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04/24/2017

New RCRA Exclusions: Verified Recycler Reclamation

When US EPA promulgated changes to its definition of solid waste (DSW) on January 13, 2015, the Agency created a few new exclusions for certain hazardous secondary material reclamation. Today, we continue our examination of these new reliefs by focusing on the new RCRA “verified recycler” exclusion.  

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04/04/2017

EPA to Delay, Reconsider Risk Management Plan Rules for Chemical Facilities

US EPA yesterday proposed to further delay the effective date of new release prevention requirements for chemical facilities under the Clean Air Act. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in a letter on March 13 that the Agency will grant a petition to reconsider this Final Rule. 

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11/08/2016

RCRA Generator Improvements Update Webinars Start Nov. 29

To help you keep up with major changes to the US EPA’s hazardous waste regulations, Lion Technology this week launched the live, interactive Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule Webinar.

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11/01/2016

OSHA's Narrowed PSM Retail Exemption Now On Hold

In a regulatory interpretation issued July 22, 2015, OSHA narrowed the exemption from its Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard for retail facilities. Before this memo was issued, OSHA’s PSM “retail exemption” applied to facilities that “generate more than 50% of their income from direct sales of chemicals to end users.” 

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01/21/2016

Newport, WA Plant Fined $1.3M for Explosion that Injured 17

A Newport, WA plastics and composites production plant where a July 2015 explosion injured seventeen workers has been cited for willful and serious violations of OSHA’s work safety standards. 

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09/01/2015

Know Your Safety Agency: The CSB

The US Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board, or CSB, made headlines this year when its chairman resigned amid controversy. President Obama appointed, and the US Senate confirmed, a new chairperson in March. As the new Chair-former Chief Counsel for PHMSA, Vanessa Sutherland-begins her term, the time is right to ask: What exactly is the CSB, and what does it do?

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07/23/2015

Some “Retail Facilities” No Longer Exempt from OSHA PSM Requirements

In a new Interim Enforcement Policy, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced on July 22, 2015 that certain employers will no longer be exempted from compliance requirements under the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard for highly hazardous chemicals at 29 CFR 1910.119...

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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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06/02/2015

OSHA Standard for Accidental Release Prevention

In response to high-profile industrial accidents, such as the Richmond, California refinery fire, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has called for changes to accidental release prevention regulations in the US. The CSB is pressing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

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