In response to requests from the public, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is extending the comment period for the Agency's request for information on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust. This extension will provide stakeholders an opportunity to review and comment on information presented at the Diesel Exhaust Health Effects Partnership meetings that are anticipated for 2019 and 2020.
On March 18, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee.
Air France-KLM Cargo has become the first carrier group to adopt IATA’s Dangerous Goods AutoCheck system for the acceptance of dangerous-goods shipments. See: https://aircargoworld.com/allposts/air-france-klm-first-carrier-group-to-adopt-iatas-dg-autocheck-system/
On February 28, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), “in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration and pursuant to the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) of 2015, issued a Final Rule “to revise and clarify requirements for comprehensive oil spill response plans (COSRPs)” and “[e]xpands the applicability for COSRPs; modernizes the requirements for COSRPs; requires railroads to share information about high-hazard flammable train (HHFT) operations with State and tribal emergency response commissions to improve community preparedness; and incorporates by reference a voluntary standard.
The IHMM Nominating Committee, chaired by Ron Wilkins, is pleased to announce that the 2019 Board of Directors nominating season is now underway. There are two CHMM positions up for nominations in 2019 and interested parties are directed to three documents in preparation for and then executing nominations, as follows:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its standards for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.
Information Collection Requests (ICRs) issued by EPA are typically pro forma notices alerting the regulated community that EPA is submitting a federally-required form for renewal to the Government Printing Office (GPO). On February 8, 2019, however, EPA issued an ICR that would alter the information contained in the RCRA hazardous waste manifest. 84 Fed. Reg. 2854.
IHMM’s Chair of the Board Matthew Redmann had some good professional news for us in that he has been assigned the task of creating a new initiative at Harley Davidson. Unfortunately for us that also means he will not be able to take the helm as Chair, so Richie Spangler our Vice Chair, has assumed the role as Chair of the Board and Matthew has gone back to the position of Vice Chair. Congratulations to Richie, and all the best to Matthew in his new challenges with Harley!
EPA on February 4, 2019, issued a notice seeking comment and recommendations on its National Compliance Initiatives (NCIs) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2020-2023. The notice should be published in the Federal Register within the next few days. EPA is considering adding to its enforcement priorities reducing childhood lead exposure and ensuring Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) compliance. EPA focuses enforcement and compliance resources on the most serious environmental violations by developing and implementing national enforcement and compliance program priorities, previously called National Enfo