CSB Investigation Warns of Dust Explosion Risk at Recycling Facilities

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report, safety recommendations and accompanying safety video into a fatal combustible dust explosion at the AL Solutions metal recycling facility in New Cumberland, West Virginia. As presented to the Board for a vote at a public meeting in Charleston, the report reiterates a recommendation that … Continue reading CSB Investigation Warns of Dust Explosion Risk at Recycling Facilities

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

CSB Chair Calls for Regulatory Coverage of Reactive Chemicals Following the West Fertilizer Explosion and Fire

Washington, DC, August 20, 2013 – In a new video safety message released today, CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso calls for regulatory coverage of reactive chemicals following the massive ammonium nitrate explosion that killed at least 14 people and devastated the town of West, Texas, on April 17, 2013. Reactive chemicals, like ammonium nitrate, can undergo … Continue reading CSB Chair Calls for Regulatory Coverage of Reactive Chemicals Following the West Fertilizer Explosion and Fire

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

CSB – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins Explosions Testimony

CLICK HERE to view the written statement CLICK HERE to view the CSB’s preliminary findings BEGIN TESTIMONY Chairman Boxer, Senator Vitter, and distinguished Committee members – thank you for inviting me today.  I am CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso. The two explosions we are discussing today – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins – are tragedies of … Continue reading CSB – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins Explosions Testimony

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

CSB Commends Massachusetts Authorities for Issuing Tough Hazardous Materials Storage and Processing Rules

May 17, 2012 Investigation Details: CAI / Arnel Chemical Plant Explosion Washington DC, May 17, 2012 – The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced today that it is commending Massachusetts authorities for improving the regulation of hazardous materials storage and processing in the state, including monitoring of high risk facilities to ensure … Continue reading CSB Commends Massachusetts Authorities for Issuing Tough Hazardous Materials Storage and Processing Rules