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04/29/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/30

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, regulated businesses will pay civil penalties for Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act violations and a manufacturer settles with EPA for $16.2 million in Superfund cleanup costs. 

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04/23/2019

EPA to Reduce, Simplify TSCA Reporting Burden

Update: EPA's proposal to amend TSCA section 8(a) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) requirements and size standards for small manufacturers appeared in the Federal Register on April 25, 2019. 

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03/12/2019

Coming Soon: 49 CFR Harmonization Rule HM 215O

Harmony: It sounds great when the Beach Boys do it in a song. When world governments harmonize their hazardous materials safety regulations to facilitate international commerce—well, that’s a little different.

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02/07/2019

EPA Raises Penalties for Environmental Noncompliance

US EPA published a Final Rule on February 6, 2019 to raise civil penalties for noncompliance with environmental regulations. The new penalty figures apply to all violations that occur(ed) after November 2, 2015 and for which penalties are assessed on or after February 6, 2019.  

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02/04/2019

Mandatory Now: New Lithium Battery Marks and Labels for 2019

For those of us who experience the joys of shipping lithium batteries, you have probably come to the realization that the regulators like to change the rules regarding them and do that on a frequent basis.  Just when you finally get your operations in order, they change what is required.  

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02/04/2019

366 Days in Jail for Hazmat Shipping Violations?

The owner of a trucking company has been sentenced to serve one year in jail for hazardous materials shipping violations, conspiracy, fraud, and obstruction of justice.

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02/04/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/5

In this week’s Roundup, a pipeline owner, a permitted hazardous waste facility, and an oil and gas disposal company will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA water, oil spill, and hazardous waste violations.

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02/01/2019

EPA Developing Self-audit Policy for New Oil and Gas Owners

EPA is developing a new Clean Air Act audit policy that would give new owners of oil and natural gas exploration and production facilities nine months to self-inspect their operations, disclose violations to EPA, and correct any violations they find.

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01/28/2019

OSHA Rescinds Electronic Reporting Requirement for Form 300 and 301 Injury Data

OSHA has finalized a rulemaking to rescind the requirement for employers with 250 or more employees to electronically report injury and illness data from OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Electronic submission of data from OSHA Form 300A will still be required.   

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01/28/2019

Hospital Fined $360,000 for Pharma Hazardous Waste Violations

For alleged improper disposal of pharmaceutical hazardous wastes over a three-year period, a teaching hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin will pay $360,000.  

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