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Stericycle_EPA-image.jpg Navigating EPA’s Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rulemaking (Part Two)

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:08

Even with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalized standards for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals beginning to take effect in August, some healthcare waste facilities still don’t have hazardous or controlled substance programs in place.That’s something that Cara Simaga, director of regulatory affairs at Stericycle, a healthcare waste management company, has noticed with a handful of the companies she works with. On top of that, she has seen confusion on the enforcement side of things.

Amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Emergency Response Assistance Plan)

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:40

Canada.  Recent amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (the Regulations) seek to enhance response to releases of dangerous goods; to ensure more effective, timely responses to incidents and clarify expectations of handlers and transporters of dangerous goods.  See:

Cargo Tank Marking/Placarding/Hazardous Materials Regulations: U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Addresses Ethanol/Gasoline Mixtures

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 11:21

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.

How does After Action Review benefit HazMat training?

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 09:46

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

Beltway Buzz, May 24, 2019

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 14:54

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.

EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 15:31

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.


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