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01/27/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/27

In this week's Roundup, an oil and gas company will pay $1.95 million to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a hazmat drum maker and a motor fuels distributor were both named in a $1.3 million settlement over their alleged connection to an Ohio Superfund site.

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08/12/2019

2 States Ask PHMSA to Pre-Empt New Washington Crude-by-Rail Rule

The Washington State Senate approved legislation in March 2019 (SB 5779) to prohibit loading or unloading of crude oil from rail tank cars unless the oil has a vapor pressure of less than nine pounds per square inch.  

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06/24/2019

Massive Explosions at Largest Oil Refinery on East Coast Shake Philly and NJ Homes

A large, three-part explosion at an oil refinery in South Philadelphia caused massive balls of fire to shoot into the sky and homes to shake in Delaware County, PA and South Jersey. An unintentional release of hydrocarbon vapors is thought to have partially caused the explosion, though it is currently under investigation.

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04/08/2019

PHMSA Issues Emergency Hazmat Waivers for Nebraska, Iowa Disaster Areas

To facilitate recovery in states affected by the "bomb cyclone," flooding, and winter storms, DOT PHMSA issued two Emergency Hazmat Waivers last month.

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02/25/2019

In Effect April 1: New PHMSA Oil Spill Plan Rules for Railroads

On Valentine’s Day 2019, US DOT announced a forthcoming Final Rule to require railroads to develop and submit Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans (COSRPs) for routes traveled by High Hazard Flammable Trains.   

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02/01/2019

EPA Developing Self-audit Policy for New Oil and Gas Owners

EPA is developing a new Clean Air Act audit policy that would give new owners of oil and natural gas exploration and production facilities nine months to self-inspect their operations, disclose violations to EPA, and correct any violations they find.

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10/23/2018

2019 Preview: DOT Hazmat Regulations to Watch

The semi-annual Regulatory Agenda for Fall 2018 is out now. This Agenda provides insight into what kind of rulemakings major Federal agencies—including US DOT, FAA, EPA, and OSHA—have planned for the next six months.

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09/25/2018

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA Removes ECP Brakes Requirement for HHFTs

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 25 to remove requirements for electronically controlled pneumatic brake systems (ECP brake systems) on “high hazard flammable trains” of HHFTs.

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07/16/2018

SPCC Plan Basics: What Is Oil?

To determine whether EPA's Clean Water Act Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) requiremetns impact your facility, it helps to first know how EPA defines the word "oil" and to know which  types of oils, in which quantities, are covered under the regulations. 

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06/18/2018

What is the National Contingency Plan?

Called the NCP for short, the national Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan is the Federal government's blueprint for responding to hazardous substance releases and oil spills that reach the environment. 

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