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06/23/2021

California Adopts Revised COVID-19 Emergency Standards

California's revised rule took effect on June 17. These new regulations more closely align to CDC's most recent recommendations on COVID-19 workplace safety.

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06/23/2021

OSHA Proposes 2 Revisions to Walking Working Surfaces Standard

Last month, OSHA proposed two revisions to the Walking-Working Surfaces Standard at 29 CFR 1910, Subpart D, to clarify new requirements added when the Standard was overhauled in 2016.  

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06/22/2021

CSB Investigates Illinois Chemical Factory Explosion

[UPDATE 06/22/21] CSB deployed two members of its leadership team to the explosion site on June 21. At the site, they met with company respresentatives, on-site Federal and local emergency responders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff, and Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) investigators to discuss the incident further.

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06/22/2021

Sabotage Suspected in Oil Train Derailment

“We know from the FBI investigation, from how trains operate, how trains work, how the couplers work, how the pin lifters work, that this incident was caused without a doubt by sabotage.”

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06/22/2021

When to Indicate RQ for Hazmat Shipments

While US DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) apply to the transportation of hazmat, certain 49 CFR requirements address potential environmental impacts of hazmat releases.  

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06/21/2021

e-Manifest Usage Low as June 30 Deadline Looms

June 30, 2021 is the deadline for receiving facilities to start using the electronic Hazardous Waste Manifest (e-Manifest) system to submit hazardous waste transportation paperwork. Find out what that means for hazardous waste generators. 

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06/21/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/21

In this week's Roundup, a New England city agrees to over $100 million in repairs to its sewage system to reduce  accidental discharges. Plus, a power company is ordered to pay at least $30K to install electric vehicle charging stations to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations.

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06/17/2021

Crowded Ports and a Container Shortage Spell Delays for Shippers

A perfect storm of circumstances is limiting available cargo capacity, stranding containerships in port, and delaying the transportation of everything from fruits and vegetables to hazardous chemicals.  

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06/14/2021

RCRA Update: Latest on Generator Improvements Adoption

Update: Maryland has adopted EPA's RCRA Generator Improvements Rule, effective May 3, 2021. 

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06/14/2021

OMB Seeks Input on Social Costs of Greenhouse Gases

Public comments are due next week concerning a new technical document that details the “social costs of greenhouse gases” that the Federal government uses to estimate the benefits of new air regulations.

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