Will Scalia’s Rapanos Opinion Form Basis of WOTUS Rewrite?

As President Trump’s administration begins the process of rescinding or modifying the Clean Water Rule (CWR) promulgated by the administration of President Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court’s already historic decision in Rapanos v. United States (Rapanos, decided June 19, 2006) acquires even greater significance. Rapanos is not a single opinion. Rather, it is a collection […]

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OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Overturned by Senate Vote

For the first time since the ergonomics rule was overturned by using the Congressional Review Act during the last days of the Clinton administration, yesterday, the Senate voted 50-48 to adopt H.J. Res 83, overturning OSHA’s rule “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” informally […]

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Identifying and Controlling the Hazards of Blue Light

Late last year, the American Optometric Association (AOA) released its 2016 American Eye-Q® survey, which found that the average American spends 7 or more hours per day looking at an assortment of screens: phones, tablets, computers, and flat-screen televisions. For Millennials, the figure is even higher: an average of 9 hours per day. So how […]

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Gold King Mine Reimbursements: EPA Guidance Issued

The EPA continues to respond to requests for reimbursements from entities involved in remediating the Gold King Mine release, which occurred near Silverton, Colorado, on August 5, 2015. In the latest action, the Agency has issued guidance explaining its understanding of eligible response costs emerging from the incident, as that term is defined in the […]

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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 […]

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ASSE Strives to Keep Chemical Safety Board from Chopping Block

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has expressed its support for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). The independent federal agency, which investigates industrial chemical accidents, is on the chopping block in the budget proposed by the Trump administration.


EPA to Reconsider Evaluation of Vehicle GHG Emissions

The midterm evaluation (MTE) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits for cars and light-duty trucks, which President Obama’s EPA released 16 months before the deadline for doing so, will be reconsidered by President Trump’s EPA. The reconsideration is needed, the EPA now says, because the MTE was not developed in consideration of a second MTE […]

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Can You Afford ISO 14001 Certification?

When it comes to internationally recognized environmental management systems (EMSs), you can’t get much higher-profile than the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 standard. In 2015, nearly 320,000 businesses worldwide held valid certifications in ISO 14001. But obtaining ISO 14001 certification can be extremely costly, especially for small- and medium-sized enterprises.