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China Slaps VOC Tax on Coatings

Coating manufacturers worldwide will help subsidize the cleanup of China's notoriously foul air through a new tax on Volatile Organic Content in paints and coatings.


Free Webinar to Hone Specs Appeal

Industrial painting projects are only as good as the specifications that guide them. But how do you prepare an effective specification that will help the contractor succeed?


EPA Floats Aerospace Coating Rule

U.S. environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair.


Coating Makers See Cuban Opening

U.S. coating and building materials makers may now ship goods to Cuba for some renovation projects, under newly approved federal regulations.


EPA Proposes New TDI Limits

Certain chemicals used in coatings and sealants could face restricted levels in consumer products under a newly proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Free Webinar Navigates Tricky Rigging

Industrial painting projects can pose complex challenges when it comes to rigging and scaffolding.


EPA Sued to Act on Stormwater

Seeking again to force Uncle Sam's hand, environmental groups are demanding a court-ordered deadline for federal rules to control runoff from construction projects and developments.


Injury Reporting to Increase Jan. 1

It shouldn't take three employees hospitalized at once before an employer is required to report the accident that led to it, federal safety officials say.


EPA Deems Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

In a decision widely viewed as a victory for the coal industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a final rule that classifies coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as solid—n...


Concrete Maker's Plea Averts Prison

The owner of an asphalt company who doctored the scene of his employee's fatal accident will pay $20,000 in fines and restitution to the victim's widow, but avoid a jail sentence, under a fe...


Dust Rule Shelved in OSHA's 2015 Plan

Combustible dust, a common source of fatal explosions and fast-burning fires in a variety of industries, has once again been moved to the regulatory back burner.


30 Years on, Lessons from a Catastrophe

Invoking the 1984 tank explosion that ignited the world's worst industrial disaster, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued an urgent new call for measures to improve chemical handling sa...


Coal Ash Rule Goes to the Wire

Four and a half years after it was proposed and one year after a federal judge demanded a decision, a rule to determine the disposal fate of coal waste has—theoretically—reached its last sto...


Bay Bridge Birds Draining Nest Egg

The new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is up and running, but on the project to demolish its predecessor, another issue has taken flight.


NIOSH Trumpets Ways to 'Buy Quiet'

Construction work is not just dangerous; it's deafening, warn health officials, who are sounding an alarm to save what's left of workers' hearing.


Free Webinar: Proper Concrete Prep

What does it take to make coatings stick to concrete? Proper application, sure, but one of the most important factors in successful coating work sits on the surface.


Free Webinar Takes on 2k Urethanes

Increasing regulations are handing the coating industry new challenges in providing products that are environmentally friendly without sacrificing performance.


OSHA Launches Sweeping PEL Review

How can the U.S. ensure worker health and safety amid thousands of hazardous chemicals now in use in the workplace—without creating thousands of new rules?


Pipe Plant Settles Lead Issues with EPA

A now defunct pipe production plant will pay almost $1 million dollars and take steps to lower its lead emissions in an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


Coating Makers Seek Delay on Risk RFI

Calling the data demands too much and too soon, U.S. paint and coating makers have requested three additional months to produce information on their risk-management plans for chemical releas...


Feds: Onshore Oil Boom Raises Concerns

U.S. oil and gas production is booming faster than regulators can manage, creating risks for the public, pipelines and other transportation networks, a new government audit warns.


U.S. Focuses on Temp Worker Safety

Aiming to avert simple mistakes that can kill or maim untrained workers in their first day on a job, the U.S. has issued new guidance for employers charged with safety.


U.S. Beryllium Proposal Advances

After nearly 12 years in the pipeline, a federal plan to reduce beryllium exposure in the workplace has moved to the White House for final review.


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a $1.4 billion fine—its largest ever—against Pacific Gas & Electric for thousands of state and federal pipeline violations and a catas...


REACH Targets Corrosion Chemicals

Nine chemicals, including one used to make coated galvanized steel and several used in anti-corrosion surface treatments, have joined the European Commission’s list of "substances of high co...


Powder Coatings Set for Global Surge

Buoyed by their regulatory-friendly green profile, powder coatings are in for several years of robust growth worldwide, a new market forecast reports.


Contractor to Pay Whistleblowers $1M

Two drivers and a foreman who were fired by a Michigan paving contractor after raising safety concerns will receive nearly $1 million in back wages and damages under a federal settlement.


U.S. to Shutter Hazmat Deadbeats

Federal officials have a message for hazmat penalty dodgers: Pay up or shut down.


Backlash Stalls OSHA Reporting Rule

Widespread employer concern over the public reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses has prompted U.S. regulators to rethink the plan.


OSHA: No Fine in Fatal PA Blast

Unable to pinpoint the cause of a fatal natural-gas explosion in southwestern Pennsylvania, federal regulators say they will not issue citations in the case.


Lead Rule for Public Projects Advances

U.S. regulators continue to build their case for lead-safe mandates on public and commercial projects, with the release of a draft methodology for analyzing exposures.


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

A federal grand jury has accused California's largest utility of "knowingly and willfully" violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal investigation into a gas-line explosion ...


EU Backs Philippines’ Anti-Lead Push

The European Union is throwing its support behind an effort to eliminate lead and mercury exposures among millions of Filipino schoolchildren.


Donald’s Sign Trumps the Rest

Money may not buy happiness, but it can bring magnificence, if you’re Donald Trump.


New Job-Site Scrutiny Follows CA Deaths

The deaths of four workers on four jobs in four days in California will be bringing more safety inspectors to construction work sites, regulators have announced.


2 Firms Fined $130K in Stadium Death

U.S. authorities are alleging willful wrongdoing in the fatal fall of a 25-year-old construction worker on the $450 million Texas A&M stadium redevelopment project


Asbestos to Land Contractor in Prison

Six months in prison, followed by six months of house arrest, and a $10,000 fine await a South Carolina renovation company owner who contaminated a beach and oceanfront properties with asbes...


OSHA Hits Powder Coatings Firm

A Wisconsin powder coatings facility faces $51,800 in federal penalties for allegedly exposing workers to toxic substances.


Canada Puts Price on Pipeline Liability

Pipeline companies in Canada will be held responsible for at least $1 billion in damages if their network leaks—no matter who is ultimately to blame.


Lessons from a Billion-Dollar Spill

Pipeline owners and operators had better learn from the many mistakes that led to a massive Midwestern spill in 2010 or face costly consequences, U.S. regulators are warning.


