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06/29/2015

US EPA Finalizes New “Waters of the US” Rule

In today’s Federal Register, US EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers published a Final Rule, making the new definition of “Waters of the United States” official.  In short, the new rule is designed to help industry professionals and EHS managers more accurately predict which bodies of water are covered under Clean Water Act programs as “waters of the US.” For full coverage of what’s new in the EPA water rule, read more here: EPA Redefines “Waters of the United States.

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06/25/2015

EPA to Launch New Self-Audit Web Tool for Fall 2015

US EPA is planning a fall 2015 launch for its new “eDisclosure” web portal that will allow businesses to self-report violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and other environmental regulations... 

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06/24/2015

Basic Description vs. Shipping Description—What’s the Difference?

In a recent request for interpretation submitted to the US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a hazmat industry group asked the DOT to clarify its use of two specific terms in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)...

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06/23/2015

RCRA Contingency Planning Requirements

This month, Lion News has focused on planning for emergencies and the rules for managing risk, both under OSHA's Process Safety Management rules and the US EPA's Risk Management Plan requirements. To further this discussion, today we take a look at the specific contingency planning requirements for hazardous waste generators under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)...

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06/18/2015

DOT, EPA, and OSHA Post Spring Regulatory Agendas in Today’s Federal Register

Today’s Federal Register includes Semiannual Regulatory Agendas from the US Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor, and other major regulatory agencies.  Required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, these Agendas list new and upcoming rulemaking activity that will affect hazmat shippers, hazardous waste generators, manufacturers, and industry employers...

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06/17/2015

FMCSA Shuts Down Hazmat Fireworks Co. for HMR Violations

This month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an  out-of-service order to effectively shut down an Illinois-based hazmat shipper. According to the order, the company hauled fireworks in violation of the US DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and other DOT regulations and posed an “imminent hazard to public safety.”...

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06/16/2015

US DOT's Security Planning Requirements

At industrial facilities, the characteristics that make the products we use useful and effective can also make them hazardous. When these materials are misused or released into the environment, the results can be devastating...

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06/11/2015

OSHA Memos Clarify PSM Enforcement Policies

On June 8, 2015, OSHA issued two memos for regional administrators and State plan designees that address enforcement of the Process Safety Management standards. (Read more about what’s required under OSHA’s PSM rules  here)...

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06/09/2015

EPA Risk Management Plan Rules

In 1990, the Clean Air Act was amended to mandate that the US EPA and OSHA develop regulations and guidance for chemical accident prevention. In response, OSHA created its Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements and EPA created regulations requiring companies that use certain regulated chemicals to develop a Risk Management Plan (RMP)...

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06/08/2015

EPA Redefines “Waters of the United States”

On May 27, US EPA in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced a Final Rule to restructure the definition of “Waters of the United States.” The definition, which sets the standard for which bodies of water EPA is authorized to regulate under its Clean Water Act, has been a point of confusion and contention for environmental regulators and industry groups for decades...

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