“Terrorism Concerns Results in Chemical Storage Rule Delay” #WestTexasFire #Chemicals

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

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“Case Studies on Safer Alternatives for Solvent Degreasing Applications”

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”

“TSCA Reform: A Simple 5-point Summary of What You Need to Know “

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.

“Maximum Civil Penalties for Violations of Environmental (USEPA) Statutes Are Now Significantly Higher After Inflation Adjustment”

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”

“New TSCA Law Starts NOW!”

“For the first time in 20 years, we are updating a national environmental statute,” said President Obama before signing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on Wednesday. The president noted that the updated law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which took effect in 1976 “didn’t quite work the way … Continue reading “New TSCA Law Starts NOW!”

“RMP Changes Are Almost Here, Stay A Step Ahead”

By Timothy P Fagan, Senior Legal Editor It has been 3 years since the ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas, killed 15 people, injured hundreds, and caused widespread damage.  Just a few months after that event, President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13650 set into motion actions by numerous government agencies designed to enhance the safety … Continue reading “RMP Changes Are Almost Here, Stay A Step Ahead”

“U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases New Safety Video, “Dangerously Close: Explosion in West, Texas,” Detailing Report Findings and Recommendations on 2013 Fatal West Fertilizer Company Explosion and Fire “

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdDuHxwD5R4 January 29, 2016, Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a safety video into the fatal April 17, 2013, fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, which resulted in 15 fatalities, more than 260 injuries, and widespread community damage. The deadly fire and explosion occurred when … Continue reading “U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases New Safety Video, “Dangerously Close: Explosion in West, Texas,” Detailing Report Findings and Recommendations on 2013 Fatal West Fertilizer Company Explosion and Fire “

“CSB Releases New Safety Video Entitled “Shock to the System” Offering Key Lessons for Preventing Hydraulic Shock in Ammonia Refrigeration Systems”

Latest Safety Video Includes Detailed Animation of 32,000- Pound Release of Ammonia in Alabama which Led to Offsite Injuries Including Multiple Hospitalizations in 2010 Washington, D.C, March 26, 2015 – Today the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its latest safety video detailing key lessons from the release of 32,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia that … Continue reading “CSB Releases New Safety Video Entitled “Shock to the System” Offering Key Lessons for Preventing Hydraulic Shock in Ammonia Refrigeration Systems”

“The US EPA Is Improving Public Access to (YOUR) Environmental Inspection and Compliance Data”

  Marion Herz, the Chief of Staff for EPA’s Office of Compliance, just blogged that EPA has launched a new compliance website to “make it easier to stay informed about our work and to share tools that can help companies and others follow the law.” Herz notes that the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) … Continue reading “The US EPA Is Improving Public Access to (YOUR) Environmental Inspection and Compliance Data”

Free EPA Compliance Webinar‏ – July 10, 2014 – 2:00 PM ET

Looking for an easy way to stay on top of environmental regulations? Need to know when your state has additional requirements? You are invited on July 10, 2014 @ 2PM ET to take a tour of the easiest and most comprehensive online resource for state and federal environmental compliance Enviro.BLR.com.Sign up now! One-Stop Resource to … Continue reading Free EPA Compliance Webinar‏ – July 10, 2014 – 2:00 PM ET

EHS Managers – “Champions of Compliance” [Infographic]

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continue to crack down on non-compliance, EHS managers are faced with increasing challenges. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in major fines and have long-lasting effects on businesses. By staying up to date on regulatory changes and requirements, companies … Continue reading EHS Managers – “Champions of Compliance” [Infographic]

Testimony of CSB at Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing – Chevron Fire, West Texas Explosion & West Va. Water Crisis

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso at March 6, 2014, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing Entitled “Preventing Potential Chemical Threats and Improving Safety: Oversight of the President’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security” CLICK HERE to view the written statement Chairman Boxer, Senator Vitter, and distinguished Committee members – … Continue reading Testimony of CSB at Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing – Chevron Fire, West Texas Explosion & West Va. Water Crisis

Glow-In-The-Dark Chemicals Subject To New EPA Rule

A final rule (79 Fed. Reg. 6,470) that will allow the Environmental Protection Agency to monitor new uses of photoluminescent chemicals takes effect April 7. The significant new use rule (SNUR) will be enforced under the Toxic Substances Control Act. It applies to chemical substances generically referred to as “complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped.” The … Continue reading Glow-In-The-Dark Chemicals Subject To New EPA Rule

Illinois EPA NPDES Reports Now Filed Online & Deadline Of March 31, 2014 For Transition

By Jeryl L. Olson and Craig B. Simonsen The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) had first introduced the “eDMR” (electronic Discharge Monitoring Report) system in April 2004. The eDMR system was developed so that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permittees with a computer and an Internet connection could complete, sign, submit, edit, and … Continue reading Illinois EPA NPDES Reports Now Filed Online & Deadline Of March 31, 2014 For Transition

Illinois EPA Files Emergency Rules Addressing PetCoke and Coal Piles

SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett today filed emergency rules with the Illinois Pollution Control Board to ensure stringent regulation of petcoke piles throughout Illinois. The rules are part of Governor Pat Quinn’s directive earlier this week to address the growing problem of petcoke storage in Illinois and protect Illinois residents and the environment.Petcoke … Continue reading Illinois EPA Files Emergency Rules Addressing PetCoke and Coal Piles