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The EPA's E-Manifesting Portal

Electronic manifesting for hazardous waste shipments began June 30, 2018.

Access the latest information on the EPA's E-Manifesting Portal.

Katt Training & Consluting can help your company transition to the new system. Please contact us for more information.

[The EPA's E-Manifesting Portal]

[EPA News Release]

Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule Tracking Site

This matrix tracks state implementation of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule. Updated monthly, the matrix provides key information on rulemaking status, publication date, public hearing dates and comment periods, and the rule effective date.

Information is collected by a professional legislative and regulatory tracking service that monitors the development and adoption of the regulations, and individually contacts State Agencies to assess their progress on the Generator Improvement rulemaking process.

Katt Training can help you navigate the new rules in your state. Please contact us for more information.

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OSHA's Heat Stress Website

Millions of U.S. workers are exposed to heat in their workplaces. Although illness from exposure to heat is preventable, every year, thousands become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some cases are fatal. Most outdoor fatalities, 50% to 70%, occur in the first few days of working in warm or hot environments because the body needs to build a tolerance to the heat gradually over time. The process of building tolerance is called heat acclimatization. Lack of acclimatization represents a major risk factor for fatal outcomes. [ more ]

24 Year Old Worker Killed in Struck-By Accident

A young construction worker was fatally crushed as he stood between two trucks in East Flatbush, Brooklyn Friday — when one of the vehicles backed into him, police said.

Saqueo Mejia, 24, of Sunset Park, was crushed just after noon on Troy Avenue when a large dump truck driven backed up, pinning him from the chest up against the second truck. [ more ]

Over $800,000 in Proposed Fines for SPCC Violations

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 19, 2020) – Koppers Inc. has agreed to settle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of West Virginia and the state of Pennsylvania to resolve alleged violations of federal and state environmental laws at its facilities in Follansbee and Green Spring, West Virginia, and Clairton, Pennsylvania, EPA announced today.

A complaint filed with the settlement agreement cited violations of the Clean Water Act's Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Facility Response Plan (FRP) requirements. The SPCC rules help facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. The FRP rules require certain facilities to submit a response plan and prepare to respond to a worst-case oil discharge or threat of a discharge. Koppers is a Pittsburgh-based company involved in carbon materials and chemicals, railroad products and services, and performance chemicals. [ more ]

$380,000 Settlement with OSHA for Excavation Safety Violations

BISMARCK, ND – Before they fill the first bucket of dirt this construction season, Wagner Construction Inc. will train employees on trenching and excavation hazards, develop detailed site-specific safety plans and has employed a full-time safety manager to protect workers from deadly excavation hazards.

Wagner Construction committed to changing its safety procedures and training in a comprehensive settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration following three North Dakota job site inspections in 2019 and 2020 that found employees of the company exposed to excavation hazards. [ more ]

Fall Protection Awareness and Training Materials

As part of OSHA's recent National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction, training materials including webinars and toolbox talks and posters to promote awareness were developed in English and Spanish. These materials are free for anyone to use.

To view or download the fall prevention resources OSHA provides, follow the link below.

[National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction Resources Website]

OSHA Launches Regional Emphasis Program in New England

BOSTON – In Connecticut, a tree branch contacted a live high-voltage power line as a worker in an aerial lift cut it, electrocuting him. In Massachusetts, a falling tree branch struck and killed a worker cutting down oak trees, while a falling tree limb struck an elevated bucket lift, ejecting the worker whose fall was fatal. In nearby Rhode Island, a log conveyor rolled over a worker performing repairs, crushing and killing him.

These are among the 31 worker deaths in the tree trimming and removal, landscaping and site preparation industries since 2016 that the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration New England region has investigated. To reduce the risks workers in these industries face, OSHA's Boston regional office has established a Regional Emphasis Program that combines enforcement and outreach with employers. [ more ]

Over $700,000 in Proposed Fines after an Explosion Kills One Worker and Injures Eight Others

COLUMBUS, OH – An explosion and fire that killed a press operator and hospitalized eight other employees of Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corp. could have been prevented had the employer not altered a kettle reactor vessel improperly and then returned the vessel to service after it failed following the alterations, a federal workplace safety inspection has found.

