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10/12/2015

EPA’s Waters of the US Rule “Blocked” Nationwide

On October 9, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an Order of Stay, which granted a petition and effectively blocked EPA’s new Clean Water regulation nationwide. The rule is now Stayed nationwide pending the result of legal challenges to EPA’s water authority...

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10/07/2015

Top 10 Most Frequent OSHA Violations in 2015

At the recent National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in Atlanta, OSHA released its list of the Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations. See the list below. We’ve indicated each OSHA standard’s spot on last year’s Top 10 violations list after each entry. As you will see, the list did not change much...

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10/07/2015

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week With an OSHA Compliance Check

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has observed Fire Prevention Week during the week around October 9, commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of October of 1871...

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10/06/2015

COSTHA Warns Congress of Impending Rail Shutdown

The Council on the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) has warned Congress that large segments of the US freight rail network could be shut down if a deadline to install new safety measures is not extended beyond December 31 of this year.

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10/02/2015

Fertilizer Maker Settles $2 Billion RCRA Case with US EPA

A fertilizer maker with facilities in Florida and Louisiana settled an enforcement case with US EPA with a total value reported at about $2 billion, EPA reported on October 1.

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10/01/2015

EPA Finalizes New NAAQS for Ozone

On October 1, 2015, US EPA finalized its new National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, lowering the threshold to 70 parts per billion from 75 parts per billion.

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09/30/2015

New Effluent Limitations for Coal-fired Steam Electric Power Plants

On September 30, 2015, US EPA finalized a new Rule aimed at reducing the volume of toxic metals and other pollutants that enter US waterways. The rule, called the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category, was initially proposed in June 2013.  

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09/29/2015

EPA Revises Farm Worker Protection Standards

On September 28, 2015, US EPA announced revised worker protection standards for farm workers exposed to pesticides on the job. The new standards will apply to agricultural workers who perform certain labor tasks in pesticide-treated crops and pesticide handlers who mix, load, and apply pesticides. According to US EPA, the rulemaking will affect about two million US workers...

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09/29/2015

EPA Reports Progress on Hazardous Waste E-Manifests

On October 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act into law. The Act requires EPA to establish and implement an IT system to track hazardous waste shipments in lieu of the current paper-based system. Once developed, the system will allow users to create and transmit manifests electronically...

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09/25/2015

EPA Proposes New Hazardous Waste Export/Import Rule

On September 24, US EPA signed a proposed rule to update the requirements for import and export shipments of hazardous waste.

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