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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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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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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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03/19/2018

Do You Need an SPCC Facility Response Plan?

Under authority granted by the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) program at 40 CFR 112. While most facilities subject to the SPCC rules...  

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To record or not to record? That is the question when an employee gets sick or injured at work. In most cases, injuries that occur at work are work-related and must be recorded to maintain compliance with OSHA regulation. That said, OSHA provides nine specific exceptions to this general rule.

9 Exceptions to OSHA Injury Reporting