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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 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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08/02/2021

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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07/26/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 7/26

In this week's Roundup, a produce distributor agrees to pay almost $240K to resolve alleged EPCRA violations. Plus, a 2019 EPA inspection reveals alleged Clean Water Act violations.

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07/16/2021

Maine Becomes First State to Enact Broad PFAS Ban

On July 2, Maine passed a sweeping ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in all products by 2030. The ban would affect a wide range of consumer products from cosmetics, dental floss, and cookware, to guitar strings, fire foams, and food packaging.

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07/08/2021

Next Phase of TSCA Chemical Risk Evals Underway

EPA has completed risk evaluations for the original 10 substances and now plans to promulgate TSCA Section 6 management standards for three of those chemicals.

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