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The attorneys general (AGs) of West Virginia and Texas do not believe the EPA should provide assistance to the states with implementing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) while the U.S. Supreme Court’s stay of that rule is in effect.
Senate leaders hoping for a pre-Memorial Day vote on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act were disappointed when Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) objected to a roll call because he hasn’t had time to read the bill.
On Wednesday, the House voted 403 to 12 to pass the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576), a sweeping rewrite of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Following EPA’s publication of its final National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for brick and structural clay products manufacturing and clay ceramics manufacturing (October 26, 2015, FR), two industry associations and one company requested that the Agency reconsider multiple aspects of the two rules.
The TRI reporting deadline is approaching. This infographic provides essential information to help determine if you need to report.
As required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 211, the EPA has issued its annual proposed minimum volume of renewable fuel that fuel refiners and importers must blend into all motor vehicle gasoline and diesel produced or imported in 2017.
Today the House and Senate released a single bill to reform the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 
Some state and local governments required by federal rules to conduct near-road monitoring of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) would be relieved of that requirement under a new EPA proposal.
The EPA has denied a petition requesting that it reconsider the equipment leak detection and repair (LDAR) provisions for connectors in its March 18, 2015, final amendments to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for off-site waste and recovery operations (OSWROs). 
According to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, a bipartisan group of Senate and House leaders issued a statement today announcing that they are finalizing TSCA reform legislation.
In a final interpretative rule, the EPA has streamlined the process whereby federally recognized tribes with reservations apply to the Agency to be treated in a manner similar to states (TAS) for the purposes of administering Clean Water Act (CWA) regulatory programs. 
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a brief order rescheduling the originally planned June 2, 2016, oral arguments in EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) litigation (West Virginia v. EPA) to September 27, 2016.
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On May 16, 2016, the D.C. Circuit Court announced cancellation of oral arguments in West Virginia v. EPA before a three-judge panel, originally scheduled for the first week of June, and rescheduled the arguments for the full (en banc) court on September 29, 2016.
Restoration of natural visibility in the nation’s premier national parks and wilderness areas (called Class I areas) has become yet another opportunity for conflict over who wields the true power under the Clean Air Act (CAA)—the EPA or the states.
The corrosivity standard the EPA established as one of four characteristics defining hazardous waste has been in place unchanged and fundamentally unchallenged since 1980.
The combustion of fossil fuels at electric power plants typically produces substances that may not be an objective of electricity generation, but the plant operators may sell or otherwise use them for a commercial benefit.
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As of December 12, 2015, MCS-150 forms can ONLY be used to update an existing US DOT number, not for initial registration with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. First-time applicants must use the Unified Registration System (URS). This form can be used until September 30, 2016 at which point it will be replaced by the URS.
Staying in compliance with environmental regulations is an ongoing, and, at times, daunting task. Occasionally, things may slip through the cracks and expose your facility to potential enforcement actions by the EPA or state regulatory agency. This report will evaluate the pros and cons of conducting an environmental compliance audit, explain the criteria by which an audit should be conducted, and review the process for disclosing, via EPA’s online “e-disclosure” tool, any violations discovered during the course of an environmental compliance audit.
This document is an overview of the requirements of OSHA's Construction Industry Asbestos Standard. You must consult the standard for the specifics of the requirements for each class.
One of the most tedious parts of an EHS manager's job is keeping track of numerous records. This special report is a compilation of recordkeeping checklists designed to keep the EHS manager organized. This report covers a wide range of EHS topics including: air, asbestos, chemicals, electrical safety, HAZWOPER, lead, waste, water, and more.
The purpose of this EPA memorandum is to establish EPA policy on the effect of OSHA's reinterpretation of the retail exemption under the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard.
How do I manage solvent-contaminate wipes or rags? Can a cell phone be used to meet the communication device requirement for LQG 90-day storage areas? These, and 18 other questions from hazardous waste generators are answered in this special report.
This EPA fact sheet highlights 2015 amendments to the Aerospace MACT standard.
Beginning on April 1, 2016, all public water systems must follow the federal revised total coliform rule. Use this quick reference guidance documents for compliance help.
Regulatory Analysis:
This topic covers the labeling requirements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom), including the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) amendments, which applies to any employer whose workers may be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Manufacturers must label every hazardous chemical container with key information on the substance it contains, and worker training must include an explanation of the labeling system.

This analysis describes the requirements of safety data sheets (SDSs) under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) hazard communication standard—or HazCom. The SDS is at the heart of federal HazCom, and any employer with employees exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals must comply. The SDS is a detailed, written description of a hazardous chemical. It is the primary source of information about hazardous chemicals for employers and their workers, and it contains comprehensive technical information about a particular chemical and explains the hazards, precautions, and remedies to human exposure.

Employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals must be trained how to access SDSs and interpret them. SDSs must be readily available to employees in their work areas. SDSs are not substitutes to chemical labeling or worker training.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) was formed in April 1967 and consists of several administrations representing the various transportation modes. The Department serves as the focal point in the federal government for the coordinated National Transportation Policy. The DOT is responsible for transportation safety improvements and enforcement, international transportation agreements, and the continuity of transportation services in the public interest. The Department also prepares and proposes all legislation relating to transportation, coordinates transportation issues with other concerned agencies, and provides technical assistance to the states and cities in support of transportation programs and objectives.
Drinking water in the United States is regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which is designed to protect drinking water quality and covers both surface and groundwaters that have the potential to be used as drinking water sources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to establish and update specific standards for drinking water quality and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The EPA has established specific federal limits, referred to as primary standards, for over 80 compounds that have a known or suspected potential to create health-related impacts. The EPA has also established secondary standards for nuisance-related contaminants; these standards are typically implemented voluntarily or through state rules.
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