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On October 1, 2015, US EPA finalized its new National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, lowering the threshold to 70 parts per billion from 75 parts per billion.
On September 30, 2015, US EPA finalized a new Rule aimed at reducing the volume of toxic metals and other pollutants that enter US waterways. The rule, called the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category, was initially proposed in June 2013.
On September 28, 2015, US EPA announced revised worker protection standards for farm workers exposed to pesticides on the job. The new standards will apply to agricultural workers who perform certain labor tasks in pesticide-treated crops and pesticide handlers who mix, load, and apply pesticides. According to US EPA, the rulemaking will affect about two million US workers...
On October 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act into law. The Act requires EPA to establish and implement an IT system to track hazardous waste shipments in lieu of the current paper-based system. Once developed, the system will allow users to create and transmit manifests electronically...
On September 24, US EPA signed a proposed rule to update the requirements for import and export shipments of hazardous waste.
In the September 25, 2015 Federal Register, US EPA posted two proposed rules that will affect hazardous waste generators, the Hazardous Waste Generators Improvements Rule and the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule.
On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held a public meeting to address issues of lithium battery air transport safety. The meeting was scheduled in part to help US regulators prepare for the upcoming ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel in Montreal next month, at which lithium batteries will be a major topic of discussion...
US industry has changed a lot since 1976, when Congress first passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The US EPA began issuing hazardous waste regulations in 1980 and had largely completed the task by 1994. But as US industry evolves, so must the EPA hazardous waste regulations...
Prepared by hazardous waste training leader
Lion Technology Inc., this report covers what’s
happened since the new hazardous waste rules took effect.