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01/17/2022

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/17

In this week's Roundup, two workers died and one injured when a rail tanker car exploded in relation to alleged mismanagement of hazardous waste. Plus, a power company agrees to pay $610,000 after alleged water discharge violations.

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01/12/2022

EPA Increases Penalties for Environmental Noncompliance

US EPA increased its maximum monetary civil penalties for violations of air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste programs on January 12, 2022.

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01/11/2022

Final Rule Alert: EPA Adds 1-bromopropane to Clean Air Act HAP List

For the first time since 1990, US EPA added a new substance, 1-bromopropane, to the list of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in the Clean Air Act.

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12/27/2021

DOJ Sounds Warning on Environmental Enforcement

"Only individuals can go to jail, and we have found that criminal corporate accountability starts with accountability for individuals responsible for criminal conduct." - US Department of Justice official.

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12/27/2021

Post-Holiday EH&S Wrap-up Blog

Lion News staff sweeps up the regulatory compliance insights and headlines you might have missed over the winter holiday break, including new lithium battery guidance from IATA you can download now. 

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12/20/2021

How COVID-19 Impacted RCRA Hazardous Waste Enforcement

Even in a year when RCRA inspections slowed significantly, it seems from EPA’s data that the rate of compliance at hazardous waste facilities barely changed. We have a few guesses why.

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12/07/2021

RCRA Housekeeping to Close 2021

As we count down the days until 2022, now is a good time to review and organize the "administrative" elements of compliance with the RCRA hazardous waste regulations. Good recordkeeping is essential; inspectors commonly review records during onsite inspections.  

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11/29/2021

Post-Thanksgiving EH&S Wrap-up Blog

Catch up on the EH&S news you might have missed during Thanksgiving week, including the latest efforts to ease port congestion on the west coast and the status of OSHA's COVID-19 Vax-or-Test ETS.

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11/29/2021

NGP Facilities Added to TRI Reporting Rule

Natural Gas Processing facilities were added to the list of industry sectors subject to the EPCRA Toxic Chemical Release Reporting Rule (40 CFR Part 372). The first reports from this sector will cover the 2022 reporting year be due July 1, 2023. 

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11/08/2021

NY to Add Right to a Clean Environment to State Constitution

NY voters approved a measure on November 2 to revise the New York Constitution’s Bill of Rights to add the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. The measure was included in the State’s local election as one of five referendum questions on the ballot.

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