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12/03/2019

NJ Superfund Site Cleanup Could Cost $36 Million

EPA has submitted a $36 million proposal to clean up the nearly 20 acres of soil, sediment, and groundwater contamination at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund Site in Gibbsboro, NJ.

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12/03/2019

2020 Preview: 3 RCRA Hazardous Waste Rules to Watch

We review two RCRA hazardous waste rulemakings that are planned for 2020, and one additional rule that’s already been finalized.

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11/27/2019

DTSC Fines Commercial Landlord & Tenants $124K for Illegal Haz Waste Disposal

Last month, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) reached a settlement with a property management company and its auto body and repair tenants for allegedly mishandling hazardous waste at over a dozen properties in the greater Sacramento area.

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11/27/2019

EPA Halts Sale of Toxic “Bag o’ Slag” Montana Mining Souvenirs

On November 18, EPA Inspector General Charles Sheehan notified regional environmental agencies of a Montana visitor center selling toxic copper smelting waste in resealable, plastic sandwich bags to tourists.

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11/26/2019

Final Rule Alert: Aerosol Cans as Universal Waste

UPDATE 12/09/19: EPA's Final Rule to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program appeared in the Federal Register today, December 9, 2019. 

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11/21/2019

California DTSC Releases First Ever Hazardous Waste Facility Scorecards

In October, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its first statewide scorecard for permitted facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste.

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11/19/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/19

In this week's Roundup, a hazardous waste disposal company and lumber supplier are fined nearly $400k combined for RCRA violations. Plus, a Salt Lake City-based chemical manufacturing facility resolves over $300k in FIFRA violations. 

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11/19/2019

EPA Investigates Hazardous Waste Found in New England Home

The EPA is stepping in to investigate buried waste at a house in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The waste was found in July, 2018 and subsequent tests revealed elevated levels of lead and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in soil throughout the neighborhood.  

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11/12/2019

Do I Need DOT Hazmat Training to Sign the Haz Waste Manifest?

The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) specifically refer to hazardous waste at 49 CFR 172.205 and requires the use of EPA Form 8700-22 as the shipping paper (i.e., the “manifest”). Do hazardous waste shippers need DOT hazmat training to sign the manifest?  

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11/11/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/11

In this week's Roundup, a Kansas City chemical manufacturer faces over $700,000 in RCRA-related fines and penalties. Plus, a company that distributes lawn and turf care products must pay nearly $80,000 for allegedly mislabling weed-killer products against FIFRA regulations.

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In 1995, US EPA passed the Universal Waste Rule, which created relaxed standards for managing common hazardous wastes like light bulbs, batteries, mercury-containing equipment, and more. While universal wastes are subject to less stringent regulations than “fully-regulated” hazardous wastes, there are still rules to follow to manage them properly. Use this guide to spot and correct common universal waste errors before they result in a notice of violation during a Federal or State inspection.

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4 Common Universal Waste Mistakes