Monthly Archives: May 2016

Abandoned Mine Projects Need Better Engineering Expertise, Report Says, by Arthur Schwartz, NSPE Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

A federal report on the accidental release of three million gallons of toxic water from an abandoned Colorado mine provides an in-depth, technical look at the incident. It also provides irrefutable evidence that proper engineering expertise is needed to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. Two of the three members of the evaluation and peer […]

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EPA Proposes PEs on Risk Management Teams by Arthur Schwartz, NSPE Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

Professional engineers may gain a greater oversight role at chemical facilities and others that handle hazardous materials if a proposed rule increasing safety requirements is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA proposes requiring the use of PEs in its Risk Management Programs. This action is in response to catastrophic chemical facility incidents in […]

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Ohio PEs Gain ‘Good Samaritan’ Protections, by Arthur Schwartz, NSPE Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

Ohio is the latest state to enact a law that provides design professionals with immunity from liability when they volunteer during a natural or man-made disaster. The legislation (H.B. 17) was cosponsored by state Rep. Louis Blessing III, P.E. It was supported by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, which provided testimony to committees in […]

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Texas Board Expands Global Reach, Permits Early Exam Taking, by Arthur Schwartz, NSPE Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

The Texas Board of Professional Engineers has signed a mutual recognition agreement with South Korea and also approved rules to allow licensure candidates to take the PE exam early. TBPE’s accord with the Korean Professional Engineers Association and the Korean ministry that manages and evaluates science and technology policy will allow engineers licensed in Texas […]

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