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09/08/2020

Final TSCA Risk Eval Scope Docs for 20 High Priority Chemicals Available

US EPA has released final scope documents for each of the next twenty high-priority chemicals scheduled to undergo risk evaluation required by TSCA, as amended. 

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09/08/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/8

In this week's Roundup, a utility company and a ready-mixed concrete supplier will collectivelypay approximately $7 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a waste disposal company is required to bring their Nebraska facility up to current chemical accident safety prevention standards.

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08/31/2020

NJ Chemical Leak Results in Two Injuries and a Shelter-in-Place Order

Approximately 200 gallons of titanium tetrachloride were accidentally released at a plastics refining facility in Edison, NJ. Town officials issued an emergency shelter-in-place order and two individuals at a nearby business reported respiratory complications.

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08/31/2020

Who Will Pay for the Next 20 TSCA Risk Evaluations?

EPA released its interim final list of businesses subject to fees for the 20 high-priority substances undergoing TSCA risk evaluations. Companies that use chemical(s) undergoing a risk evaluation must report if they manufacture or import those chemicals and will then be subject to a portion of the TSCA fee.

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08/18/2020

EPA Completes TSCA Risk Eval for 1-BP

US EPA recently completed its risk evaluation for 1-bromopropane (1-BP) required under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act or LCSA, which amended TSCA. 

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08/18/2020

EPA Proposes No Change to Ozone NAAQS

On August 14, US EPA proposed no change to its National Ambient Air Quality Standard for photochemical oxidants (e.g., ozone).

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08/17/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/17

In this week's Roundup, a Texas excavator will pay nearly $50K to resolve  alleged TCEQ and RCRA violations. Plus, a New England scrap metal processor has been cited for nearly $900K after allegedly emitting VOCs without a permit.

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08/14/2020

Lion Launches 3 COVID-19 Training Courses to Help Meet State Standards

To help employers meet state COVID-19 training requirements and protect employees amid the ongoing public health emergency, Lion Technology announced three training opportunities for safety professionals and employees this week.

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08/12/2020

COVID-19 Training for Employee Safety Awareness

To help employers meet state training mandates and ensure employees have reliable, clear information to protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19, Lion launched the COVID-19 Employee Safety Awareness online course this week.

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08/11/2020

Beirut Explosion Strikes Similarities to 2013 West, TX Incident, Says CSB

Last week, the Chairman of the US Chemical Safety and Hazardous Investigation Board (CSB) released a statement reflecting that the massive chemical explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4 may have similar characteristics to the West Fertilizer Plant Explosion of 2013.

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