Jet Coatings Honored for Sustainability

A novel lightweight, longer-lasting aircraft coating system has drawn top honors from the Department of Defense, which plans to use it on a new generation of stealth jets.


Keystone XL Now Delayed Indefinitely

Two months after getting a green light from the U.S. State Department, the off-again, on-again Keystone XL project has hit a new red one. Or, at least, a long yellow.


‘Major’ Changes Loom for Coating Makers

With the ink barely dry on the last round of new regulatory limits, paint and coating manufacturers are in for more.


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

Long banned in the U.S. and Europe, architectural paint with lead—a lot of lead—is still widely available in Asia, the world's largest coatings market, a new study concludes.


New Contractor Hiring Rules Begin

Federal contractors must now comply with affirmative-action benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities, after a legal bid failed to block one of the rules.


CA Targeting Stripper, Foam Chemicals

“Is it necessary to use this toxic chemical?” That’s the question that makers of paint strippers and spray polyurethane foam may soon have to answer in California.


‘Intensive’ Silica Hearings Open

The long-smoldering controversy over new silica limits in the workplace found its voice Tuesday (March 18) in Washington, D.C., as public hearings on the federal proposal opened.


Employers Call to Withdraw Silica Rule

Construction employers across the industry are urging the federal government to withdraw its proposed rule on silica exposure, saying the measure is “significantly flawed” and “will do littl...


Coating Makers Seek Silica Exemption

Monitoring paint manufacturing for excess silica exposure would cost $700,000—10 times the federal government's estimate—and is unnecessary, the American Coatings Association says.


Industry Faces ‘Big Regulatory Year’

ORLANDO—Fasten your seatbelts: 2014 will break open a dam of pent-up regulatory action, expert Alison B. Kaelin is warning the paint, coatings and blasting industries.


O, Canada, This Sounds Familiar

ORLANDO-When it comes to industrial protective coatings, what happens in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.) doesn't stay in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.).


Coatings Crowd Converges on FL

Exhibit and housing space are long gone, and dozens of expert-led sessions are ready to roll, as more than 2,000 industry professionals pour into Orlando, FL, today (Feb. 10) for SSPC 2014 f...


CA Agency Barges in on Google Project

Google may be Googling a new location for its “mystery barge,” after the high-profile construction project in San Francisco Bay was found to lack appropriate permits.


Metal Finishing Leads to EPA Case

A California company operating a metal finishing facility violated clean water laws by improper disposal of wastewater into the Los Angeles County Sanitation District sewer system, according...


Silica Comment Period Extended Again

Federal authorities will once again allow more time for public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to silica.


First Colorant VOC Limits Take Effect

Industrial maintenance and specialty coatings in Southern California are beginning the new year under the nation's first VOC restrictions for colorants.


OSHA Floats 4 Possible Rule Changes

From spray finishing to chemical safety, the federal government is seeking input on four potential rule changes that could affect the coating and blasting industry.


Contractors Sue to Block Hiring Rule

U.S. open-shop construction contractors have gone to court to stop a new federal affirmative-action proposal aimed at increasing hiring of people with disabilities.


UK Backtracking on Chemical Ban

European officials want to lift a ban on professional use of a toxic paint-stripper chemical, less than two years after the European Union largely restricted its use outside of industrial ap...


Mexico Again Rejects Sherwin Deal

Mexican anti-trust regulators have once again blocked Sherwin-Williams’ push for Latin American domination, nixing the Cleveland company’s $2.34 billion bid for rival Consorcio Comex, S.A. d...


WHO Pushes Global Ban on Lead Paint

The World Health Organization is calling on countries to step up national efforts to eliminate lead paint as part of the first International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which o...


Lead Safety Campaigns Target Paint

The U.S.'s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, focusing on the hazards of lead paint, has hit the world stage.


EPA Drops Chemical Safety Proposals

Environmental regulators have quietly scrapped their plan to tighten oversight of several controversial building and flame-retardant chemicals and require more transparency by manufacturers.


SHARP Employers to Keep OSHA Breaks

Federal health and safety officials have dropped a plan to increase their scrutiny of so-called “exemplary employers” who participate in recognition programs.


EPA Adds Time to Comply with Tank Rule

Facilities that use oil and gas storage tanks are getting a reprieve on their October deadline to install emissions controls.


Bidding Challenges Focus of New Bills

Two new bills target the barriers that small businesses face in bidding for government contracts.


Congress May Speed Pipeline Permits

Pipeline projects could see quicker permitting approval under a federal bill that has supporters demanding accountability and opponents wary of environmental harm.


ACA Supports New Regulatory Legislation

Coating makers are urging Congress to lighten up on new regulations and hunker down against a regulatory pressure tactic known as “sue and settle.”


Cement Maker’s Pollution Tab: $32.5M

One of the largest cement companies in the United States will spend tens of millions of dollars in fines and new technology to resolve allegations of federal pollution violations, under a ne...


EPA to Curb Power Plant Water Toxins

Under orders from the federal courts to act, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever limits on toxic metals discharged into waterways by U.S. power plants.


Foreign Control of Plants on Agenda

A June 19 public meeting is being held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to seek comment on foreign ownership of nuclear power plants.


New OSHA Rule on Cranes to Begin

Underground construction and demolition must soon follow the same crane and derrick standards that now apply to the rest of the construction industry, under new federal rules set to take eff...


Offshore Fires Spur New Demands on BP

For the second time in two years, regulators have ordered BP to address offshore maintenance lapses that have led to fires and risked catastrophes aboard oil and gas platforms.


Chilled Safety Culture Draws NRC Fines

A “chilled work environment” prevented nuclear facility employees from raising safety concerns—a serious safety shortcoming that has prompted fines against Chicago Bridge & Iron for its rece...


Shortcuts Revealed in Fatal FL Collapse

Five contractors are being blamed for a variety of shortcuts—from skipped inspections and welds to ignoring construction plans—in a Florida building collapse that killed four workers last fa...


Contractors Decry Immigration Plan

U.S. construction industry groups are banding together to fight sharp limits on “guest worker” visas in an immigration agreement now emerging in Congress.


Philippines Seeks $1.5M in Reef Mishap

The Philippines has announced plans to fine the United States $1.5 million for damage to a protected coral reef where a Navy ship was stuck for more than two months.


Webinar Targets Offshore Fireproofing

Understanding the critical requirements and certification needed to use passive fireproofing materials offshore will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Concrete Maker to Pay $835K Water Fine

A New Hampshire concrete producer has agreed to pay a total of $835,000 in fines and complete a $500,000 environmental project to resolve numerous clean water violations at its sand, gravel ...


