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06/14/2021

RCRA Update: Latest on Generator Improvements Adoption

Update: Maryland has adopted EPA's RCRA Generator Improvements Rule, effective May 3, 2021. 

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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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05/24/2021

What is an Acute Hazardous Waste?

Some hazardous wastes are more hazardous than others. Find out how generating an "acutely" hazardous waste can impact your RCRA generator status and your accumulation of waste in satellite areas. 

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05/21/2021

Ohio Industrial Shop Cited for Storing 38K Pounds of Hazardous Waste

Three operators of a defunct plating shop face felony charges for allegedly storing hazardous waste and operating a hazardous waste facility without a license.

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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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05/15/2021

3 Wrong Ways to Place RCRA Satellite Areas

In the absence of an explicit definition for “at or near,” hazardous waste generators must interpret the regulations for themselves. Left to their own devices—generators get creative.

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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

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

Tennessee Adopts RCRA Generator Improvements, Other Major Updates

In a rulemaking effective May 13, 2021, the state of Tennessee will incorporate major changes to the RCRA hazardous waste requirements, including the Generator Improvements Rule, into its state regulations.

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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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