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06/22/2016

US Navy and Contractor to Pay for Illegal Hazardous Waste Storage

To settle violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations, the US Navy and Guam Shipyard will pay a combined $125,000 fine.

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06/22/2016

FMCSA Updates Hazmat Safety Permit Rules for Radioactives Transporters

In the Federal Register on Friday, June 17, the US DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) posted a Rule to update the vehicle inspection requirements for motor carriers who transport highway-route control quantities (HRCQ) of radioactive materials.

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06/21/2016

Clean Air Act, CERCLA, and EPCRA Fines for Food Processor

For alleged violations of multiple US environmental laws and regulations stemming from a release of anhydrous ammonia, a bakery and distribution company in Chelsea and Lawrence, MA will pay $156,000 in civil penalties. In addition to the fine, the company will furnish emergency response equipment to local emergency responders, at an estimated cost of $119,000.

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06/20/2016

Size Matters: Shipping Hazmat in Big Boxes

“Good things come in small packages,” the saying goes. But when you ship hazardous materials, sometimes a small package or combination packaging just won’t get the job done.

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06/16/2016

DOT Announces Million Dollar Hazmat Grant Program

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced on Friday the availability of $1 million in grant funding to support hazmat emergency response training in the US. Created under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), the grant money is earmarked for safety training for hazardous materials professionals or hazmat training for Federal and State enforcement personnel.

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06/14/2016

Major Online Retailer Fined $350,000 for Hazmat Shipping Violations

For alleged violations of the US DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) stemming from an improperly prepared package of drain cleaner offered for air transport from Kentucky to Colorado, a Washington-based online retailer will pay $350,000, according to an FAA press release.

 

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06/14/2016

Furniture Retailer Agrees to Corporate-Wide, $1.75 Million OSHA Settlement

One of the nation’s largest furniture retailers has reached a corporate-wide settlement agreement for alleged violations of OSHA work safety regulations. As part of the agreement, the company will pay a $1,750,000 fine, abate workplace hazards, and train employees in line with the machine safety requirements at 29 CFR 1910.147(c)(7).

 

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06/14/2016

Your New TSCA Rules Breakdown

Earlier this month, both chambers of the US Congress passed a long awaited reform bill to re-work the nation's premier chemical law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). With the "new" TSCA now set to become law, it's time to take look at exactly what Congress passed, and what new regulations chemical manufacturers, importers, and processors should expect EPA to create to enact new requirements in the law.

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06/09/2016

$23,000 PCB Storage Penalty for Lamp Recycler Under TSCA

According to a US EPA press release, a lamp recycler in Windsor, CT will pay $23,000 to settle allegations personnel mishandled PCB-containing light ballasts. PCBs—polychlorinated biphenyls—are  known carcinogens subject to specific handling and management rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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06/08/2016

TSCA Reform Passes Senate, Awaits POTUS Signature

After passing the House of Representatives last week, long-awaited revisions to the United States’ major chemical management, reporting, and recordkeeping law—the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—have now passed the Senate as well.  Named the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the revisions to TSCA now require only a signature from the President to enact them into Federal law.

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