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02/03/2015

PHMSA Proposes Overhaul of Hazmat Regulations

On January 30, 2015, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed a long-awaited rule to incorporate many longstanding and/or widely used special permits into the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The rule is part of US DOT's ongoing effort to modernize its hazmat regulations as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)... 

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01/27/2015

Pre-Transport Requirements for Hazardous Waste

Generators large and small commonly start their accumulation of hazardous waste at the point of generation under the satellite option at 40 CFR 262.34(c), moving the container to their central storage (i.e., 90-day or 180-day) area once it's full. In these instances, the container becomes subject to different communication requirements...

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01/23/2015

USPS Revises Rules for Lithium Battery Mail Shipments

On Monday, January 26, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will publish revised standards for shipping lithium batteries in the mail by ground and air. Notification of the revised lithium battery rules will appear in the Federal Register and the new standards will be published as a revision to USPS Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail.

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01/20/2015

IATA's 56th Edition DGR Now Mandatory

For hazmat air shippers, compliance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA)'s 56th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR)—new for 2015—is mandatory as of January 1. IATA revises its DGR annually to keep pace with new hazards and technologies. As in each odd-numbered year...

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01/13/2015

Tier II Chemical Reporting for Ammonia

Now that 2014 is "in the books," many facilities will compile chemical data from last year's activities to prepare the various reports due this year. Hazardous chemical inventory reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) at 40 CFR 370 is one of these requirements...

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01/09/2015

IATA Addendum to 56th Ed. DGR

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has posted the first addendum to its 56th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations. Published annually, the DGR is the major text followed by hazmat air shippers worldwide. US shippers must comply with the latest edition of IATA's regulations in addition to complying with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations...

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01/06/2015

DOT’s HM 215M Hazmat Harmonization Rule

Every two years, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) revises its Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to harmonize them with changing international standards from the UN Model Regulations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions, and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code...

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01/06/2015

OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Changes

In the September 18, 2014 Federal Register, OSHA published a Final Rule to amend its injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting regulations in 29 CFR 1904. The new rule marks the first time OSHA has amended these requirements since 2001. Compliance with the new injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting rules is mandatory as of January 1, 2015...

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12/30/2014

Top 10 Compliance Articles of 2014

For the annual year-end edition, we've collected ten of the most popular articles from 2014, covering the major happenings that may have affected your facility. From new rulemakings and requirements to tips on inspections and help planning for next year, these compliance articles stood above the rest...

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12/24/2014

EPA’s New Definition of Solid Waste Rule

On December 10, 2014, US EPA signed a Final Rule to revise many of the recycling provisions associated with the “definition of solid waste” (DSW). The long-awaited Final Rule revises the exclusions from RCRA for recycled/recyclable hazardous secondary materials that were added to the hazardous waste regulations in 2008... 

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