “Green Cities.” Organizers say: “With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future...

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04/17/2014

OSHA Issues New Rules for Electric Power Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most recent safety standards for constructing electricity transmission and distribution installations are now more than 40 years old. To bring these now outdated standards, written in 1972, up-to-date, OSHA this month promulgated new and revised rules for employees who operate and maintain electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment...

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04/15/2014

DOT Hazmat Registrations Due by June 30th

Department of Transportation hazmat registrations for the 2014-2015 year are due by June 30th. Does your company plan on shipping ANY loads that require a placard? In other words, if an empty truck or rail car is loaded at your property and now requires a placard, then you must be registered with DOT as a hazmat shipper. If your trucks are placarded, then...

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04/08/2014

Know Your EPCRA Reporting Responsibilities

This week, LionNews continues to examine the ongoing cycle of Federal and State reporting requirements under major US EPA regulatory programs. In previous editions, we addressed Tier I and II chemical inventory reports and annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting under the Clean Air Act...

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04/03/2014

New “Waters of the United States” Definition

UPDATE (04/21/14): The EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States” rule appeared in the Federal Register on April 21, 2014. View the proposed rule here.

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04/01/2014

Mother Goose Cited for Multiple OSHA Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) safety regulations are no laughing matter. Not only are these rules critical to protect workplace employees, but companies that fail to meet OSHA’s standards can face hefty fines and negative press...

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03/25/2014

Reusing Waste and Avoiding Sham Recycling

To encourage recycling and keep more hazardous waste out of landfills and the ecosystem, the US EPA established the “reuse relief” in its hazardous waste regulations. The relief, found at 40 CFR 261.2(e), excludes certain materials from the definition of solid waste when they are reused in a beneficial way. In general, the exclusion applies when an otherwise hazardous waste is reused in one of three ways...

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03/18/2014

Shipping Limited Quantity Domestic vs. International

When shipped by ground, air, or ocean, a number of common household items are regulated as hazmat by the US Department of Transportation. Because they are common and largely low-risk materials, many household cleaners, medicines, and cosmetics are afforded certain reliefs when packaged as a limited quantity. When packaged in certain ways, these items are also sometimes referred to as consumer commodities...

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