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

CSB Deploys to Elk River Chemical Spill in Charleston, West Virginia

CSB Deploys to Chemical Spill in Charleston, WV Washington DC, January 11, 2014 – An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of a massive spill into the Elk River in Charleston, WV. According to local authorities the leak originated from a storage tank at Freedom Industries – … Continue reading CSB Deploys to Elk River Chemical Spill in Charleston, West Virginia

90 Minutes About OSHA Most People Have Never Seen

We’ve always known OSHA as the official authority of safety and health in the U.S. But very few are aware of the fact that it produced and distributed three films in 1980. While these films are nothing like the Hollywood blockbusters you queue for in movie houses, they were real pro productions. In fact, two … Continue reading 90 Minutes About OSHA Most People Have Never Seen

EPA Final Rule on RCRA Exclusions from Solid Waste & Hazardous Waste for Solvent Contaminated Wipes

Conditional Exclusions from Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste for Solvent Contaminated Wipes  40 CFR Parts 260 and 261  [EPA-HQ-RCRA-2003-0004; FRL-9838-2]  RIN 2050-AE51  AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  ACTION: Final rule.  SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is publishing  a final rule that modifies its hazardous waste management regulations for solvent contaminated wipes … Continue reading EPA Final Rule on RCRA Exclusions from Solid Waste & Hazardous Waste for Solvent Contaminated Wipes

OSHA Issues National Emphasis Program on Occupational Exposure to Isocyanates

Until recently, research on exposures to diisocyanates has focused on occupational exposures. However, there is growing evidence that exposures to diisocyanates may also be occurring to other populations, including homeowners, school occupants, residents living near plants where isocyanates are being manufactured, DIYers, workers not covered by OSHA regulations, and many others. Many of the incidences … Continue reading OSHA Issues National Emphasis Program on Occupational Exposure to Isocyanates

Few Texas Counties Follow Federal Chemical Preparedness Law – (LEPC’s)

by BRETT SHIPP -WFAA Posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:05 PM Updated today at 8:31 PM NEWS 8 INVESTIGATES A statewide survey by News 8 has found a dramatic lack of compliance with a federal mandate that orders counties to operate a planning committee that helps anticipate and respond to emergencies at plants storing … Continue reading Few Texas Counties Follow Federal Chemical Preparedness Law – (LEPC’s)

Update! Reglatory Confusion & Oversight Lead To West Fertilizer & Chemical Company, West Texas Explosion & Fire

Courtesy of MSNBC All In Part 1Courtesy of MSNBC All In Part 2 Before 270 tons of ammonium nitratet exploded at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant last Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security “did not even know the plant existed,”  ranking Republican on the DHS House committee Bernie Thompson said Monday.According to Reuters, 270 tons of ammonium … Continue reading Update! Reglatory Confusion & Oversight Lead To West Fertilizer & Chemical Company, West Texas Explosion & Fire

West Fertilizer (Anhydrous Ammonia) Plant Update & CSB Deploys To Massive Deadly Explosion And Fire at Fertilizer Plant In West,Texas

Rescue crews are searching the smoldering remains of a fertilizer (anhydrous ammonia) facility in central Texas, and a swath of destroyed homes around it, for victims of a massive explosion that injured more than 160 people and may have killed as many as 15, authorities said. The estimate of how many may have died in … Continue reading West Fertilizer (Anhydrous Ammonia) Plant Update & CSB Deploys To Massive Deadly Explosion And Fire at Fertilizer Plant In West,Texas

Underground Storage Tank Operator Training Rule Deadline of August 8, 2012 Is Fast Approaching

Video Courtesy of BLR® The US EPA Established 3 Classes of Training Operators – A, B & C Class A Operator A Class A operator has primary responsibility to operate and maintain the UST system. These responsibilities include managing resources and personnel, such as establishing work assignments, to achieve and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements. … Continue reading Underground Storage Tank Operator Training Rule Deadline of August 8, 2012 Is Fast Approaching

Deaths & Injury Incidents on the Rise at Restaurants Using Liquid CO2 – Re-Posted Due To High Interest!

Video Courtesy of the Phoenix Fire Department ® Carbon dioxide blamed for Pooler McDonald's death 9/14/2011 By Constance Cooper Carbon dioxide leaking into the walls of a Pooler McDonald’s caused an 80-year-old woman to die last week, investigators have found. It’s the third time in six years carbon dioxide sickened people at a U.S. McDonald’s. … Continue reading Deaths & Injury Incidents on the Rise at Restaurants Using Liquid CO2 – Re-Posted Due To High Interest!

Advances in Tire Fires & Extinguishment – New Extinguishing Agent

Someone sent me a note asking about the latest technology in fighting a tire fire. This appears to be a great resource! FEM-12 SC® NEW! FEM-12 SC® reviewed in two leading technical publications Click here for more information. The latest agent added to the product line of safety products by the TLI Group for the … Continue reading Advances in Tire Fires & Extinguishment – New Extinguishing Agent

EPA – 2012 Climate Leadership Award Winners – One Individual and 20 Organizations Receive Inaugural Climate Leadership Awards

Climate Leadership Awards About the CLA 2012 Award Winners Nomination Process and Eligibility · Excellence in GHG Management (Goal Setting Certificate) · Excellence in GHG Management (Goal Achievement) · Supply Chain Leadership · Organizational Leadership · Individual Leadership Frequent Questions Awards Gala and Conference About the Partners Contact Organizational Leadership Award IBM San Diego Gas … Continue reading EPA – 2012 Climate Leadership Award Winners – One Individual and 20 Organizations Receive Inaugural Climate Leadership Awards

New Website Launch for CCAR – Auto Safety, HazMat Testing & Information

Charlie Ayers, president of the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) announced the launch of a new website. CCAR currently serves hundreds of affiliates, thousand of users worldwide and sees millions of automotive safety and hazmat tests administered each year. In this past fiscal year alone, which ended in September, 2011 CCAR saw in excess … Continue reading New Website Launch for CCAR – Auto Safety, HazMat Testing & Information

Compliance Reminder – New EPA Rule to Impact Auto Body & Auto Painting Shops in 2011 – Are You in Compliance?

Final Rule Information:http://www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/t3/fr_notices/psmc_fr121407.pdf A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule, "40 CFR Part 63 Subpart HHHHHH, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources," applies to all body shops and to many other small shops that paint metal and/or plastic parts. It also includes separate requirements … Continue reading Compliance Reminder – New EPA Rule to Impact Auto Body & Auto Painting Shops in 2011 – Are You in Compliance?

EPA Releases Annual National Chemical Release Inventory – Releases Up 16%

On January 5th, the US EPA released its annual national analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI program publishes information on toxic chemical disposals and other releases into the air, land, and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. Total releases including disposals … Continue reading EPA Releases Annual National Chemical Release Inventory – Releases Up 16%

Documents Show Feds Downplayed Ground Zero Health Risks After 9/11/2011

Anthony DePalma ProPublica In the dark and uncertain days after Sept. 11, 2001, the sight of thousands of shaken New Yorkers returning to their apartments, offices and schools in Lower Manhattan seemed to signal a larger return to normalcy. Now new documents have emerged showing that federal officials in Washington and New York went further … Continue reading Documents Show Feds Downplayed Ground Zero Health Risks After 9/11/2011