Category: EHS Management

Environmental Daily Advisor Top 10: Summer-in-Review

Wal-Mart’s BIG Fine for No RCRA Training   Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has pleaded guilty in cases filed in California to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its retail stores across the United States. The Arkansas-based company also pleaded guilty in Missouri, to violating the […]

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Understanding Risks with Sunken Vessels

Other Factors The NOAA states that there are multiple general factors that must be considered in developing and implementing a plan to remove fuel or another potentially polluting substance from a sunken wreck.  For example: •              Vessel construction/engineering.  The actual construction and engineering of the vessel in areas such as plate thickness, riveting, and welding […]

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The Oil Threat from Sunken Vessels

But given the difficulty of confirming information about submerged shipwrecks, there are many uncertainties about the estimates.  For example, the NOAA says that 47 of the 87 priority vessels have unknown or unconfirmed locations.  Unconfirmed locations include vessels where divers have reported finding a shipwreck, but definitive identification of the shipwreck has not been made.  […]

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Everybody’s ‘Real’ Economic Impact is Different

Do a Google search on “Do environmental regulations hurt economic growth?” and you will come up with enough studies to cover a wall in your local public library.  If you review the studies themselves – or at least flip through the abstracts – you will find most of the researchers answer “no.” That answer is […]

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Most Common RCRA Hazwaste Violations Concern Containers

  Failure to keep containers closed.  Inspectors often observe hazardous waste drums that have been left open during the entire work shift, or drums with open funnels. Failure to mark the accumulation start date on the container.  Generators accumulating hazardous waste on-site without a permit must be sure to clearly mark the date on which […]

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