Piece by Piece, Navy Removes Ship

Grounded for more than two months, a U.S. Navy minesweeper is being surgically dismantled and lifted off a coral reef in the Philippines, officials said.


Exxon Fined $1.7M in Yellowstone Leak

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has been slapped with a $1.7 million federal fine for its 2011 crude-oil pipeline failure in the Yellowstone River, doubling its tab to date for the disaster, reg...


Free Webinar Tackles Blasting Safety

Protecting abrasive blasters in their dangerous work will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Corrosion Clout: NACE Launches PAC

NACE International is taking its $476 billion case for corrosion control inside the Beltway with a new political action committee.


Waterjetting on Tap in Free Webinar

New updates for standards and technical guidance on using waterjetting for surface preparation will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


CA Wades Back into Antifouling Debate

Eight months after backing off a plan to ban copper antifouling paint on recreational boats, California authorities are dipping a toe back into those regulatory waters.


Containment Issues Stall Plant Restart

Offline for almost two years, a Nebraska nuclear plant was told this week that it must address additional issues before being allowed to restart, according to federal regulators.


Navy to Scrap Stuck $277M Vessel

Hopelessly beached on a reef in the Philippines for over two weeks, the $277 million USS Guardian minesweeper will be cut to pieces in order to free it, the U.S. Navy has decided.


Record Year for Pipeline Fines

Rounding out a year of record enforcement actions against the pipeline industry for coatings, corrosion and other violations, U.S. regulators have levied nearly $200,000 in fines against Col...


ACA Fights Rule on Conflict Minerals

Coating makers have joined the opposition to a U.S. rule that would expand disclosure of the use of so-called "conflict minerals" in various products.


New Rules Could Shake Up Industry

SAN ANTONIO—Coating manufacturers are starting to see sweeping changes in hazard communications that could potentially impact every safety data sheet in the industry.


Europe Eyes Hazardous Lead Labeling

Lead paint could soon take on a new "hazardous" status throughout the 27 member states of the European Union, under measures now being considered.


EPA Rule Could Put Out 15 GA Plants

More than a dozen power plants in Georgia could be out of commission soon after the approval of a new federal rule regulating mercury and toxic air goes into effect.


Feds Map Regulatory Plans for 2013

Outdated exposure limits, reinforced steel, nanotechnology, and confined spaces are among the critical health and safety issues slated for federal action this year.


U.S. Reviews Paint Stripper Chemicals

Largely banned in Europe and linked to multiple deaths in the U.S., toxic paint-stripper chemicals are finally getting a serious look from the Environmental Protection Agency.


Feds Revive Lead Rule for Public Works

After a season's hiatus, federal regulators have dusted off a controversial plan to impose new lead-safe practices on public works and commercial projects.


CA Plans New Squeeze on VOC Limits

Even lower VOC emissions limits on architectural and industrial maintenance coatings may be headed for California, to the dismay of coating manufacturers.


OSHA Seeks Input on Cutting Red Tape

Attempting to improve and streamline existing construction standards, the federal government is seeking public input on rules that can be pruned, clarified or pitched.


Pol’s Painting Backfires in Lead Snafu

From the No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Dept.: A frustrated Australian politician’s determination to paint his local bridge may have ended with lead paint contamination in the river below.


Evacuation Grows, Tempers Shorten in NJ

One hundred more New Jersey homes have been evacuated near the site of a toxic chemical release from a train derailment, and the area’s congressman is calling for an end to self-policing of ...


Free Webinar Tackles New HazCom Rules

New U.S. requirements for classifying chemicals and communicating hazardous information on container labels and material safety data sheets will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar by SS...


Lead Paint Crackdown Sweeps Up Painters

Federal enforcement of lead paint violations is growing, with 16 painters, remodelers and other contractors rounded up in the latest sweep by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Coating Makers Gobble Up Election Wins

U.S. coating manufacturers have much to be thankful for this season: They racked up an overwhelmingly winning record in the 2012 elections.


SoCal Drops Metal Coating Rule

After nearly two years in development, California has abruptly halted further work on plans to tighten emission rules on metal coating operations until 2013, the American Coatings Associatio...


$246K Fine Set in Blast that Burned 2

A Texas oil and gas services company is facing nearly $250,000 in federal fines for an explosion that injured two tank cleaners shortly after the company was cited for similar hazards.


Feds Probe Pipeline Overcharging

Federal regulators are investigating rates charged by two interstate natural gas companies to determine if they are “over-recovering” their costs, resulting in “unjust and unreasonable” rate...


NY Seeks Coating Rule Changes

Coating facilities in New York may soon face several new rules affecting paint industry products and industrial surface coating.


BP Hit with Indictments, $4.5B Fine

British oil giant BP will pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges, including manslaughter, in the April 2010 explosion that killed 11 workers...


Abrasives Maker Fined for Labeling Issue

An Alabama abrasives maker has been fined $1,100 for one federal labeling violation for failing to list beryllium as a component of a coal slag abrasive.


Feds: VT OSHA Bungling Death Probes

Are workers in states that run their own occupational safety and health programs getting the same protection as those in states overseen by federal regulators? A new federal audit—the lates...


Coating Makers Win Antifouling Delay

For the fourth time, coatings makers have beaten back a California push for performance standards that would establish a ranking system to determine if a ship’s hull is “clean” enough to ent...


Feds on Power Play at Islanders' Home

New York Islanders fans who are demanding a new home for their team just got some new, asbestos-laced ammunition from federal health and safety regulators.


U.S. Halts Lead Rule For Commercial, Public Projects

Years into the process, the Environmental Protection Agency has abruptly rolled back its plan to impose controversial lead-safe rules on commercial and public-works projects.


TVA Invests $1B in Scrubbers, Upgrades

The Tennessee Valley Authority will spend about $1 billion to install four large scrubbers and other pollution control equipment at the Gallatin Fossil Plant to reduce emissions by as much a...


Marine Coatings Gain Reprieve in CA

Under pressure from coating makers, Southern California regulators have decided—for now—not to demand something that does not yet exist.


NRC Bans Testing Officer for Misconduct

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has suspended a veteran radiographer for a Texas testing company from work on any NRC facilities in the wake of misconduct on a job at a facility in Wyoming...


OSHA Offers Severe Violators a Way Out

Once an employer with an egregious health and safety record lands in OSHA’s biggest, baddest doghouse, how does he or she get out? Two years after it built the doghouse—formally, the Seve...


