“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”

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

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

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

Job Opening! – Environmental Compliance Specialist – Minnesota

Please Contact The Recruiter Directly - I Am Posting This As A favor To Them!! Currently we are partnered with a Chemical Company in the Midwest that is in need of an Environmental Compliance Specialist. Environmental Regulatory Compliance (including but not limited to federal (EPA), state (MPCA and others) and local (i.e. County & City Governments) … Continue reading Job Opening! – Environmental Compliance Specialist – Minnesota

New Research Shows Metal Exposure From Laundered Shop Towels May Exceed Permissible Levels Set by the EPA for Metals in Drinking Water

This is a follow up story on a previous post I published about the possible toxicity of laundered cloth shop towels. The video above was part of that post. Presented at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, Gradient study advances research regarding metal residues, such as lead, on shop towels after commercial laundering … Continue reading New Research Shows Metal Exposure From Laundered Shop Towels May Exceed Permissible Levels Set by the EPA for Metals in Drinking Water

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?

Q&A: Carbendazim and Orange Juice

  What is the problem? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports that low levels of the chemical carbendazim have been found in some orange juice products that contain imported orange juice concentrates. Carbendazim is a fungus-killing chemical used in Brazil and some other countries to preserve agricultural crops. Brazil provides about 11 … Continue reading Q&A: Carbendazim and Orange Juice

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%

U.S. regulators lack data on health risks of most chemicals

This summer, when Kellogg recalled 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks, the company blamed elevated levels of a chemical in the packaging. Dozens of consumers reported a strange taste and odor, and some complained of nausea and diarrhea. But Kellogg said a team of experts it hired determined … Continue reading U.S. regulators lack data on health risks of most chemicals

OSHA Reviews the Methylene Chloride Standard

Following a recent review of its Methylene Chloride standard, OSHA indicated that the standard “is succeeding in protecting workers from the effects of methylene chloride exposure such as respiratory and central nervous system failure and cancer.” Methylene chloride is a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. It is used in various industrial processes and … Continue reading OSHA Reviews the Methylene Chloride Standard

NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon Hosts Free Training DVD on Air Toxics Reductions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a training DVD to help auto body shops comply with a rule reducing air pollution from vehicle painting. This type of pollution, called toxic air emissions, can cause smog, cancer, or other serious health effects, the DVD points out. Hosted by NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, the DVD includes … Continue reading NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon Hosts Free Training DVD on Air Toxics Reductions

EPA Publishes Meth Lab Cleanup Guidelines

EPA has issued a document providing state and local governments technical guidance for methamphetamine lab cleanups. The agency says the document is based on an extensive review of the best available science and practices for cleanup. Other issues included are best practices for specific items or materials, sampling procedures, and technical resources. The production and … Continue reading EPA Publishes Meth Lab Cleanup Guidelines

EPA Earmarks $7.1 Million to Clean Up Petroleum Leaks in Michigan

Aug 28, 2009 EPA announced the distribution of $7.1 million to Michigan under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks. The agency said the move is an effort to protect people where they live, work, and play, because the greatest potential hazard from a … Continue reading EPA Earmarks $7.1 Million to Clean Up Petroleum Leaks in Michigan