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United States Federal Environmental Updates

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The Department of Transportation will soon add the semi-synthetic opioids hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone to its drug-testing panel for safety-sensitive positions in the federally-regulated transportation industry. Associate...
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the deadline by which all crane operators must be certified from November 10, 2017 to November 10, 2018. Employers still have the burden of ensuring that their crane operators are trai...
The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn the amended national emission standards for flame attenuation lines in the wool fiberglass manufacturing industry. More information is available here. Applies to 40CFR-63
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon require those who manufacture or import mercury or mercury-added products, and those who use mercury in their manufacturing process, to make periodic reports to the EPA to assist it in creating an...
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The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has issued a new edition of Directive 085: Fluids Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects (AB.Dir085). In particular, the new edition Introduces requirements respecting measurement system plans (s.5); ...
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More restrictive rules for political lobbying may soon be in place. These rules would prohibit former public office holders and their senior staff from lobbying government for two years after leaving government, with discretion given to the Regist...
The British Columbia government has established a working group that will meet with associations and organizations representing workers, employers, the construction industry, building owners and managers, and other interested groups. As a part of ...
New rules for the management of spills in British Columbia will soon be in force. These rules establish new requirements for spill preparedness, response, and recovery, and can be summarized as follows: Transporters of liquid petroleum pr...
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The Ontario Fire Code (O.Reg.213/07) may soon be amended to add inspection and testing requirements for fire department pumper connections for standpipe and hose systems. In particular, these amendments would Newly require hydrostatic tes...
Air quality rules in Ontario may soon be amended to update sulphur dioxide standards and to make changes related to transitional operating conditions such as startups, shutdowns, and non-routine operations. In particular, the amendments, which ...
Interested parties should be aware of an opportunity to comment on the following proposed changes to three regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (RSO1990,cH.7): The Camps in Unorganized Territory regulation (O.Reg.554) is...
The Government of Ontario is continuing its employment standards-related consultations by requesting input on the current exemptions and special rules that apply under Exemptions, Special Rules and Establishment of Minimum Wage (O.Reg.285/01) to ...
Wells and subsurface activities associated with compressed-air energy storage (CAES) projects, which store electricity using compressed air as the energy storage medium, may soon be brought under the regulatory framework of the Oil, Gas and Salt R...
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Area sources (small-scale industrial, commercial, and residential sources that generate emissions) and mobile sources (such as vehicles, construction equipment, boats, lawn equipment and various non-stationary sources of air pollution) should be a...
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New marine transportation violations and penalty ranges may soon be in force, allowing Transport Canada’s marine safety inspectors to issue administrative monetary penalties under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (SC2001,c26) and the following regula...
New requirements for nuclear safety in emergency situations are now in force. In particular, the changes Decrease and clarify the amount of radiation the public and nuclear energy workers may receive during emergencies; Update the list ...
The sale, importation or advertisement of a product that contains a toxic substance may be prohibited in the future unless a label warning is affixed on its packaging. This prohibition was proposed by means of a bill called "An Act regarding th...