Environmental Protection


EPA Settles with Syngenta Crop Protection

"The repackaging, sale, and distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides is illegal and puts people and the environment at risk," said Anne Heard, acting regional administrator for the Southeast. "Users rely on accurate, up-to-date information about ingredients, directions for use, hazards, and safety precautions. This settlement sends a strong message to pesticide companies to maintain compliance with all federal environmental laws."

NTSB Cites Limited Visibility, Lack of Communication in Ship Channel Collision

The collision of a 623-foot long bulk carrier with a 600-foot tanker caused about 88,200 gallons of methyl tert-butyl ether to spill into the Houston Ship Channel on March 9, 2015.

The benefits of chemical substitution go beyond safety, and a strong business case can be made that its benefits include productivity improvement, as demonstrated in a 2008 AIHA study.

TSCA Reform Bill Passed By Congress

The long-delayed bill overhauling the Toxic Substances Reform Act is heading to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

Volume 1 covers events leading up to the explosion and fire, and volume 2 contains critical technical analyses of the blowout preventer

Judge Issues Final Order in BP Case

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's April 4 order confirms the company's $18.7 billion settlement of federal and state claims announced last July.

BSEE Studies Arctic Response Challenges

The agency has tested a Geo-Referencing Identification Satellite tag project.

Former Freedom Industries Executive Charged

Gary Southern was arrested Dec. 8 and made his initial court appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Ft. Myers, Florida, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced.

Lloyd's Course to Feature Costa Concordia Salvage Case Study

TITAN Salvage/Marine Response Alliance's Lindsay Malen, director of business development, will discuss challenges and lessons learned during the salvage and wreck removal.

NIOSH to Study Exposures to Metals and Flame Retardants in E-scrap Recycling

The agency's Health Hazard Evaluation Program is seeking five facilities to participate. A team of industrial hygienists and medical officers will make site visits to assess workers' occupational exposures.

PHMSA Asks Pipeline Operators to Review Their Integrity Management Programs

The DOT agency's advisory bulletin asks pipeline owners and operators to look for deficiencies like the ones NTSB found in Enbridge's program after a large pipeline spill in July 2010.

Security Exercise Scheduled at California's Folsom Dam

The federal Bureau of Reclamation will conduct it April 23 in cooperation with several other agencies.

Bangladesh, IMO Sign Agreement on Shipbreaking

They agreed to cooperate on a project meant to improve safety and environmental standards in the industry. It will be executed by the Marine Environment Division of IMO, in partnership with the Ministry of Industries of Bangladesh, during the next 18 months.

Lloyd's Working on Arctic Ice Regime

The region's "extreme and fast changing risks" call for it to support IMO's Polar Code, which would set safety and environmental standards for ships operating in those waters.

Former BP Engineer Convicted in Deepwater Horizon Case

The Department of Justice announced that a federal court jury convicted Kurt Mix, a former engineer for BP plc, on one count of obstruction of justice for intentionally destroying evidence requested by federal authorities investigating the accident.

Well's Gas Flow Has Stopped: BSEE

All 44 workers were safely evacuated from Well A-3 after they lost control of it Tuesday morning, and it began leaking natural gas. The gas ignited at 10:50 p.m.

Gulf Gas Well Ignited Tuesday Evening, BSEE Confirms

All 44 workers were safely evacuated from Well A-3 after they lost control of it Tuesday morning, and it began leaking natural gas. The gas ignited at 10:50 p.m.

BSEE Plans Ocean Energy Safety Institute

Director Jim Watson also announced safety stand-downs will take place in each agency region this month, as part of National Safety Month.

Chemicals in Consumer Products Discussed on Capitol Hill

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) held a forum yesterday with Congressman Tim Murphy, chemical industry leaders, and stakeholders to discuss the ACC’s new Responsible Care Product Safety Code.

Weather and Climate Predictions are Worth Their Weight in Gold

The economic costs of damaging weather events have an immense and increasing impact on the U.S. economy, and these costs could be anticipated and mitigated by improved weather and climate predictions, say a range of experts in the public and private sectors. These experts will convene in Washington, D.C. from April 2-4 and discuss best strategies to minimize the weather and climate’s hit on people and the economy.

Further Improvements Needed on Chemical Security Regulations

Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made great progress in chemical security with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, there is still plenty of room for improvement, according to Timothy J. Scott, Chief Security Officer and Corporate Director Emergency Services and Security at The Dow Chemical Company.

NWS Center in Maryland Renamed

The Weather Prediction Center is one of nine national centers of the National Weather Service, which is part of NOAA.

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