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COSTHA Comments on Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0014 (HM–224I) – Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Safety Provisions for Lithium Batteries Transported by Aircraft (FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018)

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 11:51

The Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles, Inc. (COSTHA) respectfully submits the comments herewith, regarding the Interim Final Rule (IFR) published by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), under Docket No. PHMSA‐2016‐0014 (HM‐224I) in the Federal Register on March 6, 2019. COSTHA would like to suggest PHMSA consider several consequential amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

EPA Corrects 200 Parts-per-billion Level Description in Technical Amendment to Data Requirements for Antimicrobial Pesticides Final Rule

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 12:15

On May 3, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was making final a single correction to the data requirements for antimicrobial pesticide products codified in 40 C.F.R. Part 158, subpart W.  84 Fed. Reg. 18993.  The correction clarifies that the 200 parts-per-billion (ppb) level described in the antimicrobial pesticides data requirements regulations (40 C.F.R.

IHMM Acquires ISHM

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:37

[Yuma, AZ and Rockville, MD] The Institute of Safety and Health Management [ISHM] and the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management [IHMM] announced today that IHMM has acquired ISHM, effective immediately.

Webinar: Demystifying the use of Risk Assessment at Brownfield Sites

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 09:55

Can I leave property contamination in-place?Demystifying the use of Risk Assessment under Ontario’s Record of Site RegulationsThe development of contaminated property or redevelopment of brownfield sites requires a decision on what to do with the contamination at the site.  In Ontario, the “dig-and-dump” approach is very popular as it removes contaminated soil from the property and transfers it to either a soil treatment facility or landfill.  However, there are specific cases in which it may impractical or too costly to do so.  In such cases, the use of ri

Hazardous Materials/Transportation: U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Addresses Overpacking Question

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 09:51

The United States Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) in a February 25th letter provided clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (“HMR”) applicable to the shipment of hazardous materials in the same overpack together with materials not meeting the definition of hazardous material.PHMSA was responding to a June 20th letter submitted by DG Advisor, LLC (“DG”).DG asked two questions.First, the organization asked if a non-hazardous material can be placed in an overpack that contains a hazardous material package.

Canada: Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Emergency Response Assistance Plan): SOR/2019-101

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 17:07

Transport Canada (Transportation Dangerous Goods Directorate) published an amendment entitled Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Emergency Response Assistance Plan) in Part II of the Canada Gazette on May 1, 2019.

EPA Proposes to Amend TSCA CDR Requirements

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 16:46

EPA is proposing to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 8(a) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) requirements and the TSCA section 8(a) size standards for small manufacturers. The current CDR rule requires manufacturers (including importers) of certain chemical substances listed on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory (TSCA Inventory) to report data on chemical manufacturing, processing, and use every 4 years.

EPA Inspector General Issues Management Alert on TRI data

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 10:33

"While conducting the Audit of the Impact of Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Late Reporters on the EPA’s Annual TRI National Analysis (Project No. OA&E-FY18-0002), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Office of Inspector General (OIG) decided to issue an immediate management alert informing the agency of our discovery that its TRI data pertaining to releases of hazardous substances from Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) are inaccurate.

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