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10/14/2014

EPA Guidance on Oil Spills and SPCC Inspections

To ensure its Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) guidelines are enforced consistently nationwide, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised its SPCC guidance document for regional inspectors in August 2013. While the guidance document, titled...

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09/09/2014

Common Chemical Reporting Forms

Before a manufacturer or importer can make or import a new chemical substance, the business must submit information to the US EPA for review. Once EPA has reviewed the chemical and added it to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) master inventory list, manufacture or import can begin and the chemical can be distributed in...

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08/12/2014

State EPCRA Variations

The United States is a big nation with citizens who experience life differently in each state. Different food, different geography, and different music are only part of what makes the US an exciting place to live and work. That said, EHS managers know that there is another important difference between states, one that can cause...

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07/08/2014

Updating Your EPA Risk Management Plan

Under the Clean Air Act, owners or operators of facilities at which a process uses “…more than a threshold quantity of a regulated substance…” [40 CFR 68.10] must create a Risk Management Plan (RMP) to prevent the accidental release of these substances to the ambient air and to minimize the consequences of releases that do happen...

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06/10/2014

Annual PCB Documentation Deadline

This week, LionNews continues to examine the ongoing cycle of Federal and State reporting requirements under major US EPA regulatory programs. In previous editions, we addressed Tier I and Tier II chemical inventory reports, annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting under the Clean Air Act, and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) disclosures required under EPCRA...

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05/28/2014

New Clean Water Act Rulemaking Affects NPDES Permit Program

On May 19, 2014, EPA signed a final rule establishing requirements for cooling water intake structures (CWIS) at certain existing facilities. The new rule also amends some requirements for facilities already subject to regulation for their cooling water intake structures. EPA has made available a pre-publication version of the rule until the rule is published in the Federal Register...

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05/27/2014

EPA Moves Forward with e-Manifest Standards

On February 7, 2014, the US EPA established a new set of rules (79 FR 7518) for the e-manifest system. This system is meant to provide an alternative method of tracking hazardous waste shipments from generators to treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). While the EPA has a long-term goal of tracking hazardous waste electronically, the e-manifest system will coexist with...

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05/13/2014

EPA Guidelines for Pesticide Use

At facilities where pesticides are used, personnel who use them must follow specific EPA regulations. Improper use of pesticides can lead to costly EPA fines, remediation, and cleanup. Facilities that employ contractors to do landscaping or exterminating on the property should ensure that all contractors have the applicable...

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04/22/2014

Celebrate Earth Day by Boosting Sustainability

On April 22, one billion people in 190 countries will celebrate Earth Day by participating in activities promoting “Green Cities.” Organizers say: “With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future...

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04/08/2014

Know Your EPCRA Reporting Responsibilities

This week, LionNews continues to examine the ongoing cycle of Federal and State reporting requirements under major US EPA regulatory programs. In previous editions, we addressed Tier I and II chemical inventory reports and annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting under the Clean Air Act...

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