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03/16/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/16

In this week's Roundup, a pipeline company agrees to pay over $60 million to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations from a 2015 oil spill outside Santa Barbara, CA. Plus, a Virginia recycling facility settles with EPA for $50K over alleged hazardous waste violations.

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03/10/2020

3 Waste Minimization Strategies for Chemical Products

Does the EPA require you to dispose of the product when it reaches its expiration date? No! Here are three strategies that may help prevent your commercial chemical products from adding to your RCRA compliance burden.

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03/09/2020

PHMSA, EPA, and OSHA Guidance Now Easier to Find

OSHA, EPA, and US DOT have made agency guidance easier to access, as required by Executive Order.

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03/09/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/9

In this week's Roundup, an explosives manufacturer in Missouri is set to pay nearly $3 million for alleged improper disposal of explosives among other RCRA and Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA settles with an Arizona cold storage facility for $124K over alleged violations of chemical accident prevention regulations.

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03/02/2020

Coronavirus: Preventing Workplace Exposure

OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released guidance for employers regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. As US cases begin to make headlines, employers should take steps to prevent rapid transmission of the coronavirus. 

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03/02/2020

Two Hazmat Incidents Quickly Contained in Indiana and Arkansas

Last week, two different parts of the country faced what could have been significant hazmat disasters. Thankfully though, emergency professionals were quick to the scene in East Chicago, Indiana and Lonoke County, Arkansas.

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03/02/2020

Cookie Company Fined $221K for OSHA Violations

Last month, OSHA issued a $221,257 penalty to a New York biscotti manufacturer for allegedly exposing its workers to falls and forklift hazards among other safety violations.  

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02/28/2020

US Hazardous Waste Generators Submit 2020 Biennial Reports

March 1 is here and it's an even numbered year, which means that large quantity generators should have already submitted Biennial Reports that cover activity from 2019. See what goes into the Biennial Report, including a couple of recent changes to the requirements from EPA's Generator Improvements Rule. 

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02/28/2020

Elevated Benzene Levels Reported at 10 US Refineries

A nonprofit watchdog group released a report that shows elevated benzene levels at 10 oil refineries throughout the US. While this is not illegal, EPA regulations require the refineries to investigate the cause of elevated emissions and take steps to reduce them.  

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02/25/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/25

In this week's Roundup, a welding supply company and a motor manufacturer pay over $200K to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations. Plus, EPA alleges a New England waste management company of violating Federal PCB regulations.

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