ERM Supports Revision of the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook

nfpaThe National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Explosives Risk Managers (ERM) reached an agreement today for ERM to update a chapter from the 20th edition of the Fire Protection Handbook; specifically Chapter 6.15 Explosives and Blasting Agents.  The 20th edition was available in 2008.

The completion date for this project mid-April 2015.  The publication will be available in hard copy or a new e-version from NFPA several months later.



Caution: Do Not Follow FAA Instructions on Obtaining COA

Explosives Risk Managers confirmed today that the the information posted by FAA on obtaining a civil certification of waiver authorization (COA) under Section 333 is incorrect.  FAA replied to our inquiry via email…

We are in the process of updating our website. For civil COAs you need an exemption first before you can apply. Once you receive your exemption # you will then be able to submit a Civil COA.

FAA will probably fix the website soon.  We just hope it takes less than 60 days to get a response from FAA on a request for a COA.


OSM Accepts Wild Earth Guardians’ Petition for Rulemaking on NOx

On July 14, 2014 the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSM) announced that it had received a petition for rulemaking from the Wild Earth Guardians (WEG) to regulate NOx from blasting more rigorously and invited the public to comment.

OSM received 119 comments on the petition, many supportive.  On February 20, 2015 OSM announced that it accepted the petition and would open rulemaking to “address this issue.”   Continue reading

FAA COA Process for UAS Proves to be Elusive for ERM

Explosives Risk Managers LLC (ERM) submitted its first Certificate of Waiver Authorization (COA) for civilian operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today.  COA approval from the FAA is necessary to operate UAS commercially under a Section 333 exemption from FAA rules.  Currently, it is impossible to strictly comply with FAA rules while operating UAS commercially.
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