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