On June 9, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an alert containing agency guidance for voluntary measures that can be taken to reduce risks and improve safety at chemical plants. The alert is the first step in a three-step process outlined to implement Executive Order (EO)13650, issued by President Obama on August 1, 2013, in response to the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that killed 14 people and injured about 200 others. The next two steps will be formal agency guidance and then, after consideration of feedback from the alert and… Read more
EPA released a significantly revised proposed data collection rule under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) for nanomaterials on April 6 and is accepting comments on the proposed rule until July 6. The rule would establish a one-time reporting requirement of data on nanomaterials meeting the specifications of the rule, due 6 months after issuance of the final rule. If a company intends to manufacture a substance that would have been subject to the reporting requirement but does not begin manufacture until after the effective date of the rule, it would have to submit its data at least 135… Read more
Steve O’Day will speak on “LEED-ing Edge Liability” at the AIA South Carolina 2010 Fall Conference entitled, “Sustainable Planet Sustainable Profit: SYNERGY BY DESIGN.” The conference will be held October 21-23 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.