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09/25/2015

Two Major RCRA Hazardous Waste Proposals in Today’s Federal Register

In the September 25, 2015 Federal Register, US EPA posted two proposed rules that will affect hazardous waste generators, the Hazardous Waste Generators Improvements Rule and the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule. 

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09/23/2015

Pre-ICAO Meeting on Lithium Battery Air Safety

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held a public meeting to address issues of lithium battery air transport safety. The meeting was scheduled in part to help US regulators prepare for the upcoming ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel in Montreal next month, at which lithium batteries will be a major topic of discussion...

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09/22/2015

RCRA Recycling for New Nicotine Products

US industry has changed a lot since 1976, when Congress first passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The US EPA began issuing hazardous waste regulations in 1980 and had largely completed the task by 1994. But as US industry evolves, so must the EPA hazardous waste regulations...

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09/17/2015

California DTSC Releases Wildfire Hazardous Waste Guidance

As wildfires scorch hundreds of thousands of acres in California, the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released two fact sheets to help residents and emergency remediation workers properly deal with the hazardous waste the fires create...

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09/15/2015

ICAO Posts Addendum II to Dangerous Goods Technical Instructions

On September 10, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) released Addendum II to its 2015–16 Technical Instructions (TI) for the safe transport of dangerous goods by air. 
 
In addition to changes for lithium battery shippers, revisions to the ICAO TI include a number of grammatical fixes, minor corrections, and updates to the State and operator variations. View the full ICAO Addendum II here...

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09/15/2015

Shipping Hazmat Limited Quantities by Ground, Air, and Vessel

When shipped by ground, air, or vessel, small quantities of hazardous materials (or dangerous goods)—referred to as "limited quantities"—are granted relief from certain hazmat shipping requirements.

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09/14/2015

Significant Changes to the 57th Edition IATA DGR

This fall, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will release the 57th edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulation, or DGR.  Mandatory compliance with the new rules starts January 1, 2016...

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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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