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EPA Report Highlights an Upward Trend in Auto Performance

In its 2018 Automotive Trends Report, the EPA states that estimated real-world CO2 emissions from model year (MY) 2017 light-duty vehicles were at a record low and fuel economy at a record high. The report covers vehicles manufactured in 2017, the most recent year for which the Agency has complete data. The report is based […]

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NESHAP: New Wood Coating Tech Isn’t a New ‘Development’

The EPA’s recent final rule based on its residual risk and technology review (RTR) of the Clean Air Act’s (CAA) National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Surface Coating of Wood Building Products (Subpart QQQQ, Part 63) (March 4, 2019, Federal Register (FR)) provides an opportunity to consider how the Agency determines if […]

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BLR’s Forum Events Adds Additional Dates for Total Security Summit and Facilities Management Summit

Forum Events, a leading networking event offering that provides opportunities for senior-level executives to meet with high-quality solution providers, improving ROI by optimizing the sourcing process, is excited to announce the expansion of its Total Security and Facilities Management Summits, increasing from two events per year to four, starting in 2019.

Stress, Mental Health, and Workplace Safety

There’s no denying it. Mental health issues, particularly stress, are an unavoidable aspect of doing business in the 21st century. The causes are myriad. Long work hours—longer than any time in history and longer than any other industrial nation. Conflicts between work and family life, when really these things should be complementing each other. The […]

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Much of White House Infrastructure Request Centers on Environmental Changes

Reforming environmental laws, rules, and policies occupies about a half of President Donald Trump’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America. Since moving into the White House, the administration has taken up the call to simplify and speed up the process of conducting environmental reviews of federal actions, including major infrastructure projects, as required under […]

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Bipartisan Support for Faster CERCLA Designation for PFAS

In its Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, released in February 2019, the EPA noted that in 2018, it initiated the regulatory development process for listing the two most problematic PFAS—perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)—as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund).

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Preventing Ladder-Related Accidents and Ladder Safety Month

I really thought we would have flying cars by now. Growing up watching cartoons like the Jetson’s or movies like Back to the Future, we were led to believe that everyone would be flying around with jetpacks and hoverboards. Unfortunately, no one has invented anti-gravity boots yet, so we still need tools like ladders to […]

CWA Discharge Dispute Headed to Supreme Court

Opposing opinions by three U.S. appeals courts (two issued by the same circuit on the same day) have led to a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to address the core Clean Water Act (CWA) question—Is a point source discharging pollutants to navigable water via a groundwater pathway the functional equivalent of a direct discharge […]