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07/22/2013

EPA Updates List of TRI Facilities

On July 18, 2013, EPA issued both a Proposed Rule (78 FR 42910) and a Direct Final Rule (78 FR 42875 h) to require businesses to refer to the 2012 version of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) when filing their Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). This change applies to TRI reports due...

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06/11/2013

Release Reporting Requirements—CERCLA vs. EPCRA

The EPA oversees two major reporting programs aimed at facilitating immediate response and long-term cleanup of hazardous substances released into the environment. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)—also known as Superfund—was enacted in 1980 and authorizes the Federal government to...

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05/14/2013

“Form R” Deadline Approaching Fast

Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Section 313(c), Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), or “Form R,” reporting is required on or before July 1 for any “designated facility” that manufactures, imports, or processes any of over 600 “toxic chemicals.” The chemicals subject to Form R reporting are found...

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04/09/2013

Take Advantage of NPDES Permitting Reliefs

Industrial facilities at which “stormwater associated with industrial activity” is discharged are generally required by the U.S. EPA to obtain an NPDES permit, follow strict regulations, and keep exacting records.
 
To avoid the permit requirement, EHS professionals can take advantage of an available relief known as...

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02/12/2013

Greenhouse Gas Reports Due March 31st!

The 2013 submission deadline for 40 CFR 98, more commonly called “the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule,” is fast approaching. Unlike 2011 and 2012, in which the reporting deadlines were pushed back to September due to technology issues, this year the EPA requires reports be submitted by...

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01/29/2013

Understanding Your Generator Status

Any person who produces hazardous waste or causes hazardous waste to become subject to regulation is a generator of hazardous waste. Waste can be produced by industrial processes or through recycling and waste treatment. Wastes can become subject to regulation without actually being produced through the closure of a process or facility or the cleanup...

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01/15/2013

Prepare Your Tier II Reports Now: March Deadline

It’s that time of year again: the March 1 deadline for submitting the Tier I or Tier II Chemical Inventory Report under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) is fast approaching. 
 
Tier Reporting Requirements
 
You must comply with these reporting requirements if your facility holds a threshold planning quantity (TPQ) of...

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01/08/2013

OSHA’s Yearly Summary of Injury and Illness

EHS managers nationwide have just three more weeks to complete and post their organizations’ annual OSHA 300-A Summary Forms. Formally known as the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, this form must be completed no later than February 1 and posted in...

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07/12/2012

EPA Extends Deadline for Chemical Data Reports

On June 18, 2012, the Federal Register published a Final Notice extending the reporting deadline for the revised TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Rule (CDR). The new deadline is August 13th, 2012, six weeks beyond the original deadline of June 30, 2012.
 
The purpose of CDR is for the EPA to collect quality, screening-level, exposure-related data on a wide range of chemical substances. But, who is subject to the rule and what are the requirements...

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06/19/2012

EPA Extends Reporting Period for 2012 CDR

On June 11, 2012 Mr. Jim Jones, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention signed a rule to extend the Chemical Data Rule (CDR) reporting period by six weeks. The submission deadline for the report is moved to...

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