Category: Regulatory Developments

RCRA Exemption for Airbags Issued

With the issuance of an interim exemption from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) hazardous waste (Subtitle C) requirements, the EPA is playing its part in mitigating risks associated with the recall of Takata’s defective auto airbag inflators.

Crane at construction site

Crane Operator Certification Rule Finalized by OSHA

OSHA has published a final rule in the Federal Register that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators at and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment. According to the agency, the final rule will maintain safety and health protections for workers while reducing compliance burdens.

Scientific research

The Differing Views on Environmental Science and Regulation

The EPA’s Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science proposal occupies a mere 7 pages in the Federal Register (April 30, 2018), and yet, among scientists, human health and environmental groups, and certain industry organizations, the proposal has been the subject of intense discussion. Congress has also been weighing in on the merits of the proposal.

Industry combustible dust

Combustible Dust: A Call for Action from the CSB

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is once again drawing attention to the hazards of combustible dust in the workplace. As part of its investigation into a May 2017 explosion at a milling facility in Cambria, Wisconsin, which fatally injured five workers and demolished the facility, the CSB has issued a call […]

EPA Seeks Clarity and CARB Alignment with New Formaldehyde Proposal

Responding to requests from manufacturers and Third-Party Certifiers (TPCs) for additional regulatory clarity, the EPA is proposing a suite of technical amendments to its regulations to control formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. According to the Agency, the proposal would streamline certain required testing and certification provisions required in its final rule (December 13, 2016, […]

Farm animal emissions reporting

EPA Proposes EPCRA Reporting Exemption for Farms

The EPA is proposing to extend an existing reporting exemption under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to release notification rules under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The CERCLA extension applies to air emissions from animal waste at farms.

exhaust coming out of car tailpipe

Rollback in Vehicle Standards Opposed by Industry Leaders

The 60-day public comment period for the federal government’s proposal to amend vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) tailpipe standards concluded with opposing views submitted by several members of industry. The proposed amendments were jointly issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (Corporate Average Fuel Economy [CAFE] standards) and the EPA (GHG […]

Lab safety

OSHA Wants Comments on the Laboratory Standard

OSHA recently requested public comment on its proposal to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which would extend the OMB’s approval of an OSHA Information Collection Request (ICR) regarding the agency’s Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard (Laboratory Standard) (29 CFR 1910.1450).

Fixed ladder

Fixed Ladders: Standards Change This November

November 19, 2018, is a key date for employers with existing outdoor fixed ladders that extend more than 24 feet (ft) above a lower level. Ladders that were erected before that date must be equipped with at least one type of device that protects workers from falling. Ladders erected after November 19, 2018, must meet […]

President Signals New Rulemaking on E15

Multiple news media have reported—and a statement by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made it semi-official—that President Donald Trump has directed the EPA to begin rulemaking to allow year-round sales of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol (E15).