A U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation of the April 8, 2021, explosion determined the same kettle reactor vessel released a flammable vapor cloud when its manway cover and gasket failed. The vapor flowed throughout the plant, ignited and caused the initial explosion.

OSHA cited the paint manufacturer for two willful and 33 serious safety violations of the agency's process safety management and hazardous waste operations and emergency response procedures. OSHA also noted violations involving lack of personal protective equipment and employee training. The agency proposed $709,960 in penalties and placed Yenkin-Majestic in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. [ more ]

$20,000 in Proposed Fines Following the Death of a 24 Year Old Worker

DAWSONVILLE, GA – If federal workplace safety requirements had been followed, a North Georgia site grading and pipeline contractor could have prevented the death of a 24-year-old worker who was killed in May after a fork attachment used on a front-end loader dislodged and struck the worker.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that when the incident occurred at the Dawsonville work site, the worker held a stake as heavy equipment drove the stake into the ground to install a stanchion for GPS equipment. The worker was transported to a local hospital, and died of his injuries.

OSHA cited Mathis Grading Inc. in Cumming for failing to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards and not notifying OSHA of a work-related fatality within the 8-hour required reporting period. The company faces $20,480 in proposed penalties. [ more ]

Hot Asphalt Spill Leads to $650,00 in Fines

SEATTLE (January 6, 2022) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Gardner-Gibson, Inc. has paid a $650,000 penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act related to the release of 60,000 gallons of hot, liquid asphalt from its Gardner-Fields, Inc. facility in Tacoma.

On February 8, 2015, employees at the asphalt shingles and coating materials facility were transferring hot asphalt from rail cars to a storage tank when a connector separated from the tank. Hot asphalt escaped the facility's secondary containment through an open valve and flowed into the Lincoln Avenue Ditch, which flows into the Blair Waterway in Commencement Bay.

The asphalt spill stopped about 800 feet from Blair Waterway. Four ducks were contaminated with the asphalt and were captured, cleaned, and released.

EPA cited the company for the release of petroleum products and for significant violations of the Clean Water Act's Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures requirements discovered during follow-up inspections at the facility. [ more ]

Retalition Complaint Leads to $958,000 Payment to Worker

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a California business aviation provider to pay $958,000 in back wages and associated costs, and correct misinformation about a former employee who the employer retaliated against after they reported flight safety issues.

Investigators with the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that – after a former employee of Pegasus Elite Aviation Inc. in Calabasas reported safety issues that led to an onsite inspection – the company sent a falsified and negative Pilot Records Improvement Act report to the worker's new employer, violating the whistleblower provision. The report led to the employee's termination. [ more ]

Employee Dies After Fall through Unprotected Skylight

NEW YORK – A federal investigation into a fatal workplace injury on Aug. 19, 2021, at a Town of Oyster Bay municipal building has found a Setauket roofing contractor failed to provide necessary safeguards to protect employees against falls.

After an employee of DME Construction Associates Inc. died after falling 18 feet through an unprotected skylight, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an inspection. The agency found that, in addition to the unprotected skylight, the employer exposed workers to falls of up to 22 feet from other unguarded roof openings and roof edges, and failed to provide employees with any personal fall protection equipment. [ more ]

EPA Reports Decline in Chemical Releases in New England

BOSTON (March 3, 2022) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 2020 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, which shows that companies that manage chemicals continue to make progress in preventing pollution and reducing chemical releases into the environment. The report shows continued reductions in toxic chemical releases in the New England Region and that between 2019 and 2020 total releases of TRI chemicals nationwide decreased by 10 percent.

