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PHMSA, FMCSA, and Placarding: Transporting Hazmat Can Be Confusing

If you ship or transport hazardous materials (hazmat) in commerce, you have obligations under both the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). But these two arms of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have different requirements for the transportation of hazmat. It can be confusing.

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OSHA Still Has Vacancies, and Congresswoman Wants Answers

United States Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has sent a letter to the acting head of OSHA expressing concern about vacant positions at the agency. In her communication to deputy assistant labor secretary Loren Sweatt, DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat, pointed out that despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze in April, OSHA still has not filled […]

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Overdue Ozone Designations Lead to Legal Action Against EPA, Pruitt

As required by the Clean Air Act (CAA), 10 environmental and public health groups have notified the EPA and Administrator Scott Pruitt that they intend to take civil action against the Agency and Pruitt for failing to meet their statutory obligations to promulgate timely designations for areas of the United States under the Agency’s 2015 […]

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Labeling and Shipping Papers: Other Exceptions for Class 9 Hazardous Materials

Yesterday we discussed license, registration, and placarding exceptions concerning transporting class 9 hazardous materials (hazmat). If a hazmat is exempt from placarding, it is usually the case that other exemptions also apply. Today we will look at labeling and shipping papers exceptions for class 9 hazmat transported by motor carriers on highways.

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Take a Deep Breath for Mental Health Awareness

Therapist and author Marianne Clyde says providing employees with quality mental health training is not just a compassionate move. It’s also a strategic business decision. Clyde points to research suggesting that happy employees are more engaged and more productive than other workers. University faculty members who meditated showed improvements in memory related to a reduction […]

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Delaware Electrical Company Demonstrates Decades of Safety Commitment

For 30 years, Mohawk Electrical Systems has participated in an initiative that rewards Delaware businesses that maintain a strong safety program with discounts on their workers’ compensation coverage. The Milford business was recently recognized for being the first in the state to complete three decades in the Delaware Workplace Safety Program.

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Should Your Hazardous Waste Be Managed As Universal Waste?

Determining whether you are allowed to, and also whether you should, manage certain generated wastes as universal wastes rather than hazardous wastes is a dilemma that can plague a generator of hazardous waste. The questions the issue brings forth range from knowing what hazardous wastes qualify for universal waste management to identifying the perceivable advantages […]

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NESHAP Compliance Deadlines Extended for Certain Sectors

Responding to two petitions for reconsideration, the EPA has issued a final rule extending several compliance deadlines under the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the phosphoric acid manufacturing and phosphate fertilizer production source categories. The final rule also includes several technical amendments related to required monitoring and performance testing.

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Further Biomass-based Diesel Reductions Under Consideration

Stating that it is concerned about the high cost of advanced biofuels, the EPA is requesting public comment on potential reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel (BBD), advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes and/or the 2019 BBD volume under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. These possible reductions would be on top of reductions […]

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