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07/09/2015

EPA Memo Shows How Regulators Evaluate Ability-to-Pay Claims

A memo released late last month by the US EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement (OCE) provides insight into the steps EPA officials follow when determining the amount of a civil penalty for environmental violations...

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07/07/2015

Tape It Up! New OSHA Interpretation on Kinesiology Tape

In response to a letter from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, OSHA has reevaluated its classification of applying kinesiology tape as a form of “medical treatment beyond first aid...

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06/25/2015

EPA to Launch New Self-Audit Web Tool for Fall 2015

US EPA is planning a fall 2015 launch for its new “eDisclosure” web portal that will allow businesses to self-report violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and other environmental regulations... 

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06/23/2015

RCRA Contingency Planning Requirements

This month, Lion News has focused on planning for emergencies and the rules for managing risk, both under OSHA's Process Safety Management rules and the US EPA's Risk Management Plan requirements. To further this discussion, today we take a look at the specific contingency planning requirements for hazardous waste generators under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)...

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06/16/2015

US DOT's Security Planning Requirements

At industrial facilities, the characteristics that make the products we use useful and effective can also make them hazardous. When these materials are misused or released into the environment, the results can be devastating...

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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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05/12/2015

Public Water System Annual Report Cards Due July 1

Under the US EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act, Public Water Systems must provide customers with water fit for human consumption. This means, in part, ensuring that any contaminants in the water are present only at levels below the Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) assigned in the Primary Drinking Water Standards [40 CFR 141–142]. Certain Public Water Systems are required to report annually to their customers on the quality of the water being provided...

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04/21/2015

Challenges for IMDG Hazmat Shipping Papers

In most cases, hazmat/dangerous goods shipments must be accompanied by a shipping paper when transported by ground, air, vessel, or rail. While the US DOT oversees all domestic hazmat shipments, the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) authorize shippers to follow the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code when offering hazmat for vessel transport...

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04/14/2015

Tips for Form R Reports, Due July 1

Now that 2015 is well underway, designated facilities under the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), or "Form R," reporting requirements at 40 CFR 372 should start preparing to submit 2014 data to US EPA by the July 1 deadline...

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02/10/2015

March 31 Deadline for GHG Reports

Since 2012, electric utilities and certain industrial facilities must report their annual greenhouse gas emissions to EPA. Reports on 2014 emissions are due March 31, 2015. Since last year's Lion News feature on this topic (February 11, 2014), EPA has promulgated several amendments to the program... 

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