"By collecting and publishing the Toxics Release Inventory data every year, EPA works to better protect communities and promote transparency, and gives communities information that better empowers them," said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash. "EPA is encouraged by the continued decrease in releases of toxic chemicals in New England. We still have work to do to ensure this trend continues, especially in those communities that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution." [ more ]

Six Workers Injured in Flash Fire, Four Employers Cited

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations with a combined 11 serious violations to four employers for lack of safe work practices; confined space permit violations; confined space training, exposure to airborne concentrations of benzene; struck-by hazards; flash fire and explosions hazards and not performing process equipment inspections.

OSHA initiated an investigation following a flash fire and subsequent explosion that seriously injured six workers Sept. 27, 2021, at Westlake Chemicals in Sulphur, Louisiana. The incident occurred during preventive care and maintenance activities at Westlake Chemicals Sulphur facility.

Proposed penalties: $139,427 [ more ]

OSHA Announces Proposed Changes to Recordkeeping Regulations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR 1904.41. The current regulation requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information – that they are required to keep – to OSHA. The agency uses these reports to identify and respond to emerging hazards and makes aspects of the information publicly available.

In addition to reporting their Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, the proposed rule would require certain establishments in certain high-hazards industries to electronically submit additional information from their Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, as well as their Injury and Illness Incident Report. [ more ]

EPA Proposes Changes to the EManifest System, Seeks Public Comment

EPA published the Third Rule in the Federal Register (FR) on April 1, 2022. This rule proposes to amend certain aspects of the hazardous waste manifest regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), specifically concerning the e-Manifest system.

EPA extended the public comment period deadline. Comments must now be received on or before August 1, 2022. [ more ]

OSHA Releases Heat Safety App

When you're working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it - right on your mobile phone.

The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. [ more ]

$108,000 in Penalities for Hazardous and Universal Waste Storage Violations

BOSTON – A recent settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a battery manufacturing company in E. Greenwich, Rhode Island means the facility is now handling and storing hazardous wastes in accordance with federal and state law outlining the safe handling requirements for hazardous waste. The company also agreed to pay a settlement penalty of $108,810. [ more ]

1.3 Million in Proposed Fines for Fall Protection Violations

TARRYTOWN, NY – A Nanuet roofing and siding contractor with a significant history of safety violations and penalties now faces an additional $1,343,363 in penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated another fatal fall by a company employee, the second in three years.

OSHA opened an inspection of ALJ Home Improvement Inc. on Feb. 8, 2022, when a worker fell from the roof of a three-story residential construction project in Spring Valley. In February 2019, another company employee died in a fall at a Kiamesha Lake work site.

The agency determined that ALJ failed to provide fall protection training or ensure effective fall protection safeguards were used. They also failed to provide eye protection for employees using pneumatic nail guns, exposing them to the risk of serious eye injuries. [ more ]

MA State and Local Workers Covered by MASS OSHA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently granted Massachusetts initial approval to enable the state's safety and health plan to be responsible for protecting state and local government workers.

The Massachusetts State and Local Government Only State Plan will cover more than 430,000 employees of the state and its political subdivisions under an OSHA-approved plan. The plan takes effect on Aug. 18, 2022.

"Massachusetts' new state plan is a milestone for its public employees and the state's development of its occupational safety and health program," said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. "We commend them for their ongoing commitment to the well-being of government workers who provide vital services to make the state of Massachusetts livable and enjoyable." [ more ]

OSHA's Stress and Mental Health Wellbeing Website

About 65% of US workers surveyed say they suffer from significant or somewhat significant stress caused by work. 54% of workers report that they bring that stress home with them and it affects their personal life.

In order to help both workers and employers deal with this, OSHA has launched a workplace stress website with resources that can help reduce the level of stress in the workplace. [ more ]

2 Workers Die in Confned Space, $287,150 in Proposed Penalties

OKLAHOMA CITY – Federal workplace safety investigators have determined that an Arkansas construction contractor failed to test oxygen levels in the confined space before two workers entered a sewer 20 feet below ground at an Edmund work site and died because of a lack of oxygen.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration into the June 14, 2022, incident found that an employee of Belt Construction Inc. climbed into a newly installed sewer manhole to conduct testing when they lost consciousness. Trying to rescue the worker, a second employee followed into the manhole and lost consciousness. Both workers later succumbed to their injuries.

