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Pipeline Safety Update - Issue No. 150

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 15:40

Multiple Pipeline Safety Reauthorization Bills Propose Amending Pipeline Safety LawsFunding authorization for the federal Pipeline Safety Laws expires September 30.  Multiple proposals to reauthorize funding and amend the Pipeline Safety Laws are under consideration, with additional bills expected.  Below is an overview of recent developments. SEE: https://www.natlawreview.com/article/pipeline-safety-update-issue-no-150

EPA Releases Draft Risk Evaluations for HBCD and 1,4-Dioxane

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 15:39

On June 28, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the draft risk evaluations for cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster (HBCD) and 1,4-dioxane, two of the first ten chemicals undergoing risk evaluation under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  In its June 28, 2019, press release, EPA states in the draft risk evaluation for HBCD, it did not find unreasonable risk to the general population, consumers, workers, or the environment.

National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Perchlorate

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:13

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a drinking water regulation for perchlorate and a health-based Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The EPA is proposing to set both the enforceable Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for the perchlorate regulation and the perchlorate MCLG at 0.056 mg/L (56 µg/L).

Breaking: Supreme Court Vacates and Remands TCPA Case to Fourth Circuit for Further Analysis

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:13

It is a busy TCPA news day!  The United States Supreme Court has released its decision in PDR Networks, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic, Inc., a TCPA junk fax class action.  The decision is available for download here.BackgroundThe case arises from a TCPA junk fax class action in which Carlton & Harris Chiropractic, Inc.

TCPA Legislation on the Horizon?

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:12

While the FCC has a record open to adopt guidance and a new definition for what it considers as an “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS) and related TCPA matters, there appears to be growing consensus on “Robocall” legislation in the two houses of Congress that may be moving TCPA legislation closer to reality.

EPA TSCA dust-lead hazard standards

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:31

EPA is lowering the standards from 40 micrograms of lead per square foot (µg/ft2) to 10 µg/ft2 on floors and from 250 µg/ft2 to 100 µg/ft2 on window sills. The more protective dust-lead hazard standards will apply to inspections, risk assessments, and abatement activities in pre-1978 housing and certain schools, childcare facilities and hospitals.  The rule will impact persons conducting lead-based paint (LBP) activities in accordance with 40 C.F.R. § 745.227, persons operating a training program required to be accredited under 40 C.F.R.

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