On its website the US Government Printing Office makes a wealth of Federal publications available for review and download; one of these is the Federal Register.
Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
See below for a brief summary of announcements in the Federal Register by the US EPA on the subject of Hazardous Waste and the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the US DOT on the subject of Transportation of Hazardous Materials.
The Federal Register is a great way to look down the road and see potential changes to the regulations long before they are put into effect (sometimes The Rulemaking Process takes years before a final rule is issued, if ever). Knowledge of these potential changes provides you with several advantages:
- Additional time to modify your business operations to comply.
- Awareness of on what topics the regulatory agencies intend to focus their efforts.
- The ability to register your concerns, complaints, suggestions, etc. in order to modify the proposed rule before a final rule is issued. It can be done, really!
- Make changes to your training program to account for changes that become effective before the next training cycle.
- Alert you to the need to re-train your employees prior to their next scheduled training cycle, if necessary.
- Keep you abreast of changes to the regulations that affect your business and/or your industry group.
Please note that this is my best effort to identify the relevant announcements in the Federal Register that may be of interest to generators of hazardous waste and shippers of hazardous materials. I encourage you to review the list of Federal Register publications yourself to ensure regulatory compliance.
March 14, 2014 through April 14, 2014
PHMSA – Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR):
Rules and Regulations:
- Hazardous Materials: Adoption of Certain Special Permits and Competent Authorities Into Regulations Pages 15033 – 15046 [FR DOC # 2014-05630] PDF | Text | More
- Pipeline Safety: Public Workshop on Class Location Methodology Pages 16421 – 16422 [FR DOC # 2014-06403] PDF | Text | More
- Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits Pages 18119 – 18121 [FR DOC # 2014-06864] PDF | Text | More
- Office of Hazardous Materials Safety Pages 18121 – 18123 [FR DOC # 2014-06865] PDF | Text | More
- Office of Hazardous Materials Safety Pages 18123 – 18124 [FR DOC # 2014-06868] PDF | Text | More
- Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit Pages 18124 – 18124 [FR DOC # 2014-06866] PDF | Text | More
USEPA – Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA):
Rules and Regulations:
- Additions to List of Section 241.4 Categorical Non-Waste Fuels Pages 21005 – 21033 [FR DOC # 2014-07375] PDF | Text | More
- Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Land Disposal Restrictions (Renewal) Pages 15116 – 15116 [FR DOC # 2014-05917] PDF | Text | More
- Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration (CISWI) Units (Renewal) Pages 15117 – 15118 [FR DOC # 2014-05884] PDF | Text | More
- Draft Revised EPA’s Report on the Environment 2014 Pages 17145 – 17146 [FR DOC # 2014-06824] PDF | Text | More
- Public Availability of Environmental Protection Agency FY 2013 Service Contract Inventory Pages 18025 – 18025 [FR DOC # 2014-07104] PDF | Text | More
- Hazardous Waste Management and the Retail Sector: Providing and Seeking Information on Practices To Enhance Effectiveness to the RCRA Program Pages 19905 – 19906 [FR DOC # 2014-08043] PDF | Text | More. Read my summary of this notice: EPA Seeks Comments from Retail Sector (Deadline: April 15, 2014)
Information can be helpful but it’s useless if you are not able to make sense of it. You must be able to determine how any changes to the rules and regulations (final or proposed) will affect your operations, and communicate the necessary information to your personnel. I can help you to do that.
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Please contact for a free training consultation to determine your regulatory requirements and how training can help you to attain and maintain compliance with the regulations of the USEPA (and your state) and the PHMSA/USDOT.