Environment http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6601/more en No Thrills on Blueberry Hill: Maine Blueberry Processor Takes Steps to Protect Public From Chemical Exposure http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/no-thrills-blueberry-hill-maine-blueberry-processor-takes-steps-protect-public-ch <div class="field-deck"> As part of an EPA settlement, the owner of a blueberry processing facility in Hancock, Maine has come into compliance with federal requirements designed to protect the public and first responders from exposure to hazardous chemicals. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hancock Foods operates a blueberry processing plant and cold storage warehouse in Hancock, Maine, where it uses anhydrous ammonia in its refrigeration systems. In March 1999, the facility first submitted a risk management plan (RMP), which is required for all facilities using certain amounts of extremely hazardous substances, including anhydrous ammonia, in order to help local fire, police and emergency response personnel prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/no-thrills-blueberry-hill-maine-blueberry-processor-takes-steps-protect-public-ch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/no-thrills-blueberry-hill-maine-blueberry-processor-takes-steps-protect-public-ch#comments EPA Environment Industrial Hygiene News Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:26:00 +0000 52661 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Environmental Justice for Residents in Michigan, New Mexico and North Carolina http://ehstoday.com/environment/environmental-justice-residents-michigan-new-mexico-and-north-carolina <div class="field-deck"> The EPA Civil Rights Office takes steps to enforce civil rights laws protecting vulnerable members of communities from environmental racism. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In decisions that indicate the fox is guarding the hen house in some cases, EPA&rsquo;s External Civil Rights Compliance Office has determined that state environmental agencies in Michigan, New Mexico and North Carolina failed to adequately protect the civil rights&nbsp;of residents by taking or allowing actions that had a disparate impact on the basis of race, color or national origin.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/environmental-justice-residents-michigan-new-mexico-and-north-carolina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/environmental-justice-residents-michigan-new-mexico-and-north-carolina#comments EPA Environment News Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:23:00 +0000 52511 at http://ehstoday.com Getty Images EPA: Air Emissions of Toxic Chemicals from Industrial Facilities Down More Than Half Since 2005 http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-air-emissions-toxic-chemicals-industrial-facilities-down-more-half-2005 <div class="field-deck"> The annual Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis of toxic chemical releases from 22,000 U.S. facilities shows that emissions of toxic chemicals into the air continue to decline. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA released its annual <a href="http://www.epa.gov/trinationalanalysis" target="_blank">Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis</a>, which offers some good news about air quality in the United States. According to the TRI National Analysis, releases of toxic chemicals into the air fell 56 percent from 2005 to 2015 at industrial facilities submitting data to the TRI program, and it showed an 8 percent decrease from 2014 to 2015.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-air-emissions-toxic-chemicals-industrial-facilities-down-more-half-2005" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-air-emissions-toxic-chemicals-industrial-facilities-down-more-half-2005#comments EPA Environment Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:29:00 +0000 52481 at http://ehstoday.com Will The Trump Administration's Regulatory Reform Agenda Include Rollback of EHS Regulations? http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/uploads/2017/01/trumppressconference.gif" style="width: 595px; height: 360px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)" />Welcome to part 2 of my 3-part blog series, which discusses how the Trump administration might impact environmental, health and safety regulation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations#comments EPA Environment OSHA EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:02:00 +0000 52391 at http://ehstoday.com <p>President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump&#39;s first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)</p> Fiat Chrysler Accused of Clean Air Act Violations 
by EPA http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa <div class="field-deck"> With a sense of déjà vu, EPA announces FCA allegedly installed and failed to disclose software that increases air pollution from vehicles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Jan. 12 issued a notice of violation to <a href="https://www.epa.gov/fca" target="_blank">Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act</a> for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa#comments EPA Environment News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:21:00 +0000 52291 at http://ehstoday.com <p>As part of the certification process, automakers are required to disclose and explain any software, known as auxiliary emission control devices, that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution.</p> Thinkstock Safety Tips to Prevent Winter-Related Workplace Accidents http://ehstoday.com/environment/safety-tips-prevent-winter-related-workplace-accidents <div class="field-deck"> A strong safety culture extends to all seasons, even in winter when cold stress is common among outdoor workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This time of year, cold stress that can result in hypothermia or frostbite is a hazard of which employers must be aware, particularly if they have outdoor workers. With the right preparation and presence of mind, both employers and employees can prevent these injuries.