U.S. Set to Step Up Pipeline Enforcement

Flexing its new statutory muscle, the U.S. government has taken the first step toward implementing a 2011 law that strengthens both pipeline safety regulations and regulators’ authority.


Storage Tanks Draw $582K EPA Fine

Owners and operators of 22 underground storage tanks at gasoline stations around Buffalo, NY, are facing $582,803 in fines for corrosion and testing lapses, as well as other violations of fe...


ACA Cheers Plan to Pre-empt EPA Rules

Coatings manufacturers, chemical makers and other business groups are cheering a new federal bill that would bar the U.S. Environmental Agency from regulating chemical facility security.


Unpainted Tower Zapped with $20K Fine

Owners of a 295-foot communications tower that has stood unpainted and unlighted for 10 years are in trouble with the Federal Communications Commission.


Coating Makers Work to Blunt New Rules

Coating manufacturers are making inroads against California’s plan to further tighten emission rules on metal coating operations, the American Coatings Association reports.


OSHA Updates Head Protection Rules

OSHA has issued a direct final rule and a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise requirements for head protection in its general industry, construction, shipyard employment, longshoring, an...


EPA, Shipyard Settle Paint Waste Fine

Fairhaven Shipyard Companies, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $175,000 to resolve violations of the federal Clean Water Act at two of its facilities in Fairhaven during paint remov...


ACA Protests Fouling Standard Plan

For the fourth time, California is proposing—and coatings makers are fighting—performance standards that would establish a ranking system to determine if a ship’s hull is “clean” enough to e...


Coating Makers Lose VOC Appeal in CA

Can regulators of coating emissions actually require the use of technologies that don’t exist? Yes, the California Supreme Court has unanimously ruled, dealing a stinging blow to manufacture...


EPA Signals Truce in TX Clean Air War

The Environmental Protection Agency may be ready to say “uncle” in its long-running tussle with Texas over that state’s clean air plan.


International Forum Tackles Antifouling

Leading-edge antifouling technologies, bio-inspired coatings, international regulation of antifouling products and other issues critical to the marine coatings industry will be among the top...


Obama to Regulators: Think Globally

Aiming to minimize regulatory hurdles to international trade, President Obama has signed an order requiring federal agencies to consider the global implications of any new rules they draft.


OSHA Holds Firm on PPE Requirement

Federal safety officials have nixed a congressman’s request to ease up on requirements that oil and gas workers wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Coating Makers Track Bills to Curb Regs

Coating manufacturers are “closely monitoring” two federal bills that would place a moratorium on all new federal rules and bar President Obama and future presidents from issuing “midnight r...


Older Pipelines May Face New Testing

New pipeline record-keeping requirements are coming and old testing loopholes long enjoyed by older systems may be going, federal regulators warned operators this week.


More Tests Set at Paint Superfund Site

Federal regulators have agreed to more testing at a New Hampshire tract full of toxic paint waste before approving a final plan for the 23-year-old Superfund site.


Navy Settles EPA Tank Violations

The U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a $5,855 penalty to settle allegations of underground storage tank violations at its Naval Support Activity facility in Norfolk, VA, the U.S. Environmental Pr...


Audit: OSHA Too Slow on Rule Making

For those who view the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a slash-and-burn regulatory monster, the General Accountability Office begs to differ.


DOT to Speed 6-State Pipeline Upgrade

The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will fast-track federal permitting for a six-state, 1,000-mile pipeline modernization project by NiSource Inc.


ACA Case Heads for CA Supreme Court

Oral arguments begin May 1 before California’s Supreme Court in a high-stakes lawsuit by coating manufacturers to block tougher VOC limits on industrial maintenance and other coatings.


Cloud-Based System Monitors Pipelines

Willbros Group Inc. has teamed up with GeoEye Inc. to offer a cloud-based pipeline integrity management system that integrates real-time pipeline data with high-resolution commercial satelli...


Tank Excavation Project Begins in CA

Federal and state authorities have begun the massive job of digging out disintegrating underground steel storage tanks from dozens of locations along California’s I-710 Freeway.


Judge Throws Out Union Posting Rule

A federal judge in North Carolina has thrown out an impending federal rule that would have required nearly six million employers to prominently display notices of employees’ union rights.


Solvents Stay Strong, Despite US Drop

Solvents may be falling from favor in the West, but they still appear to have a strong future in paints, coatings and adhesives elsewhere in the world for the rest of the decade, a new marke...


Court Slaps OSHA on Citation Time Limit

A federal appeals court has sharply limited the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s power to cite employers for record-keeping violations.


Uncertified Navy Engines Draw $780K Tab

A Navy shipbuilder and ship engine supplier have agreed to pay a $280,000 fine and invest $500,000 in environmental upgrades under the first settlement of a federal rule on marine engine emi...


GAO Raps Oversight on Fracking Lines

Pipeline safety officials need to get a grip on the fast-spreading network of unregulated lines that is springing up around the nation’s oil shale boom, a new Government Accountability Offic...


EPA Floats New Chemical Limits

Companies would face potential limits on new uses of five groups of chemicals, including some used in pigments and paints, under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen...


Painter Closes after OSHA Citations

A Florida aluminum coating and blasting operation has closed its door in the face of 37 new federal safety and health citations and a fine of nearly $140,000.


Firms Cited in Border Scaffold Failure

Three contractors have been cited in a massive scaffolding collapse that crushed cars and injured motorists and employees at California’s San Ysidro border crossing in September.


DOT to Lighten Transit Project Reviews

Federal transportation officials are proposing “common-sense changes” designed to “significantly cut red tape” for certain transit projects, dramatically speeding project progress.


Leaking Waste Tanks Draw EPA Order

Property and business owners of a defunct electroplating company in Iowa are facing thousands of dollars in daily fines under a new federal order to clean up leaking tanks and containers of ...


Employers Score a Win on Labor Rule

Private employers have won two key victories in the long-running regulatory battle to force them to post notices about employees’ rights to join a union.


EU Banning Most DCM Paint Strippers

While deaths from methylene chloride paint strippers continue in the United States, most sales and use of the products are about to be banned in Europe.


$1M Fine Caps EPA’s 30th Refinery Suit

The federal government has inflicted yet another blow—its 30th, to be exact— in its ongoing effort to clamp down on U.S. refinery air emissions, fining a Kansas operation nearly $1 million a...


Study to Weigh Easing of H&S Standards

Do worker health and safety regulations help protect employees, hurt businesses—or perhaps both? And could a lighter governmental touch achieve the same good?


