EPA Finalized TSCA Rules

On June 22, 2017, the one-year anniversary of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA released the scope documents for the first ten chemicals for which risk evaluation have been initiated under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Each scope document includes the hazards and exposures, conditions of use, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations EPA expects to consider in the risk evaluation. The Act amends the nation’s primary chemicals management law known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The legislation provides significant new responsibilities and authorities to the EPA to advance chemical safety. EPA has completed

EPA Delays Chemical Safety Rule

In 2013, a fertilizer warehouse in West, Texas had a massive fatal fire that left over a dozen people dead and several hundred injured. The blast affected the majority of West, Texas including homes and schools and was comparable to a 2.1 magnitude earthquake. Investigators determined that the fire and subsequent explosion were preventable had the company recognized the potential hazard (ammonium nitrate) and took precautions to prevent tragedies such as this. Following this disaster, new chemical safety regulations were formed that would strengthen risk management plan requirements for industrial facilities that aim to protect the nearby communities and workers from such accidents. Specific

Right to Know Program Adds New Hazard Codes

Facilities in New Jersey subject to the Community Right to Know (cRTK) program or Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) will be required to report based on updated hazard codes on the Community Right to Know Survey for 2017. Facilities may be subject to this program if they fall into certain industrial classifications or if they store certain hazardous materials above defined thresholds. On March 26, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule to revise the Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) due to its adoption of the Globalized System (GHS) classification and labeling of chemicals. GHS is a standardized appr

Quarterly Industrial Stakeholder Group meeting

Baron Environmental Associates recently attended the quarterly Industrial Stakeholders Group (ISG) meeting held by the NJDEP’s Air Quality Permitting Department on Friday, September 1st. The purpose of these meetings is to allow consultants and those in industry to meet with DEP officials to discuss and comment on regulation and rule updates. Below is a brief description of the major talking points from the meeting: Organizational Update Within the NJDEP Division of Air Quality (DAQ) there is a new regulatory and policy team that will be headed by Danny Wong. This team will be tasked with assisting those with questions about the interpretation of regulations including State-of-the-Art (SOTA

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