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We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up-to-date with the changing regs. See the updated section on the what's new page to find all of the topics.
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News:
The EPA is proposing a major reorganization of its Clean Air Act (CAA) Fuels and Fuels Additive regulations (40 CFR Part 80). The revisions "will better reflect how fuels, fuel additives, and regulated blendstocks are produced, distributed, and sold in today's marketplace".
The July 1 TRI reporting deadline will be here before you know it. This infographic provides essential information to help determine if you need to report, along with some helpful tips for preparing and submitting a TRI report.
Stating that compliance with the reporting requirements of Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) places a particular burden on small businesses, the EPA has finalized a new definition of small manufacturer to include more entities.
The EPA has released its Draft Risk Evaluation for Perchloroethylene for public comment and peer review. Perchloroethylene (perc or PCE) is the last of the first 10 or priority chemicals for which the Agency must complete risk evaluations.
White Papers:
In November 2016, EPA issued a regulatory option that allows very small quantity generators (VSQGs) and small quantity generators (SQGs) to retain their statuses when an episodic event within a calendar year temporarily results in the generation of an amount of hazardous waste that exceeds the monthly limits for those categories.
Guidance Documents:
This EPA memorandum provides guidance with respect to generator signatures on paper hazardous waste manifests under RCRA during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
This EPA memorandum provides guidance with respect to generator signatures on paper hazardous waste manifests under RCRA during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The TRI reporting deadline is July 1. This infographic provides essential information to help determine if you need to report.
This chart provides information on the stance state regulatory agencies are taking with respect to regulatory compliance, recordkeeping, and reporting deadlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, when employees of regulatory agencies and within the regulated community are being encouraged or required to work remotely, and absenteeism may be increased due to illness.
Checklists:
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated quarantine and shelter-in-place orders, requiring businesses to close or implement remote work strategies. As we move through this crisis, businesses are faced with yet another challenge: when and how to safely and effectively reopen the workplace. This checklist will help businesses evaluate many of the considerations that should be taken into account when reopening the workplace.
Updated Documents
Forms:
this form to evaluate training exercises that test the overall effectiveness of your plan's procedures before an actual disaster situation occurs.
This form can be used at your facility to maintain your list of contacts during an emergency.
Use this form to record important contact information for government agencies and other organizations in case of emergency.
This form can be used to list the names and contact information for key personnel at your facility.
This policy can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing emergency planning and response issues in the workplace.
Use this form as a template to develop an agreement with employees who telecommute or work remotely.
Guidance Documents:
This EPA memorandum provides guidance with respect to generator signatures on paper hazardous waste manifests under RCRA during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
This EPA memorandum provides guidance with respect to generator signatures on paper hazardous waste manifests under RCRA during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The TRI reporting deadline is July 1. This infographic provides essential information to help determine if you need to report.
This chart provides information on the stance state regulatory agencies are taking with respect to regulatory compliance, recordkeeping, and reporting deadlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, when employees of regulatory agencies and within the regulated community are being encouraged or required to work remotely, and absenteeism may be increased due to illness.
Use this map to link to state information, orders, and guidance addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and the response actions being taken by each state.
This infographic can be posted in your facility to apprise employees of COVID-19 symptoms, preventative measures, and what to do if they get sick.
Regulatory Analysis:
Ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) break down the stratospheric ozone layer through the reaction of chlorine and bromine with ozone. Sources of chlorine and bromine are both natural and man-made. Man-made sources include: Chlorofluorocarbons , Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs, Carbon tetrachloride, Methyl bromide, Methyl chloroform, and Halons. These chemicals are very stable in the lower atmosphere and do not break down, nor are they soluble in water. Thus, these chemicals rise through the atmosphere and mix with the ozone in the upper atmosphere. contribute to climate change, or result in other harm to public health or the environment.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976 to address the increasing problems of toxic substances. Through the provisions of TSCA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can collect or require the development of information about the toxicity of particular chemicals and the extent to which people and the environment are exposed to them. Such information allows the EPA to assess whether the chemicals pose unreasonable risks to humans and the environment. TSCA provides the basis for EPA's New and Existing Chemicals programs and the basis for national programs for major chemicals of concern, such as asbestos, lead, mercury, and radon, and the foundation for other TSCA programs, such as addressing environmental issues in schools, including energy efficiency under TSCA Title V
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