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09/20/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/20

In this week's Roundup, a plastics manfacturer will pay $2.85 million to resolve alleged violations related to a series of fires at company facility. Plus, a cannabis processor agrees to a $45,000 settlement for alleged improper disposal of hazardous waste.

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09/17/2021

EPA’s Proposed Climate Rule Could Slash HFCs by 85%

US EPA is ready to issue a Final Rule that will cut domestic production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% by 2036.

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09/13/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/13

In this week's Roundup, an ice cream manufacturer agrees to pay $301,066 for its alleged mishandling of anhydrous ammonia. Plus, a steel manufacturer agrees to substantial wastewater treatment improvement following an accidental release in April 2017.

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09/07/2021

Indemnity Clauses and CERCLA Liability

Why contractual “hold harmless” clauses and indemnity agreements won't shield you from CERCLA liability. 

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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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