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Using Blockchain technology to track hazardous materials

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 11:46

 There is increasing focus on the utilization of Blockchain technology to track hazardous materials and hazardous waste. Blockchain technology allows for a system where records can be stored, facts can be verified by anyone, and security is guaranteed. The software that would power such a system is called a “blockchain”.  Blockchains store information across a network of computers making them both decentralized and distributed. This means no central company or person owns the system and that everyone can use it and help run it.

EPA Releases Budget Justification that Increases Budget for Chemical Risk, Review, and Reduction Program

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 11:43

On March 11, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Justification of Appropriation Estimates for the Committee on Appropriations.  EPA’s budget request reduces the overall budget by $2.76 billion (31 percent), to $6.068 billion, but requests $66.418 million to support its Chemical Risk Review and Reduction (CRRR) program, an increase of $5.313 million.

Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Containers for Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail): SOR/2019-75

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 18:59

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) has amended the Transport Canada Standard (TP 14877), Containers for Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail. The amendment will be incorporated into the 2018 edition of the regulations by reference. The changes aim to consolidate and clarify standards; allow the use of certain new technologies and best management practices; align TDGR with U.S. and International regulations where appropriate; and reduce the risk of transporting toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) standards by rail.

Examining the EPA’s Proposal to Exclude Co-Benefits of Mercury Regulation

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 19:17

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed to stop considering a wide swath of environmental and public health benefits when deciding whether to regulate mercury pollution from power plants. This is an important environmental issue in its own right. It also raises controversial legal and policy questions, including whether the Obama EPA used mercury regulation as a legal shortcut to reduce other forms of power plant pollution.

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