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It is time to start watching - S697

After several years of hearing that it is coming, it appears it is finally happening.  There has been a move afoot to "modernize" the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). Over time there has been a bill that has been introduced and then never acted upon.  However, this session of Congress appears to be moving this one along.

It seems that Senate Bill 697 (S697) has become the consensus leader in the pursuit of action. And, so far seems to be moving at a rapid pace.  This Bill - the "Frank R.

New Chemicals under Prop 65

For those of you who have to do Prop 65 labeling - there are 12 new chemicals that have to be included:

Legislation, Regulation and Impacts

For those of you that follow this blog, you have heard me discuss the unintended consequences of regulation before.  But look at the following items:

According toGovTrack

The 113th Congress has passed 186 Laws 
The 112th Congress passed 284 Laws
The 111th Congress passed 385 Laws

According to an article published inMarch 2014- the 17,522 pages of regulations have been added to the Code of Federal Regulations since 2009 - essentially an 11% increase in the regulatory burden. 

Just prior to this holiday weekend - the

Has the Clean Air Act Worked?

When working in a regulated industry, the focus is usually on how can I comply with the regulation, or questioning why the regulation has been drafted that way.  The ultimate purpose of the regulation has a tendency to get lost in the day-to-day management of how the regulation is worded, how it is inspected, and what types of violations have been recently highlighted.  Such is the case of the Clean Air Act. 

If you look at the history of the Clean Air Act in the United States, there was a need to do something.

Responsible for the Next Safety Meeting or Hot Topic?

For many of us, the daily, weekly or monthly safety meeting is a fact of life.  Usually, the responsibility for leading the meeting rotates or someone is responsible to bring in a hot topic.  But as most of us know - the meetings are generally filled with repeats of the "typical" topics. You know them all - slips, trips, and falls; electrical safety (particularly near the holidays), food safety (near Thanksgiving or Fourth of July or when the office refrigerator needs cleaning), and the list goes on.

Flares - the compliance world is changing.

On June 30, 2014, EPA published the long awaited and much anticipated Petroleum Refinery Sector Proposed Air Rules.  For those working as environmental compliance managers in air at petroleum refineries, this rulemaking has been a hot topic ever since the initial residual risk rule came out a number of years ago, and has only heated up.  As EPA has issued the general rules on heat exchangers, and issued the Information Collection Request in 2011.  Add to that the decision in Sierra Club v.

"The government has to do more to protect us....."

Recently, I have been reading a number of opinion pages and commentaries about a host of environmental topics - the new proposed refinery regulations, the new clean air standards for power plants, new safety standards, proposed labeling standards, concern about GMO, and the list goes on.  While the writer or commenter has some valid points, the issue is never as black and white as it seems based on the facts presented.

Let's take, for example, the issue of safety.  There was an article that indicated that refineries only get inspected when something goes wrong.

Need Chemical Information for the Public?

For those of us that work in the chemical enterprise, we are usually faced with skepticism when discussing chemical related  information.  Think about it - have you ever tried to explain what goes into the prices of a gallon of gasoline?  Or, why  solar energy is not being used at the level that the general public thinks it should be?  

For those who are not engaged in the chemical enterprise, there is always the underlying suspicion that "the oil companies are hiding these great ideas because it won't make them any money", or "they aren't telling us the truth because it would hurt profits", or "you are just saying that because you work for so-and-so company.

Information that you may not be aware of....

People are creatures of habit - we go to the same sources, we look in the same places, and we tend to use the same tools over and over again.  While these skills work for us - we may be missing out on critical information or tools that can be exceedingly useful.  Think for a second - we all know that there is probably an "App" for that - but have you looked at what Apps are out there? 

I use several that help on a daily basis - the Emergency Responders Guide with the placarding is available as an App - you can look and see a variety of applications - pick one that suits your needs.

Want more information on Wind Turbine locations?

Wind energy is one of the fastest growing areas of renewable energy.  The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has just released an assessment of the Nation's Wind Turbines.  You can find out more about this mapping and other USGS activities related to Wind Energy at the USGS website.
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