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Earth Day 2017, A personal reflection

Matt Traister,

Two of the people who I closely associate as professional mentors—former OBG employees Ted Tifft and Stu Spiegel—previously commemorated the 20- and 40-year anniversaries of Earth Day for OBG. Long before I knew them, however, my interest in protecting the environment was shaped by events that...

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USEPA in the cross-hairs

Matt Traister,

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to “put a moratorium on new regulations until our economy gets back on its feet”. In the first 60 days of his presidency, Trump has so far followed through on that promise, and this could have a significant impact on environmental regulations in the U.S....

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Design challenges of a low level radioactive waste incinerator

A nuclear power plant located in Canada employs a solid and liquid waste incinerator to dispose of low level radioactive waste materials generated by plant maintenance activities. A number of safety and reliability issues prompted a detailed analysis of the plant’s design, resulting in many engineering and equipment ch...

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The Hidden Danger of OSHA’s PSM Interpretive Guidance (Part I)

Assessing the Threat

Matt Traister,

My previous Insights article, Changes to OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard and USEPA’s Risk Management Program, announced that in March 2016, USEPA proposed significant revisions to its accidental release prevention requirements, often referred to as the Risk Management Program (RMP) (40 CFR Part 68). As we await finalization of t...

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Changes to OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard and USEPA’s Risk Management Program

How Modified Guidance and Revised Regulations May Affect Your Facility

Matt Traister,

In the March 14, 2016 Federal Register, USEPA proposed significant revisions to its accidental release prevention requirements, often referred to as the Risk Management Program (RMP) (40 CFR Part 68). This proposed rule follows a 2014 Request for Information in which USEPA proposed a number of significant changes to the RMP rule, which was first...

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Proposed Revisions to Ozone Depleting Substances RULE (40 CFR PART 82)

OverviewIn a proposed rule issued on November 2, 2015, USEPA announced its intent to make sweeping changes to the underlying regulations which govern the recycling and emission reduction requirements for commercial, industrial and comfort cooling refrigerants (40 CFR Part 82, Subpart F). The proposed rule affects all facilities across the US that use refrigerants...

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Solving common industry challenges with incinerator systems

Bill Norris,

Incineration systems and rotary kilns are commonly used by municipalities and large industrial facilities to safely dispose of solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes generated by their waste collection and production processes. Over time, waste constituencies, as well as the performance characteristics of system equipment, can change. Additionally, installed systems that...

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