On October 9, 2019, President Donald Trump put forth two new Executive Orders that are of interest to the regulated community at large.
The effective date for US EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule (GIR) was May 30, 2017. As of October 1, 2019, the historic revisions to the RCRA hazardous waste requirements are in place in 23 states.
Besides a newly designed cover, the 61st Edition IATA DGR features some new and changing regulations that hazardous materials shippers and carriers should be aware of. Mandatory compliance with the new edition IATA DGR starts on January 1, 2020.
In a major milestone toward EPA’s implementation of the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the agency has proposed its first 20 high priority chemicals for risk evaluations.
DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on August 14, 2019 to make changes to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) that will update, clarify, and provide relief from certain hazardous materials regulatory requirements.
The Washington State Senate approved legislation in March 2019 (SB 5779) to prohibit loading or unloading of crude oil from rail tank cars unless the oil has a vapor pressure of less than nine pounds per square inch.
Effective July 31, 2019, US DOT has increased civil penalties for Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) violations. With hazmat civil penalties assessed on a per day, per violation basis, even minor increases to these penalty amounts can add up quickly.
EPA has announced increased user fees to support its electronic hazardous waste manifest system in fiscal years 2020—21.
Starting January 1, 2020, manufacturers and distributors of lithium cells and batteries (and equipment powered by lithium cells or batteries) must make available a lithium battery testing summary that provides critical safety information about their batteries to downstream shippers and consumers.
One of the benefits of the e-manifest system is that we no longer need physical hard copies of manifests to accompany hazardous waste shipments. But just because EPA is fine with no paper copy, the same is not true for the Department of Transportation (DOT).
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