AG Sessions Issues Memo Cutting 3rd Party NGOs from SEP Policy

The reach of supplemental environmental projects (SEPs), a 40-year old EPA policy used in enforcement settlements, has been truncated under a recent memo issued by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The memo specifically prohibits attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from entering into agreements on behalf of the United States, which directs or […]


Judge Rules Corps Must Revise the Dakota Pipeline EIS

Operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) hit a potential roadblock when a federal district judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) had approved the project without adequately considering the rights of the Sioux tribe living on the Standing Rock Reservation, which spans the North Dakota/South Dakota border near Lake Oahe. The pipeline […]


Fourth Authorization Nearing for Pesticide Registration Bill

PRIA said to benefit all stakeholders There may be no precedent for the current level of divisiveness over federal environmental laws and regulations. But within this storm there are several islands of bipartisanship that suggest it is possible to design programs that achieve that elusive balance between environmental protection and economic growth. One such exception […]


Safety Culture 2017: BLR’s Forum for Employee Engagement and Safety Culture Improvement

BLR’s Safety Culture 2017 will come to Austin, Texas this September 11 and 12. The conference, geared to both HR and safety professionals, will focus on how employers can improve safety compliance and enhance worker performance, with participants leaving with a powerful action plan to improve culture at their organizations based on case studies and […]


Safety 2017: Leadership Tips for Frontline Supervisors

At Safety 2017, the annual professional development conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Judy L. Agnew, PhD, senior vice president of safety solutions with Aubrey Daniels International, spoke to a large room filled with safety professionals in a session titled “Setting Frontline Supervisors Up for Success in Safety.”

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A New Model for PSM at Refineries

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) recently made good on its efforts to establish strict process safety measures at oil refineries in the wake of a refinery explosion in Richmond.


Updated ASTM AAI Standard Referenced by EPA

In a direct final rule, the EPA is allowing the use of an updated nongovernmental consensus standard—American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E2247-16, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property—to meet the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) requirement applicable to purchases of forestland and rural […]

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HazMat Packages: When Is Secure Really Secure?

The top hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation violation uncovered by Department of Transportation (DOT) roadside inspectors since 2013 is unsecured packages in vehicles, accounting for nearly 10% of hazmat violations. You may think your hazmat package is secure in the vehicle, but the important question is whether the DOT roadside inspector thinks so. We’ll take a […]

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Medical Marijuana and Workplace Safety Tips from Safety 2017

On Tuesday, June 20, at Safety 2017, the annual professional development conference and exposition of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Fred Kohanna, M.D., MBA, spoke to a crowded room of safety professionals about the workplace safety implications of medical marijuana in a session titled “Medical Marijuana: Miracle Drug or Safety Nightmare?”

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Pruitt Defends Proposed Shrunken EPA Budget

At a hearing of the House Committee on Appropriations, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was asked repeatedly how the Agency could meet its obligations to protect human health and the environment in 2018 under the $2.3 billion (31 percent) cut the administration has proposed. This is a bipartisan concern since the EPA cuts will impact popular […]