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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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08/19/2019

Convenience Stores Resolve Chemical Training Violations for $1.5M

A well-known retail convenience store chain with more than 1,700 stores in California last week agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve allegations that it failed to train store personnel who handled hazardous materials.

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08/19/2019

EPA Will Not Approve Prop 65 Warning Labels for Glyphosate

EPA has announced that it will no longer approve California’s Proposition 65 warning labels for products that contain glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicides.

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08/15/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/19

In this week's Roundup, an automotive lubricant manufacturer and a real estate developer must pay thousands of dollars in penalties for violating the Clean Water Act. Plus, a company that produces windshield wiper fluid is fined nearly $200K in Clean Air Act violations. 

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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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08/12/2019

Container Ship Fires Prompt New Fines from Carriers

To address a recent rise in fires aboard shipping vessels, major carriers have announced new fines and security procedures aimed at reducing the number of misdeclared hazardous cargo shipments.  

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08/12/2019

NJ CEO Found Personally Liable for Company’s $412K OSHA Violations

On July 25, the US Court of Appeals found a CEO personally liable for his company’s $412k OSHA penalty if the New Jersey construction company refuses to pay.

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08/08/2019

Florida DEP Arrests Business Owner for Illegal Biomedical Waste Disposal

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) arrested the owner of a hazardous waste disposal business for alleged illegal disposal of biomedical waste.

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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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08/01/2019

California Glass Recycling Firm to Pay $1.2 Million for Battery Disposal Violations

A Sacramento-based glass recycler has reached a settlement with California regulators after a State investigation allegedly found the company illegally disposed of over 500,000 pounds of batteries.

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