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WASHINGTON CONGRESS MANDATES NEW HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM DRINKINGWATER STANDARD Before the end of 2007, Congress passed the fisca 2008 government omnibus spending bill (H-R 2764) that included funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other agencies. President Bush signed the omnibus spending bill on Dec, 26,2007. Buried in the nearly 200-page bill was an "eleventh-hour" addition that requires the EPA "to develop an updat- ed heath standardfor ingested hexava- lent chromium, which then should be used to revise the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal as soon as possible." This provision was not in the earlier versions of the bill, so water utilities and several EPA officials were unaware of this requirement und recently. This congressional mandate puts a new health and regulatory focus on hexavalent chromium in a number of areas, because the EPA uses the drinking water standard to set risk levels for oth'er RgdatoIy Programs. ' 'ISHA ISSUES w4SPECTION PROCEDURE GUIDELINES ON HEX-CHROME EXPOSURE OSHA recently issued an instruction to provide guidelines and establish uniform inspection and compliance procedures for the new hexavalent &mi- urn workplace exposure standard that was promul- gated Feb. 28,2006 (OSHA Directive Number: CPL 02- 02-074). This new directive sets forth OSHA's policy and guidance for enforcing the hexavalent chromium workplace exposure stan- dard. OSHA indicated that the gurdance to compliance s& is necessary for &ec- tive enforcement of the applicablesafety and health standards. Where the guid- ance directs a compliance ofEcer to perform a speufic inspection action, the compliance officer is to make'every effort to per- form the action, unless there is approved reason to do otherwise. OSHA does note that the guidance is meant to be a tool to ensure dorm inspection and compliance proce- dures, and it does not in any way affect the legal obligations of employ- ers under the stan& EPA UPDATES SOLID WASTE TESTING AND MONITORING MANUAL (SW-846) The EPA has announcednew revisions to its guidance manual of appropriate and reliable methods for testing and monitoring hazardous waste. The updated version of the manual, Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physica/Chernical Methods (also known as SW-846), contains 43 new or revised analytical methods that may be used for monitoring hazardous waste and other requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). WEBSITE ANSWERS COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT TOXIC ' RELEASE INVENTORY To assist fadlities in reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory Program 0, the EPA is providing an information service to the public through its TRI Internet site (www.epagov/tri). The .TRI ECSS FAQ (Enterprise Customer Service Solution-w Asked Questiofls) service provides more than 130 answers to questions most frequently asked by TRI users. To access this service, visit the "TRI Frequent QuestionsJJ Web page at http://tri.custhelp.com/cgi- bin/tri.diJphp/enduser/std-alp.php More in-m on these annorcnce- men& is available on the NMF &site at wiuw.na$q. Inaddjaon, bemto visir www.metal~nisbing.com/w~shington- M'R&- ?V&&O?y WS.

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WASHINGTON CONGRESS MANDATES NEW HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM DRINKING WATER STANDARD Before the end of 2007, Congress passed the fisca 2008 government omnibus spending bill (H-R 2764) that included funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other agencies. President

Bush signed the omnibus spending bill on Dec, 26,2007.

Buried in the nearly 200-page bill was an "eleventh-hour" addition that requires the EPA "to develop an updat- ed heath standard for ingested hexava- lent chromium, which then should be used to revise the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal as soon as possible." This provision was not in the

earlier versions of the bill, so water utilities and several EPA officials were unaware of this requirement und recently. This congressional mandate puts a new health and regulatory focus on hexavalent chromium in a number of areas, because the EPA uses the drinking water standard to set risk levels for oth'er RgdatoIy

Programs. ' 'ISHA ISSUES

w4SPECTION PROCEDURE GUIDELINES ON HEX-CHROME EXPOSURE OSHA recently issued an instruction to provide guidelines and establish uniform inspection and compliance procedures for the new hexavalent &mi- urn workplace exposure standard that was promul- gated Feb. 28,2006 (OSHA Directive Number: CPL 02- 02-074). This new directive sets forth OSHA's policy and guidance for enforcing the hexavalent chromium workplace exposure stan- dard. OSHA indicated that the gurdance to compliance s& is necessary for &ec- tive enforcement of the applicable safety and health standards. Where the guid- ance directs a compliance ofEcer to perform a speufic

inspection action, the compliance officer is to make'every effort to per- form the action, unless there is approved reason to do otherwise. OSHA does note that the guidance is meant to be a tool to ensure d o r m inspection and compliance proce- dures, and it does not in any way affect the legal obligations of employ- ers under the stan&

EPA UPDATES SOLID WASTE TESTING AND MONITORING MANUAL (SW-846) The EPA has announced new revisions to its guidance manual of appropriate and reliable methods for testing and monitoring hazardous waste. The updated version of the manual, Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physica/Chernical Methods (also known as SW-846), contains 43 new or revised analytical methods that may be used for monitoring hazardous waste and other requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

WEBSITE ANSWERS COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT TOXIC ' RELEASE INVENTORY To assist fadlities in reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory Program 0, the EPA is providing an information service to the public through its TRI Internet site (www.epagov/tri). The .TRI ECSS FAQ (Enterprise Customer Service S o l u t i o n - w Asked Questiofls) service provides more than 130 answers to questions most frequently asked by TRI users. To access this service, visit the "TRI Frequent QuestionsJJ Web page at http://tri.custhelp.com/cgi- bin/tri.diJphp/enduser/std-alp.php

More in-m on these annorcnce- men& is available on the NMF &site at wiuw.na$q. Inaddjaon, b e m t o visir www.metal~nisbing.com/w~shington- M'R&- ?V&&O?y W S .