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The recently published Corrigenda to Amendment 39-18 of the IMDG Code

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 11:54

Here is the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations 61st Edition (English) Effective 1 January 2020 ADDENDUM Posted 2 December 2019 >> is the Amendment 39-18 of the IMDG Code >> 

EPA-OIG: EPA Needs to Improve Its Emergency Planning to Better Address Air Quality Concerns During Future Disasters

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 16:15

Most air toxic emission incidents during Hurricane Harvey occurred within a 5-day period of the storm’s landfall. The majority of these emissions were due to industrial facilities shutting down and restarting operations in response to the storm and storage tank failures. However, state, local and EPA mobile air monitoring activities were not initiated in time to assess the impact of these emissions.

Waters Of The U.S. (WOTUS) Replacement Rule Under OMB Review

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 09:48

On December 5, 2019, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the final WOTUS rule that is “Step Two” in the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) two-step rulemaking to rescind and replace the 2015 WOTUS rule. The WOTUS definition is the foundation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) as it defines the scope of waters and wetlands that are federally regulated and subjected to CWA regulatory programs, including Section 402 discharge permitting and Section 404 dredge-and-fill permitting. OMB interagency review is a final step before an agency publishes a final rule.

EPA Issues ANPR On EPCRA Section 313 Listing For PFAS Substances

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 09:45

On December 4, 2019, EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking comment on whether to add certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of chemicals subject to reporting under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). 84 Fed. Reg. 66369. EPA is specifically requesting comments on which of the approximately 600 PFAS currently active in commerce have sufficient toxicity information available to meet the EPCRA Section 313(d)(2) listing criteria.

Ban On Retail Distribution Of Methylene Chloride To Consumers For Paint And Coating Removal Began On November 23

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 09:44

On November 22, 2019, EPA issued a press release reminding stakeholders that its regulations to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use will go into effect after November 22, 2019.


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