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Good-neighbor Rule Updated to 2008 Ozone NAAQS

In a final action, the EPA has updated its 2011 Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) with respect to the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). According to the Agency, the action constitutes the first time the EPA has updated an existing program to address interstate transport of air pollution under a new air […]

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OSHA vs. Dust: 3 Tips for Controlling Asbestos Hazards

Asbestos has been valued throughout much of human history for its versatility (it’s a fibrous mineral that you can spin into cloth!) and its unusual properties (it’s fireproof! And very strong!). It has been used in building materials and insulation, car parts, and clothing. Unfortunately, because asbestos dust can cause chronic lung disease and cancer, […]

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Accumulating Universal Waste: The One-Year Factor

“One year” is the operative time frame for managing universal wastes under the RCRA regulations at 40 CFR 273. All handlers of universal waste have one year to keep universal waste onsite. To prove that it meets this time limitation, the handler must be able to demonstrate the number of days the universal waste has […]

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Tribes to Establish TMDLs

Federally recognized Indian tribes with reservations may soon be able to apply to the EPA to run Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d), the total maximum daily load (TMDL) program for U.S. waters located on those reservations.

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When is an Empty Container RCRA Empty?

Although it sounds like a trick question, it’s not. A container that seems empty of all its hazardous waste contents may not be empty enough to avoid being managed as a hazardous waste. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations set forth a standard at 40 CFR 261.7 that determines whether your […]

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What Happens When You Don’t Protect Your Workers from Lead Exposure

A company in Waverly, Ohio, was recently fined over $56,000 for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) lead standard concerning exposure monitoring and the use of personal protective equipment. Today we will review the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for lead, take a look at what happened in this particular case, and urge […]

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New FMCSA Rule Imposes Penalties for Coercion of CMV Drivers

Effective January 29, 2016, motor carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries are prohibited from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in violation of several provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs); the commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations, drug and alcohol testing rules; the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs); and commercial regulations. Keep […]

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State vs. Federal Container Rules

Do states follow the federal requirements for the management of containers used to store or accumulate hazardous waste? Yes. Why? Because they have to. Do some states have container rules that are stricter than the federal rules? Yes. Why? Because they can. Under RCRA, a state’s hazardous waste provisions must be as strict as the […]

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