OSHA investigators determined the Texarkana, Arkansas, company did not complete required planning before allowing workers to enter the space. In pre-entry planning, a confined space must be tested for safety, including finding out if ventilation is needed. Belt Construction also failed to provide rescue equipment and did not train workers on confined space entry procedures or obtain permits required by federal law. [ more ]

3 Workers Killed in Scaffold Collapse

CHARLOTTE — Three construction workers died after falling 70 feet from collapsed scaffolding in Dilworth, Charlotte Fire confirmed.

It happened just after 9 a.m. Monday at a construction site on East Morehead Street, near Euclid Avenue, firefighters said. [ more ]

Guilty Plea to Willful Violation that Resulted in a Fatality

BIRMINGHAM, AL – An Alabama plastics manufacturing company has pleaded guilty to a willful violation of workplace safety requirements as part of an agreement filed in federal court spurred initially by a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into a 45-year-old worker's death in Helena in August 2017.

The U.S. Department of Justice's Environmental Crimes Section and the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Alabama prosecuted the case.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, the agreement also requires ABC Polymer Industries LLC to pay $242,928 in restitution plus funeral expenses to the fallen worker's estate. The company must also pay $167,928 in penalties and serve two years of probation, with terms including participating in an enhanced compliance and auditing program. In 2018, the company paid $155,338 in penalties assessed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration after its investigation into the incident. [ more ]

2 Charged with Manslaughter following Trench Collapse Fatality

Police have charged an equipment operator and a construction company owner in connection with a fatal trench collapse at a Vernon construction site in 2022 that killed a 56-year-old husband and father of three.

Dennis Slater, who worked for Botticello Inc., died after a 25-foot wall of soil surrounding a trench he was laying pipe in collapsed on him, burying him in soil on the afternoon of July 22, 2022, according to court and Vernon Police Department records.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration this year fined the Manchester contractor for failing to follow safety rules that could have prevented a trench collapse. The workplace safety agency said the contractor, Botticello Inc., had been warned about what inspectors called four serious trench safety violations on an earlier job in Stafford. Botticello Inc. faced $375,000 in OSHA fines, the agency said.

Slater's colleagues tried to dig him out using their hands and an excavator, but Slater was unconscious and taking shallow breaths by the time other construction workers freed his upper body from the soil and began CPR, according to police records. [ more ]

19 Year Old Worker's Death Results in $90,000 in Proposed Fines

GREENWOOD, MS – Had federal workplace safety regulations been followed at a LeFlore County soybean farm, a South African teenager employed by its operator would have returned home and not suffocated inside a grain bin in October 2022.

After the 19-year-old, two co-workers and their supervisor climbed into a storage bin to unclog it, the soybeans inside shifted, trapping and then engulfing them in seconds. When emergency responders arrived, they cut a hole in the storage bin's side to free the workers but needed five hours to recover the deceased worker.

Three of the workers involved in the incident were South African citizens, brought to work in LeFlore County under the H-2A temporary agricultural workers visa program.

Inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that Bare Bones Farms in Greenwood willfully violated federal law by failing to ensure that the employees wore full body harnesses connected to a lifeline while inside the soybean bin, which exposed them to deadly engulfment hazards. [ more ]

EPA Releases Spanish Version of Construction Site Inspector Training Materials

NEW YORK - On April 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a training session in Mayaguez for people who conduct inspections of construction sites in Puerto Rico. These inspectors must ensure that construction projects have proper coverage from an EPA general permit and take certain steps to protect local waters. EPA recently released the Spanish language version of its Construction Inspection Training Course for operators. Construction site operators are required to get coverage under EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) 2022 Construction General Permit (CGP) and are now required to ensure that any individual conducting construction site inspections is properly qualified. This means they must receive specific training and pass an exam. [ more ]

$109,375 in Proposed Fines Following the Deaths of 4 Workers in a Fire

ORLANDO, FL – A Florida-based entertainment company could have prevented a deadly fire and explosion at an Orlando warehouse in December 2022 in which four employees perished and a fifth was left hospitalized for months with near-fatal injuries, a federal workplace safety investigation has found.

Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that, as a team of workers employed by Magic in the Sky Florida LLC readied fireworks for a local show, an ignition sparked a fire and explosions in the storage facility. The five employees, who ranged in age from 22 to 27 years old, quickly found themselves trapped.

Following its investigation, OSHA found the company failed to protect its employees by following established safety protocols and issued citations for 10 serious violations. Specifically, the agency determined Magic in the Sky failed to do the following:

Ensure proper storage of explosive materials used in commercial fireworks displays.
Comply with OSHA's process safety management standard for preventing or minimizing the unplanned ignition of explosive materials, by performing a hazard analysis, and developing and implementing written process safety procedures and an emergency action plan.
Ensure electrical equipment in the work area was designed and classified for use in hazardous locations and could not serve as an ignition source.
Develop a hazard communication program and maintain safety data sheets. [ more ]

EPA Annouces EManifest User Fees Effective October 1, 2023

EPA sets user fees based on the manifest usage and processing costs for each manifest type in accordance with its user fee calculation methodology in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations parts 264/265 subpart FF. EPA consulted with the e-Manifest Advisory Board on the FY 2024 and 2025 user fees during the February 28 - March 1, 2023 e-Manifest Advisory Board meeting entitled "Meeting the Needs of the User Community: e-Manifest Program Priorities and User Fees for FY 2024/FY 2025." Based on the Advisory Board's feedback, EPA pivoted to the highly differentiated fee formula for this user fee cycle.

[View the fee schedule]

OSHA Expands Submission Requirements for Injury and Illness Data

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that will require certain employers in designated high-hazard industries to electronically submit injury and illness information – that they are already required to keep – to the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The final rule takes effect on Jan. 1, 2024, and now includes the following submission requirements:

Establishments with 100 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries must electronically submit information from their Form 300-Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, and Form 301-Injury and Illness Incident Report to OSHA once a year. These submissions are in addition to submission of Form 300A-Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

To improve data quality, establishments are required to include their legal company name when making electronic submissions to OSHA from their injury and illness records. [ more ]

Amputation Leads to Citations for Lock Out/Tag and Machine Guarding

ECLECTIC, AL ‒ The Texas-based operator of an Eclectic manufacturing facility could have prevented a 20-year-old worker from suffering an amputation if the employer had followed required federal safety standards, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation determined.

After Madix Inc. reported a March 23, 2023, employee injury, investigators with the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that, as the worker tried to adjust a coolant feed line on a tube saw, his glove became caught, and his hand was pulled into the saw's spinning blade. The worker then suffered the amputation of three fingers. [ more ]

Guilty Plea to Manslaughter Charges Following Trench Fatality

BRECKENRIDGE, CO – The owner of an Avon construction company whose failure to follow required federal safety standards led to the 2021 trench collapse death of a 23-year-old employee in Breckenridge now awaits a November sentencing date after pleading guilty to manslaughter on Aug. 3, 2023.

The plea follows a criminal referral by the U.S. Department of Labor after Peter Dillon and his now defunct company, A4S LLC refused to require the use of proper safety equipment to protect his workers. The refusal contributed to a trench collapse in which a company employee, Marlon Diaz, suffered fatal injuries as he installed a residential sewer line.

After an investigation of the incident by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, A4S LLC received three willful citations in May 2022 for not ensuring the excavation was inspected by a competent person, failing to instruct employees on the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and not having a trench protective system in place. OSHA also issued the company a serious citation for not having a safe means of exit within 25 lateral feet of employees working in a trench. [ more ]

Amputation Leads to $272,000 in Proposed Fines

BARTLETT, IL – For the third time in five years, federal investigators have found a nationwide provider of ready-made pasta, sauces and meals failed to follow workplace safety requirements to prevent workers from coming into contact with moving machine parts.

Inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigating a report by Rana Meal Solutions LLC that an employee suffered a finger amputation determined the incident occurred on a hot pasta sauce line at the company's Barlett manufacturing facility. At the time, the employee was trying to find a piece of a broken ball valve lodged in the system.

"Once again, our inspectors found Rana Meal Solutions LLC ignoring federal safety requirements to make sure dangerous machines are guarded or fully de-energized before they are maintained or serviced," explained OSHA Area Director Jacob Scott in Naperville, Illinois. "In 2019 and 2020, OSHA found the company exposed employees to the risk of severe injuries and now, in 2023, their failure to follow industry and federal safety standards led one worker to suffer a painful, disfiguring injury." [ more ]

St. Louis Scrapyard Faces Fines for Failing to Manage Stormwater Discharge

LENEXA, KAN. (NOV. 9, 2023) – SA Recycling LLC of St. Louis, Missouri, will pay $68,000 in civil penalties to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the company failed to adequately control stormwater runoff from its scrap metal recycling and processing facility. EPA says that these failures could result in illegal discharges of pollution into the Mississippi River.

"Uncontrolled runoff from industrial facilities not only harms streams and rivers, but it also limits the public's use and enjoyment of those waters," said David Cozad, director of EPA Region 7's Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division. "This settlement demonstrates EPA's commitment to protecting vital watersheds, especially in areas overburdened by pollution, and creating a level playing field with businesses who are complying with the law." [ more ]

Over $1 Million in Proposed Fines for Alleged Fall Protection Violations

PATERSON, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a New Jersey contractor for again exposing workers to fall hazards, this time while working at a construction site in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

OSHA initiated an inspection of Adrian Construction Group LLC in July 2023 under a local emphasis program for falls in construction. The agency issued six willful violations for lack of fall protection and failure to ensure the use of eye protection and four serious violations for unsafe scaffolds and failure to provide hard hats for overhead hazards. The company faces a proposed penalty of $1,017,248 for these violations. [ more ]

$115,000 Settlement for Hazardous Waste Related Violations

ENEXA, KAN. (FEB. 12, 2024) – Owens Corning Insulating Systems LLC will pay $115,302 in civil penalties to resolve alleged violations of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Kansas hazardous waste management regulations.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the company generates hazardous wastes at its fiberglass insulation facility in Kansas City, Kansas. During an EPA inspection in October 2022, the Agency determined that the company failed to comply with regulations intended to prevent releases of hazardous waste, including:

Failure to conduct and document determinations of hazardous waste at the facility.
Failure to notify the state when it generates new hazardous wastes.
Operating as a hazardous waste treatment, storage, and/or disposal facility without obtaining a required permit.
Failure to properly manage certain wastes at the facility. [ more ]

Standown to Prevent Falls Set for May

Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports falls from elevation as the leading cause of construction worker fatalities, affirming the importance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's continued commitment to raising awareness of this deadly hazard and how the industry can protect the safety and health of workers from death and serious injuries caused by falls.

OSHA's year-long commitment includes recognition of the agency's 11th National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction from May 6-10. This annual event during which OSHA will partner with Construction Safety Week, an organization comprising more than 40 national and global construction firms, aims to encourage employers nationwide to pause construction activities on May 8 to discuss how to work safely at elevation and create the largest-ever, industry-wide construction stand-down. [ more ]

$144,500 in Fines for Stormwater Discharge Violations

LENEXA, KAN. (MARCH 28, 2024) – Scrap Management LLC, doing business as Rivers Edge Scrap Management of Kansas City, Kansas, will pay $144,500 in civil penalties to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the company failed to adequately control stormwater runoff from its scrap metal recycling and processing facility. EPA says that these failures could result in illegal discharges of pollution into the Kansas River.

"Uncontrolled runoff from scrap yards harms streams and rivers and limits the public's use and enjoyment of those waters," said David Cozad, director of EPA Region 7's Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division. "This settlement demonstrates EPA's commitment to protecting vital watersheds in urban communities, especially in areas overburdened by pollution. [ more ]

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