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TRI reporting reminder + webinar

It’s that time of year again. Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports need to be filed by July 1. Failure to comply may result in EPA audits and hefty fines. Who has to report? Facilities in different industry sectors, facilities in Indian country, and federal facilities must annually report how much of each toxic chemical they […]

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5 common SPCC Plan violations [Conference recap]

Last week, we reported on SPCC compliance tips, a topic covered at the 17th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. This week we are reviewing another talking point, common SPCC Plan violations. Here are five to watch out for at your facility. Inadequate cross references Inadequate facility diagram (facility […]

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HazCom checkup: GHS deadlines approaching

In May 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the hazard communication standard (HazCom 2012) to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The revisions have a 4-year phase-in period, with full compliance required beginning June 1, 2016. The changes include new criteria for classifying chemical hazards, […]

7 keys to SPCC compliance [Conference recap]

This week, we were at the 17th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. The annual event is held by NISTM and covers the latest information on operations, construction, environmental compliance, spill prevention, and response/management activities associated with aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). In a session titled “What to Expect During an EPA […]

The 9 Hazard Communication Standard pictograms

In 2012, OSHA revised its hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) standards for classifying and communicating chemical hazard information. The changes include new required pictograms for chemical labels. Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and […]


EPA proposes $700K+ in penalties for 2 facilities over possible SPCC violations in Q1

EPA filed complaints against two Pan Am Railways-owned rail yards for failing to implement an SPCC plan, among other violations. During the first quarter of 2015, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed complaints of SPCC violations against two facilities owned by Pan Am Railways and its subsidiaries, according to the EPA’s online list of proposed administrative […]

Let’s talk tanks! [NISTM conference]

Next week we’ll be at the 17th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. The event is hosted by NISTM (National Institute for Storage Tank Management) on April 27-29, 2015. Are you attending? Stop by booth #604 and find out how BLR can help you manage EHS compliance and training with our federal […]

EPA nanomaterials

EPA proposes reporting requirement for nanomaterials

The EPA is proposing to use its authority under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require persons who manufacture, import, or process, or intend to manufacture or process nanoscale materials to report information about those materials to the Agency. What’s reportable? Reportable information would include: specific chemical identity; production volume; methods of manufacture […]


Oil production plant spends $1M in upgrades to meet SPCC, chemical requirements

A California-based oil production company, fined for failing to meet federal standards for spill prevention and chemical reporting at a now-closed South Los Angeles plant, is investing $1 million to upgrade and reopen, according to a recent report. Allenco Energy Inc. shuttered the facility in late 2013, after inspectors from the Environmental Protection Agency found […]

EPA issues risk assessment for high-volume solvent

The EPA has issued a final risk assessment for n-methylpyrrolidone, also referred to as NMP. NMP is a solvent that is produced or imported into the United States in large quantities—184.7 million pounds in 2012. The solvent has a variety of “TSCA uses,” according to the EPA, including: petrochemical processing, engineering plastics, coatings, agricultural chemicals, and electronic cleaning and […]