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April 17, 2018
On January 11, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a memorandum (the “Memo”) that amended all existing civil penalty policies to account for inflation, and transmitted the recently...
April 17, 2018
In January 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) increased the amounts of civil penalties assessed or enforced under the 2016 interim final rule which adjusted penalties for inflation. ...
April 17, 2018
On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published its annual Regulatory Plan (“EPA Regulatory Plan”) in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions – Fall...
April 17, 2018
On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Interior (“DOI”) released its 2018 Regulatory Plan (the “DOI Regulatory Plan”).
April 17, 2018
On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda (“Agenda”) for the start of 2018 in the Federal Register.
April 17, 2018
On December 19, 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) published its findings on the numbers and rates of fatal workplace injuries for the calendar year of 2016, including a...
April 10, 2018
On December 28, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ANPRM”) seeking comments on EPA’s consideration of a proposed rule that would establish...
April 10, 2018
On December 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (“DOI”) issued a legal memorandum (“M-37050”) analyzing whether the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. § 703 (“MBTA”) prohibits the...
April 10, 2018
On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a final rule (the “Final Rule”) establishing its third round of initial air quality designations for certain areas in...
April 3, 2018
On December 21, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) in which it proposed to require the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”)...
April 3, 2018
In December 2017, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) issued over a dozen new and revised Fact Sheets regarding safety and compliance measures for silica in construction. ...
April 3, 2018
On December 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (“D.C. Circuit”) issued its Opinion and Order regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”)...
April 3, 2018
On December 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) announced that the minimum random drug testing rate for all covered employees will be...
January 10, 2018
On January 8, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) opened a docket to collect public comments from state and local government officials on proposed regulatory revisions to the Lead...
December 29, 2017
On December 18, 2017, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced that employers have until December 31, 2017 to electronically submit Form 300A.
December 29, 2017
On October 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) published a notice announcing its intention to seek approval from the Office of...
December 29, 2017
On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) published a final rule (“Final Rule”) to changes in the list of drugs being tested of transportation employees.
December 29, 2017
On November 2, 2017, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Kevin McIntyre and Richard Glick to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”).
December 29, 2017
On October 26, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission” or “FERC”) published a new policy establishing a 40-year default license term for original and new licenses for hydroelectric...
December 29, 2017
On October 26, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission” or “FERC”) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to approve the Critical Infrastructure Protection (“CIP”) Reliability Standard CIP-003-7 (Cyber...
December 29, 2017
In September 2017, the Deputy Director of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) Directorate of Enforcement Programs announced the preliminary 2017 list of top ten most cited standards.
December 29, 2017
On September 26, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced the newly created “Smart Sectors” program in its Office of Policy.
December 29, 2017
On September 25, 2017, the National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA”) published the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
December 29, 2017
On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a Final Rule extending by one year the deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are...
December 29, 2017
On August 11, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator announced a proposed rulemaking to revise certain requirements within the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source category, as described...
December 24, 2017
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) is encouraging workers and employers to take steps to reduce the spread of the seasonal flu in workplaces.
December 23, 2017
On October 16, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) announcing its intention to repeal the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary...
December 23, 2017
On October 2, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) announced a comment period for its regulatory review process, under which the DOT reviews its existing regulations and agency actions....
December 23, 2017
On October 16, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator issued a directive titled “Promoting Transparency and Public Participation in Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements” (“EPA Directive”).
December 22, 2017
On October 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (“DOT”) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) announced the reopening of the comment period for its Interim Final Rule “Pipeline...