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The Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) is a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, which stems from the Clean Water Act (CWA). The 2015 MSGP for Stormwater Discharge with Industrial Activity expired on June 3rd, 2020 and the new 2020 MSGP does not go into effect until February 12, 2021. As a result of the landmark settlement between Waterkeeper Alliance and EPA (2d Cir. 15-02091) the new MSGP brings with it several major changes that permit holders must now follow.

The EPA published an interim guidance document that evaluates destruction and disposal technologies for PFAS and PFAS-containing materials, with a public comment period open through February 22nd. The guidance offers you options, not requirements.

As businesses like yours prepare to restart, ramp up, and return to normal production capacities, you can face many challenges including retraining your workforce and ensuring that COVID-19 implemented changes are understood by all levels of your organization.

Effective September 7, 2020

Each year, combustible dust explosions result in fatalities, injuries, millions of dollars in capital costs, hefty litigation fees, and stringent regulatory action. To safeguard companies and their employees, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued Standard 652 to address combustible dust. All facilities that produce combustible dust must complete a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) by September 7, 2020 to comply with the NFPA Standard 652.

What is PFAS?

PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals” refers to a class of thousands of synthetic man-made substances that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1940s. Due to their unique and extremely strong chemical bond, these compounds are resistant to heat, grease, water and oil. They have been used in non-stick cookware, food packaging, dental floss, pizza boxes, household cleaners, water-repellent clothing, cosmetics and firefighting foams.

Effective April 6, 2020

To protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 risk, the PA Department of Health has issued an order regarding specific safety measures for building facilities.

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