</p> <p>One of the most effective prevention techniques is adopting the attitude that safety is an area of responsibility for everyone in the organization &ndash;&nbsp;both the employer and workers. Companies must initiate and reinforce safety protocols and clearly spell out safety responsibilities and expectations.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/safety-tips-prevent-winter-related-workplace-accidents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/safety-tips-prevent-winter-related-workplace-accidents#comments Environment Health Safety News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:25:00 +0000 52141 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock The Importance of EPCRA Reporting and the Dangers of Complacency http://ehstoday.com/environment/importance-epcra-reporting-and-dangers-complacency <div class="field-byline"> Missy Hart </div> <div class="field-deck"> Even with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act having been the law of the land for 30 years, many organizations continue to have lax policies and inadequate recordkeeping. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) mandates that companies maintain hazardous chemical information to support state and local emergency planning and response for community awareness. EPCRA also requires reporting on the storage, use and release of hazardous chemicals to federal, state and local regulatory government agencies.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/importance-epcra-reporting-and-dangers-complacency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/importance-epcra-reporting-and-dangers-complacency#comments Environment News Recordkeeping Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:39:00 +0000 52041 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Sustainability and Occupational Safety: White Papers for a Greener New Year http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sustainability-and-occupational-safety-white-papers-greener-new-year <div class="field-deck"> OSHA and the Campbell Institute release white papers focusing on the relationship between safety and sustainability. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As Oprah famously said during her holiday specials, &quot;You get a new car! And YOU get a new car! And YOU get a new car!!!&quot; It might not be a new car, but both OSHA and the National Safety Council&#39;s Campbell Instutute have released white papers in December that examine the relationship between occupational safety and health and sustainability.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sustainability-and-occupational-safety-white-papers-greener-new-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sustainability-and-occupational-safety-white-papers-greener-new-year#comments Safety Leadership Environment News Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:42:00 +0000 51951 at http://ehstoday.com The First 10: The Chemicals EPA Will Review Under New TSCA Legislation http://ehstoday.com/epa/first-10-chemicals-epa-will-review-under-new-tsca-legislation <div class="field-deck"> Asbestos and carbon tetrachloride are two of the first 10 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation as part of the reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Nov. 29 announced the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform.</p> <p>&ldquo;Under the new law, we now have the power to require safety reviews of all chemicals in the marketplace.&rdquo; said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the of Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. &ldquo;We can ensure the public that we will deliver on the promise to better protect public health and the environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first 10 chemicals to be evaluated are:&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/epa/first-10-chemicals-epa-will-review-under-new-tsca-legislation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/epa/first-10-chemicals-epa-will-review-under-new-tsca-legislation#comments EPA Environment Safety News Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:32:00 +0000 51491 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock One Worker Dead, Five Injured When the Colonial Pipeline in Rural Alabama Explodes http://ehstoday.com/environment/one-worker-dead-five-injured-when-colonial-pipeline-rural-alabama-explodes <div class="field-deck"> Contractors were working on the line “to restore system integrity” following a September gasoline leak. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Fires are still burning at the site of a gasoline pipeline explosion in Alabama on Oct. 31. A crew of contractors from L. E. Bell Construction was working on the Colonial Pipeline line in Shelby County around 3 p.m. when their equipment struck the line, causing the explosion. One worker was killed and five others were injured, four with serious burns.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/one-worker-dead-five-injured-when-colonial-pipeline-rural-alabama-explodes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/one-worker-dead-five-injured-when-colonial-pipeline-rural-alabama-explodes#comments Emergency Management Environment Safety News Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:29:00 +0000 50971 at http://ehstoday.com <p>An explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in Shelby County, Ala., on Oct. 31 killed one worker and injured five others and caused the evacuation of homes and businesses within a three-mile radius.</p> Phil Montgomery/Alabama Forestry Commission