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12/28/2020

EPA Increases Civil Penalties for 2021

The cost of noncompliance with US EPA's air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste regulations just went up.

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12/28/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/28

In this week's Roundup, a pair of cattle farmers are set to pay $76,000 for alleged stormwater discharges without the proper permit. Plus, an industrial fuel supplier allegedly violated EPCRA and US air emissions standards, resulting in a $1.3 million penalty.

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12/23/2020

Amazon Bans Toxic Chemicals from Food Packaging

On December 8, Amazon announced that it would ban a series of toxic chemicals from food packaging used on its Amazon Kitchen brand. This latest update is part of Amazon’s Chemicals and Restricted Substances policy announced in 2018 to reduce usage of “chemicals of concern” as well as to promote transparency and accessibility to the company’s product health and sustainability data.

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12/15/2020

EPA Releases Final TSCA Risk Eval for Perchloroethylene

US EPA released the results of its chemical risk evaluations for Perchloroethylene (PCE) on December 14.

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12/14/2020

Holiday Hazmat Return Season is Here

​With an unprecedented holiday shipping season now upon us, a global public health crisis still lingering, and the ORM-D designation going away on 12/31/20, retailers face new challenges when it comes to returning items that contain hazardous materials to suppliers or distributors this holiday season.  

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12/11/2020

Sneak Preview: Fall 2020 Unified Agenda Released

Federal agencies released the Fall 2020 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and De-regulatory Actions this week. Get a sneak peak at upcoming regulations that will impact environmental, hazardous materials, and safety pros in 2021.

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12/09/2020

PHMSA Extends COVID Hand Sanitizer Policy for Already-Packed Product

Update 12/08/20: Hand sanitizers manufactured and packaged before October 31 in accordance with the now-expired Notice of Enforcement Discretion may be offered and transported under the reliefs PHMSA granted for highway and rail modes.

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12/08/2020

Former Recycling Company President Faces Prison Time for RCRA Violations

On November 19, the former president of a Wisconsin-based recycling company was sentenced to 18 months in Federal prison for conspiring to store and transport hazardous waste without the proper permits.

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12/08/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/8

In this week's Roundup, a military and parachute hardware fabricator agreed to a $55K settlement to resolve alleged TRI Reporting violations. Plus, a retail store chain allegedly mishandled hazardous waste, resulting in a $3.3 million fine.

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12/07/2020

EPA Acts on CERCLA Financial Responsibility for Chemical, Oil and Gas, Power Industries

US EPA will not impose new financial responsibility requirements under CERCLA for three key industries: Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution; petroleum and coal products manufacturing; and chemical manufacturing.  

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