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EPA, Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Issues (De-)Regulatory Agenda, Priorities for 2020

The EPA’s commitment to regulatory reform through deregulation is evident in the Agency’s latest Regulatory Agenda. The 145 entries on the Agency’s Fall 2019 Rule List include 56 actions that are expected to be deregulatory; these actions follow the 47 deregulatory amendments the EPA says it has already finalized under President Donald Trump.

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Safety First! Protective Measures to Take This Holiday Season

For many, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the winter holiday season. Along with the joy of spending time with family and friends, this time of year can also be a dangerous one. Everything from colder weather to crowded roadways and unsafe cooking techniques can result in personal injuries and property damage. If injuries are severe […]

EPA, Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Finalizes Reconsideration of Risk Management Program Provisions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its reconsideration of Risk Management Program provisions that were amended in 2017.  EPA opted to rescind some of the amended provisions for various reasons and retain or modify other provisions.  According to EPA, the latest revisions to the rule “better address potential security risks, reduce unnecessary and ineffective […]

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EPA Looks to Trim Authority of Environmental Appeals Board

With the goal of expediting resolution of objections to permits issued by the EPA under major environmental statutes, the Agency is proposing amendments to regulations governing its Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). Among the seven proposed revisions, the most significant would strengthen the role of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program. Other parts of the proposal […]

Construction workers and technology

Struck-by Hazards Could Be Prevented by Wearable Technology

Wearable technology could alert construction workers to nearby vehicles or equipment, preventing caught between and struck-by injuries, a recent study found. A prototype belt with vibrating motors alerted participants to the presence of vehicles and equipment in research performed by CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training.

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EPA’s Regulations on Waste Prescription and Nonprescription Pharmaceuticals

The EPA has long emphasized that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and its regulations were written to address the generation of solid and hazardous wastes by industrial plants and the storage, treatment, and disposal of such wastes at permitted facilities and landfills. What the regulations were not intended to cover is the generation […]

Chemical research, PFAS

PFAS: What We Know, What’s Being Studied, and the Laws

Many stakeholders are following—or should be following—the federal government’s plans to address the impact of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on human health and the environment. There is a lot to follow. PFAS are a family of chemicals first synthesized in the 1940s. It is a very large family. According to the EPA’s February 2019 […]

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Chemical CBI Claims: Reverse Engineering Questions Proposed by EPA

The EPA is proposing to add two questions to the list of questions chemical manufacturers (which include importers) and processors must answer to substantiate claims that the identities of chemicals must be protected from public disclosure. Both questions relate to reverse engineering, defined as a process “to disassemble and examine or analyze in detail (a […]