The Spring 2020 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and De-regulatory Actions was released just before the July 4th holiday.
We check in on state adoption of the RCRA Generator Improvements Rule, the Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule, and the exclusion for solvent-contaminated wipes and rags (the "Rag Rule").
Update: EPA's Final Rule to modernize the testing standards for ignitable hazardous wastes appeared in the Federal Register on July, 7, 2020. The Final Rule takes effect on September 8, 2020.
As if 2020 hasn’t been challenging enough, the last day to use the ORM-D classification for ground shipments is December 31, 2020.
Effective June 11, 2020, three newly adopted RCRA revisions are now in effect in Texas.
One change in EPA's Generator Improvements Rule that provided a new relief for generators is the creation of rules for “episodic generation.” Find out who can use this new relief, and how it could help lighten your regulatory burden.
PHMSA found that “the city created its own independent set of cargo containment, equipment, and related requirements that overlap extensive HMR requirements and are likely to encourage noncompliance with the HMR.”
Update 05/11/20: PHMSA has finalized its preemption determination and found that Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Law preempts Washington State's vapor pressure requirement for crude oil by rail.
On May 11, US DOT PHMSA finalized a long-delayed rulemaking (HM 215-O) to harmonize the 49 CFR regulations with evolving international standards.
USPS has revised its Publication 52 regulations for mailing Category B Infectious Substances “to support the rapid deployment of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic tests…”
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When EPA civil penalties rise, so does the value of environmental compliance.