OSHA Probe, Draft Rule Target Beryllium

Worker exposure to the toxic metal beryllium is drawing new attention, as federal authorities probe labeling compliance by some abrasives manufacturers and the beryllium industry itself prop...


White House Readies Coal Ash Evaluation

As the abrasive blasting industry awaits long-stalled federal regulations on Coal Combustion Residuals, the Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its desire to keep hands off CCR pr...


ACA Takes on Growing Solvent Laws

Coatings makers are working hard to reshape a growing number of state industrial solvent restrictions that could impact industry manufacturing.


Lloyd’s Explains New Tank Corrosion Reg

Lloyd’s Register has developed guidance to clarify the coatings and other compliance options in new IMO regulations regarding corrosion protection of crude oil cargo tanks.


New Rule Snarling Coating Shipments

What began as a small technical tweak has morphed into a big headache for trucked shipments of coatings around North America.


4th Global Marine Coatings Forum Set

New antifouling technology, coatings performance, global maritime standards, environmental regulations and more will be on the agenda when the fourth Global Marine Coatings Forum convenes la...


OSHA Pitching Rule; Foes Not Catching

The federal government’s effort to bring an ounce of prevention to workplace health and safety has not lightened the pound of grief it is getting from business groups.


Navy Fined for Pipe, Tank Inspections

The Navy will pay nearly $161,000 in fines to settle federal claims that it failed to properly monitor pipes and underground fuel storage tanks for leaks at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, in Silv...


Painter Dangers Draw 2nd Shipyard Case

Accused for the second time in three years of endangering its painters, a Michigan shipyard is facing 32 new federal safety and health citations—including five repeats—and fines totaling nea...


Coatings Compliance Chemist Needed

A Cleveland, OH, company has an opening in its liquid paint division for a coating regulatory compliance chemist.


EPA: Navy Landlords Hid Families’ Lead Risks

Two contractors are facing more than $150,000 in federal fines for allegedly failing to disclose residential lead paint hazards at two Navy bases to military families, some with young childr...


Click Error to Cost Paint Maker $18K

An Oregon paint manufacturer will pay $18,000 for accidentally checking the wrong box on an online government form while trying to update its records.


MO Town to Tackle Storm-Churned Toxins

Seven months into its recovery from massive tornado damage, the city of Joplin, MO, will receive $500,000 in federal aid to begin the enormous task of remediating lead exposed in up to 1,500...


Pipeline Bill Flowing through Congress

After several idle months, stronger federal pipeline safety rules are zipping through Congress, with the House passing a measure on Monday and Senate acceptance expected soon.


Dumping to Cost Contractor, GDOT $2.8M

The Georgia Department of Transportation and one of its contractors will pay more than $2.8 million in federal penalties and environmental offsets for dumping a million cubic yards of highwa...


NRC Challenged on Plant Corrosion

Repeated stress corrosion cracking of stainless-steel components at a Michigan nuclear plant has a congressman asking federal regulators why they continue to allow use of the metal in such a...


Lafarge Runoff Settlement Tab: $11+M

North America’s largest construction materials supplier has agreed to pay a $740,000 fine, protect nearly $3 million in land, and invest $8 million in a program to resolve violations of the ...


AK Pipeline Operator to Pay $600K+ in Corrosion Case

Alyeska Pipeline Service Inc. will pay a $600,000 federal fine—far less than originally proposed—to settle several regulatory enforcement cases relating to failures, corrosion inspection iss...


EPA Proposes Stronger Tank Containment

Facing thousands of petroleum and hazardous chemical leaks each year, the federal government has proposed stronger rules for underground storage tanks, with new requirements for containment,...


AIHA Demands Release of Silica Rule

The federal government has announced yet another delay in its long-stalled rule on crystalline silica exposure, sparking objections and questions from health and safety experts.


GOP Battles Non-Existent Regulations

Hey, did you hear that the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to ban dusty back roads and has fined hundreds of companies $5,000 a day for spilled milk?


Software Upgrades Pipeline Monitoring

American Innovations, a provider of cathodic protection, integrity management and remote monitoring, has released a software upgrade that adds more than 20 enhancements to its pipeline data ...


Shipbuilder Again Runs Afoul of OSHA

Four months after settling one federal safety case involving 21 violations, a Texas shipbuilder has been hit with 25 new citations and a $150,700 fine.


Areas in 15 States Fail EPA Lead Tests

Despite improving compliance, areas in 15 states are still failing to make the grade on federal air-quality standards for lead, the Environmental Protection Agency reports.


New Map of Bad Bridges May Hold Good Clout

Looking for a problem bridge? Uncle Sam has just the tool.


Paint Firm Fined $126K in PPE Case

A small metal painter in Wisconsin is facing nearly $126,000 in federal fines for allegedly failing to provide workers with protective equipment, exposing them to skin rashes and irritations...


Coating Makers Slam EPA Disposal Plan

Onerous, far-reaching, expensive and unwarranted is the verdict by coatings manufacturers on a proposed federal rule that would increase requirements for recycling hazardous materials.


Report: OSHA Toothless, Paralyzed

Defying popular wisdom that paints OSHA as a regulatory monster run amok, a new report contends that the federal agency is actually attempting little and accomplishing even less.


OSHA: No Ventilation in 2 Tank Deaths

No ventilation was used and the air quality was not tested or monitored in a small underground septic tank where two men worked and perished last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Ad...


CSB Assails Tank Safety, Site Security

Lax security and a mishmash of regulations and standards are endangering public safety at oil and gas production facilities nationwide, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board concludes in a new stud...


Paul’s About-Face Clears Pipeline Bill

A federal pipeline safety bill is back on track, after the Senate’s lone opponent not only dropped his objection, but closed a loophole in the measure.


House Makes End Run on Coal Ash Rules

Thrusting quickly to parry stiffer federal rules, the House has approved a bill that would allow states to regulate coal ash from power plants as if it were municipal garbage, not hazardous ...


New Suit Reignites Obama Ozone Battle

As expected, public health and conservation groups have revived their effort to force the federal government to tighten ground-level ozone standards—an uphill battle that the Obama Administr...


Bridge, Wind, Rail Work Fast-Tracked

New York bridge replacement, California wind power, Maryland rail, New Mexico water and other major infrastructure projects will ramp up soon, under fast-track approval granted this week by ...


Contractor Bill Targets Slow Pay, Bid Shopping

The federal government is taking aim at two of subcontracting’s most loathed business practices: slow payments to, and the improper substitution of, subcontractors on federal projects.


