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05/26/2020

PHMSA Withdraws Crude Oil Vapor Pressure Proposal

On May 20, DOT PHMSA withdrew a proposal to establish vapor pressure limits for crude oil and other Class 3 flammable hazardous materials by rail.

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05/12/2020

PHMSA Pre-Empts Washington State Crude-by-Rail Rule

Update 05/11/20: PHMSA has finalized its preemption determination and found that Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Law preempts Washington State's vapor pressure requirement for crude oil by rail.  

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04/22/2020

EPA Marks 50 Years of Earth Day With a Virtual Celebration

April 22, 2020 marks 50 years since Earth Day became a nationally recognized day of environmentalism. Usually, it is a day devoted to cleaning up beaches, parks, rivers, and streams. However, this year, EPA is encouraging citizens to celebrate virtually through online environmental education opportunities and activities.

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03/24/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/24

In this week's Roundup, a Wyoming oil production facility pays $115,000 to resolve alleged violations related to two improper releases. Plus, EPA fines an industrial metalworking company in Arizona for allegedly violating their fugitive dust plan from a previous settlement. 

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03/18/2020

2.5M Pounds of Radioactive Fracking Waste Illegally Dumped at Oregon Landfill

A hazardous waste facility near Arlington, Oregon has been put on notice for allegedly dumping over 2.5 million pounds of radioactive fracking waste at its landfill, according to the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). Oregon law prohibits disposal of radioactive waste in the state.

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02/28/2020

Elevated Benzene Levels Reported at 10 US Refineries

A nonprofit watchdog group released a report that shows elevated benzene levels at 10 oil refineries throughout the US. While this is not illegal, EPA regulations require the refineries to investigate the cause of elevated emissions and take steps to reduce them.  

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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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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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