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07/15/2019

How to Identify Reactive Hazardous Wastes

The characteristic of reactivity [40 CFR 261.23] is not just one characteristic; it’s a grouping of eight different properties and none of them have an empirical means of measurement. So how can generators identify reactive hazardous wastes to ensure safe storage and disposal? 

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07/12/2019

Cannabis Company Accused of Illegally Dumping Ethanol

A marijuana production facility has been indicted by Federal prosecutors for the alleged illegal disposal of over 1,500 lbs. of hazardous waste on various properties within San Diego County, California.

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07/09/2019

Get Buy-in to Work with a Hazmat Consultant

Often, higher-ups fundamentally misunderstand the value that environmental stewardship and compliance brings to the organization. They may not be receptive to hiring a consultant to help streamline compliance for your organization. To get buy in from skeptics, it can help to explain the costs of noncompliance in real terms.

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07/08/2019

EPA Finalizes Affordable Clean Energy Rule

On July 8, 2019, US EPA finalized three separate rulemakings related to controlling greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  

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07/03/2019

Summer Safety is a Gas, Gas, Gas!

Summer is in full swing and it seems like every weekend there’s another carnival, fair, or festival in town.  If you’re like me, you want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors, doing everything from cooking, to camping, to tubing and rafting. What do all of these activities have in common?  Compressed gases!  

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07/01/2019

Transport Canada and PHMSA Team Up on Electronic Hazmat Shipping Papers

The Canadian transportation agency will partner with US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to launch the program, which will authorize stakeholders to use digital shipping papers on a trial basis.

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07/01/2019

What is Hydrogen Sulfide and Why is it a Lethal Hazard?

Depending on the industry you work in (for instance gas and oil), you may need to be cautious of a dangerous gas: hydrogen sulfide (H2S).  To protect yourself and co-workers from this gas, you must know the warning signs of exposure and the hazards posed by H2S in the workplace.   

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07/01/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Auto Parts Dealer to Pay $11 Million for RCRA Violations

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, a nationwide auto parts retailer and two affilitated oil recyling facilities pay $11 million and $39,092 respectively for alleged RCRA violations. Plus, a chemical manufacturing company faces $492,000 in penalties for allegedly violating CERCLA, EPCRA, and Clean Air Act regulations.

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06/26/2019

1 Month Later: Cleanup Slowing Down After NJ Chlorine Plant Fire

The Kearny Fire Department released a statement on June 6 outlining plans to begin site remediation on June 11. This would signal that there is no longer an active threat to public health, and any cleanup that is still underway has been contained.

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06/25/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/24

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, an oil refinery agrees to pay a $1.6 million penalty and roughly $20 million in pollution control installations for Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a plastic bag manufacturer and an electroplating facility are fined for violating RCRA hazardous waste regulations.

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