Category: Regulatory Developments


Latest OSHA News: Beryllium and Whistleblowers

Late last week, OSHA released a couple of important news updates. One announced the issuance of a direct final rule revising the beryllium standard for general industry, and the other addressed whistleblower issues in the railroad and trucking industries. Read up on both of them right here.


EPA’s Effluent Guidelines Plan Slimmed Down

Nearly 2 years after it was issued in preliminary form, the EPA has announced the availability of its final 2016 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan. Section 304(m) of the Clean Water Act requires the Agency to biennially publish a plan for new and revised effluent limitations guidelines after public review and comment. The intent of a […]


CERCLA Reporting Exemption for Farms Approved by Congress

In a display of like-mindedness, congressional Democrats and Republicans came together to pass the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act (FARM Act), S. 2421. The bill amends the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) by explicitly exempting farmers from the requirement to report emissions of hazardous air pollutants from animal waste at their farms. […]

Scientific research

The EPA, Regulatory Science, and Transparency

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has followed through on a commitment he made last month to initiate rulemaking to limit the Agency’s use of scientific information that is not accessible to the public and, therefore, not available for independent verification.

Pesticide spraying

Farm Bill Provides Pesticide Relief

A mere 4 days after the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act (Farm Bill, H.R. 2) was introduced in the House, all 26 Republicans on the Chamber’s Agriculture Committee voted to approve the bill for consideration by the full House while all of the Committee’s 20 Democrats voted against it.


EPA to Create Rules for Blending at POTWs

The EPA announced that it will initiate rulemaking to resolve uncertainties regarding the Agency’s current position on blending at publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). The Agency says it will start the process by reaching out to states, local communities, and other stakeholders who are most affected by how POTWs manage wastewater (EPA news release.)


No Emissions Change for Fiberglass Production Sector

In its latest regulatory action under Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 112, the EPA has proposed several minor regulatory changes affecting the seven facilities engaged in Wet-Formed Fiberglass Mat Production. Emissions limits, primarily for formaldehyde, for this sector were promulgated in 2002 and would be unaffected by the proposal. Formaldehyde is classified as a known, […]

Clock is ticking

Silica Standard: The Compliance Clock Is Ticking!

The June 23, 2018, deadline for general industry and maritime-sector compliance with requirements in OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule (March 25, 2016, FR) is less than 3 months away. Employers with workplaces that contain respirable silica should understand their obligations and meet them in time.


Industry Must Comply with Formaldehyde Rule by June 1, 2018

Judge Jeffrey S. White of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the EPA to require industry to be in compliance with the formaldehyde emissions limits for composite wood products the Agency established in its 2016 final rule (Formaldehyde Rule, December 12, 2016, Federal Register (FR)) by June 1, 2018.