What You Need To Know: The Most Common Health and Safety Recordkeeping Errors

As the February 1 posting deadline for the OSHA 300A Annual Summary approaches, employers should be on the lookout for some common OSHA recordkeeping errors.

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Are Recent Changes to the Clean Water Act (Section 316(b)) Affecting Your Operations?

Estimated to impact more than 1000 power plants, manufacturing, and pulp and paper facilities, recent changes to the Clean Water Act (Section 316(b)) are affecting facilities withdrawing more than 2 million gallons per day (MGD) of cooling water from lakes, rivers, estuaries, or oceans.

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Wanted: Potentially Responsibility Parties! What should you do if you receive an information request letter from EPA?

As a fundamental part of the Enforcement First for Remedial Actions at Superfund Sites (Enforcement First policy), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) will seek out all of the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to perform investigation and cleanup activities prior to utilizing Superfund monies for funding.

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What Risk Managers should know about the May 2014 RSLs

EPA Releases May 2014 RSLs – Here’s What You Need To Know

In May 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released the updated Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) that were developed using risk assessment guidance from the USEPA Superfund program. Although the RSLs were developed for the Superfund program, most federal and state risk-based environmental cleanup programs reference the RSLs.

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National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction

The National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down was conceived by OSHA to raise awareness surrounding the severity of fall hazards in construction and the importance of preventing them. It is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.

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UPDATED – What Owners & Operators of Aboveground Storage Tanks Need to Know about Senate Bill 373

(June 11, 2014) As part of its work to implement a new Aboveground Storage Tank Regulatory Program, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opened the registration period for tank owners to submit information required for a statewide inventory.

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New Regulatory Regime in West Virginia for ASTs – Here’s What You Need To Know

How does Senate Bill 373 Translate for Owners/Operators of ASTs?

A recent spill prompted the West Virginia (WV) Legislature to pass Senate Bill 373, which will affect how industrial liquids are regulated in the state. On March 8, 2014, WV created new regulatory programs for certain ASTs and public water utilities. The change comes primarily in response to a January 2014 spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM) from an AST into the Elk River in Charleston, WV.

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EPA Recently Released the Newest NPL List – Are You on It?

Did you receive a general notice letter (GNL) this week?  If not, you still could.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the new National Priorities List (NPL) sites in December 2013 (http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/current.htm) and 17 sites were added to the list.

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EPA Releases November 2013 RSLs

In December 2013,the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released the updated Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) that were developed using risk assessment guidance from the USEPA Superfund program.

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