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NFPA conference & expo slated for June in Chicago (3/23)

Presented by ROC-NFPA, LLC, the 2009 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo begins Monday, June 8 and concludes Thursday, June 11, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. More than 5,000 fire and life safety professionals are expected to attend, says the NFPA.
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Anti-sprinkler bill defeated in Illinois (3/23)

A statewide legislative threat that would have eliminated the ability of local communities to adopt or enforce requirements for home fire sprinklers was defeated recently in Illinois, according to a press release from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). But sprinkler opponents continue to push similar anti-sprinkler legislation in several other states, says the NFPA.
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Tanker fleet owner fined $1 million for illegal discharges (3/20)

A federal judge in Corpus Christi, Texas, has sentenced General Maritime Management (Portugal), the operator of a fleet of tanker vessels, and two crewmembers of the motor tanker Genmar Defiancefor making false statements to the U.S. Coast Guard and failing to maintain an accurate Oil Record Book designed to prevent pollution of the world’s oceans as required by United States and international law, the Justice Department announced.
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EPA releases database of more than 500,000 chemicals (3/20)

EPA has released a new online database that collects information on more than 500,000 man-made chemicals from over 200 public sources. The Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACToR) database allows access to hundreds of data sources in one place, providing a new level of transparency and easy access for environmental researchers, scientific journalists and the public, according to an agency news statement.
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TRI data shows increased releases of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals (3/20)

EPA yesterday made available the most recent reporting on the amount of toxic chemicals released into the U.S. environment. According to the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory, the latest data, from the calendar year 2007, show an overall decrease of five percent in releases since 2006. Releases to air decreased seven percent and releases to water decreased five percent.
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ASSE expert cites failures in OSHA's crane and derricks proposed rule (3/20)

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) expressed a variety of concerns focused on the failure to reference widely accepted national voluntary consensus standards addressing crane safety in the proposed updated federal ‘Cranes and Derricks in Construction Rule’ in testimony by ASSE professional member Matt Burkart, a crane safety expert from Southampton, Pa., who is a member of the A10 Safety Requirements for Construction and Demolition Operations Standards standard committee and chairman of the ASCE Construction Site Safety Committee at a public hearing held this week at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), according to an ASSE press statement.
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ASSE launches interactive electronic newsletters for its 16 practice specialties (3/19)

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced in a recent press release that it has developed and distributed new interactive electronic newsletters for each of its 16 Practice Specialty (PS) groups, providing members with not only the latest specialty news, but live links to videos, documents and websites with capabilities to e-mail leadership and article authors.
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Changes to NFPA 70E® – What You Need to Know

NFPA ® for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is revised every three years, providing the most up-to-date requirements for safe work practices to reduce exposure to electrical hazards. This program analyzes several significant changes in 70E ® and is designed to clarify the reasoning behind the changes, and assist in determining how the changes impact employees and employers.

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