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09/08/2015

EPA's Proposed TSCA Rules for Nanoscale Materials

On April 6, 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new reporting/recordkeeping rule regarding nanoscale materials that are already in commerce. If finalized, the rule will require companies that manufacture or process chemicals at the nanoscale level to electronically report to US EPA information about the materials' chemical identity, production volume, methods of manufacture and processing, uses, exposure, and release data and available health and safety data...

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09/04/2015

What’s in the Newly Proposed RCRA Subpart P?

On August 31, 2015, US EPA proposed new management standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals at healthcare facilities. Click the link above for an overview of the proposed regulations, including important definitions, basic requirements, and how “creditable” and “non-creditable” pharmaceutical hazardous wastes will be treated differently... 

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09/01/2015

New Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

When discarded, some pharmaceutical drugs meet the US EPA’s definition of a hazardous waste. This happens when the drugs’ ingredients appear on one of EPA’s RCRA lists (i.e., the P list or the U list) or because of the drugs’ hazardous characteristics... 

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09/01/2015

EPA Proposes Major RCRA Overhaul

On August 31, 2015, US EPA proposed a complete overhaul of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations for managing hazardous waste...

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09/01/2015

Know Your Safety Agency: The CSB

The US Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board, or CSB, made headlines this year when its chairman resigned amid controversy. President Obama appointed, and the US Senate confirmed, a new chairperson in March. As the new Chair-former Chief Counsel for PHMSA, Vanessa Sutherland-begins her term, the time is right to ask: What exactly is the CSB, and what does it do?

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08/28/2015

EPA’s ‘Waters of the US’ Rule Blocked in 13 States

One day before EPA’s new “Waters of the US Rule” was set to take effect, a Federal judge has issued an injunction to block implementation of the new law in 13 US states...

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08/28/2015

FAA and PHMSA Call Public Meeting on Lithium Battery Safety

In the Federal Register on August 28, 2015, two offices of the US Department of Transportation—the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)—called a public meeting to address the unique issues posed by lithium batteries during air transport...

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08/27/2015

FMCSA Grants Hours-of-Service Exemption for Certain Hazmat Cargo

In the August 21, 2015, Federal Register, the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted an exemption from one facet of the Federal hours-of-service (HOS) rules for truck drivers hauling certain “security-sensitive” hazardous materials that require a US DOT Security Plan...

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08/26/2015

Hazmat Shippers Facing New Restrictions at Chinese Ports

In response to the August 12 facility explosion in Tianjin, it appears that Chinese port authorities are taking steps to limit the amount and types of hazardous materials (known internationally as dangerous goods) that enter the country...

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08/26/2015

EPA’s New Methane Emissions Rules for Oil and Gas

On August 18, 2015, US EPA proposed new standards under the Clean Air Act that aim to reduce methane and VOC emissions from the oil and gas industry. The long-term goal of the proposal is to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry sector by 40 to 45 percent (from 2012 levels) by 2025... 

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