The Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act of 2016 (Source: CA Legislative Code)
Lead Acid Battery Fees Fact Sheet (Source: CA BOE)
EPA Press Release (09/26/2016)
EPA GreenChill Webinar (10/26/2016 at 2pm ET) This will provide an overview of the revised refrigerant management regulations with specific emphasis on how the rule changes affect supermarkets.
EPA Issues Final Rule on Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements (Source: EPA)
*NEW* EPA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (Source: Federal Register)
Analysis of Hazardous Waste Generator Rule (Source: Beveridge & Diamond)
EPA's Retail Strategy: A New Focus on Hazardous Waste Regulation (Source: EPA)
EPA Webinar on Retail Strategy on November 10, 2016 at 1.30pm (Source: EPA)
EPA Issues Strategy to Address the Mismatch Between the Federal Hazardous Waste Rules and the Retail Sector (Source: National Law Review)
California Draft Retail Waste Aquatic Toxicity Testing Project - Master List (Source: CA DTSC)
OSHA has modified the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). This will impact retailers with private label products and is effective from June 1, 2016.
OSHA Hazard Communication Standard
OSHA Questions and Answers on the New Standard
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Final Rule regarding the reverse logistics shipments of certain hazardous materials by highway transportation is effective as of March 31, 2016.
The Final Rule creates a new section (49 CFR 173.157) in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171-180) with provisions specific to reverse logistics of certain hazardous materials by highway transportation. The Final Rule adds a definition of “reverse logistics" of hazardous materials at 49 CFR 171.8: “Reverse logistics means the process of offering for transport or transporting by motor vehicle goods from a retail store for return to its manufacturer, supplier, or distribution facility for the purpose of capturing value (e.g., to receive manufacturer's credit), recall, replacement, recycling, or similar reason."
The Final Rule also expands a previously existing exception for return shipments of used automobile batteries transported between a retail facility and a recycling center (49 CFR 173.159).
Effective in July 2015, new enforcement regulations went into effect that impose civil penalties for violations of the appliance efficiency regulations. Specifically, the new enforcement regulations identify three categories of violations: failure to register appliances in the appliance efficiency database, failure to meet the efficiency standards or comply with the regulations relating to testing, marketing or certifying that an appliance meets the efficiency standards, and knowingly providing false information in a statement made under penalty of perjury pursuant to any of the efficiency regulations. The penalty is up to $2,500 per appliance.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is instituting a standard limit (effective April 1, 2016) on the acceptable battery charge of lithium batteries (not to exceed 30% of their rated design capacity) when transported as cargo with accompanying requirements on the volume of packages transported, over pack labelling and loading with other cargo.
IATA Update on Lithium Batteries
IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document 2016
IATA In-Company Training Course: Shipping Lithium Batteries By Air
IATA Classroom Training Course: Shipping Lithium Batteries By Air
Depending on the amount of waste they generate every week, California businesses will have to recycle organic wastes (such as food waste, landscape waste, nonhazardous wood waste and food soiled paper) on or after April 1, 2016. Recycling is accomplished through composting and mulching, or anaerobic digestion. The law has been chaptered in the Public Resources Code, so California will not be establishing any regulations for the law.
CalRecycle Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe) page
Proposed Rule: Protection of Stratospheric Ozone - Update to the Refrigerant Management Requirements Under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act
EPA Press Release: EPA Proposes New Rules to Reduce Potent Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Beveridge & Diamond: U.S. EPA Proposes Range of Updates to its Refrigerant Management Requirements
Proposed Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements
Federal Register: Proposed Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements
RILA Press Release: Retailers Welcome EPA Proposed Hazardous Waste Generator Rules
EPA: Comment Period Extended to December 24
EPA: Redline Demonstration of Proposed Regulatory Text
Proposed Rule: Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals
Federal Register: Proposed Rule: Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals