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Per USEPA Press Release - July 31, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced that Hercules Incorporated has agreed to pay a $175,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws in the processing of cellulose fiber at its Hopewell, Va., plant.
Per USEPA News Release 19 July 2012
Company Fails to Properly Report Chemical Storage & Useage
A chemical producer faces an EPA fine of $93,900 for failing to report the use and storage of hazardous chemicals at its Fairfield, Conn. facility, in violation of the federal right-to-know law.
According to a recent EPA complaint, the company, 5N Plus, …Read More
The USEPA recently took action to amend certain aspects of its Tier II reporting requirements as outlined in the Emergency Planning and Community-Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). According to the USEPA website:
Summary of USEPA Action
On July 3, 2012, EPA amended the Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms under Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know …
Controversy over the value of government regulation in the business world is nothing new. At the center of this debate is the federal agency tasked with regulating health and safety in the workplace: The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Advocates for OSHA believe workplace regulations are a necessity for promoting and maintaining safety; critics …Read More
One “Extra” Day
The federal USEPA Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report under EPCRA Section 313 (commonly referred to as “Form R”) are normally due on July 1 of each calendar year. However, since July 1 falls on a Sunday this year, the USEPA will accept Reporting Year (RY) 2011 TRI forms that are posted and/or postmarked …
Per USEPA Press Release 05/29/2012
Mid-America Pipeline Company, LLC (MAPCO), and Enterprise Products Operating LLC (Enterprise), of Houston, Texas, have agreed to pay a civil penalty of more than $1 million to the United States to settle violations of the federal Clean Water Act related to three natural gasoline pipeline spills in Iowa, Kansas and …
Did You Know?
Most EHS folks are well aware that for years OSHA has listed its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) in its top 10 most violated standards. But what you may not have known that penalties associated with non-compliance of OSHA standards relating to chemicals (i.e. process safety management, PPE, respiratory protection, flammable and combustible materials) in conjunction with penalties associated …
Per USEPA Press Release 05/17/2012
IRIS – Overview
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will conduct a comprehensive review of the agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program’s assessment development process. The IRIS program helps EPA protect Americans’ health and the environment by conducting health assessments of over …Read More
Per USEPA News Release 07 May 2012:
Rhodes International, Inc. will pay over $84,000 to settle hazardous chemical reporting violations at its facility in Caldwell, Idaho, according to a consent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Rhodes facility produces frozen cinnamon rolls and other frozen bread products. According to EPA, the facility stored large amounts …Read More
The US EPA has published 19 premanufacture notices (PMNs) and ten notices of commencement (NOCs) for new chemicals. According a Noticed Released by the USEPA on April 11, there are 19 premanufacture notices (PMNs) and 10 notices of commencement (NOCs) for new chemicals pursuant to the requirements of the USPEA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As …Read More