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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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04/26/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/26

In this week's Roundup, a dairy processor submits three TRI reports after EPA identified nearly $60,000 in alleged EPCRA violations. Plus, a fertilizer manufacturer storing over 20,000lbs of aqueous ammonia vows to bring their facility into compliance with Risk Management Plan requirements.

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04/21/2021

COVID-19 Guidelines for New York Employers

Update 4/21/2021: The NY State Legislature passed the Hero Act on April 20, which would give workers in the Empire State additional protections related to COVID-19. If signed into law, the bill would authorize the State Labor and Health Departments to create an airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plan, which employers would have to adopt or establish a similar standard for their businesses.

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04/19/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/19

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery commits to $10 million in air-emissions-related site improvements. Plus, a company that transports liquified petroleum gas helps clean up two unintentional releases on an Indian Reservation.

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04/12/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/12

In this week's Roundup, a sealant manufacturer and a company that makes hydroponics supplies agree to pay over $470K to resolve alleged chemical management missteps. Plus, EPA alleges a railway company improperly discharged nearly 6K gallons of fuel after a derailment incident.

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04/05/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/5

In this week's Roundup, a paper mill allegedly discharged pulping liquor into the Potomac River, resulting in a $650K fine. Plus, a Chicago dental equipment distributor is expected to pay over $460K for alleged FIFRA violations.

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03/30/2021

What is a Major Modification for New Source Review Purposes?

Under the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review (NSR) program, US EPA does not limit the definition of “new” to only brand-new facilities being built from the ground up. They more broadly interpret “new” to mean any facility newly subject to the regulations.   

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03/29/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/29

In this week's Roundup, an energy company faces a $1.9 million penalty after alleged Clean Water Act violations at 76 locations. Plus, EPA finds alleged SPCC Plan violations resulting from an oil company's improper discharges of 455 barrels of crude oil.

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03/22/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/22

In this week's Roundup, a chemical manufacturer pays $357K for alleged chemical reporting violations. Plus, a cattle ranch allegedly discharged unauthorised materials into Waters of the US without the proper permits in order to construct a bridge.

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