Pipe Maker Faces 27 OSHA Citations

One of the oldest names in American pipe manufacturing has been fined $85,000 and accused of 27 federal health and safety violations at its facility in Bessemer, AL.


Tank Cleaner Fined $122K for Exposures

A large Midwestern tank cleaning company is facing federal accusations of exposing workers to respiratory and confined-space hazards while cleaning tanks at a job site.


Alone, Paul Plugs Up Pipeline Bill

Sen. Rand Paul, a Tea Party conservative, is single-handedly blocking progress of a federal pipeline safety bill that has strong support from both parties and the pipeline industry.


2 Poisoned by Confined-Space Fumes

Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of two workers who were overcome by sewer gases while working in a sewage pump tank this week in Kennebunkport, ME


Trailer Maker, Coater Draws $950K Fine

Two Texas trailer manufacturers have been slapped with nearly $1 million in federal fines for a wide variety of noise, toxic exposure and electrical violations, including many in the facilit...


Asbestos Contractor Gets 6-Year Term

A New York construction and asbestos abatement contractor has been sentenced to six years in prison for lying to his untrained employees—and, later, to a federal inspector—about their asbest...


Ozone Game Back On, As Suits Resume

She may be tuning up, but the fat lady has not yet sung in the battle over federal smog rules, as long-stalled lawsuits on all sides have now reignited with the Obama administration’s decisi...


Adhesives Maker Fined $917K in Blast

Global sealant and adhesive giant Bostik Inc. faces 50 federal safety citations and $917,000 in fines for an explosion March 13 that injured four workers at a company chemical plant in Middl...


LA Aims to Register Spray Paint Buyers

Registered sales, locked displays, GPS-enabled cameras, prominent prosecution warnings … Is it a new gun-control law? No, just the new reality for tagger wannabes in Los Angeles, if a city c...


Coatings Makers Gain Delay in EPA Rule

Coatings manufacturers have won a temporary reprieve in an impending federal rule that will increase requirements for recycling hazardous materials.


Chemical Co. OKs $245K EPA Settlement

Chemical maker Hercules Inc. has agreed to pay a $245,521 federal civil penalty to resolve claims that it violated Clean Air Act requirements at a manufacturing facility in Louisiana, MO.


Quake Risk Rising for Nuclear Plants

U.S. nuclear plants are at far greater risk from earthquakes than previously thought, with one-quarter of reactors in likely need of safety modifications, according to an Associated Press an...


European Industrial Painters Launch Association

Industrial painting contractors in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have formalized their growing cooperation by founding a new organization.


Obama Kills EPA’s Tougher Ozone Rule

Bowing to 20 months of pressure from Republicans and the business community, the Obama administration has finally withdrawn its plan to further tighten ozone emission standards.


Employee Rights Rule Starts Nov. 14

Most private-sector employers must soon display a poster notifying employees of their rights to organize, under a new rule that takes effect Nov. 14.


Chemical Distributor Settles EPA Suit

A major chemical distributor in Virginia has agreed to pay a $43,967 penalty and complete more than $200,000 in safety improvements to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws...


Pipeline Corrosion May Face New Rules

Stronger corrosion control measures are among the mandates under consideration as the federal government weighs new safety requirements for the nation’s gas transmission pipelines.


Quake Triggers Alerts At 13 Nuclear Plants

Two nuclear reactors in Virginia were shut down and so-called “Unusual Events” were being monitored at a dozen other nuclear power plants in the wake of Tuesday’s earthquake in the Eastern U...


Lawmakers Seek Delay in Cement Rules

Support is building in Congress for legislation that would delay and weaken long-planned regulation of the cement industry.


OSHA Slaps AFB Painting, Blast Shops

Painters, blasters and sanders at Hill Air Force Base are working with excessive noise, lack of respiratory protection, lack of training, and excessive exposures to cadmium, hexavalent chrom...


Firms to Pay $1.4M in MA Paint Blast

The owners and former operator of a Massachusetts paint and ink manufacturing plant have reached a $1.4 million federal settlement in a massive explosion and fire that destroyed dozens of ho...


IMO Panel Adopts Biofouling Guidelines

An International Maritime Organization committee has adopted the first set of international recommendations to address biofouling of ships, to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic speci...


Truck Makers Green-Light New Fuel Rule

Truck and vehicle manufacturers are giving a surprising thumbs-up to the nation’s first fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution standards for work trucks, buses and other heavy-du...


Copper Hull Paint Gets Reprieve in CA

As with Mark Twain, reports of the death of copper-based hull paint may have been greatly exaggerated—at least in California. Washington State, on the other hand, is a different story.


EPA Rule Increases Chemical Reporting

Despite objections from the coatings and chemical industries, the Environmental Protection Agency will increase the type and amount of information it collects on commercial chemicals from ch...


Dow to Pay $2.5M Environmental Fine

Dow Chemical Company has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of federal air, water and waste regulations at its century-old manufacturing and research com...


Yellowstone Spill Spurs Pipeline Alert

While 900 people continue working to clean up the ExxonMobil crude oil spill on the Yellowstone River, the federal government has issued a warning to all owners and operators of pipelines in...


EPA Retreats 4th Time on Ozone Rule

Coatings makers and other manufacturers have won another 11th-hour reprieve on an unpopular federal rule that would further tighten ozone emission standards.


OSHA Fines Tank Services Company $114K

Lack of machine guards, excessive respirable dust and other alleged hazards have a Wisconsin tank company facing 11 federal safety and health violations and $114,000 in fines.


Coating Plant Cited in Worker’s Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has accused an Ohio powder coating company of 15 safety violations following the death of a grinder operator who was killed when the abrasiv...


Shop-Towel Wars: Textile Rental Association Weighs In

The Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) has described as “frivolous” the claims in a recent study that laundered shop towels contain potentially dangerous levels of heavy m...


Critics Rap Shop Towel Study

A study suggesting potentially excessive exposure to heavy metals in laundered shop towels, reported in the July 20 edition of this Newsletter, has been met with skepticism about its objecti...


Laundering Doesn’t Protect Against Heavy Metals, Study Shows

A study by an environmental and risk science consulting firm shows that commercially laundered shop towels contain levels of heavy metals that could expose workers to unsafe exposure.


EPA Won’t Review Coal Ash Risks Soon

Although twice chastised by its own auditor for promoting the use of Coal Combustion Residuals without sufficient research, the Environmental Protection Agency has no plan to evaluate the ri...


