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The Future’s So Bright: The Basics of High-Energy Visible Light

March is Save Your Vision Month, and the American Optometric Association (AOA) is encouraging everyone to be aware of the hazards of light. No, not the intense ultraviolet light that causes welder’s flash or the concentrated beam of a laser, but much more ordinary light: the blue light that is part of the visible spectrum […]


2016 O&G NSPS: Two Revisions Issued

The EPA has issued what it calls “narrow” amendments to two provisions of the Agency’s 2016 Clean Air Act New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas (O&G) sector (June 3, 2016, FR). The provisions affect delay of repair requirements when emissions leaks or fugitive emissions are detected as well as emissions […]

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The Latest Enviro Enforcement Actions (Part 2)

Yesterday we took a look at some recent environmental enforcement actions, one of which resulted in a fine of over $1 million. Today we’re reporting on five more recent enforcement actions, ranging from tank violations to water permitting problems.


Obtaining CBI under TSCA Amendments

The 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) expanded access to chemical confidential business information (CBI) that businesses are required by law to provide to the EPA. TSCA Section 14, which deals in general with the CBI, now includes three categories of people who are entitled to receive the CBI. The EPA recently […]

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No Time Limit for OSHA on Repeat Violations

Employers rely on OSHA’s Field Operations Manual (FOM) to better understand how OSHA inspectors will review workplace compliance, identify violations, issue citations, and propose penalties. But is OSHA actually legally bound to adhere to the procedures and standards described in the FOM? Apparently not, according a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

Watch out for the glass door

Glass Walls Cause Safety Issues at Apple Park Campus

Apple is one of the largest technology companies in the world, and its Apple Park campus has a sleek, modern design meant to reflect the organization’s cutting-edge products and innovative culture. However, the glass walls and doors are proving to be a bit of a safety issue for some employees.


EPA Working to Loosen Up NSR Process

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been working to loosen up the Agency’s New Source Review (NSR) process. In the latest action, Pruitt has issued a memo that gives more weight to projected emissions decreases in what is known as Step 1 of the NSR. This policy change will potentially liberate some projects from moving on […]