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08/19/2019

PHMSA Proposes 19 Updates to Hazmat Regulations

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.  

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08/12/2019

2 States Ask PHMSA to Pre-Empt New Washington Crude-by-Rail Rule

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.  

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08/06/2019

Final Rule Alert: Hazmat Civil Penalties Increased

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.  

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07/25/2019

EPA Ups e-Manifest User Fees for 2020-21

EPA has announced increased user fees to support its electronic hazardous waste manifest system in fiscal years 2020—21.

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07/22/2019

Mandatory Jan. 1: Lithium Battery Test Summary

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.

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06/18/2019

E-Manifests and 49 CFR: Paper Copies Still Required

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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06/13/2019

DTSC's Plan to Adopt RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

California has unveiled a plan to adopt provisions from EPA’s 2016 Generator Improvements Rule into the state’s Title 22 hazardous waste regulations. The major EPA rulemaking overhauled the Federal hazardous waste management requirements, adding more stringent provisions as well as new reliefs for generators.  

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06/05/2019

EPA's New Pharma Waste Regs Take Effect August 21

Overhauled requirements for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals (HWP) officially take effect on August 21, 2019.

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05/28/2019

Spring 2019 Unified Agenda: Hazmat Rules to Watch

Just before Memorial Day weekend, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Updated twice per year, the Unified Agenda gives industry stakeholders and the public a view into rulemaking activities in progress at major Federal agencies.

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05/20/2019

RCRA Update: Where is the Generator Improvements Rule in Effect Now?

When EPA creates new rules that are more stringent than previous regulations, as is the case with many of the updates in the landmark 2016 Generator Improvements Rule, all states must adopt the more-stringent provisions in order to maintain authorization to run their state program.  

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