Owner of Burned Paint Plant Faces Fines for Unreported Chemicals

The owner of a Pennsylvania paint plant is facing fines of up to $25,000 a day for not providing authorities with a mandated list of chemicals and substances stored on site before fire struc...


Exxon Told to Re-bury Yellowstone Pipe

ExxonMobil must re-bury its Silvertip Pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River and take other measures before restarting the pipeline, after it leaked up to 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the...


US Stiffens Oil & Gas Violation Fines

Federal fines for corroding pipelines, crumbling offshore structures, and other neglected facilities will soon increase, under new penalties announced this week.


Industry Fights Looming Emissions Laws

Coatings manufacturers are racing the clock to fend off tighter emissions rules impending in Southern California and at the federal level.


Rust from Leaks Reported At Most US Nuclear Sites

Corroding underground pipes are leaking radioactive substances at most U.S. nuclear sites, thanks largely to a sympathetic relationship between the nuclear industry and its regulators, an in...


US Gets Tab for Illegal Paint Dumping

The federal government will be footing the bill to clean up hundreds of gallons of industrial paint illegally dumped along a back road in Oregon.


OSHA Rolls Out Standards Overhaul

Respiratory standards are being revised, medical records requirements changed, definitions updated, and sling standards tweaked under a new regulatory overhaul issued by the Occupational Saf...


Sewer Execs Sentenced; 1 Gets Prison Term

One Louisiana wastewater company owner will serve time in prison and another has been put on probation after both were sentenced in unrelated cases involving illegal discharges and other vio...


EPA Revokes Chemical Secrecy Claims

Coatings and chemical manufacturers will have to divulge a significant amount of chemical information long held confidential, under a new order by the Environmental Protection Agency.


OSHA Sharpens Eye on Metals Industries

Steel, aluminum and other metals producers, take note: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is watching you.


SCAQMD Overhauls Coatings Rules

As expected, coatings manufacturers will have to begin accounting for the VOCs in their colorants and toeing some other new environmental lines under long-awaited rules adopted by the South ...


EPA Retreats on Boiler MACT Rules

Manufacturers are declaring victory after the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it would indefinitely defer implementing controversial air quality standards for boilers and...


OSHA to Streamline, Update Regs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it will lighten the regulatory load on employers with a comprehensive new rule that streamlines and simplifies the agency’s standards.


EPA Issues More Coal Ash Safety Plans

While the Environmental Protection Agency remains tight-lipped on its proposed rule for coal ash, the agency has released action plans by 20 electric utility facilities with 70 coal ash impo...


GOP Senate Bill Aims to Abolish EPA

Senate Republicans have long talked the talk about abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, they’re walking the walk.


New Metal Finishing Rules Loom

Metal fabricators and spray finishers, beware: After three years on deck, new federal emissions standards are set to take effect, with implications for training, cleaning, equipment and othe...


OSHA Stiffens Shipyard Protections

More toilets, sanitation measures to protect coatings workers, updated requirements and new protections should help prevent about 350 serious injuries a year among shipyard workers, the Occu...


‘Safe Chemicals’ Bill Riles Industry

Coatings and chemical makers have come out swinging against a new Senate proposal that would overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act to shift the 35-year-old burden of chemical safety proo...


Grants, Site Support Pipeline Safety

The federal government is offering more than $3 million in grants and the technical support of a new website in its new push for pipeline safety.


EPA Targets Coating, Foam Compounds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued action plans to address the potential health risks of two chemicals used in making polyurethane polymers, adhesives, sealants and coatings...


New OSHA Silica Rules Looming

New federal rules tightening workplace exposure limits and other requirements involving respirable crystalline silica are expected soon, likely bringing major changes for the coatings indust...


Budget Compromise Slashes EPA, OSHA

The 11th-hour budget deal that averted a government shutdown will come at a high price for two Republican targets: the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health ...


Bill Fights ‘Hazardous’ Ash Label

A West Virginia congressman has again introduced legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying fossil fuel combustion residuals as hazardous waste.


EPA to Crack Down on Ballast Dumping

Under pressure from conservation and fishing groups, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed in an out-of-court settlement to establish a single, strong system of regulations to contr...


Auditors Rap EPA on CCR Risk Studies

For the second time in five months, Environmental Protection Agency auditors have taken the agency to task for its risk assessment practices and statements regarding the safety of Coal Combu...


OTC to Cut Paint Thinner, Solvent VOCs

A dozen Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states will reduce Volatile Organic Compound limits in paint thinners and cleaning solvents, if the Ozone Transport Commission proceeds with its plan to ad...


OSHA Alleges Lead-Hazard Violations in Bridge Project, Proposes $129,000 Penalty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 35 citations against Panthera Painting Co. Inc., Canonsburg, PA, for allegedly exposing workers to dangerously high levels of lead, a...


DOT Tightens Bridge Oversight, Spends $9.5M for Innovative Projects

The Federal Highway Administration will more closely monitor state bridge inspections and maintenance while funding several projects to reduce bridge congestion and extend life, under two ne...


Coatings Makers Appeal for Reg Relief

America’s coatings manufacturers have a few requests for President Obama: Cut the red tape on pipeline permits. Expand the allowable compounds in aerosol coatings. Ditch the emissions crackd...


EPA Seeks Public Input on Reg Review

The embattled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting public comment on a plan that will guide EPA’s internal review of its regulations as part of a government-wide regulatory revie...


EPA Releases Utilities’ Plans on Coal Ash

While work on federal rules for coal ash grinds on, the Environmental Protection Agency is releasing plans developed by 15 electric utility facilities to make their coal ash impoundments saf...


Bill Demands Rules on Combustible Dust

Three years after 14 of his constituents perished in a refinery explosion traced to combustible dust, a Georgia congressman is again trying to force the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health A...


OSHA Drops Reporting Plan for Sprains, RSI

Just days after withdrawing one controversial proposal, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sounded retreat on another: a plan to restore more specific reporting of work-re...


SCAQMD Set to Overhaul Coatings Rules

VOC averaging will end, VOC limits on colorants will begin, and rules on packaging, purchasing and storing coatings will change under an impending overhaul of the South Coast Air Quality Man...


OSHA Drops Noise Plan Amid Reg Review

One day after President Obama announced a sweeping review of federal regulations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration dropped its controversial proposal to mandate quieter work...


OSHA Record-Keeping Tab: 3M Hours, $136M

Q: How much time and money do U.S. employers spend on federal employee illness and injury record-keeping?


