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Auto dealer facing $17,500 penalty after 2014 oil spill

A New Hampshire auto dealer has agreed to pay a penalty of $17,500 to settle EPA claims regarding an oil spill last year, and inadequacies in its oil spill prevention plan. According to the EPA news release, the oil spill originated from tanks stored at the dealership, when a small quantity of oil was released […]

OSHA, Health Canada partner on chemical labeling

OSHA will continue its partnership with Health Canada to align United States and Canadian regulatory approaches regarding labeling and classification requirements for workplace chemicals through the Regulatory Cooperation Council. The goal of the partnership is to implement a system allowing the use of one label and one safety data sheet (SDS) that would be acceptable in both countries. OSHA […]

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Texas flood cleanup: Be aware of chemical exposure

OSHA urges employers and workers involved in cleanup after the recent floods in Texas to avoid potential hazards and take steps to protect themselves. For certain workplaces, chemical exposure could be a concern. Employers should evaluate chemical workplace hazards and create a chemical inventory, which is part of a workplace hazard communication program. “People must be […]

Compliance tips for TRI reporting [Video]

BLR Legal Editor Tim Fagan discusses Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports in this compliance video. Reminder, the reports are due July 1! This video was originally posted on Enviro.BLR.com.

TRI reporting: New chemicals on the list

It’s almost July 1, which means Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports are on the top of EHS professionals “to-do” list. In a recent article for Enviro.BLR.com, Tim Fagan gave an overview of EPA’s changes to the list of chemicals and chemical categories subject to inclusion in TRI reports. o-Nitrotoluene (CAS# 88-72-2).  Facilities are required to include o-Nitrotoluene in […]


How does the new WOTUS rule impact SPCC?

Last week, the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have released the final Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule under the Clean Water Act (CWA). the rule provides a more precise definition and greater clarity to which waters warrant specific protection under the Clean Water Act. I sat down with Amanda […]

Aboveground storage tank conference recap: What you missed

In case you missed this year’s National Institute of Storage Tank Management (NISTM) International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, here are a few blog posts covering the event. 5 common SPCC Plan violations—Watch out for these five common Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan violations at your facility. 7 keys to […]

Toxic gas kills four at Texas chemical manufacturing plant

OSHA has cited a Texas chemical manufacturer for 11 safety violations after a toxic gas release killed four workers. According to OSHA, the fatal incident occurred as one worker was overwhelmed by methyl mercaptan gas that was unexpectedly released when she opened a drain on a vent line. Two co-workers who attempted to rescue her […]

12 common chemicals found in nail salons

We found this great graphic on the DOL’s blog that outlines five steps to prevent chemical exposures and protect nail salon worker health. 12 common chemicals found in nail salons According to OSHA, there are more than 375,000 U.S. nail technicians and they face possible health hazards every day. OSHA lists the following 12 potentially hazardous chemicals, the types of products they can […]


New fact sheet on SPCC applicability to farms

By Amanda Czepiel, JD, Managing Editor – Environmental The EPA has released a new fact sheet explaining the impacts of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) on the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule and farms. The EPA anticipates revising the SPCC rule consistent with the WRRDA amendments in a future rulemaking. […]