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05/18/2020

9 States Challenge EPA’s COVID-19 Enforcement Policy

Attorneys General from nine states filed suit against US EPA over the agency’s Temporary Policy on environmental enforcement during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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05/15/2020

PHMSA Affirms Preemption of NYC’s Hazmat Permit Fee

PHMSA found that “the city created its own independent set of cargo containment, equipment, and related requirements that overlap extensive HMR requirements and are likely to encourage noncompliance with the HMR.”

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05/12/2020

PHMSA Pre-Empts Washington State Crude-by-Rail Rule

Update 05/11/20: PHMSA has finalized its preemption determination and found that Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Law preempts Washington State's vapor pressure requirement for crude oil by rail.  

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05/11/2020

OSHA Investigates Nearly 200 Coronavirus Workplace Safety Claims

OSHA launched 192 coronavirus-related workplace safety investigations between February 19 and April 23 to determine whether employers failed to adequately protect their workers. This is the culmination of thousands of complaints fielded by investigators since January relating to the pandemic.

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05/11/2020

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA HM 215-O Hazmat Harmonization Rule

On May 11, US DOT PHMSA finalized a long-delayed rulemaking (HM 215-O) to harmonize the 49 CFR regulations with evolving international standards.

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05/11/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/11

In this week's Roundup, a Chicago recycler and a Washington State agricultural company face $8.5 million in fines and penalties over alleged Clean air Act violations. Plus, an Idaho farm equipment supplier pays $25K after allegedly importing misbranded pesticides.

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05/08/2020

Small Quantities, Big Differences

The reliefs and requirements for shipping hazardous materials/DG in limited quantities vary greatly from one mode of transportation to another. Here we break down what's required if you ship limited quantities by ground (49 CFR), air (IATA DGR), or vessel (IMDG Code). 

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05/04/2020

How to Spot a Counterfeit Respirator

Due to the national respirator shortage, some companies are seeking less conventional third-party marketplaces with the hope of keeping their essential staff and employees safe. But don’t be fooled, many counterfeit masks appear strikingly similar to their approved counterpart. Here’s how to tell the difference.

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05/04/2020

TSCA CDR Reporting Period Starts June 1

It happens every four years and it's coming up again in November 2020? No, we're not talking about the next US Presidential election…  

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05/04/2020

Your Top 9 COVID-19 Questions Answered

From PPE to recordkeeping to sneezeguards to hazardous waste, Lion instructor Scott Dunsmore, CIT answers commonly employer questions submitted during our first two free Coronavirus and the Workplace webinars.

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When US EPA introduced the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the hazardous waste management standards included reduced requirements for some large-volume wastes. After studying the hazards of wastes in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) operations, as directed by the US Congress, EPA determined regulation of these wastes under RCRA was not warranted. Therefore, many oil and gas E&P wastes are excluded from the RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste management standards.

Understanding the RCRA Exclusion for Oil and Gas