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It’s Not Just Turtles: Salmonella, Illegal Pets, and Microbiology Labs

In late August 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it was investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections in 13 states that had sickened 37 people and led to 16 hospitalizations. The culprit? It was just a little thing: small turtles—those with shells less than 4 inches long—sold illegally by street […]

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Cape Wind Project Still Alive

The Cape Wind Energy Project (CWEP), once at the vanguard of offshore wind power in the United States, but since 2015 virtually dead in the water, recently received a small vote of confidence from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). In response to a July 2016 court order that required […]

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EPA Unveils Draft Strategic Plan

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first draft Strategic Plan (covering the years 2018 to 2022) is built around what Pruitt has said is the Agency’s core mission. That mission, one of Pruitt’s three strategic goals, is summarized in the draft this way:

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Hazmat Transportation Security Plans—Two More Scenarios

If you offer or transport certain hazardous materials (hazmat), you may be required to develop and implement a Hazardous Materials Transportation Security Plan. Yesterday we discussed the conditions that would trigger the requirement to develop and implement a Security Plan and described one scenario where a Security Plan would be required unless the company took […]

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Cal/OSHA Follows Federal Example and Increases Penalties

It has been two years since Congress enacted enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. This resulted in the first increase in federal OSHA’s penalty amounts since 1990 – beginning with a whopping one-time increase of 78%. For federal OSHA, the new penalties went into effect for citations […]

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Do You Need a Hazmat Transportation Security Plan?

If you offer or transport certain hazardous materials (hazmat), you may be required to develop and implement a Hazardous Materials Transportation Security Plan. In addition, Security Plan training is required for each hazmat employee whose employer is required to have a Security Plan. Let’s take a look at this onerous requirement and some guidance from […]

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EPA Officially Proposes Repeal of CPP

Nine months after President Donald Trump entered the White House carrying a campaign promise to eliminate the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama EPA’s most significant environmental regulation, the Trump EPA has taken its first rulemaking action to fulfill President Trump’s pledge.

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Are Your Workers Exposed to Opioids on the Job?

As the nation combats a general opioid epidemic, the needs of first responders and other workers exposed to these hazardous substances must not be forgotten. That’s the message of comments submitted by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to a presidential commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis.

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