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OSHA Rules on Anhydrous Still Debated –

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From: KTIC, 25 March 2016 “As John Oehlerking was busy applying anhydrous ammonia Tuesday on his farm near Elmwood, Nebraska, he had more on his mind than the usual precautions and care typically given the fertilizer. Oehlerking wondered if he would even have access to the popular, and low-cost, nitrogen fertilizer in the future. If the Occupational Safety and Health Administration…

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U.S. EPA Requires Southern California Contractor to Warn Residents of Lead-based Paint Dangers

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From EPA, 30 March 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined G.D. Friend, Inc. (operating as Everlast Home Energy Solutions) $28,564 for failing to comply with the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule while performing renovation work at two residential properties in Southern California.  This rule seeks to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards that occur during repair…

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Spotlight on Zika Helps Neglected Tropical Diseases

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From VOA Learning English, 31 March 2016 “The diseases afflict more than a billion people around the world but the media gives little attention to them.  They are Neglected Tropical Diseases or NTDs. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified 17 of them, including rabies, leprosy, river blindness, dengue and Chikungunya. About 534,000 people a year die from them, according…

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OSHA Issues Long-Delayed Silica Rules

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From: The Hill, 24 March 2016 “Millions of construction and manufacturing workers will be protected from harmful silica dust under long-delayed rules from the Obama administration.  The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Thursday it is cutting in half the level of silica workers could be exposed to on the job. Silica has been linked to lung cancer,…

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Chief Justice Hands EPA Win on Air Pollution Rules

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The Hill, 3 March 2016 “The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a victory Thursday when Chief Justice John Roberts refused to block a contentious air pollution rule.  Roberts’s order rejecting a plea from a group of 20 states asking the court to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards came despite the court’s 5-4 ruling last…

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No Time To Be Sick: Study shows millions of people head to work despite being ill

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From Safety and Health Magazine, 9 March 2016 Every week in the United States, as many as 3 million employees –(about 2 percent of the workforce) –work while they’re sick, according to research from Cornell University.  Researchers examined data from the 2011 Leave Supplement of the American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About half of the cases…

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CDC Emergency Operations Center Moves to Highest Level of Activation for Zika Response

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CDC, 3 February 2016 “To further enhance its response to the Zika virus outbreak, CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is moving to a Level 1 activation—reflecting the agency’s assessment of the need for an accelerated preparedness to bring together experts to focus intently and work efficiently in anticipation of local Zika virus transmission by mosquitoes in the Continental U.S.” Activated for the Zika…

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ECHA Stabilises Guidance Two Years Ahead of the 2018 REACH Deadline

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From ECHA, 2 March 2016- “The Agency will apply a two year ‘moratorium’ on updates to the majority of its guidance on REACH before the 31 May 2018 deadline.  It concerns any guidance that explains the registration requirements. The moratorium is set to begin on 31 May 2016.  The purpose of this stand-still period is to provide a sufficiently long period of…

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EPA Announces National Enforcement Initiatives for Coming Years

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Source of article: EPA, 18 February 2016 “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its seven National Enforcement Initiatives for fiscal years 2017-2019, which focus on national pollution challenges where EPA’s enforcement efforts will protect public health. For the next cycle starting on October 1, 2016, EPA will retain four of its current National Enforcement Initiatives, add two new initiatives,…

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EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

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EPA News Release, February 19, 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released DWMAPS – the Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters.  DWMAPS allows users to learn about their watershed and understand more about their water supplier.  DWMAPS also lets users see if sources of their drinking water are polluted and if there are possible sources of pollution…

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