One week into the partial shutdown of the federal government, the Senate approved by voice vote three of President Donald Trump’s selections for top environmental posts. Mary Bridget Neumayr was voted in to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ); Alexandra Dapolito Dunn was approved as assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of […]
In 2017, there were 10,000 deaths caused by natural disasters worldwide. And a lot of those occurred while people were on the job. In addition, research shows that the number of recorded natural disasters has increased quite a bit in the past century. So, it’s still critical, perhaps now more than ever, that we’re well-prepared […]
Our first environmental enforcement report for August 2018 has summaries of five recent cases—and two of them resulted in penalties of over $1,000,000. It’s an ongoing reminder of the importance of environmental compliance to an organization’s bottom line.
We have a dozen new cases to touch on this month, covering violations discovered across 7 regions. Penalties and fines ranged from just under $3,000 to $400,000; learn from these examples of water woes, air violations, and permit slip-ups so that your facility doesn’t become the next organization on our monthly list.
How much will Donald Trump’s energy and environmental plans for the country be influenced by what others say and want? Given that Trump has never served in a government position—and, therefore, never experienced the outside pressures commonly imposed on public servants—it is difficult to conclude that his actions will be much influenced by any group, […]
We’re revamping our newsletter lineup to be more responsive to our reader’s interests. Effective Monday, September 14, the Environmental Daily Advisor and the Safety Daily Advisor will consolidate into the EHS Daily Advisor, which will feature topics of interest to both Safety and Environmental pros, like hazardous substances, for example. For our Environmental Daily Advisor […]
It makes business sense. Having a plan for emergencies is key to getting back to work with minimum disruptions. A strong emergency response/continuity plan provides the means to address the numerous issues involved in performing essential functions and services during and after an emergency. Sometimes you just have to! In addition, laws and regulations require […]
Changing environmental situations often requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revisit policies and interpretations of regulations even if the rules themselves are not amended. A case in point is a 1997 EPA policy that precluded the regulation of bio-oils (e.g., vegetable and animal oils) that have been used as lubricants, or for other […]
#1. What Went Wrong A California-based poultry company with a facility in Kelso allegedly did not meet the deadline in 2013 for reporting chemicals stored at its facility. The company apparently failed to report that it stored over 500 pounds (lb) each of ammonia and sulfuric acid, and over 10,000 lb each of carbon dioxide, […]
To become ISO 14001-certified, you must identify the environmental aspects of your facility’s activities, products, and services within the defined scope of the EMS. Determine those that you can control and those that you can influence, taking into account planned or new developments or new or modified activities, products, and services. Then, you must determine […]