The United States Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) addressed in a February 7th letter a request for clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (“HMR“) applicable to marketing and placarding of cargo tanks.The PHMSA letter was in response to a February 21, 2018, query from GATE Petroleum Company (“GPC”) of Jacksonville Florida.GPC informed PHMSA that it typically transports “UN1203, Gasoline” and “UN1202, Fuel oil” to customers in multi-compartmented cargo tanks.
US EPA has announced that the formal designation of substances as inactive on US EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory will become effective on August 5, 2019. (84 Fed. Reg. 21773 (May 15, 2019)).
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is proposing to add two sites to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) where releases of contamination pose human health and environmental risks.
Emergency response teams are constantly looking for ways to improve their operations.Simulated exercises, training classes and seminars can all provide valuable insight into tactics and technologies that can be applied in real life HazMat incidents.However unless feedback on incident response and command is recorded (and can be easily shared with personnel), a valuable learning opportunity can risk being lost.An effective way to enhance learni
Spring Regulatory Agenda Issued. On May 22, 2019, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released the administration’s Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Before diving into the regulatory morass, there are a few items of note regarding these regulatory agendas. First, as one might imagine, in order to publish something this lengthy, each agency likely submitted its respective agenda weeks or even months ago.
BOKOSHE, Okla. — Susan Holmes’ home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town.For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the powdery ash blowing from the trucks and the ash dump on the edge of town would “kind of engulf you,” Holmes said. “They drove by, and you just couldn’t breathe.”Over three decades, the ash dump grew into a hill five stories high.
The control of hazardous energy is regulated under OSHA's control of hazardous energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard. The standard's purpose is to protect workers from the dangers of hazardous energy. This RFI seeks information regarding two areas where modernizing the Lockout/Tagout standard might better promote worker safety without additional burdens to employers: control circuit type devices and robotics.
The memorandum describes how, as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency efforts to advance its mission of protecting public health and the environment, the agency should also ensure that its regulatory decisions are rooted in sound, transparent and consistent approaches to evaluating benefits and costs. Many EPA statutes contemplate the consideration of benefits and costs as part of regulatory decision-making. However, benefits and costs have historically been treated differently, depending on the media office and the underlying authority.
Transport Canada (TC) has advised that the Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Rail Security Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on May 15, 2019.Transport Canada is introducing these regulations to enhance the security of the transportation of dangerous goods by rail in Canada.