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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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12/01/2020

TSCA Risk Eval Scopes Available for DINP and DIDP

EPA announced proposed scopes of two chemical risk evaluations specifically requested by chemical manufacturers and industry groups on November 25. 

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11/23/2020

4 TSCA Updates for Chemical Industry Pros

EPA extended the deadline for CDR submission, released a final TSCA risk evaluation for trichloroethylene (TCE), revised its draft risk evaluation for PV 29, and performed supplemental analysis of its 1,4-dioxane risk evaluation. 

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11/17/2020

Gas Company Pays $10M to Resolve NJ Superfund Site Claims

An industrial gas company is set to pay $10 million to settle Superfund claims at a contaminated industrial site in Linden, NJ. The consent decree, filed in Federal court on October 28, outlines how the funds will be used to clean the LCP Superfund site and recoup response costs already incurred by EPA.

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11/16/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/16

In this week's Roundup, an Alabama flooring manufacturer is set to pay $8.95 million for alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA halts the import of over 650,000 unapproved alcohol wipes and the distributor allegedly involved will pay $213K in penalties.

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11/03/2020

EPA Posts Final TSCA Risk Eval for Carbon Tetrachloride

In the past week, US EPA released one final chemical risk evaluation and one draft risk evaluation required under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  

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11/03/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/3

In this week's Roundup, an ice cream facility is fined over $250K for alleged mishandling of anhydrous ammonia. Plus, a company that makes ammonium nitrate products will spend $1.5 million to resolve alleged violations of Federal chemical accident prevention requirements.

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11/02/2020

How EPA Plans to Increase e-Manifest Use

US EPA held its fourth e-Manifest Advisory Board meeting in April, focused on increasing e-Manifest use by streamlining the electronic signature requirements. See EPA's responses to the recommendations offered. 

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