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06/14/2021

OMB Seeks Input on Social Costs of Greenhouse Gases

Public comments are due next week concerning a new technical document that details the “social costs of greenhouse gases” that the Federal government uses to estimate the benefits of new air regulations.

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06/14/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/14

In this week's Roundup, 42,000 gallons of jet fuel was accidentally released from a bulk fuel storage facility. Plus, a maritime logistics company modifies its loading practices and pays $27K to prevent scrap metal discharges to resolve alleged Clean Water violations.

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06/07/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/7

In this week's Roundup, a West Virginia metal manufacturing facility agreed to pay $82K after alleged violations related to fugitive particulate matter emissions standards. Plus, TCEQ finds an oil and gas equipment fabricator improperly managed industrial waste at their Texas facility.

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05/31/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/31

In this week's Roundup, three afiliated companies agree to invest $850K in wetland restoration projects. Plus, a petroleum refinery is set to pay a six-figure settlement after alleged Clean Air Act violations resulted in a fire.

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05/17/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/17

In this week's Roundup, a chemical production facility faces multiple RCRA violations after an alleged accidental release of hydrofruoric acid in 2019. Plus, a garbage truck manufacturer agrees to pay $50K for allegedly failing to train hazardous waste personnel among other violations.

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05/14/2021

Update: EPA Rescinds Clean Air Act Transparency Rule

Update: EPA published an Interim Final Rule on May 14, 2021 to rescind changes made to agency procedures for identifying costs and benefits of new air regulations. 

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05/10/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/10

In this week's Roundup, a construction company is expected to pay a $2 million civil penalty related to alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a pharmaceutical research facility takes steps to bring its chemical management practices up to Risk Management Plan standards.

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05/07/2021

25K Barrels Possibly Containing DDT Found Off California Coast

Last month, marine scientists identified as many as 25,000 barrels believed to contain dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, better known as DDT, in the Pacific Ocean. The hazardous waste barrels were discovered on the ocean floor between Catalina Island and the Los Angeles coast.

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05/04/2021

Fast-Food Giant to Phase Out PFAS from Food Packaging

One of the largest multinational fast-food chains announced plans to eliminate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from its consumer-facing packaging in US and Canada by the end of 2021. This effort would be one of the more aggressive timelines to phase out PFAS among other large-scale fast-food chains.

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05/04/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/4

In this week's Roundup, a cement maker pays $850K to maintain full compliance with its discharge permit. Plus, EPA finds a wood treatment plant allegedly failed to provide hazardous waste training to employees and mistreated 1.7 million gallons of hazardous waste.

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