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06/30/2016

EPA Releases Timeline for Implementing New Chemical Law

US EPA has released a first-year implementation plan for new and revised chemical testing and management requirements under the recently signed Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

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06/30/2016

PHMSA Posts More Changes to 49 CFR Hazmat Rules

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today proposed a number of additions, corrections, and updates to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) in 49 CFR.

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06/30/2016

Brewery Fined $2.8 Million for Clean Water Act Violations

In a June 23 press release,US EPA announced a consent decree between EPA, the US Department of Justice, and a beer brewer that operates two large-scale breweries in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. According to the press release, the brewer allegedly violated the Clean Water Act by discharging industrial waste to municipal publicly owned treatment works (POTWs).

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06/29/2016

PHMSA Raises Hazmat Civil Penalties

In the Federal Register today, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) posted an Interim Final Rule to raise the maximum and minimum civil penalties for violations of Federal hazardous materials regulations, law, special permits, and approvals.  

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06/28/2016

EPA Finalizes New Clean Water Act Rule for Fracking Wastewaters

In the June 28 Federal Register, US EPA posted a Final Rule to implement pretreatment standards for wastewaters sent from onshore unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extracting facilities to a publicly owned treatment works (POTW).

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06/28/2016

No Hazmat Allowed on Drones, Says FAA

When we talk about shipping hazardous materials by ground, air, and vessel, we typically look to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR). Today, a US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Final Rule added to 14 CFR piqued our interest.

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06/28/2016

Repeat OSHA Violations Lead to Big Fine for Foundry

An OSHA workplace safety inspection uncovered multiple repeat violations of work safety requirements that will cost a Franklin, OH foundry $143,000 in penalties. According to OSHA, the company exposed employees to amputation, hearing loss, and respiratory hazards and failed to train employees on the hazardous chemicals used in the workplace as required under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).

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06/28/2016

Online Retailer Still Plagued by Hazmat Fines

According to US FAA, for the 26th and 27th times since 2013, regulators levied heavy fines against major online retailer Amazon for violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

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06/28/2016

Dealing with RCRA Rejection

The RCRA rules lay out a specific workflow to follow when a TSDF rejects your hazardous waste shipment. Know your responsibilities under RCRA to reduce anxiety about rejection and put in place an effective contingency plan to deal with rejected shipments.

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06/23/2016

Leaky Fridge Equipment Strikes Again, This Time for $500,000

In another addition to the growing list of Clean Air Act civil penalties related to hazardous chemical leaks from refrigeration equipment this year, US EPA has fined a major national grocery chain $500,000.

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