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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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02/03/2015

OSHA Reveals Top 10 Safety Violations of 2014

Every year, OSHA reports the top ten most frequently cited workplace safety violations. These citations are the result of more than 90,000 annual inspections performed by over 2,000 federal and State inspectors... 

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01/13/2015

Tier II Chemical Reporting for Ammonia

Now that 2014 is "in the books," many facilities will compile chemical data from last year's activities to prepare the various reports due this year. Hazardous chemical inventory reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) at 40 CFR 370 is one of these requirements...

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01/06/2015

OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Changes

In the September 18, 2014 Federal Register, OSHA published a Final Rule to amend its injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting regulations in 29 CFR 1904. The new rule marks the first time OSHA has amended these requirements since 2001. Compliance with the new injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting rules is mandatory as of January 1, 2015...

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12/23/2014

Reporting Releases under RCRA

Like many Federal environmental statutes, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) sets requirements for reporting releases. Several RCRA regulations address reporting releases of hazardous waste. The specific reporting requirement(s) a hazardous waste generator is subject to depends on...

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10/28/2014

What Is an Emergency Coordinator?

Natural disasters, fires, industrial accidents, and other calamities are tragic. When hazardous waste is involved, these tragedies can be catastrophic. Because these events can happen without warning, the US EPA requires large quantity generators...

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10/07/2014

OSHA Confined Spaces FAQ

In many industries, employees commonly perform work inside of “confined spaces.” To protect these employees, OSHA’s General Industry Standard includes specific rules employers must follow, including permitting requirements for certain confined spaces...

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