The Trump administration is delaying a new rule tightening safety requirements for companies that store large quantities of dangerous chemicals. The rule was imposed after a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded in 2013, killing 15 people. Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, delayed the effective date of the Obama-era rule until … Continue reading “Terrorism Concerns Results in Chemical Storage Rule Delay” #WestTexasFire #Chemicals
January 25, 2017, Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a safety video of its investigation of the June 13, 2013 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, Louisiana, which killed two workers and injured an additional 167. The deadly explosion and fire occurred when a heat exchanger containing … Continue reading “CSB Releases New Safety Video Detailing Investigation into 2013 Fatal Fire and Explosion at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, LA”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syj_zeNtLGI OSHA Trade Release U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Office of Communications Washington, D.C. http://www.osha.gov For Immediate Release October 6, 2016 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999 OSHA proposes to amend respiratory protection standard to add two additional fit-testing protocols WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued … Continue reading “OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard To Add Two Additional Fit-Testing Protocols”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdDuHxwD5R4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuV2E6LRXd0 On September 23, 2016, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wrongfully adopted new safety requirements for fertilizer dealers who have to comply with the Process Safety Management Standard. Specifically, OSHA improperly issued a memorandum redefining the “retail facility” exemption and did not allow fertilizer dealers … Continue reading “Regulated Industry Successfully Challenges New OSHA Process Safety Management Enforcement Policies”
The transition to sustainable manufacturing is best accomplished by using pollution prevention (P2) approaches. This paper summarizes a number of case studies that highlight the P2 approach of switching to aqueous and less toxic metal cleaners to reduce health risks and manufacturing costs. EPA compiled these case studies as a supplement to "Pollution Prevention (P2) … Continue reading “Case Studies on Safer Alternatives for Solvent Degreasing Applications”
After 40 years, the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been reformed in an effort to more effectively manage chemicals in this country and give EPA more authority to evaluate and mitigate the associated risks. This infographic summarizes the important points of TSCA reform.
In a federal rulemaking published last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued interim final regulations adjusting the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of various provisions of law. 81 Fed. Reg. 43091 (July 1, 2016). The recently enacted Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), not only … Continue reading “Maximum Civil Penalties for Violations of Environmental (USEPA) Statutes Are Now Significantly Higher After Inflation Adjustment”