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11/30/2015

PHMSA Posts Yearly Hazmat Editorial Corrections Rule

In the Federal Register last week, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released a Final Rule that makes editorial corrections and revisions to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)...

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11/24/2015

Know Your Hazardous Waste Satellite Rules

While the word "satellite" isn't mentioned in the hazardous waste regulations at 40 CFR 262.34(c), this is the term commonly used to refer to the rules that allow generators to manage hazardous waste at or near the point where waste initially accumulates. The satellite rules, also known as the "point-of-generation" rules, occupy only a few paragraphs and are open to a wide array of interpretation by inspectors and nuanced differences when codified by State RCRA programs...

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11/20/2015

PHMSA Denies Appeals to New Class 3 Rail Rules

In the November 18, 2015, Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) officially responded to appeals from hazmat, chemical, and railroad industry groups regarding the May 2015 Final Rule to enhance tank car standards and operational controls for trains carrying Class 3 flammable liquids.

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11/17/2015

Important Updates in the 57th Edition IATA DGR

Every year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) issues a new edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations, or DGR, as it's commonly known by hazmat air shippers. The DGR contains the international standards for hazmat air shipments. IATA published the 57th Edition DGR this fall, and mandatory compliance starts on January 1, 2016...

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11/11/2015

Dispatches from DGAC 2015—GHS “Building Blocks”

From November 2–4, the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council hosted its 37th Annual Conference and Dangerous Goods Transportation Expo in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Every year, this conference brings together hazardous materials shippers, carriers, and regulatory experts to network and discuss the latest developments in dangerous goods ground, air, rail, and vessel shipping...

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11/11/2015

New Effluent Limitations for Coal Fired Power Plants

In the Federal Register last week, US EPA published a Final Rule under the Clean Water Act to establish nationally applicable limits on the amount of toxic metals and other harmful pollutants that steam electric power plants may discharge in sources of wastewater...

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11/10/2015

EPA Ocean Dumping Permits Explained

In the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 (MPRSA), Congress empowered the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to "regulate the dumping of all types of materials into ocean waters and to prevent or strictly limit the dumping into ocean waters of any material which would adversely affect" either human health or the marine environment...

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11/09/2015

New Lithium Battery Restrictions for Air Shipments

Now that the 25th annual International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel in Montreal has come to a close, a summary of new restrictions for lithium battery air shipments is available. The new restrictions constitute significant changes for lithium battery manufacturers and shippers and enter into effect April 1, 2016...

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11/09/2015

Fainting at the Sight of Blood—Is It Recordable?

OSHA issued two new letters of interpretation recently that clarify certain elements of the workplace injury and illness reporting and recordkeeping requirements...

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11/06/2015

OSHA Authorized to Raise Civil Penalties for First Time in 25 Years

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 became law this week, and in addition to setting a budget for the US government, the Act addresses civil penalties for employer violations of US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) work safety regulations. In Section 701 of the bill, titled Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the new legislation sets criteria for OSHA to use to adjust civil penalty amounts to keep pace with inflation...

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