Court OKs EPA Takeover of TX Permits

A federal appeals court has green-lighted the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to take over Texas’s air-pollution permitting program.


Court Halts EPA’s TX Permit Takeover

A federal appeals court has slapped a temporary hold on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to take over Texas’s regulation of air permitting.


EPA Takes Over TX Air Permit Program

The smackdown between the state of Texas and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas emissions has heated up again, with EPA now running Texas’ permitting program while...


EPA Calls for Water Tests on Chromium 6

The Environmental Protection Agency has urged the nation’s water utilities to develop monitoring and sampling programs for Hexavalent Chromium, in the wake of a study that found the toxic ch...


TX Steps Up Attack in EPA Permit Suit

Texas is turning up the heat against the Environmental Protection Agency over its unilateral rejection of the state’s 16-year-old program for flexible air-pollution permitting.


EPA Retreats Again on Ozone Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced yet another delay in issuing controversial new ground-level ozone rules—a delay that parties on all sides of the issue now view as a retreat...


EPA 2010: 20K+ Inspections, $12.1B Polluter Tab

Aggressive federal enforcement of VOCs, surface coating emissions, wastewater, lead and other environmental issues cost companies more than $110 million in penalties and about $12 billion in...


EPA Again Delays Ozone Standard

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has again delayed a decision on whether she will proceed with her controversial plan to toughen smog standards.


EPA Fugitive Arrested in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic authorities have arrested a Massachusetts woman who vanished after her 2008 federal-court conviction for running an asbestos-removal business built on hundreds of fraudule...


Contractor Clouds PA Town with Lead Paint Dust

A Pennsylvania town is grappling with potentially serious contamination of its air, water and residents after a contractor unleashed “clouds” of uncontained lead-based paint dust while blast...


Goodman Oil to Pay $171K for Tank Violations

An Idaho oil company has agreed to pay $171,091 to settle a series of fuel storage tank violations dating to 1991 at former gas stations across Idaho, federal officials say.


Chemical Makers Challenge EPA on Cr(VI) Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving too quickly, and without sufficient information, on a scientific review that could pave the way for stricter standards on Hexavalent Chromium ex...


EPA Sets Greener Policy for Wastewater Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling on the water and wastewater industries to pursue and adopt more sustainable approaches to building, maintaining and operating sewer lines,...


Project Goal: Image Pipelines through Coating

Research into high-resolution imaging that can detect pipeline corrosion through coatings is underway, thanks to $5.9 million in federal grants for new pipeline integrity management initiati...


End of EPA Program Catches Companies Off-Guard

AkzoNobel, Turner Construction and other industry leaders are expressing surprise and disappointment at the Environmental Protection Agency’s abrupt decision to end its Climate Leaders progr...


Investors Urge EPA to Adopt Coal Waste Rule

A group of investors representing more than $240 billion in assets urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday (Sept. 15) to adopt federally enforceable regulations governing...


EPA Targets Dye, Cleaner, Retardant Chemicals

Several chemicals widely used in dyes, flame retardants, detergents and other industrial applications are the subject of new action plans by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Employer Found Liable for Risk to Subs’ Workers

General contractors and other job-site employers may be held responsible for violations created by a subcontractor whose workers are exposed to safety or health hazards, the Occupational Saf...


EPA Announces Hearing Schedule for Proposed Coal Ash Regulations

The EPA has released a schedule of public hearings on its proposal to regulate disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants.


American Concrete Association Seeks Comments on EPA’s Proposed CCR Rule

The American Concrete Association is conducting a survey among interested parties so that it can comment to the EPA on its proposal to regulate coal combustion residuals (CCR's), including f...


OSHA Slaps BP with $50.6M Fine in ’05 TX Blast

BP Products North America Inc. will pay a $50.6 million penalty for the 2005 explosion that killed 15 workers at a Texas refinery and will spend at least $500 million to begin improving work...


New U.S. Rule Would Mandate Tunnel Inspections

Transportation departments and other tunnel owners would be required to inspect highway tunnels by prescribed standards, under a new rule being proposed by the Federal Highway Administration...


EPA Plans Hearings on Coal Waste Proposal

Representatives of the abrasives industry and other interested parties will be able to speak at public hearings on the EPA’s proposed rule to regulate coal combustion residuals (CCR), includ...


Proposed Rule for Power Plants Generates Questions for Coatings, Other Industries

The EPA seeks comments on two proposed options for regulating residuals from coal-burning electric utilities while retaining the EPA-determined beneficial use exemption status of the residua...


EPA Delays Lead-Rule Enforcement

The Environmental Protection Agency, facing pressure from industry groups and members of Congress, has acted to delay enforcement of the agency’s much-criticized “Lead-Safe Renovation, Repai...


OSHA Plans Rule on Surface Trips, Falls

Federal safety regulators will propose new rules to require improved worker protection from tripping, slipping and falling hazards on walking and working surfaces.


EPA May Expand Lead Reg to Public, Commercial Work

Just days after its controversial lead-safe rule took effect for homes and child-care centers, the EPA is weighing a similar mandate for commercial and public projects.


Heavy Fines Loom with New Lead Regs

Less than a month remains for contractors to comply with sweeping new lead-safe rules or face fines of up to $37,500.


New Lead Deadlines Loom

Time is short for companies and contractors to prepare for new federal lead-safe regulations that take effect in April, the Environmental Protection Agency is warning.


OSHA Booklet Outlines Chromium Standards

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published Hexavalent Chromium, a booklet outlining industry standards for protecting painters, welders, and other worke...


EPA Seeks Tougher Smog Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 7, 2010, that it is proposing to replace the March 2008 smog standard with the strictest health standards to date for smog...


CA Toughens Contractor Laws

Unlicensed California contractors now face jail time and stiff fines under new laws that took effect Jan. 1.


OSHA Seeks to Align HazCom with UN System

A proposed rule to align the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Cl...


EPA to Reconsider National Smog Standards

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced this month that the agency would reconsider the 2008 national smog standards to ensure they are scientifically sound a...


Valspar Fined for Air-Quality Violations

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently levied a $218,000 fine against The Valspar Corp. for air-quality violations.


OSHA to Publish Names of Fraudulent Trainers

In its continuing work to crack down on fraudulent trainers in its Outreach Training Program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is publishing an “Outreach Trainer Watc...


U.S. Gov’t Launches Online Public Forum

The eRulemaking Program, a federal-wide E-Government project led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has launched an online publication forum, Regulations.gov Exchange.


 
 
   

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