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10/15/2019

Trump Releases 2 New Exec. Orders on Regulatory Compliance

On October 9, 2019, President Donald Trump put forth two new Executive Orders that are of interest to the regulated community at large.  

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09/30/2019

RCRA Update: Latest on Generator Improvements Adoption

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.   

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09/10/2019

What’s New in the 2020 IATA DGR?

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.  

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08/27/2019

EPA Proposes 20 High Priority Chemicals for TSCA Risk Evaluations

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.  

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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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08/06/2019

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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