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09/03/2021

Federal Judge Vacates Major Clean Water Act Regulation

A Federal judge has vacated and remanded US EPA's 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, a regulation that narrowed the Agency's enforcement jurisdiction following legal challenges to a 2015 Clean Water Act rulemaking.

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08/30/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/30

In this week's Roundup, a metal recycler will pay $500,000 to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations related to two facility explosions in 2020. Plus, a mineral facility agrees to serve five years probation and pay civil and criminal penalties after EPA and OSHA find the company allegedly exposed workers to arsenic hazards.

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08/30/2021

Update: EPA Proposes New TSCA Reporting Rule for PFAS

A new TSCA rule proposed by EPA would require manufacturers and importers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to submit ten years of data regarding PFAS production volumes, use, exposure, disposal, and more. 

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08/30/2021

Another New WOTUS Definition Incoming

A virtual public meeting will be held on September 2 at 2:00 PM ET to hear stakeholders' recommendations concerning the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). 

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08/26/2021

US Industry Cuts Methane Emissions by 7,000,000 Tons

US companies reduced their methane emissions by an equivalent of 7,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) between 2016 and 2019, according to data released by US EPA. 

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08/24/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/24

In this week's Roundup, a silicon manufacturer agrees to pay $2.3 million to resolve various alleged environmental violations as the facility pivots to specialty silicon manufacturing. Plus, a Canadian logistics company is found responsible for alleged unauthorized discharges of bilge water into Lake Ontario.

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08/16/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/16

In this week's Roundup, a pipeline company agrees to pay $365 million in civil and criminal penalties after an alleged 29 million gallon unauthorized wastewater discharge. Plus, an oil and gas facility must implement emergency response training in response to alleged Clean Water Act violations.

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08/16/2021

EPA Issues New List of Water Contaminants

The fifth Contaminant Candidate List or CCL 5 includes 66 individual chemicals, 12 microbes, and chemical groups–including PFAS.

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08/10/2021

NJDEP Urges EPA to List Lower Hackensack River as Superfund Site

On July 23, NJDEP wrote a letter to EPA in an effort to resume plans to list Lower Hackensack River as a Federal Superfund site. The 23-mile section would be the first NJ river to receive the designation under CERCLA.

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08/02/2021

PFAS Bill Passes Major Milestone in US Congress

On July 21, the US House of Representatives passed H.R.2467 PFAS Action Act of 2021. The bill establishes requirements and incentives to limit the use of PFAS and remediate the toxic chemicals already present in the environment.

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